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Economic Development

The Office of Community Renewal recognizes that New York's smaller communities must have an economy that encourages business development and promotes jobs for low- and moderate-income persons.  Through the Office of Community Renewal's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development program, the Office of Community Renewal provides grants to communities that wish to sponsor economic development activities that create or retain jobs for low- and moderate-income persons.  The goal of the program is to fund projects that result in high quality, full-time jobs that are well paying and provide benefits and training to low- and moderate-income persons.

The NYS CDBG Economic Development program consists of three funding activities:
Economic Development, Small Business Assistance, and Microenterprise.  Eligible applicants must apply on behalf of the business seeking CDBG funds. Awards are made to the applicant community and not directly to businesses.  Economic development funds are flexible and can be used for most legitimate business purposes.

The CDBG Economic Development and Small Business Assistance Applications continue to operate through an Open Round process in the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) portal. The Open Round applications involve a two-step process. First, an applicant must complete a preliminary application called the Pre-Submission Form. The Pre-Submission Form will be reviewed by the Office of Community Renewal. If the Pre-Submission form meets CDBG program requirements, the applicant will receive a formal invitation to apply. The invitation to apply will allow the applicant to proceed to the second step, the full application. An applicant must complete the full application in the CFA portal within 60 days of the invitation to apply.

The Open Round process for CDBG Economic Development and Small Business Assistance do not share the CFA deadline. Open Round applications may be submitted throughout the year. A CFA request for CDBG Economic Development or Small Business Assistance cannot include requests for other funding sources within the same application.

Applicants for NYS CDBG funds are required to meet Citizen Participation requirements by issuing a public notice and holding a public hearing prior to submitting an application.  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.

Application Kit for Economic Development and Small Business Assistance
Required attachments for Pre-Submission Form:

Required attachments for Full Application:

NYS CDBG Economic Development & Small Business Assistance Program Guidelines

The CDBG Microenterprise program is available in the annual competitive CFA round, please visit the Office of Community Renewal Funding Opportunities page for more information.

CDBG Microenterprise Program Guidelines

CDBG Microenterprise Forms

CDBG Microenterprise Frequently Asked Questions