Grants Announcement

Last Updated 9/20/2018

List of Grants

Women Photographers Grant

World Photography Awards

Grants for Painters, Printmakers or Sculptors

Hudson Valley Field Trip Grants

Fellowships to Learn the Business Side of Art

Theater and Dance Company Grants

Emerging Photographer Grant

Literary Translation Award - Children's Books

Film Fund Grants

Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

Sculpture Grant Award - Figurative or Realist

Grant Award for Sculpture in Bas-Relief

Grants Program from Humanities NY

Travel Grant for Writers

Capacity Building Grants

Field Trip Grants

Intercultural Education Grants

Photography Grant Award

National Arts Competition for 15 to 18 Year Olds

Grant Award for Unpublished Mystery Writers

Grants for Young Classical Musicians

Funding for Economic Development Studies

Grants for Historic Preservation

Grants for Poets

Photography Awards

Grants for Youth Baseball and Softball

Folk Art Grant

Grants for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Independent Film Grants

Art Education Grants

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

Small Wind Turbine Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

USDA Community Facility Grants and Loans

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Photographic Museum of Humanity - PHMUSEUM 2018 Women Photographers Grant

Applicants are invited to submit one or more projects centered around a specific theme, narrative or concept. All kinds of photography are welcome, with the Museum's independent panel of judges that will take care of reviewing the submissions and awarding the prizes according to their own criteria. Cash prizes are in pound sterling.  The entrance fee increases after September 27.

The deadline is October 17, 2018 at 11:59pm GMT.

For more information, go to
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World Photography Organisation - SONY World Photography Awards

There are four competitions for this year's awards:

  • Professional - Recognising outstanding bodies of work​ (closes January 11, 2019 - 1300 GMT)
  • Open - Rewarding the world’s best single images ​(closes January 4, 2019 - 1300 GMT)
  • Youth - Best single images by photographers aged 12-19 (closes January 4, 2019 - 1300 GMT)
  • Student - For photography students worldwide (closes November 30, 2018 - 1300 GMT)

For more information, go to
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The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation - Individual Support Grant

This program is for painters, printmakers, or sculptors, who have been working for at least 20 years in a mature phase of their work, and can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

The deadline is 11:59pm EST, December 15, 2018.

For more information and application instructions, go to
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Teaching the Hudson Valley - Explore Awards

Teaching the Hudson Valley’s Explore Awards fund student field experiences that:
  • Create opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley, connecting their studies to significant places.
  • Encourage students’ appreciation for and stewardship of their communities and cultures.
  • Connect teachers with site educators and place-based learning.
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The Clark Hulings Fund (CHF) for Visual Artists - Art-Business Accelerator Program

CHF's Art-Business Accelerator Program is a year-long, intensive course of business study for visual artists designed to impart the necessary business training to succeed as entrepreneurs and make a complete living through the creation of their art.

Fellows in the program receive customized business training, publicity, network-building opportunities, sales assistance, and one-on-one support to boost their careers and help make their businesses self-sustaining. Applicants may also be featured in CHF's Artwork Archive.

The deadline is September 30, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Shubert Foundation - Theater and Dance Company Grants

The Shubert Foundation funds not-for-profit theatres, dance companies, professional theatre training programs and related service agencies.

Ranging from $10,000 to $325,000, the grants benefit a broad spectrum of arts organizations, from large to small, covering a wide range of locations, from urban to rural. The Shubert Foundation is especially interested in providing support to professional resident theatre and dance companies that develop and produce new American work.

The deadline for theater applications is December 5, 2018; and for all other applications the deadline is October 17, 2018.

For more information, got to

For the Shubert Foundation's Grant Portal, go to
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Burn Magazine - 2018 Emerging Photographer Fund Grant

This grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project, or emerging career. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives.

The grant awarded is a $10,000 grant.  The entrance fee is $20.

Additionally, a separate "Fujifilm Young EPF Photographer" grant of $10,000 is awarded. Entrants under age 25 will be automatically eligible for the Young EPF Award. Both awards are not mutually exclusive.

The application deadline is September 30, 2018 at 6PM PST.

To apply, go to
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American Library Association - Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

The application deadline is December 31, 2018.
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Screencraft - Film Fund Grants

Screencraft is accepting applications from around the world (in English). Whether you have a simple screenplay or a film that’s already in production, Screencraft wants to consider your work for its grant program. Screencraft will consider a range of projects, from standalone screenplays, to fully packaged projects seeking finishing funds.

The regular deadline is October 1, 2018 and the fall final deadline is December 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Virginia A. Groot Foundation - Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

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

The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

The grant application is available at  or
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National Sculpture Society - Alex J. Ettl Grant

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

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

The deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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National Sculpture Society - Dexter Jones Award

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

The deadline is November 5, 2018.

For more information, go to
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Humanities New York - Three Grant Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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Speculative Literature Foundation - Gulliver Travel Grant

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

The application deadline is September 30, 2018.

For application procedures, go to
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Community Grants

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

The deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Field Trip Grants

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

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

For more information, go to
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The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Robert R. Chapman Fund Grants

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

The deadline is October 15, 2018.

For more information, go to
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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 was 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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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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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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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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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 deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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The Dorthea and Leo Rabkin Foundation - Folk Art Grant

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

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

The next application deadline is 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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From the Heart Productions - Roy W. Dean Film Grants

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

The autumn application deadline is September 30, 2018.

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

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

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

The next deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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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
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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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