LOWVILLE, NY – The County of Lewis, in partnership with the Lewis County Economic Development/IDA office, were awarded a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to establish a Microenterprise Grant Program for small businesses within Lewis County.
The grant application, processed through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), was announced at the 2018 Regional Council Awards Ceremony on December 19, 2018, where over $64 million was awarded to North Country projects.
According to the NYS Office of Community Renewal, "the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development program provides grants to communities that wish to sponsor economic development activities that create or retain jobs for low- and moderate-income persons. The goal of the program is to fund projects that result in high quality, full-time jobs that are well paying and provide benefits and training to low- and moderate-income persons."
The Lewis County Microenterprise Grant Program, managed by a Program Administrator (Lewis County Economic Development), a Program Advisory Board, and a Grant Committee, will work to facilitate the expansion and retention of microenterprise activity in Lewis County, create and retain employment opportunities, and foster entrepreneurship in the following areas:
Eligible applicants are:
Program details include:
The Lewis County Microenterprise Grant program expects to start accepting applications by the end of 2019.