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

Application and Schedule A Condition Forms

Program Guidelines

Microenterprise 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.

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

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Current Funding Round Materials

 

Applicants seeking funding for CDBG Economic Development or Small Business Assistance can apply through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application.

The CDBG Economic Development and Small Business Assistance Applications operate through an Open Round process in the Consolidated Funding Application 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.

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.

Pre-Submission

Required attachments for Pre-Submission Form:

Full Application

Required attachments for Full Application:

CDBG Program Income Report

Resources

Related Links

News & Information

NYS CDBG Funding History