Hudson Valley Hard-to-Count Census 2020 Grants

The Hudson Valley Census 2020 Fund seeks to ensure that every adult and child is counted regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, immigration status or faith tradition for the 2020 Census. The Census has historically missed certain communities—communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants and young children—at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives these communities of equal political representation and private and public resources.
Funding made possible by Church Communities Foundation, Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, The Dyson Foundation, Foundation for Community Health, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, The William & Elaine Kaplan Family Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Rowley Family Foundation, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and Walden Savings Bank.

Through grantmaking we support community-based education, outreach and assistance efforts for hard-to-count (HTC) communities across the Hudson Valley. The grants of up to $10,000 must be for get-out-the-count projects aimed at increasing census participation of residents in hard-to-count areas or constituencies that have been consistently undercounted.
Activities and services may include but are not limited to:

  • Direct Outreach
    • Door-to-Door Canvassing
    • Phone Banking
  • Training
    • Technical Assistance
    • Train-the-Trainer Services
  • Assistance Centers
  • Community Education
  • Digital Media Outreach

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2019 through December 8, 2019.

Funding can be requested for a maximum of $10,000. Expenses may include, but are not limited to, staffing; printing; space rental; technology; and materials.

Grants must be used by or between January–May 2020.

Emerging and established organizations at all stages of work are encouraged to apply for funding.
Organizations must be:
  • Based in or working with communities deemed at risk of an undercount (see for a map of HTC census tracts)
  • Geographically located in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and/or Ulster Counties
  • A trusted messenger with the population/community targeted for census work
  • A legally incorporated entity with 501(c)(3) status or a project sponsored by a government agency with a clear charitable purpose
  • Social welfare and civic organization
  • Faith-based organization
  • Fiscally sponsored organization or program
Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Grants cannot be used for partisan efforts.

Organizations must satisfy all reporting requirements including narrative and financial reports. All criteria and guidelines are available within the application portal.

Grant proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:
  • A proven track record of serving or representing those who are most at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census
  • A clear understanding of the challenges, including institutional and structural issues, the community faces in obtaining an accurate Census count
  • An organized constituency base and concrete goals/strategies to get-out-the-count in their community
  • Staff, volunteers and board that are reflective of the community at risk of being undercounted
  • Clarity of project plan description and assessment of outreach activities
  • Clarity of responses to application questions

Please note that during the review period, applicants may be contacted to provide or discuss additional information. Final grant amounts and scope of project may differ from the amount requested.
It is anticipated that $75,000 will be available. 
Grants made through this program will not exceed $10,000. 
Online application formClick here to access the Grants Portal
December 8, 2019 11:59pm
Awards announced in January

(845) 452-3077 or

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