Grants Announcement

Last Updated 10/22/2018

List of Grants

Agricultural Marketing Program

Grants for Literary Translation Projects

Photo Contest out of Japan

Grants for Libraries to purchase Graphic Novels

Grant for a Library to start a Graphic Novel Program 

Digital Art Prizes

New Farmers Fund

Award for a Poet over Age 40

Decentralization Grants Program

2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

Grants for Parks and Trails

Trees for Tribs

Photomicrography Competition

Scholarships to Attend Illustrators' Conference

Writing Fellowship

Stream Management Funding

Artist Fellowships - Dance

World Photography Awards

Grants for Painters, Printmakers or Sculptors

Hudson Valley Field Trip Grants

Theater and Dance Company Grants

Literary Translation Award - Children's Books

Film Fund Grants

Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

Grant Award for Sculpture in Bas-Relief

Field Trip Grants

Photography Grant Award

Grant Award for Unpublished Mystery Writers

Grants for Young Classical Musicians

Funding for Economic Development Studies

Grants for Poets

Folk Art Grant

Grants for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

Small Wind Turbine Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

USDA Community Facility Grants and Loans

** ** **

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets - New York State Grown & Certified Marketing Program

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invites applications for financial assistance to support marketing and promotion efforts of agricultural food and beverage producers and retailers. These marketing efforts would make use of the resources of the New York State Grown & Certified Program.

Applications will be accepted until 4:30pm on January 31, 2019.

For more information and application materials, go to https://certified.ny.gov/funding-opportunities
** ** **

National Endowment for the Arts - Translation Projects

Translation Projects enable recipients to translate literary work from other languages into English. Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project.

The application deadline is December 5, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-individuals
** ** **

Nikon - Nikon Photo Contest

This year's contest has three themes: Change, Identity and Hope.  The theme for the Open Award is 'Change', particularly the rapid changes occurring in today's world and how the significance of this change varies for everyone.  The theme for the Next Generation Award, targeted at those 25 years old and under, is 'Identity'. The popularity of social media has given this generation many opportunities for self-expression, particularly through photographs.  The theme for the Short Film Award is 'Hope', the positive state of mind that encourages us to take a step forward toward the future.  Nikon invites filmmakers to submit videos that address how ‘Hope’ and how it shapes the future.

The submission deadline is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Japan standard time.

For more information, go to http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/
** ** **

American Library Association (ALA) - Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries-Growth Grant

This grant program will provide support to two libraries that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs.  The ALA issued a press release about this year's Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants.

The application deadline is January 18, 2019.

For more information, go to http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/33695/apply
** ** **

American Library Association (ALA) - Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries-Innovation Grant

The Innovation Grant provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. The ALA issued a press release about this year's Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants.

The application deadline is January 18, 2019.

For more information, go to http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/33697/apply
** ** **

The Alys Foundation - Digital Graffiti Festival

The Alys Foundation is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 12th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, FL that will be held May 17-18, 2019. Artists around the world are invited to submit original works of digital art to be showcased in the annual juried festival. The 2019 awards will include Best of Show ($5,000 prize), Curator’s Choice ($2,000 prize) and three Special Recognition honors (at $1,000 prize each).
 
The deadline is February 1, 2019 at 12am.
 
** ** **

Empire State Development - New Farmers Grant Fund Program

The grant fund will help farmers improve farm profitability through one or both of the following goals: 
  • Expanding agricultural production, diversifying agricultural production and/or extending the agricultural season; and/or
  • Advancing innovative techniques that increase sustainable agricultural production practices such as organic farming, food safety, reduction of farm waste and/or water use.
Grants may provide a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $50,000 for up to 50% of total project costs.  The remaining 50% must be matched by the recipient.  Eligible sources of recipient match are limited to cash, lines of credit and loans.  Other grant funds may not be used as matching funds.  For any award the total project cost must be at least twice the grant award request.
 
Applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2019.
 
