Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Funding for Trails, Bikes, Sidewalks and More

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) announced on February 10 that applications are being accepted for funding of trails, bicycle and pedestrian projects through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
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New State Funding to Protect Farmland with Zoning Rewrites and Transfer of Development Rights Programs

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced on December 16 two new funding opportunities for Farmland Protection Implementation Projects.

Grants are available to municipalities, including cities, towns and villages, for two purposes:

  1. remove unreasonable restrictions from municipal land use and subdivision regulations, zoning, and site plan requirements pertaining to agricultural land and farm operations,
    AND/OR
  2. establish an implementation-ready Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program for farmland protection.

Maximum funding will be $15,000 per project to a single municipality or $30,000 per project for two municipalities applying jointly. Awarded municipalities will have to provide a 25 percent local funding match. Of that match, at least 20 percent must be in cash; the rest of the match can be in-kind contributions.

A request for applications (RFA) and application materials are available on the website of the Department of Agriculture and Markets at
http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html
Look for the heading for “Farmland Protection Implementation Grants”.

It appears that applications will be accepted immediately, and will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until all $500,000 of the available state-wide funds are awarded.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets is hosting three web seminars in January to answer questions and help guide potential applicant municipalities. The dates and times of the webinars will be:

  • January 15, 2014, between 9:00am-12:30pm
  • January 22, 2014, between 9:00am-12:30pm
  • January 29, 2014, between 9:00am-12:30pm

Registration and information about the webinars is available on the Ag & Markets’s RFP web page.

For more information, contact David Behm, Farmland Protection Program Manager, at by phone at (518) 485-7729 or by email.

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Environmental Finance Center Issues an RFP for Asset Management Inventories of Water and Wastewater Systems in Rural Communities

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) of Syracuse University recently issued a RFP for rural communities to conduct an asset management inventory for their water or waste water systems. The program will award mini-grants of up to $5,000 to provide rural municipalities with the proper tools and resources to fully conduct an inventory.  An asset management inventory can serve as a useful first step for creating an asset management plan, which can then be used as a decision-making tool to aid municipalities in the development of a capital management plan. 

All proposals must be received by 5 pm on January 3, 2014. Awards will be announced no later than February 1, 2014.  Work must be completed by August 31, 2014.  For more information, visit the EFC website.

Last Round of the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) – Funding for Trails, Bikes, Sidewalks, and Other Non-Traditional Projects

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) announced on May 2 that applications are available for the last round of the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

TEP, a federally funded transportation program, is focused specifically on non-traditional transportation projects, including bicycle and pedestrian, environmental mitigation, and highway beautification projects. The 2013 application round for TEP is funded under SAFETEA-LU, the federal transportation law enacted in 2005. With the 2012 passage of MAP-21, the most recent federal transportation act, Congress formally ended TEP as a separate program. That means the 2013 application round will be the last for TEP.

Up to $30 million will be available state-wide for this application round of TEP. The program requires a 20% local match. Applicants must be municipalities (cities, towns, villages, and counties) or non-profit organizations with a municipal sponsor.

Applications will be due August 16, 2013. But before applying, applicants must attend two workshop sessions, being offered throughout the state in late May and early June.

Workshop sessions near Cayuga County include:

9 am | Wednesday, June 5
Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse

10 am | Friday, June 7
Cayuga County Natural Resource Center, 7413 County House Road in Auburn

More information available online:
https://www.dot.ny.gov/programs/tep

Regional Economic Development Councils will release Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) materials June 3.

Governor Cuomo Kicks Off Round 3 of Regional Economic Development Councils

The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process has become the primary way for businesses and local communities in New York State to get state financial support for a variety of projects, from business expansion to historic preservation planning. Individual applicants submit a CFA though an online application to their local regional council, and regional councils forward recommendations and priorities to the various state agencies that provide funding. In Cayuga County, our regional council is the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

CFA materials for 2013 will be made available on June 3, with the online application opening on June 17. The deadline for the applications to be submitted to the regional councils has not yet been announced, but the regional councils must make their submissions to the state by September 24.

If you have projects that could benefit from state funding and align with the goals of Central New York’s strategic plan, get to ready to apply and watch for materials to be made available June 3.

UPDATE (June 4):

Application materials are now available online http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.
Look for the 2013 guidebook, the list of available resources, and the application guide.

Online applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on August 12, 2013.