Grants Announcements

Last Updated 3/24/17

List of Grants

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

Independent Feature Film Grant

Media Projects - Development Grants

Grants for Visual Artists

Grants for Non-Profit Organizations with Under-Recognized Artists

Grants for Grades K - 5 Teachers

School Breakfast Program Grants

Physical Activities and Nutrition Iniatives Grant Program

Ceramic Artists Fellowships

Environmental Grants

Grant for Creative Nonfiction Writers

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency Grant Program

Mini-Grants for Public Schools and Libraries

Preservation Grant Program - $500 match by applicant

Preservation Grant Program - 20% match by applicant

Computer Grants

Grant Funding for Projects helping Disabled Youth

NYS Council on the Arts

Grant Program for Female Entrepreneurs

Grants for Performing Music Ensembles

Performance Grant Program for Ensembles and Presenting Organizations

NEA - Creativity Connects

NEA - Challenge America

Zero-Emissions Vehicle Rebate Program for Municipalities

Grant Program for Environmental, Human Services and Other Areas

Grants for Visual Artists Age 60 and Over

Grants for Female Artists Over Age 35

Low-rise Residential New Construction Program

Small Wind Turbine Program

Grants for Artists over Age 45

Microgrant for Classroom Projects to Improve Communities

Grant Awards Program for K-12 Educators

Multidisciplinary Architectural Design Grants for Individuals

Artist Grants to Perform at International Festivals

Preservation of Archival Collections for Small Organizations

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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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 Humanisitc 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 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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From the Heart Productions - Roy W. Dean Film Grants

The Roy W. Dean Film Grants funds 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 deadline is April 30, 2017.

For more information and a link to a grant application, go to
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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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Harpo Foundation - Grants for Visual Artists

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the Foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. Artists who have been supported by an organizational grant from Harpo in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant. The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

The application deadline is April 21, 2017.
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Harpo Foundation - New Work Project Grants

New Work Project Grants are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

The application deadline is April 14, 2017.

To apply, 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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Action for Healthy Kids - School Breakfast Grants

Up to 500 schools will receive grant awards ranging from $500 to $3,000 to support increased breakfast participation.  Eligible schools may apply to pilot or expand their School Breakfast Programs, including alternative and/or universal (breakfast at no cost) programming.

Applications are due by April 7, 2017.

For more information and an application, go to
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Action for Healthy Kids - Game On Grants

Action for Healthy Kids will award approximately 600 schools with Game On grants for the 2017-2018 school year. These grants provide funding for physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools.

Applications are due by April 7, 2017.

For more information and an application, go to
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Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award - Ceramic Artists Fellowship

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 are due by 5pm on Friday, April 14, 2017.

For more information and an application, 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
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Whiting Foundation - 2017 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

The Whiting Foundation is now accepting submissions for this year’s Creative Nonfiction Grant, which will offer allocations of $40,000. Encouraged by the range and quality of submissions in its inaugural year, the Whiting Foundation will award up to six grants in the fall of 2017.
This grant award is targeted at creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher and at least two years into their contract. Applicants must be US citizens or residents. Whiting welcomes submissions for works of history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays, among other categories.
Writers who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2017.
Guidelines and a link to this year's application are available at
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - 2017 Hudson River Estuary Grants for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda aimed at conserving or improving clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery.
Approximately $1,000,000 is available in Hudson River Estuary Grants for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency. Funding for this grant opportunity is provided by the New York State (NYS) Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award is $1,000,000.
To be eligible, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in the tributary streams of the Estuary watershed. Primary priority will be given to dam removal projects that are in close proximity to the Hudson, because of their importance for improving habitat for American eel and river herring. Projects must also be designed to pass, at a minimum, a 1% annual chance storm (100-year flood) to promote flood resiliency. Examples of projects which improve aquatic connectivity are removal of dam, restoration of perched culverts to grade, replacement of culverts to reestablish natural stream-bottom conditions, and right-sizing of bridges and culverts. Engineering and planning projects for removal of dams affecting eel or herring migration anywhere in the estuary watershed are also eligible for funding. No project that is deemed harmful to SGCN species or federally listed endangered species or that replaces one barrier with another will be deemed eligible. Project timeline must show completion on or before February 29, 2020.
The application deadline is 3pm on Thursday, April 6.  Applications are to be submitted through NYS Grants Gateway.
For more information, go to
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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation - Mini-Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation seeks applications for their EJK Mini-Grant Program. The foundation awards up to $500 to eligible organizations for projects that provide creative and innovative programs outside of or within the standard curriculum.

Eligibility: Public schools, public libraries and public preschool programs are eligible to apply.

Funding: Mini-Grants of up to $500 will be awarded.

Deadline: March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Phone: (718) 965-1266
Email: foundation[at]ezra-jack-keats[dot]org
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Preservation League of New York - Technical Assistance Grants

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

The deadline for this funding round is Monday, March 27, 2017.

