The Town of Tonawanda has been awarded $6,000 in state matching funds to help pay for a study of a proposed waterfront museum along the Niagara River.
Councilman Carl J. Calabrese Monday said the grant was awarded by the state Department of Economic Development. The town's share of the cost of the study is $9,000.
Encouraged by state plans to develop the state barge canal system as a tourist attraction, Calabrese last month proposed the town study the feasibility of building a museum for tourists along its waterfront.
The museum would educate visitors on the history of the Erie Barge Canal and highlight major industries along the town's waterfront.