Apply Now for Free Signage From SouthWood’s “Identifying Our Community” Grant Program

Free signage and services from SouthWood Corporation (www.southwoodcorp.com), the Charlotte-based image, identity and signage specialists are available to local nonprofits that apply for SouthWood’s “Identifying Our Community” grant program.  The application deadline for the next grant is June 15th.

Introduced in 2008, the program will grant a total of $100,000 worth of signage and services to eligible nonprofit organizations to install new signage or upgrade existing signage to create a positive environment.  The grant includes the design, fabrication and installation of the signage and will be distributed in quarterly increments of $5,000 to multiple nonprofits over the next five years.  Applications may be submitted through SouthWood’s website at www.southwoodcorp.com or call 704-588-5000 ext. 149 to receive an application via fax or US Mail.

Grants for free signage design, fabrication and installation have already been awarded to St. Peter’s Homes/McCreesh Place, Crescent Health Institute (formerly Sickle Cell Regional Network) and Rural Hill/Catawba Valley Scottish Society.  The next grant recipient will be chosen at the end of June.

Grants are awarded based on the eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Organization must be a 501 (c)(3)
  • Organization must be located in Mecklenburg County
  • Organization must be able to show how it will significantly benefit from this grant and how it will further serve its mission
  • Organizations applying to upgrade existing signage must show significant issues with existing signage

Applications must provide six photos of their current (or proposed) sign and its location relative to roads, buildings and driveways.  Logos, graphic standards guide or brand artwork should also accompany the application.  Applications and accompanying photos and graphics must be submitted by June 15, 2009.

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