In 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo created ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) and the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to advance the administration’s efforts to improve New York’s business climate and expand economic growth.
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.
The 2016 CFA will provide access to over $750 million in economic development resources. This year, there are over 30 programs available through 11 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; New York Power Authority; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State; Department of Environmental Conservation, and Council on the Arts.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal has announced available funding from several Office of Community Renewal programs including: New York Main Street (NYMS), and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Microenterprise, Public Facilities, Public Infrastructure, and Community Planning. Application materials are now available and the 2016 CFA, Round 6, opened to applicants on May 2, 2016. Applications must be submitted by July 29, 2016 by 4:00 pm.
Applicants for CDBG funds are required to meet Citizen Participation requirements by issuing a public notice and holding a public hearing prior to submitting an application, and NYMS program applicants must provide a formal resolution in support of the application from the municipality in which the project is located. Evidence of these requirements is a threshold item for application eligibility.
Project activities must not commence prior to award and approval of environmental materials by the Office of Community Renewal.
Please visit the Regional Economic Development Councils website for more information about the Regional Councils and Consolidated Funding Application Process: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.