Eligible Participants


  • Any nonconforming signage on the property must be permanently removed as part of the improvement
  • Applicants must agree not to change or alter the property improvements without prior written approval from the BIG Review Committee for 3 years from the date of the rebate check issued under the BIG Grant Program
  • Applicants must be commercial property owners or commercial tenants located in San Marcos within the Downtown SmartCode zoning district or along designated corridors (see Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Grant Program Eligible Area Map)
  • Applicants must comply with all State and local laws and regulations pertaining to licensing, permits, building code and zoning requirements
  • Improvements made prior to written approval by the BIG Review Committee will not be funded and
  • Preference will be given to independent businesses not required by contractual arrangement to maintain standardized décor, architecture, signs or similar features
  • Property owners must be current on all municipal taxes prior to participation in the program
  • Tenants must have written approval from property owners to participate in the program
  • Understanding that the overall objective of the BIG Grant Program is to improve the exterior visibility and presentation of a property, the City has the discretion to decline an application while suggesting enhancements that would enable future acceptance.
Map of Eligible Area (JPG)