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Local businesses receive $130,000 in grant funding
Neighborhood & Business Services recently awarded Façade Improvement Grants to Fligel’s and The Famous Mart.

Fligel’s, which is located on Monroe Road, was awarded $90,000. The Famous Mart, which is located on North Tryon Street, was awarded $40,000. The two businesses will use the funds to improve their buildings’ appearance and create a more inviting presence along the business corridor.

Click on the link below for additional information about the City’s Façade Improvement Grant Program and other Business Corridor Programs.
Link: Facade Improvement Grant
Envision Charlotte goes national

​The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently announced that Charlotte will host Envision America’s inaugural workshop in January. This annual workshop will host leaders from 10 cities throughout the country who have been selected to take part in Envision America, a new nonprofit that will use technology to tackle energy, water, waste and air issues.
Envision America’s goals will closely mirror that of the pioneering Envision Charlotte program, the local nonprofit launched in 2011 with a goal of reducing uptown energy use by 20 percent over five years. Envision Charlotte’s board of directors includes local representatives from leading corporations, universities and government, including NBS Sustainability Manager Rob Phocas. As of June 2015, there has already been a 16.1 percent reduction in energy use in the 61 buildings that participate in Envision Charlotte, which represents a $17 million savings as well as the elimination of 48,599 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
In an effort to emulate Envision Charlotte’s model on a national scale, Envision America will invite leaders from 10 cities to Charlotte for a special gathering to demonstrate how Envision Charlotte successfully used technology to reduce energy use. The invited city leaders will meet with industry and academic experts to develop local initiatives and get technical help for one year.​
Link: Envision Charlotte
The Knight Cities Challenge has $5 million for your best ideas

The 2015 Knights Cities Challenge is accepting applications now through Oct. 27. This is your opportunity to receive funding for an innovative idea to make Charlotte a more vibrant place to live and work. Grants will be awarded at the city, neighborhood and block level and all sizes in between. 

Need a little inspiration? Take a look at last  year's winners.

The Knight Foundation is looking for projects big and small that can have a wide impact.
Visit knightcities.org for more info!​

Link: Knight Cities Challenge
NBS Facade Improvement Grant applications due Nov. 15
NBS’ Facade Improvement Grant assists businesses and commercial property owners with improving their building’s appearance. In doing so, the program helps bring signs, parking and landscaping into conformance with current codes.

As part of the program, the grant provides eligible businesses or property owners with 50 percent reimbursement for certain architectural renovation expenses. Sixty percent reimbursement may be available on a case-by-case basis for businesses who use a certified Small Business Enterprise firm.

Applications are due ​Sunday, Nov. 15.
Link: Facade Improvement Grant
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