SOCA Announces Spruce Up Grant Winners

LANSING – Today the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA) awarded three Lansing businesses $500 grants to make improvements to their properties, part of a larger initiative to improve the appearance of the Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue corridor. Landscape Architects and Planners, Eightfold Creative, and the Ingham County Animal Outreach Center were all awarded the funds this morning at SOCA’s monthly Business Breakfast.

“We are thrilled to be a recipient of the Spruce Up Grant, said Ashley Hayes, Volunteer Coordinator at the Ingham County Animal Outreach Center at 826 W. Saginaw Street. “The Outreach Center is completely funded by donations, so receiving these funds allows us to make improvements to the exterior of the building that we wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise. We hope the improvements will make it more inviting and accessible to our visitors and volunteers.”

The Spruce Up Grant Program is a new placemaking initiative open to business members of SOCA. Grant funds are for exterior improvements, including painting, signage, landscaping, and other visible exterior improvements. Grantees must complete any and all improvements by September 15, 2015. Projects include:

  • Landscape Architects and Planners plans to improve landscaping at its Oakland Center headquarters, located along Oakland Avenue at 809 Center Street.
  • Eightfold Creative plans to plant two new street trees and make landscaping and signage imrpovements at their 222 W. Genesee Street location.
  • The Ingham County Animal Outreach Center plans to add a screened front door and replace an unsafe and dilapidated porch at their property at 826 W. Saginaw Street.

“This grant will make a big difference for our commercial property,” said Bob Ford, President at Landscape Architects and Planners. “We think our project will make the Oakland Avenue corridor a more attractive place to do business.”

“As a start up business, we are excited to be welcomed like this to Lansing, “ said Patrick Dowdle of Eightfold Creative. ”It’s nice to know that SOCA is so supportive of small businesses!”

Check back at www.socalanisng.org to see the final results!

Deadline extended! Spruce Up Grant Apps now due July 31st!

The SOCA Business Development Committee voted today to extend the deadline of the 2015 SOCA Spruce Up Grant until Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5pm. We invite your business to apply for one of our three $500 grants for exterior improvements!

Please note that this grant program is available only to current SOCA members — but you can become one today by clicking here. SOCA created this program after reviewing the results of our 2014 Business Survey, in which respondents expressed a strong desire to see exterior improvements and improved aesthetics.

Apply now!

Announcing the 2015 SOCA Spruce Up Grants!

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SOCA is proud to announce the 2015 Spruce Up Grant Program to improve the exterior appearance of buildings on or near the Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue corridor.

This grant program is available only to current SOCA members. SOCA created this program after reviewing the results of the 2014 SOCA Business Survey, in which respondents expressed a strong desire to see exterior improvements and improved aesthetics.

Click here to start your application!

Join us for the 2015 Spring Clean Sweep!

Spring Clean Sweep

SOCA invites you to join us for our 2015 Spring Clean Sweep on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9:00am to Noon! We’ll meet up at Durant Park and then send volunteers out along the corridor.

Volunteers will plant flowers, do light construction and pick up trash along the Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue corridor.

Want to volunteer? All ages are welcome. Invite your coworkers, friends, family or neighbors to volunteer with you. To sign up, visit this page: http://goo.gl/iUXC5x.

Every Spring we hold our Clean Sweep event to improve the appearance of commercial and residential areas along the corridor. For more information, please contact Rory Neuner, SOCA Program Director, at 517-999-0404 or rory@socalansing.org.