JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced details for the 2016 Renaissance Block Challenge.
The Renaissance Block Challenge is a program that offers matching funds to home owners up to $2,000 to put towards exterior home improvements. The program encourages and rewards neighborhood groups to work together in an effort to reinvest in their own communities.
City residents who would like to need to form a neighborhood cluster with a minimum of five property owners which can include homeowners, landlords, and businesses. Once a group has formed, the pre-application process can begin. Aside from matching grant funding, participating homeowners have access to discounts from sponsoring hardware stores and garden centers as well as discounts on coordinated purchasing of materials, services, and design.
Pre-applications for neighborhoods will be available on the JRC website beginning this Thursday, October 1. The early application start is due to a recent $250,000 grant from the Johnson Foundation.
A workshop geared to helping residents through the application process will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center. Both will begin at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org or call 664-2477, ext. 224.
According to the JRC, since 2011, 27 clusters have participated in the program, with almost 300 property owners investing more than $775,000 in exterior improvements and repairs.