Renaissance Block Challenge

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The Neighborhood Renaissance Block Challenge encourages groups of neighbors to collaborate on exterior improvements to their properties in order to boost confidence in Jamestown’s neighborhoods and inspire others to reinvest.

Participating property owners in a Renaissance Block are eligible for the following assistance, regardless of income:

  • Matching funds (a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $2,000, for exterior improvements)
  • Access to discounts from sponsoring hardware stores and garden centers
  • Discounts from coordinated purchasing of materials or services
  • Design assistance

How to Participate

To participate in the Renaissance Block Challenge, form a cluster of a minimum of FIVE and no more than FIFTEEN participating properties. Clusters may include homeowners, landlords, churches, schools and businesses. If your proposed cluster exceeds FIFTEEN properties, contact the JRC for prior approval.

Cluster members should include participating neighboring property owners who intend to perform exterior work to their properties–including landscaping, exterior painting, porch repair, walkway and sidewalk repair, and lighting.

2018 Renaissance Block Challenge Flier




Renaissance Block Statistics, 2011-2018

Five clusters of neighbors became Renaissance Blocks in 2017:
Hotchkiss-Weeks, Dearing, Front East, Front West, Widrig-Hallock

Over the past seven years (2011 through 2017), 35 clusters of property owners received ‘Renaissance Block’ status, with participating property owners investing more than $975,000 into exterior improvements and repairs.

Total Impact, 2011-2018

neighborhood clustersparticipant homeowners and landlordsinvested by property owners into exterior projectsreimbursed to property owners through small matching grants


RBC Map 2017

Past and Current Sponsors

The Renaissance Block Challenge is made possible by the
John A. and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust

With support from:
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation
The Lenna Foundation

with assistance from these local businesses:
B & L Wholesale Supply
Brigiotta’s Greenhouse & Garden Center
Chautauqua Brick
Craig’s Landscaping
Everydays True Value
Kingsview Paving and Excavating
LaBella Associates
LaMar Seamless Gutters
Mike’s Nursery
Tactical Tree Services