Information on Available State and Federal Grants
January 2001
Vol. 15, #1

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

Transportation Grants to Provide Service to Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities

NYS Department of Transportation

In January, the New York State Department of Transportation will initiate the annual cycle for the Federal Section 5310 Grant Program. Grants are available to eligible applicants to acquire buses to provide elderly persons and persons with disabilities with transportation services.

ELIGIBILITY: Private non-profit corporations, public bodies in rural counties who are approved by the Department of Transportation as the coordinator of transportation services for elderly persons and persons with disabilities, and public bodies in rural counties who can certify to the Governor that no non-profit corporations or associations are available in their area to provide these services are eligible.

FUNDING: Approximately $5.3 million is anticipated.

DEADLINE: Requests for applications must be made by the end of February. Applications are due April 15, 2001.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michael R. Baker, Program Manager, NYS Department of Transportation, Section 5310 Program, Governor Harriman State Office Campus, Building 4, Room 134, Albany, NY 12232-0414; telephone (518) 457-8335.

Historic Records Grants

NYS Department of Education

The New York State Department of Education is accepting applications for projects that identify, survey and plan for the systematic collection of records relating to under-documented subjects, institutions or activities; projects to arrange and describe historical records already in repositories; and projects to develop strategic plans for historical records repositories.

ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit archives, libraries, historical societies and similar institutions in New York state and consortia or cooperating groups of such agencies are eligible to apply. Historical service agencies, colleges and universities, professional associations and other non-profit institutions or systems which provide services to historical records programs are also eligible.

FUNDING: A total of $100,000 is available for grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2001.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York State Archives, Documentary Heritage Services, Room 9C71, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230; telephone (518) 474-6926. Grant applications and reference materials are also available on-line at

Recreational Trails Program

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is accepting applications for local assistance grants made available under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), Recreational Trails Program.

Eligible projects include those involving the acquisition, new development, renovation development or maintenance of trails and/or trail-related facilities which will further develop projects or goals identified in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

ELIGIBILITY: Private organizations, state and federal agencies, Indian tribal governments and other public agencies and authorities are eligible.

FUNDING: Approximately $1.5 million is available for grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Grant recipients will be expected to provide at least 20 percent match to these awards.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2001.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact the appropriate Regional Grant Representative listed, or visit

NYS Parks Regional Grant Representatives

Allegany Region (Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties) Michael J. Miecznikowski, Allegany State Park, RD 1, Salamanca, NY 14779, telephone (716) 354-9101, fax (716) 354-2255; Niagara Region (Erie and Niagara counties) Pat McKeon, Niagara Reservation, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, (716) 278-1761, fax (716) 278-1744; Genesee Region (Orleans, Monroe, Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston counties) Leo Downey, Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427-1124, telephone (716) 493-3613, fax (716) 493-5272; Finger Lakes Region (Cayuga, Chemung, Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties) Kathleen Damiani, Taughannock Falls State Park, Box 1055, Trumansburg, NY 14886-1055, telephone (607) 387-7041, fax (607) 387-3390; Central Region (Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Madison, Broome, Herkimer, and Delaware counties) Jean Egenhofer, Clark Reservation, Jamesville, NY 13078-9516, telephone (315) 492-1756, fax (315) 492-3277; Thousand Islands Region (Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Clinton counties) Jan Maas, Keewaydin State Park, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, telephone (315) 482-2593, fax (315) 482-9413; Saratoga/Capital District Region (Albany, Greene, Schoharie, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties ) Paul Impola, Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-6214, telephone (518) 584-2000, fax (518) 584-8804; Palisades Interstate Park Commission and Taconic Region (Palisades counties: Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster; Taconic counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties) Ron Rader, Mills Mansion, Staatsburg, NY 12580, telephone (914) 889-4100, fax (914) 889-8321; New York City Region (Bronx, New York, Kings, Queens and Richmond counties) Merrill Hesch, Mailing Address: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Grants Office, c/o NYS Department of State, 123 Williams Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10038-3804, (212) 417-3172, fax (212) 417-3170; Long Island Region (Nassau and Suffolk counties) Carolyn Casey, Belmont Lake State Park, P.O. Box 247, Babylon, NY 11702, telephone (631) 669-1000, fax (631) 669-4671. For projects within the Adirondack or Catskill Parks, contact John Albert, Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Room 412, Albany, NY 12233-4255, telephone (518) 457-7433, fax (518) 457-8988.

...On the Federal Level

Distance Learning and Telemedicine
Loan and Grant Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service is accepting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine projects which serve rural America. Fulfilling community needs must be the driving factor in projects. Successful projects produce tangible and intangible benefits such as reduced costs to individuals and participating institutions, saving of lives, and increased numbers of students attending college.

ELIGIBILITY: Incorporated organizations, partnerships, Indian tribes and tribal organizations which operate or will operate a school, college, university learning center, training facility, or other educational institution, including a regional educational laboratory, library, hospital, medical center, medical clinic or any rural community facility are eligible. Also eligible are incorporated organizations which provide or propose to provide telemedicine service or distance learning service to other legal entities or consortia at rates calculated to ensure that the economic value and other benefits of the grant or loan are passed through to other legal entities or consortia.

FUNDING: Funding will be provided in three categories: 1) $15 million will be available for grants; 2) $200 million will be available for loans; and 3) $110 million will be available for combination grants and loans ($10 million in grants paired with $100 million in loans).

DEADLINE: March 2, 2001. They encourage early submission of grant applications to determine whether all required items are clearly in form, identifiable and complete. Rural Utilities Service will examine, provide comment, and return applications that include items that would disqualify them from further consideration for modification if they are submitted by February 2, 2001.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Orren E. Cameron, Director, Advanced Services Division, Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, STOP 1550, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-1590; telephone (202) 690-4493; fax (202) 720-1051; website

Foreign Language Assistance Grants

U.S. Department of Education

The United States Department of Education is accepting applications for the Foreign Language Assistance Grants program. The program provides grants to pay for the Federal share of the cost of innovative model programs providing for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of foreign language study for elementary and secondary students.

The Department of Education supports projects that: 1) show the promise of being continued beyond their project period; 2) demonstrate approaches that can be disseminated and duplicated in other local educational agencies; and 3) may include a professional development component.

ELIGIBILITY: Local educational agencies are eligible.

FUNDING: It is anticipated that $5 million will be available to fund awards ranging from $50,000 to $175,000.

DEADLINE: January 26, 2001.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Rebecca Richey (202) 205-9717, Ana Garcia (202) 205-8077, or Itzetht Testa-Salcedo (202) 205-8726 or visit

Community Development Work Study Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting applications for its Community Development Work Study Program. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to economically disadvantaged and minority graduate students who participate in community development work study programs and are enrolled full-time in a graduate community building degree program.

ELIGIBILITY: Institutions of higher education, area-wide planning organizations, and states are eligible.

FUNDING: Approximately $3 million is available.

DEADLINE: February 2, 2001.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: You may obtain an application kit by calling HUD USER at (800) 245-2691. You may also access the application kit at When requesting
an application, you should refer to CDWSP and include your name, mailing address (including zip code) and telephone number (including area code).

Grant Writing

SUNY Brockport

The State University of New York, College at Brockport is offering a two-day basic how-to Grants Writing Course. The course will be offered on two consecutive Saturdays, March 31 and April 7, 2001 and again on Monday/Tuesday, May 14 and 15, 2001 from 8:30 am – 4 pm each day at the SUNY Brockport campus (15 miles outside of Rochester, NY).

The course is offered as a pass/fail course for one college credit at the undergraduate or graduate level at a cost ranging from $137 to $213 depending on whether it is taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. It can also be taken for continuing education credit at a cost of $100 for the two days.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the instructor, Colleen Donaldson, Grants Development Director at SUNY College at Brockport at (716) 395-5118 or

Council on Opportunities for
Professional Excellence


The Council on Opportunities for Professional Excellence (COPE) is offering a one-day grant writing seminar at the Ramada Inn in Kingston, New York on January 25, 2001. The seminar costs $145 per person or $118 per person if two or more from the same organization attend.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact COPE at (845) 756-2673 or e-mail them at

The Grantsmanship Center
Buffalo and Utica

The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to Buffalo March 19-23, hosted by the American Red Cross, and Utica April 2-6, hosted by Human Technologies Corporation. The five-day class is kept to a maximum of 26 participants and costs $675 ($625 for each additional registrant from the same agency).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For the Buffalo program, call Michele Barnes at (716) 878-2373. For the Utica program, call Audrey Furgal at (315) 724-9891. Or contact the Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512. The Center also has a new library of federal grant proposals on CD-ROM, which lets you download the text of top ranked proposals for dozens of major programs. More information is on the web site:

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 Center’s Electronic Reference Desk allows grant seekers to question an on-line librarian. Grant seekers may also scan the web site 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; or call (800) 424-9836/ (212) 620-4230. E-mail comments can be sent to

New on the Internet

Programs Aiding New York’s Local Governments

The Catalog of State and Federal Programs Aiding New York’s Local Governments is now available on the New York State Assembly web page: The catalog, which is published by the New York State Legislative Commission on State-Local Relations, contains information on hundreds of funding programs available to local governments and agencies.

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