The Mint Museum Receives SouthWood Signage Grant

SouthWood Corporation (, which provides image-conscious signage and graphics for clients nationwide, has awarded a $5000 “Identifying Our Community” Grant to The Mint Museum. The grant includes the design, fabrication and installation of signage at the Mint Museum of Art on Randolph Road in Charlotte.

The timing of the signage is ideal, as the collections at the Mint Museum of Art will be reinstalled following the opening of the Mint Museum Uptown in October 2010. A new sign will serve as a reflection of all the changes that will take place within the historic United States Mint structure.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to receive SouthWood’s ‘Identifying Our Community’ grant,” said Executive Director Phil Kline. “The new signage will provide the Mint Museum of Art with a much improved roadside sign reflecting our current design initiatives.”

The award to The Mint Museum is the fifth 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 excited to provide The Mint Museum with signage that reflects its creative nature,” says Amy Ricarte, spokesperson for SouthWood Corporation. “We are pleased to be able to contribute to our community in this way and are looking forward to receiving 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 January 15, 2010. The next grant recipient will be chosen at the end of January.


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