Northern Border Regional Development

The Northern Border Regional Commission is a Federal-State governmental agency concerned with the economic well-being of the citizens, businesses, and communities within a thirty-six (36) county region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.

(12 counties in Maine, 4 counties in New Hampshire,
14 counties in New York, and six counties in Vermont).

The region has had chronic and continuous long-term economic distress.

The NBRC partnership is made up of a Federal Co-Chair and the Governors of the four participating States.

Agency - Northern Border Regional Commission
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: 25 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: 42 awards. Fiscal Year 2017: 1.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The following funding categories represent eligible activities for NBRC investment dollars. **TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE: Transportation Infrastructure shall mean basic physical structures needed to support and/or create a transportation system; A term connoting the physical underpinnings of transportation systems, including, but not limited to, roads, bridges, rail, port facilities, airports, transit, and sidewalks. In transit systems, all the fixed components of the transit system, such as rights-of-way, tracks, signal equipment, stations, park-and-ride lots, bus stops, maintenance facilities. Regular maintenance or deferred maintenance, such as funding for resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating and reconstructing will NOT be eligible for funding.

Federal roads and bridges will NOT be eligible for funding.

**TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE: Broadband and Geographic Information System (GIS) projects (not to include speculative or feasibility-type studies ? rather, complete and sustainable projects) will be considered.

The physical components of interrelated systems providing services essential to enable, sustain, or enhance communications that encourage business growth and development.

Applicants should identify gaps in current regional inventory of telecommunication needs.

The gap between a community?s broadband today (existing infrastructure, including capacity, speed and pricing, and level of adoption) and its needs should define the type, technology, size and scale of the project. **BASIC PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE: The term ?Basic Public Infrastructure? shall mean water and wastewater facilities, electric and gas utilities, and solid waste landfills - or any structures that aid in the reduction of the need for landfills such as recycling and composting, all of which are fundamental services necessary to promote growth and attract business and which have a useful life of 20 years or more. NBRC investments funds will NOT be used for projects deemed to be ?Maintenance? or ?Deferred Maintenance.? Maintenance shall mean the work of keeping something in proper condition or upkeep.

Deferred Maintenance shall mean to put off, postpone, or procrastinate the act of maintenance.

**BUSINESS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Business Development shall mean those areas of business development which include entrepreneurship, the creation of new businesses or the retention or expansion of existing businesses in the local communities, and are deemed eligible, projects shall document job-creation or job-retention.

Funding of start-up projects, such as business incubators or industrial parks, must have committed business tenants.

Expansion of existing business incubators and industrial parks are also allowed. Business Incubator projects must document that a need exists, per standards of research described by the International Business Innovation Association.

A plan should also be developed to coincide with standards and operations as set forth by the International Business Innovation Association.

?Business Incubation? shall mean a business support process that accelerates the successful development of start-up and fledgling companies by providing entrepreneurs with an array of targeted resources and services. Workforce Development shall mean job training or employment-related education for a specific employer to fill immediate job openings or retain current jobs which are documented as such by that specific employer.

Delivery of such training shall be through the use of existing public educational facilities (EPEFs) located in the Region.

However, if, the applicant demonstrates (1) sufficient information demonstrating an EPEFs inability (as example, insufficient capacity, curriculum, and/or accessibility) to satisfy the defined need, and the applicant (2) demonstrates a compelling need to use a non-EPEF for such training, then the Federal Co-Chairman can waive this requirement and deem a project eligible.

To be deemed eligible, project shall document job-creation or job-retention. Other than for ?Workforce Development? projects, as described above, start up or ongoing, operating costs (including, but, not limited to, salaries, vehicles, equipment, and maintenance) will NOT be deemed eligible. BASIC HEALTH CARE: The cost of basic health care facilities, such as clinics, will be eligible.

Operating costs of facilities will NOT be deemed eligible. RESOURCE CONSERVATION, TOURISM, RECREATION: While easements and land purchases are eligible under the federal criteria, an economic development case needs to be made to substantiate the use of funds.

Construction projects that promote resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open space, such as access roads, bridges, signage, etc., are eligible projects.

