Retail and Restaurant Incentive Program

Contact: DCED Team Members,

Program Goals:

  • To help fill vacant storefronts with viable, sustainable businesses.
  • To attract retail and restaurant businesses to the Main Street Area that will have a positive economic impact.

Eligible Uses of Incentive:

  • At least 75% of the grant must be used for renovations to the space.
  • At most 25% of the grant may be used for working capital.
  • Receipts of expenditure will be required to be provided.

Eligible Applicants:

  • A retail or restaurant business newly moving into the Main Street Area to a building that either pays property taxes or is owned by the City of Hagerstown.
  • A business where greater than half of all income comes from retail or restaurant sales. 
  • Businesses and buildings that are in good standing with the State and the City.

Ineligible Applicants:

  • Businesses relocating or expanding within the Main Street Area are ineligible.
  • Bail bond businesses, store front churches, hookah shops, tattoo businesses, adult bookstores or other adult businesses, gambling businesses or the like are ineligible.

Application Process and Requirements:

  • Complete the City Center Retail and Restaurant Incentive Program Application.
  • Depending on the amount of work you are doing in your space and the amount of startup capital you require, you can apply for a $2,000, $3,000 or $4,000 grant.
  • Provide a complete business plan.
  • Provide a lease for at least one year within the Main Street Area (map attached) for which you are paying market rent.
  • A minimum of 750 square feet must be leased; however, a cooperative business at one address can make a single application to meet this requirement.
  • A staff committee will review the application and determine the eligibility and level of funding based upon: Square feet leased; Proposed renovation expenses; and Proposed operational expenses
  • Should an incentive recipient not stay at least one year in their permanent location, 100% of the grant shall be due back to the City of Hagerstown.
  • Funding is subject to availability and will be paid to your business upon approval of your application.

Full program guidelines apply. 

Click on the following link for full Retail and Restaurant Incentive Program Guidelines 
Click on the following link for full Retail and Restaurant Incentive Program Application
Click on the following link for full Retail and Restaurant Incentive Program Attachment 1