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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.

submitted to EFC no later than 5:00 p.m., June 23, 2017. More information can be found at Clea ***

Regional Economic Development Council Competition—Round 7

Application Deadline: Friday, July 28, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched Round VII of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative on April 25th, officially kicking off the annual competition for more than $800 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) enables businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and members of the public to begin applying, through a single application, for assistance from dozens of state programs for projects that create jobs and help to revitalize communities.

The full press release can be found here

Round VII of the REDC initiative will award more than $800 million in state resources across all 10 regions, including up to $225 million in performance-based grants and tax credits from Empire State Development, and approximately $575 million from two dozen state agency programs.

The 2017 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources can be found here. The CFA opened on Monday, May 1st, and the deadline for applications is Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4 p.m. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

For applicants, the CFA is available here


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 Ibegins 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 IIincludes 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:


The Community Foundation of Tompkins County Announces its 2017 Grant Cycle

In 2017, The CFTC will offer four grant cycles and 2 general letter of inquiry processes. All submissions must be made online through the Foundation’s CommunityForce grants management system.The 2017 grant programs include:

Library Grant

The Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund seeks to promote genuine intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning by encouraging youth to develop habits of regular library use. Eligible applicants are the 33 public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties, the 5 counties of the Finger Lakes Library System.

Application DeadlineJanuary 17, 2017.

Spring Grant Cycle  

The Spring Grant Cycle makes grants from the Howland Foundation and the Community Foundation’s donor advised and field of interest funds to support grants in the areas of aging, youth, animal welfare, and environmental preservation in Tompkins County as well as animal welfare and environmental preservation only in Broome County.

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017.

Fall Grant Cycle

Priorities for this program will be announced in early 2017. 

Application Deadline: September 14, 2017

Women’s Fund Grant Cycle

The Women’s Fund promotes educational, economic, and social equality by enabling women to achieve economic self-sufficiency, and by helping to provide the necessary resources for women’s health and basic needs. 

Application DeadlineSeptember 27, 2017

 For more information, including eligibility requirements and instructions for application submittals, please visit:


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

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.

Eligibilityincludes 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.

For more information click here


Opportunities Available from the Surdna Foundation: Strong Local Economies Program!

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Strong Local Economies Program supports the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a diversity of businesses and access to quality jobs. The Foundation aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. The three main categories of work in this program area include the following: Business Development and Acceleration, Equitable Economic Development, and Job Quality and Career Pathways. The Foundation welcomes proposals that overlap with its two other funding programs: Sustainable Environments and Thriving Cultures. Nonprofit organizations may submit online letters of inquiry at any time.

More information can be found at


American Honda Foundation Youth Education Grants Available!

The American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation's primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The annual application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Visit the following link for more information and to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application


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:


The New York Council for the Humanities is introducing Vision and Action Grants!

NYCH has redesigned its grant programs: Vision Grants (formerly Planning Grants) provide up to $1,500 to develop ideas for public humanities programs that are built in partnership with our community. Action Grants (formerly Project Grants) provide up to $5,000 to launch humanities programs that are dynamic and address meaningful issues across the state. Vision and Action grants can begin only after Council support is issued.  Although proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, all materials must be received at least 3 months prior to the start of your visioning process. For more information visit