Micro Grants Program
Purpose: Encourage the implementation of activities that can enhance the economic viability of farm and forest businesses.
Eligibility: Any farmer, logger, forester, forest landowner or Pure Catskills member with business property inside the New York City Watershed, preference will be given to WAC participants.
Request for Applicants (RFA): A Request for Applications will be issued via existing WAC social media and local publications. The next available grant round will be April 1-30th, 2019. Awards will be made 30 days after the deadline.
EV Grants Application: The next grant application will be available on April 1, 2019.
1. Eligible applicants must submit a complete grant application by the application deadline listed in the RFA in order to be eligible for review.
2. Applicants may only apply for one activity in one of the micro grant categories in each grant cycle.
3. The application deadline for this round is January 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against scoring criteria included in these instructions. Applicants will be notified of the approved/denied status 30 days after the deadline.
4. Grant applications will be awarded based on availability of program funding and evaluation using evaluation criteria included in this application.
5. These are reimbursable grants. Closeout packages must provide necessary documentation per each category before reimbursement is issued. All closeout packages, materials, bills and/or invoices provided as proof of completion must be submitted to WAC by October 31, 2019 in order to receive reimbursement.
6.Payment will not be issued to participants who are not in good standing with WAC.
7. In order to receive the grant award, applicants must submit W9, receipts, invoices and other proper documentation following requirements described for each grant category.
8. Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding. There is a $5,000 cap per applicant per year.
9. Approved applications are subject to cancellation after six months. Staff may grant extensions upon request pending approval by the WAC’s Economic Viability Committee.
Economic Viability Micro Grants Program Categories:
Training Reimbursement: To encourage continuing education intended to enhance the economic viability profitability and sustainability of eligible applicant’s businesses by providing grant funding to help applicants offset the cost of online courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and college courses.
1. Only training opportunities that occur after the approval date will be eligible for funding.
2. An overview of the training including: web links, an agenda or syllabus, and other supporting documents must be included with the application prior to approval.
3. Demonstration of projected impact the training will have on diversification, continuing education, profitability and/or sustainability of your business.
4. Prior to payment the applicant must complete and submit a Training Reimbursement Closeout Package. The Closeout Package includes proof of training attendance, an invoice identifying total cost of the training, a completed W9 and a completed EV Micro Grants Application. The payment will be based on the training invoice.
5. To be eligible for funding the training must occur within six months of the approval date.
Marketing Reimbursement: To encourage branding, advertising and communications related to the marketing of products and services provided by eligible applicants.
1. Eligible Marketing activities are: farm signs, product labels or packaging, logo development, webpage development, advertisement design and placement.
2. Applicants much submit a project timeline and overview for completion based off of cost quote.
3. Applicants must submit an estimate of cost for the desired Marketing activity with the application including two cost quotes (qualified consultants, online web links, etc.). All estimates of cost must be provided by qualified web links, businesses, or professional. In addition, the application must describe the products or services that will be marketed in the event the application is approved.
4. Only marketing activities that occur after the application approval date are eligible for reimbursement.
5. Prior to payment the applicant must complete and submit a Marketing Reimbursement Closeout Package. The Closeout Package includes .pdf, .eps and/or .jpg design files for logos, digital copies of advertisements, final web link, a completed W9 and a completed EV Micro Grants Application.
Event/Mileage Reimbursement: To enhance the economic viability of New York City Watershed farm and forest businesses by off-setting the cost of attending new events, fairs, farmers’ markets and/or transporting products to new markets or venues through mileage reimbursement and/or vendor fees reimbursement. Funding will be considered for applicants that demonstrate new events are assisting in the expansion of their market reach. This is a one time, offset reimbursement not intended to be used for continual attendance.
1. WAC will reimburse applicants at the current federal mileage reimbursement rate. Google map directions should be submitted round trip.
2. WAC will reimburse applicants for the cost of attending an event/fair/new market located in New York State.
3. Applicants must submit an application prior to travel that identifies the eligible market, event, or new venue desired to attend, the date and the distance. All mileage will be calculated using the applicant’s business address.
4. Prior to payment the applicant must complete and submit an Event/Mileage Reimbursement Form provided by the Watershed Agricultural Council when accepted and receipts from event confirming attendance. The Closeout Package includes the travel starting point (the business location), destination, pictures, financial impact, a completed W9 and a completed EV Micro Grants Application.
Loggers Workers Compensation Reimbursement: To enhance the economic viability of New York City Watershed Logging businesses by off-setting the cost of Workers Compensation Insurance by encouraging the use of the Planning Analysis in Timber Harvesting (PATH) software to assess logging costs and revenue.
1. Eligibility: Trained Logger Certified (TLC) loggers who have completed at least one BMP Program project with WAC in the past twelve months.
2. Prior to payment loggers must submit proof of workers compensation insurance (WCI) to WAC and bills that document their annual WCI costs. All payments will be calculated based on this documentation.
3. Submit completed PATH inputs identifying cost savings and where they were applied in support of application.
4. WAC will not issue payment to loggers that do not currently have WCI.
5. Loggers will have to complete their Workers Comp Reimbursement project and submit all necessary documents and invoices to WAC prior to October 31, 2019 in order to receive grant payment.
6. Clear explanation of how business plans to use the cost savings from WAC’s Loggers Workers Compensation.
Prior to issuing payment, WAC will review the Closeout Package to ensure conformity with the approved application and EV guidelines. After this review WAC will submit payment directly to the applicant in accordance with the criteria in each category. These are reimbursable grants. Closeout packages must provide necessary documentation per each category before reimbursement is issued. All materials, bills and/or invoices provided as proof of completion of the project must be submitted to WAC by October 31, 2019.
The Economic Viability Micro Grants Program is funded by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the City and its residents. Consumers of City water are the beneficiaries of the measures to be implemented under the grants program because of its effect on the NYC Watershed. The Council is funded by the NYC DEP, USDA, U.S. Forest Service and other sources. EOE/EOP © 2019
Grant recipients agree that a copy of any and all materials and documents, written or otherwise, which has been funded by this grant, may be available to WAC upon request to confirm project completion.
One of the benefits of the Economic Viability Program is its ability to explore innovative methods for enhancing economic viability in the Watershed. To maximize this benefit the WAC Economic Viability Committee encourages a creative atmosphere that is receptive to new grant categories consistent with funding requirements.
Contact: If you need assistance completing the application or if you have any other questions please contact the Economic Viability Program at (607) 865-7090 ext. 293. Thank you for your interest in our Economic Viability Micro Grants Program.