CFHOC Grants (More than $25,000)

The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $100,000

Next deadline: Nov 15, 2018 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Dec 14, 2018 (Full proposal), Feb 28, 2019 (Pre proposal), Mar 29, 2019 (Full proposal), May 31, 2019 (Pre proposal), Jun 28, 2019 (Full proposal), Aug 30, 2019 (Pre proposal), Sep 30, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New York: Herkimer County, Oneida County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Herkimer County, Oneida County

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The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties awards grants to nonprofit organizations whose projects and programs have the potential to make a long-lasting impact on the community and a significant difference to residents of our two-county region.

Funding Areas

The Foundation gives preference to applications for grants that address one or more of these priority areas and example outcomes:

Economic Development

  • Increase number of residents with the workplace skills required for placement and career advancement in Herkimer and Oneida counties.
  • 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+ in strengthening our community.


  • Increase number of adults in Herkimer and Oneida counties with 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 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, least restrictive environment.

Arts and Culture

  • Increase 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 consider providing initial funding for new projects or programs, if sustainable funding is demonstrated.

Consideration of Projects & Ideas 

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

Organizations may receive one discretionary grant per calendar year, with the following exceptions: 

  • An emergency grant or 
  • The organization is a fiscal sponsor for another applicant

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  • Organizations located in either Herkimer County or Oneida County, and that can demonstrate significant benefit to residents of these counties, are encouraged to share their projects with The Community Foundation.
  • The Foundation considers projects and programs that have potential for making a long-lasting impact on – and a significant difference to – people in our two-county region.


  • 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 generally does not make grants for:
    • Religious purposes
      • The Foundation will consider proposals from faith-based organizations for programs, projects or community spaces that address non-religious needs or issues, and that serve diverse constituencies unrestricted by religious affiliation.
    • 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 (except for dedicated community space) 
    • Uniforms for sports teams 
    • Equipment for fire, police or ambulance services 
    • Camperships 

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