Another Round of State Grants: Rockland Businesses Urged to Compete

(New City, NY) The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Rockland County today announced a contest to stimulate greater participation by Rockland County businesses in Round 3 of funding by the New York State Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council’s (REDC) Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process.

“I encourage the business community in Rockland County to apply early,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. “The CFA allows applicants to access multiple State funding sources through one application. We have been informed that $540 million will be awarded through this process.”

To enter this Rockland WIB-sponsored contest, companies need only submit a two-page summary of a business initiative that if funded by the CFA will result in the creation of long-term jobs in Rockland County. The WIB will sponsor access to professional mentoring to assist chosen companies in the preparation of their CFA applications.

Companies must be able to finance their project upfront, since NYS reimburses CFA awards at the completion of the project, and agree to use Rockland WIB and its free-of-charge one-stop workforce employment services when searching to fill the created job positions.

The time frames for the CFA application process are:
1.NYS to make application materials available on June 3, 2013
2.Applicants may submit CFA applications between June 17, 2013 and August 12, 2013
3.Regional councils to submit recommended projects to NYS by September 24, 2013
4.NYS Governor’s Office to announce awards in December 2013

Companies entering the Rockland WIB contest to receive support during the preparation of the CFA applications may submit their business initiative summary to Rockland WIB immediately, but no later than close of business July 19. The WIB will determine the winning companies on a “rolling basis.” Companies interested in receiving support are encouraged to apply early.
Criteria used to determine whether the WIB will provide mentoring and grant-writing in support of a company’s initiative, include, but are not limited to:

1.Project fits into Mid-Hudson REDC’s strategic goals
2.Project creates significant number of new long-term jobs
3.Company’s (and its partners’) share of funding for implementation of the project
4.Company’s (and its partners’) share of funding for preparation of the CFA application

Information about Regional Economic Development Councils and Consolidated Funding Application process is accessible on the New York State website http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/

The 2013 application has been available on this site since June 3, 2013.

To enter the Rockland WIB contest, submit your project summary to Stanley J. Jacoby, Executive Director, at jacobys@co.rockland.ny.us or at Rockland County Workforce Investment Board, 18 New Hempstead Rd, 1st Floor, New City, NY 10956. For information or inquiries, he can be reached at 845-708-7640.