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Neighborhoods/organizations invited to apply for grant to beautify public spaces

May 15, 2012

Sandra Barrett
(315) 443-5404

As part of the Onondaga Citizens League’s latest study report, “Community Image: Valuing Our Public Spaces,” in 2012 OCL will provide grants to three neighborhood groups for selected beautification projects on public or publicly accessible property. Examples of eligible activities include tree and shrub plantings, flower beds, flower baskets, seating and artwork. Grants of $100 to $500 can cover all or part of the cost of materials. The funds should be used to leverage other resources, and projects may include partnerships between private, government and community groups. The application deadline is May 25.

The purpose of the CityScapes awards is to encourage volunteer efforts to create projects that improve the physical and psychological landscape of the city, to showcase efforts of volunteer groups, to increase civic pride and ownership, and to stimulate additional investment in the community.

In order to qualify to be considered for a grant, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • The project must be on public property or on private property that is publicly accessible; be an asset to the community; and enhance community image.
  • Before the grant is awarded, the applicant must be able to provide the written approval of the owner of the property.
  • The project applicant must agree to provide long-term maintenance.
  • The site, budget and plant/material selection must be appropriate.
  • There must be potential for success and sustainability.

For a complete list of criteria and to download an application, visit: For more information, e-mail or call 315-443-4846.

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