1 Charter One Grwing Cmmunities Initiative 2014 Playhuse Square Retail Develpment Cmpetitin Small Business Develpment Grant 2014 Request fr Prpsals Prpsal Due Date: Friday, May 16 th 5:00 PM, ET Prpsals must be received by the due date specified abve at the Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance (DCA) ffices at the address belw. Prpsals can be hand delivered, r delivered by USPS r ther delivery service. Prpsals received after the due date will be returned, unpened, t the sender. Please make sure t include any relevant attachments (i.e. business plans, qutes, etc.). If yu have any questins please d nt hesitate t cntact Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance: Ryan Manthey, Business Develpment Specialist Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance 50 Public Square, Suite 825 Dwntwn Cleveland, OH Telephne GRANT INFORMATION Abut the Charter One Grwing Cmmunities Initiative Charter One s investment is designed t prmte jb creatin and neighbrhd develpment effrts being pursued by Charter One s public and cmmunity partners thrugh small business prmtin, urban farming, nutritin and health, public art and mre. The 2014 Charter One Grwing Cmmunities Initiative was develped in partnership with Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance and Playhuse Square Abut the Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance is the nt-fr-prfit rganizatin dedicated t building a mre dynamic dwntwn. It is cmmitted t making dwntwn Cleveland the mst cmpelling place t live, wrk, play in the regin. Abut Dwntwn Cleveland and the Playhuse Square Dwntwn Cleveland is in the midst f experiencing ver $4.5 billin in develpment. Hme t ver 120,000 ffice wrkers, 60 businesses cmmitting 6,000 jbs have mved int Dwntwn Cleveland ver the last three years. The dwntwn residential scene is als bming with ver 12,000 residents. In 2013 the ffice vacancy rate in Dwntwn Cleveland decreased t 18 percent and apartment ccupancy increased t 97%. Attractins like PlayhuseSquare, the Rck & Rll Hall f Fame and Museum, Medical Mart & Cnventin Center, and the Hrseshe Casin bring ver 10 millin annual visitrs t Dwntwn Cleveland.
2 This grwth in the dwntwn ffice and residential markets is driving demand fr increased retail amenities. In 2013 alne, 46 new retail stres and restaurants pened Dwntwn, with a heavy emphasis n hmegrwn, Cleveland-wned businesses. In additin, grcers like Cnstantin s Market in the Warehuse District, Simply Fd in Reserve Square and the annunced Heinen s in the Gateway District meet the daily needs f dwntwn residents. As the cuntry s largest perfrming arts center utside f New Yrk, Playhuse Square, the nt-frprfit perfrming arts center utilizes the arts t engage individuals and attract ver ne millin guests per year t its 1,000+ annual events. These audiences act as the catalyst fr ecnmic grwth and vitality within the regin. With $16 millin invested in streetscape imprvements in the Playhuse Square district alne, the walkability f the district is at a level never befre seen in Cleveland. Eligible Applicants Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance seeks prpsals frm retail businesses that will add amenities t the Playhuse Square residents, wrkers and visitrs. Fd-based, service, sft gds, apparel, and ther traditinal retail cncepts are eligible t apply. Preference will be given t lcally wned and perated businesses. A business may apply fr nly ne grant at a time and businesses may receive nly ne grant within a ne-year time perid. Eligible Uses f Grant Funds Cmpetitin winners may utilize funds fr the payment f rent fr ne year fllwing the discunted rent prvided by Playhuse Square; the purchase f fixtures and equipment necessary fr business peratin, r tenant imprvements abve and beynd imprvements prvided by the landlrd. The use f grant funds is limited t special circumstances fr cmputers, technlgy devices, and ther equipment nt affixed t the prperty. Any request submitted fr funds t be utilized fr purchase f equipment must be accmpanied by cut sheets and price qutes fr equipment. Requests fr funds t be utilized fr rent payments r build ut must be accmpanied by qutes by a representative f Playhuse Square Real Estate fr a specific