For more information and application procedures, go to https://esd.ny.gov/new-farmers-grant-fund-program
** ** **

Poetry Society of America - Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

The Poetry Society of America awards $2,500 annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. There's a $15 entry fee.
 
The deadline is December 22, 2018.
 
** ** **

Arts Mid-Hudson - Decentralization Grants Program

The Decentralization Grants Program has the following three opportunities: 

Project Grants – support arts and cultural activities that may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, workshops, performances, festivals, concerts, plays, temporary installations, screenings or readings.

The Individual Artist Commission – supports the creation of new work by an individual artist. Can engage a particular community in the artist’s creative process and/or presentation. (NEW 2019)

Arts Learning Grant – supports sequential, skill-based workshop series focused on the arts and artistic process. Projects can take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners.

The deadline is November 15, 2018.

For more information, go to https://artsmidhudson.org/grants-and-funding/
** ** **

New York Foundation for the Arts - NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is excited to announce that the 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship application cycle is now open. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are $7,000 unrestricted cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York. These fellowships are not project grants and are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. In 2018, NYFA awarded a total of $623,000 to 89 artists throughout New York State.

The 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories are:

  • Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design   
  • Choreography   
  • Music/Sound   
  • Photography   
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting

Applications close Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM (EST).

For more information, go to http://current.nyfa.org/post/178483661213/apply-now-2019-nyscanyfa-artist-fellowship
** ** **

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) - Park and Trail Partnership Grants

This grant program is administered by PTNY, in partnership with the New York State (NYS) Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), and with support from Governor Cuomo. The Park and Trail Partnership Program is a $500,000 capacity-building matching grants program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The program is designed to:

  • Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands. 
  • Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.   
  • Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

The application deadline is November 30, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program
** ** **

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Hudson River Estuary Program - Trees for Tribs

The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program helps to protect and restore streamside buffers. Healthy buffers, comprised of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. This helps reduce water pollution, minimize erosion and flooding damage and provide habitat for fish and other wildlife.

Trees for Tribs offers free native trees and shrubs for qualifying planting projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Program staff may also be able to assist with plant selection, designing a planting plan, and other technical assistance to help your project succeed.

The application deadlines are March 1, 2019 for a planting in spring, and August 1, 2019 for planting in the fall.

For more information, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/43668.html
** ** **

Nikon - Small World Photomicrography Competition

Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope. All types of light microscopy and specimens are acceptable. Electron and any other microscopes that do not capture imagery using optical light technology are not permitted.

The deadline is April 30, 2019.

For more information, go to https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/galleries/photomicrography-competition/rules
** ** **

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Student Illustrator Conference Attendance Scholarship

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will sponsor conference scholarships for full-time graduate or undergraduate students studying illustration. Two conference scholarships will be awarded for SCBWI's 2019 Winter Conference in New York.

Conference Scholarships include:

  • Admission to all conference events including keynotes and breakout sessions   
  • Entry in the Juried Portfolio Showcase   
  • Exclusive exposure to art directors at the conference

Please note that transportation, accommodation and related expenses are not included.

Applications are due November 1, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-illustrator-scholarship/
** ** **

 

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown - Writing Fellowship

Fellows are required to reside full-time in Provincetown during the seven months of the Fellowship. Fellows are provided with an apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Writing Fellows are housed in two- to three-room apartments.  The session runs from October 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 Writing Fellowship is December 1, 2018.

For more information, go to http://web.fawc.org/applications
** ** **

 

Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program - Stream Management Implementation Program

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) is now accepting applications for stream management projects in the Ashokan Watershed.

Funding is available for priority projects to:
- Improve water quality and enhance stream stability
- Protect or improve stream infrastructure
- Enhance stream access and recreation
- Plan and implement flood hazard mitigation
- Increase public knowledge and skills for stream stewardship
- Protect and enhance aquatic and riparian habitat and ecosystems

Eligible applicants include local, county, state or federal government agencies; 501(c)3 organizations; and secondary school districts, colleges, or universities. For-profit activities are not eligible for funding.

