New York Main Street provides financial resources and technical assistance to communities to strengthen the economic vitality of the State's traditional Main Streets and neighborhoods. The New York Main Street grant program provides funds to units of local government, and not-for-profit organizations that are committed to revitalizing historic downtowns, mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts, and village centers.
Main Street grants are revitalizing New York State’s downtowns through targeted commercial/residential improvements such as façade renovations, interior commercial and residential building upgrades, and streetscape enhancements. NYMS funds are not available for building demolition or new construction.
Eligible Applicants for the NYMS Program are Units of Local Government or organizations incorporated under the NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation Law that have been providing relevant service to the community for at least one year prior to application.
Eligible Target Areas
The Project(s) must be located in an eligible target area. An eligible target area shall mean an area: (i) that has experienced sustained physical deterioration, decay, neglect, or disinvestment; (ii) has a number of substandard buildings or vacant residential or commercial units; and (iii) in which more than fifty percent of the residents are persons of low income, or which is designated by a state or federal agency to be eligible for a community or economic development program.
Applicants are encouraged to identify well-defined Main Street areas to maximize the impact that the local program will have on the community. There is a preference for funding proposals where contiguous buildings will be assisted, maximizing the impact of the investment. The proposed activities must be carried out in a program target area of generally no more than three contiguous blocks which has experienced sustained physical deterioration, decay, neglect, or disinvestment, and has a number of substandard buildings or vacant residential or commercial units.
Building Renovation: Matching grants may be awarded to building owners for renovation of mixed-use buildings. Building Renovation grant funds are used to renovate facades, storefronts and commercial interiors, with additional funding available for direct assistance to residential units. Streetscape enhancement funds are available for activities that enhance the renovation projects on a corridor such as planting trees, installing permanent fixtures such as street furniture and trash cans. A streetscape enhancement grant will only be awarded as an activity ancillary to a building renovation project and cannot be applied for on its own.
Downtown Anchor: Matching grants may be awarded to a building owner for renovation of a standalone, single site project. NYMS Downtown Anchor grant funds are used for interior and/or exterior building renovations. These funds are intended to help establish or expand cultural, residential or business anchors that are key to local revitalization efforts through substantial renovations. Downtown Anchor projects should be “shovel ready” at the time of application.
Technical Assistance: Grants are available to assist projects that will directly improve a community’s capacity or readiness to administer a future New York Main Street building renovation program.
Forms and Documents
General Grant Administration
|NYMS Program Guide|
|NYMS Administrative Plan Sample|
|Template LPA & Property Owner Grant Agreement|
|Property Photo Release Form|
|HTFC HCR Returned Funds Coversheet|
EEO, M/WBE & SDVOB
|Contractor Bid Solicitation Plan|
|MWBE & EEO Template Policy Statement|
|Bid Solicitation Log|
|Good Faith Efforts Guide|
|Certification of Good Faith Efforts Form (CONST-4)|
|Affirmation of Income Payment to MBE/WBE or SDVOB (CONST-3)|
Commitment & Disbursement of NYMS Funds
Property Maintenance Declaration
|Declaration from 2010-Present Contracts|
|Environmental Compliance Handbook|
|Environmental Review Program Description Form|
|Environmental Compliance Checklist|
|Smart Growth Criteria Form|
|Lead Based Paint Procedures Recorded Webinar (Approx. 1 hour)|
|Lead Based Paint Procedures Presentation|
State Historic Preservation Office Review
|SHPO Electronic Project Submission Guide|
|Project Review Cover Form|
|SHPO Transmittal Letter|
|Historic Resource Inventory Form|
|File Maintenance Checklist 1 - General Program Files|
|File Maintenance Checklist 2 - Project/Building Files|
Funding Round Materials
- NYMS Program Guide
- NYMS Resource Guide
- NYMS FAQs
- Municipal Resolution Template
- NYMS Budget Table
- OCR Applicant Certifications
- Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire
- NYMS Technical Assistance Work Plan Template
- Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)
2022 New York Main Street (NYMS) Program Application Training
2022 NYMS Application Training Webinar Part I - May 24, 2022 10:00 am
This presentation will provide an overview of the NYMS program, eligible activities, application process, and how to determine applicant, target area, and project eligibility.
Presentation PDF: 2022 NYMS Application Training - Part I
Recording link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/lsr.php?RCID=078fefa6e3596024e23a6ce82f0f34da
2022 NYMS Application Training Webinar Part II - June 7, 2022 10:00 am
This presentation will provide a more detailed discussion of the NYMS program and application process. We will review the content of the 2021 NYMS application and provide tips on preparing a competitive application including identifying common deficiencies in unsuccessful applications. All prospective applicants should participate to prepare for submitting a 2021 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).
Presentation PDF: 2022 NYMS Application Training - Part II
Recording link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/lsr.php?RCID=cd61eaa731f74de612c58c6551924724
Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 29, 2022 by 4:00 pm.
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