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2019-2020 Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grant Program

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

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

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Deadline Date:

07/26/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York municipal and county government agencies, including libraries, planning and utilities 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 provides grants to local governments for the development of projects that will achieve savings and improve municipal efficiency through shared services, cooperative agreements, mergers, consolidations and dissolutions. With the creation of the LGe program, New York State is committed to working with local governments to control costs while maintaining the quality service delivery provided by New York’s local governments.

Grant types include planning grants and implementation grants, with DOS’s focus on awarding projects that implement efficiency efforts. Projects must demonstrate the potential for financial savings through new or modernized operations and service delivery.

Proposed projects are evaluated based on the potential municipal tax levy impact, project need, service delivery benefits, operational changes, comprehensiveness and specificity of work plan and budget, and local and regional capacity. Priority will be given to projects that implement a Local Government Efficiency planning grant, projects that are included in an adopted and submitted County-Wide Shared Services Plan, and proposals which advance the regional strategies developed by the Regional Economic Development Councils.

Significant Statewide Programs and projects that are part of the following initiatives will be looked upon favorably by the REDCs: Downtown Revitalization Initiative and Strategic Community Investment; Improving Access to Child Care; and Environmental Justice. For further details on each of these initiatives, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143728

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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

Estimated Total Program Funding:

Approximately $4 million is being made available for awards. Of that amount, $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 Applicants:

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) 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.

Two of 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:

- Recurring expenses such as salaries, utilities, and overhead, except for transitional personnel;
- Indirect expenses;
- Approved operating expense of the school district as defined in Education Law § 3602(1)(t);
- Any expenses not fully justified and deemed ineligible by DOS, which will be eliminated from the budget, thereby reducing the award amount;
- Any expenditures funded through the Local Government Efficiency Program (LGE), Citizens Reorganization Empowerment Grant (CREG), Financial Restructuring Board (FRB), Municipal Restructuring Fund (MRF), or any other New York State grant programs; and
- Additional ineligible expenses including, but are not limited to: Alcohol, out-of-state or out-ofcountry travel, prizes and awards, honoraria, lobbying expenses, fund-raising events/expenses, grant writing costs, fines and penalties, taxes, deficit funding, religious activities and refreshments for meetings.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application workshops for the LGE program and the Consolidated Funding Application will be held throughout the State. For information about scheduled workshops, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:

Release Date: May 1, 2019
Questions Due Dates: June 19, 2019 and July 3, 2019
Updates and Responses to Questions Posted Dates: June 28, 2019 and July 12, 2019
Applications Due Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 4:00 pm

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

All substantive questions should be submitted in writing. To the extent possible, inquiries should cite the RFA section and paragraph to which the question refers. Written questions will be accepted until the stated due date. Questions and answers, as well as any updates and/or modifications, will be posted by the stated due date.

Applicants are required to provide matching funds for all projects, as follows:

- Planning projects require matching funds equal to at least 50% of the total project cost.
- Implementation projects require matching funds equal to at least 10% of the total project cost.
- For grants implementing a project that the applicants developed through a previously funded planning grant under the Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grant Program, the local matching funds required shall be reduced 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.

All LGE awards are reimbursement grants.

About the Local Government Efficiency Grant Program:

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 Department of State
Division of Local Government Services
Local Government Efficiency Program
RFA #19-LGE-18
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Ave, Suite 1015
Albany, NY 12231

(518) 473-3355

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 19-LGE-18

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York