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Grants to Brooklyn, New York Nonprofits for
Infrastructure Improvement and Development

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Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Deadline Date:

02/13/19 11:59 PM; if required, additional applications are due 02/20/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Brooklyn, New York nonprofit organizations providing services to city residents to support a broad range of capital projects. Funding is intended to support improvements throughout the borough and may be requested to create new infrastructure or to improve existing assets. Capital funding can be allocated to parks, streets, schools, hospitals, economic development and affordable housing projects, cultural institutions and other nonprofit organizations.

For Projects involving real property (such as construction, reconstruction, or acquisition), the property must be used and owned by the recipient organization (i.e. not rented) except for:
- Cultural Projects
- Governmental Property
- Property rented from an affiliate of the recipient organization provided that certain criteria described in the Guidelines are met
- For Senior Centers, this requirement may be waived when certain criteria described in the Guidelines are met.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167878

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Projects involving land or buildings must have a minimum City contribution of at least $500,000.
- For construction Projects, the contract must have a minimum annual dollar amount of $50,000.
- For Moveable Property Projects, the recipient must have a City operating contract in the City fiscal year 2019 in an amount of $25,000. This requirement does not apply to equipment purchases for hospital/clinics.
- For Moveable Property Projects, each item must cost at least $35,000, unless it is for Initial Outfitting of new space.
- For Projects involving Moveable Property that has a minor degree of attachment to real property, the Project must have a minimum City contribution of at least $250,000.

Term of Contract:

- The City will reimburse only for eligible costs incurred after the date of the City appropriation.
- No funding may be made available for a Project expected to be used by the recipient for less than five years.
- For construction Projects, the contract must be for at least three consecutive fiscal years including the current fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The recipient organization must be a not-for-profit registered to do business in New York State with a demonstrated history of operating services and programs that are consistent with the Project’s defined City Purpose.

A Capital Funding Request Form for not-for-profit organizations must be submitted for projects that are (i) on property that is not owned or leased by the City or (ii) owned by the City but are leased to the not-for-profit seeking to enter into a funding agreement or any other contract with the City to receive funds to improve the property (in which case, approval from the City agency that acts as landlord is required and all improvements must comply with the terms of the City lease).-

Once a Project has received an appropriation, the recipient organization may not change the Project to a different location or type of work without submission of a new Form during the application process for the following fiscal year and a re-appropriation of funds for the new purpose.

The recipient organization must have one or more City operating contracts. Projects must be for a capital asset under GAAP and City rules. The recipient organization must agree to a lien (restrictive covenant or security agreement) in a senior position on the property for its entire useful life.

City capital funds may not be used for administrative use (e.g., back office, executive or support service space or use), unless the funds are for an integrated building used both for Front Line Services and administrative uses. City capital funds may only be applied to buildings (or condominium units) in which a majority of space used by the funding recipient is for Front Line Services for a majority of the time that such space is used. Therefore, the City may pay for any acquisition, construction, reconstruction or equipment in a building that is used primarily for Front Line Services, even if the capital work being carried out, or the equipment being purchased, is in a portion of the building that is not in itself dedicated to Front Line Services. Front Line Services are services that are rendered directly to the public through physical public access or through telephonic communication (such as a hotline). (Does not apply to Cultural Projects or electronic medical records projects).

In addition:
- The recipient organization must demonstrate an operating budget to support the Project on an ongoing basis.
- The recipient organization must have current, paid full-time staff.
- The recipient organization must provide three years of audited financials.
- City funded costs will be subject to a 2.5% City administrative fee.
- Real property Project costs must have a 15% contingency built in.
- No funding for private elementary or secondary schools, except where 100% of the students are students with disabilities whose tuition is covered by the City (may not be located in a building with another school).
- The City will not fund recipient organizations that have not complied with requirements of prior City agreements. Such non-compliance may be cured.

Pre-Application Information:

To apply to the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office for capital funding for Fiscal Year 2020 please fill out the application form by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. All requests for capital funding from the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President MUST be submitted via the Brooklyn Borough President’s Online Capital Funding Application.

If you are applying for capital funding for a non-City project, you must ALSO complete the requisite Mayor's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) OR New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) capital application. The deadline to submit these applications is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

The City contribution may not exceed 90% of the portion of a real property Project up to $2 million and 50% of the portion in excess thereof. Furthermore, the City may pay a maximum of 50% of real property Project costs once City appropriations at the same address for the same exceed $2 million in aggregate (excluding separate and distinct projects that have been fully completed and funding closed out). (This requirement does not apply to Cultural Projects.)

The lesser of 50% or $1 million of the non-City funds for the project must be in hand at the time of the application for City funding from cash; pledged funds or commitment letters from lenders willing to accept a subordinate position (with cash in hand before any City funds are distributed). (Does not apply to Cultural Projects.)

The City may fund 100% of equipment projects.


Additional information:

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:

All questions pertaining to Borough President Eric L. Adams’s capital budget or discretionary capital funding program should be directed to Josh Levin at
(718) 802-3853

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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