Penfield Beach, where a multi-year project to rebuild the pavilion was completed last summer, is in for another upgrade courtesy of a state grant.

The town last week was awarded a $400,000 grant to reconstruct the main parking lot at the beach, add and rebuild approximately 2,100 feet of sidewalks along the waterfront side of Fairfield Beach Road, and add landscaping around the perimeter of the lots.

The Fairfield grant was one of several announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy allocated under the Small Town Economic Assistance Program, which are to be used for capital-improvement projects.

"Tough economic times make STEAP grants all the more important because they allow us to improve the overall quality of life, while creating jobs and stimulating the local economy," Malloy said in a statement. "Whether it's the improvement of a public space or renewed investment in a municipal facility, these grants allow towns across our state to move forward with capital projects that will benefit residents, both locally and across the region."

The State Bond Commission allocated a total of $20 million for STEAP grants last September. The awards were granted in part due to project readiness and their impact on overall regional economic development, according to the announcement from the governor's office.