Grants Announcement

Last Updated 4/24/2018

List of Grants

Documentary Open Call

Grants for Young Classical Musicians

Emerging Photographer Scholarships

Media Projects: Development Grants

Media Projects: Production Grants

Grant Program for Contemporary Visual Art Writing

Music Education Grants

Award for Photography using Historical or Alternative Processes

Contest for Aspiring Cartoonists

Funding for Documentary Films

Funding for Economic Development Studies

Grants for Historic Preservation

Photojournalism Grant Promoting Gender Diversity

Grant for Independent Photojournalists

Grants for Poets

Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Photography Awards

Film Grants for Emerging Artists

Prize for Documentary Artists

Grants for Youth Baseball and Softball

Media Grants Program (Environmental Projects)

Documentary Film Fund

Grants for Architecture or Environmental Design Projects

Funding to do a Film Thesis

Folk Art Grant

Grants for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Publishing Grants

Independent Film Grants

Art Education Grants

Art Supplies Grant for Elementary and Middle Schools

Filmmaking Grants

Human Services Grant

Photography Competition and Grant

Grant Awards for Educators

School Projects in Materials Science Grant

Grant Program for Theater Ensembles

Zero-Emission Vehicles Rebate Program

Digital Storytelling Filmmaking Grants

Art Education Grants

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

Computer Grants

Small Wind Turbine Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

USDA Community Facility Grants and Loans

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Firelight Media Documentary Lab - Documentary Lab Open Call

The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature length documentary film. The Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

The deadline for submissions is June 12th at 11:59PM EST.

For more information, go to
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Rachel Barton Pine Foundation - Grants for Young Classical Musicians

The Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation’s Grants for Education and Career help cover such expenses as fees for supplemental lessons, entrance fees to competitions, audition recording sessions, travel expenses for lessons or competitions or auditions, sheet music purchase, piano accompanist fees, and instrument repair and maintenance.

Applications are accepted from young classical players of bowed string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, baroque violin, baroque viola, baroque cello, viola da gamba) between the ages of 10 and 29 of any gender, race, ethnicity, or country of origin. Grants are given on the basis of musical talent and accomplishment, artistic aspirations, financial need, and the availability of funds.

Applications must be received by December 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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The Lucie Foundation - Emerging Photographer Scholarships

The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. Its support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works. Its concern is to support emerging photographers producing work that is at once gripping, and original.

Scholarships are in the amount of $2,500 for work with an open theme. Scholarships of $1,000 are for work with Fine Art, Documentary or Photojournalism approaches.

The application deadline is June 15, 2018 by 11:59pm PT.

For more information, go to
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National Endowment for the Humanities - Media Projects: Development Grants

The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. Projects must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script (for a film or television project) or a detailed treatment (for a radio or podcast project) and may also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.

Receipt deadline is August 8, 2018 for projects beginning April 2019.

For more information, go to
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National Endowment for the Humanities - Media Projects: Production Grants

The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. Projects must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs or podcasts that promise to engage a broad public audience.

Receipt deadline is August 8, 2018 for projects beginning April 2019.

For more information, go to
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Arts Writers - Grant Program for Contemporary Visual Art Writing

The Arts Writers grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs. We also support art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles. As long as a writer meets the eligibility and publishing requirements, they can apply.

The application deadline is May 21, 2018 11:59 EST.

For more information, go to
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D’Addario Foundation - Music Education Grants

The D’Addario Foundation is a non-profit organization that identifies the highest quality, most impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need and awards grants and product donations to assist their growth and development. The Foundation believes in the power of music to unlock creativity, boost self-confidence, and enhance academics.

The deadline for letters of inquiry is July 31, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Rfotofolio - The Denis Roussel Award

The Denis Roussel Award is for photographers whose work is based on the historical/alternative photographic processes, including silver gelatin. Three dimensional work is also accepted. Digital negatives are the only part of the process that may be made with the help of a computer.

