Marathon to hold public meeting on state grant application

(Photo Source: Village of Marathon)

Marathon officials are holding a public input meeting on Monday (Sept. 18) as the village prepares to apply for a second round of NY Forward grant funding.

The meeting will go from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the Civic Center on 16 Brink St. According to a flier about the meeting, the village is looking for as much input as possible in a “community-wide effort to show Marathon’s potential.”

The flier for the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

The village of Marathon announced back in March (2023) they’re planning to apply for the NY Forward grant.

“It’s worth taking a shot,” Village mayor Scott Chamberlin said in March, noting the attention needed for businesses and buildings in the main business district of the village.

NY Forward is a program “targeted at revitalizing smaller and rural communities,” according to the state’s website. About $100 million is invested into the program.

The Central Regional Economic Development Councils (CREDC) has the option of recommending two communities for $4.5 NY Forward grants, or one community for a $4.5 million grant and two communities each receiving $2.25 million.

The village of Phoenix (Oswego County) received $4.5 million in the first round of NY Forward grant awards, while the villages of Hamilton (Madison County) and Moravia (Cayuga County) were each a recipient of $2.25 million grants.

According to the state’s website, Marathon and other communities have until Sept. 29 to apply for a second-round NY Forward grant.

For further information on the NY Forward program, click here.