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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with gratitude that this work takes place on the traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

After two successful years, Downtown Van is pleased to bring back the “Business Beautification Fund”, for storefront businesses.



The Business Beautification Fund was established to enhance the outward appearance of street-level storefront businesses in Downtown Van. Over the past two years, 28 businesses in the downtown core have benefited from this funding. This year, Downtown Van has allocated $20,000 for this fund, with each successful application receiving up to $2,000 for their project.




You must be a Downtown Van member (apply here) with a street level business in a commercial building located within the Downtown Van boundaries.




  • Implementation or upgrade of the permanent or temporary patio, including but not limited to patio applications, drawings and implementation, furniture, umbrellas, planters, decorations.
  • Addition of landscaping elements such as planters and hanging baskets to an existing patio or outdoor business area.
  • Refresh of external finishes and repaint, including doors, window frames, etc.
  • Repair or replacement of storefront windows and doors.
  • Repair or upgrade of business signs such as main business signage, sandwich boards, etc.
  • Upgrade of windows displays including but not limited to design and installation of wraps, displays, lighting, menu boards, etc.


Please note: The above list is not all-encompassing. Other improvements may be eligible if they meet the purpose of the Business Beautification Fund.



Applications for the 2024-25 period are open from Friday, April 4th, 2024 through to Friday, January 9th, 2025, or until all resources are exhausted.


Step 1: Submit your application

  • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis, and will be approved by the Downtown Van Business Beautification Fund Committee. Successful applicants can expect to be notified within 14 days of submission.
  • (1) application per business is accepted


Step 2: Upon review and project approval, a Letter of Agreement detailing the terms, conditions, and the amount of funding approval will be issued.


Step 3: Business beautification improvements take place.

  • Note that all funds from Downtown Van for the Business Beautification Fund are reimbursements subject to fulfillment of terms and conditions.


Step 4: Submit all required documents by Friday, January 9th, 2025.

  • Required documents include:
    • Proof of payment–all receipts and/or work invoices for the project
    • An invoice to Downtown Van for the project work, up to the approved funding amount.
    • Before and after photos of the project


Step 5: Payment issued from Downtown Van via cheque.


Please Note…


  • All improvements must comply with the City of Vancouver regulations.
  • If approval from a property owner is required, a copy of the approval letter must be provided along with any applicable permits to Downtown Van when submitting other outlined required documents.
  • All City of Vancouver permits, if required, must be issued before any work activities begin.
  • Funds are only given to new projects. Projects under construction or completed projects are not eligible for this funding.
  • Downtown Van reserves the right to turn down an application if it does not align with the Business Beautification Fund purpose.




For any questions, please email Tyshaya Smith, Corporate Events and Membership Lead, at


Take a look at some before and after photos





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