Grants Announcement

Last Updated 6/26/17

List of Grants

Transportation Mobility Grant

Grants for Middle School Teachers

Funding for Programs Broadcast on Public Television

Documentary Filmmaking Grant

Individual Photographers Fellowship

Grants for Ceremic Sculpture or Sculpture

Automotive Restoration Education Grants

Bookmobile Grant Program

Music and Recorded Sound Preservation Grant

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

Awards Program for Artists with Children

Grant Program for Free Clinics

Residence Program with Stipend for Artists (Photography and Video)

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

Grant Program related to Musical Theater

Grants for Environmental Service-Learning Projects

Media Projects - Development Grants

Grants for Grades K - 5 Teachers

Environmental Grants

Computer Grants

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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New York State Department of Transportation - Section 5310 Program

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is soliciting applications for funding under the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310). Approximately $28.7 million in funding will be allocated. The goal of the Section 5310 Program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available. The program provides financial assistance for transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Private non-profit corporations and most public agencies are eligible to apply to the Section 5310 Program.

Applications are due on August 21, 2017.

The following website has application, webinar schedules and more information:
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McDonald's - MAC (Make Activities Count) Program

McDonald's MAC Grants offer up to $500 to help middle school teachers (grades 5 - 8) energize their classrooms.

The application deadline is August 1, 2017.

To apply, go to
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ITVS - Open Call

Open Call provides funding and support to complete single nonfiction programs for broadcast on public television. ITVS provides awardees with creative development and feedback, and depending on the broadcast outlet, with marketing, publicity, and audience engagement services. Awardees own copyright and maintain full editorial, creative, and financial control.

Applications will be received until July 28, 2017 11:59 PM PDT.

For more information, go to
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International Documentary Association & The New York Community Trust - The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide production grants totaling $195,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Grants will be made to up to 12 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

The Fund will accept applications until July 31, 2017.

For more information, go to
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Aaron Siskind Foundation - 2017 Individual Photographer's Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.

The application deadline is July 14, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

For more information, go to
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The 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.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

For more information, go to
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RPM Foundation - Automotive Restoration and Preservation Grants

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

The next two application due dates are August 25, 2017 and December 8, 2017.

For more information, go to
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The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation - Bookmobile Grant Program

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation awards grants to organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. The grants are for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Bookmobiles operated by charitable [501(c)(3)] and other non-taxable agencies, including public libraries or schools, are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.

Grants for 2017 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses.

Applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2017.

For more information, go to
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GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live - GRAMMY Museum Grants Program

The GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Proposals are due October 1, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

For more information, go to
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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