Information on Available State and Federal Grants
April 2000
Vol. 14, #4

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

...On the State Level

Rural Volunteer Fire Assistance Program

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will administer the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. This program provides matching grants to assist rural fire companies in the purchase of wildlife fire suppression equipment. Grants are for use in townships with populations under 10,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Volunteer fire companies that serve townships with populations under 10,000 are eligible.

FUNDING: Approximately $40,000 will be awarded to approximately 35 fire companies as matching grants.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2000

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Thomas Rinaldi, Department of Environ-mental Conservation, Division of Forest Protection and Fire Management, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-2560; telephone (518) 457-5740.

Adult Literacy Services

NYS Education Department

The New York State Education Department is offering grants for adult literacy/library projects. Activities must be planned and carried out with at least one other community literacy provider such as a public school, college, volunteer group or other non-profit organization. Projects must provide services to anyone 16 years of age or older not attending school full-time and teach the minimum skills needed to read and comprehend English through the 6th grade level.

ELIGIBILITY: Public, free, association or Indian libraries, which are members of a public library system, or public library systems which are operating under a fully approved plan of service are eligible.

FUNDING: Approximately $200,000 is available for grants not exceeding $20,000.

DEADLINE: May 19, 2000

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your public library system or New York State’s Division of Library Development, Education Department, Room 10B41, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230; telephone (518) 474-7890.

Environmental Investment Program

Empire State Development

Empire State Development is accepting applications for the Environmental Investment Program. The program supports projects that lead to the reuse, remanufacturing or recycling of materials otherwise destined for disposal, or lead to reductions in the volume or toxicity of waste before it is generated. Projects should enable New York State businesses and institutions to capture the economic benefits resulting from enhanced environmental improvements implemented at their facilities. Project categories include Capital Investment, Technical Assistance and Research, Development and Demonstration.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility varies according to project category. For Capital Investment and Technical Assistance projects, eligible applicants include non-profit corporations and municipalities applying on behalf of New York businesses. For Research, Development and Demonstration projects, eligible applicants include non-profit corporations and small to medium-sized businesses.

FUNDING: To be determined.

DEADLINE: May 2, 2000 and September 26, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: To receive a program packet, contact the Environmental Management Investment Group at (518) 292-5340 (telephone); (518) 292-5886 (fax); or (e-mail). Requests should include name, company, street address, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address.


Spinal Cord Injury Research

NYS Department of Health

The NYS Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research Board welcomes basic or clinical pilot research proposals on any topic with bearing on its mission to reverse paralysis and conditions associated with chronic SCI, or to minimize and prevent damage occurring during its acute phase of injury.
Highly innovative, conceptually well-founded proposals that might not be funded by other entities are of particular interest, including:

Outcomes of supported research are expected to propel advances in treatment of SCI. Data generated should serve as the basis for more extensive research projects funded by SCIRB, other agencies or industry. This program is not designed to support large clinical trials or research consortia, or to provide long-term support.
To foster innovative SCI research, the Board seeks to encourage established investigators to undertake SCI-related research as a new endeavor, and to motivate outstanding junior basic or clinical investigators to develop research programs on SCI paralysis and its related conditions. The Board also intends to support multidisciplinary collaborations among investigators.

ELIGIBILITY: PhDs, MDs or other qualified professionals are eligible.

FUNDING: Awards are expected to be $200,000 for direct costs plus up to 20% of facilities and administration costs.

DEADLINE: May 31, 2000..

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the NYS Spinal Cord Injury Research Board at or fax (518) 474-5049; website:


...On the Federal Level

HUD 2000 SuperNOFA

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the availability of the 2000 SuperNOFA, providing information on funding for housing, community development, empowerment and Section 8 housing voucher assistance programs for fiscal year 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (800) HUD-8929 or download the application kit from:

Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Children and Family Services (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), announces its Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. Funding priorities are:
• Specialized Outreach Demonstration Projects for Services to Underserved and Diverse Populations
• Minority Training Grant Stipends in Domestic Violence for Historically Black, Hispanic-serving and Tribal Colleges and Universities
• Public Information/Community Awareness Campaign Projects for the Prevention of Family Violence
• Connecting Faith Based Organizations with Domestic Violence Organizations

ELIGIBILITY: While eligibility differs according to program area, in general, non-profit entities with experience in domestic violence issues may apply.

FUNDING: Specialized Outreach Demonstration Projects — Three awards of up to $375,000 each; Minority Training Grant Stipends — Three awards of up to $100,000 each; Public Information/Community Awareness Campaign Projects — Five awards of up to $35,000 each; and Connecting Faith Based Organizations — Four awards of up to $37,500 each.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2000

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Administration for Children and Family Services, Office of Community Services, Division of State Assistance, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW, Washington, DC 20447; Sunni Knight (202) 401-5319 or James Gray (202) 401-5705. The announcement can be found at: under Funding Opportunities.

Drug-Free Communities Support Program

U.S. Department of Justice

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program increases citizen participation and strengthens community anti-drug coalition efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, to reduce substance abuse among adults. With participation from community volunteer leaders, coalitions should design substance abuse initiatives that target narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabis, inhalants, alcohol, tobacco, or other related products that are prohibited for youth by law.

ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit, charitable, or educational organizations, units of local government who can demonstrate that community coalition members have worked together on substance abuse reduction initiatives are eligible.

FUNDING: Approximately $19.9 million will be available for existing grantees, while approximately $8.9 million will be available to fund an estimated 90 new coalitions with awards of up to $100,000.

DEADLINE: May 9, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Lauren Ziegler, Program Coordinator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531; telephone (202) 616-8988 or e-mail The application package can be obtained from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse at (800) 638-8736 or on line at

Community Access Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the availability of funding to assist communities and their safety net providers in developing integrated health care delivery systems that serve the uninsured and underinsured with greater efficiency and improved quality of care. During the first year of funding for this program, HRSA will support infrastructure development in communities that have already begun to reorganize and integrate their health care delivery systems.

ELIGIBILITY: Public, private, and non-profit entities that demonstrate a commitment to and experience with a continuum of care to uninsured individuals are eligible. Each applicant must represent a community-wide coalition that is committed to the project and includes safety net providers (where they exist) who have traditionally provided care to the community’s uninsured and underinsured regardless of ability to pay.

FUNDING: $25 million is available to fund approximately 20 programs.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Community Access Program Office, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Suite 9A-30, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857; telephone (301) 443-0536; fax (301) 443-0248. To receive a complete application kit, call (877) HRSA-123; fax (877) HRSA-345; or e-mail

Expansion Competition of Early Head Start

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) announces competitive awards to provide child and family development services for low-income families with children under age three and pregnant women. Early Head Start programs provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services on a year-round basis to low-income families. The purpose of the Early Head Start program is to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help parents move toward self-sufficiency.

ELIGIBILITY: Public and private non-profit and for-profit entities, including Early Head Start and Head Start grantees are eligible.

FUNDING: $40 million.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the ACYF Operations Center, 1815 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22209; telephone (800) 351-2293; or e-mail Applications are on line at the Head Start web site:

Literacy Leadership Fellowship Program

National Institute for Literacy

The Literacy Program is designed to provide financial assistance to adult learners and to individuals pursuing careers in adult education or literacy in the areas of instruction, research, or innovation. The priorities for this award are developing leadership in adult learners; expanding the use of technology in literacy programs; improving accountability for literacy programs; and raising public awareness about literacy.

ELIGIBILITY: Literacy workers and adult learners are eligible.

FUNDING: Awards will range from $40,000 to $70,000 each..

DEADLINE: May 8, 2000

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact EDPubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794; telephone (800) 228-8813; or e-mail Information is available on line at:

Juvenile Mentoring Program

U.S. Department of Justice

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is accepting applications for the Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP), which provides funding for one-to-one mentoring projects for youth at risk of educational failure, dropping out of school, or involvement in delinquent activities, including gangs and substance abuse.

ELIGIBILITY: Collaborative efforts between local educational agencies and public/private non-profit organizations or tribal nations are eligible.

FUNDING: Up to $210,000 per award.

DEADLINE: May 23, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse at (800) 638- 8736 or see:

Youth Violence Prevention Cooperative Agreements

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) announces the availability of funds for community organizations to promote prevention of youth violence and suicide and to enhance healthy youth development. The goals of this program are to build community-wide understanding of youth violence/suicide; to build real and sustainable community-wide, intensive collaborations to address this public health crisis; and to implement and sustain evidence-based youth and family service programs.

ELIGIBILITY: Non-governmental, non-profit and for-profit entities; public or private educational systems, institutions, and agencies; tribal governments and organizations; and community based organizations are eligible.

FUNDING: $4.1 million is available to fund 27-40 awards, with $600,000 set aside for four youth suicide prevention programs.

DEADLINE: May 23, 2000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Applications are available from National Mental Health Services (800) 789-2647; fax (301) 984-8796. Information can also be found at

Grant Writing

The Grantsmanship Center

Saratoga Springs, Buffalo, and Rochester

The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York:
• May 15-19 — hosted by C:/KIDS.NET in Saratoga Springs
• July 10-14 — hosted by The Diocese of Buffalo & The Junior League in Buffalo
• August 21-25 — hosted by the Eastside Community Center in Rochester

The five-day program is kept at a maximum of 26 participants and costs $675.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For Saratoga Springs, call Elizabeth Hamilton at (518) 587-2995; Buffalo call David Sampson at (716) 847-8370; and Rochester call Rod Jones at (716) 546-4930, x211. Or contact The Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512. Information is available on line:



Syracuse and Albany

The Council on Opportunities for Professional Excellence (COPE) is offering two one-day grant writing seminars.
• April 5 — Holiday Inn, Syracuse
• April 11 — Holiday Inn, Albany
The registration fee is $145 per person and includes a full day of training and a grantsmanship manual. If two or more from the same organization attend, the fee is $118 each.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (914) 756-COPE (2673) or e-mail them at:


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