The Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant Program

New York State began the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in 2016. The DRI is a cornerstone of the State’s economic development program. The DRI transforms downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and economic and housing diversity. These compact, walkable downtowns are a key ingredient to helping New York State rebuild its economy from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as to achieving the State’s bold climate goals. The DRI is led by the Department of State, in close partnership with Empire State Development, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

With the awards in 2022, the State will have invested $700 million in this program. Of that money, $20 million was given to Oneida County when Rome (2017) and Utica (2019) were awarded a DRI grant.


DRI Round 6

2022 DRI Application

DRI Round 5

2021 DRI Application
2021 DRI Presentation

DRI Round 4

2019 DRI Application
2019 DRI Presentation

A year after Clinton won the 2018 Kraft Hockeyville title, we geared up to try to win $10 million for the Clinton Arena and several projects in the downtown Clinton area by applying to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  We were unsuccessful in winning the competition, but we are back at the drawing boards for 2021. 

Ideas and participation by residents, business owners and everyone passionate about Clinton are needed to help propel our application forward.

2019 DRI Presentation made to the Town of Kirkland and Village of Clinton board members about the project.

Past Winners from the Mohawk Valley Region: