Grants Action News Logo September 2002
Vol. 16, #9

Information on Available State and Federal Grants

Grants Action News - NYSA
...On the State Level

  • Non-Toxic Pest Management

  • Learning Technology Grants

  • Sacred Sites & Properties Funds

  • Wetlands Upland Conservation Projects

  • Rural Opportunity Grants

  • Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program

  • Eliminating Lead Poisoning

  • The Grantsmanship Center

  • Syracuse University

  • SUNY Brockport

    For more information contact:
    Eva Ivery
    Richard Jurewicz
    945-A LOB
    Albany, NY 12248
    or call the
    Grants Action News hotline at

    Local Assistance Program for Non-Toxic Pest Management Training and Structural Improvements

    Department of Environmental Conservation

    The purpose of this program is to provide State financial assistance to municipalities and non-profit corporations for training in non-toxic pest management methods and/or to make minor repairs to municipal structures that will prevent or inhibit pest infestations. Multi-municipal projects are encouraged.
    ELIGIBILITY:Municipalities (including counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and improvement districts within a city, county, town, or village; local public benefit corporations; local public authorities; Indian tribes residing within New York State; and any combination of these) and not-for-profit corporations. Funding available for not-for-profit corporations is limited. Although both training and structural improvements are components of this program, the emphasis is on the municipal training element. Any entity that intends to apply must request from the Department the application package for further information on requirements for applying for assistance under this program.
    FUNDING:Grants of up to $30,000 per applicant are available. No funding match is required. Applications for projects of up to $50,000 will be considered, if sufficient funds are available. Additional information on this option will be included in the application package.
    DEADLINE:Applications will be accepted by the Department through September 30, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To obtain an application, contact John White, Environmental Program Specialist 1, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7254; telephone (518) 402-8781.

    Learning Technology Grants

    New York State Education Department

    The New York State Education Department has announced a competitive grant application process for funds to enhance school capacity to implement the New York State learning standards and to help students achieve higher academic proficiency through the use of instructional technology across academic areas. Coordination across all federal and state educational programs, including Model Schools, Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers, and the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning, is encouraged. Preference will be given to proposals that primarily serve high need districts, focus on closing the performance gap, restructure the teaching and learning environment, involve technology in classroom teaching and learning, involve collaboration with other appropriate educational institutions as well as non-public schools, and contribute local resources in addition to grant funding.
    ELIGIBILITY:Public School Districts and BOCES. The funding legislation requires that applicants include a non-public school as a substantial and equitable partner in technology acquisition and activities outlined in the proposal.
    FUNDING:Up to $50,000 per award.
    DEADLINE:September 23, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:Call Constance Centrello at (518) 486-5832 or Ken Chieu at (718) 722-2778.

    Sacred Sites & Properties Funds Available for Preservation of Religious Buildings

    The New York Landmarks Conservancy

    The New York Landmarks Conservancy is a private not-for-profit preservation organization that administers the Sacred Sites & Properties Fund, which provides matching grants for the preservation of religious buildings located in New York State. Grants can be used for planning and executing repair and restoration work on properties and sites owned by religious institutions. The funding is provided for financial and technical assistance for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of religious properties of all denominations throughout New York State. The Conservancy works closely with clergy, building committee members, and trustees, providing vital information and necessary funding to historic churches, synagogues, mosques, and meeting houses. The Conservancy helps to ensure that the buildings will be properly preserved, and can save congregations time and money as they begin restoration projects.
    FUNDING: Grants of up to $15,000 are available.
    DEADLINE:November 1 and May 1; same funding cycle every year.
    ELIGIBILITY:Religious institutions of all denominations.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York Landmarks Conservancy at 141 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10010; (212) 995-5260.

    On the Federal Level...

    Matching Funds Available for Wetland and Wetland-Associated Upland Conservation Projects

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council are seeking proposals that request matching funds for wetland and wetland-associated upland conservation projects under the Small Grants Program. Projects must meet the purposes of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) of 1989, which seeks to promote long-term conservation of North American wetland ecosystems and the waterfowl and other migratory birds, fish and wildlife that depend upon such habitats.
    FUNDING: For 2002, the Small Grants program has been made operational at a base level of $1 million and between $1 million and $2 million in Small Grants projects may be funded.
    ELIGIBILITY:State and Local Governments, Indian Tribal Governments, Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations, and individuals. Priority will be given to projects from new grant applicants with new partners, where the project ensures long-term conservation benefits. Previous NAWCA grant recipients are also encouraged to apply; as the project resource value is the critical factor in determining funding.
    DEADLINE: Proposals must be postmarked no later than Friday, November 29, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Keith A. Morehouse, Small Grants Coordinator, at (703) 358-2282; or Office Secretary, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation at (703) 358-1784.

    Rural Opportunity Grants

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    The Rural Business-Cooperative Service of the United States Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of grants from the Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) Program for Fiscal Year 2002, to be competitively awarded. The primary objective of the program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program may include technical assistance for business development and economic development.
    ELIGIBILITY: Local and tribal governments.
    FUNDING: A total of $2.1 million of non-earmarked funds is available for the RBOG program for FY 2002. To ensure that a broad range of communities have the opportunity to benefit from the available funds, no grant will exceed $50,000, unless it is a multi-state project where funds may not exceed $150,000.
    DEADLINE: Ongoing.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information and copies of the application package, contact the USDA Rural Development State Office at The Galleries of Syracuse, 441 South Salina Street, Suite 357, Syracuse, New York 13202-2541; (315) 477-6400. Or contact the Rural Business-Cooperative Service at (202) 720-1400.

    Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program

    Department of State

    The U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program allows U.S. and foreign teachers and administrators to live and study in a foreign country for 6 weeks, a semester or an academic year. The program is designed to strengthen international relations of the United States by promoting mutual understanding through educational exchanges.
    ELIGIBILITY:U.S. and foreign educators, from elementary and secondary levels, 2-year colleges and 4-year institutions are eligible to apply for positions abroad. Program applicants must hold at least a Bachelor's degree; be a U.S. citizen fluent in English; have a current full-time teaching or administrative assignment in the U.S. or one of its territories; be in at least the third year of full-time teaching or administration; and have not participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange longer than 8 weeks in the past 2 years.
    FUNDING: It is estimated that 530 awards will be granted in fiscal years 2002 and 2003. Grants will range from $2,000 to $24,000.
    DEADLINE: October 15, 2002.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Ruta Chagnon, Program Contact, Department of State, ECA/A/S/X, Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Branch, SA-44, 301 4th Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20547; telephone (202) 619-4556; fax (202) 401-1433; e-mail: Information can also be obtained at the program's web site:

    Eliminating Lead Poisoning as a Threat to Young Children

    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    The Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP), which is designed to leverage private sector resources to eliminate lead poisoning as a major public health threat to young children. Operation LEAP funds will be used to support non-profit and for-profit entities with substantial fund raising and/or leveraging skills to use those skills to mobilize substantial private sector resources for addressing lead hazards in housing. HUD is particularly looking for innovative or creative regional or nationwide fund raising and/or leveraging and mobilization strategies that can yield large amounts of contributions in a two-year time frame and also increase awareness of lead hazards and abatement measures in the home.
    ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and entities.
    FUNDING: $6.5 million total funding available.
    DEADLINE: October 31, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:For information and technical assistance, contact Ellis G. Goldman, Director, Lead Hazard Control Grants Division, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room P3206, Washington, D.C. 20410. Or telephone (202) 755-1785; hearing or speech impaired individuals can reach this number by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

    Grant Writing

    The Grantsmanship Center


    The Grantsmanship Center is offering a grant writing class in Rochester, October 28-November 1, hosted by Rural Opportunities, Inc. The five-day program is kept to a maximum of 27 participants and costs $775 per person, which includes one-year enrollment in The Grantsmanship Center Inc.’s Membership Program.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:Contact Doris Griffin at (585) 340-3376 or the Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512.

    Syracuse University


    Syracuse University’s Continuing Education/University College Humanistic Studies Center is holding a Grant Writing Workshop, October 4, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics will include conducting needs assessments, developing project concepts, scanning the environment to identify potential funding sources, writing a successful budget proposal and use of the Internet in proposal development. The session costs $159 per person.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Peggy at (315) 443-3271 for more information or to register.

    SUNY Brockport

    The State University of NY College of Brockport is offering a one-credit grants writing course for staff of non-profit organizations, students and interested community members. The course will be offered on two consecutive Saturdays (it is a two-day course, October 5th and 12th from 8:30am-4pm on both days. SUNY Brockport is located 16 miles west of Rochester, NY. Continuing education credits and a certificate will be issued to those who complete the course. The $150 fee includes training, course materials and editing assistance for one proposal submitted by participants. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Groves at (585) 395-2523 or send an e-mail to

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