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2014 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.

The 2014 CFA will provide access to up to $750 million in economic development resources. This year, there are 33 programs available through 12 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 Storm Recovery; 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: New York Main Street (NYMS), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development, CDBG Small Business Assistance, CDBG Microenterprise, CDBG Public Facilities, CDBG Public Infrastructure, and CDBG Community Planning. Each program is a competitive process with applications accepted through New York State's Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

Application materials are now available and the 2014 CFA, Round 4, will be open to applicants on May 1, 2014 and applications must be submitted by June 16, 2014 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/.

Recorded application webinars and application questions are available online for all 2014 CFA programs: https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/help.cfm?section=programwebinars


New York Main Street (NYMS) Program

New York Main Street Building Renovations
Funding Available: Up to $4 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 Application Presentation

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 a 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 Workplan Template

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Funding Available: Up to $25 million

2014 CDBG Resource Guide
2014 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 Guidelines

CDBG ED and SB Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Forms
Forms to be completed and attached to a CFA:

  1. Certification of Applicant
  2. Certification of Business
  3. Community Development Grant/Loan Portfolio
  4. Proposed Project Financing & Lien Structure Form
  5. Job Creation/Retention Table
  6. Exhibit 2-3A Certification of SEQR Classification
  7. Green Incentive Checklist (only if applying for CDBG SB funds)
    Full list of supporting documents required for application, click HERE.

CDBG Microenterprise (ME)
Eligible units of local government may apply to establish a local microenterprise program that will support and foster the development of microbusinesses by providing grants in conjunction with capacity building and entrepreneurial assistance. An objective of the NYS CDBG Microenterprise program is to create opportunities for the development of microbusinesses that promote employment opportunities for persons of low- to moderate-income families. A microenterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise that has five (5) or fewer employees, one (1) or more of which is the principal and owns the enterprise at the time of application. The size of a microenterprise includes both part-time and full-time employees (head count, not full-time equivalents). A microenterprise is a private for-profit business entity; corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship that is legal, licensed and operating. Nonprofit entities are not microenterprises.

CDBG Microenterprise Program Guidelines

CDBG ME Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Forms
Forms to be completed and attached to a CFA:

  1. Certification of Applicant
  2. Community Development Grant/Loan Portfolio
  3. Proposed Project Financing & Lien Structure Form
  4. Exhibit 2-3A Certification of SEQR Classification

Full list of supporting documents required for application, click HERE.

CDBG Public Facilities
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. 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) / Other Public Works (PF) (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. 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 PF and PI Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Forms
Forms to be completed and attached to 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. Certification Form
  6. Exhibit 2-3A Certification of SEQR Classification

For a full list of supporting documents required for application, click HERE.

CDBG Community Planning (CP)

Eligible units of local government may apply for grant funds to the NYS CDBG Planning program which may consist of one of two activities: Community Needs Assessments and Preliminary Engineering Reports. Any planning proposal must address an activity which, if implemented, meets at least one of two national objectives under the CDBG program.  That is, it must be shown that either 1) at least 51% of the persons who would benefit from implementation of the plan are low- and moderate- income persons, or 2) the plan addresses a slum or blighted area in the community.

The Community Needs Assessment activity must be used by eligible applicants to identify the assets of a community and determine potential concerns that it faces.  The needs assessment analysis may focus on one or more of the following: 1) Public Infrastructure, 2) Public Facilities and/or 3) Economic Development. 

Eligible planning activities for Public Infrastructure and Public Facilities include but are not limited to Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis and or energy conservation plans.  Comprehensive Plans, Strategic Plans, and Master Plans are not being considered for funding under this round of the CFA.

CDBG CP Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Forms
Forms to be completed and attached to a CFA:

  1. Proposed Project Financing & Lien Structure Form
  2. Community Development Grant/Loan Portfolio
  3. Certification Form

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: 5/20/14