NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS
I am pleased to offer the following information on the availability of State and Federal Funds to municipalities within New York State. Click on the Grant Program that you would like more information on from the list below. As always, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact my district office at (516) 766-8383.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Program application and workshop schedule for Fiscal Year 2010. This program provides assistance with the purchase of vehicles to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.
Through the NYSDOT, funds will be used to cover 80% of the cost of vehicle, with the remaining 20% coming from the applying entity. The following are eligible to apply for the purchase of vehicles under this grant program:
Applications can be downloaded from the NYSDOT website at www.nysdot.gov/public-transportation, and follow the link “Federal Transit Funding Programs”. NYSDOT will be offering a workshop on March 24, 2010 from 10am-12pm at the Dennison Bldg- located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge to discuss this program in more detail and assist in any questions that may arise throughout the application process.
Please note that applications are due by May 4, 2010 and must demonstrate proof of eligibility and management capability to operate a transportation service. If you have any questions about this program, please call Tom Locascio in my district office at (516) 766-8383.
2010 NYS Community Development Block Grant, Annual Competitive Round Program, Open Round Economic Development Program and New York Main Street Program
The New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation’s Office of
Community Renewal announces the availability of approximately $40
million in NYS Community Development Block Grant funding for
the 2010 Annual Competitive Round, the Open Round Economic
Development Programs and approximately $5 million in New York
Main Street funding for the 2010 Round.
NYS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
The New York State Community Development Block Grant
Program (NYS CDBG) is a federally funded program authorized by
Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
administered by the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation’s
Office of Community Renewal (OCR). The NYS CDBG
Program provides funding to eligible communities for the development
of projects providing decent and hazard-free affordable housing,
access to safe drinking water, proper disposal of household wastewater,
access to community-needed services in local facilities, foster
economic opportunities through the support of projects that create
and/or retain permanent employment opportunities principally benefiting
low- and moderate-income persons. Activities funded under the
NYS CDBG Program must benefit low- and moderate-income
persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight or meet
community development needs having a particular urgency; 70% of
NYS CDBG funds must benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
Eligible applicants are non-entitlement units of general local
government (villages, towns, cities or counties), excluding metropolitan
cities, urban counties and Indian Tribes that are designated Entitlement
communities. Non-entitlement areas are defined as cities, towns
and villages with populations of less than 50,000, except those
designated principal cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, and counties
with populations of less than 200,000.
Annual Competitive Round Program
2010 Annual Competitive Round funds are available for the funding
of community development projects in the categories of: Housing
(rehabilitation including mobile and manufactured home replacement*;
home ownership; residential water and wastewater systems);
Public Facilities and Public Infrastructure. A community may propose
a project that addresses a particular area of need or may propose a
project that undertakes a strategy that addresses community development
needs within a particular area.
*The NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation’s Manufactured Home
Replacement Initiative targets $5 million in HOME funds and HOME
and CDBG projects will give preference to projects that replace mobile
homes (pre-June 1976) and manufactured homes (post-June 1976) in
dilapidated condition with new HUD certified, ENERGY STAR
Qualified manufactured homes. Applicants seeking funding for projects
that meet the requirements of the Manufactured Home Replacement
Initiative will be given preference, which will be based upon the
proportion of the award that is allocated to the replacement of dilapidated
mobile and manufacture homes with new manufactured homes.
The 2010 NYS HOME Program Request for Proposals and the 2010
NYS CDBG Annual Competitive Round Application provides the
preference criteria for replacement of mobile and manufactured home
Open Round Economic Development Program
2010 Open Round Economic Development funds are available for
economic development, microenterprise and small business activities.
Each activity must involve the creation or retention of permanent, job
opportunities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income
persons, through the expansion and retention of business and industry
in New York State. Funds provided to a microenterprise where the
owner(s) qualifies as a low- and moderate-income person meets this
OCR provides funding for economic development activities for the
1. To provide financial assistance to businesses for an identified
CDBG eligible activity which will result in the creation or retention of
permanent job opportunities principally benefitting low- and
moderate-income persons; or
2. To construct publicly owned infrastructure improvements, which
are necessary to accommodate the creation, expansion or retention of
a business which will result in the creation or retention of permanent
job opportunities principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
Eligible uses of NYS CDBG Economic Development funds include,
but not limited to: acquisition of real property; financing of machinery,
furniture, fixtures and equipment; building construction and renovation;
working capital; inventory; and employee training expenses. Use
of CDBG funds toward construction and renovation costs are subject
to Davis Bacon Wage Rate requirements.
