Grant money

Residents in homes and apartments within Corry's center may have found an informational flier on their front door Thursday telling them about a Renaissance Block Matching Grant Program, and Impact Corry wants everyone to know this is a real offer.

The flier was delivered to inform residents of an informational meeting on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Corry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 264, 1151 Mead Ave. 

Impact Corry Community Development Director Chuck Gray said that volunteers are canvassing neighborhoods from Washington Street, north to Bond Street, west to Mead Avenue and east to Wayne Street to let residents know of a new opportunity.

Renaissance Block Matching Grant Program is a grant program offered by Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority that is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant home beautification program.

This is a recurring grant program in which $150,000 can be awarded every year to beautify a neighborhood.

Each homeowner will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 per family home or multifamily structure.

"It's a neighborhood building initiative that lets neighbors collaborate to save money and gives them a one-to-one match to improve their properties," Gray said.

This meeting is to encourage residents to apply for this grant, provide details of the requirements and to gauge interest. Attendees will learn how the program works.

Gray explained that ECGRA expressed the importance of improving areas one neighborhood at a time, so part of the meeting will be to find out how many groups of neighbors, within targeted neighborhoods, are willing to participate in a matching grant program that can help fund home and land improvements.

"We were encouraged to look at it as neighborhood clusters and we were encouraged to think about it as coming back to them again and again," Gray said. "Start with one neighborhood, move to the next neighborhood and keep going throughout Corry."

To reserve a seat, call Shelby Scouten at 814 664 3884, ext. 7.

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"Impact Corry Community Development Director Chuck Gray said that volunteers are canvassing neighborhoods from Washington Street, north to Bond Street, west to Mead Avenue and east to Wayne Street to let residents know of a new opportunity."

According to the maps released by Impact Corry and the Renaissance Block Committee, the area extends north to parts of Irving St, not Bond Street. The whole plan raises so many more questions and concerns than it provides answers to.

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