Grants Announcement

Last Updated 11/22/2023

List of Grants

Open Call for Flash Fiction (inspiration from quantum physics)

Short Story Contest (no restrictions on genre)

Grants for Sculptors (includes ceramic sculptor artists)

Artist Fellowship (New York State Residents)

Urban Farms and Community Gardens Grant

Individual Support Grants (painters, sculptors, and printmakers)

International Photography Contest (women in sports)

NYS Homeless Housing and Assistance Program

Rural Surface Transportation Grant

Emergency Relief Grant for Musicians

Very Short Story Contest (not a funding opportunity)

Solar Installation Grant Program

Grants to Support Marketing of Area Businesses

Emergency Grant for Creative Arts Professionals

Grants to Support Tapestry Weaving Instruction

Computer Graphics Prize

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

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Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore - Quantum Shorts Call for Flash Fiction

The challenge for writers is this: craft a story no longer than 1000 words that takes inspiration from quantum physics. The story must also incorporate the phrase “nobody said this was going to be easy”.

The phrase comes from a quantum researcher in "Helping Hands", the last story to claim first prize in Quantum Shorts. In that story by Cora Valderas, the researcher was grappling with the unexpected outcomes of an experiment. Writers may empathise as they plot about the trials and tribulations of building quantum devices or the complexities and uncertainties that govern the quantum world.

Those who put the hard work in stand a chance to win prizes. On standby are a First Prize of USD 1500, a Runner Up prize of USD 1000 and a People’s Choice prize of USD 500. Up to ten shortlisted entries will also win a USD 100 shortlist prize and a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American.

The deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT, 8 January 2024.

To learn more, go to
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Story Unlikely - Annual Short Story Contest

There are no restrictions on genre: fantasy, sci fi, memoir, fiction/nonfiction, etc - we don't care as long as it's written and told with quality and care. The story itself cannot exceed 4,500 words. There are no restrictions on age or location of participant, and no need to ask Story Unlikely for permission to participate in the contest.

A $1,500 prize package will be divvied up like so: $750 first place, $500 second place, $250 third place. The winning story will be featured on Story Unlikely's website, will be strongly considered for our annual (print) sample magazine, and may be sent out as the bonus story for signing up, which means a lot of exposure to the winner.

All three placing stories will be published in the monthly issue, and all three will be illustrated by Story Unlikley's crackpot team of digital editors!

The deadline is January 31, 2024.

For more information, go to
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Virginia Groot Foundation - Grants for Sculptors of Diverse Mediums, including Ceramic Sculptor Artists

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant was established so that ceramic sculpture artists or sculptors of diverse mediums may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her own work. For more than 30 years, our foundation has supported artists in launching their body of work, furthering their artistic careers, expanding their talent or skill set, and create a community of like-minded individuals that offer each other inspiration and motivation to realize their ultimate potential.

The deadline is February 1, 2024.

For more information, go to
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New York Foundation for the Arts - NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

This grant is awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period (five categories a year) and the application is free to complete. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is not a project grant, but is intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST

For more information and to apply, go to
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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets - Urban Farms and Community Gardens Grant

These funds will help with the development and expansion of community gardens, school gardens and urban farms across the state.
■ Eligible Applicants: Not-for-profit entities,
governmental entities, tribal organizations
■ Deadline: December 1, 2023, 4 PM ET
■ Total Funding Available: $1 million
■ Anticipated Amount of Awards: $20,000-$50,000
■ Contact: Megan Haggerty
■ Contact Email: Megan.Haggerty[at]agriculture.ny[dot]gov
■ Link to Additional Information:
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Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation - Individual Support Grant

The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.

Please note that these grants are available only to individual painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have worked in a mature phase of art for 20 years or more.

The application deadline for the 2024 grant cycle is January 17, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST. Applications open October 16, 2023.

For more information, go to
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Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky - "Shining a Light" International Photography Contest

This contest and exhibition will be informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and #5 (Gender Equality). This year the Ali Center is asking participants to submit photographs that illustrate the various ways women compete and the challenges they face in sports all over the world.

Information on prior competition can be found by going to

The deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2023, 11:59 PM (EST).

For more information and to apply, go to
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New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance - Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP)

Under HHAP, the NYS Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation (HHAC) will provide grants and loans for the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of properties to expand the supply of housing for low-income persons who are, or would otherwise be, homeless.

Eligible Applicants: Not-for-profit organizations, charitable organizations, municipalities, and public corporations

Deadline: Proposals will be accepted for consideration on a continuous basis until it is determined funds are no longer available for the award.