Eligible applicants must apply to the OCR on behalf of the business
seeking NYS CDBG funds. The OCR makes awards directly to the
applicant community and does not make direct loans or grants to
FUNDING LIMITS AND REQUIREMENTS
Annual Competitive Round Awards
Towns, Cities and Villages:
Housing/Public Facilities $400,000
Public Infrastructure (water/sewer only) $600,000
Housing/Public Facilities/Public Infrastructure $750,000
Public Infrastructure (water/sewer only) $900,000
Open Round Economic Development Awards
Economic Development program
a. Maximum award amount of $750,000 (minimum $100,000).
b. NYS CDBG can fund up to 40% of a total project cost, not to
exceed maximum award amount.
c. Projects must result in the creation or retention of at least one
permanent, full-time equivalent (FTE) job for every $15,000 of NYS
CDBG funds awarded.
d. NYS CDBG funds should be used as gap funding to induce project
Small Business Assistance program
a. Award amounts of $25,000 to $100,000 for assistance to individual
b. Projects must result in the creation or retention of at least one
FTE job per $25,000 of CDBG funds provided.
c. NYS CDBG can fund up to 40% of a total project cost.
d. Minimum of 20% owner equity contribution to the project is
required. To induce sustainable green projects the equity contribution
may be lowered to a minimum of 10% if the activity is certified by the
community and OCR as a NYS CDBG Green project.
a. Maximum total allocation amount to applicant community:
b. Individual grant amount to business: $5,000 to $35,000.
c. NYS CDBG can fund up to 90% of a total project cost.
d. Minimum of 10% owner equity contribution to the project is
e. Certified completion of an approved entrepreneurial assistance or
small business training program is required. Cost of training for LMI
entrepreneurs is an eligible CDBG expense.
The OCR may consider applications for projects exceeding the
maximum FTE job created/retained or the funding limit where it is
found that a project or projects may have a significant and transformational
impact beyond the immediate public benefit or for projects with
the potential for a regional or statewide economic impact.
APPLICATION FOR FUNDING
Annual Competitive Round Program
The 2010 Annual Competitive Round Application will be available
on the Office of Community Renewal’s web site, www.nysdhcr.gov/
AboutUs/Offices/CommunityRenewal on January 27, 2010. Applications
are due no later than April 23, 2010. Applications are to be
mailed or hand-delivered to: Office of Community Renewal, Hampton
Plaza, 38-40 State Street, Albany, NY 12207. If mailed, applications
must be postmarked no later than April 23, 2010. If hand-delivered,
applications must be delivered by April 23, 2010 no later than 4:00
The above-stated application deadline is firm as to date and hour. In
the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, OCR will consider
applications not received by 4:00 p.m. on, or postmarked by April 23,
2010 ineligible. Applicants should make early submission of their
materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility brought about by
unanticipated delays or other delivery-related problems.
Open Round Economic Development Program
Interested applicants must consult the OCR and complete a presubmission
form to determine if an economic development project,
meets CDBG and OCR program requirements. Based upon the results
of the initial inquiry, the applicant may be invited to submit an application
for funding for the 2010 Program Year. Applicants may
submit initial inquiries any time after January 27, 2010, when the
initial inquiry form will be posted to the NYS OCR website,
NEW YORK MAIN STREET PROGRAM
The New York Main Street Program (NYMS) provides funding to
assist New York State communities with their main street/downtown
revitalization efforts. NYMS will provide grants to stimulate reinvestment
in mixed-use (commercial/civic and residential) “main street”
buildings or districts in order to address issues of code compliance,
energy conservation, accessibility, and to provide affordable housing
and job opportunities.
Eligible applicants include cities, towns, villages, and counties
throughout New York State and non-profit organizations that are
incorporated under the NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. To be
eligible for award, non-profit organizations must have been in existence
for at least one year prior to contract execution.
Applications will be accepted for programs that propose funding
for one or more of the following activities:
Applicants may provide participating owners with matching renovation
grants of up to $50,000 per building for first and/or second
floor civic/commercial use, plus an additional $25,000 for each residential
unit, not to exceed 75% of total project cost or $150,000 per
building, whichever is less. Building renovation projects include
facade renovations and interior work.