All projects must also be consistent with the economic development goals of the region. **RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Renewables are generally defined as any naturally occurring, theoretically inexhaustible source of energy, such as biomass, solar, wind, tidal, wave, and hydroelectric power, that is not derived from fossil or nuclear fuel.

Facilities that are owned by a for profit entity will NOT be eligible.

Publicly owned and non-profit entities are eligible.

The NBRC federal grant program is only available to participating member states, local governments (towns, cities, counties), non-profit entities, and Native American entities, for projects within the NBRC region, or serving the NBRC region. Eligible entities may not be conduits for private-sector entities. No financial assistance will be authorized to assist relocation from one area of the region to another, except with NBRC approval, nor to attract business from outside the NBRC region into the NBRC region. NBRC federal grant funds cannot be used to 'supplant' existing federal streams, but, can be utilized to math other federal funds. NBRC funds may be used to match other federal programs, but all federal funds together shall not exceed 80% of the total cost of any project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

No additional information.

Beneficiary Eligibility

No additional information.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No Pre-application is required, however, a Letter of Intent to Apply is highly recommend.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. No additional procedures.

Award Procedures

The application may vary from year to year. Review application Program Manual and other materials at


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The 2008 Farm Bill, Public Law 110-346, 122 Stat. 2230.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

No other approval information.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: By statute (40 U.S.C. §15702) the NBRC is required to annually assess the level of economic and demographic distress among the 36 counties in its service area. Assessing distress is important as the resulting designations reflect whether or not the NBRC can provide grants within a county as well as what level of match is required of NBRC funded projects. Counties are designated as either: Distressed- and are eligible for 80% funding and require a 20% match Transitional - and are eligible for 50% funding and require a 50% match Attainment - are not eligible for funding expect for certain circumstances. In general, NBRC funds may not be provided to projects located within a designated ?Attainment County.? However, if a municipality is distressed or the project has a greater effect on distressed and transitional counties surrounding it, there is a possibility that it could be an eligible project see the Program Director. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The grant agreement stipulates the time period for completion of the project. All projects must be completed within three years from the date of the grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee submits periodic Requests for Reimbursement (SF-270) during the project phase, with 5% withheld until receipt of final closeout.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipients are required to submit Quarterly Reports using the SF-PPR for the following dates: Reporting Period: October 1 - December 31 - Report Due January 31 Reporting Period: January 1 - March 30 - Report Due April 30 Reporting Period: April 1 - June 30 - Report Due July 31 Reporting Period: July 1 - September 30 - Report Due October 30 Recipients are required to submit Financial Form SF-425.

The financial report is due on October 30 of each federal fiscal year (October 1to September 30) and 45 days after the close of the project. Recipients are required to submit Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) (Pub.L.

103?62) report at the close of the project and three years after the close of the project.

When submitting Requests for Reimbursement, grantee must furnish accompanying back-up documentation.

See Program Reports comments previously.

Recipients are required to submit Financial Form SF-425.

The financial report is due on October 30 of each federal fiscal year (October 1to September 30) and 45 days after the close of the project.

As outlined in the GPRA.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Following 2CFR200.


Project files should be saved for a period of three years from project close out.

Financial Information

Account Identification

57-3374-2-0-000 - NBRC.


(Project Grants) FY 15 $5,000,000; FY 16 est $7,500,000; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range up to 250,000 Average $182,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Mark Scarano 53 Pleasant Street, Suite 3602 , Concord, New Hampshire 03301 Email: Phone: 603-369-3001

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Each State scores the applications received within their state independently. Generally, each state creates a team of reviewers and in addition have access to a group of consultants as referrals who have specialized knowledge on scientific or technical expert opinion to provide guidance when needed. Final decisions about awards are approved jointly between the Federal Co-Chair and the Governor?s Alternates (the five members that make up the Northern Border Regional Commission). The scoring system for each state is provided below. If the application is for a multi-state project, each state will score the application independently. While States will consult with one another in order to strive for consistency, a multi-state application may be awarded in one state and not in another.

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