CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Communities and organizations in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties could be eligible for grant funding to tackle the COVID-19 emergency.

Southern Tier Central (STC) has secured Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funds to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth.

"In a typical year, ARC and New York State will direct about $550,000 of grant funds to four or five  projects in our region," STC Regional Economic Development Coordinator Victoria Ehlen said. "In this time of crisis, it is important to continue implementing local development plans and working to secure vital grant funds for the coming year. STC works with applicants thorough the whole process, from project development and draft review to submission of the final application."

These funds are 50/50 matching grants, with funding awards from $5,000 to $150,000.

"That means if you have $100,000 committed to your project, ARC can award another $100,000 in grant funds," Ehlen said.

According to a release, ARC is flexible in terms of what it can fund. Eligible projects could be those that develop new critical infrastructure, like roads and sewers; train and enhance the workforce; promote the growth and expansion of local business; and enhance leadership and community capacity.

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