County Awards $15K to The Impact Project through Small Community Fund

Project to Assist in Major Home Repairs for Those in Need in Rural Broome County


(CONKLIN, NY) Broome County leaders announced today that $15,000 in funding has been approved for The Impact Project through the County’s Small Community Fund. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Broome County Legislative Chairman Daniel J. Reynolds joined The Impact Project Director Jim Willard Wednesday to announce the award.


The Small Community Fund is for local municipalities, non-profits, and local economic development entities that are working on projects to assist in carrying out the Broome County Comprehensive Plan. This is the first announcement of funding awarded in 2019. The total fund is $150,000. 


“I’m thrilled to be making this announcement today,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “The Impact Project is an organization that is truly making a difference in Broome County and we are excited to be a part of that. We look forward to seeing their work in Broome for years to come.”


“Helping the community is what this funding is all about,” said Broome County Legislative Chairman Daniel J. Reynolds. “The Legislature is proud to support The Impact Project in order to help provide greater accessibility and vital home improvements to those in need, helping them stay in their homes and improving their quality of life.”


The Impact Project is an independent non-profit organization that does major home repairs with volunteer labor for low income, elderly and/or handicapped homeowners. Since its inception in 2004 The Impact Project has completed more than 100 rehabilitation and repair projects, which include handicap ramps, remodeling, roof repairs and replacements, heating, electricity and plumbing and weatherization.


“I’m so thankful for this funding from Broome County” said The Impact Project Director Jim Willard. “With this money we will be able to change the lives of four more families in Broome County and continue our work here in the Southern Tier.”


The $15,000 will support four major rural home repair and rehabilitation projects in Broome County. For each project the goal is to have low maintenance in the future, be energy efficient and enable the family to be financially self-sufficient. The goal of The Impact Project is to make sure that after a rehabilitation project, homeowners can keep up with regular home maintenance on their own.


The Broome County Legislature approved the funding in the May session.


In 2018 through the Small Community Fund, Broome County provided funding for the demolition of a smokestack in the Village of Deposit to make way for their new community park, upgrade Jackson Park in the Town of Binghamton, purchase equipment for the Eastern Broome Emergency Service, support the extension of natural gas to the hamlet of Maine and other projects.


Grants ranged from $2,500 to $50,000, with the average grant being approximately $16,000.

05/22/2019 - 4:12pm