First Round of Small Business Support Fund Grants Announced

1st Round of Small Business Support Fund Grants Announced

Niagara Falls Community Development Focused on Neighborhood Investment 

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – The Niagara Falls Community Development Department (NFCD) is announcing Small Business Support Fund (SBSF) grant awards to three local, neighborhood-based renovation projects. The SBSF is a new, federally funded NFCD program that offers matching grants to businesses willing to significantly improve their properties. “These three buildings are gathering points for their surrounding areas,” said Seth Piccirillo, Director of Niagara Falls Community Development. “We are excited to be a part of these transformative projects that will have positive impacts on property values and help strengthen their neighborhoods. In total, these grants will help create $310,000 in new local investment.”

Awarded Projects:

Location: DiCamillo Bakery Expansion/Renovation

Address: 811 Linwood Avenue

Grant amount: $75,000

Description: Four adjoining properties will be connected to create a larger flagship store and production facility, as DiCamillo Bakery prepares to celebrate its 100th year of business.

Location: 1702 Pine Avenue (Garibaldi Square)

Address: 1702 Pine Avenue

Grant amount: $50,000

Description: A new exterior staircase will be constructed, LED lighting added in the courtyard, as well as public art installation, window/doorway replace, roof repair and exterior painting, in support of the creation of “Class B” office space or better. The building’s new owners are completely reimaging this space in the heart of the Pine Avenue Business District.

Location: Loxstock & Barrel Saloon

Address: 2602 Niagara Street

Grant amount: $30,000

Description: Interior renovation and the addition of a new kitchen space to compliment a new patio area that was installed within the last two years. Lockstock has been a Niagara Street staple for decades, and now will be offering a full menu.      

Mathew DiCamillo, Vice President, DiCamillo Bakery: “We are very excited to update our flagship location on Linwood Ave; transforming the boarded up, industrial looking nature of these four properties into a more attractive, connected and engaging complex with a totally updated, destination type retail store at its center. This retail store will be completely redesigned from floor to ceiling with many new features including a glass-enclosed cake decorating/chocolate-enrobing room so customers will be able to see production in real time. Work has already begun on this project and we expect completion in time for our centennial in January 2020.”

Councilman Bill Kennedy, City of Niagara Falls: "It's always great to see small business development and in this case each business represents a different section of our city characterized by longevity."

The SBSF is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) replacing NFCD’s commercial façade renovation program. The new grant program offers a wider range of applicable renovations. NFCD called for competitive applications on February 11, 2019 and will do so again in August 2019.