SouthWood Signage Grant Awarded to Thompson Child & Family Focus

SouthWood Corporation (, which provides image-conscious signage and graphics for clients nationwide, has awarded a $5000 “Identifying Our Community” Grant to Thompson Child & Family Focus. The grant includes the design, fabrication and installation of signage at the agency’s locations.

Thompson Child & Family Focus offers a continuum of education, treatment, and care for at-risk children and families. Last year, Thompson merged with The Family Center, a 30-year-old organization also focused on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Thompson operates four agency locations: Saint Peter’s Lane (off Margaret Wallace Road) in Matthews; 7th Street in Charlotte; Clanton Road/West Boulevard in Charlotte; and an environmental education site in Lancaster County, South Carolina.

“This grant from SouthWood will provide signage that will help families and children in crisis identify Thompson as a helping agency and a place where they can turn for help,” says Lynne Bradley Hiltz, Director of Community Advancement for Thompson Child & Family Focus. “Additionally, signage from SouthWood will help Thompson’s volunteers and donors find the agency’s four sites more easily.”

The award to Thompson Child & Family Focus is the fourth in a series of grants to be awarded by SouthWood to nonprofits in the Charlotte area. SouthWood’s Identifying Our Community Grant 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. Grants will be awarded in quarterly $5000 increments to a different nonprofit every quarter.

“SouthWood is pleased to assist Thompson Child & Family Focus with their image, identity and signage,” says Amy Ricarte, spokesperson for SouthWood Corporation. “We are looking forward to receiving even more applications for next quarter’s grant.”

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

Organizations may submit applications to SouthWood through Applicants may also call 704-588-5000 x149 to obtain an application via fax or U.S. Mail. Applicants must provide six photos of their current (or proposed) signage and its location relative to roads, buildings and driveways.  Logos, graphic standards guide or brand artwork must also accompany the application.

The application deadline for the next SouthWood Identifying Our Community Grant is September 15. The next grant recipient will be chosen at the end of September.


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