Last Updated 1/23/2020
List of Grants
Photography Award (Theme: Seeing Beyond - Discoveries)
Emerging Organizations Fellowship (Electronic Media and Film)
Art Prize - Works in Pencil
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Farmer Veteran Coalition - Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund
Jim Henson Foundation - Artist Grants (Puppetry)
United States Department of Transportation - INFRA Program
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CatchLight - CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship
The CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship serves as an incubator — a place for innovative leaders in the visual storytelling field to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, grow and leverage partnerships. The Fellowship cultivates a vibrant community of creative thought leaders whose work will be enhanced by collaboration, mentorship, and networking.
The Fellowship looks for applicants that can be described as organizational leaders, visual storytellers, and/or educators.
The deadline is February 4, 2020 at midnight PST.
For more information, go to https://www.catchlight.io/how-to-apply-cl-fellowship
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Sylvia S. Association - Virginia Prize
The Prix Virginia is a photography prize reserved for a woman photographer, regardless of her age or nationality. The work submitted must have never been exhibited in France and must not be the result of an editorial assignment or advertising commission.
The deadline is May 7, 2020.
For more information, go to https://www.prixvirginia.com/?lang=en
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Creative Capital - 2020 Creative Capital Award
Artists who receive the 2020 Creative Capital Award will have access to up to $50,000 in funding to develop their project, plus advisory services valued at $50,000, for a total value of $100,000. Creative Capital is interested in projects that push the boundaries, as well as artists who are ready to take full advantage of its non-monetary services. Generally, that means that the projects will premiere at least a year and a half after the announcement of the Creative Capital Awards. Artists in all disciplines may apply in this round.
The deadline is February 28, 2020 at 2pm EST.
For more information, go to https://creative-capital.org/2019/02/01/the-creative-capital-award-appli...
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Tree of Life - Individual Artist Grant
Tree of Life welcomes applications from artists of recognizable artistic merit, age 60 and over. This 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 2020, four grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 each.
The deadline for receiving applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 2, 2020. Applications will be accepted beginning February 10, 2020.
For more information, go to https://treeoflifeartists.org/grant-program
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World Photography Organisation - ZEISS Photography Award
The ZEISS Photography Award is looking for photographic work that represents "new" i.e. epiphanies, inventions and transformations from the known to the unknown. Submissions exploring landscape, humans, science, political or economic changes, or even something more conceptual, are all welcome.
While all creative responses are encouraged, submissions must actively explore the topic of the brief. The series should be between five to ten images, have a clear narrative that aligns with the brief (Seeing Beyond – Discoveries) and visual consistency. Entrants can submit all different types of photography – be that in technique or subject matter. All submissions must be accompanied by a supporting statement which outlines the story behind the work.
Deadline for submissions: 1:00pm (GMT), February 4, 2020.
Restless Books - The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
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Max's Kansas City Project - Emergency Grants
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Wave Farm - Emerging Organizations Fellowship
Are you a collective considering Non-Profit status? Are you a newly forming organization in need of guidance and information to help you make the decisions necessary to become a formal nonprofit, and/or 501(c)3? Wave Farm and the New York State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce a new opportunity designed to assist and strengthen newly forming media arts organizations and activities across New York State.
Fellows will receive up to $2,000 in consultation services with the New York Council on Nonprofits.
Application Deadlines: April 1, 2020; July 1, 2020; and October 1, 2020.
For more information, go to https://wavefarm.org/grants/maaf-orgs/emerging-orgs
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LUMIX Festival - Awards for Photojournalists 35 Years Old or Younger
The LUMIX Festival honors, in several categories, young and socially engaged 21st-century photojournalism that actively investigates political, cultural, social, ecological and technological processes. The focus is directed at journalistic, transmedia narrative formats and current perspectives of the documentary. Several awards will be given as part of the 7th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism. Awards will be in the categories of Picture Series/Photo Story and Digital Storytelling. The festival and its competition is in Hanover, Germany.
The deadline is January 30, 2020.
For more information, go to https://fotofestival-hannover.de/en/application/bewerbung.html
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Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University - CDS Documentary Essay Prize
The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in short-form documentary photography and writing in alternating years: one year, photos; one year, writing. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to twenty pages of writing.
The upcoming prize competition will be for photography. The winner of the competition receives $3,000 and features in Center for Documentary Studies’ digital publications. The winner’s work is also placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University.
Submissions for the 2020 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography will be accepted until March 1, 2020.
For more information, go to https://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/documentary-essay-prize
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International Photography Magazine - International Photography Grant
International Photography Grant awards $1000 to the applicant with the most inspirational photographic idea to support a visual project of the artist.
The deadline is July 31, 2020.
For more information, go to https://internationalphotogrant.com/
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Hudson River Estuary Program - Tributary Restoration and Resiliency RFA
- Removal of dams
- Replacement of culverts to reestablish natural stream-bottom conditions
- Engineering and planning projects for removal of dams affecting eel or herring migration
- Reconnaissance for feasibility of dam removal
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American Tapestry Alliance - Weaving the Future Grants
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FlatPyramid - 3D Scholarship
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection Fund - 2019 Municipal Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Infrastructure Grant and Clean Vehicle Rebate Programs
Clean Vehicle Rebates
■ Eligibility: Rebates are available to municipalities that purchase (or lease for a minimum of 36 months) an eligible, clean vehicle placed into municipal service at a dealership in New York State on or after July 1, 2019.
■ Funding: $500,000 is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plug-in hybrid, all-electric, or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with a 10- to 50-mile electric range are eligible for rebates of $2,500. Those with an electric range of 51 miles or greater are eligible for rebates of $5,000.
■ Deadline: July 24, 2020, or when funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.
ZEV Infrastructure Grants
■ Eligibility: Grants are available to municipalities that installed (or will install) hydrogen filling station components or electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) that is Level 2 or direct current fast charge (CDFC). The EVSE must be included as qualified in one of the following lists:
- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Charge Ready NY Program: www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/ChargeNY/Charge-Electric/Chargi... or the New York State Office of General Services EVSE and Network Services State Contract: https://online.ogs.ny.gov/purchase/spg/awards/4040423035CAN.HTM
■ Funding: A total of $2.5 million will be distributed in this round on a first-come, first-served basis. A 20% local match based on total project cost is required. Maximum grant amount for any facility (location) is $250,000 and $500,000 to any one municipality. There is no minimum award amount. Charging hubs consisting of multiple units are eligible. NOTE: The NYSERDA Charge Ready Program and the NYS DEC ZEV Infrastructure program may NOT be utilized together for the same EVSE installation project.
■ Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through May 29, 2020, or until funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.
Ulster County municipalities can contact the Ulster County Department of Environment for assistance in applying for this funding.
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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 https://www.whickerawards.com/apply/film-and-tv/
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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 https://web.fawc.org/program
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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 https://www.derwent-artprize.com/
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Portrait Society of America - International Portrait Competition
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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 https://fineartphotoawards.com/#prizes
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Teaching the Hudson Valley - Explore Awards
- 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.
Empire State Development - Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies Program
Empires State Development’s Urban and Community Development Program promotes economic development in the State of New York by encouraging economic and employment opportunities and stimulating development of communities and urban areas. Program funding is available for working capital grants of up to $100,000 each to support 1) strategic development plans for a city, county, or municipality or a significant part thereof and 2) feasibility studies for site(s) or facility(ies) assessment and planning. Projects should focus on economic development purposes, and preference shall be given to projects located in highly distressed communities. Special consideration shall be given to projects supporting Regional Economic Development Council Opportunity Agenda priorities, Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects, and projects identified in the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program recovery plans.
For more information, go to https://esd.ny.gov/strategic-planning-and-feasibility-studies-program
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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
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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.
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
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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.
Contact: TAG Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
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
(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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