Share the Future Grant2019-09-06T13:55:07-05:00

Share the Future Initiative FY 2020

The Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority believe in our local entrepreneurs. The Share the Future Initiative was developed to give local area business access to capital to help grow and promote their business. The following opportunities for support are available to businesses that are incorporated in Glynn County and whose majority owners live in Glynn County.

Placemaking

Businesses that are attractive and create a point of interest are more competitive in the marketplace. Creating a sense of place helps to attract new residents and grow area businesses. The Development Authority has funding available for placemaking grants for projects with the following parameters:

  • Must be used to improve the exterior of the facility in a way that increases the attractiveness and/or competitiveness of the business (e.g. façade improvement, landscaping, signage, etc.)
  • Grant will match dollar for dollar and be paid upon receipt of an invoice for completed work
  • Dollar amounts up to $7,500
  • Applicant must demonstrate a need for improved aesthetics in the area immediately surrounding the business
  • Preference will be given to projects that contain an artistic or cultural component
  • All projects subject to Board approval and restricted by the availability of funding

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Innovating

The Development Authority recognizes that investments in innovation are integral to business growth. The Development Authority invests in businesses that leverage new technology to their benefit. The Development Authority has funding available for innovation grants for projects with the following parameters:

  • Must be a business that makes a product (e.g. manufacturing, software, creative, etc.)
  • Grants must be used for the purchase of new equipment or software that increases efficiency or productivity of the business and will result in the creation of new full-time employment
  • The maximum grant amount is $10,000, if the equipment exceeds $10,000, the business must show available funding for the remainder of the cost
  • All projects subject to Board approval and restricted by the availability of funding

To start a conversation about this grant please answer a few questions by clicking here

Storytelling

Oftentimes small businesses struggle to find funding for appropriate marketing activities. The Authority believes that marketing is critical to business success and believes that telling the story of our local entrepreneurs is critical to the growth of our local economy. The Authority has funding available for a storytelling campaign.

Twice annually the Authority will host a call for area businesses to submit stories that illustrate the success of their business. All submitted stories will be reviewed and three finalists will be chosen based on the criteria outlined for the specific call. Each finalist will receive a grant of $500 to go towards the marketing of their business. A grand prize winner will be chosen by the Authority and will receive an additional $1,500 to use for a specific marketing initiative that will support the growth of their business. Examples of marketing initiatives include:

  • Media kit to announce a new product or service line of the business
  • Social media campaign
  • Print materials for a special event or trade show

Finalists will have to provide a brief explanation of how they will use the funds and provide an invoice to the Authority to recoup expenses for their marketing initiative.  Participating companies will be asked to sign a standard release form that allow the Development Authority to use any submitted material on social media, print, or other marketing material to help promote the region and the businesses in our community.

Stay tuned for the next call for stories!