Program Questions:
HCR - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Microenterprise

Q_6406

Will the program delivery, administration, and training costs combined equal 15% or less of the total CDBG request? Refer to the Scoring Tips section for additional guidance.

Q_6407

Of the 15% maximum, will administration be 5% or less of the total CDBG request?

Q_5413

Is the applicant an eligible New York State non-entitlement municipality?

Q_3388

Is the applicant applying to establish a local Microenterprise Grant Program?

Q_3423

Will the proposed program assist not-for-profit entities?

Q_3326

Will the CDBG funds be used toward eligible project costs?

Q_3941

Will the proposed program only support microenterprise projects that will either create jobs for low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons or assist a business owner who is LMI?

Q_3320

Does the proposed activity include assistance to a for-profit business in the form of lobbying or other political activities?

Lobbying and political activities are not eligible under Section 105(a)(17) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Q_3321

Does the proposed activity include planning for economic development projects, including conducting market surveys to determine an appropriate type of business to attempt to attract to a particular area, developing individual commercial or industrial project plans, and identifying actions to implement those plans?

The above activities are not eligible under Section 105(a)(17) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Q_5458

If your community is awarded a NYS CDBG Microenterprise Program grant, do you understand the roles and responsibilities of administering the program?

Q_3416

Will an entrepreneurial training program for microenterprise grantees be developed by the applicant or chosen from existing training programs prior to finalization of this application?

Q_3424

Will the applicant have selected a group of individuals for a Microenterprise Grant Committee prior to finalization of this application?

Q_3325

Will any of the costs identified in the application budget be incurred prior to award?

Q_3999

Will the proposed project be complete within 24 months from project award?

Q_928

Project Street Address: Please input the project street address (Street Number and Street Name only).

If the project has multiple locations, please input the primary street address of the project. If the project does not have a definite street address, please input the approximate street address of the project (Street Number and Street Name only).

Q_565

Project City

Q_568

Project State
  • AA,AL,AK,AZ,AR,CA,CO,CT,DE,FL,GA,HI,ID,IL,IN,IA,KS,KY,LA,ME,MD,MA,MI,MN,MS,MO,MT,NE,NV,NH,NJ,NM,NY,NC,ND,OH,OK,OR,PA,RI,SC,SD,TN,TX,UT,VT,VA,WA,WV,WI,WY,AS,DC,FM,GU,MH,MP,PW,PR,VI

Q_972

Project county or counties.

Q_1034

Project ZIP Code. (please use ZIP+4 if known)

Q_3527

US Congressional District where the project is located.
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27

Q_616

For more than one project location, please provide full address(es) for each location. If Not Applicable, indicate "NA".

Q_572

Project Latitude (This questions value will be filled automatically, based on the project address, when the application is finalized.)

Q_573

Project Longitude (This questions value will be filled automatically, based on the project address, when the application is finalized.)

Q_184

NYS Assembly District where the project is located. (This questions value will be filled automatically, based on the project address, when the application is finalized.)

Q_190

NY Senate District where the project is located. (This questions value will be filled automatically, based on the project address, when the application is finalized.)

Q_975

Estimated Project Timeline: including project start/completion dates, estimates for design, permitting and construction or other major steps. (You may enter N/A for non-Project related applications)

Q_550

If you are a DBA, what is your DBA name?

Q_549

Type of Applicant (select all that apply)
  • Federal, State, County, City, Town, Village, Tribal, School District, County or Town Improvement District, District Corporation, For-Profit, Not-For-Profit, Individual, S Corporation, C Corporation, IDA, LDC,LLC,LLP, Public Authority, Public Benefit Corp, Sole-Proprietorship. HDFC,BID, LP,Boards Of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Fire District, Regional Planning and Development Board, Public Library, Association Library,College/University/Community College

Q_556

Select an applicant ID type from the list below that you normally use to identify your organization on application forms.
  • Charity Reg #, Duns Number, Federal Tax ID Number, NYS Unemployment Insurance Tax Number, Social Security Number, NYS Vendor Identification Number (SFS)

Q_2655

Based on your selection from the previous question, enter your applicant ID number. (Please do not provide your social security number).

