May 11, 2021
Dear Community Stakeholder:
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) is pleased to announce Round 11 of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now accepting applications online. This year, regions will once again be able to apply for funding from over 30 state programs participating in the CFA, representing a combined pool of grant funds, tax credits and low-cost financing, totaling over $525 million. Applications will be accepted through 4:00 PM on July 30, 2021 for competitive programs subject to the deadline and award announcements will be made in the fall.
In order to expedite recovery, this year the $150 million for capital grants administered by Empire State Development will be available on a rolling competitive basis, meaning projects will be reviewed throughout the round. An emphasis for this funding will be placed on project readiness and alignment with the region’s strategic plan. Regions may identify up to $20 million of ESD Grant Fund projects throughout the year. Projects will be reviewed at least once per quarter and awards will be made available to projects as they are approved until $150 million is exhausted.
Additionally, regions and projects will also be eligible for a share of $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits.
The following resources can be helpful in preparing your application:
CFA Resource Manual and Application Guide: https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/
Program Webinars and video presentations: https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/2021-webinars
Direct Link to CFA Online Portal: https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/
WNY Strategic Plan and Progress Reports: https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/western-new-york
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mo Sumbundu at 716-846-8347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Empire State Development