CFHOC Grants (More than $25,000)

The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties

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Next anticipated deadline: Jul 15, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 4, 2020 (Full proposal), Feb 21, 2021 (Pre proposal), Mar 20, 2021 (Full proposal)

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

Fields of work: Arts / Culture Access & Participation STEM Education Music Education Art Education Environmental Health Apprenticeship & Internship Programs Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Entrepreneurship College Success / Persistence Early Childhood Development Community/Public Safety Economic Services & Development Art & Culture Obesity Wellness & Healthy Living Adult Education Education - Preschool / Early Learning Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, 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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About this funder:



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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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