Conditional Grants

Grant applications must be submitted for approval prior to commencement of work.

  1. GROW Program
  2. Facade Improvement Grants
  3. Fire Suppression Program
  4. Mission: Interior


This program provides matching financial assistance for small businesses, incubator clients, and businesses in targeted industries on a rolling basis, subject to funding availability. The program funds (A) improvements to the property occupied by a small business or (B) workforce training for employees. 

(A) Eligible expenses include business fit-out, demo, signage, paint, updates to electrical or plumbing systems, life/safety updates, ADA compliance, or other improvements that convey with or improve the property. 

(B) Businesses must certify that at least 30% of the workforce is comprised of City residents in order to request funding for workforce training. 

Eligible applicants include small business owners within The City of Frederick with fewer than 25 full-time employees:

  •  In the industries of advanced technology, manufacturing, life sciences, and information technology; or 
  • The business location would provide a catalytic effect on the area immediately surrounding the business

Applicants from FITCI must be current FITCI clients to be eligible for a matching investment in excess of $5,000.


One-to-one matching grant up to maximum of $5,000 (and up to $10,000 match for graduates of Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. [FITCI]).


A meeting with the Department of Economic Development is required prior to application; application must then be submitted prior to the commencement of the work. Expenses incurred prior to application approval will not be eligible for reimbursement. 

Download Application Form (PDF) 

Full Program Details (PDF)