Main Street Hartsville Announces New Grant Program

Hartsville, S.C. - Nov. 6, 2013 - The Main Street Hartsville program will soon be offering matching grants to downtown business owners for the replacement of business signage and building painting, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Sonoco Foundation.

The Sign Replacement and Exterior Paint Grant Program will serve as another step in the ongoing development and improvement of downtown Hartsville, giving business owners an opportunity to improve their curb appeal with more eye-catching, professionally designed signs and superior storefront appearances. Approved projects will receive up to 60 percent reimbursements on signage and outdoor painting projects, up to $1,000. The Sonoco Foundation provided funding for the program to the Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville.

“You can always tell how vibrant a community is by the look and feel of its downtown. Sonoco is proud to call Hartsville our home and we are always interested in doing what we can to help improve the heart of the community, so it can maintain its southern charm and uniqueness,” said Roger Schrum, Sonoco’s Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs.

Applications for grant funding are available at City Hall, 100 E. Carolina Ave., or on the City of Hartsville website at http://hartsvillesc.gov/business/main-street-hartsville/, and must be received by Dec. 6, 2013. Proposals will be reviewed to ensure compliance with City sign regulations before grant awards are announced. Approved projects must also receive approval from the City’s Architectural Review Board, and participants must pay contractors in full before receiving grant funds. A future phase of the program could provide support for downtown canopy and awning improvements.

The Main Street Hartsville program is a partnership of the City of Hartsville and Main Street South Carolina, a service of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The organization seeks to enhance downtown revitalization in Hartsville through efforts focusing on the City’s master plan, including organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring.