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For Immediate Release:
March 3, 2020
Contact: 518-486-9844
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$4.5 Million Available for Eligible Projects Within 28 New York State Counties

Grant Applications are Online and Due by 5 pm on May 15, 2020

The New York Department of State (DOS) announces the availability of $4.5 million in federal grant funding for economic and community development within New York’s Northern Border Region. Competitive grant funding is available for qualified projects within New York’s twenty-eight federally-designated Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Counties.

The following Counties comprise the Northern Border region of New York State: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, Sullivan, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Yates. Local governments and not-for-profit organizations in New York’s NBRC Counties are eligible to apply for these competitive grants.

“The NBRC investments are helping communities throughout the Northern Border region of New York State implement locally identified priorities to support community development,” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “We are grateful that New York’s Congressional Delegation continues to recognize the importance of these funds to Upstate New York. The Department of State looks forward to working with our partners on projects in communities throughout the NBRC region.”

The Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services works with the NBRC and regional planning organizations to solicit project applications. To be eligible for grant consideration, projects must fall within one of the following categories:

  1. Transportation infrastructure;
  2. Basic public infrastructure;
  3. Telecommunications infrastructure;
  4. Employment-related education, entrepreneurship, technology, and business development;
  5. Basic health care and other public services to assist economically distressed areas;
  6. Resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open space for economic development; and
  7. Development of renewable and alternative energy sources.

Applications are eligible to be funded for up to $1,000,000 for infrastructure projects and $350,000 for other projects. NBRC grants awarded within distressed counties require a 20 percent local match, while the required match in transitional counties is 50 percent.

In 2019, New York State recommended funding for nine NBRC projects for over $3.5  million.  Projects funded included water and sewer infrastructure, telecommunications, business development, entrepreneurship assistance, and transportation:

Application forms for NBRC grants and additional information on the Northern Border Region is available at the NBRC and DOS websites. Applications must be submitted through the online application portal no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 15, 2020.

The Northern Border Regional Commission - a regional economic development partnership between federal, state and local government - includes portions of the States of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Commission is composed of the Governors of the four Northern Border States and a Federal Co-Chair, who is appointed by the President of the United States.