The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation today announced that not-for-profit and government organizations are invited to submit applications for LMDC’s Community and Cultural Enhancement Program.
The LMDC will provide up to $17 million for not-for-profit and government organizations engaged in cultural or community programs or projects that benefit the residents, workers, and communities of Lower Manhattan. Funding for this program is provided through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“The creation of the Community and Cultural Enchantment Program will provide additional aid to community and cultural organizations that have participated in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “These are the exact organizations that have remained committed to Lower Manhattan, despite the enormous challenges of rebuilding after September 11th”.
"The Community and Cultural Enhancement Program presents an important opportunity for New York City," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "Through this initiative, the LMDC will provide crucial support for nonprofit organizations and reinforce Lower Manhattan's identity as an exciting destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.”
The LMDC Board of Directors will appoint an advisory panel to evaluate applications and make funding recommendation to the Board of Directors. Guidelines and application materials for the competitive funding process are available on the LMDC’s website at www.renewnyc.com under Projects & Programs.
The program was developed as a result of community needs articulated by the public at LMDC-sponsored public meetings, in written comments, unsolicited funding proposals, as well as needs advocated by community representatives and organizations.
LMDC seeks applications for:
· Community facilities or programs in Lower Manhattan that are designed to support education, employment, economic development, health care services, and/or recreational or community gathering needs.
· Cultural facilities or programming in Lower Manhattan that are designed to spur long-term Lower Manhattan revitalization, and benefit area residents, workers, businesses and visitors.
Details of the evaluation process are set forth in the guidelines which are available on www.renwenyc.com. This provides, among other things how the proposals will be evaluated based on:
· Community need for project, program or service.
· Organizational experience with comparable projects.
· Organizational capacity to manage grants.
· Financial status of project.
· Importance of LMDC support as a catalyst for other funding or support.