Grants Action News Logo February 2007
Vol. 21, #2
Information on Available State and Federal Grants

· New York State Assembly · Speaker Sheldon Silver ·

Inside Info on...

For more information contact:
Richard Jurewicz
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Albany, NY 12248
...On the State Level

HIV Prevention Interventions and HIV-Related Supportive Services in Communities of Color

New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute

The AIDS Institute has announced that funding is available for HIV prevention interventions and HIV-related supportive services in communities of color. Program services and interventions may include outreach, prevention interventions and activities, supporting services, and peer-delivered services.
ELIGIBILITY:  Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) health and human services organizations; this may include community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, community health centers, or drug treatment centers.
FUNDING:  The total annualized amount available for awards is $2,500,000. The funding will be allocated statewide. The contract period is five years, with annual renewals, subject to the availability of funds.
DEADLINE:  Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Visit A copy of the Request for Application can be obtained from Dina Williams, Bureau of Community Based Services, Division of HIV Prevention, AIDS Institute, Room 342, Corning Tower Building, Albany, New York 12237; phone (518) 486-1412;

Healthy Families New York

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Healthy Families New York (HFNY) offers home based services to expectant and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Families who participate in the program are offered long-term in-home services until the child is in school or Head Start. HFNY follows the standards of Healthy Families America, a national initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America. Grant funds may be utilized for, but not limited to home visiting staffing and fringe benefits; project equipment and furniture; computers and appropriate software for the project; supplies, mailing and printing costs of project-related flyers, pamphlets and educational materials; staff travel costs at the approved State travel rate; telephone installation and monthly billing; consultants retained by a formal agreement; rental of space; and a maximum of 10% federally approved Indirect Cost Rate with appropriate documentation. A 10% local share is required.
ELIGIBILITY:  Social services and health not-for-profit corporations, local government agencies, other 501(c)(3) organizations including community and faith based organizations, BOCES programs, or religious organizations.
FUNDING:  The total funding is approximately $3,000,000.
DEADLINE:  Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2007.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  For an application, contact Tina Williams, OCFS, 52 Washington Street, Room 331 N, Rensselaer, New York 12144-6824; phone (518) 402-6784; e-mail

Tobacco Free Schools

New York State Department of Health

The Tobacco Free Schools Support Programs will assist in the development, implementation, and enforcement of effective tobacco-free school policies. Partners funded for this service will focus on middle and high schools, unless entire school districts can be engaged.
ELIGIBILITY:  Non-profit agencies or governmental subdivisions serving the initiative's catchment areas. Eligible applicants must have no affiliations or contractual relationships with any tobacco company, its affiliates, its subsidiaries or its parent organizations.
FUNDING:  Funding is available for 11 catchment areas covering parts of New York State, with total available funding of $1,075,000 per year for this service. Contact the Department of Health for catchment area details.
DEADLINE:  February 21, 2007.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  For an application, contact Patricia Bubniak at NYS Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program, Corning Tower, Room 710, Albany, New York 12237; phone (518) 474-1515; e-mail

Child Abduction Prevention Education Program

New York State Education Department (SED)

SED has announced the availability of funding to help school districts and boards of cooperative educational services meet the statutory requirement to provide instruction in the prevention of abduction for students in K-8. Grantees may use funds to develop or adopt a curriculum and/or implement an instructional program to help prevent child abduction.
FUNDING:  A total of $1 million is available. Grants can not exceed $10,000 per applicant and all grant funds must be obligated by June 30, 2007.
DEADLINE:  February 19, 2007.

