BTDC Offers Downtown Beautification Grant Program

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DowntownBeautification_11.1815.BThe Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) will be offering matching fund grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations and business improvement districts to beautify downtowns, according to BTDC Chairwoman and Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Executive Director Kim Kaiman.

DowntownBeautification_11.1815.CThe Downtown Beautification Program initiative is designed to assist the town’s chambers of commerce and civic associations in the revitalization of commercial and mixed use downtown districts. The program will make available matching grants of up to $10,000 per district for eligible downtown beautification projects. Funds may be utilized for streetscape improvements such as tree planters and other landscaping, as well as street furniture, trash receptacles and signage.

“We want to work with our local businesses to make the downtown living and shopping experience the best it can be,” Bosworth said. “It is my hope that, through this program, we can beautify our commercial corridors and attract consumers to allow the businesses in our town to thrive.”

DowntownBeautification_11.1815.AKaiman said, “We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to local organizations to help with street-scape enhancements.”

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, such as civic associations, chambers of commerce and local development corporations as well as business improvement districts. Applicants must develop a detailed plan to be submitted as part of the application process by Nov. 30.

To apply for the BTDC’s Downtown Beautification Program, call 516-869-7739 or log onto www.btdc.biz.

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