Grants Announcement

Last Updated 1/18/2018

List of Grants

Grants for Visual Artists Age 60 and Over

Funding for Veterans New to Farming or Ranching

Composers' Commissioning Program

Grants for Historic Interiors

Grants for Historic Preservation Projects

Grants for 34 Arts Disciplines

Mini-Grants for the Arts

Weslyan Writers Conference - Teaching Fellowships

Folk Art Grant

Grants for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Professional Development Grants for Teachers and College Faculty

Veterans Homeless Providers Grant

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Teacher Grants for Special Projects and Professional Development

Grants to Increase Access to Locally Grown Foods

Publishing Grants

Grants for Female Artists

Grants for Projects Serving Veterans

Creative Writing Fellowship including Residency

Independent Film Grants

Grants for Jazz Ensembles

Grant Award for Professional Photographers

Grant Award for Student Photographers

Heritage Development Grants

Cartoonist Studio Prize

Cartoonist Grant

Art Education Grants

Art Supplies Grant for Elementary and Middle Schools

Filmmaking Grants

Creative Writing Fellowships

Human Services Grant

Photography Competition and Grant

New York State Artist Fellowships

Grant Awards for Educators

Innovative Reading Grant

Mini-Grants For Schools and Libraries

School Projects in Materials Science Grant

Grant Program for Theater Ensembles

Zero-Emission Vehicles Rebate Program

Digital Storytelling Filmmaking Grants

Art Education Grants

Documentary Film Grant

Ceramics Research and Education Grant

Grants for Ensembles and Individual Performers in Dance, Music and Theater

Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

Automotive Restoration Education Grants

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

Computer Grants

Small Wind Turbine Program

Grants to Build Capacity for Administering a Building Renovation Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

USDA Community Facility Grants and Loans

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Tree of Life - Indivdual Artist Grant

The Individual Artist Grant provided funding for senior visual artists, age 60 and over. This grant can be for new work or special projects, studio space, website creation, cataloging art and artist’s history, archiving and storage of art, exhibitions, and catalog publication.

The deadline for receiving applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 3, 2018.  Applications will be accepted beginning February 15, 2018.

For more information and grant application materials, go to
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Farmer Veteran Coalition - Farmer Veteran Fellowships Fund

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and more than $1.5 million has been awarded to veterans since 2011.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018 at 5pm PT.  The application window opens on February 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Koussevitzky Music Foundation - Commissioning Program

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress will consider applications from performing organizations from any country for the commissioning of composers. This commissioning program is designed primarily for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

For more information and grant application material, go to
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National Trust for Historic Preservation - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors

The purpose of the fund is to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Grants from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors generally range from $2,500 to $15,000.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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National Trust for Historic Preservation - Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation

The fund aims to save historic environments in order to foster an appreciation of our nation’s diverse cultural heritage and to preserve and revitalize the livability of the nation’s communities. Grants from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation generally range from $2,500 to $15,000.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Creative Capital - Funding for Projects And Career Development Services in 34 Arts Disciplines

Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $45,000, for a total commitment of up to $95,000 per project.In February 2018 we will accept submissions in 34 disciplines. These include works in film, literature, performing arts, visual arts, and a number of other media.

Creative Capital will accept letters of inquiry until Febraury 28, 2018 (Midnight GMT); submissions will be accepted starting February 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Integrity: Arts and Culture Association - Mini-Grants for the Arts

Integrity Arts and Culture Association (IACA) Mini-Grants generally average $250, and are intended to assist with such things as: art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, etc. This is IACA's way of planting seeds that it sees as helping the arts grow into the future.

Application Deadline Date: February 21, 2018 11:59PM CST

For more information, go to
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Wesleyan University - Wesleyan Writers Conference

Scholarships to the writers' conference are awarded competitively, and applicants are judged on the basis of promise shown in their work. Entries should consist of a work in one genre: novel, short story, poety, nonfiction, or journalism. Several scholarships provide full tuition, room, and board, but most offer smaller awards, covering a part of the Conference tuition.

Several teaching fellowships are available and are awarded to outstanding applicants who have completed book-length manuscripts.

Scholarship and fellowship applications are due March 15, 2018.

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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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Summer Seminars and Institutes

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty. Seminars and institutes may be as short as one week or as long as four weeks.

■ Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is eligible, as are state and local governments and federally recognized tribal governments.

■ Funding: Seminar awards range from $50,000 to $135,000 for a grant period of 12 months. Institute awards range from $60,000 to $225,000 for a grant period of 15 months.

Deadline: February 15, 2018.

■ Contact Information
Phone: 202-606-8471
Email: sem-inst[at]neh[dot]gov
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program

The VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program is offered annually (as funding permits) to fund community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. Its purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or supportive services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income and obtain greater self-determination.

■ Eligibility: State, local, public and Indian housing authorities, tribal governments and nonprofits are eligible to apply. Only programs with supportive housing or service centers are eligible for these funds.

■ Funding: The GPD program has published two Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) and is currently accepting applications. On November 2, 2017, the VA announced the availability of per diem funds to eligible entities to provide transitional housing beds under the VA’s GPD Program models. The VA expects to fund 1,500 beds with this NOFA for applicants who will use one or a combination of the following housing models: Bridge Housing, Low Demand, Hospital-to-Housing, Clinical Treatment and Service-Intensive Transitional Housing and Service Centers. On November 6, 2017, the VA announced the availability of funding for applicants who seek to continue providing ‘‘Transition in Place’’ (TIP) grants and new applicants that will serve the homeless veteran population through a TIP housing model to facilitate housing stabilization. Both notices contain information concerning the program, funding priorities, application process and amount of funding/beds available. Funding under these NOFAs is for operational costs only. No capital funding is available at this time.

Deadline: The Per Diem Only NOFA is due February 28, 2018, and the Transition in Place NOFA is due February 21, 2018.

■ Contact: Jeff Quarles
Phone: 1-877-332-0334
Email: GPDinquiry[at]va[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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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Fund for Excellence in Education Teacher Grants

This grant program is open to classroom teachers of pre-K-12 at parochial, private/independent, and public schools.  Grants are available to Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster County classroom teachers to be used for special projects to be done with their classes or for professional development which has direct benefit to the classroom.

The spring application deadline is March 15, 2018.
Click on the Education tab and scroll down.
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food Grant Program

The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, through a grant from the NoVo Foundation is pleased to offer the Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food grant program for 2018, 2019 and 2020. This grant program is designed to distribute funds in amounts up to $25,000 per year to nonprofit organizations in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties who work to increase access to local, farm fresh food for individuals who are considered food insecure. It is anticipated that $270,000 will be available to grant in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Multi-year funding requests will be accepted.

The spring application deadline is February 5, 2018.
Click on the Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food tab.
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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 deadlines are March 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc. - Artist Support Grants for Women

The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund will award grants to female artists in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500.  The next grant application window will be for artists engaged in visual art, fiction writing and mixed genre projects.

The application deadline is January 31, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Veterans Support Foundation - Grants for Veteran-Related Projects

The Veterans Support Foundation (VSF), as part of its ongoing service to veterans and their families, provides funding to nonprofit organizations in the form of grants supporting veteran related projects. VSF gives priority to matching fund projects. VSF provides funding solely for scientific, charitable, and educational purposes.

The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

Interested organizations should visit the following webpage for more information:
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Colgate University - Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing

The annual fellowship is designed to support writers completing their first books. It provides a generous stipend, office space, and an intellectual community for the recipients, who spend the academic year at Colgate. In return, each fellow teaches a creative-writing workshop each semester and gives a public reading of his or her work.

Writers of nonfiction and fiction who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writers will spend the academic year (late August 2018 to early May 2019) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellowship carries a stipend of $40,500 plus travel expenses.

Completed applications should arrive by February 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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Chamber Music America - New Jazz Works

Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and if desired, record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or another member of the ensemble.

The application deadline is February 4, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Alexia Foundation - Professional Grant

The Alexia Foundation offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Work that helps bring about change is more valued.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018.  Application submissions begin January 7, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Alexia Foundation - Student Grant

The Alexia Foundation offers a Student Alexia Grant to enable current college student photographers to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Work that helps bring about change is more valued.

Student applicants are encouraged to consider proposing projects close to where you are. The Foundation's experience is that you’re more likely to produce a successful body of work if you can easily access the setting where you’ll produce the work. Most student grant recipients had already started working on the project for which they received an Alexia grant.

Deadline for submission is March 1, 2018 at midnight Eastern U.S. Time.
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Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area with the National Park Service -  Heritage Development Grants 

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The mission of the HRVNHA program is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.

The HRVNHA established this grant program to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. A total of $55,000 is available through this grant program in 2018.

Grant applications are now being accepted until 4pm on February 9, 2018.

