Community Grants - Ulster County

 Applicants are encouraged to review the grant criteria and may contact the Foundations if they have questions.  
The following organizations are eligible to apply for grants:
  1. Tax exempt organizations located in Ulster County, New York
  2. Tax exempt organizations providing services to residents of Ulster County, New York (the organization must be able to document the number of residents in Ulster County being served)
Please note that grants are not given to support:
  • Individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • General Operating Expenses
  • Underwriting of special events
  • Fundraising campaigns, such as endowment, capital or annual campaigns
  • Projects related to partisan politics or elections
  • Schools – However, grants may be made to support student/teacher community service programs targeted to assist community needs or for professional development opportunities at schools targeting disadvantaged populations
  • Religious organizations.  However grants may be made to support non-religious programs provided through these institutions
  • Expenses that have occurred prior to the expected announcement dates of the grant awards
The Foundation will focus its grant making on applications that address the following funding priorities:
  1. Build the capacity of organizations and the community, including but not limited to:
    • Equipment to improve office operations.  Shipping expenses are not included.
    • Professional development for staff and/or board members. Travel and lodging are not provided.
  2. Support of programmatic areas.
Grants made through this program will not exceed $3,000. Awards range from $1,000-$2000.
Online Letter of Intent LOI application/formClick here to access the Grants Portal.
Due to the increased volume of the Community Grants, the Community Foundations will be accepting online Letters of Inquiry (LOI) in our grants portal from July 1st through August 15th. 

Following a review of the LOIs, organizations may be invited to submit a full proposal to the Foundations by October 1st.

Awards announced in December.  
Contact Cristin McPeake, Director of Programs, at (845) 452-3077 or
Each application will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
  • Quality of Program/ProjectDoes the organization adequately describe the program/project and what it wants to accomplish? Does the organization present a clear and realistic plan for implementation, complete with specific activities and a timeline?
  • Capacity and Stability of the OrganizationDoes the organization appear to have the capacity to carry out the proposed work? Do they have previous experience with this type of program/project or do they demonstrate previous organizational or leadership accomplishments? Does the organization appear to be functionally and financially stable?
  • Budget and Additional SupportIs the program/project budget clear and realistic? If this is an ongoing program/project, is there a reasonable plan for future funding? Is there evidence of support from other funders, or in-kind support for projects that require significant financial support?
  • Impact/ ResultsHow will this program/project make a difference to the target population and/or to the broader community? How significant is the program/project? Will the outcome be finite or of broad impact to the community? Will it provide a one-time benefit or a long-term impact? Is the program "change-oriented", addressing root causes rather than immediate needs?
  • Reaction & PerceptionsIs there a sense of excitement or intrigue about this program/project? How important or timely is the issue the program/project addresses? What is the ripple effect of funding or not funding?
All applications will be rated on these criteria and reviewed by the Advisory Board of the Community Foundation of Ulster County. The Advisory Board are community members representing all areas of Ulster County.  All recommendations are reviewed, approved or declined by the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundations.

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