New York State Nonprofit Unit

New York State Nonprofit Unit

About Us

About Us

"We live to fight another day."

The Nonprofit Unit was established in 2012. New York is the only state with a dedicated nonprofit staff within the Governor’s office.

Mission Statement

The New York State Nonprofit Unit works to strengthen the relationship between all aspects of State Government and the Nonprofit Sector. The Unit works with State Agencies and New York nonprofits to interpret and clarify state regulations, and connect nonprofits to State decision-makers. Simultaneously, the Nonprofit Unit brings nonprofit leaders into conversation with State leadership as they deliberate policy and practice changes.

Unit Leadership

Unit Leadership

Fran Barrett, Interagency Coordinator for Nonprofit Organizations

Official government photo of Fran Barrett of the New York State nonprofit unit

Fran Barrett joined State Government in April 2012 as the first Interagency Coordinator for Nonprofit Organizations in the Governor’s office. Previously, Fran had a long career in the nonprofit sector, including her role as Director of Capacity Building at Atlantic Philanthropies, and as the Founder and Executive Director of Community Resource Exchange, a highly regarded nonprofit management assistance organization in New York City.

Fran has successfully engaged with, and is often praised by, hundreds of nonprofits. She was the recipient of the Brook Astor Award, and was given a lifetime achievement award by the Nonprofit Management Association. Fran has served on the boards of Community Service Society, Campaign for Human Development, Samaritan House, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the organization previously known as the Community Food Resource Center. She has taught at Baruch College at CUNY, and has l lectured at Executive Leadership Programs at Columbia Business School and Columbia Nonprofit Law clinic.

Fran’s life work is to help and support nonprofit leaders as they work to strengthen New York State’s communities.

Lillian Y. Padilla, Chief of Staff

Lillian Padilla

Lillian joined State government in 2015 as an Executive Assistant, and managed multiple senior executive staff in the Executive Chamber. Shortly thereafter, she was recruited by the Nonprofit Unit as Special Assistant to work on research-based projects and traveled with the nonprofit team across NYS, visiting various nonprofit sites. Lillian stepped fully into her new role as Chief of Staff of the Nonprofit Unit in 2021. She manages research and resulting briefings. In addition, she is solely responsible for operational management, planning and staffing quarterly meetings of the Not-for-Profit Contracting Advisory Committee. Lillian has open and constant communication with relevant state agency heads and nonprofit leadership. She is working towards improving nonprofits’ ability to interact effectively with State government, and conversely making sure State executives are fully versed in the important role nonprofits play.

Lillian is a native New Yorker and a Queens resident. She has held leadership positions on PTA boards and on the School Leadership Team committee. She also leads, manages and supervises three ministries at her church. Lillian is inspired by her faith, community volunteer work, her love for animals, and values her time spent with her daughter and family.

Simon Ehlinger, AmeriCorps VISTA

Simon Ehlinger

Simon Ehlinger joined the Nonprofit Unit as the New York State Executive Chamber Nonprofit Unit Research and Network Systems VISTA through AmeriCorps.

He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Urban Studies. While attending college, Ehlinger worked with various organizations committed to bettering the lives of the urban residents of Providence, Rhode Island such as the Providence Housing Authority, Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere, and the Swearer Center for Public Service.

Through these and other work experiences, Ehlinger has learned and developed meaningful skills relating to data analysis and GIS mapmaking, which he enjoys meaningfully applying to his new position in the Nonprofit Unit, where he works on research and data analysis to map nonprofits and gaps in service across New York State.

Not-For-Profit Contracting Advisory Committee

Not-For-Profit Contracting Advisory Committee

The Not-for-Profit Contracting Advisory Committee (NFPCAC) was established by §179-aa of the New York State's Prompt Contracting Law, enacted in 1991 as Article XI-B of the State Finance Law. The goal of the Committee is to report to the Governor and the Legislature with recommendations on improving the contracting procedures with not-for-profit organizations, which receive state funds.

The Committee is composed of 16 board members: Eight (8) members are appointed by the Governor of whom four (4) represent nonprofit organizations providing services in the state; Two (2) upon recommendation of the President of the Senate; Two (2) upon recommendation of the Speaker of the Assembly, and Eight (8) members represent state agencies designated by the Governor. The Chair of the Committee is also a designated appointee of the Governor. Members of the Board serve at pleasure. The Committee meets four (4) times a year.

NFPCAC Meetings

2024 Calendar Year NFPCAC Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
1 - 2:30pm via Zoom
Register for the online meeting using this link.

Tuesday, September 17, 2024
1 - 2:30pm via Zoom

Tuesday, November 19, 2024
1 - 2:30pm via Zoom

View past meeting agendas and minutes

NFPCAC Board Members

Wayne Ho, Chair
Juanita Brooks
Stephen Papas

Jan Fisher
Frederick Shack

Hon. Andrew D. Hevesi

Ex-officio Members
Hanna Rubin, Office of the Attorney General (OAG)
Melody Goetz, Office of the State Comptroller (OSC)
Edward Lenart, State Education Department (SED)
Sue Mantica, Department of Health (DOH)
Deborah Merrow, Office of Mental Health (OMH)
Shannon L. Plasencia, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
Marcos Ortiz, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
Michelle Heaslip, Division of the Budget (DOB)

Resources for Nonprofits

Resources for Nonprofits

7 State Contract Agencies

This is a list of the seven (7) contract agencies that deal with most of the New York State nonprofit contracts. To help better assist you, please provide the contract number(s) in question when reaching out to your respective state contract agency.

