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State Economic and Infrastructure Development (SEID) Investment Program

Grants to Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont
Nonprofits and Agencies for Workforce Development Programs

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Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)

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06/01/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, public agencies, Native American tribes, and State governments in eligible counties for workforce development programs. Funding is intended for infrastructure and project support to reduce unemployment, poverty, and migration.

Grants supports eligible projects in:

  • Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties.
  • New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties.
  • New York: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Franklin, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Niagra, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, Sullivan, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Yates counties
  • Vermont: All counties

Prioritized grant projects include those that:

  • Revitalize and modernize essential infrastructure in Northern Border region communities,
  • Increase access, affordability, and use of high speed telecommunications by Northern Border residents and businesses,
  • Stabilize and reduce electric and thermal energy costs,
  • Retain, expand and diversify business enterprise that capitalizes on the region’s natural, cultural, and economic assets,
  • Position the Northern Border region as an attractive and supportive place for creative and entrepreneurial people,
  • Support and expand a highly productive workforce with skills suited to existing and future business needs,
  • Foster entrepreneurial leadership and capacity for community economic development, and
  • Inform and align local, state, and regional economic development decision making with regional data and perspectives.

For information about funding categories, see:'s%20Website%20Uploads/2020ApplicationManual(1).pdf#page=5

Grant funds may be used for the following:

  • Reasonable fees to contractors but not any fee or profit to the recipient or sub-recipient.
  • Construction and pre-construction costs such as engineering.
  • Bid, performance or payment bonds are eligible costs.
  • Indirect costs for work performed by the recipient staff. Indirect cost must be documented by a Federal Cognizant Agent or an entity acting on their behalf. If you do not have a federally approved indirect cost rate (such as many non-profits) you may use 10% as your indirect cost rate for the purposes of the proposal.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181500

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $4.5 million is available for projects in each NBRC State. Up to a $1,000,000 maximum award to eligible infrastructure projects, and up to a $350,000 maximum award for all other types of eligible projects. . Multi-State awards may receive a maximum per project of $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

All proposed projects must be completed by September 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public bodies, IRS recognized 501(c) organizations, Native American tribes, and the four NBRC State governments are eligible to apply.

Ineligible applicants include for-profit entities, LLCs and other entities that are not a 501(c), 40 U.S.C. §15101(c). Ineligible entities are also those entities normally deemed eligible but, due to prior federal or state funding history have been identified as ineligible for future investments. Additionally, a non-profit identified by a state that does not have a federally recognized 501(c) status is not an eligible applicant.

For information about ineligible purposes and ineligible costs, see:'s%20Website%20Uploads/2020ApplicationManual(1).pdf#page=7

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Application is due at 5:00 PM, Friday June 1, 2020. Decisions for funding will be made in summer 2020.

It is highly advised that all applicants submit a Letter of Interest to Apply by March 31, 2020, so that State Program Managers and Local Development Districts are aware of your project and can assist you better through the process. Local Development Districts can be found here:

NBRC awards require up to a 50% match depending on the level of county economic and demographic distress. Please contact the NBRC for more information. NBRC funds can be used as match for leveraging other Federal grant funds, only up to 80% of the total project. There always needs to be a 20% non-federal match. For additional information about matching, see:'s%20Website%20Uploads/2020ApplicationManual(1).pdf#page=10

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number prior to applying.

For information about multi-state or multi-county applications, see:'s%20Website%20Uploads/2020ApplicationManual(1).pdf#page=8

By statute (40 U.S.C. §15702), the NBRC is required to annually assess the level of economic and demographic distress in its service area. Assessing distress is important as the resulting designations reflect whether or not the NBRC can provide grants within a county. It also determines the percent of match required for NBRC funded projects.
Counties are designated as either:
- Distressed, eligible for 80% funding and require a 20% match
- Transitional, eligible for 50% funding and require a 50% match
- Attainment, not eligible for funding, unless certain circumstances are present. In general, NBRC funds may not be provided to projects located within a designated Attainment County. However, if a municipality is distressed or the project has a greater effect on distressed and transitional counties surrounding it, there is a possibility that it could be an eligible project.

For additional information about distressed, transitional and attainment counties, see:'s%20Website%20Uploads/2020ApplicationManual(1).pdf#page=8

Additional information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The online application will be available beginning April 6.

Direct questions and submit LOIs to:

State program managers:

Andrea K Smith
DECD – Office of Community Development
(207) 624-9813

New Hampshire:
Mollie Kaylor
New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs
(603) 271- 6305

New York:
Kyle Wilber
New York Dept. of State, Division of Local Government Services
(518) 473-3355

Kristie Farnham
Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development
(802) 398-5268

Northern Border Regional Commission
James Cleveland Federal Building, Suite 1201
53 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Phone: (603) 369-3001

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington Counties;   New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan Counties;   New York: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Franklin, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Niagra, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, Sullivan, Warren, Washington, and W;   Vermont: All counties

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