State grants available to North Country non-profits

— The New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) today announced the availability of federal grants intended to alleviate economic distress and create jobs in local municipalities within New York’s Northern Border Region. Local governments and not-for-profit organizations in the Northern Border counties of Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Cayuga, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison and Seneca are eligible to apply for these competitive grants.

“The Northern Border Regional grants are a tremendous opportunity and can be a resource for organizations dedicated to the growth and economic empowerment of the Northern Border region of New York State,” said New York State Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “These grants are a great complement to the work Governor Cuomo is 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.”

NYSDOS will accept and review applications and submit them to the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for federal assistance and will also work closely with Local Development Districts in eligible areas to coordinate assistance to applicants.

To be eligible and considered for these grants, projects must meet the following criteria: 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 entrepreneurship, technology and business development; provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped; promote resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open spaces in a manner consistent with economic development goals; and promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. Municipalities and not-for-profits are encouraged to apply for up to $200,000 in the federal funds, not to exceed 80 percent of the total project cost.

Applications forms for NBRC grants, including additional information about the Northern Border Region and Local Development Districts, are available at dos.ny.gov/funding. Submissions must be postmarked by July 22 and mailed AND emailed to: New York Department of State, Attention Kyle Wilber, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12231, 473-3355, nbrc@dos.ny.gov.

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