Monday, April 21, 2014

20x the Money!

Over the last six years The Chamber Foundation has provided $250,000 in funding for more than 100 projects in at least 20 Lehigh Valley communities, leveraging more than $5 million, a 20x return on investment!

In keeping with the goal of urban revitalization, The Chamber’s 501c3 charitable foundation is releasing a 7th round of grants that will fund a variety of projects intended to positively impact the Greater Lehigh Valley’s downtowns and surrounding traditional neighborhoods. Eligible groups can submit funding requests for a share of $30,000 in amounts not to exceed $2,000 per project.  Examples of projects that have received support include Streetscape Amenities (Banners, Benches, Planters, Trees, Decorative Lighting, Gateway Signage, Landscape Plantings, Bicycle Racks, Directional Signage, Kiosks) Planning, (Downtown Master Plans, Market studies, Parking Studies, Site/Project specific Feasibility studies), and Marketing (Informational Brochures, Billboards, Restaurant Guides).

Applications and further guidelines are available at www.LehighValleyChamber.org/MainStreet or by calling 610-739-1597. Applications are due no later than May 31, 2014 and are to be emailed to lorier@lehighvalleychamber.org.  Proposals must speak to projects that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission: to improve the appearance of every main street in the Lehigh Valley. 

This year’s grant pool was made possible through generous gifts from Air Products, Bennett Automotive Group, Coca Cola Bottling of the Lehigh Valley, The Lehigh Valley Building Trades Council and from other contributors in the business community.  “The Chamber Foundation Grant Program is a unique opportunity for nonprofits and municipalities across the Lehigh Valley,” said Laurie Hackett, Manager, Community Relations and Philanthropy for Air Products. “The beauty and sustainability of our main streets is a high priority for The Chamber and the business community, and we are glad for the opportunity to provide support for projects that will provide a positive visual impact in our downtowns and on our Main Streets.”

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