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Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF LWRP)

Grants to New York Counties and Municipalities for
Economic Development in Coastal and Riverfront Areas

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New York State Department of State - Office of Planning and Development

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07/28/17 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York cities, towns, village, and counties for revitalization projects along coastal areas and designated water inlets. Funding is intended to support the preparation or implementation of waterfront and community revitalization projects through the following categories:

-Preparing or Implementing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)
-Updating an LWRP to Mitigate Future Physical Climate Risks
-Redeveloping Hamlets, Downtowns and Urban Waterfronts
-Planning or Constructing Land and Water-based Trails
-Preparing or Implementing a Lakewide or Watershed Management Plan
-Implementing a Community Resilience Strategy
-Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal - Improving Public Waterfront Access for Canal Communities

Within these grant categories, proposed projects that are part of the following initiatives will be looked upon favorably:

-Downtown Revitalization Initiative: Priority consideration will be given to proposals which demonstrate they will advance downtown revitalization through transformative housing, economic development, transportation and community projects that will attract and retain residents, visitors and businesses - creating dynamic neighborhoods where tomorrow’s workforce will want to live, work, and raise a family.

-Opportunity Agenda Related Projects: Each REDC may develop region-wide strategies, or may focus its efforts by designating one or more chronically distressed community as an “Opportunity Area.” Projects seeking to apply CFA funds for the purpose of eliminating barriers to skilled employment by poor people in your region, as identified by the Opportunity Agenda and Strategic Plan, should provide evidence of such in their application.

-Veterans’ Related Projects: New York State is home to more than 900,000 veterans, 72 percent of whom served in combat. In 2014, the REDCs were asked to create a Veterans Work Group to promote participation by Veterans in the CFA, and develop strategies to encourage other potential CFA applicants to include workforce goals related to Veteran’s employment. This is part of a comprehensive approach to improving services to the veterans and military families in New York. Applicants should provide any information that links their project proposals to the Veteran’s Initiative strategies identified by the REDCs.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that projects are ready to move forward. Special consideration for extensions due to extreme extenuating circumstances will only be granted on a case-by-case basis and only if significant progress has been demonstrated. Only applications for discrete phases of a project (e.g. planning, design, construction) that can be completed within five years will be considered. Applicants will be required to prepare and submit a project work schedule and timeline that includes major tasks and milestones with completion dates for each.

Eligible Activities:

Successful revitalization strategies result from cooperation between multiple levels of government and the private sector focusing on key actions needed to improve a region’s communities and waterfronts and related resources.

Revitalization strategies can provide a regional framework to cooperatively address revitalization issues and to advance ongoing and emerging state initiatives including, but not limited to, regional economic development, community sustainability, smart growth, public health outcomes and environmental justice. Achieving revitalization goals requires sufficient local and regional capacity to overcome obstacles.

Applicants may prepare and/or implement a full LWRP or component strategies that are the framework for developing LWRPs such as: strategies for redeveloping hamlets, downtowns and urban waterfronts; land and water based trails; lakewide or watershed management; and community resilience.

To accomplish these activities, applications may include local or regional capacity building to overcome obstacles that inhibit realizing revitalization goals, by strengthening abilities within a community, enlisting external professional assistance, or developing sustainable organizational capacity.

Therefore, local or regional capacity building can be defined as strengthening abilities within a community, enlisting external professional assistance, or developing long term sustainable organizational capacity to overcome obstacles that inhibit realizing long term revitalization goals to accomplish the grant activities listed in the RFA: Preparing or Implementing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program; Updating an LWRP to Mitigate Future Physical Climate Risks; Redeveloping Hamlets, Downtowns, and Urban Waterfronts; Planning or Constructing Land and Water-based Trails; Preparing or Implementing a Lakewide or Watershed Management Plan; Implementing a Community Resilience Strategy; and enable the community to become self-sustaining for the future.

Eligible Costs:

Costs must be adequately justified and directly support the project. Proposed total project costs must be essential to project completion.

Grant funds may be used for the following costs:

-Personal Services – including direct salaries, wages, and fringe benefits for activities related to project work by municipal employees, including project management, capacity building, and grant administration

-Non-Personal Services – including supplies and materials, travel, equipment, consultant/contractual services for direct project related costs, project management, capacity building, limited grant administration, and other goods and services.

-Note: Project management activities may include, but are not limited to, oversight and coordination of tasks needed to produce contracts deliverables, coordination of Project Advisory Committee activities, consultant procurement and oversight, public outreach and providing technical assistance.

-Note: Capacity building may include: investment in existing staff, such as training, purchasing equipment or automating systems that will improve a community’s ability to carry out projects and/or deliver programs funded under this RFA; or developing organizational capacity, such as through creating and recruiting new positions to oversee revitalization efforts.

-Note: Grant administration activities may include, but are not limited to, preparation of reports, vouchers, contract related administration and compliance with grant record keeping and reporting requirements. Grant administration may not exceed 15% of the award amount or $50,000, whichever is less.

-Note: Land acquisition – land acquired (e.g., purchase or donation) may only be used as local match for construction projects. Land acquired must directly support the project and be acquired within three years prior to the contract start date or within the executed contract term. A map identifying the property, current appraisal report and copy of the recorded deed conveying title will be required to document property value and ownership.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156105

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Term of Contract:

A contract period will not exceed five years.

The earliest start date of contracts is April 1, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are villages, towns, or cities, and counties (with the consent and on behalf of one or more villages, towns, or cities) which are located along New York’s coasts or inland waterways as designated pursuant to Executive Law, Article 42.

