Better Buffalo Fund

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About the Better Buffalo Fund

The Better Buffalo Fund aims to create vibrant, mixed-use, high-density neighborhoods.  It is focused on supporting projects that encourage density and growth along transportation corridors and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts.  The Governor has committed $40 million to the Better Buffalo Fund, via $30 million in Buffalo Billion I and $10 million in Buffalo Billion II.  

The Better Buffalo Fund offers grants and revolving loan funds through two initiatives - Transit Oriented Development and Buffalo Main Streets.  Although funding is offered periodically, funding applications are now closed for the third round of BBF.  Click here for more information. 

Through three rounds of the program, the Better Buffalo Fund has awarded more than $28 milion to 46 projects.  These projects are renovating more than 622 residential units and more than 320,000 square-feet of store front and commercial space, while also leveraging over $287.7 million in private investment in the City of Buffalo. 

Round Three Awarded Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on June 22, 2018 a total of 11 projects, including five on the East Side of Buffalo, received funding awards totaling $7,780,930 through Round Three of the Better Buffalo Fund. The fund was established to support projects that encourage density and growth along transportation corridors and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts. This third round of funding will help complete the renovation of 172 residential units and more than 130,795-square-feet of storefront and commercial space, while leveraging over $64.26 million in private investment.

Transit-Oriented Development Awarded Projects

Six Transit-Oriented Development awards totaling $6,130,930 in grants and loans.

  • 950 Broadway - $2,000,000 loan
  • Jefferson Avenue Apartments - $1,902,094 loan
  • TOD at 65 Northland - $170,156 grant
  • Blackrock Freight House - $750,000 loan
  • 72 Sycamore Street - $359,000 grant
  • The Kyndall Building- $949,680 loan


Buffalo Main Street Initiative Awarded Projects

Five Main Streets awards totaling $1,650,000 in grants.

  • North Buffalo Infill - $500,000 grant
  • Vibrant Seneca Street - $300,000 grant
  • Grant Street Buffalo Main Streets Initiative - $300,000 grant
  • Black Rock Revival - $300,000 grant
  • 1235 Hertel Avenue - $250,000 grant


A description of all the projects can be found here.

Projects for Development Along "Main Streets" and Transit Corridors

The Better Buffalo Fund is the primary vehicle under the Buffalo Billion to foster the transformation of the City of Buffalo’s physical environment by improving transportation and revitalizing neighborhoods.  With the tremendous expected economic and job growth facilitated through Buffalo Billion initiatives—now numbering thousands of new jobs—the Better Buffalo Fund will ensure people are connected to those jobs.