June 5, 2018 midnight CST is the deadline.

For more information, go to
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The John Locher Memorial Award - Contest for Aspiring Cartoonists

The John Locher Memorial Award is a contest for aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. Single panel, multi-panel, and animated editorial cartoons and comics will be accepted. Both students and non-students are eligible to submit.

There's a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

The application deadline is June 15, 2018.

For more information, go to
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SFFILM - Documentary Film Fund

The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports riveting documentaries in post-production distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Since its launch in 2011, the SFFILM Documentary Film Fund has distributed more than $650,000 to advance new work by filmmakers nationwide.

The deadline is Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.

For more information, go to
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Empire State Development - Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies Program

Empires State Development’s Urban and Community Development Program promotes economic development in the State of New York by encouraging economic and employment opportunities and stimulating development of communities and urban areas. Program funding is available for working capital grants of up to $100,000 each to support 1) strategic development plans for a city, county, or municipality or a significant part thereof and 2) feasibility studies for site(s) or facility(ies) assessment and planning. Projects should focus on economic development purposes, and preference shall be given to projects located in highly distressed communities. Special consideration shall be given to projects supporting Regional Economic Development Council Opportunity Agenda priorities, Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects, and projects identified in the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program recovery plans.

For more information, go to
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National Trust Preservation Funds - Grants to Encourage Preservation at the Local Level

Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector.

A small grant at the right time can go a long way and is often the catalyst that inspires a community to take action on a preservation project. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive.

The next application deadlines are June 1 and October 1.  If the first of the month falls on a weekend, applications will be due on the following Monday.

For more information, go to
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Getty Images and Women Photograph - Women Photograph Grant

Getty Images has partnered with Women Photograph to promote gender diversity within professional photojournalism and elevate the work and the voices of female visual journalists. Through funding and mentorship, this $10,000 grant will support an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who evince a personal connection to – and engagement with – the communities they cover.

The deadline is May 15, 2018.  The application window opens April 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Getty Images - Reportage Grant

Getty Images promotes excellence in photojournalism, which means it understands that creating and managing in-depth photography assignments requires time, freedom, support and considerable resources. The Getty Images Reportage Grant continues the tradition of its Editorial Grants program, which, from its founding in 2004, has supported independent photojournalists around the world by providing the creative freedom necessary to pursue work that is personally important to them.

The deadline is May 15, 2018.  The application window opens April 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry - Grants for Poets

The Wittner Bynner Foundation for Poetry offers grants in five categories: Individual Poets, Translation and the Process of Translation, Developing the Poetry Audience, and Uses of Poetry.  Both individuals and organizations can apply depending on the category.

Deadline submission for the Letter of Intent is December 31, 2018.

For more information, go to
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New York State Council on the Arts, Greater Hudson Heritage Network - Conservation Treatment Grant Program

This grant provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State.

The application deadline is June 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Neutral Density - Photography Awards 2018

These awards have six main categories for amateurs and professionals: Architecture, Fine Art, Nature, People and Special.

The early deadline is April 29, 2018 and the final deadline is September 23, 2018.

For more information, go to
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The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists - Film Grant 2018

The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists announces the availability of three national film grants and one Local Grant offered for 2018.

The late submissions deadline for projects is May 15, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University - Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize

This is a prize for a single documentary artist of collaborative team working with text, audio, photographic, video and/or graphic novel formats. All entries should have one thing in common: evidence that they were created with reliance on documentary methods—research and interviews—and immersive, long-term fieldwork.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018 before midnight EST.

For more information, go to
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Baseball Tomorrow Fund - Grants for Youth Baseball and Softball

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities.

The next application deadlines are July 1, 2018 and October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Patagonia - Media Grants Program

This program specifically funds environmental nonprofits that use media, mostly film, as a tool tightly linked to direct-action campaigns.

Through our Media Grants Program, we fund work that:

  • is tied to an environmental campaign   
  • goes beyond education and awareness building of the general public   
  • is designed with a call to action for a targeted audience   
  • is a tool to accomplish goals within a specific environmental campaign strategy

The funding range for a Media Grant is typically between $15,000 and $30,000, depending on the specific needs of the project.

The next application deadlines are April 30, 2018 and August 31, 2018.

For more information, go to
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The Rogovy Foundation - The Miller/Packnan Film Fund

The Miller/Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. The Fund is financed through the Rogovy Foundation. The Fund believes in the transformational power that comes from enlightening narratives and inspiring characters.
The Fund began granting in 2016. In its first year, grants totaling $150,000 will be awarded to between six and ten filmmakers. The fund operates an open call submission process, and awards are announced bi-annually. The first grants were awarded in June 2016.
Each grant is one-time only and offered in amounts up to $25,000. Due to the large number of submissions, the selection process is highly competitive.
To be considered for the 2018 Summer Awards, please submit your application by 11:59pm EST on May 15th, 2018.
For more information, go to
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Graham Foundation - Grants to Individuals for Projects in Architecture or the Designed Environment 

The grant provides opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to practitioners' creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their careers.
The application deadline is September 15, 2018.
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Princess Grace Foundation-USA - Film Grant Opportunity for Students

These grants are essentially scholarships to do a thesis.  They are awarded to help support students’ thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. The category of Film is comprised of (but not limited to) narrative/documentary/experimental/animation/hybrid  work, as well as new work including media installations, transmedia, webisodes, interactive web work and other projects where the moving image is the primary component.

These grants will be made in accordance with the student’s thesis project budget; no administrative charges, overhead or indirect costs incurred by the school may be charged against the grant.

The application deadline is June 1, 2018 (11:59 PST).

For more information, go to
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The Dorthea and Leo Rabkin Foundation - Folk Art Grant

Rabkin Foundation grants are to be used to further writing and publications. They are not intended for general exhibition support. We welcome proposals that feature folk and outsider artists in broader projects where they are part of a spectrum of artists, historical or contemporary.

Each cycle we anticipate funding several grants in the range of $5,000-$10,000. Our jury will decide solely upon the merits of individual proposals and may choose to fund fewer or more in a given grant cycle. Winners will be required to submit a progress report and final report on the funded project.

The next grant deadlines are July 1, 2018 and December 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) Air-Source Heat Pump (ASHP) Program

The ASHP Program provides incentives for the installation of program qualified ASHP systems in single-family and multifamily residences. ASHPs offer residential customers improved performance over other code-compliant HVAC technologies,
reduce energy bills and a lower carbon footprint, but they have not been widely adopted in the state.

■ Eligibility: Participating installers can help find the right solution and available incentives. Visit NYSERDA’s website to find a participating installer near you. ASHP installation contractors have met specific training criteria and have agreed to the terms and conditions in the program. Once accepted, participating installers can begin installing and then submitting incentive applications.

■ Funding: Incentives of $500 per installed program qualified ASHP system are available to participating installers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Deadline: The deadline is December 31, 2020, or until funds are fully committed.

■ Contact: Kerry Hogan
Phone: 518-862-1090 ext.3509
Email: products[at]nyserda.ny[dot]gov
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Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Unmet Needs Program

The Unmet Needs program offers financial assistance to service members, veterans or eligible dependents listed under the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to assist with basic life needs. All grants are paid directly to the creditor, in amounts up to $1,500.

■ Eligibility: Financial hardship must be due to one of the following reasons: 1) currently on active duty, whose financial hardship is a result of a current deployment, military pay error, or from being discharged for medical reasons; 2) discharged on or after September 11, 2001, whose financial hardship is a direct result of military service-connected injuries and/or illnesses; and 3) discharged before September 11, 2001, are on a fixed income that must include VA compensation and facing an unexpected financial hardship.

■ Funding: All applications are individually reviewed, and VFW reserves the right to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

■ Contact Information
Phone: 866-789-6333
Email: unmetneeds[at]vfw[dot]org
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J.M. Kaplan Fund - Furthermore Grants in Publishing

Furthermore Grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. The J.M. Kaplan Fund looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience, gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production, and promises a reasonable shelf life.

The grants range roughly from $1,500 to a maximum of $15,000. Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding.

Book projects to which a university press, nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.  Recipients of Furthermore grants are located throughout the U.S. and abroad but mainly in New York City and New York State and its Hudson Valley.

The next application deadline is September 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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From the Heart Productions - Roy W. Dean Film Grants

Roy W. Dean Film Grants fund independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made.

The spring grant deadline is April 30, 2018; the summer deadline is June 30, 2018; and the fall deadline is September 30, 2018.

For more information, go to
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National Endowment for the Arts, ART WORKS Program - Arts Education Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts' vision for Arts Education is that every student is engaged and empowered through an excellent arts education. Arts education is vital to developing America's next generation of creative and innovative thinkers. Students who participate in the arts are better prepared to be fulfilled, responsible citizens who can make a profound impact on this world. In addition, NEA-supported research has shown that students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to achieve key positive outcomes—academically, socially, and civically—compared with their peers who lack access to arts experiences.

Direct Learning Grants
Projects support arts instruction for students, generally pre-K through 12th grade, that result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts and occur inside or outside the school system. Projects should engage students over an extended period of time during or outside the regular school day schedule. Activities may be offered by school districts, arts organizations, non-arts organizations or agencies in partnership with artists and/or arts groups. Projects could take place in locations such as schools, arts organizations, community centers, faith-based organizations, makerspaces, public housing, tribal community centers, and/or juvenile facilities.

Professional Development Grants
Projects equip classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, school/district administrators, other educators, and community leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively engage students in high quality, curriculum-based arts learning and improve instruction.

Collective Impact Grants
Projects increase student access to arts education through collective, systemic approaches. Projects should aim to ensure that all students across entire neighborhoods, schools, school districts, and/or states – in communities of all sizes – participate in the arts over time. Longer project periods are encouraged (up to two years) and projects should have significant potential to be shared and customized in communities across the country.

The next application deadline is July 12, 2018.

Applications will need to be submitted through

For more information and application materials, go to
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Crayola - Champion Creatively Alive Children® Grant Program

The 2018 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Applications will only be accepted from principals who are members of National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Friday, June 22, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Filmmakers Without Borders - Filmmaking Grants

Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers. FWB filmmaking grants provide funding and support for independent filmmakers to share their stories. Funds are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production.

Grants are available in the following amounts:

  • Development: $250, $500, or $1000
  • Production: $500, $1000, $2500, or $5000
  • Post-production: $250, $500, $1000, or $2500
  • Film Festival Applications: $100, $250, or $500

Application deadlines are June 1, 2018 and August 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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The Mentor Network Charitable Foundation - Community Partners Grant (Human Services)

The Foundation seeks new solutions and creative ideas for enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals with brain and spinal cord injury and youth facing emotional, behavioral and other challenges, and their families. The Network was founded by social entrepreneurs who believed that healthy, vibrant communities are exactly the right environments in which people with a range of abilities thrive. The focus of its giving is on organizations that take a fresh look—through research, innovative thinking, direct care and programming—at how people with disabilities and youth and families facing emotional, behavioral and other challenges are cared for in our society. The Foundation also works to expand opportunity for the individuals we serve through employment and educational support.

The next deadlines are May 15, 2018 and August 15, 2018.

For more information, go to
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PhotogrVphy Magazine - PhotogrVphy Grant

PhotogrVphy Grant is a platform that allows applicants to gain experience and enter the world of professional photography. Artists have the opportunity to push their careers forward and be recognized by art galleries, curators, media, and cultural institutions from all over the world.  Winning applicant will receive $1,000.

