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.

2017 Renaissance Block Challenge Pre-Application, click here.

2017 Pre-Application Neighbor Sign Up Sheet, click here.

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 3 – Pre-application will be available (see above links)
  • Tuesday, October 11 – Pre-application informational workshop, 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 13 – Pre-application informational workshop, 6:00 pm
  • Friday, December 9 – Pre-applications are due
  • Friday, January 6, 2017 – Invitations to submit final applications will be distributed
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Final applications are due
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 – RBC grant awardees announced

Renaissance Block Statistics, 2011-2016

Three clusters of neighbors became Renaissance Blocks in 2016:
Barker, Delaware, and Kingsbury

Over the past six years (2011 through 2016), 30 clusters of property owners received ‘Renaissance Block’ status, with participating property owners investing more than $900,000 into exterior improvements and repairs.

Total Impact, 2011-2016

30350$900,000$375,000 (est)
neighborhood clustersparticipant homeowners and landlordsinvested by property owners into exterior projectsreimbursed to property owners through small matching grants

Past and Current Sponsors

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

In addition, the following businesses are some of those providing special discounts and services to Renaissance Block Challenge participants:

  • B & L Wholesale Supply
  • Brigiotta’s Greenhouse & Garden Center
  • Chautauqua Brick
  • Everydays True Value
  • Mike’s Nursery
  • Robert’s Nursery
  • Sandberg Kessler Architecture & Engineering