Grants Announcement

Last Updated 10/11/2019

List of Grants

Documentary Film & TV Funding

Grants for Small Libraries

Park & Trail Partnership Grants

Poetry Awards

Writing and Visual Arts Fellowships

Computer Science Grant Program for Schools

Grant for Visual Artists

Grants for Sculptors

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

Film and Screenwriting Fund

Writing Contest

Field Trip Fund - American History

Recycling Project Grants

Sculpture Grants Programme

Photography Awards and Fellowship

Environmental Education Grants

Environmental Education with Technology Grants

Fellowships for Literary Arts and Theater Studies

Art Prize - Works in Pencil

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Service Grants

Literary Nonfiction Book Contest

Grants for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists

Portraiture and Figurative Art Contest

Field Trip Grants

Trail Grants Program

Art and Architecture Award

Photo Contest (Six Categories)

Field Trip Grants (Trips to Study the Built Environment)

Scholarship for Cartoonists

Fine Art Photography Awards

Research and Travel Awards (Spanish Colonial Art)

Grants for American Art

Travel Fund for Performing Artists

Hudson River Valley Community Grants

Creative Writing Grants for Individuals and Organizations

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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The Whickers - Film and TV Funding Award

The Film and TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary. The main award is worth £80,000 with a runner-up award of £15,000.  One of the criteria used for the judging is original use of technology - break new ground and/or using old ground to reinvent new style.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020.

For more information, go to
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Institute of Museum and Library Services - Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goal of this initiative is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on the following topics:

  • transforming school library practice
  • community memory
  • digital inclusion

The application deadline is December 2, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Parks and Trails New York - Park & Trail Partnership Grants

This grant program is for groups that promote or maintain New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation or Department of Environmental Conservation properties.

Organizations can use this funding to:

  • update exhibits or signage
  • increase marketing efforts to increase your memberships
  • replace or purchase new park or site amenities to enhance visitors' experience
  • staff a position to increase organizational capacity
  • enhance, rehabilitate or construct trails
  • restore or repair historic/period furnishings

The application deadline is December 3, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Poetry Society of America - 2020 Annual Awards

The Poetry Society of America (PSA) is currently accepting work for several awards.  Prize money ranges from $250 to $2,500.  Several of the awards do not require PSA membership.

The deadline is December 23, 2019 for each award.

For a complete list and descriptions of the awards, go to
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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown - Writing and Visual Arts Fellowships

The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. A historic fishing port, Provincetown is situated at the tip of Cape Cod in an area of spectacular natural beauty, surrounded by miles of dunes and National Seashore beaches.

The deadline to apply for the 2020-21 Writing Fellowship is Monday, December 2, 2019.

The deadline to apply for the 2020-21 Visual Arts Fellowship is Saturday, February 1, 2020.

For more information, go to
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New York State Education Department - Smart Start Computer Science Grant Program

The purpose of this grant is to develop, implement and share innovative programs that provide professional development and support to increase expertise in computer science, engineering and/or educational technology among teachers in grades K-8.

■ Eligibility: Public school districts and consortia of districts and BOCES are eligible.

■ Funding: $6 million will be allocated annually for five years.

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2019

■Contact: Mary Ann Valikonis
Phone: 518-474-5461
Email: edtech[at]nysed[dot]gov or smartstart[at]nysed[dot]gov
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The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation - Individual Support Grant for Visual Artists

The Gottlieb Foundation supports painters, printmakers and sculptors who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. Please note that these grants are available only to mature individual visual artists. The Gottlieb Foundation defines maturity in this case as having worked for 20 years or more in a mature phase of art.
The filing deadline is December 15, 2019 at 11:59 EST.
For more information and a grant application, go to
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National Sculpture Society - Grants for Different Types of Sculpture

The National Sculpture Society has grants available to produce different types of sculpture.
The deadline for more grant programs is October 28, 2019.
For more information, go to
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New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts - NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is a $7,000 unrestricted cash grant available to artists living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. This grant is awarded in 15 different disciplines over a three-year period (five categories a year) and the application is free to complete. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is not a project grant, but is intended to fund an artist's vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development.

The following categories will be reviewed:

  • Craft/Sculpture
  • Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Nonfiction Literature
  • Poetry
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts

The deadline is Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 11:59 EST.

For more information, go to'-Fellowships
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Screencraft - Film Fund

Whether it’s a simple screenplay or a film that’s already in production, Screencraft will consider it for this grant program. It will consider a range of projects, from standalone screenplays, to fully packaged projects seeking finishing funds.
Between 2 and 4 projects will be chosen each year. In partnership with BondIt Media Capital, a film & media fund based in Southern California, ScreenCraft is offering two production grants per year to talented filmmakers for narrative features, short films and TV pilot series scripts and documentaries that display originality, vision & exceptional potential. Grant amounts will vary from $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the scale and merit of each project. This program includes creative development from the ScreenCraft team and production guidance and resources from BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions. The application fee is $59.
The deadline is October 31, 2019.
For more information, go to
** ** ** - Writing Contest is launching software that connects authors with beta readers to get early feedback on their fiction work. This competition is a way for the company to launch its service and allow authors to try this out while is still in beta mode.'s goal is to give you a chance to share literary work with beta readers without having to self-promote. The company is not an agency or publisher, and doesn't help promote work to those companies. is about connecting writers to beta readers - for free.'s prizes are monetary. It's not a literary agency or publisher and doesn't offer publishing deals.
There is one 1st place prize per each of the following categories:
- Short-story — $1,000 Under 7,500 words
- Novelette — $1,500 From 7,500 to 17,499 words
- Novella — $2,000 From 17,500 to 39,999 words
- Novel — $3,000 40,000 words and over
Submissions are due by December 1st, 2019 at midnight EST.
For more information, go to
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American Battlefield Trust - The Field Trip Fund 

The American Battlefield Trust strongly believes that battlefields are outdoor classrooms — truly unique locations for education, commemoration, and contemplation. The American Battlefield Trust's Field Trip Fund provides funding and assistance to K-12 teachers, who are planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War battlefields or related historic sites.
There's a rolling admissions policy for applications. Teachers and administrators can apply throughout the school year and summer. However, they must apply for field trip funding at least one month prior to their trip.
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Program - Recycling Coordination, Education, Planning and Promotion Project Grants

The DEC invites applications for assistance in funding programs in recycling education, coordination, planning and promotion and in waste reduction education. Projects must be conducted during January to December 2020.
■ Eligibility: Applicants must be a municipality, a local public authority, a local public benefit corporation, a school district, supervisory district or improvement district, a Native American tribe or nation residing in New York State or any combination of these.
■ Funding: Grants fund a maximum of 50% of project cost. Requested amounts should be in the range of $10,000 and $2 million in grant funding.
Deadline: October 31, 2019, 3 p.m.
Ulster County applicants are encouraged to contact the Ulster County Department of Environment for assistance in applying for this grant:
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Henry Moore Foundation - Sculpture Grants Programme

Henry Moore Grants are awarded in different categories that cover sculpture's practice, promotion or research into this art form.  Henry Moore Grants continue Moore's legacy by supporting sculpture across historical, modern and contemporary registers and seeking to fund research that expands the appreciation of sculpture.  Award amounts are listed in pound sterling; the Foundation is based in Leeds, England.

The next deadline is December 11, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Silver Eye Center for Photography - Call for Entries for Fellowship 20

Silver Eye Center for Photography announces a Call for Entries for Fellowship 20, our annual photography competition. Winners receive a cash award and a solo exhibition with free Lab @ Silver Eye production support for their show. Winning exhibitions will take place in the summer of 2020. The Fellowship Award recognizes a rising talent or established photographer from anywhere in the world. For non-members, there's a fee of $50 for one submission of 20 images, and additional submissions of 20 images are $25 each.

The deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019 at midnight.

For more information, go to
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Captain Planet Foundation - ecoSolution™ Grants

These grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. They are available to educators working with youth in the United States.

The deadline is January 15, 2020.

For more information, go to
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Captain Planet Foundation - ecoTech™ Grants

These grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.   

The deadline is January 15, 2020.

For more information, go to
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Brown University and The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation - Literary Arts and Theater Studies Fellowships

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation is an independent foundation administered at Brown University. It awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project.  Our support is particularly intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves. In the case of independent artists or scholars, or those without paid leaves, we would expect that a Howard Fellowship would enable them to devote a substantial block of time to the proposed project.

A total of eight fellowships of $35,000 will be awarded in April 2020 for 2020-2021 in the fields of Fiction, Poetry, & Playwriting and Theatre Studies.

The deadline is November 1, 2019.

For more information, go to
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Derwant - Derwant Art Prize

The Derwent Art Prize aims to reward visual artists by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or colored pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal by British and International artists. The judges are aware that some work may not lend itself to reproduction and wish to reassure artists that there may be opportunities to view actual works. In addition to prize money and supplies, selected works will be on display at the Gallery@OXO in central London between 22 April to 4 May. Following the London exhibition, the show will for the first time be on show in France from 12 – 17 May at 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris. The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for additional works. Artists may only enter once, with a maximum of 6 images. Artists under 25 years of age will pay £5 per work.

The deadline is Monday 17 February 2020 (5pm GMT).

For more information, go to
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Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York - Planning & Assessment Services

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) currently offers Planning & Assessment Services in four major areas. These services are designed to support New York organizations in improving and advancing program efforts while forming strategies for future growth and development. DHPSNY’s Planning & Assessment Services consist of Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, Condition Surveys, and Strategic Planning Assistance. In each instance, our services aim to improve adherence to best practices and are tailored to an organization’s unique circumstances.

The Fall 2019 application review deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019.

Recipients of DHPSNY’s Planning & Assessment Services are selected by a competitive application process. Limited spaces are available. Applications are reviewed by an advisory committee of library, archives, and conservation professionals. Application materials for DHPSNY's Planning & Assessment Services are accepted year-round and reviewed three times a year.

For more information and application forms, go to
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River Teeth Journal - River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest

River Teeth's editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the co-editors of River Teeth. The contest winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press. All U.S. entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fees.  Online submission fee is $27.

The deadline is October 31, 2019.

For more information, go to
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American Theatre Wing - 2020 Jonathan Larson Grants

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.
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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 - 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 deadline is November 8, 2019.

For application materials, 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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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