Recent Grants Awarded for State, County, Community, Neighborhood, Arts and Farm Programs

Did you for a single moment think that funding has dried up?  Well if you did, you would be very wrong.  You need to know where to look for grants. adds on average, about 500 to 800 new currently available grants, per week to the website. The money is out there and you can see that by the over 35 million grant awards across the country for state, county, community, neighborhood, arts and farm programs.

Look below to see the grants awarded over the past few weeks that include many local and state grants as well as some national grants. Here are some of them.

New York State Awards

New York State has awarded more than $4 million in farmland protection grants to preserve four farms in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties.

The grants, announced Thursday, are part of $35 million awarded to 40 farms in 19 counties across the state. The program is designed to offset some of the costs that local governments, land trusts and soil-and-water conservation districts incur in acquiring conservation easements to protect agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use.

The grants include:

• Town of Warwick: $989,700 to protect 145 acres of a beef cattle operation owned by William Brown and Barbara Felton in Warwick. The town previously purchased development rights for 293 acres and another state grant protected 78 acres at the same farm. The town will contribute $329,900.

• Orange County Land Trust: $2 million to protect 152 acres of a horse-boarding operation and summer riding camp with Wallkill River frontage owned by Annette Mohn and Denise Dahms in Montgomery. The grant will help the owners transition to retirement as well as convert some acreage to other farm purposes.

• Scenic Hudson Land Trust: $803,700 to protect 157 acres of a vegetable, fruit and livestock operation and agritourism destination owned by Chris Kelder and Alonzo Grace in Accord. The award will help the Kelders transfer ownership of their portion to their son. Scenic Hudson will contribute $300,700.

• Sullivan County: $491,250 to protect 233 acres of a livestock operation and agritourism destination owned by Andrew and Tanya Hahn in Jeffersonville. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will contribute $5,000. (Forbes:

Grants for $10 million to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities and Programs 

State and federal agencies as well as corporate and private foundations are taking the problem seriously, offering grants for addiction treatment, recovery and prevention. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced an additional $10 million dollars in state funding for expanding addiction treatment services across New York state, (AP), to support development of dozens of new withdrawal and stabilization or residential treatment beds. The funding is being administered by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The money will be distributed through a request-for-applications process.

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Cedar Falls, IowaCommunity Foundation of Northeast Iowa awarded grants to 22 non-profit organizations in Black Hawk County totaling $306,677, in their fall 2018 grant cycle, according to News 7 KWWL.

Grants fell into the categories of community betterment, education, environment, health and community services.

Community Betterment

  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Community Center
  • Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Service-Learning: Engaging Youth in Service to the Cedar Valley


  • Hawkeye Community College, Hawkeye Community College Family Literacy Program
  • Cedar Valley Readers, Coalition Building
  • The Job Foundation, Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program


  • City of Waterloo, 2019 Ash Tree Replacement Project


  • Allen Memorial Hospital, Allen Child Protection Center
  • Cedar Valley Hospice, People Development System and Training Lab
  • SuccessLink, Success Street Coordinator

Human Service

  • Friends of the Family, Victim Services
  • EMBARC, REACH | Refugee Empowered Access to Community Health
  • Exceptional Persons, Inc , Employment Services
  • Family & Children’s Council, Parent Education
  • House of Hope, General Operating Support
  • Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Iowa Legal Aid, Improving Efficiencies Through Technology
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Black Hawk County HOPES
  • North Star Community Services, Inclusion Through Theater
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Produce & Perishable Distribution
  • Operation Threshold, Refugee Services
  • Waypoint Services, Waypoint’s Domestic Violence Victim Services Program
  • YWCA of Black Hawk County, Multicultural Services

Capital Improvement Grants, Ft. Wayne, Indiana  – 11 Neighborhood Grants Awarded 

Motorists waiting for the light to change in Fort Wayne, Indiana will soon have something colorful for their eyes to peruse – a new mural to be created by Jerrod Tobias.  The public art piece on the north wall of 1434 Wells St. is one of 11 neighborhood improvements funded by the city’s neighborhood grant program this year.

Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded Monday, January 7th.

The grants fund capital improvements that enhance spaces within public view. They are given to Fort Wayne’s registered neighborhood associations and area partnerships that apply and meet federal income qualifications – a majority of households must be at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income.

The qualifications are set by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which distributes the dollars.

Shawna Nicelley, proprietor of GI Joe’s Army Surplus Store and president of the Wells Corridor Business Association, said she had been talking to the artist about painting a mural on the north side of  the former Linda Lou’s used furniture store next to GI Joe’s.

Nicelley and her parents recently bought the building and are restoring it to two storefronts and upstairs apartments, she said.

When she heard about the neighborhood grant, she collaborated with Bud Mendenhall, president of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association, to develop the application.

The 30-by-80-foot mural will play off nature and historic themes, she said, because the street is named for William Wells, a white man who lived among the Miamis during pioneer days.

Tobias plans to depict a howling coyote, foxes, a river, sunset, a field of flowers a building to represent the street’s history.

“We gave him our thoughts, and he just ran with it,” Nicelley said.

“I don’t know how he does it.”

She added the $5,000 grant, plus she and the business association will pick up the costs, which include additional site preparation.

The new mural is one of two funded by the neighborhood grants.

The other neighborhood grant, also awarded $5,000, will be on the wall of Tasty Pizza at Fairfield Avenue and Maxine Drive in the Historic Fairmont neighborhood.

Other projects funded for $5,000 are a dozen pole-mounted signs in the West Central neighborhood and a recreational green space called Peace Park, which was created from an underused parking lot by Simpson United Methodist Church and the Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood Association.

A new heating and air conditioning system for the Oxford Community Association’s community center also received $5,000. (

Other grants awarded:

• Nebraska Neighborhood Association, $4,800 for a welcome marker for the West Main Street business district

• Lafayette Place Improvement Association, $3,707.78 for a neighborhood market at Petit Avenue and South Calhoun street and landscaping for the blighted lot containing it

• Southwest Area Partnership, working with the Packard Area Planning Alliance, $1,526 for a marker that recognizes the former site of the historic Packard Piano and Organ Co. along Fairfield Avenue at Packard Park

• Pettit-Rudisill Neighborhood, $492 for sign replacement in a neighborhood-owned pocket park at Rudisill Boulevard and Robinwood Drive

• Historic South Wayne Neighborhood, $1,184 for seven pole-mounted neighborhood identification signs

• Mount Vernon Park Neighborhood, $4,800 for two neighborhood identification markers

Projects must be completed by October.

St. Paul, Minnesota  – Regional Fire Departments Receive Grants for Equipment, according to the West Central Tribrune of Willmar, Minnesota, $600,000 in funds were awarded in total to 73 state fire departments.  

National – Scholarships, Financial Aid 

College Completion Grants or Home Stretch Grants (Ongoing). These grants are awarded by a number of universities including the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis. (Forbes: January 1, 2019).

In cities where students often live at home, or are already out on their own, students often are already working, still living at home and might be responsible for contributing to the family’s expenses.

According to former university president, author Thomas Nietzel, College completion or home stretch grants are something every college should offer.

There are plenty of grants out there and you need to be in it to win it.  Search for grants on

Libby Hikind

Libby Hikind is the founder and CEO of and the author of "The Queen of Grants: From Teacher to Grant Writer to CEO". Libby Hikind, began her grant writing career while working as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She wrote many grants for her classroom before raising millions for a Brooklyn school district. Throughout her professional career, she established her own grant writing agency in Staten Island with a fax newsletter for her clients of available grants. After retiring from teaching, Libby embraced the new technology and started GrantWatch. She then moved GrantWatch and her grant writing agency to Florida to enjoy her parents later years, and the rest is history. Today more than 230,000 people visit online, monthly.

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