September 2011
Vol. 25, #9
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding for Brownfield redevelopment
  • Humanities fellowships
  • Opportunities for archival research
  • Funds to promote science, technology, engineering and math in colleges
  • School garden project grants
  • Grants to help low-income children with medical costs
  • Grant writing classes


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

On the state level...

Department of Environmental Conservation

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of State are accepting applications for their Brownfield Opportunities Area (BOA) program. The BOA program assists municipalities and community-based organizations with revitalization plans, implementation strategies and site assessments for areas affected by Brownfields. An inter-agency partnership between the Department of State and Department of Environmental Conservation provides communities with technical advice to ensure successful Brownfield redevelopment.

  • Eligibility: Community-based organizations and municipalities within New York State.

  • Funding: Up to 90% of total eligible project costs

  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a continuous basis; applications received by the Department of State by September 29, 2011 will be evaluated and funding recommendations made by November 30.

  • Contact:LuAnn Hart
    Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program
    Bureau of Fiscal Management
    11th Fl., Ste. 1110
    99 Washington Ave.
    Albany, NY 12231

Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program

The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust announce the availability of funding for research using historical records in the New York State Archives through the Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program. Advanced work in New York State history, government or public policy is supported by the program. Previous residents have included academic and public historians, graduate students, independent researchers and writers, and primary and secondary school teachers. For a project to qualify for funding, the topic of study must draw on government records in the New York State Archives.

  • Eligibility: Projects that use historical records in the New York State Archives.

  • Funding: $100 to $4,500

  • Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by January 15, 2012.

  • Contact: Archives Partnership Trust
    Cultural Education Center, Room 9C49
    Albany, NY 12230

On the federal level...

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced funding for its 2012 Summer Stipends program. Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients typically produce articles, books, translations, or other scholarly resources. The program supplies an award of $6,000 to support full-time work for a two month period.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is now providing funding for its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP). The Program seeks to increase the number of students receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in emerging or established fields within science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are invited from academic institutions accredited in and having a campus located in the United States and its territories. The institutions must grant associate or baccalaureate degrees in STEM. Type 2 proposals are invited from individuals or organizations eligible to submit proposals to the NSF.

On the private level...

The Whole Kids Foundation

The Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with Whole Foods Market and FoodCorps, is offering $2,000 grants to support school garden projects in the United States. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must be developing or maintaining a school garden project that connects children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Garden projects may be at any stage of development, planning, construction or operation. There is a limit of one garden grant per school.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is accepting applications for grants that provide funding to children who need critical medical treatment, services or equipment not covered or not fully covered by their parents’ health benefits plans. Types of services covered by the grants include (but are not limited to) speech therapy, physical therapy, wheelchairs, hearing aids, and prescriptions. Awards of up to $5,000 per applicant are available.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

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

Grantseeking Basics: October 14, 25*, 31
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. *Note: The October 25 class is titled “Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts.”

Proposal Writing Basics: October 6
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to Finding Funders: October 14, 31
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: October 27
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

The Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Center’s trainings are coming to New York State in October:

Essential Grant Skills

A two-day workshop that provides an overview of the entire grants process, with an in-depth emphasis on the key areas where even experienced grant professionals often stumble.

Host: Iroquois Healthcare Association
Location: Clifton Park (Albany area), NY
When: October 6-7, 2011
Cost: $445

Grantsmanship Training Program

An intensive 5-day workshop that combines expert instruction with practical exercises to take you step-by-step through all the stages of planning programs, locating funding sources, and writing grant proposals.

Host: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oneida County
Location: Oriskany, NY
When: October 24-28, 2011
Cost: $895

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for agencies with budgets less than $300,000. For more information, to inquire about scholarships, or to register, please contact The Grantsmanship Center at 800-421-9512, or visit its website at

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