Grants Announcement

Last Updated 8/10/2017

List of Grants

Grants for Experienced Artists

Agricultural Partnership Grants

Commercial Farming and Innovation Grants

Media Arts Assistance Fund

MFA Fellowship for Painting and Sculpture

Grants for Theater and Dance Companies

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

Preservation and Art Grant

Field Trip Grants - Up to $2,000

Field Trip Grants - Up to $700

Grant Award for Sculptors (Figurative or Realist)

Creative Placemaking Grant Program

Historic Roadside Marker Program

Scholarship for Cartoonists who are Juniors or Seniors in College

National Maritime Heritage Grants

Transportation Mobility Grant

Grants for Ceremic Sculpture or Sculpture

Automotive Restoration Education Grants

Bookmobile Grant Program

Music and Recorded Sound Preservation Grant

Grant Award for Aspiring Professional Photographers

Awards Program for Artists with Children

Grant Program for Free Clinics

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

Grant Program related to Musical Theater

Grants for Environmental Service-Learning Projects

Media Projects - Development Grants

Grants for Grades K - 5 Teachers

Environmental Grants

Computer Grants

Grants for Female Artists Over Age 35

Low-rise Residential New Construction Program

Small Wind Turbine Program

Multidisciplinary Architectural Design Grants for Individuals

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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The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation - Individual Support Grant

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have been working in a mature phase of their art for at least 20 years. Maturity is based on the level of intellectual, technical, and creative development maintained over this time period. Artists must show that their primary involvement has been with their artistic goals, regardless of other personal or financial responsibilities. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking.

The application deadline is December 15, 2017.  Grant applications will be available September 1, 2017.

For more information, go to https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/individual-support-grant-1/
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SARE Northeast - Partnership Grants

The purpose of the Partnership Grant program is to support agricultural service providers who work directly with farmers to do on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects that will add to our understanding of sustainable agriculture.

Sustainable agriculture is understood to be agriculture that is profitable, environmentally sound, and beneficial to the community. Partnership Grants are capped at $15,000.

The deadline for 2018 Partnership Grants is October 17, 2017.

For an application and more information, go to http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Partnership-Grant
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SARE Northeast - Farmer Grants

Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices.

The deadline for 2018 Farmer Grants is December 5, 2017.

For an application and more information, go to http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Farmer-Grant
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New York State Council on the Arts and Wave Farm - Media Arts Assistance Fund for Individual Artists

The Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF) provides support for the distribution and exhibition of works in all genres of time-based and moving image media, including emergent technology. Grant awards assist artists in making recently completed works available to public audiences, and advance artistic exploration and public engagement in the media arts.

Applications for support are due January 15, 2018.

For more information, go to https://wavefarm.org/mag/artists
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Dedalus Foundation - Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture

The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018  at 5 p.m. EST. The Foundation will accept nominations beginning October 1. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday will be extended to the next business day.

For more information, go to http://dedalusfoundation.org/programs/mfa
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The Shubert Foundation - Grants for Theater, Dance, Arts-Related Organizations and Education

The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support not-for-profit, professional theater and dance companies in the United States. The program areas of Arts-Related Organizations and Education are smaller than those of Theater and Dance and necessarily limited. The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects.

Grant application deadlines:

  • Dance, Arts-Related and Education applications are October 18, 2017 at 6pm EST.
  • Theatre applications are December 1, 2017 at 6pm EST.

Grants applications will be available at the end of August.  There are additional deadlines for financial statements.

For more information, go to http://www.shubertfoundation.org/grantapps/default.asp
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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 application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2018 grant rounds are:

  • September 7, 2017 for projects taking place between December 15, 2017 and December 14, 2018. Certification Sheets due by September 14, 2017.
  • December 1, 2017 for projects taking place between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2017.
  • 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 http://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-artists/#usartists-international
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New York State Council on the Arts and The Preservation League of New York - Technical Assistance Grants

Grants of up to $3,000, with a required $500 match from each applicant, are available to non-profit groups and municipalities that manage historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other important institutions that serve an arts or cultural purpose and are open to the public.

Application deadline for the Fall 2017 Funding Round: Monday, September 11, 2017.

For guidelines, go to http://www.preservenys.org/tag---technical-assistance-grants.html
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Field Trip Grants

The Community Foundation, through a grant from the Dyson Foundation, is pleased to offer a Field Trip Grant program. This grant program is designed to distribute funds in amounts up to $2,000 to public schools to enhance classroom learning opportunities. Funding priority will be given to high needs schools/districts.

