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Neighborhood Development

The SBS Neighborhood Development Division (NDD) helps ensure the success of commercial districts throughout New York City by working with organizations to invest in streetscape improvements, property development, and business attraction. Our goal is to ensure the vitality of the city's commercial districts by creating opportunities for small businesses and the communities they serve. We do this through working with Business Improvement Districts, facilitating the Avenue NYC Program, preparing community leaders through the Neighborhood Leadership Program, as well as workshops and technical assistance.

What's New:

Avenue NYC Grant Program

Applications Now Open for Avenue NYC City Fiscal Year (CFY) 2016

The NYC Department of Small Business Services is excited to release the Avenue NYC Application for Fiscal Year 2016! 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. Organizations applying for Avenue NYC funding must meet target income eligibility requirements as designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

To Apply

Access the full application and program guidelines by visiting the Avenue NYC website.


Completed applications and all required attachments must be e-mailed to by midnight, Friday, February 6, 2015.

Information Sessions

There will be two information sessions for interested groups to learn more about the Avenue NYC Grant Program and the application process. All sessions will be held at the offices of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, 110 William Street in Lower Manhattan. Visit the Avenue NYC website for more details on dates and times.