The Town of North Hempstead has launched a matching fund grant program to help make its downtown neighborhoods more appealing to consumers and businesses.
The town's Business and Tourism Development Corporation is supporting community organizations that want to invest in streetscape improvements.
From tree planters to benches and other projects, the program will offer grants of up to $10,000 for each of the town's six council districts.
"We want to work with our local businesses to make the downtown living and shopping experience the best it can be," Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a news release. "It is my hope that, through this program, we can beautify our commercial corridors and attract consumers to allow the businesses in our Town to thrive."
Business improvement districts and nonprofit organizations must apply by Dec. 4, and applicants are required to submit detailed plans. Kim Kaiman, the development corporation's executive director, said winners would likely be announced in January.
Ideally, the beautification projects will be completed by the spring or summer of 2016, she said, adding that the program's goal is to enhance North Hempstead's existing beauty.
"There are so many spectacular downtown areas," Kaiman said. "Why not maintain what we already have and bring it to the next level?"
The program was inspired by local civic groups and chambers that were interested in upgrading their communities, said Roy Smitheimer, deputy director of the development corporation.
Officials said they hope that sprucing up commercial areas will also help drive the local economy by drawing customers and attracting and retaining businesses, Kaiman said. For more information, call 516-869-7739.