Grants Announcement

Last Updated 10/15/2020

List of Grants

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

Medical Emergency Grants

Photo Contest

Book Awards

Documentary Development Grant

Photomicrography Competitions

Screenplay Competition

Fine Arts and Video/Film Grants

Conservation Grants for Library and Research Materials

Grants for Small Museums

Documentary Fund

Short Fiction Prize

Student Grant - Photojournalism

Microgrants for Artists

Photo Book Prize

Solar Installation Grant Program

Grants to Support Marketing of Area Businesses

Funds for Journalists - Local COVID-19 Coverage

Photography Grant Contest

The COVID-19 Visual Project

Women Writers Program

Archival Workers Emergency Fund

Artist Relief Grants

Sculpture Grants (conservation, cataloguing, artistic practice, etc.)

Grants for Exhibiting and Public Programming of Glass Artwork

Emergency Grant for Creative Arts Professionals

Grants to Support Tapestry Weaving Instruction

Computer Graphics Prize

Hudson Valley Field Trip Grants

Financial Grants for Veterans and Eligible Dependents

Service-Dog for Veterans Grant Program

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants

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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. 
Applications for the 2021 award cycle will open Tuesday, November 10, 2020 and close Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. The following categories will be reviewed:
    Folk/Traditional Arts
    Interdisciplinary Work
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New York Foundation for the Arts - Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants 

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in the past six months. 
The application cycle closes Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
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Nikon - Nikon Photo Contest

This year's Nikon Photo Contest will have a competition for photos and and another for short films.  Each competition will have an Open Category and a Next Generation Category.
The entry form is scheduled for release on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
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The Cleveland Foundation - Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards* 

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction.
The deadline is December 31, 2020.
For more information, go to
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International Documentary Fund (IDA) - Enterprise Documentary Fund, Development Grant 

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides development funds to documentary projects taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.
The deadline is October 26, 2020.

Nikon - Nikon Small World Competitions 

The Photomicrography Competitions are open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.  There is a top prize of $3,000.  Someone can enter both contests.
The deadline for entries is April 30, 2021.
For more information, go to
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BlueCat - 2021 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 23rd year, is accepting submissions for its 2021 competition. BlueCat remains committed to the undiscovered writer and continues its tradition of providing written analysis on every script submitted.

  • Every script submission will receive a complimentary written analysis.
  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000. All scripts submitted (Features, Pilots and Shorts) are eligible.
  • The Feature Screenplay Winner will receive $2,000.
  • The Pilot Winner will receive $2,000.
  • The Short Script Winner will receive $2,000.
  • The Fellini Award will be awarded to the Best Screenplay from any category (Feature, Pilots or Short) of the 2021 Competition written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA and will receive $1000.
  • All cash prizes will be disbursed 30 days after the winners are announced.

The deadline is October 25, 2020.

To submit a script, go to
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The Puffin Foundation - 2021 Grant Cycle

For the 2021 cycle, the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. will review grants only in the fields of Fine Arts and Video/Film. The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. continues to make grants that encourage emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy.

The deadline is December 15, 2020.

For more information, go to
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NYS Education Department, 2021-2022 Conservation Preservation Discretionary Grants

The Conservation/Preservation Program provides State funding for libraries and other organizations engaged in efforts to preserve deteriorating library research materials.

Deadline: October 28, 2020 for letters of intent; November 20, 2020 for applications

Eligibility: not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3)
Funding: Estimated Funds Available: $500,000; Estimated Size of Awards: Minimum grant award is $2,500; maximum grant award is $40,000
Contact: Barbara Lilley
Phone: 518-486-5284
Email: preservation[at]nysed[dot]govBarbara.Lilley[at]nysed[dot]gov
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Institute of Museum and Library Services - Inspire! Grants for Small Museums 

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories:
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Anchors
  • Collections Stewardship and Access 
The deadline is November 16, 2020.

International Documentary Association - IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund 

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides development funds to documentary projects taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.
Applications are due October 26, 2020.

Dappled Things - The J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction 

Dappled Things currently holds two annual contests, the J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction and the new Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction, and this year it is also holding a special prize for the visual arts. The prizes have no entry fee and winners receive cash awards and publication in the journal.
The deadline for the short fiction contest is November 30, 2020.

Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar - Student Grant 

The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar is happy to announce a $1,000 grant to be named after longtime Associated Press photographer Dave "Mullet" Martin, who passed away suddenly on Jan. 1, 2014 while on assignment in Atlanta. The grant will be awarded to a college student who wishes to pursue or continue a personal photojournalism project.
The application deadline is 11:59pm (EST) October 20, 2020.

Red Bull Arts - Microgrant Program 

Direct-funding to artists is essential always, and is particularly critical at this moment. In response to the current socio-political climate, Red Bull Arts is expanding the Detroit Microgrant Program nationally. This initiative directly supports artists by providing unrestricted aid.
The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in the following 20 cities across the United States: Atlanta, Austin/San Antonio, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Hudson Valley (NY), Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, St Louis, and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul). These funds are meant to support artists in continuing their work however they see fit in this difficult moment.
Applications are open on a rolling basis.
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Lucie Foundation - Lucie Photo Book Prize 

For its annual photo book competition (LPBP), the Lucie Foundation offers two cash prizes to the top two finalists for their outstanding work – one Traditional $3,000 cash prize and one Independent $2,000 cash prize. In light of the current situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus), and the need for all of us to assist in minimizing the spread of the disease in our communities, the Foundation will continue to follow all of the guidelines of the CDC and New York City and have to postpone its Book Prize exhibition in October. It will find a time in 2021 to display the finalists and winners of the LPBP and showcase the spectacular books.
The awards will be presented to photographers, editors, curators, or publishers who have created such projects anywhere in the world within July 2018-November 2020.  For the first submission, the Traditional category has a $55 submission fee, and the Independent category, a $35 fee.  A 20% discount is offered with each additional submission for both categories.
NEW DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: November 30, 2020
For more information, go to
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NYSERDA - Affordable Solar and Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance (Predevelopment Program)

The Predevelopment Program provides grants to address barriers to solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households living in rental housing, multifamily buildings or other households not served by traditional on-site residential solar. Individual awards will not exceed $200,000. Funding to proposals through this solicitation will offset costs for predevelopment and technical assistance work needed to implement solar installations for multifamily affordable housing and/or shared solar (Community Distributed Generation) installations that benefit LMI households.

■ Eligibility: Applications must be submitted by or include the documented participation of any of the following: owners, providers or managers of regulated multifamily affordable housing, community land trusts, land banks or portfolios of single-family affordable housing; local government agencies; Community Development Corporations (CDC), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) or other community organizations providing services to LMI households and/or demonstrating an LMI constituency; and prior recipients of Predevelopment Program grants seeking to replicate and expand upon the success from a prior completed Predevelopment Program project.

■ Funding: Up to $10.65 million is available with individual awards not to exceed $200,000.

Deadline: Continuous through December 31, 2024, or until depleted

■ Contact: Email - affordablesolar[at]nyserda.ny[dot]gov

■ Website:  
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Chronogram Media - Chronogram Community Grant Program

Chronogram Media’s Community Grant Program aims to support marketing programs for a variety of Hudson Valley BIPOC-and women-owned small businesses, virtual events, and regional nonprofits. Accepted partners will receive:

Run-of-site digital advertising on properties (,,

Social media shout-out on Chronogram channels (over 20,000 followers)

Inclusion on quarterly full-page ad in Chronogram about our grant program participants

Inclusion in monthly newsletter to our Art of Business newsletter list

Exclusive rates (up to 50% off rate card) in Chronogram magazine and our Eat.Play.Stay newsletter

Applicants are evaluated based on financial need, commitment to social change, and alignment with Chronogram Media’s values. Media placements are subject to available inventory.

Applications received on a rolling basis.

To apply, go to
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National Geographic Society - COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Journalists 

This fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–$8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.
National Geographic seeks writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. However, you do not need to submit any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers. National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage.
This call for proposals is reviewed on a rolling basis.
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Gomma - 2020 Gomma Photography Grant 

An independent photo contest that awards and supports photographers from around the world.  2020 profits donated to charities battling the coronavirus.
The first deadline is August 31, 2020 and the final deadline is October 27, 2020. The entry fee for the first deadline is 20€ and for the final deadline it is 35€.
For more information, go to
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Lens Culture - The COVID-19 Visual Project: A Time of Distance

The COVID-19 Visual Project. A Time of Distance, conceived and produced by Cortona On The Move, international festival of visual narrative in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo, is an ongoing permanent archive of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on people’s lives around the globe. The online platform, launched on May 11th, 2020, will continue to grow until a vaccine or a cure is found. The stories from international visual artists will narrate this time of crisis focusing on relevant themes like the health emergency, the economic backlash, as well as social and personal consequences. The ultimate goal is to create a repository that documents global facts and widespread emotions that define this unique historical moment. This is not a grant or award.

For more information,
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Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation - New ERA Women Writers Program

The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is accepting applications for their New ERA Women Writers Program. The purpose of the program is to inspire women and girls to learn to write or to be supported in improving their current abilities. The foundation believes that one of the most important skills in life that one can attain is learning to be an effective writer and communicator. It supports programs that will provide women and girls with the knowledge and skills to express themselves through the art of writing and to encourage higher levels of training designed to assist women in delivering clear and persuasive arguments for change and equality.

■ Eligibility:  The grant application must be submitted by a registered 501(c)(3) organization. The program supports all areas of writing:  journalism, fiction, poetry, prose, blogging, novel, autobiography, book reviews, comic strips, diaries, essays, fables - the sky’s the limit - as long as the program supports women and girls and their writing aspirations. Non-English language programs are included as part of these programs. Programs can be workshops, writing clubs, curriculum-based programs, after-school programs, summer programs, retreats, etc.
■ Funding: up to $25,000
Deadline: on a rolling basis
■ Contact: Email - info[at]ctbfoundation[dot]org
■ Website:
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Society of American Archivists Foundation - Archival Workers Emergency Fund

The Society of American Archivists Foundation announces the creation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF) to support archival workers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to financially vulnerable and at-risk workers. All U.S.-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund.

The deadline is December 31, 2020.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

For more information, go to
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Various Organizations - Artist Relief Grants

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

The fund will operate through September 2020.

For more information, go to
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Henry Moore Foundation - Sculpture Grants

Henry Moore Grants support exhibitions, exhibition catalogues, commissions, conferences, research, post-doctoral research fellowships, publications, and the development of collections through acquisitions, conservation, cataloguing and display.
The next deadlines are September 9, 2020 and December 9, 2020.
For more information , go to
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Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) - Exhibition and Programming Grants

AACG accepts proposals requesting support for exhibitions and programming that are aligned with the organization's mission to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. AACG does not fund requests for equipment or capital needs. Applicants are limited to one grant per year.

The next deadlines are March 1, 2021 and September 1, 2022. AACG's regular program of grants has been suspended for 2020.

For more information, go to
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Max's Kansas City Project - Emergency Grants

This non-profit welcomes applications throughout the year to professionals in the creative arts. There are no deadlines. Funding is determined according to the individual’s need and is disbursed in the form of a grant not to exceed $1000. Funding will be based on a sliding scale according to each individual’s specific case. All applications are reviewed and given consideration according to the most critical situations and urgency. The organization accepts art or other items that it can auction at one of its events or services in kind in exchange for assistance if that is a possibility but is not mandatory.
For more information, go to
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American Tapestry Alliance - Weaving the Future Grants

The American Tapestry Alliance’s Weaving the Future Grants are designed to support weaving opportunities for children and to provide training in tapestry weaving to teachers and others who will, in turn, teach weaving to children. Anyone who can teach tapestry weaving may apply for a grant. The grant recipient for this program is referred to as the Teaching Artist.  The Teaching Artist is expected to teach one or more Program Facilitators, who will teach children.
Weaving the Future provides grants of $250 to the Teaching Artist.  This money will fund a $100 stipend for the Teaching Artist. It will also be used for looms, yarn and bobbins/shuttles/beaters. All funds must be used for purposes related to Weaving the Future.
Grant applications must be received at least 30 days before the start date for the activities that the grant will support.
For more information and a grant application, go to
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FlatPyramid - 3D Scholarship

FlatPyramid is offering a $1,000 to anyone interested in Computer Graphics and or related fields of study. It is the company's way to give back to the community and encourage growth and development in the 3D industry.  Prize money is awarded quarterly.  To enter, participants are expected to publish work on its site, either for sale or free.
No deadline. Prize (scholarship) is awarded at the end of each quarter.
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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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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