Local institutions, non-profits, organizations can benefit from funding
CORNING — Let’s face it, in today’s world every little bit of good news is welcome. But what happens when an opportunity is waiting to be shared and no one knows?
As the Local Development District for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board works with organizations to develop applications for ARC funding. Each year, up to $150,000 (per applicant) in the form of a 50-50 ARC grant is available to local educational institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations to provide “solutions that will improve infrastructure, the economy, job opportunities, and health for residents of the STC Region.”
With a Sept. 3 deadline, there’s still time to apply for a 2020 ARC grant.
Chances are, you’ve never heard of the STC or knew such funds were available, though you have most likely seen the outcome an ARC grant provides. Most residents aren’t aware of the forces at work behind the scenes that made such an opportunity, change, advancement happen.
As far as the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board is concerned, that sort of anonymity is welcome. Except when it means that worthy, eligible organizations and causes might not even be aware of the available resources. When nonprofits, for example, can get funding for important new projects and potentially ripple benefits across the region augmenting income, and helping to bring people and the region itself out of poverty, that sort of anonymity is problematic.
“We assist applicants to develop the strongest possible applications,” says Victoria Ehlen, Economic Development Coordinator for the STC. But, year after year, the deadline passes and so many worthy organizations in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties are unaware. STC will work with potential applicants take advantage of this incredible opportunity.
This year, the deadline to apply for the 2020 Appalachian Regional Commission grant is fast approaching. But there is still time!
About the ARC grant
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant program is a unique federal/state/local program that has been in place for more than 50 years. In that time, the ARC has funded many of the foundational programs and infrastructure activities throughout the Southern Tier Region. The ARC was created in 1965 to fight poverty in the 13 Appalachian states (which includes NYS) by funding projects that address the 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 – Improve 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, 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.
ARC grant funding is very flexible and can be used for small and large projects alike. Successful applicants can receive $5,000 to $150,000 of 50/50 matching grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission. ARC match requirements are flexible; in-kind contributions, NY State grants (CFA), some federal funds, USDA loans, and local funds can be used as match. This year, applications will be due Sept. 3. Funding for successful projects is expected in Spring 2020.
To learn more, or to apply for a 2020 ARC grant, visit the STC website – www.stcplanning.org. Or contact Victoria Ehlen at 607-962-5092.