Grants Announcement

Last Updated 7/12/2018

List of Grants

Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

Sculpture Grant Award - Figurative or Realist

Grant Award for Sculpture in Bas-Relief

Grants Program from Humanities NY

Bicycle Infrastructure and Advocacy Grant

Travel Grant for Writers

Capacity Building Grants

Field Trip Grants

Intercultural Education Grants

Photography Grant Award

Portrait Competition

National Arts Competition for 15 to 18 Year Olds

Funding Award to Publish a Minicomic

Trail Grant Program

Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program

Water Quality Improvement Project Program

Textile Art Competition

Grant Award for Unpublished Mystery Writers

Funding for Women Journalists

Individual Artist Grants

Grants for Young Classical Musicians

Media Projects: Development Grants

Media Projects: Production Grants

Music Education Grants

Funding for Economic Development Studies

Grants for Historic Preservation

Grants for Poets

Photography Awards

Grants for Youth Baseball and Softball

Media Grants Program (Environmental Projects)

Grants for Architecture or Environmental Design Projects

Folk Art Grant

Grants for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Publishing Grants

Independent Film Grants

Art Education Grants (multiple programs)

Photography Competition and Grant

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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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. We welcome and encourage international applicants.

The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

The grant application is available at http://www.virginiaagrootfoundation.org/application/  or https://virginiaagrootfoundation.slideroom.com/#/login/program/42583
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National Sculpture Society - Alex J. Ettl Grant

The Alex J. Ettl Grant is a prize of $7,695 sponsored by the National Sculpture Society. The Grant includes an unrestricted $5,000 cash award, a half-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine (value: $2,150) and a quarter page ad in Sculpture Review magazine (value: $545).

It is awarded annually to a figurative or realist sculptor who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work. The Ettl Grant is for a mature body of work; sculpture created in workshop or instructional settings should not be submitted.

The deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to https://nationalsculpture.org/programs-awards/ettl-grant/
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National Sculpture Society - Dexter Jones Award

The Dexter Jones Award, an unrestricted prize of $5,000, is presented annually to a sculptor for an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief. Applicants must be sculptors born between 1979-2000.

The deadline is November 5, 2018.

For more information, go to https://nationalsculpture.org/programs-awards/dexter-jones-award/
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Humanities New York - Three Grant Opportunities

    Vision Grants: Seed Funding for Project Development
Up to $1,500 in support of brainstorming, researching, and professional development for organizations working collaboratively to develop new ideas and program strategies. These grants aim to:

  • Support emerging and established partnerships between different groups on a shared project that may develop into public-facing activities
  • Infuse program design with humanities themes and methodologies from the start   
  • Encourage experimentation in program design
  • Build community input into program design

    Action Grants: Matching Funds for Project Implementation
Up to $5,000 to produce public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others across New York State. These grants require organizations to demonstrate a match of at least one-to-one. These grants aim to:

  • Connect audiences more deeply to the communities where they live and work  
  • Solidify community partnerships and diversify audiences
  • Creatively employ the tools of the humanities to respond to issues and ideas capturing the imagination and passion of New Yorkers today

    Quick Grants: Small Matching Grants for Volunteer-Run Organizations
Quick Grants of $500 are now available for in-person public humanities program​s​. These matching grants are ​intended for small and volunteer-run organizations. Proposals ​will be accepted on a rolling basis while funds last.

Vision and Quick Grant applications are open. Action Grant applications will reopen in August 2018.  October 1, 2018 is the next application deadline for Action Grants.

For more information, go to https://humanitiesny.org/our-work/grants/
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PeopleForBikes - Community Grant

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, it will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative.

Online Letters of Interest are due July 23, 2018.

For more information, go to https://peopleforbikes.org/grant-guidelines/
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Speculative Literature Foundation - Gulliver Travel Grant

The Gulliver Travel Grant is awarded annually, since 2004, to assist writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction) in their research. These grants are not currently available for academic research. One travel grant of $1000 is awarded annually, to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.

The application deadline is September 30, 2018.

For application procedures, go to http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/the-gulliver-travel-grant/
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Community Grants

The Foundation will focus its grant making on applications that address building the capacity of organizations and communities. This includes purchasing equipment to improve office operations (shipping expenses are not included) and aiding professional development of staff and/or board members (travel and lodging are not provided).  These grants can also be used is support of programmatic areas.

The deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to https://communityfoundationshv.org/Grants/Community-Grants-Ulster-County
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Field Trip Grants

Educators in a public school or school district from kindergarten to grade 12 may apply for a grant. The maximum grant award is $2,000 per field trip. There is not a limit of requests that can be made per school. However, schools will be generally be limited to no more than two field trip grants each, as the competitive application process warrants. Funding priority will be given to high needs schools/districts.

Award notifications will be from mid-September 2018 to January 2019.

For more information, go to https://communityfoundationshv.org/Grants/Field-Trip-Grants
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Robert R. Chapman Fund Grants

The focus of the Robert R. Chapman Fund is to promote and/or help provide international and intercultural learning experiences for youth.  These grants are not given to support specific individuals but may be used by organizations to defray the costs that a group of individuals may be required to contribute towards a program.

The deadline is October 15, 2018.

For more information, go to https://communityfoundationshv.org/Grants/Robert-R-Chapman-Fund-Grants
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Gomma - Gomma Photography Grant

The Gomma Photography Grant is an award tailored to fund and support photographers, both emerging and established, working among various genres.

The Gomma Grant is open to everyone. Any medium, black & white or color, analog or digital. Gomma's jurors and editors are looking for consistency, personality and courage. 

The fee schedule depends on how early work is submitted and the fees are in Euros.

The early bird deadline is August 31, 2018 and the final deadline is November 3, 2018, midnight GMT.

For more information and to apply, go to http://www.gommagrant.com/index.html
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The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition - Portrait Competition for Various Media

Entries will be accepted in all visual arts media including but not restricted to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, video, performance, and digital or time-based media.  There's a $50 entry fee.

The winner of the Portrait Competition will receive a cash award of $25,000 and will be awarded a separate commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. The winning artist and the Portrait Gallery will collaborate to select the subject for the commissioned portrait. The second-prize winner will receive $7,500, and the third-prize winner will receive $5,000. Up to four additional artists may be commended for their work and those artists will receive $1,000 each. The winner of the People’s Choice Award during the exhibition at the Portrait Gallery will receive $500. All finalists’ works will form a major exhibition on view at the Portrait Gallery from November 2, 2019, through September 6, 2020 and the subsequent national tour from October 2020 through January 2022.

The deadline is September 3, 2018, midnight MT (Mountain Time).

For more information, go to http://portraitcompetition.si.edu/content/enter-outwin-boochever-portrait-competition
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National YoungArts Foundation - National Arts Competition

The YoungArts competition includes ten disciplines across the visual, literary, design and performing arts. They are: Cinematic Arts, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing. Winners can receive up to $10,000 in cash awards, take master classes with accomplished artists and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

This competition is for young artists who are 15-18 years old or in grades 10-12.  There's a $35 non-refundable application fee, but fee waivers are available for those who qualify.

The deadline to fully complete and submit an application is Friday, October 12, 2018 by 11:59pm EST.

For more information, go to http://www.youngarts.org/apply
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Chicago Alternative Comics Expo - Cupcake Award

The fifth annual Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentorship of a special guest judge.

The deadline is July 31, 2018.

For guidelines and eligibility requirements, go to http://www.cakechicago.com/cupcake-award/
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Hudson River Valley Greenway - Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce that the 2018 Conservancy Trail Grant Application is now available. This annual grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program.

Eligible project categories include:

  • Trail Construction, Planning and Design   
  • Trail Rehabilitation or Improvement   
  • Trail Education or Interpretation

The 2018 application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail.  Funding requests can be up to $75,000 with a total of $500,000 available.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM, August 10, 2018

For additional materials, go to http://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/trailgrants.aspx
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - New York State DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program (EPG)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), will offer grants to municipalities to help pay for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) water quality projects. Up to $3 million has been made available for this round of the EPG program.

The ultimate goal of the EPG program is to advance water quality projects to construction so successful applicants can use the engineering report funded by the grant to seek financing through the CWSRF program, Water Quality Improvement Project program, or other funding entities to further pursue the identified solution.

Municipalities can apply for the funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Individual grants will be up to $100,000; all grants require a local match equal to 20 percent of the requested grant amount. Successful applicants will be required to execute a grant agreement with EFC within 12 months of a grant award.

Applications are due by 4:00 PM, July 27, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/81196.html
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments.

Applications are accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) before 4:00 PM on July 27, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html
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Fiber Art Network - Excellence in Fibers Competition

This competition is organized into 5 categories: Wall/Floor Works, Sculptural Works, Vessel Forms/Basketry, Installation Works and Wearables.  There's a $40 entrance fee.

There will be a total of $2000 in prizes, including a $300 prize for each of the five categories, with a $500 Award for Excellence in Fibers. Selected works will appear in the Fourth Annual Excellence in Fibers catalog which will be presented to curators and directors of 300+ museums and galleries that feature fiber work and a select group of fiber and fine craft collectors. It will be integrated into the special expanded winter issue of Fiber Art Now, a publication sold at major outlets in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Fiber Art Now draws on the work of competition entrants for magazine content throughout the year.

The deadline is September 2, 2018.

For more information, go to http://www.fiberartnowentry.net/
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William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers - Mystery Writing Grant Award

This award may be used to offset registration, travel, or other expenses related to attendance at a writers’ conference or workshop within a year of the date of the award. In the case of nonfiction, the grant may be used to offset research expenses. The grant includes a $2,500 award plus a comprehensive registration for the upcoming Malice Domestic convention and two nights’ lodging at the convention hotel, but does not include travel to the convention or meals.

This award is for unpublished writers of traditional mysteries, meaning the genre loosely identified as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore, or violence. The grant program is designed to foster quality mystery novel and nonfiction literature and to assist mystery authors on the road to publication.

The deadline is November 1, 2018.

For more information, go to http://malicedomestic.org/grants.html
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International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) -  IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories. For the next eight years, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.

The application deadline is August 7, 2018.

For more information, go to http://www.iwmf.org/programs/howard-g-buffett-fund-for-women-journalists/2018-grant-application-guide/
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Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation - Individual Artist Grants

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives annual awards of $1500 to individual artists living and working in the United States, and who are engaged in or planning a new craft or visual art project. The Foundation does not accept film, video, performance art or music submissions (except as those media are integrated into a larger craft or visual art project).

The application deadline is July 15, 2018.

http://chenvenfoundation.org/how-to-apply/
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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 https://www.rbpfoundation.org/grants/applying-for-a-grant/
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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 https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants
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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 https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants
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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 http://www.daddariofoundation.org/grants
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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 https://esd.ny.gov/strategic-planning-and-feasibility-studies-program
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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 application deadline is October 1, 2018.  If the first of the month falls on a weekend, applications will be due on the following Monday.

For more information, go to http://forum.savingplaces.org/build/funding/grant-seekers/preservation-funds
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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 http://www.bynnerfoundation.org/grants/index.htm
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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 deadline is September 23, 2018.

For more information, go to https://ndawards.net/page/about-competition/
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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 deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.mlb.com/baseball-tomorrow-fund/how-to-apply
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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 deadline is August 31, 2018.

For more information, go to http://www.patagonia.com/media-funding-guidelines.html
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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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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 application deadline is December 1, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.rabkinfoundation.org/grants/
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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
Website: www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Air-Source-Heat-Pump-Program
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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
Website: www.vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants
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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 http://www.furthermore.org/apply.html
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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 autumn application deadline is September 30, 2018.

For more information, go to http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/
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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 https://www.grants.gov/

For more information and application materials, go to https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/arts-education
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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 http://grant.photogrvphy.com/page/about
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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 deadline is August 1, 2018 (fall funding cycle).

For more information, go to http://filmmakerswithoutborders.org/grants/
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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.

The next deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to http://www.windgatefoundation.org/what-we-fund.html
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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
Website: https://secure.jotform.us/americanhumane/wags4patriots
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InterConnections.org - Computer Grants

InterConnections.org 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.

The next application deadline for this year is September 1, 2018.

For more information, go to http://interconnection.org/computergrants.php
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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 https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2439-Small-Wind-Turbine-Incentive-Program
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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
Website: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2590.html

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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 
george.popp[at]ny.usda[dot]gov

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

This same information can be found at
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-CF_Grants.html