Grant Guidelines & Application
These Eligibility Requirements, Guidelines, Priorities, Schedule and Application will be used by the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee (“Standing Committee”) to make grants from the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund (Fund) that will be made available to it from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) pursuant to the Settlement Agreement entered into between the NYPA, the County of Erie (the County), the City of Buffalo (the City) and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) as part of the relicensing of the Niagara Power Project.
The NYPA will pay a Trustee to be selected by the Standing Committee the sum of $2 million per year for each of the next fifty years or until 2057. The Fund is to be used to improve and enhance the Niagara River Greenway as more fully described in the Settlement Agreement, the Greenway Plan that was approved by the Niagara River Greenway Commission, and in accordance with these Eligibility Requirements, Guidelines, Priorities, Schedule and Application.
The Mayor of the City of
The four standing committees formed by the Niagara Power Project Relicensing Settlement Agreements considered the adoption of “Standing Committee Protocols” that establishes a common approach for the operation of each Standing Committee. The Standing Committee has, by consensus, adopted the Standing Committee Protocols dated October 17, 2007 and these Eligibility Requirements, Guidelines, Priorities, Schedule and Application. These Eligibility Requirements, Guidelines, Priorities, Schedule and Application are deemed to be in compliance with the Standing Committee Protocols. The Standing Committee will establish priorities for the funds in support of projects that are consistent with the adopted Niagara River Greenway Plan.
Priority shall be given to the projects that achieve the most favorable balance of grant priorities from among eligible projects. It is not expected or required that any one project achieve all priorities. The Standing Committee will determine which project or projects have the most positive impacts. The Standing Committee reserves the right to not fund any or all projects in a grant cycle if it determines that the projects do not have sufficient positive impact to merit an award. Each approved project shall have 10% of the approved funding held back until such time as the project proponent submits all necessary paperwork to the CFGB.
1. Public Access to the Waterfront- Priority will be given to capital projects that connect existing park and greenway resources through the development of way finding, new trails, paths or other amenities;
2. Improving and Sustaining Existing Resources- Priority will be given to capital projects that open up or improve inaccessible or underutilized existing parks, park facilities or natural features in the Niagara River Greenway area of Erie County;
3. Maximization of Impact- Priority will be given to projects that bring resources such as grant funds, private philanthropy, or corporate partnerships;
4. Consistency with Master Plans- Implementation of the Committee member’s adopted Master Plan(s);
5. Accepted Use of Funds- Funds may be used for the following costs of approved projects:
a. Capital improvements;
b. Environmental improvements including legal, architecture, planning investigation or remediation;
c. Operating expenses including staff costs, supplies and services;
d. Professional consultant services;
e. Promotional services related to approved projects to promote public awareness of the Greenway and its resources, and;
f. Land acquisition.
6. Prohibited Uses of Funds-
7. Payment Arrangements- The Standing Committee reserves the right to pay awards in draws, to make partial payments, and to fund projects in whole or in part. Grant payments may be withheld and the grant may be cancelled if conditions or requirements associated with the grant are not achieved.
8. Multi-Year Projects- An applicant may request funds for a single project that will be spent over a number of years, however, the Standing Committee will not fund a single project or single phase of a project that cannot be completed over a five-year period or that seeks more than five years of funding from the Standing Committee.
The Standing Committee may make a contingent future year award that depends upon the applicant achieving certain milestones such as obtaining additional funding from sources other than the Standing Committee. If the milestones are not achieved the award may be cancelled, or extended if the Standing Committee determines that such an extension with new milestones is in the best interest of the Greenway.
Future and multi-year commitments will be limited to no more, in the aggregate, than 20% of a future year’s fund. Debt service, including principal and interest, is an eligible use of funds if part of a multi-year commitment.
