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.
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.
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.