Center for Regional Excellence
4039 Route 219, Suite 200
Salamanca, NY 14779

Phone: (716) 945-5301
Fax: (716) 945-5550

2018 Local Government
Corporate Sponsors
LaBella Associates
Williamson Law Book Company

2018 Local Government
Corporate Supporters
Clark Patterson Lee
Comp Alliance
Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc.
Larson Design Group
MRB Group
NY Municipal Insurance Reciprocal

2018 CAP Membership


Staff Contact: Kimberly LaMendola (716) 945-5301 ext. 2211 (ARC Funding)
Staff Contract: Tom Barnes (716) 945-5301 ext. 2210 (EDA Funding)

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Area Development Grant Program

FY2019 Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted!
Plan Early: Pre-application Deadline is Friday, June 1, 2018

To receive a copy of the grant guidance and application materials, to make an appointment for a technical assistance meeting, or to learn more about the ARC Area Development Program, please contact Kimberly LaMendola, Regional Develoment Coordinator at 716-945-5301 x 2211 or

General ARC Program Information
Southern Tier West annually solicits grant proposals for regionally significant projects through ARC's Area Development Program.  Review priorities are given for projects that will advance the goals and objectives of the Appalachian Regional Commission and at least 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-for-profit organizations and municiaplties and provides individualized technical assistance to work with the applicants in the development of grant proposals that meet the region'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, communications, infrastructure, community development, rural healthcare, asset-based development, and leadership, and capacity development.

"The Appalchian Regional Commission's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in 420 counties across the 13 Appalachian States."

 New York State has 14 counties located in the federal designated Appalachia area, including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties.  Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board is ARC's Local Development District agency for the region, working in partnership with ARC and NYS Department of State to provide resources, planning and development support, and specialized technical assistance to our local communities and constituency.  Grants from ARC's Area Development Program invest resources and other leveraged private investment into New York State's communities to support activities that create economic opportunities, competitive workforce readiness, builds critial infrastructure, promotes natural and cultural assets, builds the leadership and skills for the next-generation workers and leaders.  Read more about the sustainable impacts that Appalachian Regional Commission provides for Appalachia and New York State by clicking the fact sheet below or visit  Visit the Appalachian Regional Commission website for more information on Appalachia and the NYS Appalachian Region.

ARC Investments in the Appalachian Region, October 2015 - January 2017
ARC Investments in New York, October 2015 - January 2017

Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Southern Tier West annually assists EDA in its role of providing funding for economic development projects in the region through planning, project development assistance, financial priorities, project monitoring, and program and project evaluation. Occassionally, STW acts as a sponsor of an EDA-funded project.
The primary EDA funding programs include: Investments for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program and the Economic Development (local) Technical Assistance Program.  The public works program deals primarily with infrastructure and other "hardware" projects that promote economic development, and the technical assistance program deals primarily with feasibility studies that lead to future economic development activity.

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 STW for inclusion in STW's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document, (5) be prioritized and recommended for EDA funding by the STW Board, and (6) successfully complete EDA's application process.  As EDA is extremely competitive, STW encourages prospective project sponosrs to develop competitive projects consistent with EDA's funding priorities, develop required project information in a timely fashion, and work closely with STW in order to maximize chances of being funded by EDA.

Visit the
Economic Development Administration
website for more information on funding opportunities.