May 2012
Vol. 26, #5
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to purchase accessible vehicles to transport the elderly and the disabled
  • Assistance for programs to recycle household hazardous waste
  • Funding to examine understudied health conditions
  • Grants to assist postsecondary students with disabilities
  • Funding to make golf more accessible to people with disabilities
  • Grants for organizations working in the fields of the environment and the arts
  • 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 Transportation

The New York State Department of Transportation is accepting applications for projects to provide federal financial assistance for the purchase of accessible vehicles to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities. Projects will be awarded competitively based on: description of financial capabilities; description of project services and explanation of need; vehicles requested; proposed schedule of operations for vehicle(s) requested; justification for federally funded vehicle(s) and description of management capabilities; project involvement in a locally developed human service public transit coordinated transportation plan; and involvement of private-for-profit operators through public notice.

  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations which 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, and public bodies which can certify that no not-for-profit organizations are available to provide these services in an area of proposed service.

  • Funding: This federally funded program will provide 80 percent of accessible vehicle purchase costs for awarded applicants. This grant opportunity requires a 20 percent local share match. Approximately $11.5 million is anticipated to be available.

  • Deadline: June 1, 2012.

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

  • Application Materials: For application materials, visit and follow the link “Specialized Transportation” to the “Section 5310 Elderly & Disabled Program” site.

Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for the Household Hazardous Waste State Assistance Program. These programs can consist of single-day collections, mobile collections or a permanent facility. Collection-day sponsors must submit a detailed plan to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at least 60 days before a collection day takes place. Sponsors must also obtain the DEC’s written approval prior to collection day.

On the federal level...

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is accepting grant applications through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) grants program. The purpose of the program is to examine understudied health conditions and to try to increase the innovative behavioral, social, health services and policy research that can directly and noticeably contribute to the eradication of health disparities. Projects must center on: confronting disparities in disparate populations; a single health disparity population; or a subgroup within a health disparity population. Projects that concentrate on the improvement of health in racial/ethnic minority populations will also be accepted. The Funding Opportunity Announcement Number is RFA-MD-12-003.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation, through the Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program, is accepting grant applications that advance the goal of broadening the participation and achievement of postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM. This effort is realized by making strategic investments in educational and institutional Model Building and in basic and applied Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR). Model Building projects use evidence-based educational exemplars that promote the participation, learning, persistence and graduation of postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM degree programs. Broadening Participation Research in STEM education projects may support examining the underlying issues that cause differential learning, retention, participation and graduation rates of postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM.

On the private level...

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf and the United States Golf Association

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf and the United States Golf Association are currently accepting grant applications for the USGA Alliance grants program. The program is designed to provide financial assistance and resources to help make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities. The Alliance will consider requests for funds to assist with costs for the following areas: golf course access; driving range access golf instruction; standard and adaptive golf clubs and bags; adaptive teaching equipment; and transportation of participants to and from programming and inclusion activities. The Alliance is particularly interested in applications that demonstrate focus on inclusion of people with disabilities in programs that involve those without disabilities with the ultimate goal of enhancing their inclusion into the fabric of their community.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

Established in 2000, the Tiffany & Co. Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations working in two main program areas: the environment and the arts. The Foundation’s environmental conservation program promotes responsible mining, healthy marine ecosystems and the enhancement of urban environments. In addition, the foundation fosters design excellence by supporting organizations dedicated to the field of design and the decorative arts. For more information on the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, please visit

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during June 2012:

Introduction to Finding Funders: June 2, 12, 22
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 grant-making institutions.

Proposal Writing Basics: June 7
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:June 7
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

Grant-seeking Basics: June 12
Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources 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.

How to Approach a Foundation: June 19
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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