April 2011
Vol. 25, #4
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to purchase vehicles to help elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities
  • Grants to support the Buckle Up New York (BUNY) program
  • Grants to improve institutions’ ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections
  • Grants to support projects that will expand our understanding of learning disabilities and comorbid conditions
  • Grants to support projects that will preserve historic aspects of neighborhoods and downtowns
  • Grants to support the environment and the arts
  • Grant writing


Naomi Miller
Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248

On the state level...

New York State Department of Transportation

The New York State Department of Transportation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations that intend on purchasing vehicles that meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities. Grants will be awarded based on several factors, including: the ability of the applicant to operate, maintain and finance a specialized transportation service; the general mobility limitations and the level of need for this specialized transportation service in the area; and the actual vehicle usage for transporting elderly and/or disabled individuals.

  • Eligibility: Non-profit organizations that serve elderly individuals and/or individuals with disabilities; public bodies, such as municipalities and county-level governments that are approved to coordinate services for the elderly and/or disabled; public bodies that can certify that no non-profit organizations are available to provide these services in an area of proposed service.

  • Funding: A total of $8.2 million is anticipated to be available. This program will provide 80 percent of vehicle-purchase costs. The program requires a 20 percent local-share match.

  • Deadline: Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

  • Contact: Matthew Haas
    NYS Department of Transportation
    Public Transportation Bureau
    50 Wolf Road, POD 54
    Albany, NY 12232

New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee

The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), through its Buckle Up New York (BUNY) program, is accepting applications from non-profit organizations, local governments and state agencies that would like to participate in BUNY’s seatbelt enforcement activities. GTSC oversees New York State’s highway safety program and receives funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address highway-safety related problems. The goal of the program is to prevent motor-vehicle crashes, save lives and reduce the severity of injuries suffered in crashes on the state’s roadways. Grants are awarded for one-year periods, based on the availability of federal funding and the performance of the grantee.

On the federal level...

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for its Preservation Assistance Grants, which help small- and mid-sized institutions, such as: libraries; museums; historical societies; archival repositories; cultural organizations; town and county records offices; and colleges and universities. The grants are meant to improve institutions’ ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. That may include: special collections of books and journals; archives and manuscripts; prints and photographs; moving images; sound recordings; architectural and cartographic records; decorative and fine-art objects; textiles; archaeological and ethnographic artifacts; furniture; historical objects; and digital materials.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health, through its Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, is accepting applications for the Learning Disabilities Research Centers Program. The program will focus on generating new scientific knowledge to expand our understanding of learning disabilities and comorbid conditions. The request invites both foundational and translational, transdisciplinary research examining issues related to etiology, classification and definition, and prevention and remediation of learning disabilities that impact listening, speaking, reading, writing and mathematics skills with an emphasis on comorbid conditions. The program encourages richly integrative, multi-method approaches to examining research topics focusing on learning disabilities that are not feasible through standard research mechanisms. Applicants should propose inter-disciplinary, coordinated programs of research that demonstrate cohesion and synergy across research subprojects and cores.

On the private level...

The Preservation League of New York State

The Preservation League of New York State is accepting applications for its Preserve New York grant program. The program is committed to supporting projects that advance the preservation of neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the New York State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, preserve architecture and landscapes of the recent past, and continue the use of historic public buildings. Examples of eligible projects include: historic structure reports for cultural institutions and public buildings; historic landscape reports for municipal parks; and cultural resource surveys of downtowns and residential neighborhoods.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s mission is to protect the beauty of nature and the creativity of human nature. The foundation supports two program areas: the environment and the arts. The environment program supports organizations dedicated to the conservation of natural resources in the areas of responsible mining, coral reef conservation, urban parks and land protection. The decorative arts program seeks to enhance the field of design and the decorative arts – specifically jewelry – through key gallery spaces and exhibitions.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during May 2011:

Grantseeking Basics: May 3, 11, 17
Attendees will learn how the center’s resources can help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow.

Proposal Writing Basics: May 4
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to Finding Funders: May 3, 7, 11, 17
This class provides a hands-on introduction on how to use the center’s comprehensive online database – the Foundation Directory Online – to research and identify potential funders. The Foundation Directory Online contains over 100,000 profiles of grantmaking institutions.

How to Approach a Foundation: May 18
Attendees will learn how to initiate contact with potential donors, plan calls and meetings, and build partnerships with sponsors. This class is intended for fundraisers who have some experience but are not experts.

In addition:

Classes are held at The Foundation Center, located at:

New York Library
79 Fifth Ave. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

For additional training opportunities, to register, or for more information, call 212-620-4230 or visit www.foundationcenter.org.

The Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York City!

The Grantsmanship Training Program offers grant-proposal training to non-profit and government agencies.

The upcoming class will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and is restricted to a maximum of 30 participants. The cost is $895, which includes a one-year enrollment in The Grantsmanship Center Alumni Membership Program. A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less than $300,000.

For more information, to register, or to apply for a scholarship, contact The Grantsmanship Center at 800-421-9512, or visit its website at www.tgci.com.

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