Q_969

If you are a business, have you been certified as a New York State Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE)?
  • Yes, No, N/A

Q_546

Legal Name of Applicant

Q_5416

Applicant First Name

Q_5417

Applicant Last Name

Q_551

Applicant Street Address

Q_552

Applicant City

Q_553

Applicant State

Q_554

Applicant ZIP Code. (please use ZIP+4 if known)

Q_651

Applicant Telephone Number, (please include area code)

Q_555

Applicant Email Address

Q_5257

Contact Salutation
  • Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.

Q_547

Contact First Name

Q_1049

Contact Last Name

Q_1050

Contact Title

Q_5490

Primary Organization

Q_3688

Contact Street Address

Q_3689

Contact City

Q_3690

Contact State

Q_3691

Contact ZIP Code

Q_562

Primary Contact Phone Number. (please include area code)

Q_3692

Contact Email

Q_5475

Contract Salutation
  • Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.

Q_5476

Contract First

Q_5477

Contract Last

Q_5478

Contract Title

Q_5491

Authorized Organization

Q_5479

Contract Street

Q_5480

Contract City

Q_5481

Contract State

Q_5482

Contract Zip

Q_5483

Contract Phone

Q_5484

Contract Email

Q_5493

Additional Salutation
  • Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.

Q_1052

Additional Project Contact First Name

Q_970

Additional Project Contact Last Name

Q_1051

Additional Contact Title

Q_5492

Additional Organization

Q_3693

Additional Contact Street Address

Q_3694

Additional Contact City

Q_3695

Additional Contact State

Q_3696

Additional Contact ZIP Code

Q_3697

Additional Contact Telephone Number

Q_561

Additional Contact Email Address

Q_4199

Please select the primary sector or characterization that best defines this project.
  • Agriculture, Arts/Culture/Cultural Institutions, Biomedical/Medical, Community Development, Education/College/University, Energy, Environment, Financial Services, Food/Beverage, Healthcare, Hospitality, Housing, Industrial/Manufacturing, Information Technology Services/Communications, Infrastructure, Municipal/Government, Office, Research & Development, Tourism/Travel, Transportation, Water/Wastewater/Sewer, Waterfront Revitalization, Workforce Development,Business Development,Technology Commercialization

Q_4198

Please select the secondary sector or characterization that best defines this project.
  • Agriculture, Arts/Culture/Cultural Institutions, Biomedical/Medical, Community Development, Education/College/University, Energy, Environment, Financial Services, Food/Beverage, Healthcare, Hospitality, Housing, Industrial/Manufacturing, Information Technology Services/Communications, Infrastructure, Municipal/Government, Office, Research & Development, Tourism/Travel, Transportation, Water/Wastewater/Sewer, Waterfront Revitalization, Workforce Development,Business Development,Technology Commercialization

Q_3762

Does your project directly address the needs of people in your region who are living in poverty and who seek resources for inclusion in the economic life of New York State?

Q_3763

How does your project seek to apply CFA funds for the purpose of eliminating barriers to skilled employment by poor people in your region, as identified by the Opportunity Agenda? Please describe any efforts to collaborate at the local or regional level (i.e. public, private, labor, philanthropic sectors).

Q_3764

How does your project build workforce development programs, improve physical infrastructure, and/or establish social services that connect people living in poverty in your region with skilled employment, in correspondence with the economic revitalization priorities, distressed community targets, and the industry growth areas identified in the Opportunity Agenda and Strategic Plan?

Q_4200

Does your project provide opportunities for Veterans’ to participate in the workforce, or improve services to the Veterans’ and military families in New York?

Q_4201

If Yes, please explain how your project impacts the Veterans’ and military families in New York.

Q_6048

Does your project advance downtown revitalization?

Q_6047

If Yes, please detail how it will attract and retain residents, visitors and businesses and transform neighborhoods.

Q_575

Project Description. Concisely describe the project, indicating the location, what will be planned, designed, acquired, and/or constructed, the issues/opportunities to be addressed, and expected outcomes and deliverables. Additional details will be collected later in the application process.

Q_976

Statement of Need

Q_930

Explain what makes your project a regional economic priority - for example creates jobs, economic investment, sustainability and community revitalization, government efficiency or consolidation etc.

Q_2366

How does your project align with the Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan/Upstate Revitalization Initiative Plan? (strategic plans are located at https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/ )

Q_929

Current State of Project Development (i.e. planning, preliminary engineering, final design, etc. You may enter N/A for non-project related applications)

Q_580

Provide a list of all federal, state, and local reviews, approvals, or permits needed or completed, including the dates when they are expected to be completed or were completed. If Not Applicable, indicate "NA".

