Franklin County, NY – The Franklin County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), in partnership with the towns of Tupper Lake and Harrietstown, will be applying for grant funding to support start-up and existing small businesses with projects that will directly enhance the experience of the Adirondack Rail Trail and/or Adirondack Railroad.
In order for the towns to receive funding, the application must show that there is sufficient need and interest from local businesses. FCEDC has launched an online Interest & Eligibility Form that small business owners should use to submit project proposals. The deadline to submit proposals is December 11, 2023.
A Rail Trail Small Business Grant will be designed to boost economic development, job creation, and the overall experience for residents and visitors along the Adirondack Rail Trail and/or Adirondack Railroad. The grant will include specific eligibility requirements and criteria to identify and prioritize businesses that align with the grant’s goals. Individual projects could be funded for up to $35,000.
Businesses must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Have five or fewer employees.
- Create at least one full-time position for someone from a low-to-moderate income household. If no job is created, the owner must be from a low-to-moderate income household.
- Provide a minimum 10% cash equity contribution.
- Be principally engaged in one of the following business sectors: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; Accommodation and Food Services; Retail.
- Be located in the towns of Harrietstown or Tupper Lake (including businesses within village limits of each town).
Here’s what a few local leaders had to say about the development:
Rick Dattola, Town of Tupper Lake Supervisor:
“We see the Adirondack Rail Trail Small Business Grant as a great opportunity to breathe new life into our community. By supporting small businesses that enhance the rail trail experience, we aim to create jobs, invigorate the local economy, and ensure Tupper Lake remains a prime destination in the Adirondacks.”
Jordanna Mallach, Town of Harrietstown Supervisor:
“Harrietstown is thrilled to be part of this initiative that bridges economic growth with recreational development. Our town is committed to fostering an environment where small businesses can thrive, and we believe the Rail Trail Small Business Grant will be instrumental in achieving that goal.”
Brian Woods, Adirondack Rail Trail Association:
“The Adirondack Rail Trail is an amazing resource for residents and tourists alike. We are excited to see this grant emerge as it will undoubtedly improve the overall experience for all who enjoy the trail. By partnering with local businesses, we can create a stronger, more vibrant trail community for years to come.”
For more information, please contact Rachel Child, Community Development Manager, at email@example.com or (518) 481-8211.
Photo at top courtesy of the Franklin County Economic Development Corporation.