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Suffolk offering $500K in downtown grants

Villages and towns in Suffolk County can stake their claims to a pool of $500,000 in grants for downtown upgrades.

The county is now accepting applications for this year’s round of Downtown Revitalization Grants to help fund improvement projects on municipally-owned property located in or next to downtown areas.

Eligible projects include work on public parking facilities, curb and sidewalk construction, pedestrian walkways, street lighting, public restrooms, disabled accessibility, renovations to existing structures and cultural facilities, according to a county statement.

Funding requests must be for at least $10,000 and the project life-span must be at least 15 years. The grant awards will be selected by the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel following a competitive application process.

In 2019, Suffolk County received 13 applications for the downtown grants and 11 projects were funded. Since 1997, the county has awarded over $12 million in funds for downtown revitalization initiatives.

The county will host an applicant training session at the H. Lee Dennison Building Media Room on February 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and grant applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on May 22, 2020.

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