LOCKPORT – For the 17th consecutive year, the Niagara County Legislature presented a batch of grants to business and community groups Tuesday.
The William G. Mayne Jr. Business and Community Enhancement Program is funded by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, in memory of Mayne, a onetime commissioner who died in 2007.
This year the Bridge Commission supplied $36,141, but requests for funding totaled $52,342. The 19 grant recipients and amounts were chosen by the staff of the county Center for Economic Development. All the recipients must match the grants dollar for dollar.
The largest award Tuesday was $2,400 to the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association for continued “streetscape” improvements along Military Road, including large flower planters and the replanting of 80 existing hanging planters.
Lockport Main Street Inc. won $2,250 for printing of a new Lockport visitor guide. And the Youngstown Business and Professional Association scored $2,225 to produce a brochure and to plant flowers in existing hanging baskets on lamp posts in the village.
Grants of $2,000 each went to the Lockport Business Association and to Western New York Historic Parks Associates.
The business group will use the money to upgrade two “Welcome to Lockport” signs and to prepare a brochure for the Lockport in Bloom garden walk. The parks group will use its money for hanging baskets and median plantings along Main Street in Lockport, along with new driveway stone, a new entrance sign and additional plantings in Lockport’s John Henry Park.
The Niagara USA Chamber won a $2,000 award to pay for a direct-mail marketing campaign.
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce won $2,000 to place new three new outdoor business district maps in the Village of Lewiston, and also to print a new guidebook and walking maps.
In Niagara Falls, the Main Street Business and Professional Association won $2,200 to implement “Project Niagara,” a plan to connect local artists with businesses to design new signs for stores.
The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association was awarded $2,000 for marketing and promotion of an Oktoberfest. The LaSalle Business and Professional Association was granted $2,000 to replace damaged flower pots and worn banners along Buffalo Avenue.
The Highland Community Revitalization Committee was given $1,500 toward landscaping and gardening supplies for “low-maintenance green spaces” in northern Niagara Falls. The Niagara Street Area Business and Professional Association won $1,250 to enlarge the “Business District” sign at Niagara Street and Portage Road.
Elsewhere, the Downtown Merchants Association of North Tonawanda received $1,738 to replace worn-out banners. The Gasport Beautification Committee will do the same with its $1,870 grant.
The Ransomville Business and Professional Association received $1,200 for hanging baskets and to promote a summer concert series.
The Sanborn Business and Professional Association was granted $1,340 to market events and redo the flower bed beneath the “Welcome to Sanborn” sign.
Watch Wilson Grow received $2,200 toward continued upgrades in Krueger Park, including renovating the concession stand and restroom building, two new grills and new signs on the nature path.
The Newfane Business and Professional Association won $1,968 to buy flowers, a wishing tree and holiday lights for Main Street.
The Olcott Beach Community Association received $2,000 for rope lights to be installed on Main and Franklin streets, and landscaping around the Civil War monument.