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Applications for $500K in Downtown Revitalization Grants Available

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Bellone “Extremely Important to Provide Support to Improve Downtowns” Grant Applications Must Be Submitted by June 13th  Deadline  

(Hauppauge, NY – April 15, 2014) – County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel today announced that applications for “Round 12” Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grants are available.  A pool of $500,000 is available for partial funding of capital projects located in or adjacent to downtown areas on municipally-owned property. 

Applicants must be organizations that represent a downtown area and who partner with their local municipality.  Organizations that represent downtown areas including business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, civic associations, historical societies, beautification societies, and local development corporations.  Towns or villages who partner with a community organization are required to pass resolutions supporting the project on which the two entities partner.  Projects must be capital in nature and have a significant and sustainable impact that enhances economic activity. 

“Providing grant funding through this program encourages local organizations to partner with their  municipality and find ways to enhance public lands, improve the vitality of business districts, and contribute to walkable communities and bustling downtowns,” said Bellone. 

Among the kinds of projects that are eligible for grants are:

  • Public Parking Facilities
  • Curb and sidewalk construction
  • Pedestrian walkways
  • Street lighting
  • Public Restrooms
  • Disabled accessibility
  • Renovations to existing structures
  • Cultural and Recreational facilities

The Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel utilizes a point system to evaluate each application to ensure projects that receive funding will make the greatest contribution to the long-term improvement of local downtown business districts and have a positive economic impact on Suffolk County as a whole.

The application and instructions can be found at:

www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/EconomicDevelopmentandPlanning/DowntownRevitalizationCitizensAdvisoryPanel.aspx

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