Apply for reimbursement for your small business storefront

Get reimbursed for up to $10,000 in eligible purchases for your small business through the SF Shines program.

What to do

Check if your business is eligible

Your business must:

  • Have a storefront
  • Have less than $5M in gross revenue on your most recent tax return
  • Have 24 months or more remaining on your lease OR, have been in operation for more than 20 years

Your business must also meet these income requirements:

  • Have an owner from a low or moderate income household OR be located in a low to moderate income neighborhood (non profit applicants are exempt from this requirement) 

See more info about our income requirements

See which neighborhoods qualify as low to moderate income


Previous grant award limits:

  • Applicants cannot apply for more than two locations 
  • Applicants who were previously awarded the SF Shines Construction Grant and SF Shines Design Services Grant are not eligible for this program
  • Applicants who were previously awarded either the SF Shines Construction Grant OR the SF Shines Design Services Grant will only be eligible for up to $5,000 in funding

Check if you are ready to apply

We will ask for proof of purchase that shows the cost of the project.

  • For design services submit a paid invoice from a licensed architect, graphic designer or interior designer
  • For equipment, or furniture or construction materials submit receipts including model numbers and prices
  • All invoices and receipts must be dated January 1st 2024 or later
  • All invoices and receipts should show that the item or service was paid for and a balance of $0.00
  • Some applicants can receive partial funding before making purchases, eligibility will be checked in application

ADA and accessibility furniture and equipment are not covered under this grant. To be reimbursed for the above apply for the ADA Barrier Removal Grant.
Shared Spaces projects are not covered under this grant. Read information about Shared Spaces compliance.

Gather information about your business

We will ask you for:

  • Your Business Account Number (BAN). If you don't know it, you can look it up
  • Your gross revenue from your most recent tax return
  • Number of full-time and part-time employees

Gather your household income

Family size

We will ask you how many people are in your family. A family is a single person or a group of people who live together, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

Family income

We will also ask you about the income for all adults in your family. Use your 2023 tax return if you have filed, or estimate your total income for the last 12 months.

Gather your receipts and/or invoices for your purchased items or professional design services

You must upload receipts and/or invoices to your application. If you have questions about our requirements for receipts and invoices email

Applications are now closed

What to expect after you apply

We will email you a confirmation that your application was submitted. 

We will email you within 30 days to let you know the status of your application. If your purchases are eligible for reimbursement you will work with our nonprofit community partner who will issue your grant check. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. Funding will be determined in the City’s sole discretion.

Awarded applicants must submit additional documents to receive their grant payment. Payment will be sent within 30 days after all completed and correct documents are received from the applicant. 

Last updated June 28, 2024