space. An ideal candidate will have a strng business plan, prven track recrd, and financing plan. The financing plan shuld demnstrate the ability t mve frward with r withut the grant prceeds, including cmmitted and ptential surces f financing. Grant Amunts Depending n financial need and the number f recipients, the cmpetitin will award winning small businesses with grants ranging frm $1,500 t $20,000. Playhuse Square Real Estate will als prvide discunted rent and assistance with tenant imprvements, including signage. In additin, recipients will als receive a cmplimentary ne year membership t Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance. Recipients may als be eligible fr the City f Cleveland s Neighbrhd Retail Assistance Prgram, which makes small, partially frgivable lans, f up t $40,000 available t businesses that lcate in the retail spaces in Playhuse Square. Eligible Spaces
3 At least 6 retail spaces ranging frm 500 square feet t ver 3,000 square feet will be available in the Hanna and Keith Buildings. Fr a cmplete listing f eligible spaces, please cntact the Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance. Grant Timeline The Charter One Grwing Cmmunities Initiative 2014 Playhuse Square Retail Develpment Cmpetitin begins Mnday, April 21 st 2014 and runs thrugh May 16 th, Applicatins must be received by 5:00 PM n May 16 th, 2014 t be eligible. Grant applicatins will be judged n their merits by a grant selectin cmmittee, and winners and grant amunts will be annunced June 11 th, 2014 with funds dispersed upn cmpletin f grant agreement, n later than July 21 st, Applicatin Instructins Please cmplete the attached applicatin, including business financial plans and essay and return 1 (ne) cpy t: Dwntwn Cleveland Alliance Attentin: Michael Deemer, Vice President f Business Develpment 50 Public Square, Suite 825 Dwntwn Cleveland, OH All materials must be submitted n 8.5 x 11 paper. Please d nt bind yur applicatin. Cmplete applicatin materials must be received at ur ffices by 5:00 p.m. n the date the prpsals are due.
4 SECTION ONE APPLICANT INFORMATION Date f Applicatin BUSINESS INFORMATION Applicant Business Name (Full Legal Name) Ding Business As Type f Business Tax ID # Annual Sales Number f Current r Full Time Equivalent Prjected Emplyees Business Website Address CONTACT INFORMATION Prpsal Cntact Name Title Phne Fax Mailing Address City State Zip Cde NAMES OF 2 SUPPLIERS / VENDORS AS REFERENCES Name and Cmpany f Supplier / Vendr 1 Supplier / Vendr 1 Phne Number Name and Cmpany f Supplier / Vendr 2 Supplier / Vendr 2 Phne Number
5 SIGNATURES Signature f Business Owner SECTION TWO GRANT REQUEST BUDGET Please list eligible grant requests by line item belw. Please remember any request submitted fr funds t be utilized fr purchase f equipment must be accmpanied by cut sheets and price qutes fr equipment. Eligible expenses include furniture, fixtures, equipment and tenant imprvements. Please include a brief statement as t why the grant funds requested are imprtant t realizing yur business gals. Requests fr funds t be utilized fr rent payments must be accmpanied by qutes by a representative f the landlrd fr a specific space. GRANT ITEM EXPENSE Example: Rent TOTAL GRANT REQUEST Ttal Amunt f Request COMPETITIVE ESSAY In 1,000 wrds r less, please summarize yur business backgrund and hw the 2014 Playhuse Square Retail Develpment Grant Cmpetitin wuld help yu accmplish yur business gals. Please als include hw the results f this prject will enhance the retail amenities ffered in Dwntwn Cleveland and hw it will help Playhuse Square meet the retail demands f dwntwn residents, ffice wrkers, and visitrs. SECTION THREE BUSINESS & FINANCING PLAN May be attached r separate dcument Must include cmmitted and ptential surces surces f financing, market analysis, and prjected revenues and expenses Applicants may be required t submit additinal financial and credit infrmatin. SECTION FOUR PARTICIPATION IN A BUSINESS ACCELERATOR PROGRAM? Bad Girl Ventures Bizdm Launch Huse FlashStarts Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen Business Incubatr Gldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses Other:
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