The CRA will oversee the S.C.I. Program. Businesses with valid sidewalk café permits from the City of Orlando located within the CRA will be eligible for funding to purchase and install sidewalk café improvements. The CRA will assist up to $5,000 or 50% of the total cost of eligible products, whichever is less.
Funding is based on budget availability and will be considered on a “first come, first served” basis. The filing of an application does not guarantee funding. Additionally, no grants will be awarded retroactively, which means that funding will not be awarded for eligible products purchased before the application date.
Successful grantees will acquire and install the eligible sidewalk café improvements. The contractor(s) used by the grantees must be licensed and insured. The CRA will not be responsible in any manner for the selection of a contractor. The property or business owner will bear full responsibility for reviewing the competence and abilities of prospective contractors and secure proof of their licensing and insurance coverage.
Applications will be reviewed for completeness and compliance with program requirements. Projects that do not comply with the program requirements and conditions will not be eligible for funding. An authorized corporate officer or partner(s) of the applicant’s business must sign the application, in addition to the property owner(s), if the applicant is a tenant.
In order to ensure that funds are available, eligible products must be purchased within one (1) year of the effective date of the funding agreement. Extensions may be granted by the Executive Director of the CRA given just cause by the applicant (e.g., contractor delays, acts of God, etc.).