A Concise Guide to New York's CFA Programs

Barton & Loguidice has experience with a broad range of funding programs offered through the CFA process, including the following community programs:


NYS Community Development Block Grant – up to $25 million is available for economic development; public infrastructure (water/sewer/stormwater); and public facilities.  The public infrastructure program provides funding for drinking water source development, treatment and distribution; sanitary sewage collection and treatment; water and sewer lateral connections; flood control and stormwater drainage.  Projects must be consistent with the NYS Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Act and principally benefit low and moderate income persons.  Public facilities programs include senior services; day care centers; and removal of architectural barriers for the disabled.


Activity Funding limits for towns, cities or villages:

              Public Infrastructure - $600,000

              Public Facilities - $400,000


Activity Funding limits for counties:

              Public Infrastructure - $750,000

              Public Facilities - $400,000


Joint Applications:

              Public Infrastructure only - $900,000


NYS Main Street Program – up to $2.2 million available statewide for projects that provide for economic development and housing opportunities in downtowns.  Eligible applicants are units of local government or not-for-profit organizations in existence for a minimum of one year.  Grants from $50,000 to $200,000 are available for the NY Main Street Program.  Recipients of NY Main Street funds may award matching grants of up to $50,000 per building, not to exceed 75 percent of the total project cost.  Projects that provide direct assistance to residential units are legible for an additional $10,000 per unit not to exceed $100,000 per building and 75 percent of the total project cost.  In addition to building renovation funds, applicants may request up to $15,000 for streetscape enhancements including planting trees, installing street furniture and trash receptacles and performing other activities in support of the main street target area.


The NY Main Street Technical Assistance Program – up to $200,000 available statewide to improve the capacity of a non-profit or community with the delivery of a future NY Main Street Program.   Applicants may request up to $20,000 for projects that will directly improve an organization or a community’s capacity to administer a future NY Main Street building renovation program.  A 5 percent cash match is required.  Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to building reuse feasibility studies and the preparation of downtown design guidelines.


NYS Environmental Protection Fund – up to $15 million available statewide to municipalities and non-profits for municipal parks, historic preservation and heritage area projects.  The maximum grant award is $500,000 and a 50 percent match is required.  For projects located in impoverished areas, the grant award can be up to 75 percent of the project cost.  Applicants are expected to raise their share within one year after the award and all projects must be completed within five years of the approval date. This is a reimbursement program, so applicants must be prepared to pay project costs up front.  

Eligible activities include acquisition, planning, development and improvement of parks, historic properties (which must be listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places) and heritage areas.   All grant awards come with long term protections such as conservation easements and/or covenants recorded against the deeds.


Recreational Trails Program – Up to $2.8 million available statewide.  Grants are awarded for the provision and maintenance of both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use.  Maximum grant award is $200,000 and the minimum award is $5,000. Funds can be used for the maintenance and restoration of existing trails, the development or rehab of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages; the purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment; the construction of new recreational trails and the acquisition of easements and fee simple title to property.  Eligible applicants include municipalities and other government organizations, state agencies, federal agencies and non-profits.  Successful applicants are reimbursed for up to 80 percent of their eligible expenditures.  Projects must be completed within 5 years of the federal approval date.   


Local Waterfront Revitalization Program – up to $13 million available statewide.  Grant categories include the preparation or implementation of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, redeveloping hamlets, downtowns and urban waterfronts; planning or constructing land and water based trails and preparing or implementing a lakewide or watershed revitalization plan.   Eligible applicants are villages, towns or cities or counties with the consent and on behalf of one or more municipalities.  This is a reimbursement program with a 50 percent required local match.  Explicit demonstration of the 50 percent match is strongly advised.  Failure to demonstrate a local match could lead to disqualification of an application.


NYS Canalway Grants Program – up to $1 million available statewide.  Eligible applicants are municipalities, state agencies, public authorities and non-profit organizations located along the NYS Canal System.  The minimum grant request is $50,000 and the maximum grant is $150,000.  Grants are provided on a reimbursement basis and a 50 percent local match is required.  Projects should preserve and rehabilitate canal infrastructure, enhance recreational opportunities for water based and landside users and promote tourism, economic development and revitalization of the canal corridor.  Canal projects should offer a greater appreciation and understanding of canal and community history and promote the protection of environmental and historic canal resources.


Green Innovation Grant Program – up $10.4 million available statewide.  Eligible applicants are any corporation which is organized and existing under the laws of New York State including state agencies, municipalities, public benefit corporations, school districts, for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, soil and water conservations districts, partnerships, associations, firms and individuals.  Point source projects must be publicly owned (such as a municipal storm sewer system, combined sewer system or stormwater discharges from construction activity).  Public ownership is not a requirement for non-point source projects.  Eligible projects include stormwater harvesting and reuse; stormwater street trees and urban forestry programs; green roofs and green walls; construction and restoration of wetlands, floodplains and riparian buffers; permeable pavement; biorentention/bioinfiltration; downspout disconnection and stream daylighting.  This is a reimbursement program requiring a 10 percent match. Grants cover 90 percent of construction costs (including planning and design costs).   


NYS DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program – up to $2 million available statewide.  Grants provide up to $50,000 to municipalities with a population of 50,000 persons or greater and up to $30,000 to municipalities with a population less than 50,000 persons.  Funds must be used to pay for engineering reports for wastewater treatment infrastructure.  A 20 percent local match is required.  Applicant must be a municipality with a median household income equal to or less than $65,000.  Grant awards will be made in two payments with a $15,000 advance at the execution of the grant agreement and the final payment upon approval of the engineering report by DEC and EFC.


There are still a number of State and Federal programs that could be used to fund projects outside of the CFA and some have rolling deadlines - contact us to find out more.  And, there are smaller grants that can be easily obtained to offset the cost of ‘up-front’ documents.  Most of these grants are not part of the the CFA - we can suggest places to look for these.


For more information, contact your B&L representative or Sharon Lilla in Rochester at 585-325-7190; Ted Kolankowski, RLA, LEED AP, in Albany at 518-218-1801; Glenn Gidaly, AICP, in the Hudson Valley at 845-391-8360; John Benson in Syracuse at 315-457-5200; or John Condino in the North Country at 315-701-9810.