Program Questions:
HCR - New York Main Street (NYMS)

Q_1145

Is the applicant a unit of local government or an organization incorporated under the NYS Not-For-Profit Corporation Law that has been providing relevant service to the community for at least one year prior to application?

Q_7445

Does the proposed target area or project site meet the New York Main Street program eligibility criteria?

Projects must be located in an eligible area. Applicants will be required to identify how the area meets all three components of the definition of an eligible NYMS area provided in Article XXVI of the Private Housing Finance Law. Applications that provide unclear responses, do not address each of the three criteria, or do not provide sources or supporting documentation will be deemed ineligible.

Q_3169

Has the municipality in which the project is located approved a formal resolution to submit the NYMS application or will the municipality prior to the submission of this application?

Each municipality in which the proposed program will function must approve a formal resolution supporting an application for the proposed NYMS program. The resolution must be attached, and submitted with the application prior to the deadline.

Q_7443

Will the proposed project be completed within the NYMS contract term?

Q_7444

New York Main Street (NYMS) funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only.

Do the applicant organization and participating property owner(s) understand that if awarded, cash or temporary financing will be required to complete and pay for the full project before NYMS funds will be released?

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_7446

Municipal Resolution.

Q_6624

Target Area / Project Site Supporting Documentation & Map

Q_7265

Building Photos & Information

Q_5675

Select Applicant Type
  • Unit of Local Government, Not-for-Profit Corporation
    1. If Not-for-Profit Corporation is selected then Q_5674 will be displayed

Q_5674

Certificate of Incorporation & Filing Receipt

Q_7262

Select the New York Main Street activity proposed in this application.
  • Technical Assistance Project, Target Area Building Renovations, Downtown Anchor Project, Downtown Stabilization Project
    1. If Downtown Anchor Project is selected then these questions will be displayed:
      - Q_5642
      - Q_5643
      - Q_5948
    2. If Downtown Stabilization Project is selected then Q_5984 will be displayed
    3. If Target Area Building Renovations is selected then these questions will be displayed:
      - Q_5952
      - Q_5954
    4. If Technical Assistance Project is selected then these questions will be displayed:
      - Q_7263
      - Q_7264
      - Q_7266

Q_7263

NYMS-TA Project Workplan. All NYMS-TA applications must include a complete Project Workplan. Once complete, convert to a PDF and attach to the application.

An excel workplan form is available online with the NYMS program funding round materials: http://www.nyshcr.org/AboutUs/Offices/CommunityRenewal/FundingOpportunities.htm

Q_7264

Request for Proposals (RFP). Attach the draft or final RFP that will be used to seek firms to provide professional services required for the proposed NYMS-TA project.

Q_7266

NYMS-TA Project Readiness Supporting Documentation

Q_5642

Business Plan & Market Analysis. Applicants requesting Downtown Anchor grant funds must submit a business plan that describes the proposed operation of the anchor project. The plan must demonstrate that with the addition of NYMS funds, the anchor will be self-sustaining.

Q_5643

Plans, Construction Specifications & Project Cost Estimate. The applicant must submit written preliminary specifications describing all work to be performed and a project cost estimate including all major trade items prepared by an architect, construction cost estimator or builder. Attach as a single PDF.

Q_5948

Financial Commitment Documentation

Q_5952

Potential Participant Supporting Documentation

Q_5954

Does this application include a request for Streetscape funds?
    1. If Yes is selected then Q_5953 will be displayed

Q_5953

Provide a plan for the proposed Streetscape project.

Q_5984

Downtown Stabilization Project Supporting Documentation

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_4204

Provide a project abstract. The abstract must include:
Legal applicant name;
Project location;
Request amount;
Units to be assisted (if applicable);
General purpose of program.

Sample text:

The Sample Organization will use $250,000 in New York Main Street funds to assist in the renovation of five commercial units and five residential units in mixed-use buildings in the City of Sample’s Downtown Neighborhood. The total estimated project cost is $1,000,000.

Q_1421

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_6902

Provide a concise description of the location of the proposed project site or program target area. Description must be consistent with required Target Area / Project Site attachment. Review scoring tips for examples.

Q_6606

TAEligPartI

Q_6612

TAEligPartII

Q_6613

TAEligPartIIIa

Q_6614

TAEligPartIIIb

Q_6615

TAEligPartIIIc

Q_6616

TAEligComments

Q_6900

Explain the need for the requested funds and the anticipated impact of the proposed project. This should include information specific to the project neighborhood, target area/project site such as:

• Data and narrative on the condition and occupancy rates of existing commercial and residential properties;

• Information about available businesses and services;

• Challenges and needs specific to the area;

• Explanation of need for public investment;

• Explanation of how the proposed project activities will address the identified needs;

• Description of the impact of the investment on alleviating substandard housing conditions and increasing accessible, affordable housing opportunities in the target area;

• Description of the impact of the investment on economic and downtown revitalization in the target area;

• Explanation of the positive impact of the proposed project on the surrounding neighborhood and community: Explain how the project will build on area strengths and assets and how the project is additive and inclusive.

Q_3137

Describe the procedures in place to administer the requested New York Main Street grant.

