2021 Sheboygan Harbor Centre BID Grant Program
Dear Harbor Centre BID Members,

The grant program was created to support new and existing business development within the Harbor Centre Business Improvement District. The intent of this program is to direct BID funds towards individual business initiatives that will have a ripple effect throughout the BID.

The application window for Fall/Winter 2021 funding will be open from July 1 - July 31, 2021. Award notification will be August 16, 2021.

Official grant activity window is August 16, 2021 - January 30, 2022.

Harbor Centre Business Improvement District strives to be transparent related to our decision-making processes. If you have further questions about our processes, you may contact heather@harborcentre.com or call ‪(920) 624-2736‬.

The following events, activities, projects, and improvements will be considered:

Public Event Sponsorship
Up to $5,000/event to support a district-wide public event. (Series of events will be considered for a maximum award of $15,000). Events must take place in public spaces within the BID and be free and open to the public. Events organized by groups outside of the BID, but taking place within the BID boundaries, must have a BID member serve as the primary applicant. Types of events include public markets, festivals, public concerts, etc.

Member-driven Events
Up to $1,000/business for a total of up to $5,000/event to support member-driven events that will drive business throughout the BID. Events can take place within individual businesses but must not charge admission. Events should be open to the public, not to a restricted membership or other clientele. (No admission fees allowed, but cost of goods or fees for specialty experiences within the event activities are allowed.) Types of events include sales events, holiday events, in-store experiences, etc. Note that for joint Member-Driven Events, each applicant requesting $1,000 must submit a separate application.

Member-driven Activities
Up to $2,000/activity, one-to-one matching funds required. Support for individual efforts that will improve the Harbor Centre Business District. Only one business is required. Funds can be used for capacity building, skill building, private façade or other individual beatification improvements, rebranding, etc. Priority given to those that can clearly articulate how this project will have an impact on the entire district, beyond the individual business applying.

Large-scale Beautification Projects or Infrastructure Improvements
Up to $10,000/project, one-to-one matching funds required. Support for individual efforts that will improve the Harbor Centre Business District on a long-term, large-scale format. Funds can be used on widespread beautification improvements or major infrastructure improvements. Priority given to those that can clearly articulate how this project will have a long-term impact on the BID district. Due to limited funds available in this category, project proposals are greatly enhanced by longer lead times. Applications should be received at least 6 months, preferably 12 months, prior to project start date. Projects organized by groups outside of the BID, but taking place within the BID boundaries must have a BID member serve as the primary applicant.

Moving forward there will be two grant funding opportunities:
January 2022 for Spring/Summer 2022 Event, Activities, Project, and Improvements
July 2022 for Fall/Winter 2022 Event, Activities, Projects, and Improvements

We are looking forward to working together to improve experiences and increase business in Sheboygan's Harbor Centre Business Improvement District and our community.

Sincerely,

Harbor CentreBID Board of Directors
Primary Applicant’s Name *
Name of Business *
Type of Business (list all that are applicable) *
E.g. Salon, Retail, Bar, Restaurant, Service, etc.
Applicant's Telephone Number *
Applicant's Email *
List of additional businesses involved in the initiative. (if applicable)
Note that for joint Member-Driven Events, each applicant requesting $1,000 must submit a separate application.
Name of Property Owner *
Property Owner's Telephone Number *
Property Owner's Email *
Which of the following grants are you applying for?
Clear selection
Proposed Project Description *
Max 500 word count.
Anticipated Impact on the Applicant(s) *
Max 500 word count.
Anticipated Ripple Effect on the Entire BID *
Max 500 word count.
What resources will you or others contribute to make the project possible? *
Examples include: staff time; City or County contribution (trash cans, portable bathroom, parking); promotions; tables. Etc.
For Large-scale projects: A complete project plan with detailed budgets and design is required. Along with a narrative outlining the long-term impact for the BID of the proposed project.
Grant Amount Requested *
Total Matching Funds and Itemizing List of Sources for Matching Funds
Required for Member-Driven Activities and Large-scale Beautification Projects or Infrastructure Improvements
Total Project Budget *
Outline all expenses needed to make the project possible.
Date(s) of Event, Activities, Project, or Improvement *
Signature of Applicant *
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