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Recovery Efforts in Low- to Moderate-Income Neighborhoods

Citywide COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grant

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New York City (NYC) Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

Deadline Date:

11/30/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations for community development and Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts. Funding is intended to assist low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Eligible projects include refurbishing public spaces, neighborhood beautification, organizational development, and retail recruitment.

SBS’ Neighborhood Development Division (NDD) works with community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to strengthen and revitalize commercial districts by directly addressing locally identified community development needs, resulting in vibrant neighborhoods where New Yorkers can shop, work, and live.

The COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grant will fund citywide nonprofit organizations to serve multiple boroughs and neighborhoods across the City in partnership with no less than three CBDO subcontractors. Applicants must propose place-based projects and services that align with one or more of the following categories:

  • Neighborhood beautification projects;
  • Minor physical improvement to the public realm (i.e. streetscape enhancement projects);
  • Public space activation, maintenance, or management;
  • Merchant organizing assistance;
  • Retail recruitment strategy development, and/or;
  • Organizational development assistance.

Applicants must work within eligible low-to-moderate income neighborhoods and neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. View a map of eligible service areas here: Priority consideration will be given to neighborhoods where SBS does not currently have any place-based investments. Applicants must propose serving a minimum of three different neighborhoods across two or more boroughs, with three different local CBDO subcontracted partners.

For eligible expenses, see page 5 of Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 199279

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants must apply for a minimum grant amount of $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant work will be implemented between December 2021 and June 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grant will fund citywide nonprofit organizations that can support a minimum of three neighborhoods and collaborate with three different CBDO subcontracted partners.

Applicants must:
- Be incorporated nonprofit corporations that operate, or have the authority to operate, in New York State;
- Be compliant with annual City, State and Federal filing requirements that are relevant to their type of organization, including New York State Charities Bureau filings;
- Not owe any unpaid taxes to the City or State, is not engaged in any litigation against the City, and, along with any officers, directors or members, has demonstrated the requisite business integrity to receive public tax dollars;
- Be willing to support a minimum of three neighborhoods across two or more boroughs and collaborate with at least three different CBDO partners;
- Be able to provide letters of intent/partnership agreements from proposed local CBDO partners to demonstrate they are ready to start working and willing to subcontract;
- Grantees will need to comply with all program impact reporting for SBS and Federal government reporting requirements to document grant work and outcomes.

Organizations applying for COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grant funding must fulfill procurement requirements in order to begin the process of entering a registered contract with the City of New York. See page 3 of Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below, for additional information.

Ineligible Expenses
1. Re-granting or lending funds to individual businesses
2. Construction costs or equipment purchases for individual businesses
3. Lobbying
4. Alcohol
5. Expenses must comply with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200
6. Expenses must comply with the provisions of 31 CFR Part 35

Pre-Application Information:

Opens: Oct 20, 2021 10:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline: Nov 30, 2021 11:59 PM (EST)

The COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grantis a reimbursement-based grant. Grantees will be responsible for demonstrating that project expenses have been paid within the contracting period at the time that they invoice SBS to seek reimbursement. Grantees can begin to be reimbursed for contract expenses only after the contract has been registered (see the Contracting and Compliance Requirements section of Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below, for more information).

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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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