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Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) and the Intermunicipal Grant Program (IMG) Webinar—June 1 at 2:00 p.m.

The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 invests at least $1 billion in clean and drinking water infrastructure projects and water quality protection across New York. This year, $225 million will be made available, with one half allocated for drinking water projects, and the other half allocated for wastewater infrastructure projects. Under this program EFC provides grants to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure projects for the replacement or repair of infrastructure or for compliance with relevant environmental and public health laws. Awardees will receive grants of either 25 percent of eligible project costs or $5 million, whichever is less, for wastewater infrastructure projects. Drinking water project awardees will receive 60 percent of eligible project costs or $3 million, whichever is less. 

 Intermunicipal Grant Program    
 The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 provides at least $150 million to fund the new IMG, with $30 million available in 2017. Under this program, EFC will provide grants for water quality infrastructure projects to be undertaken by two or more cooperating municipalities. IMG funding will be awarded to projects for the construction, replacement or repair of water quality infrastructure or for compliance with environmental and public health laws. Projects may include shared water quality infrastructure or interconnection of multiple municipal water systems. To be eligible, cooperating municipalities must have a current, executed Intermunicipal Agreement pertaining to the project to be funded. Successful applicants will receive 40% of eligible project costs or $10 million, whichever is less. 

   Program Deadline

A grant application and documentation for both the WIIA and the IMG grant must be submitted to EFC no later than 5:00 p.m., June 23, 2017. More information can be found at CleanWater.


New York State Department of State Launches New Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition

The Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Program (MCEC) is a funding program designed to support counties and other local governments looking to pursue opportunities for reducing property tax burden, including consolidation, shared services, and local government modernizations. Each consortium of local governments that is approved for MCEC support will have the ability to pursue approximately $20 million to implement its proposal. Lead applicants must be a city, town or village with a population of over 50,000 (2010 US Census Data) or a County. Cities, Towns and Villages, with a population under 50,000 (2010 US Census Data) or other forms of governments may apply as partners but not as the lead applicant. Each MCEC application requires a consortium of two or more governments.

The MCEC program has two phases:

Phase I—begins with submittal of Intent to Propose (IP), which is due January 27, 2017. An IP is required in order to be eligible for Phase II. Upon receipt of the IP, qualifying applicants will be eligible for up to $50,000 for the development of a comprehensive MCEC Plan. No local match will be required.

The Intent to Propose shall be submitted to:

Chet Fiske

New York State Department of State

Bureau of Fiscal Management

Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition

One Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1110

Albany, New York 12231


Phase II—includes comprehensive Plan development. Phase II guidance and submission requirements will be provided in February, 2017.

Competition Timeline

 Phase I

  • Release of Competition Guidance Document - November 9, 2016
  • Questions Due to Department of State - December 1, 2016
  • Answers to Questions Published - December 8, 2016
  • Intent to Propose due to Department of State - January 27, 2017
  • Funding for Phase I announced – February 1, 2017

 Phase II

  • Release of Phase II Guidance Document - February 1, 2017
  • MCEP’s Due to the Department of State - June 28th, 2017
  • Winner Announced - Mid-August 2017

 For more information:


 New York State Department of State 2015-16 Municipal Restructuring Fund

Eligibility includes the following: Local governments and school districts are eligible applicants. “Local governments” means counties, cities, towns, or villages as defined in Article IX of the New York Constitution. Joint applications will be accepted.

The following local entities may partner with one or more eligible applicants on a joint application:

  • special improvement districts;
  • fire districts;
  • public libraries;
  • association libraries;
  • public library systems (only if they advance a joint proposal on behalf of member libraries);
  • water authorities;
  • sewer authorities;
  • regional planning and development boards; and
  • Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), only to the extent that they advance certain joint proposals (see definition of Local Governments).

 Applications will identify one partner as the lead applicant. Lead applicants must be eligible applicants.  

Deadline for applications: March 15, 2016 and July 12, 2016 

The Municipal Restructuring Fund (MRF) Program was enacted to stimulate permanent property tax reductions resulting from shared services and consolidations between local governments. Program funding is available to eligible local governments and school districts. The New York State Department of State (DOS) has been designated to manage the MRF and assist local governments undertaking these projects. Projects should substantially transform the delivery of services by local governments, or completely consolidate government entities, yielding permanent, significant property tax reductions. 

