Types of Grants Available for New York Businesses

New York Business Grants are Available to Fund Dairy Production and other manufacturing activities

By: Micki Vandeloo, President, Lakeview Consulting

“I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”

You will truly want to be a part of it after reading this article!  New York is a leading state for encouraging manufacturing activities through the use of grants.  The state offers grants for many different types of activities, including grants to support agriculture/food production safety and modernization; apprenticeship expansion; workforce development; clean technology/renewable energy adoption; and manufacturing investment.

In this article, we’ve provided some examples of grants available to New York based companies so you can get an idea which activities are bring funded.

New York Food Production Program Grants

Dairy Farm Improvement and Modernization Grant

This grant program is available for dairy farmers or groups of farmers via technical assistance providers, producer associations, or milk buyers and will fund a wide range of projects that prioritize long-term farm viability and climate/economic resilience. Projects at all stages and levels of complexity will be considered, but the most competitive projects will include direct involvement of a service provider, business planner, farm succession planner, or technical assistance provider to demonstrate a strategic, long-term approach to their grant project investment. Projects that benefit more than one dairy farm will also be more competitive. Applications open in November.  Awards range from $15,000 to $100,000 with a 25% cash or in-kind match required by the applicant.

Dairy Food Safety and Certification Grant

This program provides grants for dairy farmers, processors, and/or producer associations to take actionable steps to improve the safety of dairy products. Projects funded through this program will support increased production safety standards with the goal of accessing new markets. Projects that increase marketability of dairy products will be prioritized. Activities covered by this grant include accessing technical assistance, audits, food safety plan development, training, testing fees, and certain infrastructure upgrades. Deadline is 2/22/24. Awards range from $15,000 to $50,000 with a 25% cash or in-kind match required by the applicant.

Dairy Processor Innovation Grant

This grant will provide funds for dairy processors, dairy producer associations, and educational research institutions to conduct research and development projects that support innovation for Northeast dairy processors across a variety of scales. Projects funded through this program will support dairy processors in gaining knowledge that will allow them to make informed, long-term business investments with positive environmental and/or economic impacts. Funded projects will be centered on developing alternatives to current industry standards through projects that are applicable, scalable, and replicable to other Northeast dairy processors. All projects will include an educational or information sharing component for other regional dairy processors. Projects should increase collaboration across the dairy sector to ensure the greatest number of businesses will benefit. Pre-Application anticipated timeline: June – August 2024. Full Application anticipated timeline: September – October 2024.  Awards range from $75,000 to $350,000 with a 25% cash or in-kind match required by the applicant.

New York Apprenticeship/Workforce Development Program Grants

Apprenticeship Expansion Grant

The purpose of this RFA is to expand New York State (NYS) Registered Apprenticeship (RA) training by increasing employment opportunities for approximately 130 apprentices, with a focus on underrepresented populations. These apprentices will enter trades in high-demand occupations, with a focus on the emerging fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Hospitality, and Information Technology, as well as other in-demand occupations. Deadline is 8/30/24.  The grant funds up to $15,000 per apprentice with a maximum of $300,000 per award.

Customized Training Grant

The right trainings can help your bottom line, reduce employee turnover, improve morale, promote an efficient and productive workforce, and increase your competitiveness in the marketplace. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) provides federally funded grants to help NYC-based businesses train and retain their employees. Funding is currently not offered but expected to be offered in 2024. The range of previous awards has been from $30,000 to $400,000.

New York Clean Technology/Renewable Energy Adoption Program Grants

EV Make-Ready Program

The goal of the Electric Vehicle (“EV”) Make-Ready Program (“EV Make-Ready Program”) is to support the development of electric infrastructure and equipment necessary to accommodate an increased deployment of EVs within New York State by reducing the upfront costs of building charging stations for EVs. Through this EV Make-Ready Program, entities seeking to install or participate in the installation of Level 2 (“L2”) and/or Direct Current Fast Charging (“DCFC”) chargers can earn incentives that will offset a large portion of, or in some cases, all of the infrastructure costs associated with preparing a site for EV charger installation. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. The grant funds up to 100% of the electric infrastructure costs associated with new, non-residential EV charging stations.

New York State Clean Energy Internship Program

Provides funding to eligible clean energy businesses, organizations, and local municipalities hiring interns to perform meaningful work in the clean energy sector. Both clean energy businesses and interns can apply to participate in the program. Accepted businesses will select, interview, and hire interns, and NYSERDA provides reimbursement on a percentage of the interns’ wages. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. The grant funds up to 90% of the intern’s wages.

NY-Sun Solar Electric Incentive Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides cash incentives and/or financing for the installation by Contractors and Builders of new grid-connected electric photovoltaic (PV) systems for residential sites in any region that are 25kW or less, for nonresidential sites in Upstate and PSEG Long Island regions that are up to 750kW, and for nonresidential sites in Con Ed region that are up to 7.5MW. Incentives for nonresidential sites in Upstate region that are ranging from 750kW to 7.5MW are available through the Commercial/Industrial Program (PON 3082). Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.

On the Job Training for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Grant

NYSERDA’s On-The-Job Training for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology program will provide wage subsidies to eligible businesses to help reduce the financial risk of hiring and training new workers. Deadline is 12/31/24. The grant covers a portion of the new hire’s wages for a specified timeframe.

The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Grant

The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP) helps make it easier for fleets to adopt clean vehicle technologies while removing the oldest, dirtiest diesel engines from New York roads. NYTVIP provides vouchers, or discounts, to fleets across New York State that purchase or lease all-electric (BEV), hydrogen fuel cell electric (FCEV) plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), conventional hybrid electric (HEV), compressed natural gas (CNG), or propane medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (weight class 3 through 8) and scrap a similar older diesel vehicle that is part of their fleet.

New York Manufacturing Investment Program Grants

FuzeHub’s Manufacturing Grants

FuzeHub’s Manufacturing Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between not-for-profit organizations and small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York State. The partnership created with the not-for-profit organization serves as a pathway to technology transfer, adoption and implementation of new manufacturing processes, as well as the creation of enhanced products and services, and help manufacturing companies achieve success from early stage, proof of concept through maturity. Deadline is 2/14/24.  Awards are between $15,000 and $65,000.

Global NY State Trade Expansion Program Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase the number of small businesses that begin to export; increase the value of exports for small businesses that currently export; and increase the number of small businesses exploring significant new trade opportunities. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Grants of up to $10,000 per company per funding period are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Industrial Effectiveness Program

The Industrial Effectiveness Program helps manufacturing businesses improve and expand. This program is managed by Empire State Development. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Grants of up to $50,000 per company are offered.

Manufacturing Assistance Program Empire State Development

The Manufacturing Assistance Program provides monetary grants for manufacturing businesses. Grants are for projects to improve productivity or competitiveness. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Grants of up to $1,000,000 per company are offered.

Please note that this is just a snapshot of what is available in the state of New York at the time of the writing of this article.  To stay up on the grant landscape in New York, other states, or at a federal level, please subscribe to the Manufacturing Grants Database, which is updated monthly to help manufacturers stay on the quickly changing manufacturing grants landscape.

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