Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grant Applications

altGarden Walk Buffalo has granted around $100,000 since 2005 in Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants for nearly 100 beautification projects to block clubs and community groups in the neighborhoods of Garden Walk Buffalo. Marvin Lunenfeld, and his wife Gail McCarthy, were the founders of Garden Walk Buffalo.

Award amounts are based on the overall project cost, eligible projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.

Garden Walk invites you to complete an application for review for the 2017 grant cycle. Past projects have included streetside planters, hanging baskets, storm damage repair, historic garden restoration, annuals for planters, community gardens and much more. For a complete list of past recipients and projects, visit here.

Applications can be found here.

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Completed applications are due by Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Winners of grants will be announced in the early spring of 2017 at a Garden Walk Buffalo Committee meeting to be announced.

Application Guidelines and Directions:


altGarden Walk Buffalo, Inc. provides small-dollar grants, not to exceed $1,000. Groups and projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grant:

  • The group and project must be located within the Garden Walk Buffalo “footprint” (specifically, within the boundaries of the Niagara River to Main Street and the Erie Basin Marina to the Scajaquada Expressway).
  • The group must be a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization and must submit a copy of its IRS exemption letter as part of its application for funding.
  • If the applying group is not itself a 501(c)3 organization, a 501(c)3 sponsoring organization* must be secured by the applying organization and the following must be submitted with the application:
    • A letter from the sponsoring 501(c)3 organization on its letterhead citing sponsorship of the project, taking responsibility for the administration of the project, and for providing the necessary documentation (receipts, project report, etc.) for the project; and
    • A copy of the IRS exemption letter of the 501(c)3 sponsoring organization.
  • The project must include matching funds from the group equal to that of the request from Garden Walk either from government or private contributions, volunteer time (sweat equity to be calculated at $15/hour), or other contributions for the same identified project.
  • The project must be related to gardening and/or beautification, be community and neighborhood oriented, and cannot be to the benefit of an individual’s personal garden or property. Commercial properties are not eligible.
  • The project must be visible from the street.
  • Projects must be completed before the 2017 Garden Walk event (July 29 and 30, 2017).
  • Preference will be given to neighborhood projects by block clubs and community garden projects.

altIn addition, the group must submit proof of the project’s completion to the Beautification Grants Committee by September 1, 2017, including, but not limited to, photos of the completed project, copies of receipts, and a financial accounting of the completed project.

Completed applications are due February 21, 2017, with funding awards announced in early spring 2017. Completed applications should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mailed to:
Garden Walk Buffalo, Inc.
Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants
94 Windsor Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Please note that submission of a completed application signifies adherence and agreement to the guidelines of the project. All decisions by Garden Walk Buffalo, Inc. are final. For questions, contact Garden Walk Buffalo: 716-247-5004 OR 800-557-3981 OR This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

* One example of a 501(c)3 sponsoring organization is West Side and Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services.