Grants Announcement

Last Updated 3/22/2018

List of Grants

Photojournalism Grant Promoting Gender Diversity

Grant for Independent Photojournalists

Grants for Poets

Emerging Artist Grants

Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Historic Preservation Grant Program for Houses of Worship

Grants for STEM Education

Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums

Photography Awards

Grants for Visual Artists 21 years or older

Funding through Arts Mid-Hudson

Grant for American Painters age 45 and older

Film Grants for Emerging Artists

Prize for Documentary Artists

Grants for Youth Baseball and Softball

Media Grants Program (Environmental Projects)

National Translation Award

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency

Restoration of Watershed Connectivity

Documentary Film Fund

Teacher Development Grants

Grants for Architecture or Environmental Design Projects

Apprenticeship Expansion Grant

Bridge and Culvert Infrastructure Funding

Photography Contest

Documentary Film Grants

Funding to do a Film Thesis

Grants for Visual Artists Age 60 and Over

Folk Art Grant

Grants for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Publishing Grants

Grants for Projects Serving Veterans

Independent Film Grants

Cartoonist Grant

Art Education Grants

Art Supplies Grant for Elementary and Middle Schools

Filmmaking Grants

Human Services Grant

Photography Competition and Grant

Grant Awards for Educators

Mini-Grants For Schools and Libraries

School Projects in Materials Science Grant

Grant Program for Theater Ensembles

Zero-Emission Vehicles Rebate Program

Digital Storytelling Filmmaking Grants

Art Education Grants

Ceramics Research and Education Grant

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

Automotive Restoration 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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Getty Images and Women Photograph - Women Photograph Grant

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

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

For more information, go to
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Getty Images - Reportage Grant

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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International Encaustic Artists - 2018 Emerging Artists Grant

The Emerging Artist Grant is a $750 award, intended to support those early in their artistic careers, regardless of age, when this kind of support would be most impactful. An IEA Emerging Artist demonstrates potential in their practice, works in a dynamic and exciting way, yet is seeking ways to enhance and strengthen their art practice. Applicants must be IEA members in good standing who are motivated to increase their knowledge and skills and push their art careers forward. This year, we are pleased to announce we will be awarding three IEA members.

Funds from the Emerging Artist Grant may be applied to tuition, travel expenses (i.e. travel to attend a workshop), art supplies and art publications. The award may be applied to a college level course, an artist’s workshop, or other professional development (i.e. professional art career coaching and/or consultation) deemed qualified by the IEA Emerging Artist Grant committee.

The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

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

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

The application deadline is June 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation - National Fund for Sacred Places

Sacred places have played a critical role in shaping the character of communities.  This grant funding can help to keep these historic places as an important part of the nation's cultural heritage. The National Fund for Sacred Places provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 for congregations of all faiths.

The deadline for letters of intent is April 17, 2018.

For more information about the application process, go to
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New York State Education Department - Title II, Part B Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program (MSP)

The purpose of this grant is to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science through partnerships that enhance the teaching of elementary and secondary teachers (PK-12). Through partnerships between local school districts and institutions of higher education, teachers participate in professional learning opportunities that strengthen instructional practices in mathematics and science. Partnerships between high-need school districts and STEM departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of an innovative, comprehensive systems approach to enhance teaching and learning.

■ Eligibility: Applicants must be a high-need public school district or public charter school that has at least 50 percent of students from low-income families. The applicant must partner with an engineering, mathematics or science department of an institution of higher education.

■ Funding: $7.5 million is available

Deadline: April 6, 2018

■ Contact: Ann Crotty
Email: EMSCMSP[at]nysed[dot]gov
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Samuel H. Kress Foundation - Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums

This program is intended to encourage students to explore interpretive careers in art museums, and as such, Kress Interpretive Fellowships provide competitive grants to American art museums that sponsor supervised internships in art museum education.  Preference is given to institutional applications that will provide fellows with an opportunity to collaborate closely with both art museum educators and curators, and will advance the appreciation of European art history of the pre-modern era.

■ Eligibility: Applications must be submitted by the art museum proposing to host a Kress Interpretive Fellow. Fellows must have completed a degree (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D. in art history, art education, studio art or museum studies) and be pursuing graduate study or professional placement in those areas.

■ Funding: A minimum of six Kress Interpretive Fellowships are awarded each year to American art museums for nine- to 12-month opportunities. The full fellowship award is $30,000 and must be allocated as a stipend for the fellow.

Deadline: March 30, 2018

■ Contact:
Phone: 212-861-4993
Email: info[at]kressfoundation[dot]org
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Neutral Density - Photography Awards 2018

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

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

For more information, go to
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Harpo Foundation - Grants for Visual Artists

The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

The application deadline is April 20, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Arts Mid-Hudson - Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund

The Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund (UCCSPF) is a funding resource dedicated to maintaining the artistic and cultural assets of Ulster County through capacity building, programmatic support, and strategic collaborations for the arts community. UCCSPF offers this support to nonprofit arts organizations with the purpose of promoting Ulster County through arts and cultural activities that add to the economy and quality of life for our residents. Financial resources for this program have been made available by the Ulster County Legislature. Established nonprofit arts organizations or artistic programs that have been in existence for more than three years, have a record of success, and are recognized in the community shall be eligible and encouraged to apply for funding.

