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The Veterans' Nonprofit Capital Program

The Veterans' Nonprofit Capital Program

Overview

In order to effectively address the continuing need for quality veteran services, New York State made $5 million available within the 2022-2023 NYS Budget and was reappropriated in the 2023-2024 NYS Budget.  Grant funds through the Veterans’ Nonprofit Capital Program (VNCP) will fund eligible nonprofit veterans’ organizations to make capital improvements to facilities that serve veterans. 

 

Grant Opportunity

Round 2 Request for Grant Applications (Round 2 RGA)
The VNCP funding for Round 1 has been awarded and it is currently anticipated that the availability of funding in Round 2 will be no less than $2.4 million. The actual amount to be awarded in Round 2 will be determined prior to the VNCP Application due date of April 19, 2024.  Awards will range between $25,000 and $75,000 to ensure projects and organizations of varying sizes may be funded by VNCP.

VNCP funds may only be used for a capital project consisting of capital costs including but not limited to (also see Appendix C of the Round 2 RGA):

  • Construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or expansion of an Eligible Facility;
  • Purchase of equipment for an Eligible Facility, provided the equipment has a useful life of 10 years or more; 
  • Certain construction soft costs including architectural, engineering & design.
     

The total number of awards will depend upon the number of VNCP Applications received, the amount available through this Round 2 RGA as well as the score awarded to each VNCP Application based upon responsiveness to the requirements and the criteria set forth in this Round 2 RGA.

VNCP will be administered by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), on behalf of the New York State Department of Veterans’ Services (NYS DVS) and is expected to be highly competitive. Veterans’ organizations eligible to apply are strongly encouraged to obtain a prequalified Document Vault in the NYS Grants Management system and review the Frequently Asked Questions (attached to the RGA) prior to applying for this opportunity.

Each eligible veterans’ organization may apply for one (1) VNCP award for one (1) project by April 19, 2024.  Once an award has been made, no major project modifications, grantee or location changes will be permitted.

After the April 19, 2024 due date, each VNCP Application will be downloaded and initially reviewed based on five eligibility Pass/Fail Questions noted below (also located in Appendix D f the Round 2 RGA):

  1. Has the Applicant organization secured a prequalified Document Vault in the NYS Grants Management System?
  2. Has the Applicant organization been in existence for at least five (5) years (noted on the NYS Department of State Division of Corporations website)?
  3. Does the project to be undertaken with VNCP Grant Funds have an estimated useful life of 10 years or more?
  4. Is the Applicant organization incorporated under 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(19) or 501(c)(23) or a Not-For-Profit with members as defined in Section 2 of the RGA?
  5. Does the Applicant organization meet the membership requirements of 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(19)? Or the membership and other requirements of 501(c)(23) as defined in Section 2 of the RGA?
  6. Does the Applicant organization have at least 15 active Members noted on page 1 of the VNCP Application?
Round 2 RGA Questions and Answers

To maintain a fair and open process all questions regarding this Round 2 RGA or the VNCP Application process must be submitted to:

Email: [email protected]

Subject line: VNCP Round 2

by 4:00 pm on February 16, 2024.  Answers to questions of a substantive nature will be uploaded to this webpage no earlier than March 1, 2024.


Key Dates

Eligible Project Start & End Date Range                            April 1, 2024 – April 1, 2027

Issuance of the Round 2 RGA                                                        November 29, 2023

January Zoom Call Details (no earlier than)                                   December 15, 2023

Zoom Call/Presentation(VNCP Application and Review Process)      January 9, 2024

Deadline for Round 2 RGA Questions                                               February 16, 2024

Post Responses to Round 2 RGA Questions (no earlier than)                March 1, 2024

VNCP Applications Due By                                                                        April 19, 2024

Awards Expected (no earlier than)                                                             May 17, 2024

Deadline for Reimbursement Submission & Processing                           April 1, 2028

Important Note: Contacts made to any DASNY, NYS DVS or other State personnel regarding this procurement as noted in this Round 2 RGA between the date of release and the VNCP Application deadline may disqualify the Applicant and affect future procurements with governmental entities in the State of New York. Please refer to DASNY’s website for policy and procedures regarding this law, or the OGS website for more information about this law.

***Please note that registering and/or obtaining a prequalified SFS Prequalification Application (formerly known as the Grants Management Gateway Document Vault) may take several weeks.  All applicants to an open competitive grant procurement should allow ample time to complete this process. ****

If your organization needs to get registered and or Prequalified in SFS, please refer to the Grants Management website at the following links for more information:

https://grantsmanagement.ny.gov/transition-SFS

https://grantsmanagement.ny.gov/register-your-organization-sfs

Technical Questions regarding the SFS System should be directed to SFS via email at: [email protected]
 

Inquiries

In accordance with State Finance Law § 139-j and § 139-k, this Round 2 RGA includes and imposes certain restrictions on communications between DASNY, New York State Department of Veterans’ Services (NYS DVS) or other State personnel and an Applicant, or any representative, agent, consultant or other third party representing the Applicant during the procurement process. All inquiries must therefore be directed as follows:

General Inquiries must be directed to the VNCP Coordinator at:

Email: [email protected] 
Subject line: VNCP Round 2

Zoom Conference

Application and Review Process Presentation - January 9, 2024

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Veterans' Nonprofit Capital Program (VNCP) Informational Session - Tuesday, January 9, 2024


 

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