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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 Infrastructure and Economic Development Projects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)

LOI Date:

03/26/21

Deadline Date:

05/14/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, agencies, and Native American tribes in eligible locations for economic development and infrastructure improvement projects. Funding is intended for initiatives to reduce unemployment, poverty, and outmigration. Eligible applicants are located in the NBRC service area.

The NBRC service area is:

  • 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

Types of infrastructure that NBRC may fund include:

  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Basic Public Infrastructure:
  • Telecommunications Infrastructure
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy
  • Business and Workforce Development
  • Basic Health Care
  • Resource Conservation, Tourism, Recreation

Investment 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 and documentation of same submitted with the application. 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 this application.
  • Applicable and allocable costs as outlined in the Federal Cost Principles. 

For state-specific information, see https://www.nbrc.gov/userfiles/files/Resource%20Guides/2021%20SEID%20Application%20Manual_FINAL.pdf#page=13.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181500

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount for 2021 is $1,000,000 for “infrastructure”. For all other applications, the maximum amount is $350,000. Multi-State awards may receive a maximum per project of $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

All project start dates will be October 1, 2021, unless authorization in writing is received to start earlier. All proposed projects must be completed by September 30, 2024. If you anticipate that your project will take more than three years from the time of award you should contact the NBRC staff.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NBRC Economic and Infrastructure funding is available to:
- State governments of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York
- Local governments (village, town, city and county)
- Other political subdivisions of States (regional planning commissions, authorities of the state)
- Indian Tribes; § 200.54 Indian tribe (or “federally recognized Indian tribe”). Indian tribe means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act ( 43 U.S.C. Chapter 33), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians ( 25 U.S.C. 450b(e)).
- Non-profit entities. The term ‘nonprofit entity’ means any organization described in section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under 501(a) of that Code that has been formed for the purpose of economic development.

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.

If the applicant has an existing SEID project with NBRC, they are not eligible to apply for additional NBRC investments until their current project has both (1) submitted reimbursement requests totaling 75% or more of the project by May 1, 2021; and (2) demonstrated that 75% of the cost share has been expended by May 1, 2021. For more information, see https://www.nbrc.gov/userfiles/files/Resource%20Guides/2021%20SEID%20Application%20Manual_FINAL.pdf#page=5.

For ineligible purposes, see https://www.nbrc.gov/userfiles/files/Resource%20Guides/2021%20SEID%20Application%20Manual_FINAL.pdf#page=6.

For ineligible costs, see https://www.nbrc.gov/userfiles/files/Resource%20Guides/2021%20SEID%20Application%20Manual_FINAL.pdf#page=7.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Timeline:
- 2021 SEID materials available on NBRC website March 8, 2021
- Letters of Interest (Submission strongly encouraged) Due March 26th by 5:00 p.m. EST. The goal in encouraging LOI submission is to make State Program Managers aware of your project, as well as provide feedback and guidance prior to the submission of a full application.
- LDD Waiver Request By April 2nd, received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST
- Significant Benefit Waiver Request By April 2nd
- Application portal open April 15th
- Waiver Request for Previously Awarded Recipients/75% of previous SEID projects expended By May 1st
- Applications Due May 14th by 5:00 p.m. EST
- NBRC notification of awards & notice to unsuccessful applicants By August 31, 2021
- NBRC grant agreement preparation & distribution September 2021
- LDD and grant recipient training (Virtual) October/November 2021

For more information on waiver requests, see https://www.nbrc.gov/userfiles/files/Resource%20Guides/2021%20SEID%20Overview%20FINAL.pdf#page=2.

Applicants must provide a Data Universal Number System Number (DUNS). If applicants do not have a DUNS #, they may apply for one at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html.

If a project uses funds from multiple federal sources (including the NBRC), no more than 80% of a total project cost can be comprised of federal funds. For more information, see https://www.nbrc.gov/userfiles/files/Resource%20Guides/2021%20SEID%20Application%20Manual_FINAL.pdf#page=7. Based on FY’21 appropriations language, NBRC will accept requests from 2021 grant applicants for “no match” applications if the grantee indicates that matching funds are not available because of the impacts of COVID-19.

Contact Information:

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

Submission of Letters of Interest will be submitted to NBRC via the loi@nbrc.gov e-mail.

Submit waiver requests to NBRC’s Program Director Andrea Smith at asmith@nbrc.gov.

For questions or technical assistance please contact NBRC staff at admin@nbrc.gov, or (603) 369-3001.

State Program Managers:

Maine
Charlotte Mace
DECD – Office of Community Development
(207) 624-7448
charlotte.mace@maine.gov

New Hampshire
Benoit LaMontagne, New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs
(603) 419-9713
benoit.l.lamontagne@livefree.nh.gov

New York
Kyle Wilber, New York Dept. of State, Division of Local Government Services
(518) 473-3355
kyle.wilber@dos.ny.gov

Vermont
Kristie Farnham, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development
(802) 398-5268
kristie.farnham@vermont.gov

Northern Border Regional Commission
James Cleveland Federal Building, Suite 1501
53 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Grant Coverage Areas:

Only projects within the NBRC’s service area are eligible for funding under 40 U.S.C. §15733. The NBRC service area is:
- Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties.
- New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coös, Grafton, and Sullivan counties
- New York: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, Sullivan, Warren,
- Washington, Wayne, and Yates counties.
- Vermont: all counties within the State

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