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Opportunity for federal funding issued by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and managed by New York Department of State.

Schedule of Events
RFA Posted: April 17, 2016
All Applications Due: October 15, 2016

Available Funding
The Department of State has announced the availability of up to $2 million in federal grant money for economic and community development projects for local governments and non-profits in New York State’s Appalachian Region. Applications are eligible for up to $150,000 per project.

The grant evaluation will be managed by New York Department of State and the applicant’s Local Development Districts. Such evaluation may also require the Department of State, as a State Infrastructure Agency under Article 6 of the Environmental Conservation Law (State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act), to determine whether an application for grant funding or approval of a public infrastructure project is consistent with the 10 Smart Growth Criteria outline in Article 6.


Applicants for ARC Area Development Grants must be state or local government, local school district, or a formally designated not-for-profit organization.  Project sponsors need not be based within the ARC region, however, project activities must be primarily within NYS’s 14-county ARC region, which consists of the following districts and counties:


ARC’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 ( details five Investment Goals for the Federal Appalachian Region. All proposed project activities must advance one of the ARC Investment Goals and one of NYS’s relevant Implementing Strategies. These can be summarized as:


County Economic Designations and Funding Match
The ARC establishes economic designation for counties based upon the following criteria:

In in New York State all eligible ARC counties are designated as “Transitional”, meaning that the economic score for the county is in the middle 50% of all counties in the United States. Projects in Transitional counties require a match of at least 50%; the maximum share funded by the ARC will be 50% of the project’s total qualified costs.

Program Contacts
New York’s Appalachian Regional Development Program is managed within the Division of Local Government Services of the New York State Department of State. Solicitation for ARC program grants is regionally managed by the following Local Development Districts:


  • Allegany
  • Cattaraugus
  • Chautauqua


Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board
4039 Route 219, Suite 200
Salamanca, New York 14779
716-945-5301 x2211
PROGRAM CONTACT – Kimberley LaMendola




  • Chemung
  • Schuyler
  • Steuben


Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
8 Dennison Parkway East, Suite 310
Corning, New York 14830
Phone 607-962-5092
PROGRAM CONTACT - Victoria Ehlen



  • Broome
  • Chenango
  • Cortland
  • Delaware
  • Otsego
  • Schoharie
  • Tioga
  • Tompkins

Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board
49 Court Street, Suite 222
Binghamton, New York 13901
(607) 724-1327
DIRECTOR – Erik Miller

New York State’s Program Manager is Kyle Wilber, 518-473-3355, Information about the federal ARC program is available at the following site:


Application Material
Potential applicants for ARC funding will find all application information and guidance from their Local Development District Area Development Coordinator. Applicants should clearly describe the nature of the project and why it is eligible. Such conclusions must be supported with documentation and consistent with the definitions found below.


April, 2016:                 Local Development District solicitation for ARC Area Development grant proposal begins.

October, 2016:             All applications are due from the LDD to DOS.

December, 2016:         NYS Department of State evaluation of ARC projects concludes and final investment package submitted to ARC for federal agency review.