Grants Announcement

Last Updated 5/12/17

List of Grants

Grants for Engaging in or Planning a New Craft/Visual Art Project

Grant Award for Aspiring Professional Photographers

Hudson River Estuary Stewardship Grants

Hudson River Estuary Access Improvement Grants

Grant Program for Organizations that Serve Veterans and their Families

Technology Training Grant

Preservation Grant Program for Humanities Collections

Visual Arts Competition with Cash Awards

Awards Program for Artists with Children

Grant Program for Free Clinics

Wildland Firefighting Equipment Grant

Residence Program with Stipend for Artists (Photography and Video)

Visual Arts Writers Grant

Funding for Work-Based Training Programs

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

Grant Program related to Musical Theater

Grants for Emerging Photographers

Grants for Fields Ancillary to Photojournalism

Grants for Humanistic Photography

Editorial Grants for Photography

Emerging Talent Award for Young Photographers

Grants for Environmental Service-Learning Projects

Program for Theater, Dance and Film Artists

Grant Program for Promoting Creative Education in Elementary/Middle Schools

Media Projects - Development Grants

Grants for Grades K - 5 Teachers

Environmental Grants

Computer Grants

Grant Funding for Projects helping Disabled Youth

Grant Program for Female Entrepreneurs

Performance Grant Program for Ensembles and Presenting Organizations

Grants for Female Artists Over Age 35

Low-rise Residential New Construction Program

Small Wind Turbine Program

Multidisciplinary Architectural Design Grants for Individuals

Grants to Build Capacity for Administering a Building Renovation Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

USDA Community Facility Grants and Loans

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The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation - Grants for Planning a New Craft or Visual Art Project

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).

An independent jury of artists and/or art professionals will judge the submissions and make its recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors for final approval. Between 4 and 7 awards are granted annually. Previous winners of a Foundation grant are not eligible for a second award.

Materials from the winning submissions will be retained by the Foundation and may be used by the Foundation for publicity purposes.

The application deadline is July 15, 2017.  Applications will be accepted begining May 15, 2017.

Instructions are available at
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PhotogrVphy Magazine - PhotogrVphy Grant

PhotogrVphy Grant is a platform that allows aspiring photographers to gain experience and enter the world of professional photography. Artists have the opportunity to push their careers forward and be recognized by art galleries, curators, media, and cultural institutions from all over the world.

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

Applicants must submit their projects before August 31, 2017.

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Hudson River Estuary Program - Local Stewardship Planning Grants

Approximately $450,000 is available for Local Stewardship Planning. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000. This RFA is designed to help local organizations and communities advance six categories of local projects and programs through planning, feasibility studies, and/or design.

The application deadline is July 12, 2017 at 3pm.

Applications will be accepted through New York State Grants Gateway at

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Hudson River Estuary Program - Grants for River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities

Approximately $220,000 is available in Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Access Improvements for People of All Abilities. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award amount is $50,000.

The application deadline is July 12, 2017 at 3pm.

Applications will be accepted through New York State Grants Gateway at

For more information, go to
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Bob Woodruff Foundation - Charitable Investments Program

The Bob Woodruff Foundation invests in programs and organizations that support post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families, and the communities, caregivers, and care providers who support them.  Applications for its fall funding cycle are currently being accepted.

Proposal summary period closes June 30, 2017 at 1700 EST. Decisions are announced in October 2017.

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Labor - New York State Tech Workforce Training Fund

Technology jobs remain out of reach for many New Yorkers, most of whom lack access to quality training and educational opportunities for this new and evolving field. This Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks to support innovative training and education solutions to prepare and place New Yorkers in tech jobs and to enable new pathways for New Yorkers across the state to get training and connections to employment in one of New York State’s fastest growing, highest paying sectors. The RFP seeks appropriately qualified entities to provide full-time, immersive occupational training and job placement in software engineering or web development. Programs must be designed to incorporate input from industry on needed skills and learning milestones, train individuals with little or no prior experience in information technology and connect these individuals to New York State jobs in software engineering, web development or related occupations approved by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), which pay, at minimum, the region’s entry-level wages for the occupations.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants include private for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, public entities and training providers, including but not limited to colleges and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), that meet each of the following: 1) listed on the NYS Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) along with the proposed program of training, prior to training being delivered; 2) have two or more employees; and 3) be in good standing regarding compliance with registration with the NYS Department of State, Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance and Disability Insurance laws, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) laws and federal and state wage, labor safety and health laws.

■ Funding: NYSDOL expects to award a minimum of five contracts under this RFP with funding of up to $5 million in state-level discretionary funding. NYSDOL may decide to award up to 10 contracts, depending upon the quality of submissions.

Deadline: June 5, 2017.

