Grants Announcement

Last Updated 12/14/2018

List of Grants

Media Arts Grants (National Endowment for the Arts)

Funding for Television Programs that represent Native Americans

Grants for Public Communications Research

Digital Filmmaking Grants

Cartoonist Grant for New and Original Work

Cartoonist Studio Prize - Print or Web Comics

Grant Award for Emerging Ceramic Artists

Creative Writing Fellowships (National Endowment for the Arts)

New Music Project Grants

Grants for Original Live Performance Projects

Award for Black College Writers (Undergraduate and Graduate Programs)

Emerging Visual Artist Fellowships

Printmaking Fellowships

Global Arts Grant Program

Grant for a School to Promote Children's Literature

Creative Writing Fellowship

Agricultural Marketing Program

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

2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

Trees for Tribs

Photomicrography Competition

World Photography Awards

Grants for Painters, Printmakers or Sculptors

Hudson Valley Field Trip Grants

Literary Translation Award - Children's Books

Grants for Ceramic Sculpture or Sculpture

Field Trip Grants

Funding for Economic Development Studies

Grants for Poets

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

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National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works - Media Arts Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting activities that reflect the dynamic, diverse, and evolving nature of the media arts field. Applicants may apply in this Art Works category for media arts projects that support creation, exhibition, education, and distribution of historic and contemporary artworks in all genres and forms that use electronic media, film, and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness (of any discipline). All genres are welcome to apply; all phases of project support are eligible.

The two upcoming deadlines are for February 14, 2019 and July 11, 2019.  Each deadline is for different types of projects.  Applications are to be sent through Grants.gov.

For application materials and other information, go to https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/media-arts
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Vision Maker Media - 2019 Public Media Project Fund

Vision Maker Media invites proposals for programs intended for Public Television that represent the experiences, values and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The deadline is March 1, 2019.

For more information, go to https://www.visionmakermedia.org/opportunities/2019-public-media-project-fund
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The Arthur W. Page Center, Penn State University - 2019 Call for Research Proposals in Public Communications

The Arthur W. Page Center will award grants to support scholars and professionals making important contributions to knowledge, practice or public understanding of ethics and responsibility in public communication. The use of narrative in the communication arts is the focus for this funding round. For 2019, the Center is issuing two calls for research proposals in advocacy communications and narratives in public communications. The Center accomplishes this goal by supporting innovative research, educational or public service projects in a wide variety of academic disciplines and professional fields.

The application deadline is January 15, 2019.

For more information, go to https://bellisario.psu.edu/page-center/grants/legacy-scholar-grants/2019-call-for-grant-proposals
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Filmmakers Without Borders - Filmmaking Grants

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (FWB) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers. FWB filmmaking grants provide funding and support for independent filmmakers to share their stories. Funds are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production.

The next deadlines are January 1, 2019; June 1, 2019; and August 1, 2019.

For more information, go to http://filmmakerswithoutborders.org/grants/
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Creators for Creators - Grant for Cartoonist or Writer/Artist Duo

A $30,000 grant to a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in support of a new and original work.

The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2019.

For more information, go to http://creatorsforcreators.org/
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The Center for Cartoon Studies and The Slate Book Review - The Cartoonist Studio Prize

Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize will be awarded to work that exemplifies excellence in cartooning. The creators of two exceptional comics will be awarded $1000 each.

The two award categories for the Cartoonist Studio Prize are Print Comic of the Year and Web Comic of the Year.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019.

For more information, go to https://www.cartoonstudies.org/studio-prize/
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Northern Clay Center - Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

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 for the 2019 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award are due by 5 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019.

For more information and an application form, go to https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/warren-mackenzie-advancement-award
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National Endowment for the Arts, Literature Fellowships Program - Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, the National Endowment for the Arts assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.

The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on March 6, 2019.

For more information, go to https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships/grant-program-description
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New Music USA - Project Grants

Grants from New Music USA can be for a range of new music projects. This means any activity that involves new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording. Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline (January 2021) or retroactively up to the previous deadline (December 2017). Requests can come from individuals or organizations. New Music USA understands that creative people often undertake many projects simultaneously, which is why it allows individuals and organizations to take part on multiple projects per deadline. Awards can range between $250 and $15,000.

The deadline for submissions will be 5 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

For more information, go to https://www.newmusicusa.org/round/winter-2019/
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The MAP Fund - Grants for Original Live Performance Projects

The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP supports original live performance projects. The program pursues its mission by annually welcoming applications for new live performance projects. Each year, MAP hires a different cohort of peer reviewers who recommend the projects they believe most align with MAP’s goals through a rigorous, facilitated review process. MAP awards $1 million to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant.

The deadline is February 15, 2019 at midnight EST.

For general information, go to https://mapfundblog.org/

For information on the application process, go to https://mapfund.submittable.com/submit
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Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation - Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers

The annual Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers is the only award of its kind that recognizes black college writers. The award is the Foundation’s first program. It was initiated to support emerging black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States. Writers will be notified in March whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted. Awards, which include a cash prize, will be announced in May. Award winners will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC.

Winning works may be published in whole or in part by Hurston/Wright online or print. An applicant's submission gives the Hurston/Wright Foundation permission to publish an excerpt or the entire work. The author retains all rights.

The deadline is January 31, 2019.

For more information, go to http://www.hurstonwright.org/programs/college-awards/
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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown - Visual Artists Fellowship

The Fine Arts Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to ten emerging artists each year from Oct.1 through April 30. Visual Arts Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment, a separate work studio of approximately 400 sq ft and a monthly stipend of $750.  There's a $57 application fee.

The Fellowship is open to all emerging visual artists creating two-dimensional, three-dimension and time-based work. Applicants are judged on the quality of their work. The jury disqualifies applicants it deems to be already emerged. Tenure track professors in Fine Arts who are on sabbaticals are considered ineligible.

The deadline is February 1, 2018 11:59pm EST.

For more information and to apply, http://web.fawc.org/visual-artists-fellowship-application
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The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program - Studio Immersion Project Fellowship

Studio Immersion Project (SIP) is an intensive 3 month studio fellowship designed to immerse artists in the world of printmaking. SIP Fellows will acquire new techniques and build upon existing skills. Artists, from all media, interested in making printmaking a regular part of their creative practice are invited to apply.

The deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.

For more information, go to http://www.rbpmw-efanyc.org/sip-overview
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Burning Man - Global Arts Grant

This program funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display. Burning Man Arts funds art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act. Burning Man Arts looks for art that can be experienced in more ways than visually – art that is touched, heard or experienced as well as viewed.  The funded project will prioritize involving the audience in its conception, creation and presentation. This program’s impact is driven by a willingness to take risks and be the first to give a grant to a project or to work with artists and projects that other funders might avoid, as well as a focus on community-driven processes that have effects far beyond the artwork itself.
 
The deadline for letters of intent is December 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
 
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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Amber Brown Grant

One school will receive an all-expense-paid visit by a well-respected children’s author or illustrator. The chosen school will also receive a $250 stipend to create a memorable day and $250 worth of books by the visiting author/illustrator.
 
The deadline is April 15, 2019.
 
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Colgate University - Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships in Creative Writing

Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of fiction and poetry who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writers will spend the academic year (late August 2019 to early May 2020) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellows will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $40,500 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities.
 
Completed applications are due February 1, 2019.
 
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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
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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/
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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
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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
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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.
 
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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
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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.
 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Website: https://secure.jotform.us/americanhumane/wags4patriots
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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 https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2439-Small-Wind-Turbine-Incentive-Program
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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
Website: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2590.html

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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 
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