LOCKPORT – The 18th annual William G. Mayne Jr. Business and Community Enhancement Grants were passed out by the Niagara County Legislature this week, with everything from brochures to fire hydrants to serve as tangible evidence of the funding for 19 community groups.
The money, which this year totaled $39,982, comes from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, once chaired by Mayne, who died in 2007. All the grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the recipients.
The Youngstown Business and Professional Association will refurbish the welcome signpost at Main and Water streets, produce a brochure, install additional benches and flowers, and continue the French and Indian War-themed fire hydrants.
In Middleport, Royalton-Hartland Business and Professional Association was awarded $3,000 to restore the facade windows at 19 Main St. to their original 1879 design.
In Lockport, Western New York Historic Parks Associates received $2,900 for a handicapped-accessible drinking fountain in John Henry Park, and to help pay for the “Lockport in Bloom” garden walk brochure.
Lockport Main Street Inc. received $2,676 to print a Lockport visitor guide and map, while the Lockport Business Association was granted $2,581 to support programs marking Lockport’s 150th birthday and the creation of a new Taste of Lockport website.
The Niagara River Region Chamber received a $2,500 for a Lewiston guidebook and to install new white LED lights in trees lining Center Street.
The Niagara USA Chamber won a $2,000 grant for a direct-mail marketing campaign, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas received $2,500 to produce a visitors’ guide.
The Downtown Merchants Association of North Tonawanda was granted $1,872 to add seasonal banners.
The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association received $2,587 for participation in the “Barrel Through Niagara” art program and to buy banners and flower pots for Old Falls Street.
Also in Niagara Falls, the Main Street Business and Professional Association received $2,000 for plantings along the street.
The Highland Community Revitalization Committee was granted $1,750 to promote gardening in the Highland Community Pocket Park and Community Vegetable Garden.
The LaSalle Business and Professional Association received $1,000 for new flower pots, signs and holiday decorations for Tom Barber Park.
Elsewhere, the Pendleton Community and Business Association was awarded $1,000 for welcome signs in the town’s business area.
The Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association won $2,500 for floral planters for Military Road.
The Sanborn Business and Professional Association received $1,312 for marketing.
Watch Wilson Grow was awarded $2,619 to purchase planters for Young Street, to replace benches, and for continued upgrades to Krueger Park.
The Olcott Beach Community Association received $1,360 for a sign identifying Olcott’s business district and attractions on Route 18; two more planters for Main Street; and permanent landscaping of the gazebo area.
The Newfane Business and Professional Association won $825 for holiday lights and flower planters.