PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT SERVING ALLEGANY, CATTARAUGUS, & CHAUTAUQUA COUNTIES
 
  
Center for Regional Excellence
   4039 Route 219, Suite 200
   Salamanca, New York  14779
   Phone: 716.945.5301 
   Fax: 716.945.5550


 

  
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GRANT ASSISTANCE
Workforce Development
Southern Tier West works with employers, manpower organizations, and training and educational organizations to develop and fund training projects designed to provide needed skills training to current and prospective employees. In particular, Southern Tier West makes available ARC funds for this purpose. If you would like more information, please contact Kimberly at 716-945-5301 ext 2211 or e-mail klamendola@southerntierwest.org

STW'S Role with ARC

In addition to completion of its development and planning work program approved and funded by the federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Southern Tier West also administers ARC’s project funding programs in the three county region. The primary ARC funding program available to prospective project sponsors in the region is the Area Development Program.

Southern Tier West assists ARC in its role of providing Area Development Program funding for eligible projects in the region through planning, project development assistance, financial packaging and grantsmanship assistance, recommendation of funding priorities, project monitoring, and program and project evaluation. Occasionally, Southern Tier West also acts as a sponsor of an ARC-funded project.


The focus of the Area Development Program is to promote a diversified regional economy through strategies that (1) help communities create and retain businesses and jobs; (2) help communities develop an educated, skilled workforce and create access to affordable, quality health care; and (3) support the development of infrastructure, including water and sewer services and the development and use of internet access.


All projects from the STW region requesting ARC funding under the Area Development Program must (1) address one of the above three goals and implement one of NYS's strategies under the relevant goal, (2) limit ARC's portion of the project to $150,000, (3) limit ARC's portion of the total eligible project cost to 50%, and (4) not exceed 18 months in duration.

ARC pre-applications are generally due in June. New application materials are posted on this website in April of each year. Please refer to the application guidance document for more information regarding the ARC general goals and ARC strategic objectives, the NYS strategies, and a description of eligible activities.

For more information, contact Kimberly LaMendola at 716-945-5301 ext 2211 or klamendola@southerntierwest.org


GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED for FY2018
GRANT DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 31, 201
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ARC Area Development Grant Information Sessions - - All begin at 10:00 AM

March 1, 2017
Allegany County - Belmont: Crossroads Center, Chamberlain Conference Room, 6087 Route 19N

March 2, 2017
Chautauqua County - Dunkirk: Fredonia Technology Incubator, 1st Floor Conference Room, 214 Central Ave


March 3, 2017
Cattaraugus County - Salamanca:  BOCES Center Conference Room, 4039 Route 219, Suite 100


STW's Role with EDA
In addition
to completion of its economic development and planning work program approved and funded by the federal Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), Southern Tier West also administers EDA’s project funding programs in the three county region. The primary EDA funding programs available to prospective project sponsors in the region are the Investments for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities program and the Economic Development (Local) Technical Assistance program. Both programs are exclusively economic development programs. The public works program deals primarily with infrastructure and other “hardware” projects that promote economic development. The technical assistance program deals primarily with feasibility studies that lead to future economic development activity.

Southern Tier West assists EDA in its role of providing funding for economic development projects in the region under these two EDA funding programs through planning, project development assistance, financial packaging and grantsmanship assistance, recommendation of funding priorities, project monitoring, and program and project evaluation. Occasionally, Southern Tier West also acts as a sponsor of an EDA-funded project.

Project sponsors seeking EDA funding must (1) be eligible sponsors, (2) document required geographic levels of economic distress, (3) propose projects with eligible uses of EDA funds, (4) submit project information to Southern Tier West for inclusion in Southern Tier West’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document, (5) be prioritized and recommended for EDA funding by the Southern Tier West Board, and (6) successfully complete EDA’s application process. Because demand for EDA project funding far exceeds the availability of EDA project funds, it is unusual for more than one EDA public works and one EDA technical assistance project from the region to be funded in a single year. As EDA funding is extremely competitive, Southern Tier West encourages prospective project sponsors to develop competitive projects consistent with EDA’s funding priorities, develop required project information in a timely fashion, and work closely with Southern Tier West in order to maximize chances of funding by EDA.

EDA takes application submissions on a quarterly basis, but project sponsors are encouraged to be ready to submit as soon after October 1 of each year as is possible. Program information and application materials for EDA’s public works and technical assistance programs are available on the web at EDA’s web site (www.eda.gov) and at www.grants.gov.


For more information, contact Tom Barnes at 716-945-5301 ext 2209 or
tbarnes@southerntierwest.