Q_2364

What is the status of State and/or Federal Environmental Review? If review of the project is underway or completed pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), please indicate the lead agency (if applicable).

Q_1054

If National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Record of Decision has been issued, please explain (include date of Record of Decision).

Q_2362

If funding was awarded in prior CFA rounds, what were the CFA numbers for which funding was awarded? (separate multiple CFA numbers with commas)

Q_4160

For each program to which you are applying under the CFA, explain your strategy for proceeding if the full amount of requested funding, required matching funds, and temporary financing are not secured as expected, or committed sources become unavailable.This explanation must address any proposed project phases, and both CFA and non-CFA sources of funds.

Q_6835

Copy of Citizen Participation Compliance Materials Including: • Municipal resolution(s) authorizing public hearing • Public hearing notice • Affidavit of publication • List of attendees • Public hearing minutes • Evidence of conspicuous public posting (see help text) The public hearing must be held at least two weeks prior to submission of the application by a quorum of the legislative body. Note that If any of the required documents are not submitted with the application, they cannot be submitted after the application period closes, and the application will be deemed ineligible. Refer to the help section for additional guidance.

Q_7325

Job Creation/Retention Table

Q_4000

Applicant Certification Form

Q_5445

Applicant/Recipient Disclosure/Update Form

Q_5447

Program Income Report Form

Q_5452

Preliminary Budget Table

Q_5465

Program Design Plan.

Q_6410

Draft Grant Agreement Between Recipient and Business(es).

Q_3408

Entrepreneurial training program syllabus.

Q_5469

Draft program application and any other applicable forms that are to be completed by each microenterprise program applicant.

Q_3405

List of grant committee members and experience (Grant committee is a panel chosen by the applicant to review grant applications and to make recommendations and/or approval of grant awards)

Q_3406

Documentation for all third party costs (Applicants proposing Microenterprise Programs that include soft costs such as classroom instruction, technical assistance to businesses, marketing, etc. must provide supporting cost documentation).

Q_1564

Commitment letter(s) from all other funding sources, including proposed terms.

Q_3329

Documentation of unsuccessful attempts at pursuing non-CDBG funding sources

Refer to the Help section for additional guidance.

Q_6401

Civil Rights - Documentation of Section 3 and/or Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing compliance. Refer to the application tips for additional information

Q_6402

Project Team

Q_6946

Please provide Letters of Support for your project (if applicable). All letters should be scanned into a single PDF file and their total size cannot exceed 10 Megabytes (MB).

Q_5459

How will the proposed project comply with the NYS CDBG Economic Development Program Guidelines? Address each guideline specific to the activity being proposed individually in your response.

Q_5460

What is the estimated number of jobs that the proposed Microenterprise Program will create? Please note job retention is not eligible under the NYS CDBG Microenterprise Program.

Q_5457

Please enter the DUNS number for the Unit of Government serving as the Applicant.

Q_3905

StartGA

Q_3906

EndGA

Q_3907

StartERR

Q_3908

EndERR

Q_3909

StartActivities

Q_3910

EndActivities

Q_3911

StartReimbursements

Q_3912

EndReimbursement

Q_3913

StartJopReporting

Q_3914

EndJobReporting

Q_3915

EndCompletion

Q_3922

I certify that I understand all communities are required to establish scoring criteria for the selection of Microenterprise applicants. The scoring criteria serves as an evaluation system for selecting the most qualified and capable applicants.

Q_3917

I certify that I understand that, once awarded, all persons applying for a job, not just those categorized as LMI, are required to fill out a Family Income Form and that these forms should be maintained within the files. The Family Income Form is available in the link below.

Q_3577

Describe how the applicant and business will comply with the job reporting requirements contained in the NYS OCR Grant Administration Manual.

Q_3335

Provide a brief description of the community’s economic development needs including a discussion of economic trends and the community’s plan to address the needs identified.

Q_5461

Provide a project abstract. The abstract must include formal applicant name, location of project, amount of request, business to be assisted, jobs to be created and general purpose of project. Sample text: [City, Town, Village, County Name] will use $200,000 in NYS CDBG funds to assist in the establishment of [Program Name]. The total program cost will be $225,000 with $25,000 from owner equity. The program proposes to assist 10 microenterprises, of which 5 will be owned by LMI owners. Additionally, the program proposes to create 5 full-time LMI jobs.

