SouthWood Signage Grant Awarded to N.C. Outward Bound

CHARLOTTE – SouthWood Corporation (www.southwoodcorp.com), which provides image-conscious signage and graphics for clients nationwide, has awarded a $5000 “Identifying Our Community” Grant to North Carolina Outward Bound School. The grant includes the design, fabrication and installation of main identification and building signage at the North Carolina Outward Bound School location at 1351 East Morehead Street in Charlotte.

North Carolina Outward Bound School (www.ncoutwardbound.org) is a wilderness-based, experiential education organization, which provides scholarships to youth and adults, as well as open enrollment wilderness courses and professional development workshops for the general public. “Receiving this signage grant from SouthWood will help spread awareness about our programs for students and educators in Charlotte and the opportunities provided by the North Carolina Outward Bound School to members of our community,” says Amanda Sturner, Charlotte Program Director for North Carolina Outward Bound School.

North Carolina Outward Bound has been applying the experiential education model of learning using the wilderness as a classroom for more than forty years.  This model is based on the four pillars of physical fitness, craftsmanship, self-reliance and compassion. The organization’s mission is “to inspire people to discover and develop their potential to care for themselves, others, and the world around them through challenging experiences in unfamiliar settings.” Students challenge themselves physically and emotionally through camping, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, ropes and team initiatives, and rock climbing. In addition, they learn how to communicate effectively, lead a group of their peers, overcome fears, and practice compassion.

The award to North Carolina Outward Bound School is the seventh 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.

“Over the past 40 years, our community has played an important role in SouthWood’s success,” says Amy Spang, spokesperson for SouthWood Corporation. “It is with sincere pleasure that we have an opportunity to through this grant initiative to identify our community as a great place for all its citizens.”

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 www.southwoodcorp.com. 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 July 15, 2010. The next grant recipient will be chosen at the end of July.

About SouthWood Corporation

SouthWood specializes in the creation and implementation of image-conscious custom signage and graphics. SouthWood will design, plan, build, install and manage the project from concept to completion for clients throughout the U.S., Caribbean and beyond. Founded in 1970, SouthWood has earned a reputation for helping clients figure out what they need, getting it done right and on time, and providing service and quality that generate referrals and repeat business. Call 800-727-6884 or visit www.southwoodcorp.com for more information.

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Patricia Golden, My Team of Experts, Inc., 704-516-0157

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