Skip to Main Content
NY.gov Portal State Agency Listing Search all of NY.gov

2013 Office of Community Renewal Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Funding Opportunities

In 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a comprehensive strategy to transform New York State by aligning agency resources to further the State's economic recovery and to support new economic development opportunities. To coordinate and streamline these extraordinary economic development opportunities in each region of the State, Governor Cuomo created ten Regional Economic Development Councils (Regional Councils) that are comprised of local experts and stakeholders.

The grant application process for New York State's various economic development agencies has been streamlined as a result of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). The CFA enables businesses and other entities to apply to multiple agency funding sources through a single, web-based application.

Application materials are now available and the 2013 CFA, Round 3, will be open to applicants on June 17, 2013 at 8:00 am and applications must be submitted by August 12, 2013 by 4:00 pm.

The 2013 CFA will provide access to $540 million in economic development resources. This year, there are 26 programs available through 13 state agencies including Empire State Development; NYS Canal Corporation; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State; Office of National and Community Service; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Higher Education Services Corporation; Department of Environmental Conservation; and Council on the Arts.

NYS Homes and Community Renewal has announced available funding from seven Office of Community Renewal programs, including: Urban Initiatives, Rural Area Revitalization Projects, New York Main Street, CDBG Economic Development, CDBG Small Business Assistance, CDBG Public Facilities, and CDBG Public Infrastructure. Each program is a competitive process with applications accepted through New York State's Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

Please visit the Regional Economic Development Councils website for more information about the Regional Councils and Consolidated Funding Application Process: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/

Urban Initiatives (UI)
Funding Available: Up to $2 million

The purpose of the Urban Initiatives (UI) program is to provide financial/technical resources to New York communities for the restoration and improvement of housing, commercial areas, and public/community facilities in urban neighborhoods. This program will provide grants to not-for-profit, community-based organizations that have a direct interest in improving the health, safety and economic viability of a distressed urban neighborhood or other aspects of the area environment that are related to community preservation or renewal activities.

UI Resource Guide
UI Sources & Uses of Funds


Rural Area Revitalization Projects (RARP)
Funding Available: Up to $1.5 million

The purpose of the Rural Area Revitalization Projects (RARP) program is to provide financial/technical resources to New York communities for the restoration and improvement of housing, commercial areas, and public/community facilities in rural areas of the state. This program will provide grants to not-for-profit, community-based organizations that have a direct interest in improving the health, safety, and economic viability of a rural area or other aspects of the area’s environment that are related to community preservation or renewal activities.

RARP Resource Guide
RARP Sources & Uses of Funds

New York Main Street (NYMS)
Funding Available: Up to $2.2 million

The New York Main Street (NYMS) program provides resources to invest in projects that provide economic development and housing opportunities in downtown, mixed-use commercial districts. A primary goal of the program is to stimulate reinvestment and leverage additional funds to establish and sustain downtown and neighborhood revitalization efforts.Units of Local Government or organizations incorporated under the NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation Law may apply for matching grants to assist New York's communities with their Main Street and downtown revitalization efforts. Recipients may award these matching grants to reimburse building owners for renovations to downtown mixed-use buildings.

NYMS Program Guide
NYMS Resource Guide
NYMS Sources & Uses of Funds

New York Main Street Technical Assistance (NYMS-TA)
Funding Available: Up to $200,000

The New York Main Street Technical Assistance (NYMS-TA)program provides funding to directly assist in improving an organization and/or community’s capacity or readiness to administer a future NYMS building renovation program. This correlation must be clearly demonstrated in the application.

NYMS Resource Guide
NYMS-TA Sources & Uses of Funds

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Funding Available: Up to $26 million as of 6/7/2013

2013 CDBG Resource Guide


2013 CDBG CFA Application Guide

CDBG Economic Development (ED)
Eligible units of local government may apply to assist a business undertaking traditional economic development activities such as business attraction, expansion, and retention projects which will result in the creation or retention of permanent, private sector job opportunities principally for persons from low- to moderate-income families.

CDBG Small Business Assistance (SB)
Eligible units of local government may apply to assist a small business undertaking traditional economic development activities such as attraction, expansion, and retention projects which will result in the creation or retention of permanent, private sector job opportunities principally for persons from low- to moderate-income families. For the purposes of this program, a small business is defined as a commercial enterprise with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees at the time of application.

CDBG Economic Development Program Guide

CDBG ED and SB Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Forms:

  1. Certification of Applicant
  2.  Certification of Business
  3. Community Development Grant/Loan Portfolio
  4. CDBG Program Income Report
  5. Proposed Project Financing & Lien Structure Form
  6. Job Creation/Retention Table
  7. Exhibit 2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification
  8. Green Incentive Checklist (only if applying for CDBG SB funds)

CDBG Public Facilities / Other Public Works (PF)
Eligible units of local government may apply for grant funds for the construction or renovation of facilities that serve special-needs populations; senior services; child care centers; and removal of architectural barriers for the disabled. Grant funds may also be used for standalone public works activities such as sidewalks, streets, parking, open space, and publicly owned utilities. At least 51% of the persons benefiting from these activities must qualify as low- and moderate-income, as determined by the U.S. Census or a CDBG qualifying income survey.

CDBG Public Infrastructure (water/sewer/wastewater) (PI)
Eligible units of local government may apply for grant funds to address a community public health, welfare or safety issue through public infrastructure activities such as water source development, storage, and distribution; sanitary sewage collection and treatment; flood control and storm water drainage. At least 51% of the persons benefiting from these activities must qualify as low- and moderate-income, as determined by the U.S. Census or an income survey.

CDBG PF and PI Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Forms:

List of Supporting Documents to be submitted with a CFA

  1. CDBG Public Facilities Proposal
  2. CDBG Public Infrastructure Proposal
  3. Proposed Project Financing & Lien Structure Form
  4. Community Development Grant/Loan Portfolio
  5. CDBG Program Income Report
  6. Certification Form
  7. Exhibit 2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification


    Please contact us at HCR_CFA@nyshcr.org with any questions.


    Please note:
    To learn more about funding from other Office of Community Renewal (OCR) sources, including:

    CDBG Housing
    AHC Affordable Homeownership Development Program
    NYS HOME LPA
    Access to Home
    RESTORE

    Please visit the Office of Community Renewal

    Last Updated: 6/17/13