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New York giving $5 million for local fairs

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $5 million is being awarded to county and youth fairs across the State through the Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvement Program.

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Fifty-six local fairs can receive more than $89,000 to offset the cost of improvement and renovation projects, including new construction.

This is the first time in nearly a decade that the State’s more than four dozen local fairs will receive critical infrastructure improvement funds.

The $5 million has been divided equally among the State’s local fairs. Each fair will be eligible for an award of $89,285. To receive the funding, fairs must submit the scope of work and estimated budget for proposed projects.

Projects must be submitted to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which is administering the program.

The funding can be used to build, repair, replace, acquire, or install fairground buildings, facilities or equipment that are used to house or promote agriculture.

The Department will contact local fairs with instructions on how to submit projects for proposals in the coming weeks.

Once projects are approved by the Department, a contract will be developed and completed through the New York State Grants Gateway.

Projects must be finished and the awarded funds must be spent by March 31, 2021.

Any money remaining after that date will be divided equally among the awardees who can then submit plans for additional projects.

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