• Identify staff assigned to work on the proposed program and their specific roles.

• Describe specific staff experience or training relevant to the implementation of the NYMS Program.

• Identify administrative procedures in place to ensure timely implementation for proposed project. For NYMS renovation projects, specifically identify supplements to the NYMS Administrative Plan.

• Other procedures or plans that demonstrate applicant understanding of NYMS Program rules, and demonstrate readiness.

• Identify issues or delays encountered during the administration of earlier grants, and explain procedural changes implemented to avoid these issues or delays in the administration of future grants.

Q_6872

Applicants may propose either a New York Main Street Technical Assistance (NYMS-TA) project or Renovation activities using this application. Select one.
  • New York Main Street (NYMS) Renovation Activities, New York Main Street Technical Assistance (NYMS-TA)
    1. If New York Main Street (NYMS) Renovation Activities is selected then these questions will be displayed:
      - Q_6873
      - Q_6874
      - Q_6875
      - Q_6876
      - Q_6877
      - Q_6878
      - Q_6879
      - Q_6880
      - Q_6881
      - Q_6882
      - Q_6883
      - Q_6884
      - Q_6888
      - Q_6889
      - Q_6890
      - Q_6891
      - Q_6892
      - Q_6893
      - Q_6894
      - Q_6895
      - Q_6898
      - Q_6901
      - Q_6903
      - Q_6904
      - Q_7261
    2. If New York Main Street Technical Assistance (NYMS-TA) is selected then these questions will be displayed:
      - Q_7257
      - Q_7258
      - Q_7259
      - Q_7260

Q_6873

1-1
  • Target Area Building Renovations, Downtown Anchor Project, Downtown Stabilization Project

Q_6874

1-2
  • Filing & Permit Fees, Environmental Testing, Architectural & Engineering, N/A

Q_6875

1-3
  • Staff Administration, Consultant Services, N/A

Q_6876

1-4
  • N/A, Project Identified

Q_6877

2-1

Q_6878

2-2

Q_6879

2-3

Q_6880

2-4

Q_6881

3-1

Q_6882

3-2

Q_6883

3-3

Q_6884

3-4

Q_7261

Explain the proposed project budget.

• Identify the estimated costs, and planned sources of the funds for the proposed activities. Be specific, and list each source in a consistent format. This explanation of your program budget must be consistent with the program budget table at the end of this application. Refer to example in Scoring Tips

• Explain how the NYMS request amount was determined. The NYMS request amount should be based upon local demand, financial need, identifiable funding gaps as demonstrated by property owner commitments to participate.

• For each source identified, indicate if the source is formally committed or pending approval.

• If a source is identified as committed, the applicable commitment letter must be attached where requested in the application.

Review to the CFA Available Resources Guide for activity funding limits.

Q_6901

Provide details related to the use of administrative funds, and source(s) of administrative funds.

• Include estimates related to staff time in support of the NYMS Program, and explain how the estimates were developed.

• Explain the procurement process to be used if administrative consultant services will be funded with NYMS program funds. Refer to NYMS Program Guide for bidding/procurement guidelines.

• If administrative consultant services will be used to administer the grant, provide a description of the division of responsibilities between the consultant and administrator.

• Be specific, and list each source in a consistent format. This explanation must be consistent with the budget table.

• For each source identified, indicate whether the source is formally committed or pending approval.

• If a source is identified as committed, the applicable commitment letter must be attached where requested in the application. A municipality may submit a commitment letter indicating a commitment of staff hours in support of the proposed NYMS program.

If NYMS funds are not requested to cover administrative costs, explain the plan for covering administrative expenses.

Q_6903

Provide information about the soft costs related to the proposed activities.

• Explain the procurement process to be used if professional services will be funded with NYMS funds.

• Be specific, and list each source in a consistent format. This explanation must be consistent with the budget table.

• For each source identified, indicate whether the source is formally committed or pending approval.

• If a source is identified as committed, the applicable commitment letter must be attached where requested in the application.

• Review the NYMS Program Guide for rules and guidance related to NYMS soft costs.

• If NYMS funds are not requested to cover soft costs, explain the plan for covering soft costs including the required environmental review processes.

Q_6618

NYMS operates as a reimbursement program, and construction or temporary financing will be required. Explain how the project(s) will be financed to complete the proposed renovation activities prior to reimbursement.

Q_6888

1-1

Q_6889

1-2

Q_6890

1-3

Q_6891

1-4

Q_6892

2-1

Q_6893

2-2

Q_6894

2-3

Q_6895

2-4

Q_6904

NYMS program administrators are expected to develop new design guidelines or use existing design reference materials for building facade and storefront renovations. The NYMS funds are provided to support comprehensive and enhanced renovation projects, not routine maintenance.

Outline the plan for a coordinated design review process, and describe the systems in place to ensure high quality, lasting renovation projects.

• Describe the local Design Review Process that will be used to select projects, and to develop the scope of work for each NYMS renovation project.

• Describe how funds will be used to leverage high quality, comprehensive renovations.

