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Hudson Valley Hard-to-Count Census Mini-Grants

The Mid-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 religion for the 2020 Census.
 

The Census will only be successful by working with trusted local organizations and voices to share the importance of the upcoming census for every community in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Through grantmaking we support community-based education, outreach and assistance efforts for hard-to-count (HTC) communities across the Hudson Valley. Grants of up to $500 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 under counted. This funding is to help amplify positive census messaging in your own community in creative, localized ways. Eligible activities may include but are not limited to buying food for a census-themed event, covering childcare or facility costs and/or materials for census outreach. Get creative and contact us with any questions!

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.

FUNDING GUIDELINES:

  • Applications will be accepted from January through April.                        
  • unding can be requested for up to $500.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and you can expect to hear back within two weeks of submission.
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply and grants cannot be used for partisan efforts.
ELIGIBILITY:  
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 https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/# 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.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:
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
  • 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 may differ from the amount requested.
 
FUNDING AVAILABLE:
It is anticipated that $20,000 will be available to grant throughout the region
 
AWARDS:
Grants made through this program will not exceed $500
 
APPLICATION:  
Online application formClick here to access the Grants Portal
Paper applications are available upon request
 
DEADLINE:  
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and you can expect to hear back within two weeks of submission.

QUESTIONS:
(845) 452-3077 or grants@communityfoundationshv.org

APPLY ONLINE
$ Cover processing fees

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