February 2010
Vol. 24, #2
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:


Naomi Miller
Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248
On the state level...

Office of Homeland Security

The Office of Homeland Security has authorized the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) to provide funding for supporting target-hardening activities to non-profit organizations that are at high risk of facing a terrorist attack.

The program seeks to prepare non-profit organizations for a potential terrorist attack, simultaneously helping to prepare the entire state and local areas. It is designed to prepare public and private community representatives, state and local government agencies, and Citizen Corps Councils by promoting coordination and collaboration in emergency situations.
  • Eligibility: Non-profit organizations that are at high risk of experiencing an international terrorist attack.
  • Funding: Contact the Office of Homeland Security for figures.
  • Deadline: Tuesday, March 16, 2010.
  • For more information:
    Steve Tierney
    Office of Homeland Security
    1220 Washington Ave.
    State Office Building Campus
    Bldg. 7A
    Albany, NY 12242
Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of Environmental Conservation will be issuing grants through the Environmental Restoration Program, which aims to provide funding to qualified municipalities in an effort to reimburse up to 90 percent of on-site eligible costs and 100 percent of off-site eligible costs for site investigation and remediation activities. Once the remediation has taken place, the property may then be reused for commercial, industrial, residential or public use. The purpose of the Environmental Restoration Program is to help fund cleanup and redevelopment of properties that have been contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum.
  • Eligibility: Counties, cities, towns, villages, local public authorities, public benefit corporations, school and supervisory districts and improvement districts.
  • Funding: Contact the Department of Environmental Conservation for figures.
  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • For more information:
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    Attn: Environmental Remediation
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233

On the federal level...

Office of Public Health and Science

The Office of Public Health and Science is accepting applications from public and private non-profit entities to establish projects that will operate voluntary family planning services, with priority given to low-income families. Family planning services include clinical family planning and related preventative health services; information, education and counseling related to family planning; and referral services as indicated.

Corporation for National & Community Service

The Corporation for National & Community Service is accepting applications for the Learn and Serve America Higher Education program. The purpose of the program is to support institutions of higher education that use innovative service-learning programming to meet the needs of local communities. Learn and Serve America Higher Education programs promote lifelong civic engagement in student participants. Grants will be awarded to programs that focus on embedding service learning as a key component of pre-service teacher curricula and/or professional development provided to in-service teachers, and service learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health are accepting applications from institutions and organizations that propose to conceptualize, plan and pilot an innovative prototype of a national infrastructure to mentor individuals from diverse backgrounds who are working in scientific domains. It is expected that these networks will enhance the professional development of the participating individuals, sustain their career trajectory through research independence and lead to scientific advances that will help transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness and HIV/AIDS.

On the private level...

The Liz Claiborne Foundation

The Liz Claiborne Foundation supports non-profit organizations that offer essential job-readiness training and access to tools that will help women who are victims of domestic violence or who are transitioning from poverty achieve economic independence. Grants will be awarded to programs that focus on long-term, broad-based solutions to poverty and improved access to economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income women, including multi-dimensional job readiness, adult education, vocational training, career advancement and enterprise development.

Dr. Scholl Foundation

The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to non-profit organizations that are committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of the world depend on innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion.

Grant writing

Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to the Mohawk Valley!

The Grantsmanship Training Program offers grant-proposal training to non-profit and government agencies.

The upcoming classes will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and are restricted to a maximum of 30 participants. The cost is $895, which includes a one-year enrollment in the Grantsmanship Center Alumni Membership Program. A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less than $300,000.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes during February 2010:

Grantseeking Basics: Feb. 10, 24
Attendees will learn how the center’s resources can help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow.

Proposal Writing Basics: Feb. 4
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online: Feb. 10, 24
This class provides a hands-on introduction to the center’s comprehensive online subscription database.

How to Approach a Foundation: Feb. 11
Attendees will learn how to initiate contact with potential donors, plan calls and meetings, and build partnerships with sponsors. This class is intended for fundraisers who have some experience but are not experts.

In addition:

Classes are held at The Foundation Center, located at:
New York Library 79 Fifth Ave. 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003
Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.
For additional training opportunities, to register, or for more information, call 212-620-4230 or visit www.foundationcenter.org.

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