New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
NYS Department of State
The Department of State is pleased to announce that funding for the Appalachian
Regional Commissions (ARC) Area Development Program is anticipated
for federal fiscal year 2000. This program will accept initial applications
for projects in the following five Strategic Goals categories:
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services announces the availability of
competitive grants to support personnel, training, technical assistance, evaluation,
data collection, and equipment costs to enhance the apprehension, prosecution
and adjudication of persons committing violent crimes against women. The goal
of the program is to provide and strengthen the coordination of services and
response to violence against women.
ELIGIBILITY: Units of state and local government and non-profit, non-governmental victim service providers are eligible.
DEADLINE: May 24, 1999.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Funding and Program Assistance, 4 Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203-3702; telephone (518) 485-7923.
NYS Education Department
The NYS Education Department announces the availability of Reorganization Efficiency
Study Grants. A school district may receive funds to study reorganization of
the district with another district and to study sharing of programs between
districts. A single district may receive funding to study district-wide administrative
and operational efficiency. A school district, group of districts or a BOCES
may receive funds to study with a municipality to address needs of youth-at-risk
and collaboration in such areas as transportation and other services.
ELIGIBILITY: Public school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services.
DEADLINE: September 1, 1999.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Suzanne Spear, Supervisor, NYS Education Department, District Organization Unit Management Services, Room 876 EBA, Albany, NY 12234; telephone (518) 474-3936.
NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation
The Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) and the NYS Division of Housing and
Community Renewal (DHCR) announce the availability of program funds under two
initiatives involving tax-exempt bond financing: the Homes for Working Families
Initiative and the Senior Housing Initiative.
For the Homes for Working Families Initiative, the HTFC expects to provide 1% interest loans from the Low-Income Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the New York State HOME Program (HOME), utilizing funds which were unspent, unallocated and/or recycled from previous years appropriations.
For the Senior Housing Initiative, the DHCR expects to provide no interest loans from the Housing Development Fund (HDF) program, subject to appropriation and availability of funds.
ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit corporations.
FUNDING: Subject to availability.
DEADLINE: June 30, 1999.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the appropriate Regional Office from the following list: Albany Regional Office, Frank McKay, 119 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210; telephone (518) 432-0596; Buffalo Regional Office, Thomas VanNortwick, Statler Towers, 107 Delaware Avenue, Suite 600, Buffalo, NY 14202; telephone (716) 842-2244; New York City Regional Office, Sharon Ebert, 25 Beaver Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004; telephone (212) 480-7165; Syracuse Regional Office, Frank McKay, 800 S. Wilbur Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13201; telephone (315) 473-6930.
NYS Department of Health
The NYS Department of Healths Bureau of Community Relations receives
funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency through the State
Indoor Radon Grants Program.
The Bureau is soliciting proposals for mini-grants to support targeted, intensive, locally designed community outreach and marketing campaigns for a period of 15 months in four of 14 New York counties identified as high radon risk areas.
Organizations are expected to join in a shared effort through the formation of community-wide coalitions to plan and implement mini-grant activities. The goals are two-fold: 1) to increase homeowners current radon awareness and knowledge; and 2) to increase the rates of home radon testing and, if necessary, retesting and mitigation activities in each of the counties.
The project is expected to extend, in particular, to minority and socially and economically disadvantaged populations in those counties.
ELIGIBILITY: Local health departments, community action programs, county cooperative extension units, local chapters of the American Lung Association and other interested community-based organizations involved in raising community awareness and knowledge about radon which serve the following counties are eligible: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautaugua, Cortland, Erie, Madison, Rensselaer, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates.
FUNDING: Four mini-grants of $4,500 each.
DEADLINE: May 28, 1999.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Beth Goldberg, Bureau of Community Relations, at (518) 474-5370; fax (518) 486-2361; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is requesting proposals
from New York state businesses to invest in projects to develop, demonstrate,
try new applications for, market, or commercialize innovative and energy-efficient
environmental products for: potable and process water treatment, wastewater
treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, sludge and process residuals
management, recovery and recycling, brownfield site remediation, dredge material
disposal management, combustion efficiency improvements, and air pollution control.
ELIGIBILITY: New York state private business enterprises.
FUNDING: $750,000 is available for grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000. Proposals must be cost shared.
DEADLINE: June 4, 1999.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Elsie Beagle, Contract Management, NYSERDA, Corporate Plaza West, 286 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, NY 12203-6399; telephone (518) 862-1090, ext. 3261; fax (518) 862-1091. Refer to Contract ID # 473-99.
On the Federal Level
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is requesting
proposals for projects under its Museum Leadership Initiatives Program and
its Professional Services Program. The goal of both programs is to improve
museum services to the public.
The Museum Leadership Initiative Program (MLI) will fund projects that encourage and strengthen museum services to youth, family and adult audiences. Museums may partner with other museums and/or community-based organizations to establish or extend after-school programs or develop long-term relationships with other community-based organizations to improve the quality of life in a community.
The Professional Services Program (PSP) will fund training for staff of small museums and the development of cultural tourism. Most of the PSP awards provide professional opportunities, through workshops, needs assessments, seminars, and courses and publications.
ELIGIBILITY: MLI Program Collaborative relationships between one museum or multiple museums and one or more community organizations are eligible. Professional Service Program National, regional, state or local professional museum service organizations are eligible.
FUNDING: Awards are up to $50,000 each. MLI Program awards must be matched.
DEADLINES: MLI Program June 18, 1999. Professional Service Program July 2, 1999.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For the MLI Program, contact Beth Ann Schmitt, (202) 606-4645; e-mail email@example.com. For the Professional Services Program, contact Christine Henry, (202) 606-8687, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the IMLS Program Office for more information about these and other museum and library programs at (202) 606-8539.
Preparing Tomorrows Teachers to Use Technology
The U.S. Department of Education will award grants to prepare
tomorrows teachers to use modern learning technologies. Teacher preparation
programs must ensure that their students master the instructional strategies,
learning styles, and content applications enabled by these learning tools.
The needs these grants address are: equipping our schools with 21st century
learning technologies to ensure that new teachers are well prepared to use
modern educational tools; helping educators master the instructional strategies
and new knowledge technology brings to the classroom; and ensuring that educators
in low-income communities can teach their students to use modern technology
in order to gain a strong education and productive future employment.
ELIGIBILITY: Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) in collaboration with schools, school districts, and others may apply. Non-profit organizations may apply on behalf of consortia, which may include professional associations, foundations, private sector businesses, IHEs, school districts, community colleges, and others.
FUNDING: $75 million.
DEADLINE: June 4, 1999.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (800) USA-LEARN. For an application, fax request to (202) 260-8412.
Environmental Justice: Partnerships for Communication
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are supporting research aimed at achieving environmental justice for socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations in the United States. The main objective of this program is to establish methods for linking members of a community, who are directly affected by adverse environmental conditions, with researchers and health care providers and to enable this partnership to develop appropriate research strategies to address environmental health problems of concern.
ELIGIBILITY: Domestic, non-profit organizations, public and private.
FUNDING: $2 million is available to fund awards up to $200,000 each.
DEADLINE: July 14, 1999. A letter of intent is requested by May 7, 1999, although it is not mandatory.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Frederick L. Tyson, Ph.D., telephone (919) 541-0176; fax (919) 541-4937; e-mail email@example.com. For an application kit (PHS 398), contact the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910; telephone (301) 435-0714; email GrantsInfo@nih.gov.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) has available a comprehensive listing of available funding for 1999 HUD programs called the SuperNOFA (Super Notice of Funding Availability).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the HUD SuperNOFA Information Clearinghouse (800) HUD- 8929 or see the HUD homepage at http://www.hud.gov.