Total Funding Available: $128 million, of which $5 million may be reserved for the development of projects serving homeless persons with HIV/AIDS, and another $5 million may be reserved for the development of projects serving homeless veterans. Additionally, up to $1 million may be used for emergency shelter repairs in local social service districts with a population of less than five million.

Contact: Rick Umholtz

Contact Email: Richard.Umholtz[at]otda.ny[dot]gov

Link to Additional Information:
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United States Department of Transportation - The Rural Surface Transportation Grant

The Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program will support projects to improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life.

The Program is scheduled to end in Federal Fiscal Year 2026 or when funds are fully drawn down.

For more information, go to
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Musicians Foundation - Emergency Relief Aid Grant

Modest grants are available to professional music performers, composers/arrangers, or educators in a specific time of need caused by an unexpected hardship (e.g. medical or dental situation, natural disaster, or certain housing crisis).

Applications received on a rolling basis.

For more information, go to
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Gotham Writers - #GWstorieseverywhere 

Each month Gotham Writers invites individuals to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. A story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere. Stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to monthly "themes" for the contest.

Deadline: monthly

Fore more information, go to





NYSERDA - Affordable Solar and Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance (Predevelopment Program)

The Predevelopment Program provides grants to address barriers to solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households living in rental housing, multifamily buildings or other households not served by traditional on-site residential solar. Individual awards will not exceed $200,000. Funding to proposals through this solicitation will offset costs for predevelopment and technical assistance work needed to implement solar installations for multifamily affordable housing and/or shared solar (Community Distributed Generation) installations that benefit LMI households. 

■ Eligibility: Applications must be submitted by or include the documented participation of any of the following: owners, providers or managers of regulated multifamily affordable housing, community land trusts, land banks or portfolios of single-family affordable housing; local government agencies; Community Development Corporations (CDC), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) or other community organizations providing services to LMI households and/or demonstrating an LMI constituency; and prior recipients of Predevelopment Program grants seeking to replicate and expand upon the success from a prior completed Predevelopment Program project. 

■ Funding: Up to $10.65 million is available with individual awards not to exceed $200,000. 

■ Deadline: Continuous through December 31, 2024, or until depleted 

■ Contact: Email - affordablesolar[at]nyserda.ny[dot]gov

■ Website:





Chronogram Media - Chronogram Community Grant Program

Chronogram Media’s Community Grant Program aims to support marketing programs for a variety of Hudson Valley BIPOC-and women-owned small businesses, virtual events, and regional nonprofits. Accepted partners will receive: 

  • Run-of-site digital advertising on properties (,,
  • Social media shout-out on Chronogram channels (over 20,000 followers)
  • Inclusion on quarterly full-page ad in Chronogram about our grant program participants
  • Inclusion in monthly newsletter to our Art of Business newsletter list
  • Exclusive rates (up to 50% off rate card) in Chronogram magazine and our Eat.Play.Stay newsletter

Applicants are evaluated based on financial need, commitment to social change, and alignment with Chronogram Media’s values. Media placements are subject to available inventory.

Applications received on a rolling basis.

To apply, go to






Max's Kansas City Project - Emergency Grants

This non-profit welcomes applications throughout the year to professionals in the creative arts. There are no deadlines. Funding is determined according to the individual’s need and is disbursed in the form of a grant not to exceed $1000. Funding will be based on a sliding scale according to each individual’s specific case. All applications are reviewed and given consideration according to the most critical situations and urgency. The organization accepts art or other items that it can auction at one of its events or services in kind in exchange for assistance if that is a possibility but is not mandatory.

For more information, go to





American Tapestry Alliance - Weaving the Future Grants

The American Tapestry Alliance’s Weaving the Future Grants are designed to support weaving opportunities for children and to provide training in tapestry weaving to teachers and others who will, in turn, teach weaving to children. Anyone who can teach tapestry weaving may apply for a grant. The grant recipient for this program is referred to as the Teaching Artist.  The Teaching Artist is expected to teach one or more Program Facilitators, who will teach children.

Weaving the Future provides grants of $250 to the Teaching Artist.  This money will fund a $100 stipend for the Teaching Artist. It will also be used for looms, yarn and bobbins/shuttles/beaters. All funds must be used for purposes related to Weaving the Future.

Grant applications must be received at least 30 days before the start date for the activities that the grant will support.

For more information and a grant application, go to






FlatPyramid - 3D Scholarship

FlatPyramid is offering a $1,000 to anyone interested in Computer Graphics and or related fields of study. It is the company's way to give back to the community and encourage growth and development in the 3D industry.  Prize money is awarded quarterly.  To enter, participants are expected to publish work on its site, either for sale or free.

No deadline. Prize (scholarship) is awarded at the end of each quarter.

For more information, go to





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





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






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