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2019-2020 Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program

Grants to New York Local Governments, Nonprofits, and Community
Boards for Community Revitalization and Development

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New York State Department of State (DOS) - Office of Planning, Development and Community Infrastructure

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07/26/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York municipalities, community-based organizations, and New York City community boards for the redevelopment of brownfields in local communities. Some applicants are required to submit a draft application prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the identification and nomination of brownfield areas, as well as implementation of activities in the predevelopment stage.

Brownfields include real property where a contaminant is present at levels exceeding the soil cleanup objectives or other health-based or environmental standards, criteria, or guidance adopted by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that are applicable based on the reasonably anticipated use of the property, in accordance with applicable regulations. Known or suspected site contamination of real property can impede investment and redevelopment, making such property an economic and environmental drain on localities. Through the New York State Department of State BOA Program, these known and suspected brownfields are transformed from liabilities to community assets that generate businesses, jobs and revenues for local economies and provide new housing and public amenities.

The BOA program applies a neighborhood or area-wide approach, rather than the traditional site-by-site approach, to the assessment and redevelopment of known or suspected brownfields and other vacant or abandoned properties. The neighborhood approach enables communities to comprehensively assess existing economic and environmental conditions associated with brownfield blight and impacted areas; identify and prioritize community supported redevelopment opportunities; and attract public and private investment. The types of neighborhoods and areas where program resources are being applied include industrial/manufacturing, commercial corridors, residential, downtowns and waterfronts.

Two types of activities are eligible for funding as BOA projects:

(1) Development of a BOA Nomination - A BOA Nomination is a study that generally consists of a community vision, goals and strategies for revitalization of an area affected by a concentration of known or suspected brownfields. A full Nomination provides an in-depth and thorough description and analysis of existing conditions, opportunities, and re-use potential for properties located in the proposed Brownfield Opportunity Area. (See the BOA Designation Guidance in Supporting Documents below) ; and
(2) Undertaking Pre-Development Activities within a State-Designated BOA - Pre-development activities advance the goals and priorities for revitalization and redevelopment of the area as expressed in the BOA Nomination completed for the area. (For a list of eligible pre-development activities, see

For a list of Eligible Costs, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185926

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The maximum grant award under this solicitation is $300,000. There is no minimum State assistance request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are municipalities, community-based organizations and New York City community boards, as defined below:

Municipality – A municipality is defined as a city, village, town, county, local public authority, public benefit corporation, school district, or special improvement district, or an Indian nation or tribe recognized by New York State or the United States with a reservation wholly or partially within the boundaries of New York State.

Community Based Organization - A community-based organization must be a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code at the time of application. In addition, its stated mission must be to promote reuse of brownfield sites or community revitalization within the geographic area in which the community-based organization is located; it must have 25 percent or more of its Board of Directors residing in the community in such area; and it must represent a community with a demonstrated financial need.

Community Board – A Community Board is unique to New York City and is defined and described in Section 2800 of the New York City Charter.

Joint Applications: Two or more eligible applicants are encouraged to work in partnership and jointly apply for funding for a BOA project that would improve an area of mutual interest or concern. Joint applicants should identify the municipality, community-based organization, or community board that the Department should recognize as the primary applicant for all purposes, including contract award.

Ineligible costs include the following:

(a) Indirect or overhead costs, such as rent, telephone service, general administrative support, computers, office equipment, general office supplies, general operations costs, membership fees, subscription costs.
(b) Salaries and other expenses of elected officials, whether incurred for purposes of project direction, execution, or legislation.
(c) Costs incurred outside of the contract term.
(d) Costs that are not adequately justified or that do not directly support the project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-application workshops will be held at several locations around the State. The workshop schedule and further information are available at (For a list of workshops, type "Workshops" in the Search Box.) All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related questions are encouraged to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:

- Release Date: May 1, 2019
- Questions Due Date: May 31 and June 28, 2019
- Questions Response Dates: June 14 and July 12, 2019
- Applications Due: July 26, 2019 - 4:00 pm

Written questions will be accepted until June 28, 2019. Questions regarding this grant program should be submitted by e-mail or in writing. No responses will be provided to inquiries made by telephone or social media. To the degree possible, each inquiry should cite the RFA section and paragraph to which it refers. Responses to questions received by May 31st will be posted by June 14th and responses to questions received by June 28th will be posted by July 12th on the Department’s website. The responses to questions received during this time period will be official responses by the Department of State (DOS) to questions and will be incorporated into the Request for Applications.

All applicants must submit a resolution adopted by the applicant’s governing authority that authorizes submission of the application and identifies the title of the applicant’s authorized representative.

Requirements for all Applications for Development of a BOA Nomination: Applicants requesting funding to develop a BOA Nomination must comply with the following minimum community participation activities prior to submitting an application: (1) Provide a public comment period of at least thirty (30) days on a draft application; and (2) Hold a public meeting on the draft application. Documentation demonstrating compliance must be submitted with the application.

Requirements for all Applicants from a Community-Based Organization: A Community-Based Organization must register and be pre-qualified through the NYS Grants Gateway before submitting an application under this program.

For further details on pre-submission requirements, see

State assistance awarded and paid to a grant recipient shall not exceed 90% of the total eligible cost of a BOA Nomination study or for costs associated with an eligible pre-development project. A grant recipient is required to provide the remaining 10% of total project costs.

The BOA Program is a reimbursement program.

About the grants:

For additional information about the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program:


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Submit one hard copy and one electronic copy of all BOA Nomination materials to:

BOA Nomination
New York State, Department of State
Office of Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure
99 Washington Ave, Suite 1010
Albany, NY 12231-0001
Attn: BOA Program

Questions should be submitted by email (subject = “19-BOA-16 RFA Questions”) or in writing (Attn: BOA RFA Questions) to the above address.

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA #19-BOA-16

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York