Chautauqua County’s Innovative 2% Occupancy Tax Grant Program for Lakes and Waterways Continues to Evolve

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The Findley Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project. The project received funding through the County’s 2% Occupancy Tax for Lakes and Waterways Grant Program.

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Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development

The Findley Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project. The project received funding through the County’s 2% Occupancy Tax for Lakes and Waterways Grant Program.

Chautauqua County’s innovative 2% Occupancy Tax for Lakes and Waterways Grant Program has been improved for 2018. Changes include new application dates and a new Request For Assistance (RFA) form that is intended to help applicants prepare stronger, more compelling grant applications.

“There is a substantial need in the County for these grant-funded projects; however, the application process and administrative requirements can be daunting,” said Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator Dave McCoy. “The RFA process is intended to help pair prospective applicants with technical service providers such that high-quality projects can be developed and delivered.”

The 2% Occupancy Tax for Lakes and Waterways Grant Program offers competitive grants of up to $40,000 for water quality improvement projects including streambank and lakeshore stabilization, agricultural runoff, drainage, and stormwater management. Applications for the 2019 program will be available on February 1, 2018 and will be due on April 1, 2018.

Streambank Stabilization Project in the Chautauqua Lake Watershed. The project received funding through the County’s 2% Occupancy Tax for Lakes and Waterways Grant Program.

Requests For Assistance forms are currently available on the Chautauqua County Legislature’s page and Chautauqua County Finance Department’s page of the county website at www.co.chautauqua.ny.us and on the Watershed Management page of the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development website at www.planningchautauqua.com.

Hard copies of the form are also available at the Department of Planning and Economic Development office at the BWB Center, 201 West Third Street, Suite 115, in Jamestown. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the grant program, please contact Dave McCoy, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator at 716-661-8915.