Restore New York Communities Initiative



Restore NY Communities Initiative

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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. Click here to read the Governor’s press release about Round 5. 

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Program Launch: Friday September 15, 2017

Intent to Apply Form Due: Friday October 13, 2017 5:00PM

Final Application Due: Friday December 15, 2017 3:00PM

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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 the goals of the 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 leverage other state or federal redevelopment, remediation, or planning programs.

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

How to Apply

What You Need to Apply

  1. Restore NY Guidelines
  2. Intent to Apply Form (Due October 13) – ATTENTION: No application will be accepted unless this form has been submitted
  3. Restore NY Application Packet Part A
  4. Restore NY Application Packet Part B
  5. CFA Application
  6. SHPO Review Portal 

After ESD receives an Intent to Apply form, applicants will receive the application packet (also available above). The application packet contains documents that will be needed for the official online application. The official application process will occur through the CFA Portal (link above). 

For additional information on the application process, please see detailed program information below and/or contact your regional office.

Additional Resources

Program Launch: Friday September 15, 2017

Restore NY Round 5 Final Application Reminders:

  • Final applications are due at 3:00 PM on Friday December 15, 2017
  • ESD must receive a hard copy of the final application by 3:00 PM on Friday December 15, 2017
  • The municipal resolution must be complete, finalized, and in the final application packet
  • A property assessment list must be published in a local daily newspaper (either in print or online) for three consecutive days
  • Evidence of the three-day posting must be included in the final application
  • The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) must be complete with a printed copy included in the final application. Please contact your regional office if you are having trouble with the CFA.

Final Application Due: Friday December 15, 2017 3:00PM

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