on February 23, 2016 / by Downtown Dallas Inc. / in Blog Posts, Clean and Safe, Economic Development and Planning, Parks and Public Space
DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
2016 Matching Grants Program
Call for Project Applications
Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private, non-profit organization funded by voluntary membership dues, assessment revenue from the Downtown Improvement District (DID), and through contracts with the City of Dallas for specific projects and programs.
The Dallas Downtown Improvement District (DID) was created by DDI in June of 1992 to fund important supplemental services and visible improvements to our city center. In 2001, 2005, and 2013, the DID was voted by property owners to be renewed, and has since embarked upon additional initiatives to make Downtown Dallas clean, safe, and fun for the entire community. The DID has been renewed through 2020.
As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2016 DID budget, DDI is soliciting proposals for matching grants to improve public spaces.
In general, capital improvement projects that improve the appearance, safety, and functional qualities of the Downtown public environment will qualify. The Downtown Dallas 360 plan approved by the City Council in 2011 is the guiding policy document. Refer to downtowndallas360.com. Projects must demonstrate public benefit and must result in tangible improvements. The following are examples of projects that may qualify:
- Renovations or enhancements to existing building facades or storefronts with emphasis on ground level public benefit and improvements
- Significant upgrades or additions to public spaces
- New landscaping on public streets or sidewalks
- Improved lighting of public spaces
- Repair or replacement of curbs and gutters
- Overall repairs and enhancements to sidewalks in public rights-of-way, including removal of driveway cuts
- Creative public area improvement projects which meet program goals
Projects must be within the DID boundaries (a map is attached).
If part of the proposed project is on private property, the applicant must have the signed approval of the owner or owner’s agent or specific evidence that such approval has been granted prior to distribution of grant funds. Projects on public property may be submitted without formal approval of the relevant public agency, but the potential of such approval will be considered by the DID.
Please note that all applicants will be required to indemnify DDI and the City of Dallas against all claims. In addition, liability insurance for applicant, landlord, and contractors (as appropriate) will be required for construction projects.
The DID is committed to meeting the City of Dallas Good Faith Effort Plan. Grant applications that include participation from certified Minority/Women Business Enterprises in the City of Dallas will be positively received.
No grant may exceed 50% of the actual cost of supplies, materials, construction, and labor. The applicant’s contribution may be all cash from the applicant or cash from sources other than the applicant.
The minimum grant award is $1,000 and the maximum is $25,000 per project. The DID reserves the right to modify grant award amounts to meet program budget requirements, so applicants may be offered an amount less than 50% of total project costs.
Projects must be completed no later than 6 months after grant approval. Projects judged to be substantially complete before grant applications are reviewed will not be considered.
Projects must be consistent with the design guidelines in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan. Before commencing construction, projects may be required to undergo a design review with the City of Dallas and DDI.
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
Projects submitted should comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. The DID is not responsible for obtaining any required permits. The grantee shall obtain all required local, state and federal permits.
To be considered for an award, applicants must complete the application form, limiting responses to the space provided on the application except where additional materials are specifically requested.
Applications for the 2016 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by March 31, 2016.
The application must be sent to the following address:
Jim Wood, VP Economic Development
Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Bank of America Plaza
901 Main Street, Suite 7100
Dallas, Texas 75202
Or emailed to: email@example.com
For more information, please contact Jim Wood at 214-744-1270 or at the email above.
Criteria for Grant Award Decisions
- The project must demonstrate a public benefit consistent with the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan
- The applicant meets eligibility requirements
- The project provides maximum public benefit for the funds required
- The design quality of the project
- Approval of property owner or potential for approval by relevant governmental agency
- The project has support of adjacent property owners, groups, or tenants
- Maintenance requirements and commitments are in place
- The project facilitates occupancy of vacant space or existing tenant retention
- Participation by certified Dallas Minority/Women Business Enterprises
- The application form is complete and correct
- Permits, approvals, and implementation can be quickly achieved
- Track record of organization or company with similar efforts
- Innovation and creativity
- Location of project with regard to geographic distribution of grant funds
- Percentage of project to be funded by applicant
- The project must be able to be finished in a timely manner
Applications will be submitted to the DDI Capital Improvements Committee which will approve all grant awards. No committee member with a vested interest in an application will be allowed to participate in discussions or votes concerning that application.
Application review and final decision by of the Capital Improvements Committee should occur within eight weeks of the application deadlines. The Capital Improvements Committee will have final approval of all grants awarded. The Capital Improvements Committee reserves the right to reject any or all applications or to approve only a portion of any funds requested.
Finalizing the Grant
Following grant approval, individual grant awards are considered pending until both parties sign the Grant Agreement. The Agreement will describe the project, the project budget, and the amount of funding awarded by the DID. Upon execution of the Grant Agreement, the grant is considered finalized and grant funds may be distributed based upon the conditions outlined in the Agreement.
When all conditions of the Agreement are met (the project is complete), a Payment Application and the required documentation will be submitted by the grantee for final funding by the DID.
Click here for the 2016 Matching Grants Application.
Click here to view a sample Matching Grants Agreement.
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