Economic Development

Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program

Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program
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Overview

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.

 

Eligibility

Cities, towns, and villages located in non-entitlement areas with a population under 50,000 and counties with an unincorporated population of 200,000 are eligible to apply for CDBG funding. Eligible applicants must be in substantial compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders that pertain to the CDBG Program.

Please view eligible areas in your community using the following links.

  • Eligibility by City

  • Eligibility by County

  • Eligibility by Town

  • Eligibility by Village

 

There are two funding categories under the NYS CDBG Economic Development Program: (1) Economic Development and (2) Small Business Assistance.

Economic Development funds are available to municipalities to assist for-profit businesses to create or retain permanent employment, primarily for persons of low- and moderate-income. Small Business Assistance awards are available to municipalities for the installation or extension of public infrastructure necessary to facilitate business expansion that will create or retain permanent employment, primarily for persons of low- and moderate-income.

 

Forms and Documents

Grant Agreement Forms 
Fillable Forms: Instructions:

Authorized Signature Form For Request For Funds

1-1 Instructions for Authorized Signature Form
ACH/Direct Deposit Authorization of NYS CDBG Funds 1-2 Instructions for Designation of Depository Form
7-2 Program Schedule Form 7-2 Instructions for Program Schedule
8-1 Project Team 8-1 Project Team Instructions
Application and Schedule A Condition Forms - CFA (Microenterprise only)
Fillable Forms:
Applicant Certification Form
CDBG Microenterprise Forms

CDBG Attachment Checklist - CFA

Applicant Disclosure Form
CDBG Program Income Report
CDBG Program Income Fact Sheet
 Environmental Review Forms
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
2-1 Designation of Certifying Officer  
2-3 Certification of NEPA Classification 2-3 Certification of NEPA Classification 
2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification 2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification 
2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist 2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist
Form 2-5 Statutory Checklist Form 2-5 Statutory Checklist
Form 2-5A Statutory Checklist Form 2-5A Statutory Checklist
2-6 Environmental Assessment Checklist 2-6 Environmental Assessment Factors Guidance
1-3 Request for Release of Funds Form 1-3 Instructions for Request for Release of Funds
Disbursement of CDBG Funds
Fillable Forms:
1-6 Economic Development Request for Funds
1-6B Microenterprise Business Project Summary
CDBG Reporting
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
Labor Standards Enforcement Report 2018-2019  
Economic Development-Small Business Activities-Microenterprise Activities  
3-4 Project Status Report

3-4 Project Status Report Instructions

9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure Form

9-1 Instructions for FAE

Family Income Form  
CDBG Program Income Report  
CDBG Program Income Fact Sheet  
General Grant Administration
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
Economic Development Job Forms Economic Development Instructions
Budget Modification Form Budget Modification Form Instructions
HTFC HCR Returned Funds Coversheet  
HTFC Model Release Form  
HTFC Property Release Form  
Pre-Monitoring Checklist  
File Maintenance Labels
Fillable Forms:
L-1 Label Instructions
L-2 Program Administration Labels
L-3 Public Facility / Water and Sewer Labels
L-3 Public Facility / Water and Sewer Label Instructions
L-4 Homeownership Labels
L-4 Homeownership Label Instructions
L-5 Housing Rehabilitation Labels
L-5 Housing Rehabilitation Label Instructions
L-6 Micro Enterprise Labels
L-7 Economic Development Labels

Program Guidelines

Grant Administration Manual

The Grant Administration Manual outlines some of the key tasks that should be conducted when administering a Community Development Block Grant, and provides useful information regarding program requirements, regulations, policies and procedures. It contains exhibits and forms to be referenced or used during the implementation of the CDBG program or project.

Funding Round Materials (Economic Development & Small Business only)

Funding Round Materials (Economic Development & Small Business only)

Resources

OCR on The Ground

Related Links

News & Information

NYS CDBG Funding History