Applicant Legal Status- Applications may be submitted by Standing
Committee members, individuals or organizations with an interest in the
a. A non-for-profit corporation that has received a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating that it is a 501(c)(3) entity;
b. A city, town, village or
county located in
c. A public benefit corporation
organized under the laws of
d. The City of
IV. Pre-Application Consultation
(4) The BOPC if the proposed
project is located on or will impact any
B. Information to be supplied to Consulting Parties is expected to include, at a minimum:
1.) A description of the project including any necessary maps and drawings as well as any past or subsequent phases;
2.) A description of how the proposed project is consistent with the Niagara River Greenway Plan (NRGP) and;
3.) A description of how the proposed project is consistent with other applicable legal requirements.
Project proponents shall
submit to the Consulting Parties
It is strongly encouraged that applicants notify the Standing Committee when they begin the consultation process with the Greenway Commission and other Consulting Parties.
Funding requests may be proposed by standing committee members or by individuals and organizations with an interest in the Greenway. Funds will be awarded to eligible applicants who submit a written application. The application must be complete and submitted on or before the established deadline.
1. Applicants will provide:
(a) Organization name and mailing address;
(b)Federal ID number and/or Charities Registration number;
(c) Point of contact for the project.
The Standing Committee requires Greenway project funding requests to include written documentation of the following:
2. Evidence of consultation with: (a) the Niagara River Greenway Commission regarding a project’s consistency with the NRGP; (b) the chief elected officer, or a designated representative, of any municipal, county and Indian nation affected by the proposed project; and (c) appropriate State and Federal agencies (collectively, Consulting Parties as provided for in Article V).
For purposes of this section, evidence of consultation will include:
(a) A list of all materials submitted to the Consulting Parties by the project proponent including a copy of the Application submitted to the Niagara River Greenway Commission;
(b) Copies of written comments provided by Consulting Parties to the project proponent; and
(c) Documentation describing the manner in which the project proponent addressed the Consulting Parties’ comments. In “addressing” comments from a consulted party, the project proponent should demonstrate that it has an understanding of the comments and should indicate whether the proponent agrees or disagrees with the comments and why. It is not required that the proponent agree with the consulted party. However, if the proponent has changed its proposal to accommodate a comment, this accommodation should be noted.
3. An operation and maintenance plan for the proposed project or an explanation as to why an operation and maintenance plan is not needed for the proposed project;
4. A description of the project’s consistency with the NRGP, including a discussion of the project’s relationship to the principles, goals, and criteria established by the NRGP;
5. A description of the project’s consistency with other State and Federal laws or regulations where applicable;
6. A description of the project proponent’s efforts and/or opportunities to obtain matching funds;
7. A statement that the Greenway funds requested will not be used to defray: (1) any obligation existing as of August 31, 2007 or (2) operation and maintenance costs associated with any project existing as of August 31, 2007;
8. A description of current and proposed land ownership associated with the project; and
9. An overall project budget and cash flow summary identifying each phase of work for which relicensing greenway funds would be sought, including desired disbursement timing and amounts.
10. Applications should be submitted to:
5777 Lewiston Road
VI. Standing Committee Approval Required
Funds will only be awarded to applicants who are approved for funding by the Standing Committee as provided for in Part III, IV and V.
Project funding will be determined by the Standing Committee as provided for in this section and based on a projects consistency with the Greenway Plan, meeting Eligibility Requirements in Section III and Funding Priorities in Section II.
3. The Standing Committee will make every effort to ensure that the projects supported by this Fund represent the priorities, mission and geography of the City, the County and BOPC with respect to the definition of the boundary of the Niagara River Greenway Plan and the Principles, Goals and Criteria contained therein, as determined by the Committee. A review of the effort will be undertaken after every three years of the standing committee operations if requested by either the City, the County, or BOPC. The basis on which further funding decisions are made will be unanimously agreed upon by these three parties and these protocols will be amended as necessary.
January 27, 2012 Deadline for submission of applications.
February 22, 2012 Meeting for public presentations of submitted projects
March 21, 2012 Announcements of Awards.
Applications should be submitted to:
5777 Lewiston Road
Standing Committee Members:
5777 Lewiston Road
Maria Whyte, Commissioner
Department of Environment and Planning
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Attn: Gary Mucci
716-838-1249 ext 10 for Joanne Marzullo
65 Niagara Square