...On the State Level
Minority Health Mini-Grant Program
Office of Minority Health, New York State Department of Health
The Department of Health invites applications from not-for-profit
community-based organizations to implement small-scale,
short-term, well-defined projects designed to achieve targeted
reductions in risks associated with asthma, diabetes, or heart
disease and stroke in racial and ethnic minority communities.
The goal of the program is to support well-developed community
health promotion and disease risk reduction projects that recognize
communities as assets; actively engage members of racial and/or
ethnic groups targeted; and integrate principles of culturally and
linguistically appropriate services.
ELIGIBILITY: Community-based not-for-profit
organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS
Code, and that have a track record of providing services to racial and
ethnic minorities in New York State.
FUNDING: It is anticipated that eight mini-grants
of $10,000 each will be awarded.
DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2006.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.health.state.ny.us.
Inquiries must be submitted, in writing, by October 18, 2006. Responses will be mailed on
October 25, 2006 to all those who submitted inquires and to any organization that mails a
request to Kristen M. Van Amburgh, Coordinator, Mini-Grant Program, NYS Department of
Health, Office of Minority Health, Corning Tower, Room 780, Albany, New York 12237-0092.
Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvements
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Applications are being accepted by the New York State Department of
Agriculture and Markets for financial assistance to support the costs of
construction, renovation, alteration, rehabilitation, improvement or repair
of fairground buildings or facilities used to house and promote agriculture.
ELIGIBILITY: Agricultural or horticultural corporations
and county extension service associations that are eligible to receive premium
reimbursements pursuant to section 286 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
FUNDING: $3 million is available for this program. Each
eligible applicant shall receive $30,000 plus a portion of the remaining amount
available, based upon the average five-year total attendance of each such event from
2001 through 2005. In situations where two or more eligible applicants cooperate to
sponsor one fair or exposition, those organizations shall be considered one applicant
for purposes of receiving funds under this program.
DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on March 30, 2007.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the Funding Opportunities section of the
Departmentís web site at www.agmkt.state.ny.us. All questions must be submitted in
writing (fax and e-mail will be accepted) by March 15, 2007 to Karen Dybas at NYS Department of
Agriculture and Markets, 10B Airline Drive, Albany New York 12235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Library Construction Grant Program
New York State Education Department
The Public Library Construction Grant Program will provide $14 million in capital funds to New
York State libraries to meet pressing needs for construction, renovation, and rehabilitation,
particularly those projects that will improve library access for New Yorkers with disabilities.
ELIGIBILITY: Public libraries in New York State. Local libraries must submit
all application materials to their library system, which will set the deadline for receipt. Libraries with
multiple buildings may submit more than one application, but only one application per building.
FUNDING: Libraries could be eligible for funding for up to 50% of a project;
the minimum grant award is $2,500, meaning no award will be made for any project with a total
cost of less than $5,000. There is no maximum award, but the amounts of the awards will depend
on the number of project applications received and the total funding available to the library system.
Information on the allocation of funds throughout the state can be found at the web site mentioned
below. Libraries may use local, state, or federal public funds, private funds, or a combination of
funds from those sources for the required match.
DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m., December 29, 2006. However, the State Library
encourages libraries to submit project applications to their public library system as soon as
possible to allow sufficient time for system review and system board approval. Please contact
your local public library system to find out their due date.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For the grant application and instructions,
an application checklist, and a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, as well as
information on the allocation of funds throughout the state, visit
. . . Foundations and Organizations
Sacred Sites Program for Preservation of Historic Religious Buildings
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
The Sacred Sites Program is comprised of the Sacred Sites Fund, which provides congregations
with grants for exterior restoration projects; Consulting Grants, which are for congregations to
retain professional services for the preservation of historic houses of worship; and Robert W. Wilson
Sacred Sites Challenge Grants, which are matching grants for large-scale church restoration
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible properties include, but are not limited, to churches,
synagogues, meetinghouses, mosques, and temples. To be eligible for a grant, properties must be
located in New York State; owned by a religious institution and actively used for worship; and listed
on the State or National Register of Historic Places or designated pursuant to a local landmarks
ordinance by New York State. There is an additional Consulting Grant Program that is for
congregations in New York City only.
