GRANTS AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR HOMES AND NEIGHBORHOODS
The Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA), in partnership with the Shineman Foundation, Pathfinder Bank, Novelis and other strategic partners, has begun a strategic, multiyear program for revitalizing the City of Oswego's neighborhoods. This program is guided by a market-based revitalization plan funded by the Shineman Foundation. Currently, Neighborhood Pride Grants and Renaissance Block Challenge grants are available to homeowners in 4 city areas targeted for revitalization. In addition, Paint Oswego grants and resources are available property owners in the city regardless of location. See options below that may be available to you. Start a renaissance in your neighborhood.
Grants for Homes & Properties
The RENAISSANCE BLOCK CHALLENGE GRANT provides matching grants to property owners who apply in clusters of 5 or more properties on a block!
The PAINT OSWEGO program provides resources and grants to property owners who are interested in painting their property in beautiful historic color schemes
Grants for your whole neighborhood
The NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE GRANTS provide funds to improve your street, parks, playgrounds or improve properties in a coordinated way to beautify your neighborhood!
GRANTS & RESOURCES FOR DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
For 2021, the ORA has grants for Outdoor Seating for restaurants and other eligible businesses in the historic downtown areas of the City of Oswego. COMING SOON.
BUILD MOMENTUM! FAST TRACK GRANTS FOR BLOCKS THAT HAVE COMPLETED THE RENAISSANCE BLOCK CHALLENGE
The ORA has grants and programs to allow Neighborhoods that have previously completed the Renaissance Block Challenge. The goal is to build momentum. SEE HOW TO APPLY.
The mission of the Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA) is to promote the restoration, beautification and preservation of healthy, vibrant neighborhoods in Oswego, NY. Through our Board of Directors, the ORA accomplishes this by partnering directly with critical masses of neighbors, who work with us as teams to leverage investment in targeted residential areas. We strategically grow housing and neighborhood value, and expanding ever outward from these anchor points. We succeed when neighborhoods reach the positive tipping point --- and blocks naturally retain and attract neighbors with choices where they can live, becoming Neighborhoods of Choice. Contact us.
Love in the Time of Cholera
One of Oswego's neighbors applying for the Renaissance Block Challenge Grant this year told us and said this whole state of affairs with Coronavirus in Spring 2020 reminded her of the book Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We didn't know if she had read the book, but it is about developing relationships in an age where people strive to live their lives in the face of things they could not control.
Not unlike today. Read more.
Amazing Results of 2019's Renaissance Blocks - Over 3.2 Million Invested in Oswego Neighborhoods
In the Summer and Fall of 2019, over 183 Oswego homeowners applied for, and completed, the Renaissance Block Challenge Grants, Pride Grants and Paint Oswego Grants to begin the revitalization of their neighborhoods. Fifteen separate city blocks participated in the Renaissance Block Challenge. In each neighborhood, residents gathered together 5 (or more) houses to participate, each receiving a matching grant award for the first $1000 in expenses towards exterior home improvements, landscaping, street improvements, and more. Remarkably, $600,122 was invested in homes and neighborhoods through the program. To date, over $3.2 M of private investment has been leveraged into Oswego's Renaissance Block neighborhoods. Want a renaissance in your neighborhood? Find out how here. See tthe amazing results of the Renaissance Blocks here.