Grants Announcement

Last Updated 7/12/2019

List of Grants

Development Funds for Documentary Films

Decentralization Grant Program

Poetry Fellowship

English Translation Prize

Art Writer's Prize

River Education Grant

River Access Grant

Portraiture and Figurative Art Contest

Capacity Building Grant

Field Trip Grants

Travel Grant - Speculative Literature

Heritage Development Grants

Trail Grants Program

Art and Architecture Award

Award for Bas-Relief Sculptor

Photo Contest (Six Categories)

Creative Placemaking Grants Program

Recreational Trails Program

Anthology Contest

Short Fiction Contest

Field Trip Grants (trips to study the built environment)

Scholarship for Cartoonists

Art Prize

Speculative Literature Grants

Fine Art Photography Awards

WQIP Program (Environmental Engineering)

Wastewater Infrastructure Planning Grant

Water Quality Planning Grant

Research and Travel Awards (Spanish Colonial Art)

Grants for American Art

Travel Fund for Performing Artists

Technical Assistance Grants - Historic Preservation

Hudson River Valley Community Grants

Photography Grant Award

Creative Writing Grants for Individuals and Organizations

Digital Filmmaking Grants

Trees for Tribs

Hudson Valley Field Trip Grants

Funding for Economic Development Studies

Grants for Air-Source Heat Pumps

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

USDA Community Facility Grants and Loans

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International Documentary Association - IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides development funds to documentary film projects taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund. Project must be in research and development. Projects that have completed significant production are not eligible.

Deadline: September 2, 2019 (11:59pm PST)

For more information, go to
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Arts Mid-Hudson and the New York State Council on the Arts - Decentralization Grant Program

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 application deadline is September 25, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Munster Literature Centre and University College Cork - The John Montague International Poetry Fellowship & Mentorship Bursaries

The successful poetry fellow would receive a monthly stipend of €2,000, totaling €6,000 and self-catering accommodation. The costs of economy air travel to and from Cork would also be covered. The fellowship requires the poet to reside in Cork for twelve weeks and find time to work on their own writing. The poetry fellow would arrive in late January and depart late April. The fellow would contribute a public reading and a four-morning poetry masterclass to the Cork International Poetry Festival.  During their twelve-week stay they would provide a 5-credit workshop with the creative writing department of University College Cork. Their mentoring duties would consist of devoting two hours each, per week, to two Cork poets over eight weeks (32 hours total).

The poetry fellow must have at least two full-length collections of poetry published. The successful candidate will be a poet respected by peers and preferably has experience in the coaching or teaching of other writers either through workshops and/or mentoring, inside or outside a formal academic setting.

The application deadline for the Spring 2020 fellowship is August 18, 2019.  This fellowship is for English Language poets outside of Ireland.

For more information and to apply, go to
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The Society of Authors - The TA First Translation Prize

The TA First Translation Prize is an annual £2,000 prize for a debut literary translation into English published in the UK. The Prize is shared between the translator and their editor.
There are no residence or nationality restrictions. However, the translation must have been first published in the UK between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. For the purposes of this prize, "published in the UK" means that the publisher or imprint has the UK formally established as its principal place of business and/or the book has been assigned a UK ISBN.
Entry Deadline: Thursday, 15 August 2019 at 5PM (GMT)

Frieze Magazine - Frieze Writer's Prize

Applicants are invited to submit an unpublished review of an art exhibition. The winner is commissioned to write a review for Frieze Magazine and awarded £2,000.
The closing date for entries is 5 August 2019.
For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Education

Funding is available for projects and plans to enhance education about the estuary along the tidal waters of the Hudson in order to make opportunities to learn about the Hudson River Estuary more accessible for a wide range of people. Projects must implement one of the following: (1) the planning or construction of shoreline facilities for education about the Hudson River Estuary, (2) the purchase of resources to assist in teaching students, families, tourists and residents about the estuary, (3) the purchase, repair or construction of floating classrooms, (4) use of the internet, Web applications for mobile devices and social media or (5) curriculum development or educator professional development directly linked to the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.
■ Eligibility: The applicant must be a not-for-profit, a tribal organization or governmental entity in New York State.
■ Funding: $200,000 with projects ranging from $10,500 to $40,000
Deadline: Aug. 14, 2019
■ Contact: Susan Pepe
Email: HREPgrants[at]dec.ny[dot]gov
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Access

