Southern Tier West represents Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties as a Local Development District (LDD) for the Appalachian Region Commission (ARC), and as an Economic Development District (EDD) under the US Economic Development Administration (EDA).
Southern Tier West annually solicits grant proposals for regionally significant projects through the Appalachia Regional Commission's (ARC) Areas Development Program. Review priorities are given for projects that will advance the goals and objectives of the Appalachian Regional Commission and at least one of New York State's Implementing Strategies for the investment of ARC's federal funding within the region. Southern Tier West seeks a diverse range of project proposals from area non-for-profit organizations and municipalities and provides individualized technical assistance to work with the applicants in the development of grant proposals that meet the region's eligibility requirements and exemplify measurable outcomes that support both ARC's and New York State's development goals.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts (LDDs). Southern Tier West is this Region's Local Development District and if your project idea or program concept serves the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, or Chautauqua, you are welcome to work with the team at Southern Tier West to develop your Area Wide Development Program application. The team will assist applicants with questions about program development, partners, grant writing, match and support requirements and budget.
Southern Tier West represents three counties as an Economic Development District under the US Economic Development Administration (EDA). Federal partners ARC and EDA offer investments to leverage private sector dollars that increase job opportunities, raise per capita income, promote infrastructure improvements and strengthen the capacity of people to complete global economies. County participation and investments make these programs possible.