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Grants to New York Local Governments, School Districts, and
Agencies to Enhance Operational Efficiency and Service Delivery

2022-2023 Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grant Program

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New York State Department of State (DOS) - Division of Local Government Services

Deadline Date:

07/29/22 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York local government agencies, including libraries, planning and utility authorities, school districts, and educational boards, to improve operational efficiency and service delivery. Funding is intended to support the planning and implementation of projects that result in lower costs and property taxes. Grants may be used to cover costs such as capital and equipment expenses, contractual services, and transitional personnel.

The Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grant program is intended to incentivize new actions between local governments that will reduce the cost of municipal operations and modernize the delivery of local services, thereby limiting growth in property taxes. Applicants must illustrate significant commitment to project completion and clearly demonstrate, through financial estimates and performance measures, the long-term benefit to New York taxpayers.

Local Government Efficiency Grants may be used to cover costs integral to project implementation including, but not limited to:

  • Legal and consultant services;
  • Capital improvements and equipment; and,
  • Transitional personnel costs not to exceed three years

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GrantWatch ID#: 143728

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The total maximum cumulative funding for an Implementation Grant is $200,000 for each local government involved in the project, not to exceed $1,000,000.

The maximum funding for a Planning Grant is $12,500 for each local government involved in the project, not to exceed $100,000.

Estimated Total Program Funding:

Approximately $4 million is being made available for awards. Of that amount, approximately $3.6 million will be awarded for implementation projects, and approximately $400,000 will be awarded for planning projects.

Term of Contract:

Each approved contract will have a five year term, starting on January 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 member libraries), water authorities, sewer authorities, regional planning and development boards, school districts, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). A board of cooperative educational services will be considered a municipality only in instances where such board of cooperative educational services advances a joint application on behalf of school districts and other municipalities within the board of cooperative educational services region but any agreement with a board of cooperative educational services:
1. Will not generate additional state aid;
2. Will be deemed not to be a part of the program, capital and administrative budgets of the board of cooperative educational services for the purposes of computing charges upon component school districts pursuant to Education Law § 1950(1),(4)(b)(7) or § 1951 (1); and
3. Will be deemed to be a cooperative municipal service for purposes of Education Law § 1950(4)(d)(2).

To be eligible for funding, past awardees must have demonstrated responsible contracting in any past or current Department of State (DOS) contract.

Two or more local governments are eligible to apply for funding assistance to plan for and implement shared services, functional consolidations and local government consolidations and dissolutions not eligible under
the Citizens Reorganization and Empowerment Grant (CREG).

Ineligible Expenses:

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:
- Release Date: May 2, 2022
- Informational Webinar: May 24, 2022 at 11 AM
- Questions Due Date: June 17, 2022
- Questions Response Date: July 8, 2022
- Applications Due: July 29, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Applications must be submitted through the web-based Consolidated Funding Application.

Applicants are required to provide local cash matching funds for all projects.
- Implementation awards require local cash matching funds equal to at least 10% of the total project cost.
- Planning Grants require local cash matching funds equal to at least 50% of planning costs.
- In the event an applicant is implementing a project that the applicant developed through a successfully completed planning grant funded under the Local Government Efficiency grant program or the Shared Municipal Services Incentive grant program, the local matching funds required shall be credited by the local matching funds required by such successfully completed planning grant up to the amount of local matching funds required for the implementation grant. To be considered a successfully completed planning grant, the grant must be completed and paid in full by October 1, 2022.

The Local Government Efficiency Grant Program is a reimbursement program.

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Contact Information:

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

To apply online through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA):

Submit all substantive questions in writing to:

New York State Department of State
Division of Local Government Services
Local Government Efficiency Program
RFA #22-LGE-13
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1015
Albany, New York 12231

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA #22-LGE-13

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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