For more information, go to
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Preservation League of New York - Preserve New York

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State are pleased to offer the Preserve New York grant program. Launched in 1993, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.

Applicants must be a unit of local government or a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000.

The deadline for this funding round is Monday, March 27, 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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New York State Council on the Arts - Grants in 16 Discipline-Based Funding Areas

The New York State Council on the Arts has a new funding round open.  The following are the funding areas for this round:

Regional Economic Development is being handled differently from the other funding areas.  Go to the following website with information for the Regional Economic Development applications:

All other funding areas have an application deadline of March 21, 2017 at 4pm. The application period begins February 14, 2017.

There are prequalification requirements along with ones specific to the different funding areas.  The following webpage provides links with guidelines and application instructions for all of the discipline-based funding:
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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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Amphion Foundation - Grants for Performing Music Ensembles

The Amphion Foundation's grant cycle is still open for performing ensembles. Applicants other than orchestras and opera companies may request either general operating support or support for special projects. All orchestras and opera companies, except for contemporary music specialists, are eligible to apply only for special project support. Applicants should be aware that support in one year does not imply continuation of that support. In general, special projects relating to a broad spectrum of contemporary music will be viewed more favorably than those relating to a single work or a single composer. In general, grants will range between $1,000 and $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project.

The next application deadline for performing ensembles is on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

For more information, go to
Scroll down Amphion's webpage to reach the part on performing ensembles.
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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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National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works: Creativity Connects

Art Works: Creativity Connects grants require a partnership between an arts program and an organization from one of the following non-arts sectors:

•Business and Economic Development

With this grant program, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will look for partnerships that can produce project outcomes not possible if organizations worked separately. Eligible non-arts partners may include, but are not limited to, small businesses, retail chains, technology firms, universities, hospitals, community centers, and service organizations. Grants generally will range from $20,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $20,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that NEA determines will demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Applications are due to by May 4, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Afterward, NEA also has a deadline to supply them with materials later in May 2017. Please bear in mind that registration or renewal with must be done by April 2017. The following website has information on these multiple deadlines:

For more information, go to
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National Endowment for the Arts – Challenge America

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Applications are due to by April 13, 2017. Afterward, NEA also has a deadline to supply it with materials later in late March through early May. Please bear in mind that registration or renewal with must be done by April 2017. The following website has information on these multiple deadlines:

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Municipal Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) & ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program

Three million dollars in rebates are available for the purchase or lease (for at least 36 months) of eligible clean vehicles, and for installation of eligible infrastructure which supports public use of clean vehicles. The primary purpose of a rebate-eligible facility must be the charging or fueling of clean vehicles by the public. Vehicles must be purchased or leased from a dealership located within New York State.  Grant funding, in addition to the rebates, is also available to help defray the costs of vehicles, electric-power-supply equipment for vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure.

Applications for this round will be accepted until funds are exhausted, or through March 31, 2017, whichever comes first.

Interested municipalities can start the application process at
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The Lawrence Foundation - Grants for Environmental Causes and Human Services

The Lawrence Foundation focuses on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes although its interests are fairly diverse and may lead it into other areas on an occasional basis. It makes both program and operating grants and does not have any geographic restrictions on its grants. Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public schools and libraries are eligible for contributions or grants.

The next deadline is April 30, 2017.

For grant guidelines, go to
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Tree of Life - Individual Artist Grant (for visual artists age 60 and over)

The Individual Artist 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. Applicants must be artists of recognizable merit, age sixty and over; be permanent residents of the United States; have a specific project they wish to pursue; and have demonstrable financial need.

The application deadline is April 1, 2017.  The grant application will be posted on Tree of Life's website in January 2017.

For more information, go to
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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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The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation - Grants for Artists over Age 45

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.

The application postmark deadline is April 1, 2017.

Application materials are available at
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Living Classrooms Foundation - Karma For Cara Microgrant

As part of its efforts to support youth volunteerism, the Living Classroom Foundation started a microgrant program in fall 2014. It encourages kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, the Foundation wants to hear what project communities are passionate about.

The next two deadlines are January 1, 2017 and April 1, 2017.

More information and a link to an online application can be found at
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Scholarship America & Voya Financial - Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects through the VOYA Unsung Heroes Awards Program. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

Applicants to the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program must be:

  • Employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States 
  • Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective and innovative projects that improve student learning

Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2017.

For more information and a link to the online application, go to
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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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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - USArtists International Program

USArtists International supports performances by American 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 theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals. 

Current application deadline:

  • April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2017.

For more information and a link to the online application, go to

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National Endowment for the Humanities - Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant. The program also encourages applications from presidentially designated institutions (Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), and from Native American tribes with significant humanities collections.

There is a receipt deadline of May 2, 2017.  Projects would begin in January 2018.  Updated guidelines and the application will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline, sometime in March or February 2017.

For materials from previous grant cycles, 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

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