SF Shines Program

SF Shines Program

Ocean Avenue Facade Improvement Program

*****Update on this program. OAA has chosen 4 businesses to receive facade improvements for 2014:
1. Ming Kee Restaurant (1548 Ocean Ave)
2. King’s Cafe (1552 Ocean Ave)
3. Lucky Ocean Cafe (1501 Ocean Ave)
4. iPlayBow (coming to 1410 Ocean Ave)
5. Top Nail (1326 Ocean Ave)

*****Thanks for your interest in this program. OAA is now reviewing all applications. For questions about this program, contact Dan Weaver, Executive Director:
650.273.6223650.273.6223 (If voicemail picks up, please leave a message)

About SF Shines

SF Shines invests in commercial corridors through facade improvements, including grants, design services and project management. The goal is to increase economic vitality along the city’s commercial corridors, attract new businesses and provide support to existing businesses.

SF Shines Ocean Avenue Retail Corridor Program

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development has awarded a $100,000 grant for 3 to 10 small business facade improvement projects for 2013. Application deadline is November 10, 2013. All work must be completed by June 30, 2014. The city has also awarded the Ocean Avenue Association a block grant for assistance to small businesses to apply for and receive these funds for façade improvements.

Program Objectives

  • Enhance the neighborhood streetscape.
  • Increase neighborhood safety.
  • Restore the historic and architectural character of the neighborhood.
  • Foster a sense of pride in the community.
  • Encourage investment in the neighborhood.

Who is Eligible?

Ocean Avenue Ingleside business and property owners within the Community Benefits District are eligible to apply for the Ocean Avenue program.

  • Applicants must demonstrate the following:
  • Consent from the property owner is required.
  • Required insurance coverages must be in place.
  • A financial contribution to the project is expected.

Eligible Improvements

Nonstructural building improvements such as cleaning, painting, graphics/signage, lighting, windows, doors and removal of safety gates and grilles.

Eligible Building Types

Commercial or mixed use buildings with ground floor retail storefronts qualify for this program.

Grant Award Amounts

Up to $20,000 to $33,000 in city funds depending on the number of projects selected. A 25% match is normally required from the business or property owner. If you cannot secure matching funds, your portion may be waived based on demonstrated financial need.
Applicants can also receive business technical assistance through local community based organizations.


  • Competitive applications should demonstrate:
    Area-wide benefit(s): Your business must provide services to low and moderate income residents in the neighborhood.
  • Commitment to the Corridor: Demonstrate a commitment to the retail corridor/neighborhood by having a minimum 3 year lease.

Interested applicants can download an application here.

Applications can be dropped off or postmarked by November 10, 2013 to:
Ocean Avenue Association
1728 Ocean Avenue PMB 154
San Francisco, CA 94112


Alternately applications may also be submitted as email attachments to:

Contact Us

For more information about the program, please contact:
Dan Weaver, Executive Director
Ocean Avenue Association
650.273.6223650.273.6223 (If voicemail picks up, please leave a message)