American Rescue Plan Act
Application – Economic Development
- Submit Electronically (Below)
- Download and Submit a Hardcopy
Hardcopy Applications should be submitted to:
Office of the Albany County Executive
112 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
The County will accept questions through June 7, 2023 and will publicly post responses to the ARPA Portal on or around June 9, 2023.
To submit a question, simply fill out the below form. If you include your email, you will be notified when responses are publicly posted.
The County of Albany is dedicating $1,500,000 of ARPA funding for grants to expand access to workforce development opportunities in the County. Funding is available to workforce development/training providers with proposals to create or expand workforce development programs that enhance the skills, employability, or earning potential of unemployed or underemployed County residents. Companies looking to create or expand in-house training programs are also encourage to apply. Priority will be given to applications serving strategic industries in the County including advanced manufacturing, alternative energy, life science, health care, and nanotechnology.
Applications for funding can fall into three areas:
1.Development of a new workforce development/training initiative serving unemployed/underemployed residents in Albany County.
2. Expansion of existing or planned workforce development or job training programs including, but not limited to:
a. Enhanced community outreach efforts;
b. Stipends/tuition for Albany County residents;
c. Expanding programs to serve more County residents (e.g. historically underserved communities that were disproportionally impacted by COVID-19);
d. Funding for wraparound service that encourage participation in workforce development/training programs or employment;
e. Purchase of equipment to support training.
3. Construction/renovation of a workforce/job training center.
To comply with federal eligibility guidelines, proposals must serve individuals and families whose income is under 350 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). More information can be found in the chart below or by visiting the following website:
For Individuals: $51,030
For a Family of 2: $69,020
For a Family of 3: $87,010
For a Family of 4: $105,000
For a Family of 5: $122,990
Competitive Process. Funds will be awarded only after the completion, submission and review of a complete application. Incomplete or deficient applications will be disqualified for consideration by the County. Completion of an application is not a guarantee of an award. Applications will be reviewed by, and investments made at the discretion of, the County.
Award Structure. Awards may be provided by the County in the form of grants, loans, forgivable loans or any combination thereof. The County reserves the right to not fund an application , or to fund it at a lower amount than requested.
Federal Eligibility. County awards must be expended in compliance with applicable Local, State and Federal law. The use of funds must address impacts associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. For the purposes of this application, programs should serve individuals For additional information, see Federal regulations: Click Here.
Award Restrictions. Awarded funds may not be used to pay taxes, fees, or any other payments due to the County of Albany. In addition, organization or entities shall not be permitted to use funds for expenses that already have been or will be covered by any other local, state, or federal assistance program. Awards may only be utilized for eligible purposes as defined by the US Treasury in the Final Rule. For additional information, see the “Resources” section of the County’s ARPA Portal (https://albanycountyarpa.org/resources/)
Award Terms. All funds must be expended by December 31, 2026.
Award Amounts. Funding requests should be at least $50,000. A maximum award amount is not specified; however, the County expects to make multiple awards with the funds available. Awards exceeding $250,000 will be subject to additional compliance requirements.
Grading Criteria. Applicants will be graded on the following criteria:
- Applicant capability and experience
- Outside funding/ financial sustainability
- Project Readiness/ability to meet timeline
- Project impact on unemployed/underemployed individuals
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