Plus, ARPA Funding Applications Encouraged by Oswego County
Plus, ARPA Funding Applications Encouraged by Oswego County
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Oswego County Economic Development News

May 31, 2022
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Alexandra Fitzpatrick, (2nd from left), owner of Quintessential Creative, fills out an application for a City of Fulton DRI grant to add new signage for her business on Rt. 481 in the DRI corridor. Joining her are Fulton Mayor Deana Michaels, (standing), Sarah Farley, FCDA executive director, (seated right), and Nate Emmons, FCDA deputy director.

Fulton Announces $750,000 DRI Grant Fund For Small Businesses

Whether it’s enhancing signage, creating a "vibe" for people to work, live and play, or energizing interior spaces, there is now $750,000 of grant money available for Fulton small businesses in the city’s Downtown Initiative Revitalization (DRI), area to make those dreams come true.
The City of Fulton Community Development Agency (FCDA) recently announced that it is accepting applications from small businesses through Oct. 3 to obtain financial assistance—up to $100,000 for each project—that will enhance and strengthen the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative  (DRI), area.  The types of improvements include: new signs and awnings, building renovations, technical assistance, and Covid-related projects.
“I am beyond thrilled to announce this program,” said Fulton Mayor Deana Michaels. “These improvements in our downtown and along the DRI area will be transformational. Both Fultonians and those visiting our city will see the bright, new improvements and feel the pride we all have in enhancing our city’s positive vibe."
An information session for business owners interested in applying for these funds will be held at 6:00 p.m., June 14, at the Fulton War Memorial, said Sarah Farley, FCDA executive director.  “In addition, interested business owners can contact the FCDA to schedule a free consultation for application assistance with our Economic Development Team. We want to make the application process as smooth as possible.” 
Once all applications are received by Oct. 3 , the anticipated timeline is as follows: Review committee meets mid-October; Projects are selected and recommended to NY State HCR Nov. 1; Grant awards are announced Nov. 1; Grant awards and finalized and projects officially proceed Dec. 1; Required environmental review conducted Winter/Spring 2023; Final design, project bidding, permitting, and site plan review runs Jan.-April 2023; Construction begins May 1, 2023; All projects are complete by July 1, 2024.
For further information, contact
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Oswego County Encourages Applications for ARPA Funding

The Oswego County Legislature is encouraging community partners to request assistance through the County’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Funds.
“Since the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Oswego County has been developing implementation strategies that will ensure these funds spur an equitable economic recovery throughout our communities,” said Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup. “We plan to invest these critical funds to preserve the health and well-being of our residents and the economic vitality of our local communities.”
County leaders have met with a variety of stakeholder groups that fairly represent businesses, educational institutions, the not-for-profit community and government service providers.
“Our intent in these preliminary sessions was to get an early assessment of the needs in these sectors,” said Oswego County Director of Strategic Initiatives David Turner. “Having that information at hand helps us better understand how and where we can apply these funds as we assess the ever-evolving rules and regulations and continue to work with our federal partners.”
The County established the Office of Strategic Initiatives to oversee these and related funds that have become available through this historic federal allocation. The County Legislature is committed to distributing these financial resources using a very thorough and thoughtful process to make sure that they are properly applied to eligible areas of need and in a way that will lead to long-term and transformative investments.
To download an application or find more information about this initiative, including other supporting documents, click the button below:
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