Early Bird Deadline: August 15th
For trips or dates or needing a decision prior to October 15th (notifications to go out mid-September)
 
Fall/Winter Deadline: September 15th
This is for trips with anticipated dates between October 15th – January 30th  (notifications to go out in early October)
 
Winter/Spring Deadline: December 31st 
This is for  with anticipated dates between February 1st – June 30th  (notifications to go out in late January)

To apply, go to http://communityfoundationshv.org/Receive/Grants/Grant-Programs.aspx
Click on the Education tab.
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Target - Field Trip Grants

Target offers field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. It accepts grant applications between noon CST August 1 and 11:59 p.m. CT October 1.

To apply, go to https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants
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National Sculpture Society - Alex J. Ettl Grant

The Alex J. Ettl Grant is a prize of $7,800 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: $650).

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 Monday, October 2, 2017.

Instructions on how to submit an application and other information is available at https://nationalsculpture.org/programs-awards/ettl-grant/
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National Endowment for the Arts - Our Town

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. 
       
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

There is a September 11, 2017 application deadline with submissions through Grants.gov, followed by a September 25, 2017 deadline for supporting materials.  The application calendar can be viewed at https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/application-calendar

More information is available at https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction
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William G. Pomeroy Foundation - Historic Roadside Marker Program

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation strongly believes that historic markers play an important role in local historic preservation by serving a dual purpose. They educate the public and foster historic tourism, which in turn can provide much needed economic benefits to the towns and villages where the markers are placed.

The program will commemorate historic people, places or things within the time frame of 1740-1917 by awarding grants to install historic markers. This funding includes a standard marker, mounting pole and shipping. Grantees are responsible for the installation of the marker.

The application deadline is October 2, 2017, but letters of inquiry to verify primary sources are due September 15, 2017.  Application materials are available August 4, 2017.

For more information, go to http://www.wgpfoundation.org/index.cfm/nys-historic-grant-programs/historic-roadside-marker-program/historic-marker-faq-s/
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The National Cartoonists Society Foundation - The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists. Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.
 
Entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2017.

For an application form, go to http://cartoonistfoundation.reuben.org/jay-kennedy/
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United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service - National Maritime Heritage Grants

This grant program funds maritime heritage education and preservation projects designed to enhance public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States. This can include historic maritime properties, especially those relating to naval, navigational or commercial activities associated with the sea or inland waters. Projects may also include maritime heritage collections that are collected and maintained so they can be properly cared for, studied and interpreted for public benefit. Additionally, the Grants Program will fund traditional maritime skills, meaning skills consisting of those naval, commercial and navigational activities relating to the sea or inland waters which are handed down from generation to generation by word-of-mouth or practice. Maritime history topics which consist of intangible maritime resources and include any topic related to the maritime heritage of the United States may also be funded.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants include: state governments, nonprofits, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, public institutions of higher education and local governments.

■ Funding: Approximately $2.5 million is available to fund approximately 30 awards. Education awards will be awarded from $15,000 to $50,000. Preservation awards will be awarded from $50,000 to $200,000. A 1:1 non-federal matching grant is required.

Deadline: September 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

■ Contact: Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, Historian & Maritime Grants Manager, or Anna Gibson Holloway, Maritime Historian
Phone: 202-354-2266
Email: maritime_grants[at]nps[dot]gov
Website: www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/apply.htm
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New York State Department of Transportation - Section 5310 Program

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is soliciting applications for funding under the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310). Approximately $28.7 million in funding will be allocated. The goal of the Section 5310 Program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available. The program provides financial assistance for transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Private non-profit corporations and most public agencies are eligible to apply to the Section 5310 Program.

Applications are due on August 21, 2017.

The following website has application, webinar schedules and more information: https://www.dot.ny.gov/public-transportation/specialized-transportation/5310/section%205310-application-material
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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.

For more information, go to http://virginiaagrootfoundation.org/info/
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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 two application due dates are August 25, 2017 and December 8, 2017.

For more information, go to http://rpm.foundation/apply-for-grant/
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The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation - Bookmobile Grant Program

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation awards grants to organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. The grants are for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Bookmobiles operated by charitable [501(c)(3)] and other non-taxable agencies, including public libraries or schools, are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.

Grants for 2017 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses.

Applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2017.

For more information, go to http://www.loislenskicovey.org/bookmobile-grants/
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GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live - GRAMMY Museum Grants Program

The GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Proposals are due October 1, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

For more information, go to http://www.grammymuseum.org/programs/grants-program
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PhotogrVphy Magazine - PhotogrVphy Grant

PhotogrVphy Grant is a platform that allows aspiring photographers 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.

