November 2011
Vol. 25, #11
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to improve municipal recycling programs
  • Funding for enhancement of energy efficiency in new and renovated buildings
  • Cancer-related behavioral research grants
  • Funds to improve solid waste management infrastructure
  • Grants for youth development studies
  • Support for researchers in the field of aging research
  • 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...

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing financial assistance for projects that enhance municipal recycling infrastructure through purchasing equipment or constructing facilities. Examples of what the funding may be used for include building state-of-the-art composting facilities, or buying recycling containers and/or new recycling vehicles. In addition, the DEC is also providing financial assistance for recycling coordinator salaries and for public education programs conducted by municipalities. This funding can help expand local recycling and waste reduction programs and increase participation.

  • Eligibility: Municipalities.

  • Funding: The funding for this grant has been reduced in recent years. Applicants will be placed on a waiting list to be reviewed for eligibility upon availability of funding. Contact the Department of Environmental Conservation for more information.

  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

  • Contact:The Department of Environmental Conservation
    Bureau of Solid Waste, Reduction and Recycling


The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications for its New Construction Program. Funding is available to enhance the energy efficiency of new and renovated buildings. Money is available to conduct technical reviews of energy efficiency improvements in building designs and to offset a portion of capital costs to purchase and install energy efficient equipment. Additional incentives for green buildings and industrial & process efficiency are available.

  • Eligibility: State and local government, businesses, not-for-profit and private institutions, public and private schools, colleges and universities, multifamily buildings, and health care facilities.

  • Funding: A total of $83 million is available.

  • Deadline: December 30, 2011.

  • Contact: E. Stephen Finkle, Senior Project Manager
    (518) 862-1090 x3505

On the federal level...

National Institutes of Health

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are offering funding opportunities to encourage either new investigators to enter the field of cancer-related behavioral research or investigators who want to refocus their research toward behavioral research in cancer control. NIH seeks to increase the number of scientists nationwide who have research experience in behavioral cancer control and design of public health interventions. This grant is also being offered to support research on transfer of behavioral science knowledge into cancer control practice.

Solid Waste Management Grant, United States Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing grants to assist with solid waste management. Eligible organizations seeking assistance in the following areas are encouraged to apply: evaluating current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources in rural areas; providing technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the maintenance and operation of active landfills in rural areas; providing technical assistance and/or training to help associations reduce the solid waste stream; and providing technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills in rural areas which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development/implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements.

On the private level...

William T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its Investigator-Initiated Grants program. The program’s research focus is on how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved. It also funds work on how research evidence is used in public policy and how its use can be improved. Youth settings include environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth organizations and those with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods or other settings in which youth interact with peers, family members, and other adults.

Typical awards are from $100,000 to $600,000, though some newly initiated experiments receive grants up to $1.5 million.

American Federation for Aging Research Grants Program

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is offering grants for research projects investigating the basic mechanisms of aging. The goal of the program is to support junior investigators who are committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports projects investigating age-related diseases, especially those that are linked to the basic aging processes. Other projects that deal with mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also being accepted.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

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

Grantseeking Basics: December 8, 16, 20
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: December 15
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to Finding Funders: December 8, 16, 20
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: December 3, 22
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

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