Welcome to the Building Owner application.  

Directions:  Building owners should submit separate applications for each vacant property.  If you own a multi-tenant building with one or more vacant spaces, submit one application for that property and indicate the number of available spaces.

When submitting multiple applications, make sure you hit the "submit" button at the end of each application, before submitting another application.  If your previous application appears when you try to submit a new application, you have not submitted your prior application or your prior application is incomplete.

Building Owner Program Value

  1. Building Assessments are offered to building owners who apply for participation in the Summit City Match program. The assessment will identify key building information needed to market the space and provide feedback to the building owner on what may be needed for building occupancy. The program application and assessment is not a commitment of resources of any kind by the building owner, but it is necessary to be considered for marketing, matchmaking, and grants. 
  2. Marketing and Match is designed to promote available spaces, identify prospective new businesses and ultimately match building owners to new tenants. Vacant buildings will be promoted through a variety of media including publicity, email, and social media. When a match is made (a lease or letter of intent is signed), the project will be eligible to apply for a grant. 
  3. Project Grants provide the opportunity to fill financial gaps when the business owner and building owner cannot secure all the financing and/or equity needed to complete the project. Grants will be based on multiple criteria including program goals, the opportunity to leverage building and business owner investments, and other merits of the match. The purpose of a grant is to customize a space to the business owner’s needs.




 Welcome to the Business Owner application.  

Directions:  Business owners should submit separate applications for each business you are interested in locating on South Calhoun Street.  When submitting multiple applications, make sure you hit the "submit" button at the end of each application, before submitting another application.  If your previous application appears when you try to submit a new application, you have not submitted your prior application or your prior application is incomplete. You may start your application now and finish it later.  Additional details can be found in the Business Owner FAQ on the Summit City Match website.

The Summit City Match program is a competition to “match” businesses with vacant building space on South Calhoun Street between Murray Street and Rudisill Boulevard.  Matched businesses will also receive technical assistance and the opportunity to apply for grant support to launch their business. 

Applicants must have (1) a strong business plan, or (2) a track record of success.  An Applicant that does not have a written business plan or a track record of success can continue with this application but should also apply to participate in an 9-week business planning program, Build Institute Fort Wayne.


Welcome to the Grant Application.  

A Scope of Work and Cost Estimate must be submitted with the grant application.

Create a Scope of Work

The scope of work should be completed in the form of an outline. It should include all proposed work such as materials, products, number of items. It should be descriptive enough to outline the project for contractors to base bids. 

EXAMPLE:

1. Storefront Display Windows

        a.  Remove current windows

        b.  Replace all four (4) storefront display windows on the first story, west side

        c.  Windows to match existing size

        d.  Windows will be clear glass, no tint, set in metal

        e.  Metal color to be determined

2. Install ADA compliant restroom facilities

        a.  Install new sinks not higher than 34” from the floor

        b.  Install handicapped stall 

        c.  Install handicapped accessible drinking fountain

3. Painting

        a.  Scrape paint off 

        b.  Prime all areas to be painted using latex primer

        c.  Repaint entire first floor of building using two coats of a high grade latex paint

        d.  Color TBD

4. Parking Lot (Surrounding site improvements)

        a.  Add new asphalt material over the entire parking lot

        b.  Restripe parking lot using existing parking pattern and color


Cost Estimate(s) (will be required before funds are granted)

The scope of work should be detailed enough to get a cost estimate from a contractor(s).  It should include the costs for all labor, materials, permits, etc.  The easiest way is to use the scope of work/outline that was created and have the contractor(s) list their bid.  You may need several contractors for one project or need to use a general contractor.  See below for an EXAMPLE:


1. Storefront Display Windows ($10,000)

2. ADA Compliant Bathrooms ($20,000)

3. Painting ($10,000)

4. Parking Lot ($30,000)


Project Cost:                          $70,000

Building Owner Investment:  $30,000

Business Owner Investment:  $20,000

Grant Request (funding gap):  $20,000