The Business Assistance Program (BAP) is a matching grant program designed to encourage small businesses to locate, expand or redevelop in the City of Orlando.
BAP provides matching funds to new and expanding businesses in the city to assist in off-setting development fees, including sewer and transportation impact fees, building permit fees, and all elements of public right-of-way infrastructure within the city’s jurisdiction that may require new installation, repair, replacement or relocation.
Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, street lighting and fire hydrant installation/relocation, sidewalk repairs; traffic signalization; water and sewer line construction, removal or relocation; curb, gutter, street improvements and landscaping or installation of publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
The Economic Development Department administers and monitors the program, as well as determines eligibility of applicants.
The program requires eligible business owners to pay 50 percent of the fees assessed against the business, while the program fund pays the remaining 50 percent up to $20,000.
- Franchises and national chain businesses
- Health, medical and social service businesses such as but not limited to walk-in clinics, pain management clinics, hospitals and all affiliated services, chain pharmacies, detoxification centers/clinics, residential care facilities and labs
- Agricultural service industries
- Not for Profit organizations (eligible organizations may apply for the Not for Profit Impact Fee Assistance Program)
- Tattoo parlors
- Body piercing or body art shops
- Adult entertainment facilities
- Adult oriented or adult themed businesses
- Nightclubs, bars, or taverns
- Liquor stores
- Gun shops
- Pawn shops
- Home-based businesses
- Businesses that sell drug paraphernalia
- Any business with outstanding code enforcement violations (including red light infractions) or liens
- Any business that is not current with federal, state, and local taxes
- Any business with outstanding debt to the city
- Medical marijuana businesses (wholesale, retail, production, processing and testing)
* A copy of the applicants’ Florida Business and Professional Regulation license may be required to better determine eligibility.
For more information, please call Kim C. King-Maysonet, Business Development Assistant Manager at 407.246.2721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.