Pictured, the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y., which was the recipient of past funding through the Consolidated Funding Application process.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y.:—The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development is encouraging organizations that are interested in applying for funding through the 2019 Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to complete letters of interest.
The CFA allows applicants the opportunity to submit applications to access New York State grant funding for economic and community development projects across the state. In Chautauqua County, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNY REDC) is focused on projects that align with its regional strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity in Western New York.” This includes such potential projects as those that improve job readiness, align with smart growth principals, and create opportunities in the advanced manufacturing, agriculture, energy, health and life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism industry sectors.
By completing a letter of interest, potential applicants will be making the WNY REDC and Empire State Development (ESD) aware of their projects, and in turn applicants can receive guidance, feedback and technical assistance with preparing their applications.
“It is never too early to start working on CFAs for economic and community development projects that are intended to transform and enhance Chautauqua County and Western New York,” said Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. “By completing and submitting this optional letter of interest, businesses, educational institutions, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations can further fine-tune their applications so their projects are presented in a strong and compelling way, thereby affording them the best chance of receiving prospective funding.”
“We are hoping for a banner year in terms of CFA submittals in 2019,” said County Executive George Borrello. “We strongly encourage potential applicants to go on line and complete letters of interest so that we increase our opportunities for procuring more funding for economic and community development projects in Chautauqua County.”
By no means do letters of interest obligate potential applicants to follow through with their intended CFA applications if they decide otherwise at a later date.
Interested organizations can complete and submit a simple letter of interest form online by visiting: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york
Once a letter of interest is received, Western New York ESD staff will reach out to applicants to further discuss their proposed projects.