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Avenue NYC Grant Program

Applications Now Open for Avenue NYC City Fiscal Year 2017

The NYC Department of Small Business Services is excited to release the Avenue NYC Application for Fiscal Year 2017!

The Avenue NYC Grant Program funds Community-Based Development Organizations (CBDOs) in low- to moderate-income communities across the five boroughs to implement commercial revitalization activities that benefit businesses and local residents. In City Fiscal Year 2017, Avenue NYC will fund initiatives in five project categories, which form key steps in the Neighborhood Development Division's strategic commercial revitalization process. Organizations applying for Avenue NYC funding must meet target income eligibility requirements as designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are outlined below.

Completed applications and all required attachments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Access the full application and program guidelines »

If you missed either of the below information sessions, you may access the full CFY2017 Avenue NYC Information Session Presentation here.

  • WEBINAR: Friday, January 8, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (RSVP)
  • IN-PERSON: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (RSVP)

During these sessions, SBS staff will provide a comprehensive overview of the program and walk prospective applicants through the application process. Please be advised that the in-person session on January 13 will be held at the offices of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, 110 William Street in Lower Manhattan.

General inquiries about the Avenue NYC Program, application, or information sessions should be e-mailed to

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Eligibility

The Avenue NYC Grant Program is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Program. Organizations applying for and receiving Avenue NYC funding must execute projects in compliance with specific eligibility requirements:

  • Grant recipients must execute projects in neighborhoods designated as low or moderate-income according to the 2010 Census data. At least 51% of the residents located within the census tracts that encompass the target commercial area must be low to moderate-income persons living in households with incomes below 80% of the median household.
  • Grant recipients must provide services in neighborhoods where at least 51% of the population is residents according to the 2010 Census data. CDBG-funded projects within the context of the Avenue NYC Grant Program must therefore ensure that local residents, as opposed to non-residents or tourists, can access the goods and services they need from their local commercial district.

For more information on CDBG Eligibility and Requirements, please visit the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's webpage.

Information for CFY16 Avenue NYC Grant Recipients ONLY

The Neighborhood Development Division is proud to fund strategic commercial revitalization initiatives in five project categories through the Avenue NYC Grant Program in City Fiscal Year 2016. Click here to view the CFY16 Avenue NYC Award Summary.

If you are a CFY16 Avenue NYC awardee, you may access the presentations from the CFY16 Scoping and Budget Workshop and Orientation to review information about programmatic requirements and document descriptions.

Please select a step from the menu below to access CFY16 Avenue NYC Contracting documents.

CFY 16 Avenue NYC Success Stories

SBS wants to make it easier for you to share your organization's success stories with us, other non-profits and New York City! What approaches have you used to overcome challenges in implementing your work? What projects have you successfully executed? What were the outcomes? SBS would like to post these stories on Neighborhood Development's social media platforms, including our blog, twitter account, and upcoming newsletter. If you have a success story to share, please visit our Neighborhood Development Success Stories Survey.