CHARLOTTE – SouthWood Corporation (www.southwoodcorp.com), the Charlotte-based image, identity and signage specialists providing image-conscious signage and graphics for clients nationwide, is pleased to introduce the SouthWood “Identifying Our Community” Grant Program. The 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. The grant includes the design, fabrication, and installation of the signage, and will be distributed in quarterly increments of $5,000 to multiple nonprofits over the next five years.
A competition was held among employees of SouthWood to come up with the name for the new grant program. Company spokesperson Amy Spang says, “We wanted a name that reflected not only our grant initiative and our intention to benefit our community, but also one that reflected who we are and what we do.” In a true spirit of community and working together, the award was shared between company Treasurer, Donita Stewart, and Tony Peloso, Design Manager.
“Our community has played a significant role in SouthWood’s success over the past 40 years,” says Spang. “We are excited to have this opportunity to give something back. And since our expertise is in helping organizations create and implement their identity, this was the perfect fit.”
Grants will be 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 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.
A panel of SouthWood employees and members of the community will review and evaluate applications based on eligibility and need.