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Organizations present ideas for using county ARP funding


Several proposals came before the Cortland County Federal Aid Allocation Citizen’s Advisory Committee yesterday.

Legislators previously requested ideas for using American Rescue Plan funding to support economic development in the community.

Officials with CAPCO and the YWCA presented on the Parker school project.

In the works now for several years, it was stalled due to the pandemic before resurfacing into conversation last month.

City council takes a vote next month on buying ownership of the vacant building from the school district. This allows the other two agencies to transform it into an early childhood development center.

A $500,000 grant was requested by CAPCO director Lindy Glennon and YWCA director Kelly Tobin.

Of that total, $200k would be used for two separate temporary positions in charge of overseeing the project — construction manager and project manager — with annual salaries of $50k/each for two years.

The other $300k would go towards uncovered costs associated with moving A/C into classrooms.

CLICK HERE to view the entire grant proposal.

Homer Center for the Arts is seeking $150k in ARP funding.

An HVAC/S project would run about $100k. This involves the replacement of both main heating plants; installation of new high-efficiency air conditioning; air sanitizing; and dehumidification equipment.

These upgrades are planned in the main theatre hall and all other spaces at the facility.

Similar technology was recently installed by Cortland Repertory Theatre at both its downtown and Dwyer Park locations.

CFA also requested $50k to help with critical restoration work to help preserve the historic brick structure.

CLICK HERE to view the entire grant proposal.

Family & Children’s Counseling Services requested $100,000 from the county.

Officials say they have been struggling with funding for some time, especially in relation to their school-based clinics.

FCS is providing covid-related services in every school building in the County.

It also continues to run important children’s services and community addictions programs.

CLICK HERE to view the entire grant proposal.

Homer Intermediate CFA applied for $35k in grant funding.

The group includes community members that have children or family in the Homer Central School District, as well as staff.

SCA provides mini grants to teachers for supplies in their classrooms.

It also helps with the purchase of yearbooks for all students and staff, provides after school enrichment programs for students, funds teacher and bus driver appreciation days/weeks and more.

Additionally, Homer CFA pays for end-of-the-year parties for each grade level.

CLICK HERE to view the entire grant proposal.

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