Utica, New York (WIBX) - Up to five $1,000 grants are being made available to local businesses.

The 2012 Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley "Member Grant Award" has been established to provide grants to help selected companies improve and promote their businesses.

Leslie Irwin, President of the Chamber Alliance said she hopes that the grants will "help create partnerships with fellow chamber members."

Applications will be open to chamber business members beginning on March 1st. The deadline is April 15th and winners will be announced May 23rd at a CAMV-sponsored event at SUNY-IT in Marcy.

For an application visit: www.camvny.org or contact one of the ten local area Chambers of Commerce:

Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce info@boonvillechamber.com

Camden Area Chamber of Commerce contact@camdennychamber.com

Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce info@clintonnychamber.org

Herkimer Area Chamber of Commerce jscarano@herkimercountychamber.com

Kuyahoora Area Valley Chamber of Commerce leslie@ntcnet.com

Marcy Area Chamber of Commerce marcycoc@gmail.com

New Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce info@newhartfordchamber.com

Oneida Area Chamber of Commerce oneidachamber@cnymail.com

Rome Area Chamber of Commerce info@romechamber.com

Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce trentonchamber@aol.com