Grants Announcement

Last Updated 3/10/2020

List of Grants

Photography Fellowships (artists living and working outside NYC)

Grant Award for Young Photographers

Grants for Visual Artists

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

Funding for Recruiting Doctors to Underserved Areas

Apprenticeship Expansion Grants

Documentary Film Fund

Grant for Student Photographers

Grants for Arts Programming

Surface Transportation Infrastructure Grants

Community Development Grants

Music Grants for Performing Ensembles

Award to Publicize Book of Poetry

Grants for Folk and Traditional Arts

Grants for Photography and Multimedia Projects

Grants to Publish Historical Records

Grants for Exhibiting and Public Programming of Glass Artwork

Creative Writing Fellowships

Project and Professional Development Grants for Teachers

Prize for a Woman Photgrapher

Grants for Visual Artists, Age 60 and Over

Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Emergency Grant for Creative Arts Professionals

Emerging Organizations Fellowship (Electronic Media and Film)

International Photography Grant

Grants to Support Tapestry Weaving Instruction

Computer Graphics Prize

Electric/Clean Vehicle Funding

Hudson Valley Field Trip Grants

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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New York Foundation for the Arts - The JGS Fellowship for Photography

The JGS Fellowship for Photography is a $7,000 cash grant open to New York State photography artists living and working outside of New York City. The Fellowship will be awarded to five artists working in traditional and experimental photography or any form in which photographic techniques are pivotal. The support for this funding is provided by The Joy of Giving Something (JGS).
 
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. NYFA will announce the winners in August 2020.
 

 

2020 Levallois Prize - Grant Award for Young Photographers

The City of Levallois in France organizes and spnsors a photography prize each year intended to support new works, as well as to discover and promote new talents. The Prix Levallois is open to young photographers born after January 1st, 1985, regardless of nationality, and rewards a winner with €10,000 and two exhibitions : at the Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois in October-November 2020 and at the Passerelle, scène nationale des Alpes du Sud, in Gap, at the end of 2020.
 
The deadline is May 2, 2020.
 
For more information, go to https://prix-levallois.com/en/apply
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Harpo Foundation - Grants for Visual Artists

The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.
 
The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 grant cycle is April 17, 2020 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.
 
For more information and to apply, go to http://www.harpofoundation.org/apply/grants-for-visual-artists/
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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 May 26, 2020; September 9, 2020; and December 9, 2020.
 
For more information , go to https://www.henry-moore.org/grants/grants-programme
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New York State Department of Health - Doctors Across New York (DANY)

The DANY Physician Loan Repayment and Physician Practice Support programs make funds available to help recruit physicians to and encourage them to remain in medically underserved areas of the state. Funding is provided in exchange for a physician’s commitment to work in an underserved area for a three-year period (DANY service obligation period).
 
■ Eligibility: Only physicians and health care facilities that meet the list of criteria on the Dept. of Health website are eligible to apply for DANY funding through this request for applications (RFA).
■ Funding: $9 million is available for approximately 75 awards with a maximum of $120,000 per award.
Deadline: April 2, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.
■ Contact: Karolyn Garafalo 
Email: DANY2018[at]health[dot]gov
Website: www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/graduate_medical_education/docto...
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New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) - Apprenticeship Expansion Grant (AEG-2)

NYSDOL seeks to expand the Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program by increasing employment opportunities for approximately 800 apprentices with a focus on underrepresented populations. These apprentices will enter into trades in high-demand occupations, with a focus on the emerging fields of advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology.
 
■ Eligibility: Not-for-profit, for profit, governmental entity, tribal organization and individuals
■ Funding: NYSDOL is making up to $3.7 million available for bids to serve approximately 800 apprentices. Single award amounts will not exceed $300,000.
Deadline: April 30, 2020
■ Contact: Alan Gallagher
Phone: 518-474-2678
Email: alan.gallagher[at]labor.ny[dot]gov
Website: www.labor.ny.gov/businessservices/funding.shtm
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SFFILM - SFFILM Documentary Film Fund

The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports engaging documentaries in post-production which exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. DFF grants are awarded once each year to documentary feature projects and are open to filmmakers internationally. Individual grant amounts and the number of grants made will be determined on an annual basis. As with all SFFILM grants, in addition to the cash awards, recipients will gain access to numerous benefits through the comprehensive and dynamic SFFILM Makers artist development program.

The regular deadline is Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:00 pm (PST), and the final deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11:00 pm (PST).  Applicants who are not SFFILM members must pay the $25 (regular deadline) or $45 (late deadline) fee.

For more information, go to https://sffilm.org/documentary-film-fund/
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Eugene Smith Memorial Fund - Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers is designed to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic and compassionate photography. Judges will be looking for a photographer and his or her proposed project that seems most likely to use exemplary and compelling photojournalism (possibly supplemented by or incorporating multi-media) to address an issue of importance and that impacts society. 
 
Applicants can submit up to 40 images total. These should consist of representative images from the project being proposed to the W. Eugene Smith Fund. The applicant can include in his/her submission, past work clearly marked that represents the candidate’s vision and his or her ability to execute the project being proposed to the Fund.  The entry fee is $10.
 
The submission deadline is 30 April 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.
 
 

National Endowment for the Arts - Challenge America Grants for Arts Programming

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application using relevant statistics and anecdotal information. Proposals should detail the efforts made to reach the identified underserved population. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.
 
Applications will be accepted through Grants.gov. To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least March 18, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least March 31, 2020.
 
The deadline is April 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.
 
 

United States Department of Transportation - Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant Program

BUILD Grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Total funding available is $1 billion, and individual grant amounts can range from $5 million to $25 million. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. Program funds are evenly split between rural- and urban-area projects.
 
The application deadline is May 18, 2020.
 
For more information:
 
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AARP - AARP Community Challenge Grants 

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement and more.
 
AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve the following outcomes:
  • Increasing civic engagement with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of community inclusion and diversity. (Although this category is targeted to local governments, nonprofit organizations can apply for and receive a grant in this category provided they demonstrate that they are working with local governments to solicit and include residents’ insights about the project or to help solve a pressing challenge.)
  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” with programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data, and participating in decision-making to increase the quality of life for all.
  • Other community improvements: In addition to the five areas of focus, AARP wants to hear about local needs and new, innovative ideas for addressing them.
The application deadline is April 1, 2020 by 11:59pm EST.
 

 

The Amphion Foundation - 2020 Amphion Grant Program for Performing Ensembles 

The Amphion Foundation's grant program's objective is to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to non-profit performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence, in addition to music service organizations and other organizations that support contemporary music.
 
The deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time. The grant round in the spring is for performing ensembles.
 
For guidelines and a link to the application, go to https://amphionfoundation.org/programs/amphion-grant-program
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American Academy of Poets - James Laughlin Award

The James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. The winner receives a prize of $5000, an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency in Miami Beach, and distribution of the winning book to approximately one thousand Academy of American Poets members.
 
The deadline is May 15, 2020.
 
 

National Endowment for the Arts - Grants for Folk and Traditional Arts

The folk and traditional arts are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice. Genres of artistic activity include, but are not limited to, music, dance, crafts, and oral expression.
 
The next deadline is July 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least June 17, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least June 30, 2020.  Applications will be accepted through Grants.gov.
 

Photo Wings – Grants for Photography and Multimedia Projects

Winners will receive funding on a sliding scale based on the simplicity/complexity of the project and how the project will be documented.  Photo Wings is open to proposals on any scale – from a one-off idea to a full-blown project.  Successful applicants will show their ideas have the potential to impact many people and create ripples.  They will also agree to create a toolkit/curriculum so that others may benefit.  The idea is to not only make an impact, but to create something that can be replicated, adapted or serve as inspiration for new projects.

Funding of up to $1000 for a photo-based project inspired by or creatively utilizing Photo Wing’s content.  Photo Wings is looking to amass a wide array of ideas for its website so others may benefit.

Funding of up to $5000 for an original cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and/or intergenerational photography-based project.  Extra attention will be given to new project concepts and projects addressing visual literacy.

The deadline is June 15, 2020.

For more information, go to http://photowings.org/flashgrants/
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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) - Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as politics, law (including the social and cultural history of the law), social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The Commission is especially interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. A grant is for one year and for up to $175,000. The Commission expects to make up to 25 grants in this category for a total of up to $3,000,000.

The deadlines are June 10, 2020 and October 8, 2020. Applications are accepted through Grants.gov.

For more information, go to https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/editions.html
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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 deadline is September 1, 2020.

For more information, go to https://contempglass.org/grants/grant-application-guidelines
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National Endowment for the Arts - Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The deadline is March 11, 2020.  NEA recommends that applications be submitted no later than March 2, 2020 to give oneself time to address potential issues with the application process.  Applications are accepted through Grants.gov.

For more information, go to https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships
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Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley - Fund for Excellence in Education Teacher Grants 

Fund for Excellence in Education Grants offer Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster County classroom teachers funding opportunities to support special classroom projects or professional development for teachers. Grants awarded will have a direct benefit to classroom learning and support achievement of educational outcomes. Grant funding is not for field trips or after-school activities.
 
The deadline is March 15, 2020.
 
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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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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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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 https://maxskansascity.org/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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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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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 https://americantapestryalliance.org/awards/weaving-the-future-grants/
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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 https://www.flatpyramid.com/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:

■ 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
Website: www.dec.ny.gov/energy/109181.html

Ulster County municipalities can contact the Ulster County Department of Environment for assistance in applying for this funding.
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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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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
Website: www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Air-Source-Heat-Pump-Program
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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
Website: www.vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants
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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
Website: https://secure.jotform.us/americanhumane/wags4patriots
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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
Website: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2590.html

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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 
george.popp[at]ny.usda[dot]gov

USDA – Rural Development
225 Dolson Ave., Suite 104
Middletown, NY 10940-6539

This same information can be found at
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-CF_Grants.html