Applications must be submitted to the program office by 4:30pm, Friday, October 19, 2018.

For more information and application materials, visit the website http://ashokanstreams.org/projects-funding/

The Ashokan Watershed covers portions of the towns of Hurley, Woodstock, Olive and Shandaken.

For information on Ulster County's watersheds, go to http://ulstercountyny.gov/environment/environment/natural-resources/ulster-county-watersheds
** ** **

 

Dance/USA - Artist Fellowships

Artists funded must have dedicated their practice to directly and meaningfully addressing the needs of a community  or communities outside of those in which they work. These artists do not have to be well known for the ways in which their practice might inform and inspire their choreography and performance.

Fellowship funds would be used at the artist’s discretion to support costs related their practice, which may include the creation of work.

Letters of inquiry are due Friday, November 16, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email by Friday, November 23, 2018.

For more information, go to https://danceusa.org/danceusa-fellowships-to-artists
** ** **

World Photography Organisation - SONY World Photography Awards

There are four competitions for this year's awards:

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

For more information, go to https://www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards
** ** **

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation - Individual Support Grant

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

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

For more information and application instructions, go to https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/individual-support-grant-1
** ** **

Teaching the Hudson Valley - Explore Awards

Teaching the Hudson Valley’s Explore Awards fund student field experiences that:
  • Create opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley, connecting their studies to significant places.
  • Encourage students’ appreciation for and stewardship of their communities and cultures.
  • Connect teachers with site educators and place-based learning.
** ** **

Shubert Foundation - Theater and Dance Company Grants

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

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

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

For more information, got to http://www.shubertfoundation.org/default.asp

For the Shubert Foundation's Grant Portal, go to https://shubertfoundation.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new
** ** **

American Library Association - Mildred L. Batchelder Award

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

The application deadline is December 31, 2018.

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/batchelderaward
** ** **

Screencraft - Film Fund Grants

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

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

For more information, go to https://screencraft.org/fund/
** ** **

Virginia A. Groot Foundation - Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

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

The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

The grant application is available at http://www.virginiaagrootfoundation.org/application/  or https://virginiaagrootfoundation.slideroom.com/#/login/program/42583
** ** **

National Sculpture Society - Dexter Jones Award

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

The deadline is November 5, 2018.

For more information, go to https://nationalsculpture.org/programs-awards/dexter-jones-award/
** ** **

The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Field Trip Grants

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

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

For more information, go to https://communityfoundationshv.org/Grants/Field-Trip-Grants
** ** **

Gomma - Gomma Photography Grant

The Gomma Photography Grant is an award tailored to fund and support photographers, both emerging and established, working among various genres.

The Gomma Grant is open to everyone. Any medium, black & white or color, analog or digital. Gomma's jurors and editors are looking for consistency, personality and courage. 

The fee schedule depends on how early work is submitted and the fees are in Euros.

The early bird deadline was August 31, 2018 and the final deadline is November 3, 2018, midnight GMT.

For more information and to apply, go to http://www.gommagrant.com
** ** **

William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers - Mystery Writing Grant Award

This award may be used to offset registration, travel, or other expenses related to attendance at a writers’ conference or workshop within a year of the date of the award. In the case of nonfiction, the grant may be used to offset research expenses. The grant includes a $2,500 award plus a comprehensive registration for the upcoming Malice Domestic convention and two nights’ lodging at the convention hotel, but does not include travel to the convention or meals.

This award is for unpublished writers of traditional mysteries, meaning the genre loosely identified as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore, or violence. The grant program is designed to foster quality mystery novel and nonfiction literature and to assist mystery authors on the road to publication.

The deadline is November 1, 2018.

For more information, go to http://malicedomestic.org/grants.html
** ** **

Rachel Barton Pine Foundation - Grants for Young Classical Musicians

The Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation’s Grants for Education and Career help cover such expenses as fees for supplemental lessons, entrance fees to competitions, audition recording sessions, travel expenses for lessons or competitions or auditions, sheet music purchase, piano accompanist fees, and instrument repair and maintenance.

Applications are accepted from young classical players of bowed string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, baroque violin, baroque viola, baroque cello, viola da gamba) between the ages of 10 and 29 of any gender, race, ethnicity, or country of origin. Grants are given on the basis of musical talent and accomplishment, artistic aspirations, financial need, and the availability of funds.

Applications must be received by December 1, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.rbpfoundation.org/grants/applying-for-a-grant/
** ** **

Empire State Development - Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies Program

Empires State Development’s Urban and Community Development Program promotes economic development in the State of New York by encouraging economic and employment opportunities and stimulating development of communities and urban areas. Program funding is available for working capital grants of up to $100,000 each to support 1) strategic development plans for a city, county, or municipality or a significant part thereof and 2) feasibility studies for site(s) or facility(ies) assessment and planning. Projects should focus on economic development purposes, and preference shall be given to projects located in highly distressed communities. Special consideration shall be given to projects supporting Regional Economic Development Council Opportunity Agenda priorities, Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects, and projects identified in the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program recovery plans.

For more information, go to https://esd.ny.gov/strategic-planning-and-feasibility-studies-program
** ** **

The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry - Grants for Poets

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

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

For more information, go to http://www.bynnerfoundation.org/grants/index.htm
** ** **

The Dorthea and Leo Rabkin Foundation - Folk Art Grant

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

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

The next application deadline is December 1, 2018.

For more information, go to https://www.rabkinfoundation.org/grants/
** ** **

New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) Air-Source Heat Pump (ASHP) Program

The ASHP Program provides incentives for the installation of program qualified ASHP systems in single-family and multifamily residences. ASHPs offer residential customers improved performance over other code-compliant HVAC technologies,
reduce energy bills and a lower carbon footprint, but they have not been widely adopted in the state.

■ Eligibility: Participating installers can help find the right solution and available incentives. Visit NYSERDA’s website to find a participating installer near you. ASHP installation contractors have met specific training criteria and have agreed to the terms and conditions in the program. Once accepted, participating installers can begin installing and then submitting incentive applications.

■ Funding: Incentives of $500 per installed program qualified ASHP system are available to participating installers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Deadline: The deadline is December 31, 2020, or until funds are fully committed.

■ Contact: Kerry Hogan
Phone: 518-862-1090 ext.3509
Email: products[at]nyserda.ny[dot]gov
Website: www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Air-Source-Heat-Pump-Program
** ** **

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Unmet Needs Program

The Unmet Needs program offers financial assistance to service members, veterans or eligible dependents listed under the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to assist with basic life needs. All grants are paid directly to the creditor, in amounts up to $1,500.

■ Eligibility: Financial hardship must be due to one of the following reasons: 1) currently on active duty, whose financial hardship is a result of a current deployment, military pay error, or from being discharged for medical reasons; 2) discharged on or after September 11, 2001, whose financial hardship is a direct result of military service-connected injuries and/or illnesses; and 3) discharged before September 11, 2001, are on a fixed income that must include VA compensation and facing an unexpected financial hardship.

■ Funding: All applications are individually reviewed, and VFW reserves the right to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

■ Contact Information
Phone: 866-789-6333
Email: unmetneeds[at]vfw[dot]org
Website: www.vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants
** ** **

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
Website: https://secure.jotform.us/americanhumane/wags4patriots
** ** **

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 https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2439-Small-Wind-Turbine-Incentive-Program
** ** **

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
Website: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2590.html

** ** **

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 
george.popp[at]ny.usda[dot]gov

USDA – Rural Development
225 Dolson Ave., Suite 104
Middletown, NY 10940-6539

This same information can be found at
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-CF_Grants.html