FUNDING: The maximum grant amount for the Sacred Sites Fund is
$10,000 and no grant shall exceed half the project cost. The maximum Consulting Grant is
$7,500 and no grant shall exceed half the project cost. Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites
Challenge Grants are matching grants of $25,000 to $50,000.
DEADLINE: Sacred Sites Fund grants and Upstate Consulting grants have
two annual deadlines, November 1 and May 1; the New York City Consulting Grants applications
are considered as they are submitted; May 1 is the yearly deadline for the Robert W. Wilson Sacred
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The first step in applying for a grant is to discuss
the project with a representative of the Scared Sites Program by calling (212) 995-5260 or by e-mailing
Elizabeth McTigue at email@example.com. You may also visit www.nylandmarks.org.
Farmer Grant Program
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
The goal of this program is to develop, refine, and demonstrate new sustainable techniques and to
explore innovative ideas developed by farmers across the SARE region, which includes New York State.
Sustainable practices are defined as those that are profitable, environmentally sound, and beneficial to the
ELIGIBILITY: Farmers in the SARE region. Applicants need not be farming full time,
but the operation should have an established crop or animal product that is sold on a regular basis.
Nonprofit farms may apply, but the primary activity of the farm must be to produce and sell food under the
kinds of economic constraints that affect commercial growers. Many community-supported farms qualify,
but farms where the primary mission is educational normally do not.
FUNDING: Grants average about $5,200 with a cap of $10,000 on any single grant.
DEADLINE: Proposals must be postmarked by December 22, 2006.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit
www.uvm.edu/~nesare/grants.html, call (802) 656-0471, or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for program information.
Toolbox for Education Grant Program
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has established the Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Foundation to empower parents and further encourage their involvement in their children's schools.
ELIGIBILITY: Any nonprofit K-12 school (including charter, parochial, private, etc.)
or parent group (associated with a nonprofit K-12 school) that has a group tax ID number and official
501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Parent groups that do not have 501(c)(3) status should apply through
their school. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be
FUNDING: Up to $5,000 per school is available.
DEADLINE: October 15, 2006 and February 15, 2007. The program will only be
accepting 1,500 applications per grant period. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications
early to be sure they are considered to receive a grant.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.toolboxforeducation.com for complete
program information and application procedures.
. . . Grant Writing
The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: Buffalo, October 16-20,
hosted by Junior League of Buffalo; and Troy, November 6-10, hosted by Commission on
Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region.
The classes will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and are 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
To register or to apply for a scholarship, contact TGCI at (800) 421-9512 or visit www.tgci.com.
Interpreters will be present at the Buffalo workshop to assist participants who are deaf or hard of hearing.
If you require the services of an interpreter, notify the TGCI Registrar at least two weeks prior to the
Nonprofit Central NY/NJ
Nonprofit Central NY/NJ is a new website where nonprofit leaders can ask a question
of an experienced consultant on a topic such as grant writing, grant research, board development
and much more. You can also post volunteer opportunities and jobs online for free.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is holding the following classes:
Proposal Budgeting Workshop on October 20, 2006 in New York City. This class will
examine the budget's role within a proposal, budgets for specific projects or general operating
support, multi-year budgets, and more.
Foundation Fundraising: An Introductory Course, October 24, 2006 in New York City and
October 31, 2006 in Buffalo. This class is designed for beginners and will show organizations
how to identify potential funders and prepare to seek grants. Case studies and group exercises will
help organizations assess fundraising readiness.
Proposal Writing Seminar, November 8, 2006 in New York City. This class will teach
attendees techniques for writing proposals, the components of a grant proposal package, how to build
strong working relationships with grantmakers, how to resubmit a grant proposal, new trends in
grantmaking, how to report on a grantís progress and impact, and more.
For more information on these and other scheduled classes, visit www.fdncenter.org or contact
the Foundation Center at 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003-3076; (212) 620-4230.