The Seneca Buffalo Creek Development will distribute $1 million worth in project grants designed to improve the infrastructure, landscaping, lighting and signage in areas surrounding its downtown Buffalo casino.
The Development's advisory board will award grants at a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000 for projects that meet their competency and relevancy review.
“This whole process was a breath of fresh air in terms of good people coming together to create beneficial opportunities for the neighborhoods around our Buffalo Creek Casino,” said Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter. “We’ve all gained from this process, but the real winners will be the thousands of people who live here and others who will visit the waterfront and nearby neighborhoods over the next few years.”
The $1 million contribution is designed as a resource for casino neighbors, nearby developers, residents and businesses.
“We have a vested interest in the long-term future of the Inner Harbor area and are committed to playing an active role, along with our neighbors, in helping to shape that future,” Chairman Karsten said. “Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is one piece of the overall development movement taking place in downtown Buffalo. With this fund and these partnerships, we will be able to expand our impact beyond the visitors and business generated at our casino property.”
Applications will be accepted now through March 31. Applicants can contact Cathy Leggett, Seneca Gaming Corp., 716-501-2494, CLeggett@senecacasinos.com or obtain an application at www.senecagamingcorporation.com.