SouthWood Signage Grant Awarded to Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center

SouthWood Corporation (, which provides image-conscious signage and graphics for clients nationwide, has awarded a $5000 “Identifying Our Community” Grant to Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center. The grant includes the design, fabrication and installation of building signage at their location in Davidson.

The Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center was established in 1969 in response to a tragic fire that claimed the lives of three young children. Their mother had no access to child care and had left them alone while she worked outside the home to support them. As a result of this tragedy, a group of socially-conscious citizens set about to address the need for safe, affordable care for all children. Community members, the faith community, and Davidson College staff united around this vision. The group purchased land, constructed a building, hired staff, and welcomed children to the “Davidson-Cornelius Day Care Center” in 1969. The Center provided the first racially and socio-economically integrated child care program in the area. It was also among the area’s first early childhood development programs. The Center has served more than 1,800 children since it opened.

The award to Davidson-Cornelius Day Care Center is the seventeenth in a series of twenty 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 through this grant initiative to identify our community as a great place for all its citizens.  We are especially delighted to name United Way of Central Carolinas a most worthy recipient at the half-way point of our grant program.”

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, 2013. The next grant recipient will be chosen at the end of quarter.

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 for more information.


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