$500 000 Available In Suffolk Downtown Revitalization Grants
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announced $500,000.00 available in Downtown Revitalization Grants. According to the grant’s outlines, the money will be awarded to local governments looking to partially fund “capital projects located in, or adjacent to, downtown areas on the municipally-owned property. “ They also must have a significant and sustainable impact that boosts the economy and funding requests must be for at least $10,000.00. In addition, the project lifespan must be at least 15 years. Projects eligible for grants include public parking facilities, curb and sidewalk construction, pedestrian walkways, street lighting, public restrooms, disabled accessibility, renovations to existing structures, and cultural facilities.
“This economic program allows us to invest in our robust, vibrant downtowns that are needed to keep our region competitive and grow our local economy,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “We will continue to make the quality investments needed to ensure a prosperous future for all those who call Suffolk home.”
The Downtown Revitalization Grants program has provided funding to 300 projects supporting revitalization efforts in communities across Suffolk County, NY since 1997. More than $12 million in funds have been granted to downtown revitalization efforts. To be eligible, applicants must be organizations that represent a downtown area and who partner with their local municipality. Representatives of downtown areas include business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, civic associations, historical societies, beautification societies, and local development corporations.
Grant Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, May 20th, 2022. More information and Application materials can be found here. Award recipients will be selected by the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel following a competitive application process. According to the official statement, the Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel uses a point system to evaluate each application to make sure projects that receive funding will make the greatest contribution to the long-term improvement of local downtowns and have a positive economic impact on Suffolk County as a whole.