Grants Announcement

Last Updated 6/7/2018

List of Grants

Photography Grant Award

Portrait Competition

Grants for Field Trips to State Parks

Grant Program to Promote Arts Education for Students

National Arts Competition for 15 to 18 Year Olds

Funding Award to Publish a Minicomic

Transportation Infrastructure Funding

Musical Ensemble Performance Program

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Grant Award for Unpublished Mystery Writers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

Funding for an Original Photojournalism Project

Funding for Organizations looking to Expand Economic Opportunity

Documentary Open Call

Grants for Young Classical Musicians

Emerging Photographer Scholarships

Media Projects: Development Grants

Media Projects: Production Grants

Music Education Grants

Contest for Aspiring Cartoonists

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

Art Supplies Grant for Elementary and Middle Schools

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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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
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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
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NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program

The Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant Program connects New York public schoolchildren with nature and New York State history by providing reimbursement grants to public schools for visits to a New York State park, nature center or historic site, or a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Center for a guided educational program or self-guided field trip.

■ Eligibility: K-12 classrooms in Title 1 schools, any public school in a district with a Title 1 school (grades pre-K-12, including school-sponsored clubs), Advantage After School Programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and village, town or county youth bureaus in communities with Title 1 schools are eligible to apply for a field trip grant.

■ Funding: Transportation costs will be reimbursed up to $1,000.

Deadline: July 1, 2018

■ Contact:
Susan Carver
Phone : 518-474-6736
Email: susan.carver[at]parks.ny[dot]gov
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Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) - Assistance for Arts Education (AAE), Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD)

The purpose of this grant program is to promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. Its goal is to:

1) increase access to standards-based arts education;
2) integrate standards-based arts education into other subjects; and
3) improve students’ academic performance, including their knowledge and skills in creating, performing and responding to the arts.

■ Eligibility: Applicants must provide data from the most recent U.S. Census as evidence that the local educational agencies (LEAs) meet the statutory requirement that 20 percent or more of the students served by the LEA (or for each LEA within a consortium of LEAs) are from families with an income below the federal poverty line. Check the website for additional eligibility requirements.

■ Funding: An estimated $14 million is available for this initiative, and awards range from $525,000 to $625,000.

Deadline: July 2, 2018

■ Contact:
Bonnie Carter
Phone: 202-401-3576
Email: bonnie.carter[at]ed[dot]gov
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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
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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
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New York State Department of Transportation - 2018 Transportation Alternatives Program

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is making funding available to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and non-motorized transportation-related projects as well as programs and projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Administered by the NYSDOT, these funds are made available to the State through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  The TAP Program provides reimbursement of up to 80 percent of project-related costs with the remaining 20 percent provided by project sponsors.  Ulster County is not eligible for the Congestion Management Air Quality Program for this funding round.

NYSDOT will also be hosting a series of informational workshops/webinars for agencies interested in applying for this funding; one of the workshops will be held at NYSDOT-Region 8 (4 Burnett Blvd., Poughkeepsie) on Wed., June 6 at 1:00 p.m. Attendance at a workshop/webinar is required before a sponsor can apply for a grant.

Application pre-review requests are due by June 28 with completed applications accepted until August 16, 2018.  Applications will be accepted through New York State's Grants Gateway portal.

For more information, go to
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The Aaron Copland Fund for Music - 2018 Performance Program

Funds are available for General Operating Support for professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment. The program also provides Project Support for exceptionally important activities relating to contemporary American music proposed by professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations that do not normally feature contemporary American music in their programming.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 30, 2018.

For more information and a link to an application, go to
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 next application period will be from June 19 to August 7, 2018.

For more information, go to
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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.
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Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award 2018 - Funding for an Original Photojournalism Project

This award is designed to help a photographer carry out an original reporting project through a €8000 endowment.

The award will be presented to a professional photographer of any age, sex or nationality who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural issue in a journalistic manner. The award is given in order to allow the winner to produce a story that has never been told but that the photographer cannot find support for within the media.

The application dossier must be sent no later than June 15, 2018 at midnight.  Application materials are to be sent by FTP, and it looks like they need to be sent by midnight, Central European Time.

For application materials, go to
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The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - Communities Thrive Challenge

This is a $10 million funding opportunity open to organizations that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities in the United States. Communities Thrive Challenge hopes to fund and strengthen community-driven approaches across the country that help low-income and financially insecure people find and retain well-paid and meaningful work, achieve financial security or build economically vibrant neighborhoods. Additionally, they want to share stories of successful community efforts with other funders and leaders, and to learn about the ideas and needs that should influence long-term, larger scale strategies to increase opportunity.

■ Eligibility: To be eligible, organizations with a track record of expanding opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people in their communities must register online no later than Tuesday, June 12.

■ Funding: $1 million grants, technical assistance and national visibility will be awarded to 10 organizations. Ten finalists will receive a $5,000 award in recognition of their good work.

Deadline: Organizations must register online by June 12 and submit an application by June 19.

■ Contact by email only: questions[at]communitiesthrivechallenge[dot]org

■ Website:
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Firelight Media Documentary Lab - Documentary Lab Open Call

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

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

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

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

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

Applications must be received by December 1, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The application deadline is June 15, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

The 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
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The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry - Grants for Poets

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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Patagonia - Media Grants Program

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

Through our Media Grants Program, we fund work that:

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

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

The next application deadline is August 31, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Graham Foundation - Grants to Individuals for Projects in Architecture or the Designed Environment 

The grant provides opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to practitioners' creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their careers.
The application deadline is September 15, 2018.
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The Dorthea and Leo Rabkin Foundation - Folk Art Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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

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

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

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

The next application deadline is September 1, 2018.

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

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

The summer deadline is June 30, 2018 and the fall deadline is September 30, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

The next application deadline is July 12, 2018.

Applications will need to be submitted through

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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American Humane - Wags4Patriots Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

The deadline is December 31, 2018.

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

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

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

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

Funding: limited to $50,000 per site.

Deadline: continuous

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

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United States Department of Agriculture – Community Facility Grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Limitations: Grant funds cannot be used to:

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

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

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

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

* Finance recreational facilities or community antenna television services or facilities

Basic Instruction: 7 CFR 3570, subpart B

Ulster County is served by

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

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

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