Appalachian Regional Commission
All applicants must work with STC staff, either or . STC staff will assist applicants with questions about grantwriting, funding, budgets, and letters of support.
For the Federal Fiscal Year 2017 funding cycle (October 1, 2016--September 30, 2017), STC will require one full application (no pre-application). The full ARC application is due in the STC office on or before September 13, 2016. STC staff will review projects for completion if submitted at least 2-3 weeks before the deadline. This review is an essential part of the process.
The FY 2017 application forms are available in the yellow box below, labeled "Grant at a Glance." Please see "2016 Application Guidance from NYS" for an overview of the grant requirements and process, we will update the link with the newest version when it becomes available.
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Fiscal year 2017 Grant Application and Guidance
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a unique federal-state-local partnership. It has provided over $40 million in grants to the Southern Tier Central region over the past forty three years. The Appalachian Regional Commission has completed a strategic planning process that has identified five key goals for the 13-state region stretching from Mississippi to New York, including Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. These goals state that Appalachia will have:
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, 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.
Eligible Projects. Proposals will relate to one of the above goals and could include workforce training, basic skills, workforce assessments, economic development plans and strategies, child care and early childhood education, telecommunications, job related infrastructure, leadership, business development, necessary public infrastructure, educational excellence, local government assistance demonstrations, or rural health and mental health initiatives. You can access a list of prior ARC funded projects here.
Eligible Applicants. Units of local government, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions may apply for ARC grants.
Amount of Funding. Grants of up to $150,000 are available for all projects. In the NYS strategic plan, the state expressed a preference for funding smaller projects, thereby stretching the impact of the ARC grant funding.
Matching Funds / Continuation. All grants require a 50% match in cash and/or eligible in-kind services from federal, state, and local sources, although total federal funding is limited to 80% of total project cost for infrastructure, construction, and equipment projects. ARC provides funds for start-up and the first year of operation, and ARC-funded projects are expected to be self-sufficient after the project period, normally one year.
Basic Agency. ARC is not able to provide local project monitoring for construction projects. Therefore, ARC requires applicants for construction projects to arrange, in advance, for a "basic agency" to provide on-the-ground project review. STC will work with sponsors to identify a basic agency, which will receive an outline of the project in order to determine whether the basic agency can support the project. Rural Development has a long history of acting as a basic agency in this region.
Procedure. For FY2017, applications are due September 13, 2016; When the full applications are complete, STC will submit these projects to the NYS ARC representatives (NYS Department of State). At the New York State Department of State, the projects are reviewed and approved by the Secretary of State and submitted to the federal ARC office. The federal ARC office will complete an independent project review and allocate funding.
Please complete this application form for all projects (construction applications and applications like planning studies and human services programs). In addition to the application applicants pursuing:
1) for construction projects, complete the application and the SF 424, SF 424C and SF 424D
2) for non-construction projects, complete the application and the SF 424, Budget Format B, SF 424A, and SF 424B.
Assurances for non-construction projects. Please complete these assurances and submit with the non-construction application, budget format B, and SF 424A.