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Chamber seeks applicants for grants for downtowns

- Last modified: April 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Looking to improve your downtown?

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce will award a seventh round of grants to fund an array of projects to help the Greater Lehigh Valley’s downtowns and surrounding neighborhoods.

Eligible groups can submit funding requests for a share of $30,000 in amounts not to exceed $2,000 per project.

Over the last six years, the Chamber Foundation has given $250,000 for more than 100 projects throughout the region.

This year’s grant pool was made possible through donations from Air Products, Bennett Automotive Group, Coca Cola Bottling of the Lehigh Valley, The Lehigh Valley Building Trades Council and other businesses in the area.

Applications and further guidelines are available at www.lehighvalleychamber.org/mainstreet or by calling 610-739-1597.

The deadline to submit funding requests is May 31.

Proposals must speak to projects that are consistent with the foundation’s mission: to improve the appearance of every Main Street in the Lehigh Valley.

Examples of projects that have received support include streetscape amenities (banners, benches, planters, trees, decorative lighting, gateway signage, landscape plantings, bicycle racks, directional signs and kiosks); planning (downtown master plans, market studies, parking studies, site/project specific feasibility studies); and marketing (informational brochures, billboards, restaurant guides).


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