Applicants may provide grants of up to $250,000 per building, but
not exceeding 40% of total project cost, to building owners to help establish
or expand cultural or business anchors that are key to local
revitalization efforts. Anchor grant projects may include residential
units on the upper floors.
As an ancillary activity, Applicants may provide grants of up to
$60,000 for programs to plant trees and other landscaping, install street
furniture and trash cans, provide appropriate signs in accordance with
a local signage plan, and to perform other appurtenant activities, that
are to be provided to communities to enhance the NYMS target area.
Streetscape Enhancement only applications are not eligible and will
not be accepted.
The maximum award amount is $500,000 and the minimum award
amount is $50,000.
APPLICATION FOR FUNDING
Applications will be available electronically on the New York State
Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s (DHCR) website,
www.nysdhcr.gov on January 27, 2010. Applications should be
submitted over the internet using the Community Development Online
Application System, (CDOL). Applications are due no later than 4:00
PM on April 23, 2010. Applications received after the stated deadline
will be considered late submissions and will be returned to the
Additional information and questions regarding the 2010 Annual
Competitive Round, the Open Round Economic Development, or the
New York Main Street program should be directed to OCR program
staff at the earliest opportunity at 518-474-2057.
AGENCIES LOCATED THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE
(EXCLUSIVE OF NEW YORK CITY)
NYSDOH Refugee Health Program
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Refugee
Health Program announces the opportunity for qualified licensed
health care providers/agencies located throughout New York State
(exclusive of New York City) to provide refugee health assessments
and initial adult vaccinations to new refugee arrivals to the State. The
refugee health assessment is designed to promptly identify refugees
with health conditions of personal and public health concern; to
introduce refugees into the US health care system; to ensure refugees
receive ongoing care and appropriate follow up for identified problems
by referrals to primary and specialty care providers; and to initiate
vaccines required for refugees to adjust their status for permanent
residency. The refugee health assessment consists of a set of basic
screening components designed to identify health issues typically
found in refugee populations. Assessments, completed according to
the required protocol, will be reimbursed at an all-inclusive per capita
rate of $338.50 (upstate) or $346.39 (downstate, which includes Nassau,
Suffolk and Westchester counties). Initial vaccines for adults will
be reimbursed at a maximum of $208.00 per person, where those vaccines
were administered during a reimbursable health assessment and
actual cost of the vaccines is documented. The program is supported
by an annual allocation of Refugee Medical Assistance funds awarded
by the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement through the New York
State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The total allocation
for budget year March 31, 2010 to March 30, 2011 is expected to
be $1,860,170. In the event funds for the budget year are exhausted, a
limit may be placed on the number of health assessments to be
Health care providers/agencies interested in participating in the
Program must complete and submit the NYSDOH Refugee Medical
Assistance Program application, meet the requirements described
therein, and be approved for enrollment. An applicant must be a
licensed health care provider (i.e., physician, nurse practitioner, community
health center, county health department or clinic); must demonstrate
clinical experience and staffing capacity necessary to provide
health screenings in accordance with established protocols; must
employ bilingual staff or provide interpreter services to overcome
language barriers to care; and must demonstrate established linkages
to services, whether on site or by referral, to primary care, specialty
care, and mental health services. Experience with the health and
mental health needs of refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking,
and in conjunction with office/clinic location accessible to refugees
and refugee service agencies is desirable.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The Program operates
on a five-year contract cycle from March 31, 2010 to March 30,
2015 with annual renewals. Contracts can be awarded to approved applicants
at any time during this period, and will be in effect for the
remainder of the five-year contract cycle, contingent on provider performance
and availability of federal RMA funding.
For an application, contact: Department of Health, Refugee Health
Program, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control, at the above address, or call
(518) 474-4845, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evaluation of On-Time Quality Improvement for Long Term Care
Applications will be accepted through March 26, 2010. The purpose
of this grant procurement is the selection of 12-15 nursing homes in
New York State to participate as control nursing homes in an evaluation
of On-Time Quality Improvement for Long Term Care, a pressure
ulcer prevention intervention. Eligible applicants must be Article
28 residential health care facilities. $250,000 is available for this
procurement. Nursing homes will be reimbursed for the costs they
incur to participate in the evaluation on the basis of their number of
For an application, please go to the Department of Health's public
website. Applications may be downloaded from http://