BIG Program

The City of San Marcos is now accepting applications for the Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Grant Program. BIG will provide technical and financial assistance to property owners or business tenants seeking to renovate or restore facades, signage, lighting and life-safety systems for commercial buildings through a 50% matching grant of up to $20,000. An additional 50% matching grant up to $5,000 is available for removal and replacement of non-conforming signage.

Certificate of Appropriateness


If you are planning on doing construction in a Historic District, by City code, a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF) must be obtained from the Historic Preservation Commission prior to exterior alterations (including signs) in the designated Historic Districts. 
Busines Improvement and Growth Eligible Area

Mission of the BIG Grant


The BIG Grant Program is designed to impact properties in need of revitalization, resulting in improved exterior visibility and presentation of a property, as well as enhanced occupant safety. The BIG Grant Program is not designed to subsidize corrections to building code violations that prolong the life of a commercial property. The BIG Grant Program strives to increase sales and/or revenue for the property owner or tenant.

Additional Information


For more information, please read the BIG Grant information/application packet (PDF) or contact the Economic Development Administrator.