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Community Economic Development Program

About the Program

investing in community

The Lewis County Development Corporation created the Community Economic Development Program in 2022 with funds made available through a Host Community Agreement between Number 3 Wind and the Lewis County Development Corporation. Currently, the CEDP will invest $150,000 in grant funds on an annual basis to Lewis County businesses, organizations and communities.


The Lewis County Community Economic Development Program is the mechanism for investing in initiatives that build a great quality of life, sustainable employment and collaborative plans that make Lewis County a community to thrive at work and at home.  In viewing our communities as intrinsically interconnected, this county-wide fund is used to grow businesses, enhance individual communities and strengthen our local economy through thoughtful risk-taking, building community partnerships and making wise investments. The fund will leverage the knowledge and expertise of our businesses and communities to invest in projects that make Lewis County a great place to live, work, build business and play for current and future generations.

Important Dates

of the 2024 program

  • Small Things, Big Impacts Fund

    The Small Things, Big Impacts Fund will accept applications on a rolling basis and award funds quarterly or until dispersed. 

    January 15 | Q1 Applications Open

    March 28 | Q1 Application Deadline

    April | Q1 Awards Announced

    April 1 | Q2 Applications Open

    June 13 | Q2 Application Deadline

    July | Q2 Awards Announced

    July 1 | Q3 Applications Open

    September 26 | Q3 Application Deadline

    October | Q3 Awards Announced

    September 30 | Q4 Applications Open

    December 5 | Q4 Application Deadline

    December | Q4 Awards Announced

  • Community Connections Fund

    The Community Connections Fund will accept applications in Q2 of 2024.

    April 1 | Applications Open

    June 13 | Application Deadline

    July 12 | Awards Announced

  • Building Business Fund

    The Building Business Fund will accept applications in Q3 of 2024.

    July 1 | Applications Open

    September 26 | Application Deadline

    November 8 | Awards Announced

  • Vacant Property Revitalization Fund

    The Vacant Property Revitalization Fund will accept applications in Q4 of 2024.

    September 20 | Applications Open

    December 5 | Application Deadline

    January 3 | Awards Announced

Program Committee

made up of real community members

Tyler McDonald

Committee Chair & Owner of Adirondack Asset Auctions

Richard Andrews

Andrews Agency Insurance

Rachel Garito

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Jacob Monnat

Monnat Brothers Inc.

Anna Platz

Deputy Director of Lewis County Public Health

Shari Simmons

Simmons Farm

Lisa Virkler

Lewis County Legislator