Program & Events: Chamber Grant
Matching Grant for Outside Improvements
A program designed to assist Chamber members with financial support in regards to the outside of their business. In an effort to help beautify our county and give back to the community, we are introducing this incentive to all Chamber businesses. The goal of the Matching Grant for Outside Improvements is to provide an economic incentive to renovate storefronts for Chamber members and/or to assist in the upkeep and appearance of their business to continue economic growth.
Examples of Qualifying for Outside Grants Signage, Paint, Siding, Roofing, Awnings, Hand rails, Windows, Becoming handicapped accessible, etc.
Capital Equipment Matching Grant Incentive
A program designed to assist Chamber Members in the purchase of equipment that will increase their customer base and target markets. The goal of the Capital Equipment Incentive is that the addition of the equipment will expand their business, in turn, creating jobs.
Process for Receiving the Grant
Initial this page and submit the completed application. Any incomplete applications will not be accepted. If applicable, include design plans or sketches and the building owner’s permission to the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce in writing. Applications will be reviewed bi-annually, with the first round due by May 30th or the second round, November 30th. Applications are confidential and will be reviewed by the committee then approved by the Board of Directors. The cost of the project needs to be included in the application for matching-reimbursement funds. The recipient must show proof of funds spent with a paid invoice or receipt. A notification letter will be sent to the application as to whether the project has been accepted as described or rejected. If accepted, an agreement must be signed between the Chamber President and the Recipient. A check in the granted amount will be disbursed to the recipient after proof of paid invoice and/or receipt. After the project is complete, the recipient must submit before/after pictures if applicable with a wrap up report. Included in the wrap up report must be a quote about the impact of this grant to their business from the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce. This must be submitted no later than 3 months after the grant was funded.
The reimbursement grant will be funded up to 4 times a year with a maximum limit of up to $500 each grant, per recipient, per year – totaling $2,000 to four separate chamber members each year. For example: if a business owner purchased, or plans to purchase, new signage that could improve the façade of their business that costs $1,200, the Chamber Member could apply for the Outside Improvement grant and if accepted, would receive up to $500 reimbursement grant to use towards the cost of the sign. Each project using grant funds must be complete within 90 days after the grant is funded or within the previous 6 months. If the project is not complete and the requirements have not been met, the committee reserves the right to review the request and withdraw the grant funds.
Funds are limited and depending upon demand may not be available for the entire year. Recipients may only collect a grant once every 2 years.