Garden Walk Buffalo accepting applications for grants; deadline is Feb. 17

Evergreen Health Services Victorian Garden from Garden Walk Buffalo
Evergreen Health Services is one of the nonprofit organizations that received a Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grant from Garden Walk Buffalo. Photo courtesy Garden Walk Buffalo

Applications for Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants are now available from Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden walk in the nation.

The grants, named for Marvin Lunenfeld, Garden Walk Buffalo’s founder, have helped fund dozens of garden beautification projects across the West Side of Buffalo for a total of more than $50,000 in the last several years.

The 2015 grant application can be found here. Completed applications are due Feb. 17, 2015 with funding awards announced in early spring 2015.

Garden Walk Buffalo provides small grants not to exceed $1,000. Award amounts are based on the overall project cost and the projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.

The group and project must be located within the Garden Walk Buffalo “footprint” (specifically, within the boundaries of the Niagara River to Main Street and the Erie Basin Marina to the Scajaquada Expressway). See eligibility criteria for the grants here.

“Garden Walk Buffalo is very pleased to once again partner with block club and neighborhood groups who are working on various community garden and beautification projects that help to provide a catalyst for redevelopment in our neighborhoods,” said Jo Ann Belliotti, Beautification Grant Committee chair.  “Projects like these, performed by regular residents in the neighborhoods, are contributing to the rebirth of our urban neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo.”

The projects that receive awards will be highlighted during next year’s Garden Walk Buffalo.

See a list of 2014 projects that received Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants.

Garden Walk Buffalo is always the last full weekend in July. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, 2015.

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