Financial Assistance

Hire Stockton – Workforce Training Grant

Hire Stockton is a workforce grant program designed to encourage existing businesses to hire and train employees from designated local, economically distressed census tracts.

Grant funds between $5,000 and $10,000 are reimbursed to employers based on these criteria:


Storefront Beautification Micro Grant Program

The Storefront Beautification Micro Grant Program was approved by the Stockton City Council in October 2018 to help small business owners improve storefronts, including:

  • Windows and lighting
  • Paint and awnings
  • Signs and planters


Grants up to $2,000 (reimbursement basis) are available to businesses in the Stockton city limits with storefronts on one of the targeted commercial corridors.


No application fees required for this program.


Small Business Micro Loan

Micro Loan BrochureThe City of Stockton's Small Business Micro Loan Program assists local businesses with financing needs with:


  • Loans up to $30,000 to entities located within Stockton city limits
  • Interest rates starting at current Prime Rate plus 2%, with maximum loan term of five years. 
  • Funds for operating capital, including permit and license fees, furniture, fixtures and equipment, rehabilitation, and manufacturing equipment
  • Non-refundable application fee: $50


Businesses receiving loan proceeds must create or retain at least one full-time equivalent job. 



Commercial Façade Improvement Forgivable Loan Program  

2012 Facade Brochure

On July 10, 2007, City Council approved revisions to the City's Commercial Loan Program to expand the program boundary beyond the downtown core and increase funding available to commercial property owners.


The City offers a Façade Improvement Forgivable Loan to enhance the exterior of commercial, nonresidential properties (including nonprofit groups) located within Downtown, South Stockton, North Stockton, and Midtown.

Application fee: $525. 


Commercial Façade Improvement Forgivable Loan Brochure

Façade Improvement - Guidelines

Façade Improvement - Forgivable Loan Application

   Design Review:  BrochureGuidelines and Application



 Emergency Grant Program


City will grant up to $7,500 to commercial property owners to fix code violations that endanger the health or safety of employees or the general public. 


Responsible party (property owner or business owner) must demonstrate alternate sources of funds (such as savings or loans) are not available to fix the problem.




Fee Deferral Programs

Non-Residential Fee Deferral Program 

Fee Deferral Program Brochure

To stimulate economic development within the City of Stockton, City Council adopted a fee deferral program for commercial and industrial buildings.


Rather than paying development fees at the time a building permit is issued, the developer of a qualified non-residential project may elect to defer a portion of those fees.


Non-residential Fee Deferral - Program

Non-residential Fee Deferral - Application






Short-term Non-residential Public Facilities Fee and Mitigation Fee Deferral Program

This program provides short-term relief from upfront development costs, specifically impact fees, until construction has been completed and building is ready to occupy. Rather than paying development impact fees when a building permit is issued, a developer with a qualified non-residential project may elect to defer payment of such fees, with the exception of certain “pass-through” fees.


New non-residential construction projects may defer eligible fees until first certificate of occupancy, whether temporary or final, or two years from the first building permit issuance, whichever is less.


A request for short-term deferral of eligible fees for new non-residential construction projects must be submitted in writing to the Economic Development Department. If the project is deemed eligible, a fee deferral agreement must be executed between the applicant and City prior to the issuance of the building permit. This program becomes effective March 25, 2017, and remains in effect for a period of five (5) years, unless extended by the Stockton City Council.



To learn more about any program or for an application by mail, please contact the Economic Development Department.



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