We believe in Community Building through Economic Development.

Grant Portal for the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation:

  • You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to apply for any of our programs. 
  • You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date. 
  • We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please make sure the email address used to sign up for your Submittable Account is one that you check regularly. 
  • Please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions at support@submittable.com
  • If you need to contact or visit our office, please schedule a meeting by calling (956)382-7500. Our office is located at 1304 E. Adams Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520. 

BEFORE YOU APPLY
 

  • Read the BIG Program Guidelines to ensure your project meets the requirements of a standard rehab project. Property owners and tenants may apply for this category. 
  •  Schedule a meeting with BCIC staff to discuss your project by emailing msuarez@bcic.us.
  •  Applicants are required to have all permit(s) required by the City of Brownsville for the entire project.
  • Ensure your project is within the BIG Program Boundaries.
  • If funding is awarded and the building is vacant, the applicant must have a letter of commitment from a business and said business must open within ninety (90) days of project completion. A letter of commitment for each storefront must be submitted if the building has multiple storefronts. Failure to have the building at 100% occupancy during this timeframe may result in reimbursing BCIC for any disbursed.
  •  This category offers up to $25,000 for facade improvements and up to $35,000 for interior MEP improvements with a reimbursable 50/50 matching grant. Applicants must have a minimum of 50% of the total project cost available. A bank statement showing the unencumbered and unrestricted funds is required with the application.

Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously, with a strict deadline of the second Friday of each month to allow for a 30-day application review. No exceptions will be granted regarding this deadline. The Board of Directors will consider submitted applications in the subsequent month.

THE PROGRAM IS NOT INTENDED TO FULLY FUND OR KICKSTART PROJECTS AND THE APPLICANT MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAVE THE AVAILABLE CAPITAL TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PROJECT. IF THE APPLICATION IS DENIED BY THE BCICBOARD, THE APPLICANT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY.
 

BEFORE YOU APPLY
 

  • Read the BIG Program Guidelines and ensure your project meets the definition of an Extensive Rehabilitation Project. Only property owners may apply for an extensive rehabilitation grant. 
  •  Schedule a meeting with BCIC staff to discuss your project by emailing msuarez@bcic.us.
  •  Applicants are required to have all permit(s) required by the City of Brownsville for the entire project.
  • Ensure your project is within the BIG Program Boundaries.
  • If funding is awarded and the building is vacant, the applicant must have a letter of commitment from a business and said business must open within ninety (90) days of project completion. A letter of commitment for each storefront must be submitted if the building has multiple storefronts. Failure to have the building at 100% occupancy during this timeframe may result in reimbursing BCIC for any disbursed.
  • This category offers up to $200,000 for facade and interior improvements with an 80% match required by the property owner and a 20% match from BCIC. Applicants must have a minimum of 50% of the total project cost available. A bank statement showing the unencumbered and unrestricted funds is required with the application.

Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously, with a strict deadline of the second Friday of each month to allow for a 30-day application review. No exceptions will be granted regarding this deadline. The Board of Directors will consider submitted applications in the subsequent month.

THE PROGRAM IS NOT INTENDED TO FULLY FUND OR KICKSTART PROJECTS AND THE APPLICANT MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAVE THE AVAILABLE CAPITAL TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PROJECT. IF THE APPLICATION IS DENIED BY THE BCICBOARD, THE APPLICANT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY.
 

The BIG Rental Reinvestment Program offers rent reimbursements to businesses that are new-to-market, expanding, or relocating to Historic Downtown Brownsville. The goal of the program is to strengthen downtown’s economic activity, diversify the existing business mix, improve downtown’s curb appeal, and increase occupancy.

Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously, with a strict deadline of the second Friday of each month to allow for a 30-day application review. No exceptions will be granted regarding this deadline. The Board of Directors will consider submitted applications in the subsequent month.

Eligibility

New, expanding, or existing businesses choosing to relocate to Historic Downtown Brownsville and contribute to the existing business mix. Existing downtown businesses wanting to expand their gross rentable space are also eligible. 

Eligible applicants must:

1. Be located within the BIG Program Boundaries. Check this map for eligibility. 

2. Hire or employ a minimum of two (2) employees, not including the business owner.

3. Be in operation for a minimum of three (3) months but no more than six (6) months and submit a profit and loss statement and  cash flow statement with their application.

4.  Existing downtown businesses older than six (6) months are eligible if they have expanded their gross rentable space. 

ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO READ THE PROGRAM GUIDELINES PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT INTENDED FOR BUSINESSES THAT ARE PAST DUE IN RENT.

Frontera Leadership Institute is a three-month leadership and entrepreneurial program by LMNTS. This immersive summer program will train you to start a business from scratch and learn product management. Our program is unique; we take a heart-centered approach to business. You will learn how to collaborate, handle ambiguity, and gain the necessary people skills to run a successful business. 

If you have at least one semester of college credit and are between the ages of 18-26, you are eligible to apply for our program.

Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation