Vol. 26, #6
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER
Funding to improve energy efficiency of new and renovated buildings
Grants to help fund contracts for refugee health assessments
Assistance for homeless and runaway youth
Grants for high quality early childhood education
Funding for programs that give teens opportunities through technology
Grants to support performing arts
Grant writing classes
Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Albany, NY 12248
On the state level...
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications from eligible building owners and leaseholders for financial incentives to improve the energy efficiency of new and substantially renovated buildings. The New Construction Program offers technical assistance to identify and evaluate energy-efficiency measures, capital financial incentives for installation of cost-effective electric measures and additional incentives for green buildings.
Eligibility: Businesses, local governments, not-for-profits and private institutions, public and private schools, colleges and universities, multifamily buildings (seeking green building certification), and health care facilities. Eligible applicants are New York State electricity or firm gas distribution customers of a participating utility company and who pay into the System Benefits Charge.
Funding: A total of $90,981,268 is available.
Deadline: Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis from January 4, 2012 through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.
Contact: E. Stephen Finkle
New York State Department of Health
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is accepting applications for its Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) health assessment program. Applications are for non-competitive, per capita contracts. The program is designed to: identify individuals with health conditions not observed during or developing after the overseas exam; initiate appropriate immunizations; ensure refugees with problems are referred to primary and specialty care; eliminate barriers to successful resettlement; and protect the health of the U.S. population.
Eligibility: Licensed health care providers who: demonstrate clinical and staffing capacity, as well as experience in providing health screenings in accordance with established protocols to all eligible refugees; employ bilingual staff or provide interpreter services; and establish connections to services not provided on site, including primary care and mental health services.
Funding: Contact the Refugee Health Coordinator.
Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis for consideration in January, April, July or October.
Contact: Refugee Health Coordinator
NYS Department of Health
On the federal level...
Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), are now accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the program is to make available alternatives for homeless and runaway youth who might otherwise end up in the juvenile justice system, mental health system, child welfare system or with law enforcement. Projects should be intended to ensure that the interventions help build skills and abilities that provide the youth with the necessary tools to be healthy and productive into adulthood. The eligible programs may supply youth, less than eighteen years of age, with food, clothing, counseling, emergency shelter and/or referrals for health care.
Eligibility: County, city or township governments; special district governments; private and publicly controlled institutions of higher education; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations; non-profits with 501(c)(3) status; non-profits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status.
Funding: $14,000,000 estimated total funding available; maximum of $200,000 per budget period; at least 10 percent matching requirement.
Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is accepting grant applications through the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start competitive grants program. The purpose of the program is to solicit applications from organizations or agencies within a community that wish to compete for the funds that are available to offer Migrant and Seasonal Head Start services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. The goal of the program is to ensure that Federal Head Start monies are going to the organizations that are the most capable of providing high-quality early childhood education so that children may start school prepared to be successful.
Eligibility: County, city or township governments; public or private institutions of higher education; independent school districts; Native American tribal governments; public or Indian housing authorities; non-profits with 501(c)(3) status; small businesses; for-profit organizations.
Funding: $54,751,262 will be made available annually; at least 20 percent matching requirement.
July 18, 2012
Contact: (866) 796-1591
Program Office: Shawna Pinckney,
On the private level...
Best Buy Children’s Foundation
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation is now accepting applications through its Community Grants program. The purpose of the community grants program is to grant awards to non-profit organizations or public agencies that give teens access to opportunities through technology. The organization or agency must be: within 50 miles of a Best Buy center of operations or a Best Buy store; serve a diverse population; and deliver community-based youth after-school programs that help build academic and 21st century skills in teens between the ages of 13 to 18.
Eligibility: Tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) status; public agencies with tax-exempt status.
Funding: Average $4,000 to $6,000 and will not exceed $10,000.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund for National Projects is accepting letters of inquiry for its fund to support the performing arts field. Projects should be geared toward strengthening the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theater fields or to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater. Projects must engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. The letters of inquiry should address: research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional, national annual conferences); or special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
Eligibility: Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply. The fund does not support: projects by a single performer; individually produced conferences, performances or symposia; re-granting programs; translations or commissions of new works; production start-up activities/production costs; arts education; avocational arts activities; capital projects; endowments.
Funding: Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and can cover up to 40 percent of total project costs.
Deadline: Letters of inquiry are due July 2, 2012.
Contact: DDCF Headquarters & Grantmaking Programs
650 Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10019
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in
New York City during July 2012:
How to Approach a Foundation: July 10
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.
Grant-seeking Basics: July 11
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.
Introduction to Finding Funders: July 11, 24
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: July 12
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.
Proposal Budgeting Basics:July 12
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.
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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