The JLDC met Wednesday afternoon to review funding applications for five different events for downtown, which applied for money from the city’s $600,000 Downtown Programming Fund, which was launched in August 2018 with money coming from the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative state grant the city received in 2017.
Among the allocations that was approved, according to the Post-Journal, was a $50,000 grant for the Robert H. Jackson Center to sponsor a nationally renowned journalist, TV personality and author to present a program at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in August.
Other allocations include $35,000 for the inaugural Third Street Beer and Wine Festival to happen outside the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in September, over $17,000 in funding for the Guster concert at the Reg Lenna on July 27, and $5,000 for the second year of the Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival on July 18-20.
The JLDC also approved a $25,000 loan and $31,850 grant for the first annual Jamestown: Best Day Ever event. It will be presented by Buffalo resident and Jamestown area native Doug Sitler from Sitler HQ will take place June 29. It is intended to highlight various attractions from the downtown area.
Before the funds can be given, the state must also review and sign off on the applications.