A popular mini-grant program that helps businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds region pay for new business signage has re-opened and is accepting applications through April 15.
The PA Wilds Business Signage Grants are designed to encourage businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds to improve their prospects – and the look and feel of their communities—by utilizing the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide in the creation and construction of new signage.
The Design Guide is a voluntary planning document that highlights how communities in the region can protect or enhance their rural character as they grow—whether that growth is due to tourism, drilling or other industries.
It promotes such things as using natural materials or themes the region is known for—wood, stone, water, wildlife—in construction, design or landscaping.
“The region’s rural and historic character and strong sense of place is part of what makes the Pennsylvania Wilds attractive to visitors and residents, so it is important for us to be good stewards of these characteristics as we grow,” said PA Wilds Planning Team Chair Matt Quesenberry, of Elk County. “Part of our job as the Planning Team is to give our communities tools to accomplish this. That’s what we’re trying to do with the Design Guide and our related grant programs.”
The Business Signage Grants are made possible by funding from DCNR with administrative support from the Lumber Heritage Region. Up to $1,500 is available for each grant; a dollar-for-dollar match is required. The process is competitive.