**LOCAL, Schoharie County Recovery Grant Programs**:

COVID-19 Related Funding Programs:

Paycheck Protection Program:

These local banks processed nearly 200 PPP applications last summer, contact one today:

  • Bank of Richmondville (Steve Palmer: 518-234-4397)
  • Bank of Coxsackie (Jamie Casterlin: 518-827-3333)
  • Key Bank  (Denise Fissell: 518-218-2260)
  • NBT (Geoff Rightmeyer: 1-800-NBTBANK)

As a business owner, there are a multitude of funding tools available to you. SEEC is able to help you navigate the process of figuring out which “tools” are right for your enterprise: 

  • Access to Capital … SEEC can help your business access other available grants and financing in which your enterprise may be eligible.
  • Grantsmanship … SEEC associates are well-versed in dozens of economic development programs and has demonstrated success in securing grants and administering projects to successful close-out compliance.
  • Municipal Collaboration … SEEC serves as a liaison between businesses and local governments helping to navigate local policies and procedures so that projects and/or developments may cooperatively advance.
  • Tax Incentives …. SEEC associates can provide assistance in identifying meaningful tax incentives for your business operations or new developments.

SEEC associates are experienced funding program specialists with extensive knowledge of state and federal resources available. SEEC associates will assess a project for readiness and match your initiative with suitable funding.  SEEC works with both business owners and the municipality to prepare a budget, schedule, and scope of work. While SEEC has knowledge of many funding resources, SEEC is particularly adept at the NYS Homes & Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program that rewards job creation and expansion.

CDBG-ED Assistance to Sauvage Beverages

Award winning Sauvage Beverages has moved its operations to Charlotteville, NY in Schoharie County and will significantly increase its production capabilities by acquiring new equipment including but not limited to a new still and steam boiler to drive the new still, and additional tanks to be used for fermentation.  Working capital will be used to increase bottle and label inventory to meet the needs of the increase in production.  Four (4) full time jobs will be created during the project. SEEC and the Town of Fulton partnered in August 2020 to submit a winning $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development application to fund this project. 

Safe Access to School & Hamlet Business District, CDBG Public Facilities $300,000 Grant Award, May 2021

Walkability and connecting community institutions and the business district by foot, bike or car has proven to stimulate community and economic development. The Town of Jefferson, in collaboration with the Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corp (SEEC), submitted a $300,000 Public Facilities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) request which was awarded in May. GPI Engineering was selected by the Town to design and implement the improvements.

The awarded CDBG Public Facilities grant is slated to address traffic calming, accessibility, and storm water issues along Route 10 between the Jefferson Central School and the Town Green.

Schoharie County Digital Strategies Initiatives (SC_DSI)

SEEC, in cooperation with Schoharie County Office of Community Planning, was awarded a $366,000 CDBG-Coronavirus grant to fund WIFI implementation for the Village of Schoharie and to encourage local pandemic pivots, enabling businesses to build effective digital strategies. Professional marketing agencies, digital strategist and content creators from around the region will be paid to innovate and further develop Schoharie County enterprise’s online presence and e-commerce experience. The local Digital Strategies Initiative was conceived early 2021 after nationwide research and modeling best practices. Direct to Business grants (D2B) is a significant component of the four-level SEEC-driven, County-wide Digital Strategy to create greater access to broadband infrastructure, innovation zones, innovation hubs and provide small business assistance.

The Parrott House Renovation, Village of Schoharie

The Main Street centerpiece, a boutique hotel with more than 150 years of storied history, sat vacant for nearly a decade after devastating floods washed away its luster. Fortunately, new owners are ready to polish the jewel and return it to its former glory. A $2M renovation is underway funded, in part, by Empire State Development. The Village was awarded grants to be paid-out upon successful completion of the improvements. SEEC is assisting the private owners and Village navigate grant funding requirements.

ARC – Regional Independent Food Processing 

Last fall, in response to COVID-crisis food supply chain weaknesses, family-owned farm bankruptcies and devastated rural economies, SEEC submitted an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant application to fund the development of a business plan to serve as a roadmap establishing a profitable, sustainable, state of the art independent food processing facility. The business planning project is estimated at $55,600, grant funds would match local contributions to hire a skilled consultant that would write the plan intended to maximize farm profits, increase agriculture jobs, and improve access to local and regional food markets. Award announcements are anticipated in the spring of 2021.

Regional Funding Programs:

Community Loan Fund

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District (MVEDD)

Broome County IDA program serves Schoharie County

NYS Funding Programs:

Empire State Development

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

  • Brownfield Opportunity Program (BOA)
  • Climate Smart Communities & Smart Growth Grants

NYS Homes & Community Renewal (OCR)

Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP)

  • Historic Preservation, Park & Trails Programs

Department of State (DOS)

  • Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI)
  • Local Waterfront Revitalization Initiative (LWRP)

Federal Funding Programs:

  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Economic Development Agency (EDA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • USDA Rural Development (USDARD)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)