Incentives & Grants

Fairfax City Grants & Incentives

If you’re in search of your business’ next location, Fairfax City Economic Development is a valuable resource to help make an informed decision. If you have questions about any of the programs below please contact

Technology Zone (Business License Tax Abatement Program)

Fairfax City has designated a Technology Zone which includes all commercial areas of the City. This program offers special tax exemptions to Qualified Technology Businesses. This is offered to new or substantially expanding businesses primarily involved in technology-based products, processes, or services. The definition of tech business can be found here.

Qualified Technology Businesses, upon certification by Fairfax City and entering into a performance agreement, can benefit from exemptions for up to five years of Business License (BPOL) taxes. The exemption starts with 100% in Year One, decreasing by 20% each subsequent year until Year Five.

To learn more about the Technology Zone and see if your business qualifies, contact us today.

Application for Technology Zone

Lease Incentives for Fairfax Tenants (LIFFT)

The Lease Incentives for Fairfax Tenants (LIFFT) Program exists to attract businesses of all sizes to Fairfax City’s priority office buildings. Potential lessees must enter into a minimum three-year commercial office lease, be a business that has not held a commercial lease in Fairfax City in the past year, or is an existing City business expanding their business footprint. This grant may not be used to reduce rental rates in lease negotiations, but may be used by the incoming tenant for programs, personnel costs, infrastructure investment, rent payment, or any other operational needs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis while funds last.

Application for LIFFT

UPDATE 7/3/2024: Applications are currently paused for this program.

Facade & Interior Improvement Grant (FIIG)

The Fairfax City Façade & Interior Improvement Grant (FIIG) helps facilitate the establishment of new businesses and aid in the expansion of existing businesses within Fairfax City. The grant is intended to reduce the costs associated with the design, repair and rehabilitation of buildings or other high-quality improvements. FIIG provides financial assistance to new and existing businesses through reimbursing 50% of project costs, up to $20,000 for both façade and interior improvements, with preference given to projects that include façade improvements.

This application must be submitted and approved, and a grant agreement entered into with the Economic Development Authority PRIOR to work commencing. Previously completed work is ineligible.

FIIG applications are temporarily closed. Stay tuned for additional updates on this program.

Application for FIIG
How to Apply
Program Guidelines

Neighborhood Connected Grant Program

The Fairfax City Neighborhood Connected Grant Program (NCGP) is a competitive grant program for non-profit organizations. The program will provide non-profit organizations an opportunity to apply for a one-time grant in the amount of $12,000 in support of a proposed program. The goal of this grant is to support our partners’ capacity to develop more strategic, needs-based programming for economic development or economic development-adjacent work done in the City.

Applications are no longer being accepted for this grant program.

Virginia Grants & Incentives

Fairfax City Economic Development can provide an introduction to Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) staff to help companies explore their array of grant programs. VEDP offers assistance to companies that met criteria related to job creation and upskilling, investment in research and development, creation of intellectual property, and more.

Past Grants & Incentives Recipients

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