Q_3337

In addition to the brief project description provided above, please break down the eligible project components and work proposed for each grant for which you are requesting funding. If the grant proposal is part of a larger project, describe the complete project and identify the portion proposed for current grant funding.

Q_3339

Provide a detailed explanation of the project need and impact.

The description should be specific and provide sufficient detail concerning:

  • the nature, scope, location, and purpose of activities that will be addressed by the proposed project and coordination of related activities;
  • any past efforts to resolve the needs identified;
  • any limitations on funding or other resources to address the need identified;
  • why the proposed project is the best approach to addressing the need identified; and
  • quantifiable information, such as how CDBG funding will be provided to the beneficiary (loan, grant, terms, etc.); impact on residents, suppliers or end users, etc.

Q_3340

Explain the proposed NYS CDBG program budget. Identify each of the estimated costs, including the source of the funds and proposed use: purchase of machinery and equipment, working capital, new construction, building renovation, etc. For each source identified, indicate whether the source is formally committed or pending approval. Please be specific, and list each source in a consistent format.

This explanation of your program budget must be consistent with the budget table included in this application, as well as the Proposed Project Financing and Lien Form included as an attachment to this application. If a source is identified as committed, the applicable commitment letter must be attached where requested in the application.

Q_3338

Please identify and explain any components of the proposed project that have been started as of the submission of this application, as well as any subsequent activities that are part of the total project. Indicate the actual or anticipated start and end dates for all of the activities.

Please note: If any project costs, regardless of their funding source, are incurred prior to the CDBG award date and the approval of the Request for Release of Funds by the Office of Community Renewal, the entire project may be deemed ineligible for NYS CDBG funds.

Q_3414

What is the estimated number of microenterprises the proposed program will assist?

Q_3419

What is the estimated number of low- and moderate-income business owners to be assisted by the program?

Q_3921

How will the Microenterprise Program meet the requirement that at least 50% of the total CDBG award (less grant administration costs) must fund start-up businesses? A start-up business is defined as a business that has been in operation for less than 6 months prior to submitting their application to the NYS CDBG Microenterprise Program.

Q_3421

Describe how the applicant will evaluate potential microenterprise projects according to the required underwriting guidelines for evaluating project costs and financial requirements.

Address each of the underwriting guidelines below in your response:

  1. That project costs are reasonable;
  2. That all sources of project financing are committed;
  3. That to the extent practicable, CDBG funds will not be substituted for non-federal financial support;
  4. That the project is financially feasible;
  5. That to the extent practicable, the return on the owner's equity investment will not be unreasonably high; and
  6. That to the extent practicable, CDBG funds will be disbursed on a pro rata basis with the other financing.

Please be specific as to what information and/or documentation will be required from microenterprise applicants and what types of analysis will be performed.

Q_6409

Provide a detailed description of the program delivery and administration tasks required to undertake this project including who will undertake these tasks, the costs associated with the tasks, and how the costs were determined. Provide the actual amount of program delivery and administrative funds allocated to the project from the State CDBG funds requested.

Q_3345

I understand that NYS Homes and Community Renewal may require additional project information or modifications to the original project proposal as a condition of award.

Q_1038

By entering your name in the box below, you certify that you are authorized on behalf of the applicant and its governing body to submit this application. You further certify that all of the information contained in this Application and in all statements, data and supporting documents which have been made or furnished for the purpose of receiving assistance for the project described in this application, are true, correct and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief. You acknowledge that offering a written instrument knowing that the written instrument contains a false statement or false information, with the intent to defraud the State or any political subdivision, public authority or public benefit corporation of the State, with the knowledge or belief that it will be filed with or recorded by the State or any political subdivision, public authority or public benefit corporation of the State, constitutes a crime under New York State Law.

Q_1037

By entering your name in the box below, you certify and agree that you are authorized on behalf of the applicant and its governing body to commit the applicant to comply with the requirements of Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law: Participation By Minority Group Members and Women With Respect To State Contracts by providing opportunities for Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)/Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) participation. You further certify that the applicant will maintain such records and take such actions necessary to demonstrate such compliance throughout the completion of the project.