Grants Announcement

Last Updated 1/23/2020

List of Grants

Grants for Veterans in their Early Years as Farmers or Ranchers

Puppetry Grants 

Infrastructure Grants

Visual Leadership Fellowship

Prize for a Woman Photgrapher

Funding for Artists to Develop Projects

Grants for Visual Artists, Age 60 and Over

Photography Award (Theme: Seeing Beyond - Discoveries) 

Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Emergency Grant for Creative Arts Professionals

Emerging Organizations Fellowship (Electronic Media and Film)

Awards for Photojournalists 35 Years Old or Younger

Documentary Essay Prize

International Photography Grant

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency Grant Program

Grants to Support Tapestry Weaving Instruction

Computer Graphics Prize

Electric/Clean Vehicle Funding

Documentary Film & TV Funding

Writing and Visual Arts Fellowships

Art Prize - Works in Pencil

Portraiture and Figurative Art Contest

Fine Art Photography Awards

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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Farmer Veteran Coalition - Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and more than $1.9 million has been awarded to veterans since 2011.
The application will open on February 3, 2020.
For more information, go to
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Jim Henson Foundation - Artist Grants (Puppetry)

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative excellent works of puppet theater. Production Grants of $7,000 are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in the coming year. Workshop Grants of $3,000 are for the development and workshopping of these pieces. Workshop Grants and Production Grants can be combined over a two year period for the greatest benefit to the piece; keep in mind, however, that a Production Grant does not need to be preceded by a Workshop grant and a Workshop Grant in no way ensures a future Production Grant.
Family Grants of $4,000 fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers. Please keep in mind that Family Grants will be evaluated by the same high artistic standards as works for adults.
The deadline for letters of intent via online submission is March 9, 2020.
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United States Department of Transportation - INFRA Program

INFRA grants may be used to fund a variety of components of an infrastructure project, however, the Department is specifically focused on projects in which the local sponsor is significantly invested and is positioned to proceed rapidly to construction.  Eligible INFRA project costs may include: reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition of property (including land related to the project and improvements to the land), environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, equipment acquisition, and operational improvements directly related to system performance.
The Department will award at least 25 percent of INFRA grant funding to rural projects, which often play a vital role in supporting the nation's economic vitality.  Addressing the deteriorating conditions and elevated fatality rates on our rural transportation infrastructure is a key objective of the Department. For rural communities in need of funding for highway and multimodal freight projects with national or regional economic significance, INFRA is an opportunity to apply directly for financial assistance from the federal government.
The application period for this Notice of Funding Opportunity will remain open through February 25, 2020.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Restless Books - The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Restless Books is accepting unpublished fiction manuscripts for its prize for new immigrant writing.  Submissions can take the form of a novel or a book-length collection of short stories.  Submissions should address some combination of identity, the meeting of cultures and communities, immigration and migration, and today’s globalized society.  A publishing contract between the winning author and Restless Books must be signed before the winner is announced.
The winner will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. Restless Books expects to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance.
Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2020.

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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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
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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
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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
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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
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Hudson River Estuary Program - Tributary Restoration and Resiliency RFA

DEC is pleased to announce $986,000 in funding for projects to help restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, conserve and restore habitat, and increase flood resiliency for communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award is $986,000. Funding for this grant opportunity is provided by the New York State (NYS) Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program and Ocean Great Lakes Program.
To be eligible, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in the tributary streams of the Hudson River estuary watershed. Primary priority will be given to dam removal projects that are in close proximity to the Hudson, because of their importance for improving habitat for American eel and river herring.
Examples of projects which improve aquatic connectivity are:
  • 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
Applications must be received in Grants Gateway by 3 p.m. on February 5, 2020.
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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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:

■ 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.

Contact: Myra Fedyniak
Phone: 518-402-8448
Email: zevrebate[at]dec.ny[dot]gov

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
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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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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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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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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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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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