Applicants may also partner with other organizations; however, only applications from eligible applicants will be evaluated for funding. If successful, all applicable procurement requirements must be met for such partnerships. Applications submitted by not-for-profit organizations (including, but not limited to, community-based organizations and neighborhood groups) and for-profit organizations are ineligible and will not be scored.

Eligible applicants working in partnership with neighboring municipalities to address regional land use, waterfront revitalization, community development, and resource and/or environmental issues or opportunities are encouraged to apply. Only the municipality identified as the applicant (one village, town, or city, or a county with the consent and on behalf of one or more villages, towns, cities) will be awarded a contract.

-For general planning needed to advance any of the eligible activities, an applicant must be a village, town, city, or county with the consent and on behalf of one or more villages, towns or cities located along New York’s coast or a designated inland waterway.

-For project-specific planning, feasibility, design, and/or marketing needed to advance eligible activities an applicant must be a village, town, city, or county with the consent and on behalf of one or more villages, towns or cities currently preparing a LWRP or component or with an approved LWRP or component.

-For construction of projects needed to advance eligible activities an applicant must be a village, town, city with an approved LWRP or the relevant LWRP component substantially completed, or a county with the consent and on behalf of one or more eligible village, town, or city with an approved LWRP or relevant LWRP component substantially completed.

Applicants that have been awarded Department grants in the past should have demonstrated responsible contracting with the Department to be eligible for an award from this procurement.

Amendments cannot be made to the original contracted scope of work, for example, applicants that receive funding for general planning or for project-specific planning, feasibility, design, and/or marketing projects may use this funding for these purposes only.

Ineligible Costs:

The following costs will neither be accepted as the required local match nor reimbursed with grant funds:

-Indirect or overhead costs of the municipality such as rent, telephone service, general administrative support, computers, office equipment, general office supplies, general operations costs, membership fees, subscription costs.

-Salaries and other expenses of elected officials whether incurred for purposes of project direction, execution, or legislation. However, volunteer services contributed by these officials to the project may be used as local match, provided that such services are outside the performance of their official duties.

-Fund raising events/expenses

-Federal assistance

-Other Environmental Protection Fund awards

-Land acquisition (except as noted above)

-Taxes, insurance, fines, deficit funding

-Bond interest and associated fees. The interest associated with a Bond or Bond Anticipation Note (BAN) cannot be calculated into project cost, whether for reimbursement or local match.

-Contingency costs

-Lobbying expenses

-Cost incurred prior to the contract start date

-Costs that are not adequately justified or that do not directly support the project

-Ineligible costs will be eliminated from the total project costs in the grant application.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-application workshops will be held at several locations around the State. All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related questions are encouraged to attend.

Workshops are scheduled as follows:

Finger Lakes:
-6/6/2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Geneva, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Central NY:
-6/15/2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Syracuse, Syracuse Center of Excellence

Southern Tier:
-6/12/2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 PM, Elmira, Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview

Mohawk Valley:
-6/14/2017, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta

North Country:
6/23/2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Lake Placid, ORDA Lake Placid Convention Center

Capital Region:
-6/26/2017, TBD

-6/7/2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Yonkers, Yonkers Riverfront Library

New York City:
-6/8/2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Manhattan, Genome Center

Long Island:
-6/9/2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Stony Brook, Stony Brook University

The workshop schedule and further information are available at:

Pre-Application Information:

The EPF LWRP is a reimbursement program.

The Department is making approximately $15.2 million available to fund applications for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grants, with up to $2 million for updates to existing LWRPs to mitigate future physical climate risks.

Approximately $10 million will be awarded for projects which are in, or primarily serve, areas where demographic and other relevant data demonstrate that the areas are:

-Densely-populated and have sustained physical deterioration, decay, neglect, or disinvestment or

-Where a substantial proportion of the residential population is of low income, or is otherwise disadvantaged and is underserved with respect to the existing recreational opportunities

State assistance awarded and paid shall not exceed 75% of the total eligible cost for the project, except where the proposed project is located in an environmental justice community, in which case state assistance awarded and paid shall not exceed 85% of the total eligible cost for project. The total eligible cost of the project is the total of costs set forth in the grant application, less any federal assistance and other state assistance from the Environmental Protection Fund.

In addition, the Environmental Protection Fund grants provided under this program may not be used as the local match for any federal grants without explicit written permission from the Department. State assistance payments will be made to grant recipients based on actual expenditures for eligible costs up to the amount of the grant awarded.

Written questions will be accepted until June 23, 2017 via email. To the degree possible, each inquiry should cite the RFA section and paragraph to which it refers.

Questions received by the above noted due date will be posted with answers on the Department’s website at:

This section will be updated during the solicitation period to remain current, with final responses posted by July 7, 2017.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM, July 28, 2017, and must be submitted through the web-based Consolidated Funding Application.

-Release Date: Monday May 1, 2017
-Questions Due: June 23, 2017
-Updates and Questions Posted: July 7, 2017
-Funding Proposal Due Dates: Friday, July 28, 2017, 4:00 PM


Contact Information:

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

New York Department of State
Office of Planning and Development
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1010
Albany, NY 12231

(518) 474-6000

When corresponding by e-mail, clearly indicate the subject as: “17- LWRP-3 RFA Questions”.

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA #17-LWRP-03

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York: Villages, towns, cities, and counties located along New York’s coasts or designated inland waterways