PARKLETS PROGRAM APPLICATION
Business owners may apply for matching grants for outdoor parklets as well as City permit application fees. This is a letter of interest as well as an application . No grants will be made or committed to until after the City of Jamestown approves parklets codes and design rules, completing this application does not force you to progress a parklet.
To encourage local economic growth and development by making downtown Jamestown an attractive place to live, work, play, and do business. Parklet Grants target improvements that contribute to the overall streetscape aesthetic of the downtown business district, encourage business expansion, stabilization, and entrepreneurship, and aim to improve individual building image and functionality for business owners. In light of the COVID19 pandemic this program is designed to enable businesses to re-open with the additional space needed for social distancing by utilizing the outdoors.
Who can apply
Business owners of taxable commercial businesses located within the Urban Design Target Area are eligible to apply (see map below, preference will be given to businesses closer to the downtown). Properties or businesses with outstanding tax assessments or code violations are not eligible.
Learn more about the Urban Design Plan 2.0 here:
Urban Design Plan Target Area
Terms and Grant Amount
Business owners may apply for a 50% matching grant for up to $3,000 for materials and construction of a parklet designed for use in parking space in front of or potentially behind their business. The JRC will also cover the application fee to the City of Jamestown and assist in the permit applications. If businesses, choose to group together on a bulk order/effort that results in the construction of multiple (more than 3) businesses (preferably adjacent or near one another) JRC will increase the match rate per business to 70% and the total available funds up to $4,000 per business. Grants made under this program shall be a minimum $500 and will be payable one time. Successful applicants will receive a letter of intent to provide project funds. Grant funds are distributed upon proof of parklet construction. Business owners must commit to maintaining the parklet and keep the parklet for use in the Urban Core for a minimum of 3 years. JRC has the right to require funding back from the business owner should the business move/close or the parklet is deemed by JRC staff as not being utilized and/or maintained. The Applicant must also participate in the Jamestown’s Ambassador Program for 3 years. At the end of the first year the Applicant will provide a brief (less than one page) summary of the impact this program has had on their business.
Design guidelines of the City of Jamestown must be followed which are forthcoming..
Parklet should be well constructed, meet applicable codes, be moveable and flexible to enable for varied use and seasonal storage and should generally fit the nature and aesthetic of the urban core. Businesses should have a plan for seasonal storage. Materials should be long lasting (i.e. Treated lumber and appropriate outdoor fasteners).
Grant Review and Approval
The JRC Staff and Urban Core Committee reviews all proposals, and awards funding based upon fund availability and compliance with this application and JRC standards. Note that the application for the City of Jamestown must be approved prior to ordering the equipment, JRC will work with businesses owners on this process. Preference will be given to applications that have sufficient space in front of their businesses. Preference may also be given to those that have participated in the Ambassador program, been sponsored and participated in community events, those that have been open more than two year and/or those who have received support from JRC in the past.
Eligible Expenses may include but are not limited to:
1) Materials and labor for the construction, delivery, installation of a “Parklet”
If the business feels there are other expenses that must be incurred to enable outdoor seating, please include these items on your application and those items will be deemed eligible or not during the approval process. Grants requests will be adjusted to remove ineligible items.
Ineligible Expenses may include but are not limited to:
1) Expenses generated before grant approval
2) Anything unrelated to building/delivering/installing a “Parklet”
Must be in Urban Core
If you partner with other business the match will increase! Partner up and describe how you plan to partner
Please briefly describe the services/equipment you propose to acquire and if an item is not listed explicitly as an eligible expense please explain why your business(s) needs that item.
How much money are you willing to commit to this effort if you are selected for the award?
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