FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Rebecca Cheng, Sam Marksheid, and Vicki DiStefano | (516) 869-7794
Town’s BTDC Announces 2016 Downtown Beautification Matching Grant Program
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Chairwoman Judi Bosworth and Executive Director Kim Kaiman announced that the BTDC will once again be offering matching fund grant opportunities to not-for-profit organizations and business improvement districts to beautify their downtowns.
The Downtown Beautification Program, 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 fund grants of up to $10,000, per Councilmatic 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 encourage not-for-profit organizations and business improvement districts to take advantage of this program. It is designed to utilize your ideas to benefit our local communities,” Chairwoman Bosworth said. “Last year we were able to award over $34,000 in grants to downtown projects."
Executive Director Kaiman said, “We are thrilled to have the support from Supervisor Bosworth and the Town Board to once again make available matching funds in order to facilitate the beautification of our local downtowns. Last year, we awarded over $34,000 from the BTDC. As a result, North Hempstead will see over $90,000 worth of improvements through several beautification projects around our Town.”
In 2015 grants were awarded for the following beautification projects:
• Council District 1
o Pearls and Ivy Foundation of Westbury, Inc.; Prospect Avenue Revitalization: $5,000 (Project cost: $10,000)
o Westbury Business Improvement District; Post Avenue Beautification: $5,000 (Project cost: $10,000)
• Council District 4
o Manhasset Chamber of Commerce; Plandome Road Beautification: $10,000 (Project cost: $25,845.00)
• Council District 5
o Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District; Great Neck Plaza Streetscape Improvements: $7,043.20 (Project cost: $30,000)
o Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, Landscape Design for Welcome to New Hyde Park Sign, Hillside Ave.: $4,200 (Project cost: $8,400)
• Council District 6
o Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington; Anchoring Main Street with Beauty & History: $4,465 (Project cost: $8,930)
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations (including but not limited to civic associations chambers of commerce and local development corporations) and business improvement districts. Eligible applicants must develop a detailed plan that must be submitted as part of the application process. Application deadline is December 9, 2016.
If you would like to apply for the BTDC’s Downtown Beautification Program please call either 869-7739 or 869-7614 or log on to: www.northhempsteadny.gov/BTDCMatchingGrants
New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce.
Manhasset Chamber of Commerce.
Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.
Pearls & Ivy Foundation of Westbury.
Westbury Business Improvement District.