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Creative Community Improvement Projects

SVN INTERNATIONAL CORP., IN CONJUNCTION WITH PATRONICITY, IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE SVN | COMMUNITIES, A PLACE-BASED CROWDFUNDING GRANT PROGRAM AIMED AT SUPPORTING COMMUNITY DRIVEN PROJECTS IN THE CITIES AND REGIONS WHERE SVN® OFFICES OPERATE.

SVN | Communities aims to generate public involvement in the implementation of creative community improvements by incentivizing individual donations with matching SVN® funds when the projects financial goal is reached.

Donation and reward-based crowdfunding, or crowdgranting, is the process of activating a project or idea of a large group of people and their dollars through a sponsor match within a limited time frame.

To submit an application for the SVN | Communities program during the open call for projects in your city, click the “Apply Now” button and begin a crowdfunding campaign page that describes a bit about your project and the impact you feel it will have on the community.

SVN | Communities will be available in several cities across the country. As new cities are announced, they will appear on Patronicity and this page. Keep checking back for more program and new city announcements!

If you have an idea for an SVN | Communities project, please submit your application today.

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Application Requirements

Eligible Applicants

The SVN | Communities program is available to residents, community groups and non-profit organzations with community improvement projects located in to-be-determined cities and regions as announced by SVN International Corp. and their local SVN regional office.

Why Apply to The SVN | Communities Program?

  1. Applicants will have the ability to request up to $10,000 in matching grant funds if they are successful in reaching their crowdfunding goal.
  2. Applicants applying for the program will receive technical assistance from the Patronicity team that includes project creation assistance and one-to-one crowdfunding coaching before and during the actual crowdfunding campaign.
  3. Applicants will receive marketing and outreach assistance harnessing the channels of Patronicity, SVN International Corp. and the local SVN regional office.

Types of Activities Allowed

Applications may be submitted for project activities described below. It is important these projects have established public awareness and local enthusiasm in the community.

Eligible projects may include but are not limited to:
  • Streetscape beautification & walkability
  • Public plaza development/activation
  • Public Art (sculptures, murals, lighting installations, etc.)
  • Access to public amenities (riverwalks, canoe livery, pier enhancements)
  • Farmer’s markets, community kitchens, pop-up retail/incubator space (community or nonprofit)
  • Coworking or maker spaces
  • Alley activation & parklets
  • Park improvements or enhancements
  • Bike & other non-motorized path and related infrastructure
  • Bandshells & amphitheaters
  • Outdoor movie or other entertainment equipment (for recurring series)
  • Community theater rehabilitation (community or non-profit)
  • Public wi-fi in a place completely open to the public
  • Place branding (wayfinding, place signage, gateway entrances etc.)
  • Event implementation including, recurring festivals, farmers markets, weekly movies, etc
  • Other projects that activate public space or a community place, decided on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of SVN International Corp. and the local SVN regional office.

Grant Dollars

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $5,000. The recipient will receive up to $10,000 in matching funds from SVN International Corp. with the potential for an additional pool of matching funds provided by the local SVN office.

Evaluation Criteria

Projects must have the following characteristics to be eligible for funding:
  • A well-defined and focused project.
  • Project location – projects must be located in a region eligible for this program as listed above.
  • Site control in the form of a legally binding agreement OR written approval from the property owner or the entity controlling the site IF applicable for projects activating a specific space.
  • Identification and schedule for securing any required city permits or approvals may be required as well.
Projects will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
  • The location of the proposed project.
  • The overall impact of the project on the community and other placemaking/ branding efforts.
  • The ability of the project to be completed within one year of receiving the SVN matching grant dollars.
  • Ability of the project creator to effectively implement the proposed project.
  • Partnerships established with local residents, businesses or adjacent neighborhood groups.
Other Program Requirements
  • Projects must hit crowdfunding target by their crowdgranting deadline. Projects will have between 30-60 days to run a crowdfunding campaign.
  • Patronicity and the local SVN office will provide crowdfunding support to applicant projects through both technical and marketing assistance.
  • Any one donor or entity can donate a maximum of 50% to the crowdgranting fundraise for matching funds.
  • Projects with multiple funding sources or a budget larger than the funds anticipated from this program must demonstrate that they will be able to begin the project in a timely manner.
  • Grant disbursements will be made after the crowdfunding goal is met.
  • Grants will only be made to an applicant deemed eligible by the SVN.
  • Project completion must occur within one year of receiving SVN grant dollars once the crowdfuding goal is met.
  • The applicant covenants that it will not use SVN funds in a way to discriminate against person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital, parental status, familial status, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law (“Protected Characteristics”). Furthermore, the applicable certifies compliance with applicable federal laws, regulations, and executive orders prohibiting discrimination based on the Protected Characteristics in the provision of services

SO HOW'S ALL THIS WORK?

  • Step 1: Apply

    Applicants will utilize the Patronicity website to build out a basic crowdfunding page for their project. This page is the initial application and is directed/focused to the project audience and potential donors. Once a project page is started, Patronicity will reach out to the project applicant to discuss the project and next steps.

  • Step 2: Patronicity Review

    Patronicity will perform an initial screening of the project and profile. Patronicity staff may request additional information to determine the project’s appropriateness for crowdfunding and its eligibility to the Program.

  • Step 3: SVN® Review

    At the end of the “call for projects” phase, qualifying projects will be forwarded to the SVN review team for review and a determination of which projects may be eligible to run a crowdfunding campaign to qualify for a matching grant.

  • Step 4: Patronicity Polish

    If approved by the SVN review team, Patronicity will then engage fully with the applicant to polish off the project page, develop a marketing strategy, and build out the crowdfunding campaign. A video shoot may be coordinated and planned through the local SVN office to increase visibility.

  • Step 5: Project Goes Live!

    Start crowdfunding! Patronicity will provide technical assistance throughout the raise period. The applicant has up to 60 days to achieve crowdfunding toward their goal. This timeline is established on a project basis prior to crowdfunding launch. A 30 day campaign is recommended.

  • Step 6: Implementation

    If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, SVN International Corp. will match the funds raised and implementation will follow soon after.

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