■ Contact: Christopher Myers
Email: Christopher.Myers[at]labor.ny[dot]gov
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Division of Preservation and Access - Research and Development Program

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage – from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence – and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering and using such materials. This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities, in preservation and in information, computer and natural science. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching or public programming.

■ Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt statuses are eligible, as are
state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

■ Funding: The award ceiling for a project is $350,000.

Deadline: June 8, 2017.

■ Contact:
Phone: 202-606-8570 or 1-800-518-GRANTS
Email: preservation[at]neh[dot]gov
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Dave Bown Projects - 14th Semiannual Competition

This competition will award a total of $10,000 with 1 artist receiving $5,000 USD and another 5 artists each receiving $1,000. The top 25 artists will be selected by a panel of jurors. Each of these artists will have their own page that will feature an image of their work, caption information, and a link to their website. Participating artists will retain the copyrights to their images.

Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis as submissions are received. Selection will be based on merit (artists' skills and abilities, via images of their work). All images will be considered and viewed by Dave Bown Projects. Dave Bown Projects reserves the right to reject a submission (images of work) at any time and for any reason.

This competition is open to all visual artists who are 18 years of age or older. All styles and mediums are eligible.

The deadline to submit work for the competition is June 24, 2017 at 11:59 EST.

For more information, such as entry fees, go to
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Sustainable Arts Foundation - Awards Programs for Artists with at least One Child under the Age of 18

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

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

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

For more information, particularly about the disciplines funded and portfolio criteria, go to
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American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation - Family Medicine Cares USA

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

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

For grant guidelines and requirements, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants

The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant (VFA) program is made possible by the Federal Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978. The grant is a 50/50 matching funds program. Its purpose is to make funds available to rural fire companies for the purchase of wildland firefighting equipment such as portable backpack pumps, Nomex protective clothing, hand tools, hard hats, hose, portable radios and dry hydrants.

The application deadline is May 31, 2017.

For more information and an application go to
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Light Work - Artist-in-Residence Program

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist commission for Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to its facility.

Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, scanning or printing for a specific project or book, and so on. Artists are not obligated to lecture at our facility, though we hope that the artists are friendly and accessible to local artists and students. Work by each Artist-in-Residence becomes a part of the Light Work Collection and is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work.

The application deadline is July 1, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

To apply, go to
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Creative Capital & Andy Warhol Foundation - Art Writers Grant Program

This program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art.  It issues awards directly to individual authors for artcles, blogs, books, new and alternative mediam and short-form writing projects.  It supports the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.

The application period closes on May 17, 2017.

For a 2017 application guide, go to
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New York State Department of Labor - Funding for Work-Based Training Programs

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit projects providing work-based training to dislocated workers with emphasis on longterm unemployed unemployment beneficiaries likely to exhaust benefits and foreign-trained immigrant worker populations. These projects will empower participants to reconnect to the workforce and obtain employment. The following types of work-based training will be supported: on-the-job training, registered apprenticeships and customized training.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants include private sector for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, local workforce investment boards and training providers. Applicants must have two or more employees and be in good standing regarding unemployment insurance, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, public works, labor standards, safety and health, NYS Department of State Division of Corporations, workers compensation insurance and disability insurance.
■ Funding: Up to $1.6 million has been made available for awards under
this RFA. Applicant award amounts will not exceed $250,000.
Deadline: May 26, 2017, 4 p.m.
■ Contact: Christopher Myers

Phone: 518-402-4624
Email: christopher.myers[at]labor.ny[dot]gov
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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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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music - Professional Performance Grants

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

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

For more information, go to
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Lucie Foundation - The Lucie Scholarship Program for Emerging Photographers

The Lucie Foundation is offering three cash grants to support the work of emerging photographers – one $2,500 scholarship with an open theme and two $1000 scholarships for photographers working in the fields of Fine Art or Documentary/Photojournalism.

The $2,500 grant is open to all genres of photographic work. One of the $1000 grants will be for work that takes a conceptual, fine art approach.  The other will be awarded to a project that takes a documentary or photojournalism approach.

The submission deadline is June 15, 2017.

Project submission requirements can be found at
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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund - Howard Chapnick Grant for Fields Ancillary to Photojournalism

The aim of this grant program is to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management. The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.

The application deadline is May 31, 2017.

An online application is available at
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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund - W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

The application deadline is May 31, 2017.

For more information, go to
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Getty Images - Editorial Grant

Editorial Grants provide prize money, field support and editorial guidance for photojournalism projects. Five projects will receive prize money of $10,000.  Getty Images gives its assurance that applicants will retain copyrights to the image they submit for judges' review.

The application period is between April 1, 2017 and May 15, 2017.

