NPU-V Small Business Improvement Program

You could receive a grant of between $3,000 and $10,000 for property improvements!

The NPU-V Small Business Improvement Grant (SBIG) is a grant to business or commercial property owners in the Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh, and Peoplestown neighborhoods. Qualified property owners and business owners can receive between $3,000 and $10,000 for eligible exterior and interior renovations. This program is in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Please note that vacant commercial properties are eligible. Residential properties (and home-based businesses) are not eligible for this grant.

SBIG Application Process

Additional instructions are listed below.

Complete Application
Mail Hard-Copy Application & $50 Fee
Email PDF to Invest Atlanta
Application Due March 1, 2020

Additional Application Details

  • No handwritten applications will be accepted. All applications must be typed on the provided application form.
  • Applications should include all required components, including a completed Application and all required supporting documentation (see Guidelines).
  • Hard-copy applications with original signatures and application fee may be mailed to:

Alyson Schwieger
Neighborhood Revitalization Manager
Invest Atlanta
133 Peachtree Street, Suite 2900
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

  • Electronic applications (also required) may be sent to Alyson Schwieger via email, aschwieger at Please use the following subject headline: “(name of property or business) NPU-V SBIG Application”
  • Submit application and fee through March 1, 2020. All applications must be submitted by 12pm (noon) March 1, 2020.
  • Applications must be submitted in hard copy (one original copy) and in digital PDF format via email.


  • Owners of occuped properties apply with their business owner tenants. Tenants must have a minimum 12-month lease. 
  • Properties constructed in the last 10 years are not eligible.
  • Properties with national credit tenants (i.e., national chain businesses) are not eligible.
  • Properties owned by religious institutions, public agencies or nonprofit agencies are not eligible.

Renovation Categories

  • A minimum of 50% of NPU-V SBIG funds must be used for exterior improvements to the property.
  • All exterior improvements must be visible from the public right-of-way.
  • Interior improvements should significantly enhance the customer and employee experience.
  • Additional eligible uses are located within the grant guidelines & application.


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