continued Allen said the Department of State is still in the process of reviewing its comments on the study, but it has accepted the plan and approved applying for implementation funds.
“It is a mix of opportunities that are coming from this planning process,” she said.
There are several grant opportunities available for the town, which include the Main Street grant program, Environmental Protection Fund and Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Also, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program will be available soon.
“In terms of putting together the players that we can go after … that is where we are ahead of the game in having this plan to go,” Comenzo said.
The Main Street grant would require the town to apply for it, but having business owners expressing support for the funding would strengthen the likelihood of receiving funding. Business owners would be required to match 25 percent of funds awarded with a maximum award of $50,000. The town is required to match any funding for the grant.
“Any improvements done to the streetscape would be a free grant to the town,” Allen said.
Buffardi urged business owners to send a letter to the town expressing support for the Main Street grant with the specific intent of how businesses would plan to use funds.
“The more letters we get and the more intent we have and the easier it is going to be for us to support the grant application,” Buffardi said.
The EPF grant is a 50-50 matching grant available for the town, with a maximum awarded amount of $150,000. The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program would only require the town to match 10 percent of funding awarded, which is “much larger project scope,” said Allen. The trail gap, state Canal Corporation properties and anything would be eligible for Waterfront grant.