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2015-2016 Municipal Restructuring Fund

Grants to New York Local Governments and School
Districts to Consolidate and Improve Public Services

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New York State Department of State - Division of Local Government Services

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Grants to New York local governments, municipal agencies, and school districts to consolidate public services for significant reductions in property taxes. Questions must be submitted by October 18. Projects may be at any phase of development, but must aim to improve the delivery of government services and result in a permanent reduction of property taxes for residents within their jurisdiction.

MRF projects will progress to implementation through one of two development tracks: (1) Venture Track; and (2) Fast Track. In each track, projects will be subject to a multi-phase review and approval process. The DOS will provide applicants with technical assistance during regional meetings, document review sessions, project clinics and upon request.

1) Venture Track

The Venture Track is designed to grow an idea from the ground up. Projects on the Venture Track will move through four phases: 1) Project Charter (not to exceed $50,000); 2) Project Development; 3) Small Scale Implementation; and 4) Full Scale Implementation.

These phases will assist eligible applicants with project development and eventual project implementation. Eligible applicants on the Venture Track should meet the requirements of each phase before receiving funding and moving on to the next phase.

2) Fast Track

The Fast Track is intended to accelerate projects at a later stage of readiness, but which require financial and/or technical assistance to implement. This could include projects for which feasibility studies, planning, or even small scale implementation has been completed under, for example, prior DOS planning grants or through other work by potential applicants.

Fast Track applicants should demonstrate: (1) the activities required under Phase 1 – 3 of the Venture Track have been satisfied; and (2) the project is ready for full implementation,

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176227

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding for Phase 2 will not exceed $50,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local governments, school districts, and other municipal entities are eligible applicants.

Joint applications will be accepted.

Applications/Charters will identify one partner as the lead. School districts, whether applying singly or jointly, and BOCES may only apply for projects that could not otherwise be funded under provisions of New York State Education Law.

Applicants with a history of irresponsible or unsatisfactory contracting in any past or current DOS contract(s) are ineligible. Applicants that fail to demonstrate adequate performance on current contracts will not be considered for funding until issues with the current contracts are resolved.

Pre-Application Information:

Substantive questions regarding the RFA may be submitted by email no later than October 18, 2016. Updates and questions will be posted October 25, 2016.

Applications must be submitted electronically as a PDF by November 8, 2016.

Contact Information:

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

Kyle Wilber, Program Manager
(518) 473-3355

State of New York
Department of State
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231-0001

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RFA #15-MRF-27

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York