Springfield Township Community Improvement Corporation Offers Grants To Spur Neighborhood Beautification and Economic Development


The success of Springfield Township Community Improvement Corporation's Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program has spurred a new grant program for local businesses. The new Business Improvement Grant (BIG) could help business owners with improvements to the exterior aesthetics of their building and/or increase the size of their business. Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) Board Member and Township Trustee Mark Berning explains, "The Business Improvement Grant Program leverages community resources to revitalize and reinvest in Springfield Township businesses. The program creates a valuable partnership that helps to improve the economic health and vibrancy of our business communities." 


Applications for the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant and for the Business Improvement Grant programs are now open.


About the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant:

The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program was created in 2016. The program was designed to make Springfield Township neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play. The program focuses on the Township’s various neighborhoods by achieving specific goals.


Similar to most grant programs, the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program provides funding only to specific types of organizations and for specific types of projects.


Projects which are eligible include ones which:

• Provide a public, neighborhood benefit;

• Make improvements and/or repairs to existing facilities;

• Develop aesthetic improvements such as landscaping, entrance signage, or lighting; and

• Involve neighborhood residents in project identification, planning, and implementation

Funded projects must have a minimum of 10% matching funds by the eligible organization.


Past completed projects include: Hollydale Civic Association neighborhood gateway, Pleasant Run Farms Civic Association swim club pool repairs, Sevenhills Action Group neighborhood gateway and the Hartwell Business Association Vine Street beautification project. 


Grant details are at https://www.springfieldtwp.org/378/Neighborhood-Enhancement-Grant

Grant Application Deadline:  June 1, 2018




About the Business Improvement Grant:

Business owners and/or eligible business associations may file a grant application for the implementation of a single project.  Eligible projects are those that:


• Make improvements and/or repairs, or improve the aesthetics to existing facilities; or

• Create new opportunities for economic growth or add jobs; or

• Allow the business to remain in Springfield Township; or

• Address economic development needs of the neighborhood or business corridor and clearly benefits the area; or

• Make aesthetic neighborhood improvements such as landscaping, entrance signage, or lighting; and


A minimum of 35% matching funding from the eligible business/businesses association are required. Projects that conflict with township policy will not be awarded.

 

Grant details are at https://www.springfieldtwp.org/416/Business-Improvement-Grant.

Grant Application Deadline: June 29, 2018


For more information of the Springfield Township CIC, Call 522-1410.

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