FGF COMMITS $60K TO ‘FACELIFT’ PROJECT
The Freeman Growth Foundation (FGF) has set aside $60,000 for an opportunity available to Freeman businesses in 2022. The funding provides for the launch of a “Freeman Facelift” matching grant program designed to create a more welcoming environment and attract patrons to the community. Making the funding available is intended to encourage and empower businesses to make a positive first impression with exterior improvements.
Any existing Freeman business is eligible to apply to receive up to $10,000 in the form of a 50/50 matching grant for the purpose of enhancing the exterior of their business. A $20,000 project would be eligible to receive $10,000 in grant funds; a $5,000 project, for example, would be eligible to be awarded $2,500.
Businesses must provide a detailed written description, including images, of the proposed design or changes, as well as a listing of anticipated costs.Improvements must be completed within 12 months of the grant being awarded and are limited to exterior renovations that could include storefront, signage, landscaping, murals or other innovations that are cosmetic in nature.
The Freeman Growth Foundation most recently made funding available for the Freeman Community Development Corporation’s purchase of the Westward View Addition. Members of the Freeman Growth Foundation are Glenn Roth, Dr. Dennis Epp, Todd Graber, Joan Andersen and Tim L. Waltner.
Applications for “Freeman Facelift” grants will be accepted through the city of Freeman’s Development and Marketing office. Distribution of funds will be administered by a 5-member team that includes Joan Andersen of the Freeman Growth Foundation, Carol Eisenbeis of the city of Freeman, and Evan Waltner of the Freeman Community Development Corporation; representing the community at-large are Dan Haggerty and Krissy Spangler. The team will review and award or deny applications based on merit, as funding is available.
Inquiries can be made by calling 605-925-4444 or by emailing email@example.com.
The logo pictured above is the image being used for the “Freeman Facelift” initiative. It was designed by FGF board member Tim L. Waltner.