March 2012
Vol. 26, #3
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants for Brownfield redevelopment
  • Funding for farms and on-farm producers damaged by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee
  • Projects to help organizations preserve and care for significant humanities collections
  • Computing education grants
  • Grants to U.S.-based presenters and professional contemporary and world music ensembles
  • Funding for health related projects
  • Grant writing classes


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 Department of State and Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of State is accepting applications for their Brownfield Opportunities Area (BOA) program. The BOA program assists municipalities and community-based organizations with revitalization plans, implementation strategies and site assessments for areas affected by Brownfields. An inter-agency partnership between the Department of State and the Department of Environmental Conservation provides communities with technical advice to ensure successful Brownfield redevelopment.

  • Eligibility: Community-based organizations and municipalities within New York State.

  • Funding: Up to 90% of total eligible project costs

  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; applications received by the Department of State by March 29, 2012 will be evaluated and funding recommendations will be made by November 30.

  • Contact: LuAnn Hart
    Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program
    Bureau of Fiscal Management
    11th Fl., Ste. 1110
    99 Washington Ave.
    Albany, NY 12231

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications for the Agriculture Disaster Energy Efficiency Program. The program aims to assist farms and on-farm producers damaged by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee. Under the program, funding is available for energy-efficient repair and replacement of damaged electric and natural gas systems and equipment that were damaged during the storms in non-residential facilities.

On the federal level...

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for its Preservation Assistance Grants program. Preservation Assistance Grants are designed to help small and mid-sized institutions – such as libraries, museums, and town and county records offices – improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections. These collections may include, but are not limited to: special collections of books and journals; archives and manuscripts; prints and photographs; and decorative and fine art objects. Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting applications for the Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program. The program aims to build a strong computing research community, a computationally competent 21st century workforce, and a computationally empowered citizenry. The program addresses three interrelated challenges: the significant underproduction of degrees needed for the computing and computing-related workforce, the longstanding under representation of many segments of our population, and the lack of presence of computing in K-12. Thus, the program funds efforts in three tracks: computing and education research, CS 10K proposals, and broadening participation.

On the private level...

Chamber Music America

Chamber Music America is accepting applications for its 2012 Classical Commissioning Program. The program provides grants to U.S.-based presenters and professional contemporary and world music ensembles for the commissioning and performance of new works by American Composers. The program supports works scored for 2-10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.

New York State Health Foundation

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is seeking grant applications for its Special Projects Fund. The Special Projects Fund explicitly supports projects outside the Foundation’s three strategic priority areas of expanding health insurance coverage, improving the management and prevention of diabetes, and integrating substance use and mental health services. Special projects are considered one-time, non-renewable funding opportunities. In order to submit an application, applicants are required to complete an online inquiry form. The inquiry form will be assessed to determine whether or not the proposed project fits the funding criteria. For more information, please visit their website at

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during April 2012:

Grantseeking Basics: April 4, 12
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.

Introduction to Finding Funders: April 12, 19
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: April 27
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.

Proposal Writing Basics: April 5, 14, 26
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics: April 5, 14, 26
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. The session is geared toward novice grant seekers.

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

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