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Grants and In-Kind Support to New York City Nonprofits to Develop Programs that Benefit Local Commercial Districts

Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization Grant


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Funding Source
New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Conference Date: 05/11/23
Deadline: 05/22/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to New York City nonprofit organizations to develop programs that benefit commercial districts in eligible low- and moderate-income communities. The purpose of the program is to increase the capacity of organizations to develop more strategic, sustainable, needs-based programming and data-driven results for their commercial districts.

During the three-year grant term, grantees will be supported in hiring a dedicated, full-time Avenue NYC Program Manager, who will participate in a cohort-based learning and training program, conduct an in-depth district assessment, and execute commercial revitalization programs and services. The district assessment findings will inform the programming activities the organization will implement during the remainder of the grant term. 

After completion of the comprehensive district assessment, grantee organizations will develop a project plan for executing commercial revitalization programming and services during the remainder of the multiyear grant term. Project plans will be strategic and demonstrate progression toward district goals over the three years. Deliverables will be realistic, well-planned, measurable, and directly informed by the needs identified in the district assessment findings.

Commercial revitalization programming and services may include:

  • Merchant organizing and engagement
  • Business support and retention
  • Commercial vacancy reduction and retail mix enhancement
  • Public space activation and management
  • Storefront improvement program development
  • Commercial district marketing and promotion
  • Neighborhood beautification program development
  • Business improvement district feasibility analysis


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who Can Apply
- Nonprofit community-based organizations (BIDs, local development corporations, merchants associations, and other organizations) operating in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods within the five boroughs of New York City;
- Nonprofit organizations incorporated in New York State;
- Registered in the System for Award Management (SAM),
- Compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements, including New York State Charities Bureau filings.

All activities must be CDBG-eligible and are subject to approval by SBS. Direct expenses, including but not limited to, the following activities are not eligible:
- Installation of banners and/or holiday lights
- Graffiti removal
- Job training or workforce development initiatives
- Promotional activities designed to attract non-residents to district
- Fundraising events and/or sponsorship solicitation
- Lobbying activities
- Legal/Incorporation Fees

Pre-Proposal Conference
Organizations interested in applying are strongly encouraged to attend an information session. During these sessions, SBS staff will provide a detailed explanation of the program goals, requirements, structure, and timeline.

• Online Information Session: RSVP Here:
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

• Online Information Session: RSVP Here:
Thursday, May 11th, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday May 22, 2023.

Applications will be collected online through Survey Monkey Apply. Applicants will be required to answer a series of questions related to organization capacity, goals and vision, and commercial revitalization priorities, as well as upload PDF attachments.

Orientation Training: Near the beginning of the grant term, Avenue NYC Program Managers will participate in mandatory training to learn information essential to begin performing needs assessments and community engagement within their neighborhoods. Program Managers will meet their NDD project teams and fellow Avenue NYC Program Managers from the organizations that make up the Avenue NYC CFY24 cohort.

Cohort-Based Learning: Throughout the three-year term, the Avenue NYC Program Managers will convene regularly for cohort-based learning such as trainings, activities, workshops, and district tours. Avenue NYC Program Managers will cover subjects such as community engagement, data analysis, program design, and advanced commercial revitalization strategies, while sharing their individual challenges, successes, and best practices with the cohort.

Participation in orientation training and cohort-based convenings will be mandatory. In addition to the initial one- to two-week training, grantee organizations should prepare for Program Managers to be away from their districts 1-2 times per month. Furthermore, organization leaders and/or supervisors will be required to attend occasional trainings and/or events.

Estimated Size of Grant
The program includes the following:
- Grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to three years for a maximum possible award of $300,000
- Dedicated funding for a full-time program manager
- Assistance for grantees to complete a Commercial District Needs Assessment (CDNA)
- In-depth group trainings and capacity building support

Term of Contract
The contract term will begin on July 1, 2023 (CFY 2024) and extend up to three years, with three-year awards ending on June 30, 2026. The terms of the agreement will be reevaluated at the conclusion of each fiscal year before being approved for the following year. The second and third years of funding (CFY 2025, CFY 2026) are contingent on grantee performance, an assessment of the grantee’s progress towards multi-year goals for the organization and district, and the ongoing availability of Avenue NYC funding.

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