April 2010
Vol. 24, #4
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...

New York State Health Foundation

The New York State Health Foundation, through its 2010 Special Projects Fund RFP, is providing funding for projects that help low-income and elderly consumers understand and navigate the health system; improve access to health care in service areas with acute shortages; improve quality in measurable ways; support and strengthen safety net providers to reach more people; and address statewide health system issues that could improve the efficiency or effectiveness of the system. The Special Projects Fund does not fund projects that fall within our strategic priority areas, which are expanding health insurance coverage; improving the management and prevention of diabetes; and integrating substance use and mental health services. The foundation has already committed significant resources to addressing these three strategic priority areas but recognizes that excellent opportunities exist outside those areas, and want to retain the flexibility to be responsive to ideas that emerge from the field.
  • Eligibility: Non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations with a significant presence in New York State.
  • Funding: Contact the New York State Health Foundation for figures.
  • Deadline: Contact the New York State Health Foundation.
  • For more information:
    George Suttles
    NYS Health Foundation
    1412 Broadway, Suite 2304
    New York, NY 10018

Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing financial assistance through the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program. The grant is a 50/50 matching funds program. Its purpose is to make funds available to rural fire companies for the purchase of small equipment, such as portable backpack pumps, Nomex protective clothing, hand tools, hardhats, small-diameter hoses, portable radios and dry hydrants.
  • Eligibility: Rural fire companies.
  • Funding: Individual awards are not to exceed $1,000.
  • Deadline: Saturday, May 15, 2010.

On the federal level...

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to support projects that are designed to investigate problems in clinical obstetrics. Projects should focus on preventing low birth weight, prematurity and other medical issues related to pregnancy.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications through the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research to support projects that research health promotion, disease prevention and health disparities in communities that are medically underserved. The focus of the projects should assess the nature and the scope of health problems in underserved communities, formulate hypotheses about the relationship of community dynamics and health problems in underrepresented communities, design targeted interventions aimed at addressing health disparities in specified communities and specific populations, and track the efficacy of outreach efforts that result from the research.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to support projects that focus on nutrition and/or obesity research. The projects should enhance and extend the effectiveness of research related to nutritional sciences, obesity and other related disorders, with clinical and/or translational applications in these areas.

On the private level...

The Laura Jane Musser Fund

The Laura Jane Musser Fund is accepting applications for its Intercultural Harmony grant. Projects for this grant must focus on promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds.

The Campbell Foundation

The Campbell Foundation provides financial assistance to organizations that conduct clinical, laboratory-based research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and related conditions and illnesses. The focus of the Campbell Foundation’s funding lies in alternative, nontraditional avenues of research that will have direct clinical impact/relevancy to the HIV care/research community within five to seven years.

Grant writing

Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Center’s Competing for Federal Grants workshop is coming to White Plains!

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

The upcoming class will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and is restricted to a maximum of 25 participants. The cost is $1,195, or $1,095 for early registration. An early registration discount is given if payment is made 30 days prior to the start of the workshop. The tuition includes a one-year enrollment in the Grantsmanship Center Alumni Membership Program.

The Foundation Center

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

Grantseeking Basics: May 11, 26
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: May 5
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online: May 6, 11, 26
This class provides a hands-on introduction to the center’s comprehensive online subscription database.

How to Approach a Foundation: May 1, 18
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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