The following are examples of projects that are eligible for funding. These are provided for illustration only; applications are not limited to these examples.
A small business needed a new floor. The application requested funding for contract labor and materials to replace the floor. The project utilized high school student volunteers who served as apprentices to the contractor. Community Benefit: The place of business was improved, and the students learned basic carpentry skills and gained valuable work experience.
A school needed a sign to identify their building, replace an old sign, and announce events and school functions. The application requested funding to purchase and install a lighted sign. Community Benefit: In addition to announcing its own events, the school invited community groups to announce relevant events and the sign ultimately helped to engage parents and students.
A small newspaper was closing and they wished to archive their records. The application requested funding to cover the costs of moving all of the electronic files to a host computer. Community Benefit: The files are now accessible online and local news stories and history are preserved in the digital age.
A small business was the target of serial graffiti, and the business wanted to paint a mural that depicted a historical neighborhood event. The application requested funding to hire a muralist and purchase painting supplies. Community Benefit: The mural beautified the commercial area, educated residents on neighborhood history, and provided the community with a new cultural asset.
A civic organization coordinated a team of high school students to renovate a portion of a neighborhood store and create a community information center. The application requested funding to cover costs of the renovation, including building supplies, furniture and fixtures for the new space. Community Benefit: The information center provided a service to the community by hosting neighborhood events and offering a variety of local, cultural and educational information. It increased foot traffic and utilization of the commercial area, and students received training in planning and construction and gained valuable experience.
- Street, sidewalk or parking lot improvements
- Flower planters, benches or bike parking
- Murals, sculpture or other public art