Governor Cuomo's latest competitive grant program is a $100M downtown revitalization plan in wich one community in each of ten region gets a $10M grant. Watertown will compete, but details are sketchy and the proposal still needs legislative approval.
Downtown Watertown has come a long ways but the criteria may be you have to be really destitute and frankly that's not the case here.
There is also the very real east-west politics within the NNY Region, where getting the nod depends in large part on factors beyond just applying.
That's why the term "hunger games" was applied to this process.
However, developing an application does impose the discipline of setting priorities which can still be pursued with or without the grant.