For more information and an application, go to
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The Center for Cartoon Studies and The Slate Book Review - The Cartoonist Studio Prize

Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize will be awarded to work that exemplifies excellence in cartooning. The creators of two exceptional comics will be awarded $1000 each. The two award categories for the Cartoonist Studio Prize are Print Comic of the Year and Web Comic of the Year.

Eligible print comics must be written in (or translated into) English and published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2017.

Submissions in both categories must be received by January 31, 2018.

For more information and application materials, go to
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Creators for Creators - Cartoonist Grant

The goal of the Creators for Creators grant is to support original comics work from new creators. Applicants must either be a single creator or a writer-artist duo with joint ownership of the submitted work.

Each applicant must be eighteen years old or older, and the work cannot have been submitted to a publishing company or similar entity within the past year. The Creators for Creators grant is international, so there are no geographic restrictions on applicants.

Applicants must have never had solo work published by a third-party publisher. Self-published work is acceptable, as is participation in anthologies, but any non-anthology industry publication is unacceptable.

Eligible stories for proposal must be between 64-100 pages upon completion. Works may be intended for print or digital distribution of any type, but must be wholly new works—no reprints.

The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

For more information and application materials, 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 two application deadlines are February 15, 2018 and 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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National Endowment for the Arts - Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, the National Endowment for the Arts assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.

The system must receive a validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 7, 2018.

For more information and application materials, 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 February 15, 2018; 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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New York Foundation for the Arts - 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2017, NYFA awarded 92 grants to 95 awardees with 3 collaborations totaling an amount of $644,000.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) administers these fellowships with support from the Governor's Office and the New York State Legislature.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

The fellowship categories are

  • Folk/Traditional Arts
  • Video/Film
  • Interdisciplinary Work
  • Painting
  • Fiction

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:59PM.

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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American Association of School Librarians - Innovative Reading Grant

The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation - Mini-Grants for Schools and Libraries

The Mini-Grant Program provides funding for a public school teacher or librarian to present a special project outside the standard curriculum or an engaging way to help students meet curricular goals.

The application deadline is March 31, 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 March 1, 2018; July 1, 2018; and October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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JDC Archives - Documentary Film Grant

The JDC Archives will select one film, which will be awarded a grant of $10,000.  Applicants will need to supply a description of the film project (2-4 pages) including: film logline, film treatment, current stage of project, key creative personnel, distribution/marketing strategy, intended audience, project budget and fundraising strategy.

The complete application is due by February 15, 2018.

For more information about application requirements, go to
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Northern Clay Center - Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within the grant year, further expanding their professional development. This award is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or those who have completed a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the application deadline.

Applications for the 2018 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award are due by 5 pm on Friday, April 13, 2018.

For more information and an application, go to
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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - USArtists International

USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation.

The remaining application deadline for a USArtists International (USAI) 2018 grant round is:

  • April 5, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2018.

For additional materials, go to
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The Virginia A. Groot Foundation - Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants (up to $50,000, $20,000, $10,000) to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

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RPM Foundation - Automotive Restoration and Preservation Grants

This grant program helps organizations who are dedicated to instructing and training young people, primarily 18-25 year olds, to restore and preserve vintage cars and boats, as well as providing them with a pathway to careers. An average first-time grant award is about $10,000.

The next application due date is April 20, 2018.

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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 2017 are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 15.

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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 Homes and Community Renewal - New York Main Streets Technical Assistance Grants

The Housing Trust Fund Corporation invites eligible applicants to apply for funding for New York Main Street Technical Assistance (NYMS-TA) Projects.  HTFC expects to make up to $200,000 in funds available to eligible applicants under this NOFA. Eligible applicants are invited to submit applications for funding requests of up to $20,000. NYMS-TA funds are available in the form of matching, reimbursement-based grants. NYMS-TA funds may reimburse up to 95% of the project cost, not to exceed $20,000. The remaining 5% must be provided as a cash match. Project activities may not commence prior to award and execution of a grant agreement.

NYMS-TA projects are intended to improve a community’s readiness to administer a future NYMS building renovation program. Two essential elements in successful administration of a New York Main Street renovation program are a clear understanding of the needs of the project community, and interest from mixed-use property owners.  NYMS-TA funds are available to encourage communities to evaluate neighborhood building conditions, and housing opportunities to prepare for future NYMS projects. Part of this evaluation may include identifying priority target areas, and developing a phased approach to downtown revitalization.
Applications will be accepted until all funding has been allocated or February 18, 2018.

Interested parties can apply through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) portal:

For the most current information on the program, please go to

Crystal Loffler
New York State Homes and Community Renewal
Office of Community Renewal
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 474-2057

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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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