Department of Communications and Public Affairs

Published on Thursday, February 08, 2018

Councilwoman Viagran praises the approval of the World Heritage Area Legacy Business Grant Pilot Program

CONTACT: Susy Romero, (210) 207-7008

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 8, 2018) — Today, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance establishing the World Heritage Area Legacy Business Grant Pilot Program. To qualify, businesses must be registered as a legacy business through the Office of Historic Preservation as well as located in the World Heritage Buffer Zone, or within a two-mile radius of Mission Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan or Espada. This program will provide matching grant funds for façade upgrades, landscaping, signage and parking improvements to help small, local, community businesses take advantage of the opportunities provided by the San Antonio Missions’ World Heritage designation.

“The World Heritage Area Legacy Business Grant Pilot Program is one of the ways we can preserve the authenticity and spirit of the neighborhoods surrounding the missions. These mainstay businesses are integral to spurring our local economy and generating jobs. There’s a lot of competition out there, so by providing access to capacity-building resources, we are helping our legacy, family-owned businesses thrive and remain in the area where they originated. I’m also excited that this program has the potential to be expanded city-wide because we want to be able to highlight all of the gems that are here in San Antonio,” said Councilwoman Viagran.

Nominations can be sent to or by using #legacybizSA.

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