Central Subway Project Construction Mitigation Program

Central Subway Project Construction Mitigation Program

Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) in partnership with the San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free one-on-one business consulting services and resources to targeted merchants to help businesses continue to stay and grow in San Francisco.  IIN and SBDC do so by working with merchants affected by the Central Subway construction to develop a Business Action Plan. 

Resources available to merchants include technical assistance, marketing, and grants for rent, utilities, and wages and to help a business complete physical improvements to their storefronts such as fixtures, furnishings and equipment painting, compliance with accessibility, and technology upgrades. Additionally, merchants have access to funds to help develop and implement a Business Action Plan.  Merchants that qualify for funds are eligible to receive $5,000 to $10,000 per business based on the criteria listed below and the level of construction impact.  Businesses that are impacted also continue to have access to existing programs offered by the City and County of San Francisco.


To be eligible, businesses must be within the Central Subway construction impact zone, must be an active storefront business, and must have been established with no change in ownership on or prior to September 30, 2013. 

  • Central Subway Construction Impact Zones – construction sites and staging areas for large scale equipment/structure
    • Chinatown Station: Stockton Street between Jackson to Sacramento Streets
    • Union Square Station: Stockton Street between Post to O’Farrell Street
    • Fourth and Brannan Station: Fourth Street between Bryant Street to Townsend Street
  • Directly impacted: Construction that impacts and/or impedes visual or physical access to business including structures and large scale equipment for a period of six months or longer.
  • Indirectly impacted: No physical or visual impediment in front of the storefront, but construction is within a one block radius of construction site that indirectly impacts the business corridor for a period of 12 months or longer.
  • Storefront: Ground floor street facing store. 
  • Business Action Plan: A working document that identifies attainable objectives, specific business goals, resources, and steps that can be taken to further develop business skills and resiliency. . Small Business Development Center consultants are available to help business owners work through the objectives and goals to support the business’s long term sustainability and success.  

To apply for the program, please download the application below and submit the completed document to an SBDC consultant by February 28, 2018.  Please submit any inquiries regarding the program to jobsquad@sfgov.org.

All award decisions are contingent upon budget approval and funding availability.

Only applications that are complete and meet eligibility requirements will be considered.  If your application is not selected for funding, we will invite you to apply within six months should another funding opportunity become available.

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About the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC has consultants that help with financial management, access to capital, social media, accounting, and other business topics that help small business owners achieve long-term sustainability.