Funding is available to support projects and plans to improve access for fishing, swimming, boating and/or wildlife-dependent recreation on tidal waters, providing universal access and storm resiliency. Projects must implement one of the following DEC objectives: (1) to plan, design and construct improvements for new access sites for boating, swimming, fishing, enjoyment of nature or wildlife-dependent recreation or educational interpretation of the estuary for people of all abilities, (2) to develop, retrofit, repair or make improvements to existing river access sites to become more resilient to erosion, tidal flooding and sea-level rise and/or to improve access for people of all abilities to recreation and education opportunities in and along the estuary, (3) to purchase, construct or repair small human-powered craft used to get the public out on the tidal waters of the estuary, (4) ADA designs, plans, assessments and ADA transition planning for existing access sites along the Hudson River estuary, or (5) to apply for plans or designs, or development of handbooks, that provide regional approaches for improving access to the Hudson River estuary and/or storm resiliency and/or use for people of all abilities.
■ Eligibility: The applicant must be a not-for-profit, governmental entity or tribal organization in New York State.
■ Funding: $200,000 with projects ranging from $10,500 to $50,000
Deadline: Aug. 14, 2019
■ Contact: Susan Pepe
Email: HREPgrants[at]dec.ny[dot]gov
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Portrait Society of America - International Portrait Competition

The Portrait Society of America welcomes and encourages a variety of mediums in portraiture and figurative art. No photography, electronic, computer generated art, art done in a class, workshop or under supervision is eligible. All other media are accepted and encouraged, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Participants are eligible to submit up to three artworks for consideration.
The entry deadline is February 12, 2020.
For more information, go to
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Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Community Grants

The current focus of these grants is to build the capacity of organizations and the community in Ulster County, including but not limited to: equipment to improve office operations, professional development for staff and/or board members and programmatic areas.

The application deadline is August 15, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Field Trip Grants

The Community Foundations, through a grant from the Dyson Foundation, is pleased to offer a Field Trip Grant program. This grant program is designed to distribute funds in amounts up to $2,000 to public schools in Dutchess and Ulster Counties to enhance classroom learning opportunities. Funding priority will be given to high needs schools/ districts.

Deadlines are 8/15/19, 9/15/19 and 12/31/19. Notifications will be from Mid-September until January.

To learn more about the different deadlines and other information, go to
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Speculative Literature Foundation - Gulliver Travel Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation's Gulliver Travel grants are awarded annually to assist writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction) in their research. They are not currently available for academic research. The Foundation currently offers one $1,000 travel grant annually, to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.

The deadline is September 30, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the National Park Service - Heritage Development Grants

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) established this grant program to provide seed money to organizations for the purposes of programming, interpretation and marketing that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants.
The deadline is September 6, 2019.

Hudson River Valley Greenway -  2019 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program

Grants up to $75,000 for trail construction, planning, design, rehabilitation and design. The Hudson River Valley Greenway will set aside $50,000 for Water Trail projects.
The deadline is November 8, 2019.
Application materials are available at
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National Sculpture Society - Henry Hering Art and Architecture Award

The Henry Hering Art and Architecture Award is presented as the occasion warrants for outstanding collaboration between architect, owner and sculptor in the distinguished use of sculpture in an architectural project.

The use of figurative or realist sculpture is of greatest interest.

The jury is looking for excellence in an architectural project in which the architect collaborated with the sculptor and owner of a site.  The jury is composed of two sculptors and one architect.

The deadline is November 5, 2019.

For more information, go to
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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.

The deadline is November 4, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Smithsonian Magazine - Photo Contest 2019

The following six contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to

1. Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.

2. Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.

3. People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.

4. The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.

5. Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects.

6. Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2017. This date applies to all images in a composite. The contestant certifies that he/she is the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph.

Photographs must be uploaded by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 30, 2019.

For links to more information, go to
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National Endowment for the Arts - Our Town

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
The deadline is August 8, 2019.
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New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) offers up to $1.9 million in matching grants for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails and trail-related projects. Funds are available to non-profit corporations and municipalities. Funded projects must further a specific goal of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the Statewide Trails Plan or a local plan, and must be accessible to the public. Source of funds: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The minimum grant award for restoration, development and property acquisition projects is $25,000. The minimum equipment purchase award is $5,000. All grant awards are capped at $250,000.
All applicants must use the Regional Economic Development Councils online application process, the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). The CFA is available through our website and the Governor's Regional Economic Development Councils website at
The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2019.
For more information, go to
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Insecure Writer's Support Group - 2019 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest 

Stories must have a word count of 3,500 to 5,000.  The genre for this contest is Middle Grade Historical - Adventure/Fantasy, with a Voyagers theme.  Stories must be previously unpublished.
The winning stories will be edited and published by Dancing Lemur Press' imprint Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.
The deadline is September 4, 2019.
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Lumberloft Press - Short Fiction Contest

Lumberloft Press is seeking talented, unpublished authors to feature in its upcoming short fiction compilation. Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 (USD) and publication in the physical and digital copies of the compilation. Up to 15 runners-up will also be selected for publication. All winners will receive a hardcover edition of the release and a contribution credit. The theme for this year's contest is Death from Above, which is explained on the contest's website.
The deadline is July 30, 2019.
For more information, go to
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Society of Architectural Historians - American and Landscape Field Trip Program

The Society of Architectural Historian's American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip grant program funds architecture and landscape field trips for underserved students in grades 3 through high school. To deliver awe-inspiring field trips, it seeks to partner with other not-for-profit organizations that offer youth design education programs and docent-led tours of architecture, parks, gardens, neighborhoods, and town/city centers. It funds tour programs that enable students to learn about the history of the built environment by walking through and experiencing great architecture, public parks, gardens, and urban planning.

