2016 SOCA Spruce Up Grant Application
SOCA is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Spruce Up Grant Program, with more funding available for 2016! The goal of this program is to improve the exterior appearance of buildings in the SOCA territory (check out our map below). SOCA created this program after hearing from businesses like yours – many expressed a strong desire to see that we work together to improve the look of buildings along the corridor.

Wondering how this program works? This year there are two kinds of grants available: two grants of $500 and one grant for $1000! To be considered for a Spruce Up Grant, you must:
o Be a SOCA member -- see the attached insert on becoming a member or visit our website at www.socalansing.org
o Propose improvements to a building exterior within the SOCA territory. This might involve repairing or replacing signage, painting, landscaping, etc.
o Return this application by Friday, June 17, 2016
o Agree to be featured in SOCA press releases, social media posts,
o Attend our August 17th, 2016 Business Breakfast to receive a big check (event is from 8 to 9 am, location TBD)
o Complete all improvements by Friday, September 30, 2016

Please note that grant winners will be announced on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Not a SOCA member? Become one today! Apply to become a member online at www.socalansing.org/join

Notes on the Program
• Current SOCA Board members’ businesses are ineligible to apply. 2015 winners are also ineligible.
• The grant selection will be comprised of SOCA members and previous winners of the program.
• Applicants may be selected to receive a smaller amount than requested.

Selection Criteria
Our judges will score each application on the following criteria:
• Visible impact to improve a building on the corridor – ideally your improvements involve something we can see when we walk, bike, or drive by your property. More visibility = more points from the judges.
• Amount of funds being leveraged (for example, we will give more points for businesses making a partial investment of their own funds, in addition to grant funds we’ll provide).
• Make sure you complete the application – we will judge applications for quality and completeness. After all, we’re giving away money!
• We do reserve some extra points for creativity – you’re welcome to wow us with your vision for improvements!

Please verify the following – these are program requirements we want to be sure you saw:
Applicant Name
Please provide the name of the person completing the application.
Your answer
Business Name
Please tell us the name of the business that is applying for the grant.
Your answer
Business Mailing Address
Please provide the business mailing address.
Your answer
Phone Number
Please provide the best phone number to call during business hours regarding this application.
Your answer
Email Address
Your answer
What is your relationship to the building?
If you are NOT the property owner, please provide the owner's information:
Your answer
If you are NOT the property owner, do you have their permission to make changes to the building’s exterior?
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