Center for Regional Excellence
   4039 Route 219, Suite 200
   Salamanca, New York  14779
   Phone: 716.945.5301 
   Fax: 716.945.5550




New York State
Consolidated Funding Application Round 7 - deadline July 28, 2017
Information on CFA program, resource directory, and application

2017 CFA Resource Manual

Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Resource Handbook

Appalachian Regional Commission

Area Development Program

ARC Invests in Appalachia; ARC Invests in New York State

Now accepting project proposals for activities starting in FY2018!

For project proposals that serve Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties in New York State:

Pre-application deadline is May 31, 2017 for FY2018 funding proposals!
Plan early; applications require project proposals that exhibit sound planning and documentation
Grant requests up to $150,000 are considered  
Eligible applicants are incorporated non-profit organizations and municipalities
Applicants must work with Southern Tier West in the preparation of proposals

Contact Kimberly LaMendola, Regional Development Coordinator, to discuss your proposed activity and to receive updated application materials. All applicants are required to contact Ms. LaMendola for pre-approval prior to submitting an application at 716-945-5301 x2211 or email:

Link to documents folder for FY2018 grant process.  (Documents in this folder are intended as example materials only. Please contact Southern Tier West for updated materials and the appropriate forms to use for grant submission)

Southern Tier West annually solicits grant proposals for regionally significant area development projects that will advance the goals and objectives of the Appalachian Regional Commission and one of New York State’s implementing strategies for the investment of ARC’s federal funding within the region. Southern Tier West seeks a diverse range of project proposals from area non-profit organizations and municipalities. Southern Tier West provides individualized technical assistance and works with applicants in the development of grant proposals that meet the program’s eligibility requirements and exemplify measurable outcomes that support both ARC’s and New York State’s development goals. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred investments throughout the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. 

Appalachia and the New York State Appalachian Region
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a state and federal partnership concerned with the socio-economic development of the Appalachian Region of the United States. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC has progressed over the past 46 years to become a model for regional economic development. The 205,000-square-mile federally-designated Appalachian Region extends more than 1,000 miles along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. The U.S. Appalachian Region is comprised of 420 counties and is home to 24.8 million people. The ARC’s leadership consists of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states, appointed state Alternates, and the Presidentially- appointed Federal Co-Chair.

The NYS Appalachian Region, also known as NYS’s “Southern Tier,” consists of fourteen counties extending approximately 285 miles from eastern Schoharie County to the southwestern corner of Chautauqua County. The Region covers 24.8 percent of the State’s total land area, and has a population of slightly more than one million, which represents about 5.5 percent of total state population. Roughly half of the Region’s residents live in or around medium to small cities or villages with the largest population clusters located around the cities of Binghamton (Broome County), Elmira (Chemung County), Ithaca (Tompkins County), Cortland (Cortland County), and Jamestown (Chautauqua County).

Local-level leadership and participation in the ARC Program is coordinated through multi-county local development districts (LDDs).  NYS’s ARC Program is co-administered by three LDDs (also known as “regional planning and development boards”) as follows (constituent counties are noted in parentheses):

     Southern-Tier East (Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga, and Tompkins), headquartered in Binghamton (Broome Co.);

     Southern-Tier Central (Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben), headquartered in Corning (Steuben Co.);

     Southern-Tier West (Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua), headquartered in Salamanca (Cattaraugus Co.).

Appalachian Regional Commission
ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts (LDD). Southern Tier West is the LDD for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties in New York State. ARC invests in activities that address the five goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan:

Goal 1: Economic Opportunities: Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia's economy.

Goal 2: Ready Workforce: Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.

Goal 3: Critical Infrastructure: Invest in critical infrastructure—especially broadband; transportation, including the Appalachian Development Highway System; and water/wastewater systems.

Goal 4: Natural and Cultural Assets: Strengthen Appalachia's community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region's natural and cultural heritage assets.

Goal 5: Leadership and Community Capacity: Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.

Economic Development Administration
In addition
to completion of its economic development and planning work program approved and funded by the federal Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), Southern Tier West also administers EDA’s project funding programs in the three county region. The primary EDA funding programs available to prospective project sponsors in the region are the Investments for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities program and the Economic Development (Local) Technical Assistance program. Both programs are exclusively economic development programs. The public works program deals primarily with infrastructure and other “hardware” projects that promote economic development. The technical assistance program deals primarily with feasibility studies that lead to future economic development activity.

Southern Tier West assists EDA in its role of providing funding for economic development projects in the region under these two EDA funding programs through planning, project development assistance, financial packaging and grantsmanship assistance, recommendation of funding priorities, project monitoring, and program and project evaluation. Occasionally, Southern Tier West also acts as a sponsor of an EDA-funded project.

Project sponsors seeking EDA funding must (1) be eligible sponsors, (2) document required geographic levels of economic distress, (3) propose projects with eligible uses of EDA funds, (4) submit project information to Southern Tier West for inclusion in Southern Tier West’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document, (5) be prioritized and recommended for EDA funding by the Southern Tier West Board, and (6) successfully complete EDA’s application process. Because demand for EDA project funding far exceeds the availability of EDA project funds, it is unusual for more than one EDA public works and one EDA technical assistance project from the region to be funded in a single year. As EDA funding is extremely competitive, Southern Tier West encourages prospective project sponsors to develop competitive projects consistent with EDA’s funding priorities, develop required project information in a timely fashion, and work closely with Southern Tier West in order to maximize chances of funding by EDA.

EDA takes application submissions on a quarterly basis, but project sponsors are encouraged to be ready to submit as soon after October 1 of each year as is possible. Program information and application materials for EDA’s public works and technical assistance programs are available on the web at EDA’s web site ( and at

For more information, contact Tom Barnes at 716-945-5301 ext 2209 or