The deadline is December 1, 2019.

For more information, go to
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The National Cartoonists Society Foundation - Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by December 20, 2019.
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Aesthetica Magazine - Aesthetica Art Prize

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The entry fee is £24.
Submissions are open until August 31, 2019.
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Speculative Literature Foundation -  The SLF $500 Diverse Writers and $500 Diverse Worlds Grants

The $500 Diverse Writers grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups.  The $500 Diverse Worlds grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
The deadline for both grants is July 31, 2019.
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Fine Art Photography Awards - Awards in 20 Categories

The competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world. Your work will be judged by an international panel of high profile photographers. Fees are determined on when an entry is submitted and whether the entrant is an amateur or professional photographer.

The early deadline is October 13, 2019 and the final deadline is February 9, 2020.

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Water Quality Improvement Project Program

The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments or protect a drinking water source.

Applications are being accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) until 4:00 PM on July 26, 2019.

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant

Grants are available for municipalities to help pay for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) water quality wastewater projects. Successful applicants will use the grant to finance engineering and planning services to produce an engineering report.

Applications are being accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) until 4:00 PM on July 26, 2019.

For more information, go to
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Water Quality Planning Grant

The Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning Grant (NPG) is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects.

Successful applicants will prepare and submit planning reports to recommend an improvement project to address a nonpoint source of pollution. The goal of the program is to get projects ready for construction and future implementation funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project grant program or other funding opportunities.

Applications are being accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) until 4:00 PM on July 26, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Thoma Foundation - Research and Travel Awards in Spanish Colonial Art

The Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Awards in Spanish Colonial Art are offered every year. Awards of up to $15,000 are available to scholars, curators and advanced graduate students completing an MA or PhD dissertation to help defray the costs of research-related expenses.

The deadline is October 15, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Wyeth Foundation for American Art - Various Grant Programs

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art provides financial support to encourage the study, appreciation, and recognition of excellence in all aspects of historic American art. The Foundation does not support grant applications exclusively focused on art of the last three decades.

A fundamental goal of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art is to fund programs and proposals that serve as catalysts to achieve greater recognition and understanding of excellence in American art. To that end, the Foundation provides ongoing, pre-doctoral grants to support programs of research and scholarship in American art at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Research & Scholars Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Foundation also provides ongoing funding for the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant program, administered by the College Art Association.

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art also reviews funding proposals from non-profit institutions to support research, conservation, and exhibition programming in American art. Grants from the Foundation typically support innovative exhibitions that explore new research about American art; innovative and important museum catalogues and books; and conservation and restoration of American masterpieces. Typically, the grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 per project and may extend over two or three years.

The deadline for grant requests is December 15, 2019.

for more information, go to
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Association of Performing Arts Professionals - Cultural Exchange Fund

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) awards U.S.-based presenting organizations, agents, managers, producers, individual artists, and groups of presenting professionals traveling outside of the U.S. to see the work of artists and companies or to develop and advance projects with foreign artists and their collaborators. Grants of up to $2,000 can be awarded to individuals and up to $10,000 for groups.

The last listed deadline is October 30, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Preservation League of New York State - Technical Assistance Grants

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

The application deadline is September 30, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information, go to
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Hudson River Valley Greenway - Community Grants

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to develop plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Higher amounts are awarded for intermunicipal projects.

Greenway Communities Grant Program provides grant funding to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives.

The next application deadlines are August 16, 2019 and October 11, 2019.

For application materials, go to
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International Photography Magazine - International Photography 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. Previously known as PhotogrVphy Grant.

The winning applicant will receive $1,000 and all finalists will receive Certificates of Achievement.

Applicants need to submit their projects before August 31, 2019.

For more information, go to
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The Elizabeth George Foundation - Creative Writing Grants for Individuals and Organizations

The Elizabeth George Foundation is committed to providing emerging playwrights, short story writers, poets, and unpublished novelists with one-time funding that will enable them to live and work for a period of time as a writer. Grant funds may be used for living expenses not to exceed a year, for tuition in accredited MFA programs in the United States, for travel, for research, for artistic residencies, for writers' conferences, or for other efforts designed to promote the goal of giving writers an opportunity to improve, finish, or refine their work. In addition, organizations that provide residencies or learning opportunities for fiction writers, poets, or playwrights are eligible. Non-profit organizations that provide services to increase the education, artistic expression, and literacy of at-risk youth and of youth transitioning out of foster care may also be considered for funding.

All materials are due into the foundation by October 1, 2019 for organizations and October 15, 2019 for individuals requesting funding.  There is a $25 processing fee.  Interested parties are encouraged to request a brochure first.

For more information, go to
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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 deadline is August 1, 2019.

For more information, go to
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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 next application deadline is August 1, 2019 for planting in the fall.

For more information, go to
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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