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.orgo 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 CriteriaOur 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!