• The importance of preserving downtown architecture must not be overlooked in repairing and renovating buildings. Describe how the local Design Review Process takes action to preserve historic buildings and address other non-historic design issues in a contextually-appropriate manner.

Q_6898

The owner of a property improved with New York Main Street funds must agree for a minimum of five years to maintain the property in good operating order and condition, and to make available and maintain the affordability of residential housing units to persons of low income by imposing a rent limit as provided by Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC). The NYMS investment is secured, and maintenance responsibility affirmed when the participating property owner signs and files the NYMS Property Maintenance Declaration with the County in which the building is located. The Local Program Administrator, the awardee of the NYMS funds, must monitor all assisted projects during the five-year regulatory period to ensure property owners are maintaining Main Street investments.

• Describe the formal plan for monitoring the assisted properties and ensuring compliance for the five-year regulatory term;

• Address staff assignment of this responsibility and address continuity of operations in the event of staffing changes;

• Explain inspection procedures, documentation and action to be taken in the event of non-compliance;

• Explain how and when participating property owners will be provided with the relevant information, i.e., Declaration Template and Rent Limits;

• Describe procedures for recapture of grant funds if an assisted property is sold.

Q_7257

Explain the project budget including how it was developed and the planned sources and uses of funds.

• Be specific, and identify each source in a consistent format.

• This explanation of the program budget must be consistent with the required Sources and Uses budget table at the end of this application.

• If a source is identified as committed, the applicable commitment letter must be attached where requested in the application.

• Outline the payment structure and identify the source(s) of matching funds.

• Outline the process for developing the proposed project budget and establishing the NYMS-TA request amount.

• Explain the planned procurement process and process for establishing a reasonable cost for the project. Professional services to be reimbursed with NYMS-TA funds will require a minimum of two bids or proposals.

Q_7258

NYMS Technical Assistance funds cannot be used for general grant administration expenses. Identify the source(s) of administrative/operational funding for the project.

Q_7259

Explain the scope of the planned project.

Identify the specific activities to be completed and the tangible deliverables to be produced by each activity.

Include the estimated timeline for completing each of the identified activities and deliverables.

This response must be consistent with and supplement the required Project Workplan Attachment.

Contact NYMS Program staff with questions related to NYMS-TA project eligibility.

Q_7260

NYMS-TA projects are intended to improve a community’s readiness to administer a future NYMS building renovation program. Two essential elements in successful administration of a New York Main Street renovation program are a clear understanding of the needs of the project community, and interest from mixed-use property owners.

Identify, specifically, how the proposed project will improve a community's capacity or readiness to administer a future NYMS building renovation program.

Q_3139

Describe the local support for the downtown revitalization process.

• Identify other planned or existing community development and revitalization efforts this program will be linked to.

• Identify all program partners and stakeholder groups that have a role in local downtown revitalization efforts. Provide specific details related to their involvement in the proposed program.

• Identify how the proposed project involves coordination in community based planning and collaboration.

• If any of the support described is formally documented by letters or agreements, please attach to the application.

Q_3556

Applicants must demonstrate economic development and downtown revitalization efforts underway in the proposed community that will be enhanced by the proposed building renovation grant program.

Please address each of the following:

• Describe the local strategy for retaining and assisting existing business, attracting new businesses and investors, and finding new uses for vacant or underutilized buildings in the area and any support that is currently provided for those activities.

• Explain plans or processes used to track economic progress, including tracking of business activity and investment.

• Identify plans for strengthening the target area's existing economic base and for finding ways to expand that base to meet new opportunities and challenges.

• Describe in detail how the proposed NYMS program will be incorporated into these economic development and downtown revitalization efforts.

Q_4205

Describe existing and proposed marketing techniques and communication approaches that promote the downtown or Main Street district.

• Describe in detail how the proposed NYMS program will be incorporated into these efforts.

• Outline plans for marketing the NYMS funds to potential participants in the identified target area.

• If projects have already been identified, explain the marketing and communication methods used to identify and select the proposed projects. Please note, program administrators must maintain documentation related to the project selection process for all NYMS activities.

Q_1450

Will the proposed project result in the creation of construction jobs? If so, estimate the number of construction jobs to be created.

Enter zero if not applicable.

Q_1459

Will the proposed project directly or indirectly result in the creation of permanent jobs? If so, estimate the number of permanent full-time equivalent jobs that will be created.

Enter zero if not applicable.

Q_4383

Awards made under the NYMS Program are subject to requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) at 6 NYCRR Part 617. Compliance applies to all participants in the development process, including public or private nonprofit or for-profit entities, or any of their contractors. The primary objective of the environmental review process is to identify specific environmental factors that may be encountered at individual project sites, and to develop procedures to ensure compliance with regulations pertaining to these factors.

Does the applicant organization understand that prior to the commitment or expenditure of NYMS program funds, the environmental effects of each activity must be assessed by the Housing Trust Fund Corporation in accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR)?

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_2180

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 MBE/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.

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_4361

Has the applicant or any of its affiliates, including participating property owners or contractors, been cited for a violation of State, Federal, or local laws or regulations with respect to labor practices, hazardous wastes, environmental pollution or other operating practices. Indicate Yes or No, and if Yes, provide an explanation.