Restore New York Communities Initiative

Program Purpose
The Restore New York Communities Initiative provides municipalities with financial assistance for revitalization of commercial and residential properties.  The program encourages community development and neighborhood growth through the elimination and redevelopment of blighted structures. 

Program Highlights
The Restore New York program was established to 

  • revitalize commercial and residential property;
  • attract residents and business; and
  • increase tax base, make communities economically viable.

A $300 million appropriation was enacted in the 2006-07 New York State Budget for the Restore New York program, rolled out in three rounds:

  • Round I - $50 million appropriated in 2006; 54 grants awarded
  • Round II - $100 million appropriated in 2008; 64 grants awarded
  • Round III - $150 million appropriated in 2009; 79 grants awarded

The 2015-16 State Budget enacted the Restore New York's Communities Initiative and gave Empire State Development Corporation the responsibility of implementing this program for the sole purpose of revitalizing urban areas and stabilizing neighborhoods.

Restore New York funding is available for projects involving the demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation and or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties.
Applicants must:

  • be initiated by municipalities;
  • demonstrate at least a 10% match; and
  • hold a public hearing to discuss the application and the property assessment list.

Selection Process
Applications are initially evaluated at the regional level.

Applications are scored against specific guidelines and how strongly they meet goals of program, which are to:

  • revitalize urban centers
  • induce commercial investment
  • improve the local housing stock

Priority is given to projects in Empire Zones and Brownfield Opportunity Areas, as well as to projects that level other state or federal redevelopment remediation or planning programs.

There is also a strong emphasis placed on projects from economically distressed communities.

What You Need to Apply

Important Dates

Intent to Apply Form Due: Wednesday July 13, 2016 5:00PM

Final Application Due: Monday, October 3, 2016 3:00PM

Program Launch: Monday June 20, 2016

Long Island Information Session: Monday June 27, 2016 1:00PM
Student Center, Multipurpose Room West
1000 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, Long Island
Parking available in East Circle Lot

Capital Region Information Session: Tuesday June 28, 2016 10:00AM
Proctors, GE Theatre
432 State St, Schenectady
Parking garage located at 220 Broadway

Webinar: June 28 10:00AM
If you cannot attend any of the sessions, the June 28 presentation will be live cast via web.
For a link to attend, email

Finger Lakes Information Session: Wednesday June 29, 2016 1:00PM
Monroe Community College
Warshof Conference Center, Empire Room
1000 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester
Parking available in Lot N
Intent to Apply Form: Wednesday July 13, 2016 5:00PM
Final Application Due: Monday October 3, 2016 3:00PM

PACE Guidelines
PACE Case Study 1
PACE Case Study 2

Contact Information
Contact your ESD Regional Office.

Additional Resources
Map of statewide recipients
Total monies awarded