Gainesville, FL is an extraordinary city. The Gainesville CRA offers several programs designed to help residents and small businesses improve the vibrancy of their communities.

Neighborhood Improvements Program

The Residential Paint Voucher Program was established by the Gainesville CRA to encourage residents to improve the curb appeal of their neighborhood, thereby reducing blight conditions and improving the aesthetics of the community. The program allows eligible applicants to share with the CRA the cost of painting an existing residential property. More than 48 families have benefited from the program since its inception in 2012. Currently homes within three redevelopment areas qualify: Eastside, Downtown (priority given to the Porters neighborhood), and Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street. Applicants are responsible for pressure-washing their home. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact CRA project manager Stephanie Seawright This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street and Downtown areas.

Commercial Improvements Program

The CRA's facade grant program leverages private investment to make significant upgrades to visible facades of commercial buildings and encourages additional private investment in beneficial upgrades and improvements.This matching grant program encourages business owners to make façade improvements to existing commercial buildings. Up to 50% of eligible facade upgrade costs, such as paint, signage, upgrades to windows and doors, exterior lighting and repair of masonry etc. can be reimbursed to the property owner or tenant.

The facade grant program is available in all CRA districts at varying budget levels.The Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street area can support up to $10,000 in matching funds, the Downtown area can support up to $25,000 in matching funds, the Eastside area can support up to $10,000 in matching funds and the College Park/University Heights can support up to $50,000 in matching funds. (Other restrictions may apply). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Facade grant applications must be approved by the area’s advisory board. Contact Jessica Leonard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

SUCCESS STORY: In the nine months following renovations and a healthier menu change, facade grant recipient Jamal Shaer reported a 23% increase in restaurant sales at Chunky’s Grill & Fry Co.!

Economic Development Incentives

mindtree photoThe CRA supports economic development through strategic public investments in master planning and infrastructure. Key priorities include: Heartwood neighborhood (10-acre residential neighborhood), Cornerstone (13-acre commercial site), Innovation Square (17-acre mixed use site), and the Power District (17-acre mixed use site). Are you a developer or business interested in investing in those locations? Please contact CRA Director Sarah Vidal-Finn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

The CRA also offers a high wage job reimbursement program to incentivize companies to move into Gainesville’s urban core. Jobs created must exceed the average wage in Alachua County. Other programs include a transformational incentives program (for large-scale developments with a demonstrated ability to catalyze significant change in an urban redevelopment area) and a relocation assistance package.

SUCCESS STORY: In 2012, Mindtree committed $2.92 million toward establishing its first major U.S. Delivery Center (USDC) in Gainesville’s Ayers Plaza just across the street from the University of Florida’s Innovation Hub. The IT product engineering company has pledged to create 400 jobs over the next five years; it has hired more than 150 employees to date. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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