Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board
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Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board is now accepting Letters-of-Interest for the Area Development grant program funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission Letters-of-Intent will be for project activities beginning in Federal FY2021. The deadline for the pre-application package, consisting of a 2-page Letter-of-Intent (attached) is due Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4 PM. Southern Tier West seeks proposals for activities that take place in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and/or Chautauqua Counties and that strategically advance the mission of the ARC, New York State, as well as local development priorities. The Appalachian Regional Commission supports a broad range of eligible activities in both programmatic and construction related projects including workforce development, economic opportunities, educational opportunities, critical infrastructure, access to healthcare, entrepreneurship, leadership and community capacity, promotion of natural or cultural assets, main street revitalization, and planning and assessment. Eligible applicants are municipalities/local governments and incorporated non-for-profit organizations. The maximum ARC grant request is $150,000 per project proposal; note, this is a matching grant.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership with the mission to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in 420 counties across the 13 Appalachian states. New York State’s Appalachia region consists of 14 counties along its southern tier region, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties. In partnership with New York State’s Dept of State and Local Development District agencies like Southern Tier West, project proposal solicitation and first phase review begin in a decentralized approach at the regional level to target the investment of ARC funds to communities or programs that will provide a sustainable response to a documented need or opportunity and that also demonstrate the potential for additional leveraged private investment. Southern Tier West works closely with applicants in the development of eligible project activities and the preparation of a competitive grant proposal.
The application process occurs over several phases of review at the local, state, and federal levels. All applicants are required to schedule a meeting with STW staff to review the grant making criteria and to determine project eligibility. Meetings can take place over the phone or a video conference program.
Contact Fileve T. Palmer PhD. to arrange your meeting, preferably at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, the deadline for submission of the Letter-of-Intent is Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4PM. More information about Appalachian Regional Commission, Southern Tier West, and documents related to the Area Development Program grant are available at http://southerntierwest.org/htm/grantasst.html