Fulton Block Builders Learn from Successes of Oswego Renaissance Association, 2018 Starts Strong

The Oswego Renaissance founders Paul Stewart and Steve Phillips share advice and wisdom with Linda Eagan, Alissa Viscome and Karen Perwitz from Fulton Block Builders.

FULTON, NY – Recently Fulton Block Builder (FBB) volunteers sat down to meet with the Oswego Renaissance Association founders Paul Stewart and Steve Phillips.

FBB volunteers came with a list of questions for Paul and Steve, who graciously took time to answer each one.

The Oswego Renaissance founders Paul Stewart and Steve Phillips share advice and wisdom with Linda Eagan, Alissa Viscome and Karen Perwitz from Fulton Block Builders.

Alissa Viscome, a FBB Ambassador, had lots of questions about supporting and advising new block leaders.

“I think we did pretty well in our first year, but there are always ways to improve. The experience Paul and Steve have had will help us do that,” she said.

Karen Perwitz has been working to streamline the FBB application process and timeline. She said, “We are fortunate to have this valuable resource that we can come to and bounce ideas off. Paul and Steve have been extremely supportive.”

Paul Stewart, the Executive Director of the Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA) just completed the fourth year of the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative in Oswego.

To date, over two million dollars of private investment has been leveraged into Oswego Renaissance neighborhoods.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and FBB administrative director Linda Eagan and the FBB volunteers are anxious to imitate ORA’s achievements.

The Fulton Block Builders 2018 season has begun with huge support and interest.

On January 17, 2018 FBB hosted a one-time citywide informational meeting at River Vista.

The Fulton Block Builder Citywide Information meeting was a great success with over 80 people in attendance.

Linda Eagan and the FBB committee volunteers were very pleased to see over 80 people in attendance, many of which they had never spoken with before.

Eagan stated, “There was fabulous new energy and new block leaders were emerging before the night was over. I can’t thank the team of volunteers that worked before, during and after the event, enough. Feedback from those in attendance was excellent.”

Pathfinder Bank, InterFace Solutions, Northern ACE Home Center and River Vista provided financial and printing support to put the informational event on, which means none of the money spent will take away from the grants that Fulton Block Builders can distribute in 2018.

Partnerships, relationships, pride, beauty and neighborliness are the foundation of the Fulton Block Builder program.

This kind of business support is testimony to what can be accomplished, said Eagan.

IMPORTANT DATES REGARDING 2018 Fulton Block Builders:

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 – FBB Neighborhood Recruitment Forms (Pre-applications) are due
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Final applications are due
  • Monday April 30, 2018 – Deadline to reach the Shineman match needed to secure $100,000
  • Tuesday May 1, 2018 – FBB grant awardees announced
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – FBB Kick Off Event for awardees and sponsors


Become a part of this exciting piece of Fulton’s history by donating to the 2018 Campaign today.

What’s even more exhilarating is that every dollar you donate is matched two-to-one by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

Remember all donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Block Challenge grants and promotion of the program. There are no paid staff!

FBB donations can be made on the website at: https://www.fultonblockbuilders.com/donate/ or by mail. Send checks to: Fulton Block Builders 125 West Broadway Fulton, New York 13069

City residents who would like to participate in FBB need to form a neighborhood cluster with a minimum of 50 percent of the property owners in their vicinity. The group can include homeowners or landlords.

Once a cluster has formed, the pre-application process begins.

The matching grant funding will cover expenses are for exterior property improvements to groups of homeowners on a single block – in targeted neighborhoods – throughout the city of Fulton.

Aside from matching grant funding, participating homeowners have access to discounts from sponsoring hardware stores and garden centers.