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On August 1, 2011, New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales announced the availability of $1.3 million in federal grant money under a program administered by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). The funds are intended to alleviate economic distress and create jobs in 36 distressed counties in the four states that make up the Northern Border Region.  Priority will be given to applications for projects in the distressed counties of Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego and St. Lawrence, as well as for projects that fall within the Utica-Rome Labor Market Area. In addition to the distressed counties, Cayuga, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison and Seneca counties fall within the Northern Border Region.  The Department of State will manage the grant evaluation with assistance from Local Development Districts.

“I applaud the NBRC for administering this critical program,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “These funds will be a great complement to the work we are doing with the Regional Economic Development Councils, and will serve as another tool to help stimulate development and job creation in New York’s Northern Border Region.”

“This is an excellent way to enhance regional coordination and planning throughout the North Country,” said Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “These grants will provide qualified applicants with greatly needed assistance to help the region’s counties and communities plan for sustainable growth, stem poverty and unemployment, and help boost the region’s quality of life.”

Eligible projects must address one or more of the following: develop the transportation, water, sewer, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure of the region; assist the region in obtaining job skills and employment related education, as well as promote entrepreneurship, technology and business development; provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped; promote resources conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open space in a manner consistent with economic development goals; and promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. The maximum grant for any applicant will be $250,000.

Applications for grants must be postmarked and e-mailed to the New York Department of State by August 29, 2011. For access to the application and for more information regarding this funding opportunity, visit the Funding Opportunities webpage.