Downtown Hampton & Phoebus Retail Incentive Program


The purpose of this program is to increase the retail presence and sales in Downtown and Phoebus by providing incentives and assistance in attracting and retaining quality retail businesses.

Administering Body/Responsible Parties

The Hampton Economic Development Authority (EDA) administers this program. The Hampton Economic Development Department provides support.

Who May Apply

Retail businesses or retail property owners located within the Downtown Hampton and Phoebus Master Plan areas may apply.

Policy for Considering Assistance Requests

This program is intended to be flexible. Applications under the Downtown Hampton and Phoebus Retail Grant Program are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Applications are to be submitted to the City of Hampton Department of Economic Development (HDED). Applicants must follow the adopted grant application process, including a pre-application conference, in order to be considered for a grant award. Applications will be open until all funding is committed.

  • Pre-Application Review. A preliminary meeting with HDED staff is required. The meeting gives potential applicants and staff the opportunity to discuss a proposal and provide guidance to the applicant. The applicant shall incur all initial project costs and may receive reimbursement in accordance with the grant award.
  • Application Submittal. After an application has been submitted, HDED staff will examine the application, plans, timeline and costs. Applicants will be contacted if there are any questions about their proposal before it is submitted to the Retail Grant Committee.
  • Retail Grant Committee Action. The Retail Grant Committee (RGC) will review the project either denying or approving the application. If any applications are approved, the Committee will instruct HDED staff to prepare information to be presented to the Authority for its approval or denial. All decisions by the Authority are final.
  • Grant Agreement. Approved applicants are required to execute a Grant Agreement in which the Authority agrees to pay for the authorized work and the applicant agrees to complete the work in accordance with the approved application.
  • Issuance of Reimbursement. Following installation and completion of the project improvements and/or project milestones, the Grantee must submit to HDED all invoices for the project. After the HDED determines that the invoices are correct and that the work has been completed in accordance with the Authority‚Äôs approval, the reimbursement will be issued.

Financial Assistance Offered

Qualifying uses for financial assistance include:

  • Costs associated with acquisition, construction, expansion or the rehabilitation of a retail facility.
  • Site and building demolitions related to upgrading real estate.
  • Permanent exterior improvements (i.e. enhanced entrances or storefronts) or interior improvements.
  • Building signage and exterior lighting.
  • Certain soft costs associated with the development of real property such as architectural, engineering, permitting, etc.
  • Equipment and fixtures that are classified as items of personal property which, through its attachment to, or association with, real estate, loses its identity as personal property and becomes real property.
  • Upgraded parking surface areas (paving) with associated landscape improvements.
  • Rental assistance which shall not exceed the first 6 months of the lease.

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