BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A big chunk of money could make Binghamton a more beautiful and safe place to live.
Tuesday, city officials announced $365,000 to support innovative programs for next year. The money is being made available through the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant Programs.
People are being asked to submit proposals for programs across a wide variety of topics from crime prevention to beautifying our neighborhoods and more.
"We didn’t really get more money. The federal government has been cutting these programs for the last few years. What we did was take any leftover funds from last prior years that were supposed to go to these activities to really respond to what residents said they’d like to see, greater investment in our people, our places and those who are venerable and facing challenges in our community," said Tarik Abdelazim, Director of Planning, Housing and Development.
The deadline for all applications is 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9th. The city plans to announce winners in mid-November.
An application and guidance book is available for each category. They can be found online at www.binghamton-ny.gov or picked up at the Department of Planning, Housing, and Community Development.