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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.

NOTE: This program is not accepting new applications at this time. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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 investatlanta.com. 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.


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