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September 23, 2018

ORA 2018 Neighborhood Grants Applications Available Online


OSWEGO – The Oswego Renaissance Association announced the availability of the pre-applications for the 2018 grant year. There are three Neighborhood Grants available from the ORA: the Block Challenge Grant, Paint Oswego Grant and the Pride Grant.

East Mohawk and Seventh Street Renaissance Block lead by John Fitzgibbons, pictured here at their annual block party.

East Mohawk and Seventh Street Renaissance Block lead by John Fitzgibbons, pictured here at their annual block party.

The ORA’s flagship Block Challenge Grant requires neighbors to apply as a group for exterior improvements to their properties in order to begin revitalizing Oswego’s neighborhoods and inspire others to reinvest.

This grant is available to owner occupied and landlord owned.

It is a dollar for dollar match up to $1,000 from the ORA.

Pre-applications are due April 1.

The Paint Oswego Grant offers grants to homeowners who are painting their house(s).

It requires the house(s) colors be chosen from a set of 50 historical color palettes, yielding 250 historic color combinations.

It is a dollar for dollar match up to $1,000.

The Pride Grants are awarded to whole streets/neighborhoods for broad improvement that make the neighborhood more cohesive.

Improvements to greenspaces, tree plantings, curb gardens, individual home landscaping, playground updates, neighborhood event, block party, art show, music festival are just a few of the possibilities.

Pride Grants can range from a few dollars to a few thousands of dollars.

The ORA has been engaged in a multi-year, multi-pronged revitalization strategy for in four targeted neighborhoods in Oswego (two on the east side and two on the west side) since 2014.

More than $2 million in documented private capital has been leveraged into Oswego neighborhoods, and hundreds of homeowners have participated.

The ORA is a completely volunteer organization of residents from all over the city of Oswego.

It receives support from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, PathFinder Bank, SUNY Oswego, Operation Oswego County, StepOne Creative, Oswego Lions Club, and Breakwall Asset Management.

For additional information and/or to download a pre-application visit www.OswegoNYonline.com

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