  • New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA)
    • Lenn Ditman
      Director of Grants Management and Information Technology
      (212) 459-8810
      [email protected]
  • Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
    • Kathleen Meerwarth
      Director, Bureau of Contract Management
      (518) 486-7224
      [email protected]
  • ​​Office of Mental Health (OMH)
    • Deborah Merrow
      Director, Contracts & Claims
      Community Budget & Financial Management
      (518) 474-1369
      [email protected]
  • Department of Health (DOH)
  • Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
    • Marcos Ortiz
      Assistant Director, Not-for-Profit Unit
      Bureau of Contract Management
      (518) 402-3004
      [email protected]

Nonprofit Membership Organizations (list in formation)

If you know of any membership organizations that might like to be included on this list, please contact the Nonprofit Unit at [email protected].

Transition from Grants Gateway to Statewide Financial System

As of January 9, 2024, Grants Gateway was retired from service. All prequalification and grant making activities previously conducted in Grants Gateway has moved to the New York Statewide Financial System (SFS). To learn more about the transition, visit Grants Management.

Prequalify for State Funding

Nonprofit organizations must prequalify to do business with New York State agencies before they can compete for State grants. Prequalify today.

NYS Commission on National and Community Service

The NYS Commission on National and Community Service is home to the State's national service and volunteer programs, including: AmeriCorps, Public Health AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA.

Current Initiatives

The Division of Budget (DOB) contract management/Grants Gateway is currently transitioning away from Grants Gateway into the State Financial System (SFS). Targeted launch is January 16, 2024. Here's more information about the transition.

Filing Financial Disclosure Reports

The Department of State (DOS) requires certain not-for-profit organizations to file Financial Disclosure Reports pursuant to Article 7-A of Executive Law. For more information on the filing requirements and how to file reports, please visit the Department of State’s website.

Here’s the latest information on DOS Financial Reporting Program requirements and more about what not-for-profits this program applies to.

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Nonprofit contracting opportunities from the Department of Health

Find Health Research Incorporated funding opportunities.

Funding Opportunities from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Find Request for Proposals, Invitation for Bids, Request for Information and other funding opportunities through OCFS.

Funding Opportunities from the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

Find Public Safety Grants through the Division of Criminal Justice Services

Funding Opportunities from the Department of Financial Services (DFS)

Applications are now open to bolster New York’s child care workforce through the Workforce Retention Grant Program. Learn more and apply here.

Funding Opportunities from the Department of Veterans' Services (DVS)

Find funding for capital improvements through the Veterans' Nonprofit Capital Program

Funding Available through Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

Impact Grants available to help communities most vulnerable to the impacts of pollution and climate change address environmental concerns and legacy pollution. View a complete list of guidelines and find more information here.

Funding Available through New York Forward Loan Fund 2 Program

$150 million is available through the New York Forward Loan Fund 2 program for qualifying small businesses and nonprofits. Qualified recipients with fewer than 100 employees and less than $5 million in gross annual revenue can apply for loans up to $150,000 with affordable, fixed-rate interest rates. Learn more and apply now

Funding Available through Round XIV of the REDC Initiative

Round XIV includes $445 million in core capital grant and tax-credit funding combined with a wide range of programs from eight state agencies, including $100 million in grant funds from Empire State Development (ESD), available to projects on a continuous basis. The CFA is available here; the deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 31st at 4 p.m. Open enrollment programs are not subject to the July 31st deadline and will continue to accept applications on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted. For more information visit

Funding Available through Domestic Terrorism Prevention Grant Program

The FY2023 Domestic Terrorism Prevention (DTP) Grant Program provides funding to counties to build New York State’s capability to prevent targeted violence and domestic terrorism through the utilization of Threat Assessment and Management (TAM) teams and the development of comprehensive Domestic Terrorism Prevention Plans. Only counties within New York State and New York City are eligible to apply for the FY2023 Domestic Terrorism Prevention Grant Program. More information, guidelines and the application can be found at

Funding Available for Non-Profits Affected by July 2023 Flooding through U.S. Small Business Administration

Federal assistance is available to New Yorkers in Ontario, Orange, and contiguous counties who were impacted by last year’s early July flood event. Residents and businesses are now eligible to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans to aid in recovery from the July 9-10, 2023 severe weather event that resulted in significant damage to homes and businesses. Find out more information and determine eligibility here.

Mid-Hudson Momentum Fund

The $150 million Mid-Hudson Momentum Fund (MHMF) program invests in mixed-use housing and infrastructure projects throughout the Mid-Hudson Region, specifically to address strain caused by the population increase exacerbated by COVID. The worsening housing shortage and increased demands placed on existing aging infrastructure systems have made it more difficult to accommodate this surge of new residents. Investment is needed to provide opportunities for both new and existing populations within the Mid-Hudson Region. Applicants will need to submit an application to ESD by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2024, to be reviewed by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council shortly thereafter.

Funding Opportunities from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crimes

Other Programs

Other Programs

Military Families Eligible for Child Care Assistance

The military fee assistance will offset the cost of child care not covered by the parent fee as calculated by their total family income up to a maximum child care rate of $1,800 per month per child. New York State has been selected as the first state approved to qualify licensed/registered child care providers for participation in this federal military fee assistance program.

Spring Forward Internship Program

The City University of New York (CUNY) Spring Forward Internship Program gives employers the opportunity to hire talent for no cost.

State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA)

Join the SONYMA team of nonprofit housing partners who help make homeownership a reality for New Yorkers.

Nonprofit Training and Workshop Opportunities

Nonprofit Training and Workshop Opportunities

NYSCA Virtual Office Hours

The New York State Council on the Arts is hosting a series of virtual office hour sessions for NYSCA team members to answer questions about specific opportunities. The sessions start June 10 and continue through July 12.

View a full list of topics and register

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