February 2011
Vol. 25, #2
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to support alternatives to incarceration programs
  • Grants to support water-quality-related projects
  • Grants to develop innovative food defense programs within the United States
  • Grants to support published creative writers
  • Grants to support literacy and foster awareness and prevention of domestic violence
  • Grants to improve K-12 education in the United States
  • Grant writing


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 Division of Criminal Justice Services

The Division of Criminal Justice Services’ (DCJS) Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) is accepting applications for the Annual 13A Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) performance-based service plan. Approximately $3.6 million will be available in 2011 to New York counties (outside of New York City) through county ATI Advisory Boards consistent with funding allocations provided in 2010, unless otherwise affected by the enactment of the 2011/12 State FY Budget. The funding is available to provide continued support for ATI programs. The OPCA’s goal for all ATI programs is to reduce recidivism, promote public safety and enhance defendant/offender accountability through effective community corrections programming.

  • Eligibility: Local government agencies.

  • Funding: A total of $3.6 million is available.

  • Deadline: Tues., Feb. 15, 2011. To apply, applicants must go through the DCJS Grants Management System (GMS). In order to complete an application using the GMS, counties must first register with the DCJS’ Office of Program Development and Funding.

    For information about how to register, or to obtain a tutorial and a user’s manual, please visit: http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/ofpa/gms.htm. Applications are available on the DCJS website, which is: http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/ofpa/newrfp.htm.
  • Contact:
    NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
    4 Tower Place
    Albany, NY 12203

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Department of Health are accepting applications for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The CWSRF and DWSRF programs are available to municipalities and certain non-municipal entities in New York State to finance water-quality-related projects.

On the federal level...

Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration is accepting applications for projects that propose to develop innovative food-defense programs within the United States. Food-defense is a term used to describe activities associated with protecting the nation’s food supply from potential contamination. The Food and Drug Administration has adopted three broad strategies that encompass its food-defense activities, which are: awareness (prevention/preparedness); response; and recovery. Projects must focus on how to most effectively apply resources within this continuum of activities to best protect the food supply chain and consumers.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from published creative writers to enable them to set aside time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement. To apply for fiction funding, individuals must have had published: at least five different short stories, works of short fiction or excerpts from novels in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications that regularly include fiction as a portion of their format; a volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or a novel or novella. To apply for creative-nonfiction funding, individuals must have had published: at least five different creative essays, such as memoirs, in two or more literary journals, anthologies or publications; or a volume of creative nonfiction. All publications, both fiction and creative nonfiction, must have been published between Jan. 1, 2004 and March 3, 2011. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit.

On the private level...

The Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

The Braitmayer Foundation

The Braitmayer Foundation is committed to improving K-12 education throughout the United States. The foundation supports innovative practices in curricular and school reform initiatives. It also supports the preparation – and professional development – of high-ability people to become and remain K-12 teachers.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during March 2011:

Grantseeking Basics: March 2, 10, 22
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: March 9
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to Finding Funders: March 10, 22
This class provides a hands-on introduction on how to use the center’s comprehensive online database – the Foundation Directory Online – to research and identify potential funders. The Foundation Directory Online contains over 100,000 profiles of grantmaking institutions.

How to Approach a Foundation: March 29
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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