Alameda Connects Grant Opportunities

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Alameda Connects Small but Mighty Small Business Grants Program

As a member of Alameda Connects you are eligible to participate in the Alameda Connects Small but Mighty Small Business Grants Program.  This grant program is funded by Alameda Connects.  Grants are designed to fund projects that can be fully implemented in 2022.  Grants are not intended to cover business operating expenses.

Grant Amount– $500
Grant Award Criteria:
• Must be a business member in good standing of Alameda Connects.
• Non-profits are ineligible to apply. They may apply separately under the Make a Difference Non-Profit Grant Program.
• Complete and submit the attached grant application by February 6, 2023.
• Have 50 or fewer full and part-time employees.
• Be a Lakewood business in good standing with a current Lakewood business license.
• Business must have been established in Lakewood by January 1, 2022.
• Submission of current Form W-9.
• For physical improvements- permission from your landlord if you are a renter.

Priority Funding Areas
Project funding ideas may include, but are not limited to:
• Signage and facade improvements
• Sustainability projects such as recycling equipment
• Outdoor furniture and heaters
• Bike racks
• Outdoor artwork

Review Process:
Applications will be reviewed by Alameda Connects staff and recommendations forwarded to the Alameda Connects Board of Directors for approval at a board meeting.

2022 Schedule for Small but Mighty Grants Program:
January 6, 2023- Grant applications available online at www.AlamedaConnects.org
February 3, 2023- Grant Applications Due- Grant application submission due by 5 PM.  Applications must be submitted online.
February 17, 2023- Grant recipients announced.
By March 31, 2023- Grant funds disbursed.

Alameda Connects “Make a Difference” Grants and Sponsorships Program for Public Schools and 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations

Alameda Connects awards grants and sponsorships to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public schools on a competitive basis in the Alameda Corridor area of Lakewood.

Grant Amount– Grants are for the sum of $5000 each and funds must be used in 2023.

Grants may be requested for a variety of project needs including educational programs for schools, support of programs for provision of services for the Lakewood community, and table sponsorships for fundraising events.  Grant applications should be for help with existing or new projects or programs as opposed to routine operational expenses.

Factors Considered in Awarding Grants:
The following factors are considered in awarding grants and sponsorships:
• Positive impact on the Lakewood community
• Positive impact on the Alameda Corridor area of Lakewood
• Funds will be used for a purpose consistent with the organization’s mission
• The project includes collaborations with other organizations

Funding Areas:
Project funding areas may include, but are not limited to:
• Education
• Public health
• Sustainability and climate
• Civic fabric and education

Review Process:
Applications will be reviewed by Alameda Connects staff and recommendations forwarded to the Alameda Connects Board of Directors for approval at a board meeting.

2023 Grants Schedule:
January 6, 2023- Grant application forms available online at www.alamedaconnects.org
February 3, 2023- Grant applications due to Alameda Connects by 5 PM. Applications must be submitted online.
February 17, 2023- Grant recipients announced.
By March 31, 2023- Grant funds disbursed on or before March 31.

For questions about these grants programs please contact Sarah Hadsall at the Alameda Connects Office at (303) 274-1807 or sarah@alamedaconnects.org with the subject line of the grant that you are applying for i.e. “Make a Difference Grant”.