Projects are due August 31, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Voya Financial - Voya Unsung Heroes Program

Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:

  • Innovative method
  • Creativity
  • Ability to positively influence the students

Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Winners are selected by Scholarship America, a national non-profit educational support and student aid service organization.

Of the 100 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. The top winners are selected by the Educators Advisory Board, consisting of six distinguished educators from across the U.S.

The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

For more information, go to
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ASM Materials Education Foundation - School Grants for Projects in Material Science

The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society.

The application deadline is May 25, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) - NET/TEN Program

The NET Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN) prioritizes relationship building and knowledge sharing.  The grants are intended to create new opportunities for reciprocal exchanges with peers and colleagues to share information, techniques, inspiration, expertise and performances among ensembles to strengthen the work of individual ensembles and the field as a whole.  NET/TEN grants encourage open-ended explorations without the pressure of finished products or projects; they are designed to support a wide range of activities.

This program offers the following three grants: Travel, Exchange and Continuation Grants.

Travel Grants range from $500 to $2,000.  The next deadline for Travel Grants is April 11, 2018 at 3pm ET.

Exchange Grants are meant for applicants who are looking to build on a prior artistic collaboration. Exchange Grants range from $3,000 to $10,000, and require a 1:1 match.  The grants can be used to improve the artistic, technical and even the administrative aspects of an ensemble.  A notice of intent to apply is due December 15, 2017, with full applications due for Exchange Grants on January 24, 2018 at 3pm ET.

Continuation Grants are meant to build on relationships developed during previous involvement in the NET/TEN Program. One $10,000 grant will be awarded once a year.  The application deadline for Continuation Grants is June 1, 2018 at 3pm ET
For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Rebate Program

The 2017 Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Rebate Program is available to municipalities for the purchase or leasing of clean vehicles for municipal fleets or for the installation of infrastructure which supports public use of clean vehicles. There are two separate applications for the municipal purchase and lease of clean vehicles, and for the installation of infrastructure projects which can include electric vehicle supply equipment and hydrogen refueling stations. Funding is provided through rebates to municipalities.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants are counties and NYC boroughs, cities, towns and villages of the State of New York.  Municipalities in Ulster County can contact the Ulster County Department of the Environment for assistance in completing the application process for this program.  The Department's website is

■ Funding: $2 million is available for rebates on the purchase/lease of ZEV and for eligible infrastructure projects for public charging and/or fueling of vehicles. Infrastructure projects must pass a series of eligibility criteria.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the funding is depleted or May 31, 2018.

■ Contact: Nancy Welsh
Phone: 518-402-8448
Email: ZEVrebate[at]dec.ny[dot]gov
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Filmmakers Without Borders - Filmmaking Grants Focused on Digital Storytelling

Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) filmmaking grants provide funding and support for independent filmmakers to share their stories. Funds are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production.  FWB focuses its efforts on promoting digital storytelling.

Grants are available in the following amounts:

  • Development: $250, $500, or $1000
  • Production: $500, $1000, $2500, or $5000
  • Post-production: $250, $500, $1000, or $2500
  • Film Festival Applications: $100, $250, or $500

The next application deadlines are June 1, 2018 (summer funding cycle); and August 1, 2018 (fall funding cycle).

For more information, go to
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The Windgate Charitable Foundation - Art Education Grants

The Windgate Charitable Foundation is a private grant-making foundation.  Its principal goals are to:

  • fund significant educational programs in the visual arts, arts and crafts, and art history preservation efforts;
  • provide funding to K-12 and higher educational institutions for the development and support of the arts, scholarships, and effective instructional programs;
  • encourage programs which show promise of developing the children and youth of this country into moral, productive, and humane citizens and committed family members;
  • and to fund other such programs as its Board may direct, in their discretion, which serve the established charitable purposes of the Foundation.

Submission deadlines are July 1, 2018 and October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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American Humane - Wags4Patriots Program

American Humane provides funding and support to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are seeking lifesaving service dogs through the Wags4Patriots program.

