Benchmark Data for Grant Applicants

The Foundation looks at each investment and grant as a partnership. Our goal is to work with your nonprofit organization for maximum impact.

In order to demonstrate community need and understand the potential impact of each investment, it’s important to have benchmark data. Resources and data sources are available from a variety of governmental agencies and organizations.

Below are commonly used resources that The Foundation encourages grant applicants to reference when submitting an application. Applicants are encouraged to use alternate data sources that are specific to their grant request, if available.

United States Census Bureau

  • Census Data – The decennial census occurs every 10 years to collect information about the people and housing of the United States. The last census occurred in 2010. The decennial census is the official count of everyone in the United States, and it is used to divide the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the states. Census data is used in innumerable other ways, including in distributing federal funding among states and localities and in many types of research.
  • Population Estimates – The Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program publishes population numbers between censuses to estimate by how much populations are growing or shrinking. The Population Estimates Program develops and prepares estimates of the population by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin for the nation, states and counties. The estimates use information from government records of births, deaths, domestic and international migration, and other sources in order to estimates changes in populations.
  • The American Community Survey – The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey is a new nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. The ACS collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status, and other important data. These data are used to describe and track characteristics of the population – including income, poverty, educational attainment and more – that used to be collected only during the decennial census.

New York State Open Data

Browse and download more than 1,250 New York State data resources on topics ranging from economic development to recreation.

New York State Education Department Data

Users can access statewide data reports or view reports for an individual school, district, BOCES or county.

New York State Department of Health Data and Reports

Data and reports related to a variety of medical related information.


HealtheConnections is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the meaningful use of health information exchange and technology adoption, and the use of community health data and best practices, to enable Central New York stakeholders to transform and improve patient care, improve the health of populations and lower health care costs. For Oneida County specific data, please visit the Oneida County Health Coalition page.

Mohawk Valley Population Health Improvement Program

The Mohawk Valley Population Health Improvement Program (MV PHIP) promotes the Triple Aim of: better care, better population health and lower health care costs by convening regional stakeholders and establishing neutral forums for identifying, disseminating and implementing best practices.  The MV PHIP supports and advances the ongoing activities of the New York StatePrevention Agenda and the State Health Innovation Plan (SHIP).  The MV PHIP also serves as a resource to local Performing Providers Systems (PPSs) under the Delivery Reform System Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, which builds on the work of the Medicaid Redesign Team.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to measure vital health factors and provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Includes data from the Economic Research Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Rural Development and World Agricultural Outlook Board.

Data USA

Data USA puts public US Government data in the public’s hands. Instead of searching through multiple data sources that are often incomplete and difficult to access, users can simply point to Data USA to answer questions. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge. It allows millions of people to conduct their own analyses and create their own stories about America – its people, places, industries, skill sets and educational institutions. Ultimately, accelerating society’s ability to learn and better understand itself.

Livability Index by AARP
The Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.

Herkimer County Risk Assessment Profile
The 2016 Herkimer County Risk Assessment Profile is a data-based assessment of community strengths and challenges that affect the health and well-being of Herkimer County residents. The data included in the Profile gives a snapshot of the level of risk that exists in the community which helps to identify areas in which there is a need to work collaboratively to improve outcomes.

AreaVibes Livability Score
The AreaVibes Livability Score was designed to help you find the best places to live. It is created using a unique algorithm that takes into account dozens of characteristics in 7 different categories including nearby amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. A total Livability Score is then calculated out of 100 for any area across America.

Oneida County Health Coalition Report Card: Domestic Violence, Child and Elder Abuse and Neglect

Oneida County Health Coalition Report Card: Opioid Abuse

Oneida County Health Coalition Report Card: Women, Infant and Children Health

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

Grant Writing Resource List

Community Health Assessment & Community Service Plan 2019-2021

New York State Health Status Indicators