New Year Brings A New Wave Of Funding To Protect Lakes, Waterways

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JAMESTOWN – A new year brings a new wave of funding to help protect lakes and waterways in Chautauqua County.

The County’s Department of Planning and Development announced the application period for the “Occupancy Tax for Lakes and Waterways Grant Program” opened on Monday.

The program uses the county’s five percent occupancy from rental lodgings to provide grants to help rollout environmental improvements.

Specifically, officials expect $225,000 in funding will be available this year via grants paid out in $500 to $40,000 increments.

Applications from organizations including; not-for-profits, governments, businesses and corporations, as well as public and private schools in Chautauqua County.

Previously projects funded under this program included improvements to streambanks, shorelines, or ditch stabilization; among others.

Applications are available online at They are due by April 1, 2022.


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