Grants Announcement

Last Updated 3/13/2019

List of Grants

Individual Photographer's Fellowship

Grants for Investigative Projects

Prize for Published Authors

Visual Arts Grants (Applications can be submitted in English or Spanish.)

Awards for Teachers who Encourage Reading Different Genres of Writing

Funding for Legal Assistance Programs for Older Adults

Scholarships - Female Jewelry and Metalsmithing Students

Writing Felllowship for New Parents

Scholarships for Photography, Illustration and Design Students

Grants for Visual Artists over the Age of 21

Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Grants for Visual Artists Over Age 60

Creative Nonfiction Grant

Travel Fund for Performing Artists

Grant for Painter over the Age of 45

Grants for Historic Preservation Reports and Surveys

Technical Assistance Grants - Historic Preservation

Emerging Photographer Scholarships

Heritage Development Grants

Hudson River Valley Community Grants

Teacher Grants for Classroom Projects or Professional Development

Awards for Young Writers (Grades 9-12)

Photography Grant Award

Grants for Research in Ceramics

Creative Writing Grants for Individuals and Organizations

Media Arts Grants (National Endowment for the Arts)

Digital Filmmaking Grants

Cartoonist Grant for New and Original Work

Grant Award for Emerging Ceramic Artists

Grant for a School to Promote Children's Literature

Trees for Tribs

Photomicrography Competition

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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Aaron Siskind Foundation - Individual Photographer's Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $15,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. The entry fee for this grant is $25.

The deadline is May 31, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Fund for Investigative Journalism - Grants for Investigative Projects

The maximum grant is $10,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.

The deadline is May 13, 2019 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

For more information, go to
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University of Pittsburg Press - Dru Heinz Literature Prize

This award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.  Winners receive a cash prize of $15,000, publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and support in the nation-wide promotion of their book.

Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2019. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.

For more information, go to
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Fundación Botín - Visual Arts Grants

Fundación Botín announces its new call for projects to award 8 Visual Arts Grants meant to support individual art projects that may consist of training (academic or not), research (non-academic), and production. Artists of any nationality may apply. Two of these grants will be given to Spanish artists or Spanish residents of at least five years prior to applying for this grant, who are under the age of 30 and have concrete plans of relocating abroad to carry out their project (training, research and production).

Fundación Botín is in Santander, Spain. English language applications are accepted, but the preferred language for applications is Spanish. Applications in other languages will not be considered. The total amount of the grant is €23,000.     

Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, May 3rd, 2019. It is essential to fill the online form before submitting the application.

For more information and a link to the online application portal, go to
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National Council of Teachers of English and Penguin Random House - Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers & Maya Angelou Award for Poetry

The National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers will honor a teacher who inspires their students to read all genres of writing while the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry will honor Ms. Angelou’s legacy by recognizing a teacher who inspires their students to love poetry. In addition, honorable mentions will receive book donations for their classrooms from Penguin Random House.

The program’s nominations are open to full- and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States.  Winners are awarded cash grants and book donations to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country.  All award recipients will be announced in November at the National Council of Teachers of Education conference.

The deadline for both awards is May 3, 2019.

For more information, go to
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United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living - Legal Assistance Enhancement Program for Older Adults

This funding opportunity is designed to enable legal assistance networks, including Older Americans Act-funded programs, in strengthening and enhancing legal assistance programs to older Americans with economic and social need. Enhancements made through this funding opportunity will support quantifiable and sustainable improvements to the delivery of a full range of legal assistance, from legal advice through representation to older adults.

■ Eligibility:
Domestic public or private  nonprofit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals and institutions of higher education.

■ Funding: $1.5 million
Deadline: April 29, 2019

■ Contact:
Eve LaManna
Email: eva.lamanna[at]acl.hhs[dot]gov
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Women's Jewelry Association - Student Scholarships

The WJA Foundation provides scholarships to female students enrolled in jewelry or metalsmithing programs at an accredited college, university, or training school between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000.

The deadline is April 30, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Pen Perentis - Writing Fellowship for New Parents

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents is for a writer with at least one very young child to really focus on their creative career. Pen Parentis encourages and supports its Fellow both financially (by awarding $1000) and artistically (with the opportunity to read at its heavily promoted season opener with at least one author who might serve as a mentor). Pen Parentis keeps track of its Fellows throughout the year and is happy to consult with them in any way. Writers at all levels of their careers are encouraged to apply. This is a merit-based Fellowship.  There is an entry-fee schedule depending on the number of and how stories are submitted.

The deadline is April 17, 2019

For more information, go to
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AIGA-The Professional Association for Design - AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are awarded to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers.

The application deadline is April 24, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Harpo Foundation - Grants for Visual Artists

The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

The application deadline is April 19, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the New York State Council on the Arts - Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Grants from this program provide support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State.

All materials must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on June 3, 2019. The application window opens March 1, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Tree of Life - Individual Artist Grants

Tree of Life welcomes applications from artists of recognizable artistic merit, age 60 and over. The Individual Artist Grant can be for new work or special projects, studio space, website creation, cataloging art and artist’s history, archiving and storage of art, exhibitions, and catalog publication. In 2019, four grants will be awarded in the amount of $5000.00 each.

The deadline for receiving applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 3, 2019. Applications will be accepted beginning February 15, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Whiting Foundation - Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant of $40,000 will be awarded to as many as eight writers in the process of completing a book-length work of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction for a general readership. It is intended for multiyear book projects requiring large amounts of deep and focused research, thinking, and writing at a crucial point mid-process, after significant work has been accomplished but when an extra infusion of support can make a difference in the ultimate shape and quality of the work.

Applications are due by Monday, April 22, 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 next deadlines are April 30, 2019 and October 30, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Provincetown Art Association and Museum - The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

The 2019 grant postmark and online deadline is April 1, 2019, 5pm EST.

For more information and a grant application, go to
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Preservation League of New York State - Preserve New York Grant Program

The New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State are pleased to offer the Preserve New York grant program. Launched in 1993, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.

The application deadline is March 25, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

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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Lucie Foundation - Lucie Scholarship Program

The Lucie Emerging Scholarships are open to emerging photographers 18 years and older, worldwide.  The Lucie Foundation defines “emerging” as any photographer enrolled as a student, in the first five years of their photography career, or does not earn the majority of their income from photography.

The deadline is May 3, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area - 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. A total of $55,000 is available through this grant program in 2019.

The deadline is May 10, 2019.

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 May 10, 2019; August 16, 2019; and October 11, 2019.

For application materials, go to
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Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Fund for Excellence in Education Teacher Grants

Fund for Excellence in Education Grants offers Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster County classroom teachers funding opportunities to support special classroom projects or professional development for teachers. Grants awarded will have a direct benefit to classroom learning and support achievement of educational outcomes. This program does not fund field trips or after-school activities.

Applications for the spring grant cycle must be submitted by March 15, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - The Claudia Ann Seaman Awards For Young Writers & The CAS Hudson Valley Poetry Award

Each participant may submit a total of three poems, essays, or stories (1500 word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction), or any combination of the three.

Entries must be received by May 30, 2019.

For more information, 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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American Ceramic Circle - Research Grants

To encourage new research in the field of ceramics, American Ceramics Circle (ACC) awards annual grants to individuals to provide assistance for costs associated with scholarly research that reflects the general interest of the members. Grant Applications are reviewed by the Grants Committee and awarded by the Board of Trustees. Grant amounts vary depending on the project but do not exceed $5000 and are not intended for projects involving commercial profit. Successful applicants are required to submit the results of their completed research to the ACC in the form of a paper, which may be published in the ACC Journal. Grantees may also be invited to speak at a future ACC symposium.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2019.

For an application, 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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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 next deadline is July 11, 2019.  The two deadlines for 2019 are for different types of projects.  Applications are to be sent through

For application materials and other 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 deadlines are June 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019.

For more information, go to
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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

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