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Grants to New York City Nonprofits and Public Schools
for Infrastructure Projects in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Deadline Date:

02/12/20 11:59 PM - If required, additional applications are due 02/19/20 5:00 PM

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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations and public schools for infrastructure projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended for a broad range of projects, including but not limited to, real property, moveable property, affordable housing, cultural projects, and permanent enhancement to public school facilities. Projects should benefit the Brooklyn Borough.

These funds are used to make improvements across the Borough by creating new infrastructure, and by improving existing assets. Capital funding can be allocated to parks, streets, schools, hospitals, economic development and affordable housing projects, cultural institutions, and other non-profit organizations.

Grants are available for non-city capital funding and for public schools.

Types of Non-City Projects:

Non-City projects generally fall into several categories. It is important to note that a specific project may fall into multiple categories, and thus necessitate multiple applications.

  • Real Property
    • Property acquisition
    • Construction of new buildings or reconstruction/renovation of existing buildings
  • Moveable Property
    • Purchase of equipment or furniture that is not attached or is minimally attached to real property
    • Procurement of vehicles
    • Initial outfitting of a newly-occupied or recently renovated facility
  • Affordable Housing
    • Construction or improvements to housing facilities that utilize a housing loan program of the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Cultural Projects
    • Projects implemented by organizations that receive funds from the Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Public Schools:

  • Capital construction projects must provide a permanent enhancement to the facility.
  • All equipment must have a lifespan of five years.

Project eligibility for Non-City Projects can be found at https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CAPITAL-FUNDING-FACT-SHEET-FOR-NON-CITY-FUNDING.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167878

Estimated Size of Grant:

Public School Funding: All projects must meet a minimum cost requirement of $35,000.

Non-City Projects:
For Non-City Projects involving Moveable Property:
- If the project includes items that are not attached to real property, each item or equipment system must have a minimum City contribution of at least $35,000, unless it is for Initial Outfitting of new space.
- If the project includes items that have a minor degree of attachment to real property, each item or equipment system must have a minimum City contribution of at least $250,000.

For Non-City Projects involving Real Property:
- The project must have a minimum capital contribution from the City of $500,000.
- The City contribution may not exceed 90% of the portion of funding of a Real Property project up to $2 million and 50% of the portion of funding in excess thereof.

Term of Contract:

Non-City Funding: The typical lifespan of a capital project varies greatly, and can range from 12-36 months from the date of the appropriation of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-City Funding: Organizational Eligibility:
In order for an organization to be eligible for capital funding, that organization must, at a minimum, generally meet the following requirements:
- The organization must be a not-for-profit organized under New York State law or registered to do business in New York State
- The organization must have an operating history of at least three year, and must be able to provide audited financial statements for the immediately preceding three fiscal years.
- The organization must have paid full-time staff.
- The organization must demonstrate an operating budget to support the proposed project on an ongoing basis.
- The organization must have an established history of receiving operating funds from the City of New York.
- In the event the organization is applying for capital funding for a Real Property project, the organization must have operating contracts with the City totaling $50,000 or more for the City’s current fiscal year, as well as the preceding two fiscal years
- In the event the organization is applying for capital funding for a Moveable Property project, the organization must have operating contracts with the City totaling $25,000 or more for the City’s current fiscal year.
- Certain organizational eligibility requirements may be waived in certain instances if: the applicant organization is a hospital or health clinic; the applicant is an organization that receives operating funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs; or if the project is an otherwise qualified affordable housing project.

Public School Funding:
The following project/items are NOT capitally eligible.
- Window air conditioning units
- Library books
- Loose classroom furniture
- Photocopiers
- Software
- Tablets
- Subscriptions
- Staffing
- After school programs
- Toner cartridges and other technology-based supplies

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- The Brooklyn Borough President’s office is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2021 from December 16, 2019 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
- 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 19, 2020.

Non-City Funding Timeline:
- If the capital application is satisfactory and complete, applicant organizations will not be contacted until funding decisions are released, following the passage of the New York City budget by the City Council in the end of June. Notifications are generally mailed out to all applicants during the first two weeks of July.
- Within three-to-six months after the passage of the New York City budget, the applicable managing agency will contact capital applicants to begin development of a contract, referred to as a Funding Agreement.

It is extremely important to note that capital funding for Non-City Projects is made available on a reimbursement basis only. Any purchases made prior to such registration are made at the organization’s risk.

Public Schools:
- Once a project scope is determined, a school must determine how much funding it will need to complete the project. In order to obtain an accurate estimate, the school’s principal should contact the School Construction Authority (“SCA”) for a general quote.
- After the school’s principal has obtained a general quote from the School Construction Authority, an application should be submitted to the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President via the online capital funding application. The online funding application is generally available the first week of January. The application deadline typically falls during the second/third week of February.
- Once a capital application is submitted, capital staff may reach out to the applicant to clarify information, or obtain additional information if needed.
- If the capital application is satisfactory and complete, schools will not be contacted until funding decisions are released, following the passage of the New York City budget by the City Council in the end of June. Notifications are generally mailed out to all applicants during the first two weeks of July.
- Within three-to-six months after the passage of the New York City budget, the School Construction Authority will issue a posting in the principal’s weekly newsletter directing principals on how they should proceed to access any capital funding that was awarded.

OMB's non-City Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) capital funding application:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

DCLA's FY21 capital funding application:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/cultural-funding/capital-funding.page

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvNaeNMqD_bZ_kgCR1W_ayeEb0vYvarbkBK5leqVU96OBJtg/viewform

Direct questions to:
Candice Julien
Julien@brooklynbp.nyc.gov
(718) 802-3981

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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