Information on Available State and Federal Grants
November 1999
Vol. 13, #11

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
...On the State Level

Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund (LGRMIF)

NYS Education Department

The New York State Education Department, Archives and Records Administration is offering grants through the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund (LGRMIF) to improve records management and archival administration in New York State’s local governments. Grants are available for inventory and planning, records creation and system design, inactive records, microfilm, archival programs, and educational uses of local government records projects.

ELIGIBILITY: Local governments, including but not limited to Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), cities, counties, fire districts, school districts, towns and villages are eligible.

FUNDING: Three types of competitive grants are available: individual projects involving a single government may request up to $75,000; cooperative projects involving two or more local governments acting on one activity may request up to $100,000; and complex projects involving a single local government addressing extremely complex records management issues may request up to $125,000.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York State Archives and Records Administration, Training and Grants Support Services, Education Department, 9A81 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230; telephone (518) 474-6926. The grant application and reference materials are also available online at www.sara.nysed.gov.


Bioresource Development

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) invites proposals that promote development, demonstration, or commercialization of bioresource products, components, or processes. NYSERDA has historically supported bioresources in areas such as agricultural biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, bioremediation, fermentation, enzymes, and propagation of tissue cultures for a biomass crop.

The proposed work must be innovative. Eligible applications of bioresources include innovative approaches that substitute for energy-intensive or non-renewable (petroleum-based) products, components, or processes; or lead to improvements in energy or time savings, or waste minimization.

Proposals are required to emphasize development and/or commercialization of potentially marketable, innovative bioresources, rather than basic research.

ELIGIBILITY: Teaming arrangements among bioresource developers, manufacturers, bioproduct end-users and others are strongly encouraged, including the use of outside technical expertise or joint ventures between companies/organizations. A significant (greater than 50%) portion of the work must be conducted within New York State. Collaborative teams must have at least one significant New York State partner.

FUNDING: NYSERDA has $500,000 available to make awards of up to $200,000 per project.

DEADLINE: December 16, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jane Powers, PON No. 489, NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203-6399; telephone (518) 862-1090 ext. 3342; fax (518) 862-1091; e-mail jap@nyserda.org. For technical questions, contact Judy Jarnefeld at (518) 862-1090 ext. 3293.


Photovoltaics Funds

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as administrator of the New York Energy Smart program, may make up to four awards to support projects to install, demonstrate, and operate photovoltaic systems on buildings.

The program’s goal is to foster New York’s long-term market for installing photovoltaics (PV) on buildings by supporting projects that demonstrate innovative PV technologies and applications on buildings in New York.

Projects should include strategies to maximize the potential of future PV installations on buildings and reduce barriers to future installations.

ELIGIBILITY: Commercial, industrial, institutional, multi-family rental buildings and common areas of multi-family buildings in New York State are eligible. Proposing teams may consist of commercial firms, government organizations, universities, and other organizations. Proposing teams should include members who have PV design and installation experience, as well as a representative from each site.

FUNDING: Maximum funding per project is $750,000 or $5.00 per installed watt of solar capacity, whichever is less. No more than 75% of each project will be supported by NYSERDA funds under this program.

DEADLINE: January 26, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Harvey at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3264 or jlh@nyserda.org. To receive a solicitation, submit your request to Jane Powers (request PON No. 449-99), NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, Corporate Plaza West, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203-6399; fax (518) 862-1091, e-mail jap@nyserda.org.

...On the Federal Level

U.S. Department of Education

Projects with Industry Program

The United States Department of Education, Projects with Industry Program (PWI) creates and expands job and career opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the competitive labor market by engaging the talent and leadership of private industry as partners in the rehabilitation process. PWI projects identify competitive job and career opportunities and the skills needed to perform those jobs, create practical settings for job readiness and training programs, and provide job placement and career advancement services.

ELIGIBILITY: Employers, nonprofit agencies or organizations, designated state units, labor unions, community rehabilitation program providers, trade associations, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and other agencies or organizations with the capacity to create and expand job and career opportunities for individuals with disabilities are eligible.

FUNDING: It is anticipated that $2,071,694 will be available for this program. The estimated range of awards is $158,000 to $238,000.

DEADLINE: January 10, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Martha Muskie or Mary Jane Kane, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 3320 Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202; telephone Martha Muskie (202) 205-3293 or Mary Jane Kane (202) 205-8206. Information can also be found at either of the following sites: http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm or http://www.ed.gov/news.html.


U.S. Department of Education

Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program

The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program allows individuals to conduct educational research at the OERI national research institutes in Washington, DC for up to twelve months.
Aside from carrying out their research, fellows are expected to interact in a collegial manner with OERI staff and be available to share their insights and expertise when needed.

OERI is particularly interested in applications that meet one or both of the following priorities: Issues Related to How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and Traditionally Underrepresented Groups and Institutions.

ELIGIBILITY: Scholars, researchers, policymakers, educational practitioners, librarians, or statisticians who are engaged in the use, collection, and dissemination of information about education and educational research are eligible.

FUNDING: The estimated range of awards is $50,000 to $100,000 per fellow.

DEADLINE: January 24, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Craig Gidney, The Fellowship Program, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20418; telephone (202) 334-2872; or e-mail c_gidney@nas.edu. Information also can be found at either of the following sites: http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm or http://www.ed.gov/news.html.



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Community Food and Nutrition Program

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces that competing applications will be accepted for new grants for the Office of Community Services’ Community Food and Nutrition Program.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is specifically interested in improving the health and nutrition status of low-income persons through improved access to healthy, nutritious foods or by other means. The DHHS encourages community efforts to improve the coordination and integration of health and social services for all low-income families, and to identify opportunities for collaborating with other programs and services for this population. Such collaboration can increase a community’s capacity to leverage resources and promote an integrated approach to health and nutrition through existing programs and services.

ELIGIBILITY: States, public agencies, and public and private non-profit agencies/organizations are eligible.

FUNDING: It is anticipated that $2,000,000 will be available for this program. Applications requesting over $50,000 will not be considered.

DEADLINE: December 6, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Community Discretionary Programs, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW, Washington DC 20447; telephone Catherine Rivers (202) 401-5252 or Deloris Horton (202) 401-9363; fax (202) 401-4687. Information can be found on the OCS website: www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ocs/kits1.htm.



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals Program

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) is accepting applications for the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals Program.

The purpose of the program is to demonstrate and evaluate ways of creating new employment and business opportunities for certain low-income individuals through the provision of technical and financial assistance to private employers in the community, self-employment/micro-enterprise programs, and/or new business development programs.

A low-income individual eligible to participate in a project conducted under this program is any individual eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or any individual whose income level does not exceed 100 percent of the official poverty line. Within these categories, emphasis should be on individuals who are receiving TANF or its equivalent under state auspices; those who are unemployed; those residing in public housing or receiving housing assistance; non-custodial parents; and those who are homeless.

ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, including community development corporations, are eligible to apply.

FUNDING: Approximately $5,500,000 is available to fund awards up to $500,000.

DEADLINE: January 14, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW, Washington, DC 20447; telephone Nolan Lewis (202) 401-5282, Linda Bunn (202) 401-5324 or Aleatha Slade (202) 401-5317. Information can also be found on the OCS website: www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ocs/kits1.htm.


U.S. Department of Energy

Inventions and Innovation Program

The Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) of the Department of Energy is funding a competitive grant program entitled Inventions and Innovation (I&I). The goal of the I&I Program is to improve energy efficiency through the promotion of innovative ideas and inventions that have a significant potential energy impact and a potential future commercial market.

The I&I Program emphasizes funding projects within the following OIT focus industries: agriculture, aluminum, chemicals, forest products, glass, metalcasting, mining, petroleum, and steel.

ELIGIBILITY: Projects must meet the goals of the I&I Program.

FUNDING: Applicants may apply for up to $200,000 per project.

DEADLINE: Pre-proposal abstracts should be submitted by March 17, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Palasz at (303) 275-4764; fax (303)275-4788; or e-mail jennifer_palasz@nrel.gov. Information can be found on the I&I website: http://www.oit.doe.gov/inventions.


U.S. Department of Transportation

National Boating Safety Activities

The Coast Guard seeks applications for grants and cooperative agreements to be used to fund projects on various subjects promoting boating safety on the national level. They welcome any initiative that can help to reduce recreational boating deaths, injuries or property damage. They have a high interest in initiatives that focus on recreational fishermen, canoeists, kayakers, and/or personal watercraft operators.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be national, nongovernmental, non-profit, public service organizations and must establish that their activities are, in fact, national in scope.

FUNDING: It is anticipated that $2,950,000 will be available to fund approximately 35 awards.

DEADLINE: January 17, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Albert Marmo or Vickie Hartberger, Office of Boating Safety, U.S. Coast Guard (G-OPB-1/Room 3100), 2100 Second Street, SW, Washington, DC 20593-0001. Application packages can be obtained by calling the Coast Guard Infoline at (800) 368-5647. Information also can be found on the following websites: http://dms.dot.gov or http://www.uscgboating.org.


The Foundation Center Provides On-Line Services

The Foundation Center, an independent national service organization which disseminates information on foundation grants, offers an on-line service through its internet site. The Foundation Centerís Electronic Reference Desk allows grant seekers to question an on-line librarian. Grant seekers may also scan the website for information about upcoming grant training seminars, funding trends, publications, and locations. The Foundation Center maintains Cooperating Collections of grant resources, including a database of funding organizations on CD-ROM, at libraries throughout the state.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Foundation Center at 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003; on line at www.fdncenter.org; or call (800) 424-9836 / (212) 620-4230. E-mail comments can be sent to mfn@fdncenter.org.

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