RFP: West Broadway Arts Streets Façade Improvement Program

News for folks on the North Side and artists everywhere:

West Broadway Arts Streets Façade Improvement Program
Apply for a matching grant of up to $15,000 to enhance and customize your storefront.

PURPOSE OF PROGRAM
The primary objective of the West Broadway Arts Streets (WBAS) Façade Improvement program is to infuse art into the increasingly dynamic visual environment of West Broadway.  Secondary objectives include providing an additional incentive for businesses and property owners to improve their building facades and creating opportunities for local artists to impact their own community.

MATCHING GRANT AMOUNT
Applicants may apply for a matching grant of up to $15,000 or 50 percent of the total project cost, whichever is lower. All grants are subject to and dependent upon the availability of funds. Owners of multiple properties can apply for more than one matching grant, but not more than one matching grant per address.

PRIVATE MATCH
The Grantee must match grants at least dollar for dollar. The match may come from the applicant’s cash, a bank loan, or other funding sources. This includes WBC Great Streets Artist Façade Funds.  WBC is currently taking applications for these funds. Contact Erin for more information on this program.

ELIGIBLITY
Any existing business (with property owner’s approval) and/or commercial building owner whose building are located on West Broadway between 26th Avenue to the west and the River to the east and the one block contiguous (East and West) to West Broadway are eligible to apply.

ELIGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS
Eligible improvements include(but are not limited to): Custom designed windows, doors, lighting, signage, tiling, murals, and painting.

MARK YOUR CALENDER!!!

December 15th Business Owner and Artist Meet and Greet.

  • Business/Building Owner and Artist Meet and Greet: Wednesday December 15th, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Cookie Cart Engagement Space.
  • Business Owners/Property Owners and Artists Please RSVP to Erin at erin-at-westbroadway.org or 612-353-5178.
  • Business and property owners: Meet with Artists to get ideas on how you can incorporate art into improving your storefront.
  • Artists: display and promote your talents to interested business owners

Grant Timeline

  • RFP Issued: December 3, 2010
  • Information Session: Tuesday December 14, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cookie Cart Engagement Space.
  • Business/Building Owner and Artist Meet and Greet: Wednesday December 15th, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Cookie Cart Engagement Space.
  • Information Session: Monday December 20, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cookie Cart Engagement Space.
  • Individual assistance available by appointment.
  • Proposal Deadline: January 31st, 2011 at 4:00 pm
  • Proposal Evaluation: February 1st – February 15th 2011
  • Award Notification: February 16th 2011

Attached is the Request for Proposals.  Please refer to this for full program details.  If you have any questions or need technical assistance with your proposal please email or call me anytime. I am here to help.

Attached is also a list of Northside artists available to work with you on your design.  If you are an artist and would like to be placed on this list please contact Erin Jerabek. – erin-at-westbroadway.org

Please forward this notice to your lists.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL(pdf)

FACADE ARTISTS(pdf)

 

*** UPDATE!***

Greetings!

The Façade Improvement Business Owner/ Artist meet and greet has been
rescheduled and the proposal deadline has been extended due to the poor road
conditions, elongated commute times, school closures, and the holiday
season. This is an important meeting and we would like to ensure everyone
has the opportunity to attend. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDER FOR WEDNESDAY
JANUARY 5TH AT 6:30 PM.

If you are an artist and you are interested in working with a business on a
façade improvement please contact Erin at erin-at-westbroadway.org or
612-353-5178.  I can help connect you with business owners.

REVISED TIMELINE
•    RFP Issued: December 3, 2010
•    Information Session: Tuesday December 14, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the
Cookie Cart Engagement Space.
•    Business/Building Owner and Artist Meet and Greet: Wednesday January
5th, 2011 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Cookie     Cart Engagement Space.
•    Information Session: January 13, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the
Cookie Cart Engagement Space.
•    Individual assistance available by appointment:
•    Proposal Deadline: February 15th, 2011 at 4:00 pm
•    Proposal Evaluation: February 15st – February 21st 2011
•    Award Notification: February 23nd 2011

Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.

Erin Jerabek
West Broadway Business and Area Coalition

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