For project proposal requirements, go to
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Getty Images - Emerging Talent Award

Getty Images offers an opportunity for young photographers to receive mentoring and support through its Emerging Talent Award.  Applicants must be under the age of 30 at the time of submission and not associated with any agency.  Photographers who are already widely published and/or have won numerous high-profile industry awards may be deemed ineligible.

The application period is between April 1, 2017 and May 15, 2017.

For program requirements, go to
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Project Learning Tree - GreenWorks Grants

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

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2017.

For more information, go to
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Princess Grace Foundation USA - Awards Program for Emerging Theater, Dance & Film Artists

The Princess Grace Foundation USA is currently accepting online applications for its Awards Program.  Depending on the field, the Program offers fellowships, apprenticeships or scholarships.

The following is a list of fields covered by the Awards Programs and its application deadlines for each field:

  • Playwriting - March 31, 2017
  • Theater - March 31, 2017
  • Dance Performance - May 1, 2017
  • Choreography - May 1, 2017
  • Film - June 1, 2017

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

Crayola is soliciting applications for its Champion Creatively Alive Children® grant opportunity. The 2017 program provides grants for innovative, team building within elementary/middle schools that will infuse creativity into a curriculum. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.  Only school principals can submit an application for a school. Principals applying for this grant need to be a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, which is a partner with Crayola for this program.  

The application deadline is June 23, 2017.
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National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs - Media Projects: Development Grants

The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.

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

Receipt deadline is August 9, 2017.

For more information, go to
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Toshiba America Foundation - Grants for Grades K - 5

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

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

The application deadline is October 1, 2017.

To apply, go to
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Patagonia - Environmental Grants

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

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

For more information, go to
** ** ** - 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 2017 are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 15.

For more information, go to
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Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation - Grant Funding for Projects that help Youth with Disabilities develop Leadership and Employment Skills

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) supports innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology, engineering, arts & design, and mathematics (STEAM). MEAF will also consider projects to create tools that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans with disabilities.

Applications are due by June 15, 2017.  The online application window is open between March 1, 2017 and June 15, 2017.

For more information, go to
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Girlboss Foundation - Grant Program for Female Entrepreneurs

The Girlboss Foundation awards one grant biannually to female entrepreneurs pursuing creative endeavors. Grants are exclusive to female creative business owners in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts. To be eligible, applicants must identify as female, US residents, that are or will be 18 years or older by the close of the submission window.

The next deadline is June 30, 2017.

To apply, go to
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The Aaron Copland Fund for Music - Program for Performing Ensembles and Presenting Organizations

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.

Eligible organizations:

  • Chamber sized ensembles of any instrumentation
  • Chamber orchestras
  • Symphonic or other full-sized orchestras
  • Opera companies
  • Dance companies and/or ensembles
  • Vocal ensembles and choruses
  • Presenters
  • Festivals
  • Presenter/ensemble hybrids

Individuals and student ensembles are not eligible. Volunteer, community and amateur ensembles are generally not eligible except when authorized in advance to apply by the Grants Manager.

The application deadline for this grant program is June 30, 2017 by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time.

For more information,
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The National League of American Pen Women - Shirley Holden Helberg Grants

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

The deadline is October 31, 2017. 

For more information and an application, go to
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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - Low-rise Residential New Construction Program

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

The deadline is December 29, 2017.

Application materials are available at
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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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Graham Foundation - Grants for Individuals (Architectural Design Projects that incorporate Fine Arts, Humanities and Science in Novel Ways)

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

For individuals, our priorities are to:

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

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

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

For more information, go to
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New York State Homes and Community Renewal - New York Main Streets Technical Assistance Grants

The Housing Trust Fund Corporation invites eligible applicants to apply for funding for New York Main Street Technical Assistance (NYMS-TA) Projects.  HTFC expects to make up to $200,000 in funds available to eligible applicants under this NOFA. Eligible applicants are invited to submit applications for funding requests of up to $20,000. NYMS-TA funds are available in the form of matching, reimbursement-based grants. NYMS-TA funds may reimburse up to 95% of the project cost, not to exceed $20,000. The remaining 5% must be provided as a cash match. Project activities may not commence prior to award and execution of a grant agreement.

NYMS-TA projects are intended to improve a community’s readiness to administer a future NYMS building renovation program. Two essential elements in successful administration of a New York Main Street renovation program are a clear understanding of the needs of the project community, and interest from mixed-use property owners.  NYMS-TA funds are available to encourage communities to evaluate neighborhood building conditions, and housing opportunities to prepare for future NYMS projects. Part of this evaluation may include identifying priority target areas, and developing a phased approach to downtown revitalization.
Applications will be accepted until all funding has been allocated.

Interested parties can apply through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) portal:

For the most current information on the program, please go to

Crystal Loffler
New York State Homes and Community Renewal
Office of Community Renewal
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 474-2057

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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

This same information can be found at