Applications for Garden Walk Buffalo grants now available; deadline is Feb. 17

Community garden 2015 courtesy Fargo Estate Neighborhood Association
The Fargo Estate Neighborhood Association is one of 11 groups that received grants through Garden Walk Buffalo. Photo courtesy Fargo Estate Neighborhood Association

Applications for the Garden Walk Buffalo Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants, named for Garden Walk Buffalo’s founder, are now available.

Completed applications are due Feb. 17. Applications and eligibility requirements can be found here, or you can call (716) 247-5004 and they will mail you an application. The application process is easy and they will offer assistance if there are any questions.

Garden Walk Buffalo is a major event in the City of Buffalo, showcasing gardens and drawing tourists to the area. The event also aims to give back to the community by supplying funds to blocks clubs and neighborhood groups that want to improve their streets and become part of this event.

The Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants fund projects within the geographic area of Garden Walk Buffalo  (within the boundaries of the Niagara River to Main Street and the Erie Basin Marina to the Scajaquada Expressway).

The projects must be visible from the street. Past projects have included community gardens, hanging flower baskets, street corner planter projects and garden restoration.

Award amounts are based on the overall project cost.  The projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.

Anticipated funding awards will be announced in early spring of 2016.

These projects will be highlighted during the coming year’s Garden Walk Buffalo.

The Garden Walk Buffalo Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants have helped fund dozens of garden beautification projects for a total of more than $80,000 since 2005.

In 2015, $3,600 in grants went to 11 block clubs and community groups for neighborhood beautification projects.

The organizations are:

  • Ardmore Place Block Club
  • Armory Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Buffalo In Bloom, Niagara Square
  • Buffalo Shakespeare Garden
  • Cottage District Neighborhood Association
  • Fargo Estate Neighborhood Association, 220 Jersey Garden Project
  • Grant Ferry Association
  • Johnson Park
  • Ketchum Place Block Club
  • Sixteenth Street Alliance
  • WS Community Organization

Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in the U.S., is held the last weekend of July each year. In 2016, the free event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. In 2015, more than 400 residences and businesses throughout the west side of Buffalo opened their creative urban gardens for tens of thousands of visitors from around the U.S., Canada, and abroad.

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