■ Eligibility: Only active or retired military individuals with a PTSD diagnosis are considered for this grant. Successful completion of the service dog agency’s application is necessary, and only applications received through the appropriate online submission process will be eligible.
■ Funding: Funding may be used only to help offset the adoption costs for obtaining a PTSD service dog. Funding is paid directly to the service dog agency.
Deadline: The grant is on a rolling basis.
■ Contact: Mary Mackie

Phone: 800-227-4645
Email: marym[at]americanhumane[dot]org
** ** ** - Computer Grants awards computer grants to organizations that deliver necessary and valuable services to underserved communities like technology training, health care, education, and job training, but need upgraded computers to better manage their organization and improve their capacity to deliver those valuable services.

Application deadlines for 2018 are June 1 and September 1.

For more information, go to
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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - Small Wind Turbine Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces the availability of approximately $6 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $1,000,000 per site/customer, will be paid to Eligible Installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements.

The deadline is December 31, 2018.

Application materials are available at
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Technical Assistance Grants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is continuously accepting applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. Eligible community groups may apply to receive grants for up to $50,000 per eligible site. There is no matching contribution required on the part of the grant recipient.

Eligibility: A community group must be a non-responsible-party community group incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation having 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code; be a group whose members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site; and be a group whose membership represents the interests of the community affected by the eligible site. Sites that are eligible for a TAG include:

    • Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (State Superfund Program significant threat sites); or
    • Sites being remediated under the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.

Funding: limited to $50,000 per site.

Deadline: continuous

Contact: TAG Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7012
Phone: (518) 402-9711

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United States Department of Agriculture – Community Facility Grants

(The USDA’s Community Facility Program is primarily a loan program that offers some grant money.  Prospective applicants, who are not eligible for a grant, may be eligible for a loan.)

Objectives: Community Programs provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants. Grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments. In addition, applicants must have the legal authority necessary for construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility and also be unable to obtain needed funds from commercial sources at reasonable rates and terms.

Fund Uses: Grant funds may be used to assist in the development of essential community facilities. Grant funds can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. This can include the purchase of equipment required for a facility's operation. A grant may be made in combination with other CF financial assistance such as a direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contributions, or loans and grants from other sources.

The Community Facilities Grant Program is typically used to fund projects under special initiatives, such as Native American community development efforts; child care centers linked with the Federal government's Welfare-to-Work initiative; Federally-designated Enterprise and Champion Communities, and the Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative area.

Maximum Grant: The amount of grant assistance for project costs depends upon the median household income and the population in the community where the project is located and the availability of grant funds. In most instances, projects which receive grant assistance have a high priority and are highly leveraged with other loan and grant awards. Grant assistance may be available for up to 75% of project costs. Grant funding limitations are based on population and income, economic feasibility, and availability of funds.

* Projects will be selected based on a priority point system. Projects that will receive priority are those that:

* Serve small communities - with the highest priority going to projects located in a community with a population of 5,000 or less.

* Serve low-income communities with the highest priority going to projects serving communities with median household incomes below the higher of the poverty line or 60% of the State non-metropolitan median household income.

* Provide healthcare, public safety, or public and community services

Limitations: Grant funds cannot be used to:

* Pay any annual recurring costs, including purchases or rentals that are generally considered to be operating and maintenance expenses

* Construct or repair electric generating plants, electric transmission lines, or gas distribution lines to provide services for commercial sale

* Pay costs to construct facilities to be used for commercial rental where the applicant has no control over tenants and services offered

* Construct facilities primarily for the purpose of housing State, Federal or quasi-Federal agencies

* Finance recreational facilities or community antenna television services or facilities

Basic Instruction: 7 CFR 3570, subpart B

Ulster County is served by

George Popp 
Area Specialist 
(845) 343-1872 ext 4 
(845) 343-2630 fax 

USDA – Rural Development
225 Dolson Ave., Suite 104
Middletown, NY 10940-6539

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