For more information click here

NYS Department of State CREG Program

Local Government Citizens Reorganizations Empowerment Grant Program assists local government entities that are studying or implementing a “local government re-organization,” which includes 1) the dissolution or consolidation of a local government entity in accordance with General Municipal Law (GML), Article 17-A; or 2) the establishment of a new town-village, which operates principally as either a town or a village (but not as both) in former place of a town and a village. The term “local government entities” includes most general purpose local governments and special improvement districts (SFL section 54(10)(q)(i)). The goal of the Local Government Citizen’s Re-Organization Empowerment Grant Program is to reduce municipal expenses and property taxes through local government re-organization or through alternative actions if re-organization is not feasible.

There are three funding options under this program:

RFA # DOS01-CREP-2015: Planning Grant
RFA # DOS01-CREI-2015: Implementation Grant
RFA # DOS01-CREE-2015: Expedited Assistance Grant

Due dates for Local Government Citizens Re-Organization Empowerment Grants are the first Wednesday of every month, at 4:00 p.m.

Applications are being solicited through the New York State Grants Gateway, Grant Opportunity Portal.  The Grant Opportunity Portal is an online system providing a one-stop grant shop for anyone interested in locating grant funding opportunities with New York State agencies.  All CREG online opportunities are available at:
  (Search by Funding Agency – NYS Department of State.)

All applicants must register in the grants gateway prior to making an application.  For a registered Local Government to apply for this opportunity, please login to the Grants Gateway at and click on “Available Opportunities.”

NYS Department of State LGEC Program

The Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grant program assists local leaders with identifying best practices and implementing actions focused on reducing municipal expenses and increasing efficiencies in service delivery. In the 2015-2016 program year, up to $4 million in LGE funds are available to local governments through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).

Eligible local government entities are counties, cities, towns, villages, special improvement districts, fire districts, public libraries, association libraries, public library systems if they advance a joint application on behalf of its member libraries, water authorities, sewer authorities, regional planning and development boards, school districts, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) only to the extent they advance certain joint applications. Applicants must have demonstrated responsible contracting in any past or current DOS contracts to be eligible for an award from this procurement.

Local governments may apply for both planning and implementation funding. Sample projects include:

·school district consolidations;

·functional consolidations of police services;

·city or county charter revisions if needed to implement a functional consolidation;

·cooperative service agreements to share employees or facilities

·the regionalization of services.

More information can be found at the link below:

Are you interested in learning more about State-funded opportunities? This page provides quick links for locating grant opportunities with New York State agencies. Browse to see what each site has to offer, search for specific grant programs, or register to receive announcements of upcoming and available funding opportunities. All sites are updated on a regular basis. 

 See link at bottom of page for a listing of available funding by specific New York State department/division.

The New York State Grants Gateway is a statewide grant opportunity portal that lists available and anticipated grants posted by the following New York State agencies: Council of the Arts; Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of Health; Department of State; Division of Criminal Justice Services; Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; Governor's Traffic Safety Committee; Office For People with Developmental Disabilities; Office of Children and Family Services; Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Office of Victim Services.

This comprehensive list of funding programs is sortable by many variables. Registration allows you to be notified of upcoming and newly posted grants that match specified interests. Sign up TODAY!

Link to Grants Gateway homepage

Grants Gateway Help Desk Availability
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am to 8pm
Phone: 1-800-820-1890

The New York State Grants Gateway is part of the NYS program “Grants Reform,” which is an initiative to streamline the grants seeking process and simplify grants management. Check it out!

Link to Grants Reform information page


Grants Action News(GAN) is a monthly publication from the New York State Assembly that has information about competitive grants available from federal, state, and private sources. The grants highlighted in the newsletter are tailored for New York state organizations.

New competitive grant opportunities published on the first of each month, so make sure you check back often!

Link to GAN homepage and monthly newsletter


The New York State Register is a weekly publication by New York Department of State Division of Administrative Rules. Published each Wednesday, this online resource provides Notice of Availability of State and Federal Funds, which lists new competitive grant opportunities available to interested New York State applicants. Full archive of the New York State Register is also available back to the year 1979.

Subscribe to the New York State Register to receive it weekly by email and stay current on new funding opportunities.

Link to New York State Register homepage


Established in 2011, the Souther Tier Regional Economic Development Council works to develop long-term strategic plans and implementation schedules to advance economic growth in our region. Through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Process the Council provides grant opportunities for projects that represent a community-drive, comprehensive, holistic approach to economic development for our region. The CFA allows applicants to access multiple State funding sources through one application. Application materials can be accessed through this link

Link to more information about the CFA

Link to Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council homepage



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