The Rural Area Revitalization Projects (RARP) program is administered by the Office of Community Renewal (OCR) under the direction of the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC).
The purpose of the 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 and charitable organizations that have a direct interest in improving the health, safety and economic viability of a rural area or other aspects of the area environment that are related to community preservation or renewal activities. RARP provides applicants flexibility in determining the exact nature of their revitalization efforts and project priorities.
Eligible applicants include not-for-profit corporations or charitable organizations, which are either incorporated under the not-for-profit corporation law (together with any other applicable law) or, if unincorporated, are not organized for the private profit or benefit of its members. The applicant must have been engaged primarily in relevant community preservation activities for at least one year prior to application.
Applicants may request between $50,000 and $200,000 to undertake housing preservation and community renewal activities in distressed rural areas by preserving existing housing units, generating new housing units, upgrading commercial and retail areas and by creating innovative approaches to neighborhood and community revitalization which improve cultural and community facilities.
The Rural Area Revitalization Projects provides applicants flexibility in determining the exact nature of their revitalization efforts and program priorities.
Eligible areas for Rural Area Revitalization Projects are cities, towns and villages having a population of less than twenty-five thousand.
An eligible area for Rural Area Revitalization Projects shall mean a city, town or village: (a) that has experienced sustained physical deterioration, decay, neglect, or disinvestment; (b) has a number of substandard buildings or vacant residential or commercial units; and (c) in which more than fifty percent of the residents are persons whose incomes do not exceed ninety percent of the area median income for the county or metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in which the project is located, or which is designated by a state or federal agency to be eligible for a community or economic development program.
Projects demonstrating a direct benefit to persons and families whose incomes do not exceed ninety percent of the area median income for the county or MSA in which a project is located are not required to meet the criterion (c) above.
Last updated on 6/13/2013