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State-Supported Schools for the Blind and Deaf Facility Grant Program - 4201 Capital Program

Grants to New York Schools for
Capital Improvement Projects

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New York State Education Department (NYSED)

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Deadline Date:

06/30/20 - Electronic submission and postmark by date


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Grants to New York eligible schools for capital improvement projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to ten days to complete. Funding is intended for the improvement, rehabilitation, and alteration of the facilities of State-supported Schools for the Blind and Deaf. Funds must be prioritized for health and safety needs and apportioned based on a plan developed by the State Education Department (SED) and approved by the Division of the Budget (DOB).

Project requests will be separated into two tranches - one for projects under $500,000 and another for projects over $500,000.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, repair or replacement of interior and exterior systems such as a roof, building envelope, water drainage or sewage system; repair or replacement of building mechanical systems such as a heating, cooling, and building ventilation system; systems to mitigate poor indoor air or water quality; repair or replacement of plumbing or electrical systems; repair or replacement of other unsafe building conditions needing immediate attention; alterations, rehabilitation or improvements needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); alterations, rehabilitation or improvements for building emergency systems, such as emergency exit and egress pathways, fire alarm or fire suppression systems, access controls and door hardening, electrical system hazards; flooding protection hazards and mechanical system hazards needing immediate attention; and renovations required as a result of the abatement or removal of hazardous materials such as mold or asbestos (please note that abatement projects must also include a renovation component - funding cannot be provided solely for abatement).

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GrantWatch ID#: 188170

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$30 million will be awarded for eligible projects pursuant to this RFA.
- $15 million will be allocated for projects totaling $500,000 or more.
- $15 million will be allocated for projects under $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Period:
- Start Date: 10/1/2020
- End Date: 9/30/2025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Cleary School for the Deaf
- Henry Viscardi School
- Lavelle School for the Blind
- Lexington School for the Deaf
- Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
- New York Institute for Special Education
- New York School for the Deaf
- Rochester School for the Deaf
- St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf
- St. Joseph School for the Deaf
- St. Mary's School for the Deaf

For project attributes and project costs that are not eligible for funding, see

Pre-Application Information:

Application must be filed and sent electronically no later than June 30, 2020. Mail submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2020.

Key Dates:
- Issuance of RFA February 10, 2020
- Deadline for Questions March 9, 2020
- Applications Due May 15, 2020
- Awards Expected (not earlier than) July 1, 2020

All questions must be submitted via email by March 9, 2020. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted no later than April 6, 2020 to SED's website .

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s intent to submit an application for this grant. The due date is April 24, 2020.

Not-for profit organizations must Prequalify to do business with New York State agencies before they can compete for State grants. The process allows nonprofits to address questions and concerns prior to entering a competitive bid process. Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to begin the Prequalification process as soon as possible. To become prequalified, a nonprofit must register with Grants Gateway and complete an online Prequalification application. This includes completing a series of forms by answering basic questions regarding the organization and uploading key organizational documents. Detailed information on how to register with the Grants Gateway and become prequalified is available on the Grants Management website at New York State reserves 5-10 business days from the receipt of complete Prequalification applications to conduct its review. Proposals received from nonprofit applicants that are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway by 5:00 PM on the proposal due date of May 15, 2020 cannot be evaluated. Such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration.

There is no limitation on the number of project applications a school may submit. However, a school may only submit one complete grant application electronic form to SED for review and scoring.

All funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

All questions must be submitted via email to

Application must be filed and sent electronically via email to

Submit 1 original copy of the Application Cover Page with original signature of the Chief Administrative Officer to:
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Office of Facilities Planning
Room 1060 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

NYSED Designated Contacts

Program: Joshua Staples, Rosanne Groff
Fiscal: Adam Kutryb
M/WBE: Aimee Lang

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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