The Winter Park Commercial Enhancement Grant Program established a fund which can be utilized by local organizations or businesses to beautify their property and Winter Park, thereby encouraging pedestrian/business activity in commercial areas. Organizations or business owners desiring access to these funds shall submit applications outlining their proposal and anticipated beneficial impacts. Allocation of funds will be based upon the merit of the proposal.
In 2014 there are $50,000 available for grants through the Winter Park Commercial Enhancement Grant Program. Grant amounts are limited to 50% of the project's total cost. Funding amounts are determined based upon a review of the application and evaluation of the potential beneficial impact on business activity as well as the overall effect on the downtown area regarding traffic flow, pedestrian accessibility, and beautification.
To apply for a Commercial Enhancement Grant, complete and submit your application to the Planning Department. Grants are reviewed twice a year in spring and fall. Deadlines for submittal are May 1st and September 1st. Upon review by the Planning and Zoning Commission, applications are then forwarded to Town Council for final approval.
The Winter Park In-Kind Services Grant Program provides town personnel and equipment that can be utilized by local organizations or businesses to assist in completing maintenance on their property that requires specialized equipment (i.e. bucket truck, loader). Organizations or business owners desiring access to these services shall submit an application outlining their proposal and anticipated beneficial impacts. The Town will provide labor and equipment; material costs must be provided by the organization or business. The Town will provide up to eight hours of personnel time per grant (if two or more town employees are required, each employee counts as an individual hour).
The grant will be awarded based on the availability of town personnel (town projects will take priority) so please list multiple dates that the work could be completed.
To apply for an In-Kind Services Grant, complete and submit your application to the Planning Department. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. Please submit the grant at least two weeks prior to the desired Council meeting. The Town Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month.
Each year the Town of Winter Park make funding available to non-profit and community based organizations that need assistance. For more information please contact the Grand Foundation 970.887.3111.