The City of Marysville will be offering grants to neighborhoods, community groups, and local businesses (businesses must be located from the south city limit north to 8th St., and the west city limit east to Alder Ave.) to improve their neighborhoods or other areas of the community. The program seeks to partner with homeowners, residents, and local business owners in the downtown area to beautify and provide improvements in the community. Marysville’s CBP program is accepting applications for project proposals for 2022. This is a competitive grant offering. Applications will be reviewed by a grant review committee that will score the applications and make the award selection. The committee will then present their recommendations to Marysville City Council for approval in September of 2022. Applications are due by Wednesday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m.
Examples of some projects which might qualify include community landscaping projects, common space site furnishings, or cleaning up commons areas and areas that are visible to the public. Projects might involve installation of fencing or paths to improve or control access to common areas or parks. Improvements that promote community gathering spots through resting or active areas are also eligible. The grant is intended to provide community value through enhancing aesthetic appeal. Any project designed with these goals at its core, and designed in a way that benefits the community at large rather than one homeowner in particular may qualify.
Businesses eligible for grant funding must be located within the City of Marysville Downtown area, specifically from the south city limit north to 8th St., and the west city limit east to Alder Ave. Projects must meet code requirements, follow all local and state laws, and follow all current design standards. Newly constructed buildings, standard maintenance, rebranding or expansion projects are not eligible for funding. If an applicant is not the building owner, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all approvals for the proposed work are obtained before submitting the application. Documentation of approvals must be provided with the application. Applications that impact multiple business with a shared frontage or are located side-by-side in a business area are highly encouraged. All projects must occur on the exterior of the building such as façade, sign or other exterior beautification projects. Examples of eligible projects are:
Up to $7,500.00 for larger projects and first time grant recipients or $5,000.00 for those that have previously received CBP funds. Applicants that have been awarded funds and submitted for reimbursement in two previous grant cycles are not eligible and will not be considered for funding. Funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis upon completion of the project. To enhance accountability and ensure projects provide value to the community, projects which fail to deliver on their initial goals may be denied reimbursement. A city staff representative will be assigned to work with each awardee.
Applicants that are awarded funding must seek prior approval before changing any plans related to grant funds that will impact the delivery of the project’s stated goal, change the stated goal, or change the cost of the project. Failure to do so will risk the loss of reimbursable funds. Applicants will be expected to coordinate with city staff to ensure that project improvements are performed consistent with their applications. In addition, any improvements that are proposed for installation on city property or street right of way will require approval and coordination with city personnel. Reimbursable expenses must be reviewed with city staff prior to initiating work with the vendor or contractor. The property must be regularly maintained to preserve the value of the improvements. Any additional costs incurred are the responsibility of the applicant.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. All applications must be submitted prior to 4:30 p.m. Applications can be submitted electronically through the online application or in person at City Hall; 1049 State Ave. Projects must be completed by September 1, 2023 with a request for reimbursement submitted no later than December 16, 2023.
If applicants reside in a neighborhood with an active Homeowner’s Association (HOA), written concurrence from the HOA board is required to be submitted with the application. If applicants reside in a neighborhood without a Homeowner’s Association, the application must be signed by at least five households to display a broad-base of neighborhood support for the project. It should also be demonstrated that the applicants have made an effort to communicate the proposed improvement plans to the neighborhood. If a business is applying for an application that will impact neighboring businesses, written concurrence from those businesses is required to be submitted with the application.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. To maximize the competitiveness of their application, applicants are encouraged to follow these guidelines.
For projects that are awarded funds, a reimbursement procedure will be identified. Please note when preparing to apply that you will be required to submit the following with reimbursement:
Questions about applications should be directed to Leah Tocco at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 363-8091. Completed applications should be filled out online using this form or sent to City Hall at 1049 State Ave., Marysville WA 98270.
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