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NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS

The City of Buffalo will provide block clubs and civic associations with grants to beautify neighborhoods.

Any block club or civic association in a low- to moderate-income area is eligible for the funding, which ranges from $500 to $3,000. There also are $5,000 grants available for projects in the 11 "Livable Communities" designated by the mayor as needing extra assistance.

Projects must fall under one of three categories: neighborhood appearance, beautification and aesthetics; public transportation; or environmental/natural resources, said Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, who announced the funding Tuesday.

A technical-assistance workshop for anyone interested in applying for a grant will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Museum of Science. The workshop will address how residents should fill out the application, define a target area and generate ideas.

The grant applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. April 25 to Citizens Services, Room 218, City Hall. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 30 days after the due date. Projects must be completed within six months of grant approval.

Applications can be picked up in Room 218, in community centers and several human services organizations, or printed from the City of Buffalo's Web site, www.city-buffalo.com. For information, call the Office of Strategic Planning at 851-6524.