. . . Foundations and Organizations

Preserve New York Grant Program

Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts

The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts announce the 2007 Preserve New York Grant Program. The program provides funding to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations, and supports three types of projects only: historic structure reports, historic landscape reports and cultural resource surveys. Through the program, the Preservation League, a statewide, not-for-profit organization, and the Council, the state’s arts funding agency, seek to support efforts to plan for the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings and landscapes throughout the state. In 2007, the Preservation League especially encourages projects that advance the preservation of neighborhoods that qualify for the New York State residential rehabilitation tax credit; preserve historic buildings and transportation corridors including rural roads and canals; continue the use of historic municipal buildings; and support Main Street revitalization.
ELIGIBILITY:  Municipalities and not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply unless they are applying for funding directly from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Architecture, Planning and Design Program (APD) for another project in 2007. Groups are limited to one project with APD support per year. State agencies and religious institutions are ineligible for support. Groups that previously received funding through this grant program must have successfully completed their projects to be eligible for the 2007 grant round. The grant panel members will evaluate: architectural and historic significance of the building, landscape or area; the need for the project and for financial support at this time; the applicant group’s ability to carry out the project within a stated schedule; the applicant group’s ability to raise sufficient funds to complete the project; the appropriateness of the project budget and consultant(s); extent of local support for the project; and the likelihood that significant restoration or planning work will result.
FUNDING:  A total of $87,200 is available and will be split among all three project types. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000 each. No formal financial match is required; however, the Preservation League and the New York State Council on the Arts expect to see a project budget that reflects the applicant’s meaningful commitment to the project. Please note that it is unlikely that this program will be able to provide full support for any project. It is also expected that the consultant fee structure reflects the applicant’s understanding of the value of these professional services.
DEADLINE:  Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2007. Please follow the directions included in the application for assembling the packets.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  If your organization and project meet these guidelines, contact the League to discuss your potential application and to receive an application form. Forms are not available online. You may contact Tania G. Werbizky, Director, Technical and Grant Programs, at (607) 272-6510 or you may contact the League at (518) 462-5658, ext. 12.

Adult and Family Literacy Programs

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Foundation's Adult Literacy Grants Program awards grants to direct service providers in the following focus areas only: adult literacy; adult basic education; GED preparation; and English for speakers of other languages. The Family Literacy Grants Program awards grants to organizations that have the following four components: adult education instruction; children's education; parent and child together time; and parenting classes that teach parents to be the primary teacher for their child.
ELIGIBILITY:  Organizations with 501(c)(3) status established for public use that provide direct literacy-based programs to adults and families, located in Dollar General's market area, and located within twenty miles of a Dollar General store.
FUNDING:  In fiscal year 2007, the Foundation will award a minimum of $1.5 million in grants to qualifying nonprofit adult literacy providers, and a minimum of $1.5 million to qualifying nonprofit family literacy providers.
DEADLINE:  March 2, 2007.

Grants for Programs Serving Adults with Disabilities

Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation

The vision of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation is “to change the face of disability on the planet.” In order to accomplish this vision, the Foundation's mission is to promote, through grants and scholarships, the inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of arts, advocacy, and education. The foundation funds program grants in the areas of arts, advocacy, and education for adults with disabilities (over 22 years old).
ELIGIBILITY:  Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that serve people with disabilities and have been in existence for two years or longer. Support from other funding sources in the community for the program must be demonstrated in the grant application.
FUNDING:  Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 each.
DEADLINE:  The online grant application form must be submitted by March 15, 2007 for the May 1, 2007 full grant application deadline.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Visit to obtain the online grant application form, which must be submitted in order for the full grant application to be accepted.

. . . Grant Writing

Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: Buffalo, March 26-30, 2007, host to be determined; New York City, April 16-20, 2007, hosted by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and East Farmingdale, June 4-8, 2007, hosted by Molloy College.

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 than $300,000.

To register, or to apply for a scholarship, contact TGCI at (800) 421-9512 or visit

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center will hold Proposal Writing Seminars on March 13, 2007, April 4, 2007 and April 24, 2007 in New York City. This class will teach techniques for writing proposals and is designed for beginners and for experienced grantseekers in need of a refresher course. For details, visit or contact the Foundation Center at 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003; (212) 620-4230.

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