The application deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018 at Midnight.

For man application, go to
Click on Ulster County Funds tab
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Provincetown Art Association and Museum - The Lilian and William Freed Grant

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

Application submission deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5pm EST.

For more information and a link to the application, go to
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The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists - Film Grant 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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Patagonia - Media Grants Program

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

Through our Media Grants Program, we fund work that:

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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The American Literary Translators Association - National Translation Award

The National Translation Award (NTA) is awarded annually in poetry and in prose to literary translators who have made an outstanding contribution to literature in English by masterfully recreating the artistic force of a book of consummate quality. The NTA is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation in English, and the only one to include an evaluation of the source language text.

The deadline for nominating books published in 2017 is April 16, 2018.

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Tributary Restoration and Resiliency

DEC is pleased to announce funding for projects to help restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, conserve and restore habitat, and increase flood resiliency for communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed. The information below provides details about applying for projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed.

The application deadline is April 18, 2018.  Applications will be accepted through NYS Grants Gateway.

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Restoration of Watershed Connectivity

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (leaves DEC's website) (NEIWPCC), in cooperation with the Hudson River Estuary Program, is inviting proposals for projects that will help restore aquatic habitat connectivity for herring and eel, reduce localized flood risks, and improve conditions on Hudson River Estuary tributaries. This Request for Proposals (RFP) will fund road-stream crossing assessments, prioritizing the mitigation of these crossings at a municipal scale, using existing assessments and designs for correcting inadequate road-stream crossings (culverts and bridges).

The deadline for applications is March 30, 2018 at 12 noon. Applications will be accepted through NYS Grants Gateway.

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

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

Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
The application deadline is April 15, 2018.
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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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New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) - Apprenticeship Expansion Grant (AEG)

The NYSDOL seeks to expand Registered Apprenticeship (RA) training by increasing employment opportunities for approximately 800 new apprentices with a focus on underrepresented populations. This grant will focus on the emerging fields of advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, as well as others identified by Regional Economic Development Councils and Local Workforce Development Boards. Funding will cover costs associated with the provision of training apprentices through RA, such as Related Instruction (RI), On-the-Job Training (OJT), books and tools.

■ Eligibility: An eligible applicant must be a sponsor of an active or probationary NYS group program or be an applicant for a NYS RA program whose application has been received by the NYSDOL and posted on the NYSDOL website for public comment.

■ Funding: $4.1 million is committed for approximately 800 new apprentices.

Deadline: March 29, 2019.

■ Contact: Alan Gallagher
Email: alan.gallagher[at]labor.ny[dot]gov
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New York State Department of Transportation - BRIDGE NY Program

The BRIDGE NY program, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), is open to all municipal owners of bridges and culverts. Projects will be awarded through a competitive process and will support all phases of project development. Projects selected for funding under the BRIDGE NY Initiative will be evaluated based on the resiliency of the structure, including such factors as hydraulic vulnerability and structural resiliency; the significance and importance of the bridge including traffic volumes, detour considerations, number and types of businesses served and impacts on commerce; and the current bridge and culvert structural conditions.

March 15, 2018 at 11:59pm is the draft application deadline for culvert applications.

March 29, 2018 at 11:59pm is the draft application deadline for bridge applications.

For more information, go to
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Audubon - 2018 Audubon Photography Awards

All submitted photographs must depict birdlife (i.e., contain at least one bird) and accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder (a “Photograph”). Photographs that have been digitally or otherwise altered beyond standard optimization (e.g., removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast) will be disqualified. Normal processing of RAW image files or minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable.

The contest deadline is Monday, April 09, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

For more information, go to
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Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund - Documentary Film Grants

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, with support from the Oath Foundation, provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. For films, based anywhere, that are in production or post-production with intended premiere exhibition. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.

The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2018 (at midnight EST).  The grant program's website will say "Submissions Now Closed", but submissions are scheduled to be accepted starting February 16, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Princess Grace Foundation-USA - Film Grant Opportunity for Students

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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Tree of Life - Individual Artist Grant

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

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

For more information and grant application materials, go to
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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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Veterans Support Foundation - Grants for Veteran-Related Projects

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

The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

Interested organizations should visit the following webpage for more information:
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From the Heart Productions - Roy W. Dean Film Grants

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

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

For more information, go to
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Creators for Creators - Cartoonist Grant

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

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

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

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

The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

The next application deadline is July 12, 2018.

Applications will need to be submitted through

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

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

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

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

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

Grants are available in the following amounts:

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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PhotogrVphy Magazine - PhotogrVphy Grant

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

Projects are due August 31, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

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

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

The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

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

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

The application deadline is May 25, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grants are available in the following amounts:

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

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

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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.

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Northern Clay Center - Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

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

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

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - USArtists International

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

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

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

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

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RPM Foundation - Automotive Restoration and Preservation Grants

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

The next application due date is April 20, 2018.

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American Humane - Wags4Patriots Program

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

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

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

Application deadlines for 2018 are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 15.

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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - Small Wind Turbine Program

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

The deadline is December 31, 2018.

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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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