Empire State Development announces open application period for state military base retention grantsby jmaloni
Empire State Development has announced that New York is currently accepting applications for military base retention grants from not-for-profit organizations or municipalities with a demonstrated history of support for military bases and units in the state.
Many bases face the threat of closure due to federal budgetary constraints and modernization initiatives. These grants will support and improve military facilities in New York by promoting, enhancing and protecting New York's military bases.
"New York state's military bases produce the soldiers that keep our nation safe while generating employment opportunities and economic activity that keeps our local communities strong. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we are using every tool possible to ensure they stay here and grow here, including these grants to promote the benefits of our military installations and protect them from threats of closure," said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
State military bases account for more than 10,000 direct jobs with direct wages of $688 million and $1.9 billion of economic impact. However, due to budget constraints and previous BRAC rounds, bases still face the threat of closures, which in the past have imperiled vital missions and devastated communities throughout New York.
In order to protect and promote the state's military bases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed ESD to administer the New York State Military Base Retention Grant Program. Successful applicants will receive funds of up to $300,000 from ESD to:
- Communicate the importance of local bases and their missions to elected and government officials;
- Improve existing military facilities in order to enhance their competitiveness in future BRAC rounds;
- Promote additional missions for military units based in New York; and
- Conduct any other efforts to sustain and expand the presence of military bases in New York.
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations or municipalities with a demonstrated history of support for military bases and units in New York. All applicants must adhere to IRS guidelines in the use of grant funds and disclose the names and affiliations of their executive staff and board members, none on whom may be registered lobbyists. Applications will be evaluated based on their expected impact and by the applicant's experience as an advocate for military personnel and facilities in New York state.
Applications for the grants must be emailed or postmarked by Aug. 23, 2012. For application instructions and awards criteria, visit http://www.esd.ny.gov/BaseRetention.html.