See a map of Better Buffalo Fund Target Investment Areas.
The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is open to adaptive reuse or infill capital projects located in downtown Buffalo development areas within a half-mile walking distance of Buffalo transit stops on Bailey Avenue, Grant Street, Main Street, Niagara Street, Utica Street and Fillmore Avenue corridors.
- For-profit businesses
- Not-for-profit corporations
- Business improvement districts
- Local development corporations
- Public benefit corporations (including industrial development agencies)
- Economic development organizations
- City of Buffalo and/or related entities
TOD funds may be used for:
- Acquisition of land, buildings, machinery and/or equipment
- Environmental remediation
- New construction, renovation or leasehold improvements
- Acquisition of furniture and fixtures
- Soft costs of up to 15% of total project costs
- Planning and feasibility studies related to a specific capital project
The Buffalo Main Streets Initiative (BMSI) considers grant requests from non-profit, community-based organizations and/or business associations. For Round 4, the geography for Buffalo Main Street Initiative applicants was extended to include Broadway (between Cedar and Mortimer streets) and Main Street (between Mohawk and Seneca streets) and four target areas were removed from the program—Bailey, Broadway/Fillmore, Fillmore/MLK and Jefferson Avenue—as funding is allocated to those areas through specific programming in the $65 million East Side Economic Development Corridor Fund. For Round 5, the BMSI geography was extended to include a larger portion of Broadway (extending from Mortimer Street to Reed Street) and a portion of Abbott Road (between Robins Street and Cazenovia Street).
Ineligible BMSI applicants: