The Consolidated Funding Application is Now Open

Is your project funding ready?

The 2016 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now open. The funding solicitation opened on Monday, May 2, 2016 and applications will be accepted through the CFA until 4:00 pm on Friday, July 29, 2016.

Through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), a single application for multiple sources of state funding, New York State is soliciting grant applications for projects that advance the priorities of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC).

The full solicitation, application materials, and details for CFA workshops are available online at The available funding amounts for 2016 are listed below: 

  • Empire State Development Grant Funds - $175 million
  • Excelsior Jobs Program - $70 million
  • NYS Business Incubator Program - $2.5 million
  • ESD Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies - $1 million
  • Market New York - $13.5 million
  • NYS Arts: Arts, Culture, and Heritage Initiatives - $5 million
  • Community Development Block Grant - $25 million
  • NY Main Street and NYMS Technical Assistance - $5 million
  • Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – EPF Municipal Grant - $20 million
  • Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan - $19.5 million
  • Canalway - $1 million
  • NYSERDA Energy Efficiency - $60 million
  • DEC/EFC Engineering Planning Grants - $2 million
  • DEC Water Quality Improvements Program - $26 million
  • EFC Green Infrastructure Grant Program - $10 million
  • Climate Smart Communities Program - NEW - $11 million
  • DOS Local Government Efficiency Grants - $4 million
  • DOL Workforce Development - $5 million
  • Industrial Development Bond (IDB) Gap – Up to $300 million


Successful grant writing comes from planning ahead and knowing how to highlight the community development opportunities, showing community support, and focusing on how the project will benefit the  community. Our grant experts understand how to bring a funding application to the “top of the pile.” As a testimony to our success, B&L has secured 56 NYS Consolidated Funding opportunities since the program’s inception, for a total of $16,712,685 in funding dollars for local municipalities.


We’ve also written a few articles to help you prepare for the CFA:


Planning Ahead for Successful Funding of Your Priority Projects, by Sharon Lilla


The Greening of Funding Opportunities - More than just a trend, this is the future, Talk of the Towns, Jan/Feb 2015 by Donald Fletcher, P.E. and Chris Lawton, P.E., LEED AP


Getting Into a State of Readiness for Your Town's Funding Applications, Talk of the Towns, Jan/Feb 2014 by Glenn Gidaly, AICP


Contact your B&L client representative to plan for your future, or consult with one of our regional planning specialists:


Central New York and Southern Tier Regions:

John Benson (315) 457‐5200


North Country Region:

John Condino (315) 701‐9810


MidHudson Region:

Glenn Gidaly, AICP (845) 391‐8360


Capital Region and Mohawk Valley Region:

Donald Fletcher, P.E. (518) 218‐1801


Finger Lakes Region:

Sharon Lilla (585) 325‐7190


Western New York Regions

Scott Chenet (585) 325‐7190