Creates a database of technical and financial assistance programs available to the political subdivisions of the state.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to creating a database of technical and financial assistance programs
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Research ("NYSTAR"), a state agency, to create and maintain an online database where municipalities, school districts and not-for-profits can access current grant information, application materials and contact information.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One adds a new section, 209-u to the executive law article 10-B, which regulates NYSTAR, requiring the chief information officer of this office to adopt rules and regulations that would lead to the creation of a publicly accessible and easily searchable registry of state, federal, private and non-profit technical and financial programs available to municipalities. This database shall be updated at least monthly and shall be available online. Each program listed in the database shall contain identifying information which shall include a description of the program, the type of assistance offered, instructions for application. contact information. deadline information and amount of financial assistance available, when applicable. Section Two is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, there is no online database where the public can access information about available grants and how to apply for them. This legislation would establish such a directory that would be an easily accessible and navigable way for individuals and municipalities to gain access to grant opportunities. This database would be a coherent and commodious resource that would enable individuals and political subdivisions to find all the information they need to apply for a grant on one complete online directory, removing some of the burdens and roadblocks that are commonly encountered when seeking grant money.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately. The database created in this section shall be publicly accessible within one year after this section shall become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 4598 A. 7111 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y April 13, 2011 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. GRAF -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to creating a database of technical and financial assistance programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 209-u to read as follows: S 209-U. DATABASE OF TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. 1. THE OFFICE SHALL CREATE AND MAINTAIN A REGISTRY OF STATE, FEDERAL, PRIVATE AND NON-PROFIT TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO THE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THE STATE. 2. THE OFFICE SHALL MAINTAIN THE FORMAT AND CONTENT OF SUCH REGISTRY ON A COMPUTERIZED DATABASE WHICH SHALL BE UPDATED AT LEAST MONTHLY AND SHALL PROVIDE A METHOD FOR WHICH REGISTRY INFORMATION MAY BE DELIVERED TO THE OFFICE ELECTRONICALLY. THE OFFICE SHALL PROVIDE PUBLIC ACCESS TO SUCH COMPUTERIZED DATABASE IN A MANNER THAT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO SEARCH THE REGISTRY BY NAME, DATE OR TYPE OF ASSISTANCE. 3. THE PROGRAMS LISTED SHALL BE DIVIDED INTO FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND FURTHER DIVIDED INTO PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO RURAL AREAS, THOSE AVAILABLE TO URBAN AREAS AND THOSE OF GENERAL APPLICATION. 4. EACH PROGRAM LISTED SHALL CONTAIN IDENTIFYING INFORMATION INCLUDING A PROGRAM DESCRIPTION, THE TYPE OF ASSISTANCE OFFERED, INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION TO SUCH PROGRAM, THE DEADLINE FOR SUCH APPLICATION, THE NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER OF A CONTACT PERSON AT SUCH STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY OR PRIVATE FOUNDATION, AND IN THE CASE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THE AMOUNT OF SUCH ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE AND THE SOURCE OF FUNDS.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10019-02-1 S. 4598 2 A. 7111
5. THE DATABASE CREATED BY THIS SECTION SHALL ALSO MAINTAIN A DIRECTO- RY OF STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES, AS WELL AS THE NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER OF A CONTACT PERSON AT SUCH AGENCY. 6. THE DATABASE CREATED BY THIS SECTION SHALL ALSO MAINTAIN CENSUS DATA FROM THE MOST RECENT UNITED STATES CENSUS. 7. THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER SHALL ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THIS SECTION. 8. THE DATABASE CREATED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER THIS SECTION SHALL HAVE BECOME A LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.