There is a $1,000 grant award and all finalists will receive Certificates of Achievement.

Applicants must submit their projects before August 31, 2017.

For more information, go to http://grant.photogrvphy.com/page/about
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Sustainable Arts Foundation - Awards Programs for Artists with at least One Child under the Age of 18

The Sustainable Arts Foundation offers awards in the amount of $2,000 and $6,000. Its selection process is focused almost entirely on the strength of the submitted portfolio. Additionally, the recipients have flexibility in using the funds as they see fit.

To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18.  The Foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing.

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2017.  The online application will be available July 25, 2017.

For more information, particularly about the disciplines funded and portfolio criteria, go to http://apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/
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American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation - Family Medicine Cares USA

Family Medicine Cares USA provides monetary grants to help new, free clinics open their doors or for existing clinics. Applicants for a Family Medicine Cares USA grant must be a new clinic nearing completion of the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic development process, have an AAFP member in a leadership role within the clinic, and meet specified criteria as stated in the grant guidelines and requirements for this program. Primary consideration will be given to clinics with an AAFP member serving as medical director and to those who have Family Medicine residents and/or medical students involved as volunteers. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded.

The deadline is September 15 by 5:00 pm CST.

For grant guidelines and requirements, go to http://www.aafpfoundation.org/foundation/our-work/grants-awards/all/fmc-usa/application.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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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music - Professional Performance Grants

The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational or scholarly initiatives.

The application deadline is November 1, 2017 for proposals for projects and performances taking place on or after January 1, 2018 and before July 1, 2019.

For more information, go to http://www.kwf.org/pages/grant-program.html
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Project Learning Tree - GreenWorks Grants

Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks Grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2017.

For more information, go to https://www.plt.org/resources/greenworks-grants/
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National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs - 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.

Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

Receipt deadline is August 9, 2017.

For more information, go to https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants
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Toshiba America Foundation - Grants for Grades K - 5

Grants for Grades K -5 are for elementary school teachers who have innovative ideas for improving math or science instruction in their classrooms.  Ideas would involve project-based learning with measurable outcomes.  Prospective applicants know what they need to make their idea fun for learning math and science.

Teachers can apply online for a $1,000 grant.

The application deadline is October 1, 2017.

To apply, go to https://www.toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp
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Patagonia - Environmental Grants

Patagonia funds only environmental work. It is most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change.  In its grantmaking activities, it has the philosophy that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum. Funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support.

There are two application due dates this year: April 30, 2017 and August 31, 2017.

For more information, go to http://www.patagonia.com/grant-guidelines.html
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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.

Application deadlines for 2017 are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 15.

For more information, go to http://interconnection.org/computergrants.php
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The National League of American Pen Women - Shirley Holden Helberg Grants

This program will award grants in art, letters and music to female artists age 35 and over. Grants will be awarded in 2018 and in the amount of $1,000.

The deadline is October 31, 2017. 

For more information and an application, go to http://www.nlapw.org/?s=Biennial+Grants+for+Mature+Women
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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - Low-rise Residential New Construction Program

The Low-rise Residential New Construction Program incorporates support for constructing New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes as well as for certain gut rehabilitation projects which may be eligible to participate and receive the alternative New York Energy $mart designation. This Program offers incentives which are intended to encourage the construction or erection of new residential dwelling unit(s).

The deadline is December 29, 2017.

Application materials are available at https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2309-Low-Rise-Residential-New-Construction-Program
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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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Graham Foundation - Grants for Individuals (Architectural Design Projects that incorporate Fine Arts, Humanities and Science in Novel Ways)

The Graham Foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants. Production and Presentation Grants assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects. Research and Development Grants assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs.

For individuals, our priorities are to:

  • Provide opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their careers.
  • Support their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate.
  • Help them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences.
  • Support new voices by giving priority to first-time applicants.

Overall, the Graham Foundation is most interested in opportunities which enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.

The next deadline is to submit an inquiry form is September 15, 2017.  A form will be available July 15, 2017.

For more information, go to http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs?mode=individual
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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.

Interested parties can apply through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) portal: https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/index.cfm

For the most current information on the program, please go to http://www.nyshcr.org/Funding/NYMS/NYMSta.htm

Contact:
Crystal Loffler
New York State Homes and Community Renewal
Office of Community Renewal
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 474-2057
HCR_CFA[at]nyshcr[dot]org

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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