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Seneca Falls Development Corporation accepting Building Improvement Fund applications

The Seneca Falls Development Corporation is accepting applications for Building Improvement Fund grants.

The grants are part of the $10 million awarded to the town in the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Applications must be received by February 28 at 4 p.m. From the application form:

Revitalization of downtown Seneca Falls will help propel long-term regional prosperity and provide year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the area’s natural assets, local foods and beverages, cultural arts, museums, and more in an attractive and accessible destination. In alignment with the Seneca Falls DRI vision statement, the Town is seeking to improve the utilization of vacant and underutilized property, attract and expand businesses, create mixed income residential units, and facilitate downtown appeal. The Town of Seneca Falls has been awarded funding through the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) to finance a Building Improvement Fund, which will be administered by the Seneca Falls Development Corp (SFDC) and its lead DRI consultant, LaBella Associates. The $600,000 Building Improvement Fund, of which $540,000 will be available to property owners, has been established to provide grant funding for applicants to implement interior and exterior building improvements within the defined Town of Seneca Falls DRI area. Goals of the Seneca Falls DRI Building Improvement Fund are to preserve and renovate historic downtown buildings, beautify downtown buildings, help stimulate entrepreneurism, and promote mixed-income residential uses including upper-floor units.

Please email responses in PDF or Word format along with any necessary attachments to Greg Zellers, SFDC Director, at [email protected] or by postal mail (must be RECEIVED on or before February 28, 2022) to:

Greg Zellers, Director
Seneca Falls Development Corp
20 East Bayard Street
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

You can also visit for ongoing updates and links to each of the application documents.

We encourage every eligible property owner within the DRI boundary to participate as we have $540,000 in funding available with a 50% match (25% match if a non-profit entity). Should you have general questions about the grant or the application process, please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected].

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