The Business Reach Grant Committee (RGC), which is a subcommittee authorized by the ADDA, shall:
a. Review each application packet for completeness;
b. Make a determination regarding eligibility;
c. Classify the project as either a minor or major improvement to set the timeline for completion; and
d. Provide a grant recommendation to the ADDA or deny the project.
Each application packet will be judged on the following standards for review:
a. Priority will be given to professional services businesses and businesses that best complement the District’s retail mix and/or help strengthen the economic impact of the ADDA district. Examples of businesses that complement the downtown Athens retail mix are children’s products, art shops/galleries, florist, book store, etc.
b. Priority will be given to businesses with projected tangible benefits to the ADDA district and/or Athens-Clarke County.
c. Quality of the work proposed.
d. Level of match participation of the applicant.
e. Range of projects completed and proposed as part of the Business Reach Grant Program.
f. Any other relevant factors deemed by the RGC to be applicable.
The public is welcome to attend the meetings of the RGC which will be held in the ADDA office building as needed. The applicant may be required to attend the meeting in which his or her application is considered. The majority of the committee present will recommend approval of, deny, or table each complete application. Recommendations for Business Reach Grants will then be given to the ADDA for approval at their next Board Meeting.
Not later than two weeks after the ADDA meeting date, the applicant will receive a confirmation letter indicating the grant award decision, or in some cases, a request for additional information. The ADDA reserves the right to table, deny, or request modifications in any or all application packets, in whole or in part, and to negotiate
changes in the proposed project. In the case of denial by the ADDA, the applicant can address the issues identified by the committee and re-apply for a grant.