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Grants & Economic Incentives in NY: A Practical Primer on Government Money and Benefits for Business

(164 Ratings)

Produced on: October 22, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 51 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

This course will teach attorneys about the fundamentals of how to obtain government grants and other economic incentives, with a focus upon:

  • Grants and incentives fundamentals: how to gain access to valuable programs and how to navigate the system – federal, state, county, and local pools of money and benefits;
  • Typical statutory requirements and rules;
  • Landmines, pitfalls, and issues requiring professional navigation;
  • Case studies of recent, typical client scenarios.

Learning Objectives: Attorneys will learn some of the practical fundamentals on government grants and economic incentives, including:


I.     Grants and incentive program resources and common though often overlooked opportunities to gain access to cash grants, tax grants, energy related benefits, and other awards;

II.    Legal mechanisms to help business clients gain access to such programs;

III.   Typical grants and incentives requirements, including statutory obligations and agency and administrative rules, and typical contractual considerations; 

IV.   Commonplace issues that often pose landmines to grant applicants and grant recipients, and practical tips on how to avoid or overcome such landmines (eg, clawbacks, penalties for non-compliance);

V.    Practical case studies on how grants and incentives provide valuable rewards and how to measure ROI and cost/benefit analysis in scenarios with real life application;

VI.   Contractual, insurance, potential liability, and other considerations;

VII.  Relief from obligations that cannot be met though once committed;

VIII. Compliance with ongoing grants and economic incentives rules and requirements once benefits are awarded.


Ann Kayman

New York Grant Company

Ann Kayman is the owner and CEO of the New York Grant Company. Established in 2002, Ann’s team works to obtain economic grants and incentives for hundreds of private clients in the New York Metro area and now nationally. 

Prior to founding the company, Ann served for four years (1998-2002) in the Giuliani and Bloomberg Administrations as head of Business Development and Senior Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). She is also a lawyer with over 27 years’ of experience. 

While at EDC, Ann led a team responsible for attracting record numbers of new businesses to the City from around the world. Ann won international awards for the City including: Global Innovator’s Award (2000), Most Wired Central Business District Award (2000) and Intelligent Cities Award (2001).

After 9/11, Ann was appointed to direct the City’s efforts to help with the recovery of 20,000 lower Manhattan businesses. Working extensively with federal, state and local agencies, non-profits, and business groups, Ann led a team of 500+ City workers and volunteers to deliver financial relief and business counseling.

Ann’s work has been profiled in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business, CBS Radio, Site Selection Magazine, and trade publications. She is a regular speaker at national/regional forums on the subject of economic incentives, economic development, and green finance. Ann serves on the Speakers’ Bureau of the Urban Green Council authorized by the Mayor’s Office to deliver educational outreach regarding New York City’s green building laws.


Brian F.


Praveen R.

Thank you, very helpful!

Andrea Kelli H.

Thanks for referencing a vast number of grant and economic development resources.

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