JAMESTOWN, N.Y.:--The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development reminds interested businesses, organizations, and municipalities to apply for grant funding for their economic and community development projects through this year’s New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).
Earlier this year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo launched Round VIII of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. The REDC initiative was first established in 2011 and it created 10 regional councils across the state to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth in their regions.
This year’s competition will award more than $750 million in state economic development resources. This includes $225 million in competitive funds from Empire State Development and over $525 million in CFA funds from various state agencies.
“Over two dozen applications were submitted last year from Chautauqua County, and we want to see even more submissions this year,” said Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. “We encourage agencies to apply so we can further strengthen and promote Chautauqua County as a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.”
The Consolidated Funding Application allows applicants to submit applications to access grant funding from over 30 programs available from 11 state agencies. Eligible applicants include for-profit businesses, not-for-profit corporations, business improvement districts, local development corporations, economic development organizations, research and academic institutions, municipalities, counties, regional planning councils, tourist attractions and community facilities.
Submitted projects should align with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s regional strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity in Western New York.” This plan strives to improve economic and community development in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties by improving job readiness, smart growth, and entrepreneurship. It also targets continued growth and opportunities in the advanced manufacturing, agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, health and life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism industry sectors.
Eligible CFA projects include those that intend to:
- create or retain jobs;
- prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment through education and workforce development;
- increase business or economic activity in a community or region;
- strengthen tourism and attract visitors to special events, festivals, historical sites and museums;
- enrich the community through arts and cultural activities;
- provide safe, affordable housing;
- address local public infrastructure and public facilities issues;
- develop and improve parks, historical properties and heritages areas;
- improve water quality;
- revitalize waterfront areas;
- improve energy efficiencies; or
- foster shared services through local government reorganization, consolidation or shared services projects.
The CFA opened to applicants on May 1, and applications must be submitted online by 4 p.m. on July 27, 2018.
Once a CFA is submitted, it will be reviewed and ranked by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council based on how it relates to implementing its strategic plan and then the application will be reviewed by the agency that administers the program.
“During the last CFA process, Chautauqua County received over $9.5 million in funding for 23 projects across the county,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “We encourage and would like to assist interested businesses, municipalities and not-for profits to apply in order to obtain state funding for their job-creation and community development projects.”
For more information about the Regional Economic Development Councils and the CFA process, please visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/ .
Individuals in Chautauqua County with questions about the application process and funding programs can also contact local representatives. For potential projects in the North County area, feel free to contact Nate Aldrich, Economic Development Specialist at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, at (716) 785-7172; for potential projects in the Greater Jamestown area, feel free to contact Sarah Gilbert, Grant Writer at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, at (716) 489-3494; and for potential projects in other areas of Chautauqua County, feel free to contact the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development at (716) 661-8900.