Southern Tier West is Still Actively Seeking Projects for FY 2020 ARC Funding


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Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board

Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board wants to remind area grantseekers that it is not too late to apply for funding under the ARC’s FY2020 Area Development Program.

Potential applicants include municipalities and other units of local government, colleges and universities, school districts and not-for-profit entities located in or providing services to residents in Allegany, Chautauqua and/or Cattaraugus counties. Grants are for projects beginning sometime in the spring of 2020 and taking place within this three-county area. First-time as well as repeat applicants are welcomed.

Pre-applications are due to STW on Monday, June 3. Pre-applications consist of the Project Narrative, Budget Narrative, one-page budget form and a working list of your supporting materials. Final, complete applications are due on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
The ARC Area Development Program annually supports local projects with grants of up to $150,000 each, that demonstrate positive impacts in the areas of economic opportunities, ready workforce, critical infrastructure, natural and cultural assets and leadership and community capacity. The Appalachian Regional Commission works in partnership with the New York State Department of State and Southern Tier West to select local project applications that meet shared objectives and strategies as identified by the federal, state and regional partners. ARC funding is available to the 14 counties in New York State that are within the federally designated Appalachian region. Southern Tier West is the local administrative agency for the ARC Area Development Program in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties and works closely with local project sponsors in the development of eligible projects and the preparation of grant applications.

All applicants will be required to schedule an individual meeting with STW staff to determine project eligibility and review all components of the grant application. It is strongly recommended that interested local applicants start their project development and grant preparation process as soon as possible. To arrange an individual consultation, please contact Craig Klose, STW Regional Development Associate and ARC grant manager: or (716) 945. 5301 x 2206. The deadline for the pre-application is June 3, 2019.

Application materials and other resources are available at: