The 2008 Farm Bill authorized the Northern Border Regional Commission as a result of several year’s work by the Center and other organizations, with support from members of the region’s congressional delegation. The Commission’s focus is to help address the community and economic development needs of the most severely distressed portions of the Northern Forest region.
A basic overview of the Commission is available from the National Association of Development Organizations. The Commission has invested $8 million into approximately 50 projects since 2010. The current annual appropriation for the Commission is $5 million.
The Commission is an important regional coordination mechanism for the Northern Forest states as well as a significant source of investment for economic and community development in the region. The Center coordinates with stakeholders across the region, with the Commission members (a federal co-chair and the region’s four governors), and with the regional congressional delegation to align the work of the Commission with regional priorities and to secure additional funding for its activities.
In 2015, the Center is updating a regional economic strategy for the Northern Forest, on behalf of the Commission, to guide its next several years of regional investment.
Border Commission Funded Projects
Grant Applications Due June 19, 2015
The Northern Border Regional Commission is accepting applications for the next round of grants to encourage economic development and job creation across the Northern Forest region. The Commission has approximately $4.5 million in federal funding to award to projects in select counties in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.
Eligible projects include those that develop regional infrastructure, support job creation and economic development, promote sustainable land use or develop renewable energy sources. Potential applicants should contact the designated agency identified in the Commission's 2015 eligibility and clarification notes. Click to download application.
Grant deadline is 4 pm, June 19, 2015.
- $250,000, Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation, to build a maple processing facility in Jackman.
- $250,000, Town of Hartland, to line the solid waste landfill facility.
- $226,000, Town of Ashland, to upgrade one mile of highway to support the town forest-products intermodal facility.
- $230,000, Maine Wood Products Association, to implement a training and credentialing program for wood products industry employees.
- $250,000, City of Ellsworth, to develop a hub station to expand the availability of high-speed internet along the city's main thoroughfare.
- $161,670, Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN), to create an entrepreneurial training center and “maker space.”
- $250,000, Town of Littleton, to support a Main Street revitalization project.
- $250,000, The Coos Economic Development Council, to construct a new cell tower on Cummings Mountain in West Dummer.
- $200,000, The Northern Community Investment Corp., to expand and improve the NH Grand website, a visitor information portal for Coos County.
- $106,695, The University of New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program, to extend and enhance its broadband availability and mapping activities to the rural addresses of Coos County.
- $226,739, Lyndon State College, to establish a new four-year BS Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
- $250,000, Northern Community Investment Corporation, to construct a telecommunications infrastructure.
- $250,000, The Towns of Troy and Jay, to make impovements to wastewater pump station.
- $250,000, Vermont Agency of Transportation, to create a new rail siding in Barton, connecting with the Washington Rail Road network.
- $114,940, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, to provide a technical assistance enhancement project, assisting small businesses.
- $250,000, City of Ogdensburg, to install water and wastewater infrastructure.
- $196,000, St. Lawrence Health System, to upgrade telemedicine services and increase healthcare access for people in the area.
- $250,000, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, to construct a new community health center in Champlain, NY.
- $175,000, Northern Forest Center, to install energy-efficient wood pellet heating systems in municipal buildings in Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties.
- $100,000, Lake Placid Ski Club, to build K35 and K65-70 International Ski Federation-qualified ski jumps to increase recreation and tourism in the North Country.
- $200,000, Dover-Foxcroft, to refurbish a hydroelectric plant at a former downtown woolen mill.
- $68,000, Jackman, ME, to expand the Newton Field Airport hangar.
- $200,000, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Association.
- $145,000, Grafton County Economic Development Council.
- $169,100, Vermont Center for Geographic Information.
- $186,000, Vermont Global Trade Partnership.
- $100,000, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, to install a high-speed telecommunications fiber optic system at the commerce park.
- $192,000, Port of Oswego.
- $250,000, three St. John Valley communities, to promote expanded tourism and economic development opportunities.
- $200,000, Northern Community Investment Corp., to construct a 195-foot tower to improve broadband and cell service for central Coos County.
- $249,982, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, for construction of a 93-mile, four-season, multi-use trail across northern Vermont.
- $123,465, Northeast Kingdom, to complement expansion of Jay Peak Resort.
- $123,500, Business Development Corporation, for Greater Massena to construct a rail spur on the existing CSX St. Lawrence Subdivision.
- $158,120, The Wild Center, to help implement its Northern New York Maple project.
- $200,000, Town of Van Buren, toward the construction of a vegetable-processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers.
- $50,000, Northern Maine Finance Corp., to establish a public-private partnership to link entrepreneurs with investors to grow business and jobs in Aroostook and Washington counties.
- $200,000, Northern Community Investment Corp., for visitor information kiosks in New Hampshire’s North Country.
- $225,000, Grafton County Economic Development Council, for construction of a business incubator in Plymouth.
- $225,000, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, to extend the access road to Technology Village in Conway.
- $128,500, Lyndon State College and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, to create collaboration among Northeast Kingdom manufacturers and expand training programs.
- $78,190, Town of Brighton, to build a 2,100-foot lakeside walking path to connect to downtown and enhance tourism and recreation in the community.
- $250,000, Clayton Local Development Corp., to install water and wastewater systems for the proposed Frink Hotel.
- $95,320, Lewis County Development Corp., to rehabilitate a railway spur for a new business park at the former Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill site.
- $141,150, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, to build recreational infrastructure and catalyze rural economic results along a 740 mile canoe trail in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
- $250,000, Eastport Port Authority, to automate the port to handle bulk materials.
- $75,000, Maine Huts and Trails, to complete construction of 40 miles of trails and bridges and a third hut
- $234,000, Northern Community Investment Corp, for the Northern Vermont Fiber Optic Connection project from Stanhope, Quebec to Norton, Vermont.
- $200,000, Village of Gouverneur, for the St. Lawrence County IDA Water Line project in support of economic development.
- $150,000, Lewis County Water/Wastewater Implementation Project, to strengthen infrastructure and promote shared services in three rural, economically depressed towns.