Eligible Participants


  • Any nonconforming signage on the property must be permanently removed as part of the improvement
  • Applicants must agree not to change or alter the property improvements without prior written approval from the BIG Review Committee for 3 years from the date of the rebate check issued under the BIG Grant Program
  • Applicants must be commercial property owners or commercial tenants located in San Marcos within the Downtown SmartCode zoning district or along designated corridors (see BIG Grant Program Eligible Area Map)
  • Applicants must comply with all State and local laws and regulations pertaining to licensing, permits, building code and zoning requirements
  • Improvements made prior to written approval by the BIG Review Committee will not be funded and
  • Preference will be given to independent businesses not required by contractual arrangement to maintain standardized décor, architecture, signs or similar features
  • Property owners must be current on all municipal taxes prior to participation in the program
  • Tenants must have written approval from property owners to participate in the program
  • Understanding that the overall objective of the BIG Grant Program is to improve the exterior visibility and presentation of a property, the City has the discretion to decline an application while suggesting enhancements that would enable future acceptance.
Map of Eligible Area