Broken Window and Façade Improvement Fund

Applications for Broken Window and Façade Improvement Fund are now CLOSED.

Fund Description 

The Broken Window and Facade Improvement Fund provides financial support to Pioneer Square business and property owners by reimbursing costs related to replacing broken windows and repairing or improving the appearance of building facades or storefronts. Funds may be used to cover materials and labor for the following, but is not limited to:

  • Broken window replacement
  • Fresh coat of paint*
  • Broken door lock replacement 
  • Facade Repairs 
  • Professional facade cleaning 

*Some projects may require Pioneer Square Preservation Board approval (e.g. a new façade paint color). Please review the Pioneer Square Historic District Guidelines and contact Genna Nashem at genna.nashem@seattle.gov to determine if your project will require a Certificate of Approval from the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.  

How to Apply

Please note that the Alliance for Pioneer Square is no longer accepting applications for this fund.

Only properties and businesses within the Pioneer Square District Boundaries are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Funds will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. 

If you have an idea for a façade improvement project not listed, please reach out to inquire about project eligibility.

* If you have an economic hardship that makes applying to this fund a barrier, please let us know. We recognize that some applicants may be unable to complete a project without knowing the funds will be guaranteed, or in some cases, upfront payment may be needed. If you need to apply for guaranteed funding or upfront funding, please submit cost estimates instead of related receipts as part of your application and indicate if you are applying for guaranteed funding or upfront funding when you submit your application materials. Guaranteed and upfront funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

For all questions about the Broken Window and Façade Improvement Fund, please reach out to Sara, Public Realm Manager, at sara@pioneersquare.org

Frequently Asked Questions 

My storefront or building is not located in Pioneer Square, can I apply for this fund?

No, the Broken Window and Facade Improvement Fund is only available to property owners and business owners located within Pioneer Square district boundaries. 

Is there a maximum dollar amount I can request? 

There is no maximum dollar amount for funding requests. We understand that each storefront and building facade is unique. We also recognize that there are different costs associated with different types of projects. To allow for flexibility, the Alliance for Pioneer Square reserves the right to delay, deny, or only provide partial funding.

Can I apply for this fund more than once?

Yes, applicants can apply for this fund multiple times until funding is exhausted. The Alliance for Pioneer Square reserves the right to delay, deny, or only provide partial funding.

Can I apply for funding for a project that took place before the Broken Window and Facade Improvement Fund officially launched?

No, only projects that were completed on or after June 7, 2021, when the project officially launched, will be eligible for funding (until funds are exhausted). 

When is Property Owner Authorization Form required?

The Property Owner Authorization Form is required for applicants who are proposing projects that require property owner permission. These are projects that involve work outside of the applicant’s lease agreement. For example, if a tenant wants to change the color of the storefront facade and that is not allowed per the tenant’s lease, the tenant/applicant will need to submit a completed Property Owner Authorization Form as part of their application. If the project falls under the applicant’s responsibility per their lease agreement, the Property Owner Authorization Form is not required. For example, some leases may require the tenant to replace broken windows. In this case, the Property Owner Authorization Form would not be required.  

Since this fund is reimbursement based, what if I have an economic hardship that prevents me from being able to complete the project without guaranteed funding? Or, what if I cannot afford to pay project costs upfront? 

We recognize that some applicants may be unable to complete a project without knowing the funds will be guaranteed, or in some cases, upfront payment may be needed. If you need to apply for guaranteed funding or upfront funding, please submit cost estimates instead of related receipts as part of your application and indicate if you are applying for guaranteed funding or upfront funding when you submit your application materials. Guaranteed and upfront funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

I have an idea for a facade improvement project that is not listed in the fund description, can I still apply? 

If you have an idea for a project but you are not sure if the project would be eligible for funding, please contact sara@pioneersquare.org to inquire about project eligibility. 

Do I need to get Pioneer Square Preservation Board approval for my project?

It depends. If your project will change the building’s external appearance, a Certificate of Approval is required. If the proposed work involves ONLY repair using the same materials and exact same details and finishes, then a Certificate of Approval is not required. However, the method and scope of work must be reviewed and confirmed as in-kind by the Board Coordinator, Genna Nashem, prior to undertaking the work. Genna can be reached at genna.nashem@seatttle.gov. Please visit the Pioneer Square Preservation District website to learn more.    

Funding for the Broken Window and Façade Improvement Fund is made possible by Historic South Downtown. We recognize that some applicants may be unable to complete a project without knowing the funds will be guaranteed, or in some cases, upfront payment may be needed. If you need to apply for guaranteed funding or upfront funding, please submit cost estimates instead of related receipts as part of your application and indicate if you are applying for guaranteed funding or upfront funding when you submit your application materials. Guaranteed and upfront funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis.