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The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofits in Herkimer and Oneida Counties
for Economic Development, Education, Health, and Arts

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

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Deadline Date:

09/30/18 - For Requests of over $25,000; Requests of less than $25,000 may be submitted at any time


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations in Herkimer and Oneida Counties for economic development, education, health, and arts and culture. Applicants must first contact the funding source, and a draft application is due on November 30, 2017. Programs outside these focus areas will be considered if they offer opportunities for significant positive change to the community.

Economic Development:

- Increase number of residents with workplace skills required for placement and career advancement.
- Increase number of new job availability through entrepreneurs and start-ups
- Increase number of “SHIPS” (internships, apprenticeships, mentorships) offered in Herkimer and Oneida counties
- Increase opportunities to involve people 65 and older in strengthening our community.


- Increase the percentage of adults in Herkimer County and Oneida County who have bachelor’s degrees to 25 percent by 2025.
- Increase number of “Kindergarten-ready” pre-school children
- Increase number of students engaged in “STEAM” education
- Increase availability of education opportunities for adult populations


- Reduce the number of children and adults with high blood lead levels.
- Decrease rates of obesity
- Increase opportunities for healthy living
- Increase opportunities for people to live in the safest and least restricted settings.

Arts and Culture:

- Increase the number of attendees at arts and cultural programs.
- Increase collaborative efforts of arts and cultural institutions.
- Increase quality and diversity of arts and cultural offerings
- Increase opportunities for people to participate in interactive arts and cultural experiences

The Foundation will also consider grant applications outside of its priority areas, especially for programs and projects that:

- Offer the greatest opportunity for positive and significant change in the community
- Identify and enhance local strengths to address and provide creative solutions for important existing or emerging community issues
- Develop organizational and/or individual self-sufficiency

The Foundation will give significant consideration to those applications that:

- Focus on identifiable outcomes that will make a difference
- Leverage investment of other community resources
- Improve the quality or scope of charitable works in the community
- Involve collaborative partners

The Foundation will consider providing initial funding for new projects or programs, if sustainable funding is demonstrated.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152161

Term of Contract:

Funds are expected to be disbursed within 12 months of being awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation generally does not make grants for:

-Religious purposes.*
-Financial assistance, scholarships or loans to individuals.
-Non-emergency expenses that have already been incurred.
-Ongoing operating support.
-Maintenance and/or reconstruction for municipal infrastructure (unless it is for a dedicated community space.)
-Uniforms and equipment for sports teams.
-Equipment for fire, police or ambulance services.

*The Foundation will consider proposals from faith-based institutions for programs or projects that address non-religious needs or issues, or community spaces, and that serve a diverse group of people that are not restricted by religious affiliation.

Pre-Application Information:

The first step in requesting a grant is to contact a member of the Program Staff. This will enable Foundation staff to provide applicants with a quick assessment of potential Foundation interest and support.

Requests of up to $25,000 may be submitted at any time before December 7, 2018.

For requests of more than $25,000, the deadline schedule is as follows:

First Quarter Review:
- Drafts due 11/30/17
- Final applications due 12/16/17

Second Quarter Review:
- Drafts due 2/28/18
- Final applications due 3/31/18

Third Quarter Review:
- Drafts due 5/31/18
- Final applications due 6/30/18

Fourth Quarter Review:
- Drafts Due 8/31/18
- Final applications due 9/30/18

Foundation staff may recommend certain requests for more immediate action. Requests for emergency funding and projects with modest budgets may fall into this category.

Emergency requests describe unforeseen events and situations where immediate action is necessary to stave off detriment to a significant number of people.

Grant guidelines:

More on Economic Development:

More on Education:

More on Healthcare:

More on Arts and Culture:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Barbara Henderson, VP for Programs and Community Initiatives

Jan Squadrito, Senior Program Officer

The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.
2608 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Herkimer and Oneida counties