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Southern Tier West Announces Availability of Grant Funding

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants available for

projects beginning in 2020; pre-applications due June 3, 2019

Salamanca, NY – Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board announces a schedule of General Information Sessions for grant funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Area Development Program. The sessions are free and open to the public; no registration is required. The information will pertain to potential applicants seeking funding for projects beginning sometime in the spring of 2020 and taking place in Allegany, Chautauqua and/or Cattaraugus counties. Eligible applicants are municipal governments and their sub-agencies, institutions of higher education, school districts and not-for-profit entities within the three-county region or which have programs that serve populations within this area.

Topics covered at the General Information Sessions include an overview of the ARC Area Development grant program and Southern Tier West’s role in administering the program, federal and state funding priorities, application timeline and details related to developing an eligible project and a strong grant proposal. General Information Session dates and locations:

          Chautauqua County (Dunkirk)

          Monday, March 11, 10 am – Noon

          Fredonia Technology Incubator, 1st floor conference room

214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY


          Allegany County (Belmont)

Tuesday, March 12, 10 am – Noon

Crossroads Conference Center

6087 NYS Route 19 North, Belmont, NY


          Cattaraugus County (Salamanca)

          Thursday, March 14, 10 am – Noon

          Southern Tier West, Center for Regional Excellence

          4039 Route 219, Suite 200, Salamanca, NY

The ARC Area Development Program annually supports local projects with grants of up to $150,000 each, that demonstrate positive impacts in the areas of economic opportunities, ready workforce, critical infrastructure, natural and cultural assets and leadership and community capacity. The Appalachian Regional Commission works in partnership with the New York State Department of State and Southern Tier West to select local project applications that meet shared objectives and strategies as identified by the federal, state and regional partners. ARC funding is available to the 14 counties in New York State that are within the federally designated Appalachian region. Southern Tier West is the local administrative agency for the ARC Area Development Program in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties and works closely with local project sponsors in the development of eligible projects and the preparation of grant applications.

Information Sessions are meant to provide general program information only and are not meant to provide detailed instruction in project development. All applicants will be required to schedule an individual meeting with STW staff to determine project eligibility and review all components of the grant application. It is strongly recommended that interested local applicants start their project development and grant preparation process as soon as possible, even prior to the General Information Sessions. To arrange individual meetings, please contact Craig Klose, STW Regional Development Associate and ARC grant manager: or (716) 945. 5301 x 2206. The deadline for the pre-application is June 3, 2019. A General Information Sessions flyer is available at: