2016 Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants Announced

Garden Walk has granted nearly $100,000 in Marvin Lunenfeld beautification grants to block clubs, non-profits and neighborhood associations for beautification projects in the neighborhoods of Garden Walk. Marvin Lunenfeld, and his wife Gail McCarthy, were the founders of Garden Walk Buffalo.

Over the years, we've taken YOUR contributions and helped to fund community gardens, hanging basket projects, curb-side planters, and more. In essence, YOU are beautifying Buffalo's great urban neighborhoods. Please consider making a donation this year. And thank you for your past donations.

Award amounts are based on the overall project cost, eligible projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity. Applications are available, online, each Fall. Awards are granted each Spring.

To see the entire list of Lunenfeld Grant recipients since 2015, visit here.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients:

Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
Naval Park Planting beds

Johnson Park Association
Johnson Park public gardens

Friends of Sisti Park
Sisti Park gardens

5 Loaves Farm
DeWitt St right-of-way garden

Block Alliance of 16th Street
16th St planters

One Symphony Circle
Wadsworth St garden

Cottage District Community Association   
Cottage District Planters

Armory Hill Association

Buffalo in Bloom (Niagara Square)
Niagara Square gardens

Allentown Association

Elmwood Village Association
Hanging planters


Lunenfeld Grant Chair, Onda Simmons presents a check to Barbara O'Brien, on behalf of The Elmwood Village Association.


Don Alessi, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will use the grant toward filling out existing planting beds.


Scott Dunlap, of the Block Alliance of 16th Street, explains the project they'll be working on with their grant.


Armory Hill Association's Kevin Lickers, also a Garden Walk Buffalo volunteer, describes the project his neighborhood will complete this year.