Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Main Street Lehigh Valley Foundation announces fifth grant round selections

As we've discussed earlier, the Main Street Lehigh Valley Foundation seeks to revitalize the main streets and downtowns of the Lehigh Valley.  We do this through a variety of programs and funding opportunities.

We are pleased to announce that a fifth round of grants has been released.  Information on the recipients of the grants is below.  This brings the total of grants funded by the MSLV Foundation to over $190,000 - something that we are very proud to do.
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CHAMBER’S MAIN STREET GRANTS POUR $50,000 TO SUPPORT 
$2 MILLION IN PROJECTS - ON TO EVERY MAIN STREET!

Lehigh Valley, PA – Main Street Lehigh Valley, The Chamber’s Foundation has released its fifth round of grants totaling $50,000 that will impact 29 projects on Main Streets throughout the Lehigh Valley.  From Allentown to Nazareth and from Hellertown to Philipsburg, this unique program funds projects including security cameras, bicycle parking, promotions and streetscape plans. The program will help shore up $2 million for projects across the Valley.

These community revitalization grants are provided in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. This year, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce was able to provide an additional $10,000 to make even more Main Streets projects  a reality.  The grant program is administered through Main Street Lehigh Valley, the Chamber’s charitable arm. Forty-two applications were received this year.

“These grants are the key to revitalizing our Main Streets to make them attractive places to do business, visit, live and play,” said Ann Baum, Chair of the Foundation.

Other projects funded include banners, benches, tables, greening, events and safe, clean and green initiatives. Proposals must address projects that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission: improving every main street in the Lehigh Valley through targeted investments in fa├žade improvements, streetscape designs, sidewalk beautification, and other enhancements to the physical appearance of our downtowns and urban centers.

“When we say we are On Every Main Street - we mean it – not just cheerleaders, but as an organization that delivers much needed dollars to each of our communities,” said Chamber President & CEO Tony Iannelli.

In the first four rounds the grants have helped to fund $2 million in community revitalization projects in 18 municipalities across the Lehigh Valley.  The Main Street Lehigh Valley grant guidelines require that half of the cost of the projects be funded by other community partners to promote public and private investment in Lehigh Valley downtowns and surrounding neighborhoods.
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Copy of Round 5 - Allocations Final

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