Owego, N.Y. - The Office of Tioga County Tourism is accepting applications for the 2014 Downtown Beautification Grant. This program supports community members in their efforts to beautify the downtowns in Tioga County, New York, for the purpose of attracting visitors and enhancing their experience. Beautifying our downtowns will stimulate development, improve the visual image of properties and create pride in the community. Through this grant program, business owners and organizations can enhance the appearance of the downtown area through the use of planters, benches, fountains, bike racks, decorative light poles and/or decorative flags etc... This is a 100% matching funds reimbursement program.

Studies have shown that beautification alone can increase sales between 15% and 35%. Merchants should think of the sidewalks fronting their shops as extensions of their window displays, or as entry halls to their stores. Beautiful settings attract people. Adding flowers, trees and outdoor furnishings to a shopping district makes it more inviting, and encourages shoppers to stay longer.

Please submit your application to Tioga County Tourism, 80 North Avenue, Owego, NY 13827. Office hours are Monday- Friday 9am-5 pm. You can call 607-687-7440 for more information or email becca@visittioga.com to discuss your project or to drop off your grant. A committee will review all applications to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria and guidelines for approval. Applications will be accepted until all funds are dispersed.

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