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Cuomo announces $4.9 million to repair historic properties damaged by Sandy

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4.9 million in grants are available to provide repair and assistance to historic and archeological resources that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The maximum grant amount is $1 million.
With the money being made available by the National Park Service for a second time, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, and state agencies can apply to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to receive aid.

"New York has a rich history, and many places important to it were damaged in Superstorm Sandy, making them more vulnerable to future severe storms," Governor Cuomo said.

"These grants will help build back these significant sites and ensure they remain important parts of New York's heritage, and tourism economy, for generations to come."

Properties are eligible for grants if they are located in Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Bronx, New York, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan or Ulster counties; sustained Hurricane Sandy-related damage; and are listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or contribute to a listed or eligible historic district.

Unlike other state historic preservation grants, no match is required from the applicant, although matching funds are encouraged. The minimum grant request for predevelopment costs is $5,000 while the minimum grant request for capital costs is $10,000. The maximum grant amount is $1 million.

As with other state historic preservation grants, the program is reimbursement only and projects must be completed with all expenditures incurred and paid by December 31, 2018.

Retroactive expenditures made from October 26, 2012 through July 23, 2013 may be eligible for reimbursement provided all approvals have been obtained and work meets National Parks Service preservation standards as approved by the State Historic Preservation Office.

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