LYONS — Community Action in Self Help has been named the recipient of two grant awards through the NYS Regional Economic Development Council's Consolidated Funding process.
The first is a Main Street Grant that will allow the Agency to work with building owners in the downtown Lyons area to rehabilitate both commercial and residential space to make it more attractive to businesses and tenants in an effort to foster economic development. The second is a RARP grant that will provide funds to renovate the historic JJ Newberry Building and transform it into a coffee shop and art cooperative. Together, these grants bring $350,000 in funding to the community.
As in the past, the Agency is committed to sourcing supplies, expertise and labor locally as much as possible, so not only will these funds have in impact on local buildings and new tenants, they will also provide opportunities to existing local stores, contractors and other construction businesses.
These proposals were part of a community wide effort (dubbed “Lyons’ Pride”) that began last spring and included input from building owners in the target area, area business owners, government officials and other community groups in the area.
The grants awards were announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and were among 824 grant awards totaling over $715 million that will be distributed across the state. More information on all the awards made can be found online at
The Agency looks forward to working with building owners and interested community members in 2014 to begin work on these exciting projects.