Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:35

2019 ORA Block Challenge Grant Applications Now Available

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Block Challenge Award recipients Mark and Kimberly McPherson work on their home on the East 6th Street Renaissance Block in 2018. Block Challenge Award recipients Mark and Kimberly McPherson work on their home on the East 6th Street Renaissance Block in 2018. Submitted photo

The Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA) has announced that applications for 2019 Renaissance Block Challenge Grants, Paint Oswego Grants and Neighborhood Pride Grants are now available.

To download, goto the ORA Web page; www.OswegoNYonline.com. The deadline for Block Challenge pre-applications is April 1, 2019.

The Block Challenge Grant is a matching grant that can be used toward exterior renovations on homes. It requires that neighbors apply as a group with a minimum of 5 homes and a maximum of 15. There are no household income restrictions. It can be applied by owner-occupied as well as rental residential properties. The ORA will match the winning awardees dollar for dollar up to the first thousand dollars spent. Homeowners who spend a total of $2,000.00 will get $1,000.00 back when the project(s) are completed.

Additional grant opportunities, including the Paint Oswego program for painting homes, as well as Neighborhood Pride Grants for street improvements, are available at www.oswegonyonline.com

Last year the ORA awarded Block Challenge Grants to 16 blocks, representing over 170 homes in the City of Oswego. In addition, 16 Neighborhood Pride Grants and 20 Paint Oswego Grants were awarded to homeowners throughout Oswego totaling more than $200,000.00.

ORA Grants will be awarded pending funding from sponsors, including the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Pathfinder Bank and other supporters.

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