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Mayor Brown Announces Livable Communities Grant Program
Program provides funding for community improvement projects
BUFFALO—Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the Mayor’s Division of Citizen Services is accepting applications for funding through the Mayor’s Livable Communities Grant Program. The Program is funded through the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and the Citizen’s Bank Foundation.
“This program is designed to help our block clubs and community organizations,” said Mayor Brown. “Any group who wants to apply for funding must show us that they are serious about improving their neighborhood with projects such as planting a community garden, organizing a clean up, or painting a mural. There are several projects groups can take on to make their neighborhoods a better place to live, and I am pleased the city can be a part of the continued transformation.”
Any Block Club or Civic/Citizens association located in a low to moderate income area in the City of Buffalo, New York are eligible for funding, however, priority will be given to grassroots Community-Based Organizations (CBO) or Block Clubs whose mission is related to improving the city’s neighborhoods.
A workshop will be offered for those interested in applying for the grants on July 30th at 6:00 PM at the Belmont Shelter Corporation offices. “The Office of Citizen Services wants all groups interested in a grant to have a chance to be approved,” said Oswaldo Mestre, Jr., Director of the Division of Citizen Services. “That is why we are offering a technical assistance workshop to those who are interested in applying for the grant. The workshop will address questions such as how to fill out an application, the definition of a target area, ideas for projects, and volunteer
First preference will be given to projects located in one of the thirteen targeted Livable Communities neighborhoods: Black Rock, Grant-Ferry, Lakeview, Cold Springs, Hamlin Park, Masten Park, Medical Park, Broadway-Fillmore, Schiller Park, Leroy, Seneca, Cazenovia Park, and Triangle.
Grants range from $500 to $3,000 ($5,000 within the targeted 13 Livable Communities neighborhoods.) Rules regarding the application process and eligibility are available in the Division of Citizen Services, Room 218 City Hall
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios