For more information contact:
Albany, NY 12248
or call the
Grants Action News hotline at
Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquarium Program
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP)
The Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquarium Program provides funding within two categories.
Category I, Collections Care Costs, is funding for expenses directly related to the care, security,
and interpretation of the collections. Category II, Special Purposes, is funding for the development
of new exhibits or the rehabilitation of existing exhibits for the permanent collections, and for new,
innovative projects or programs for the institution.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be public or not-for-profit organizations:
zoos, botanical gardens, herbariums, arboretums, aquariums, bird sanctuaries, natural habitat
preserves, natural science museums, and nature and environmental centers that own, house
and care for living or systematically organized collections of biological specimens and that
primarily provide such services to the general public on a regular and predictable basis.
FUNDING: Funding for local assistance grants is made available
through an appropriation from the State’s General Fund.
DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked by October 18, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.nysparks.com/grants; contact
Cathy Jepson at (518) 474-8396; or write Kevin Burns, Chief of Grants, Bureau of Grants Management,
OPRHP, Empire State Plaza, Agency Building 1, 16th Floor, Albany, New York 12238.
Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund
State Education Department (SED)
SED, State Archives, has announced the availability of grants from the Local Government Records
Management Improvement Fund to improve records management and archival administration in
New York State’s local governments. Grants are available for inventory and planning, active records,
inactive records, historical records, and educational uses of local government records projects.
ELIGIBILITY: Local governments, including but not limited to boards of
cooperative educational services, cities, counties, fire districts, school districts, towns, and villages.
FUNDING: Up to $75,000 for individual projects involving a single government;
up to $125,000 for cooperative projects involving two or more local governments acting on one activity;
up to $125,000 for complex projects involving a single local government addressing extremely complex
records management issues.
DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Local governments should contact the New York
State Archives, Grants Administration and Program Support Unit, Room 9A81, Cultural Education Center,
Albany, New York 12230; phone: (518) 474-6926; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit
…On the Federal Level
National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants help institutions secure long-term
improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Challenge grants most
commonly augment or establish endowments. The income from invested funds may support ongoing
humanities activities in education, public programs, scholarly research, and preservation. Examples include
faculty and staff positions, fellowships, lecture or exhibition services, visiting scholars, publishing
subventions, consultations, maintenance of facilities, faculty development, acquisitions, and
preservation/consultation programs. Because of the matching requirements of this program, these
awards also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support. Challenge
grants are offered only when NEH funds will help institutions carry out long-term plans and enhance
their financial stability.
ELIGIBILITY: Awards are made to museums, public libraries, colleges,
research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations,
universities, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.
FUNDING: Not yet determined.
DEADLINE: November 1, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Information can be obtained by calling (202) 606-8446,
by e-mailing email@example.com, by writing to NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington, D.C. 20506, or by visiting www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/challenge.html.
...Foundations and Organizations
National Weather Foundation
The National Weather Foundation will award grants towards the improvement of education for K-12
students studying meteorology. Funds may be used for teachers to take an accredited course in
atmospheric sciences, attend a relevant workshop or conference, or purchase scientific materials
for their classrooms.
ELIGIBILITY: All K-12 schools and individual K-12 teachers.
FUNDING: $500 per grant.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.nwas.org/solhirsch.html.
GoGirlGo! Grant and Education Program
Women’s Sports Foundation
Administered by the Women’s Sports Foundation, the GoGirlGo! Grant and Education Program
is dedicated to the development and funding of girls’ sports and physical activity programs that
combine athletic instruction and programming with the delivery of educational information aimed
at reducing risk behaviors. The program provides financial assistance to sports and physical
activity programs seeking to add new or expanded participation opportunities for an underserved
population of girls, particularly economically disadvantaged girls and/or girls from populations
with high incidences of health-risk behavior.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must have 501(c)(3) program status or
nonprofit status and possess the demonstrated ability to deliver girls’ sports and physical
activity programming to girls in third to eighth grade. The organizations, agencies, and schools
must also agree to participate in the GoGirlGo! educational curriculum, which is available free of
charge from the Women’s Sports Foundation.
FUNDING: The program will award a total of $200,000; to date in 2004, the
average grant awarded has been $7,500. Funds requested may be used for athletic equipment,
supplies, facility rental, league and tournament fees, travel, coaching, scholarships, and/or program
administration expenses. Funds may only be used for girls’ sports/physical activity programs.
DEADLINE: November 30, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Complete program guidelines and application instructions
are available at the Women’s Sports Foundation Web site, www.womenssportsfoundation.org.
National Book Scholarship Fund
ProLiteracy Worldwide is accepting applications for its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), an
annual program that supplies books and materials to local literacy programs. New Readers Press,
the publishing division of ProLiteracy Worldwide, provides the books and materials that are available
from the NBSF.
ELIGIBILITY: The NBSF makes grants to literacy or educational programs.
First priority will be given to programs that focus on family literacy. English as a Second Language
projects, adult basic educational programs, and projects that involve women-focused literacy or ESL
programming will also be considered for support.
FUNDING: NBSF grants have ranged from $500 to $7,000, although
greater or lesser amounts of funding are considered. Programs awarded a grant must provide
a cash contribution to ProLiteracy Worldwide equal to 20 percent of the grant award. These funds
are used to defray the costs of NBSF program administration. Organizations that have been affiliates
of ProLiteracy for one year or more provide a cash contribution equal to 10 percent of the grant award.
Proposals will be considered immediately upon receipt. Awards will be made until funds are exhausted.
DEADLINE: December 2, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.nbsf.org/apply.asp for complete program
information and application form.
Small Innovative Grants Program
American Legacy Foundation
The American Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization established as part of the settlement
of a state attorneys general lawsuit against tobacco companies, works to reduce tobacco use
and its harmful effects. The Foundation has two goals: 1) to arm all young people with the
knowledge and tools to reject tobacco; and 2) eliminate disparities in access to tobacco
prevention and cessation services. The foundation's Small Innovative Grants Program supports
programs that advance innovative, evidence-based solutions to remedy the harm caused by
tobacco use in America. Legacy intends the Small Innovative Grants Program to seed new projects,
enable an organization to pilot a new idea or approach, or help an organization gain a different
perspective or better understanding of tobacco control through research.
ELIGIBILITY: State or local political subdivisions; legally constituted
tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations; Indian reservations, Indian tribes, or tribal organizations
or non-governmental entities that serve such reservations.
FUNDING: Grants for up to $100,000 for the first year of funding are available.
Grantees may apply for a second year of funding for up to 50% of the first year’s amount. Grantees
must provide a 1:1 cash match for second-year funding. Match is encouraged but not required for the
first year of funding. Legacy will accept applications for second-year funding in the last quarter of the
first grant year only.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jill Shalett or Karen Martin at (202) 454-5555
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Legacy will provide tailored technical assistance upon request.
Guidelines and application procedures may also be found at www.americanlegacy.org. Legacy
requests that applicants use its online application system to electronically submit applications.
Grantsmanship Training Program
The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: Utica, November 1-5, 2004, hosted by the
Utica Public Library.
The class will be conducted by the Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) and is kept at a maximum of 30
participants. The cost is $825, which includes one-year enrollment in the TGCI Membership Program.
A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less than
To register, or to apply for a scholarship, contact TGCI at (800) 421-9512 or visit www.tgci.com. For
local information and arrangements: Utica, call Nancy McGowan at (315) 735-2279.