Vol. 26, #4
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER
Funding for traffic safety initiatives
Projects to showcase the arts to underserved populations
Grants to protect community forests
Funding to support education, community, and health/medicine
Grants to fund service-learning projects
Grant writing classes
Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Albany, NY 12248
On the state level...
New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee
The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) is accepting applications for grant funding opportunities related to traffic safety initiatives for Federal fiscal year 2013.
Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP): Grants will fund overtime for enforcement of dangerous driving behaviors, including speed and distraction. Police agencies use local data to determine problem areas and develop countermeasures to reduce crashes. Applicants support their enforcement activities with public information and education efforts.
Buckle Up New York (BUNY): Seat belt enforcement grants will provide overtime funding to participate in the statewide seat belt enforcement mobilization for 2013. Agencies will conduct use surveys and participate in public information efforts.
Child Passenger Safety (CPS): These grants will support child passenger safety activities: fitting stations, training and education programs, child passenger safety check events and car seat distribution programs for low income families. Applicant agencies must have a certified technician.
General Highway Safety Grants -- Programs for Local, State and Nonprofit Agencies: The general grant is used by agencies to apply for funding to address a particular highway safety problem in their jurisdiction. Applicants must submit a narrative outline of the problem with supporting data, details of the proposed activities with milestones and an evaluation plan.
Eligibility: Law enforcement agencies, local governments and state agencies,
non-profit organizations registered with NYS.
Funding: Funding levels vary by program type.
Deadline: May 15, 2012.
Contact: New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee
Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 414
Albany, New York 12228
On the federal level...
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for its Challenge America Fast-Track program. The program supports small and mid-sized organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, economics or disability. These grants are available for professional arts programming and projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. In the application, an applicant’s proposed outcome must directly address engagement (engaging the public with diverse and excellent art) or livability (the strengthening of communities through the arts).
Eligibility: County governments; city or town governments; independent school
districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher
education; Native American tribal governments; and non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status, other
than institutions of higher education.
Funding: Grants are a fixed $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.
Deadline: May 24, 2012; earliest period of support is January 01, 2013
The USDA and the US Forest Service
The US Forest Service is accepting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space
Program (CFP). The CFP is a grant program designed to protect community forests that:
provide an area to recreate and enjoy nature; protect habitats, water quality and other
environmental benefits; and provide economic benefits through timber resources.
Eligibility: Any municipal government, county government, or other local government with jurisdiction over local land use decisions. Eligible Indian Tribes that are federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations. Qualified nonprofit organizations eligible for this opportunity are organizations that are consistent with Section 170(h)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and operate in accordance with one or more of the conservation purposes.
Funding: $3,150,000 is available and individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000. The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match.
Deadline: Applications are due to the State Forester or the appropriate Tribal office by May 15, 2012.
Contact: USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20078
On the private level...
The RGK Foundation is currently accepting letters of inquiry. RGK Foundation supports projects in the areas of: education; community; and health/medicine. The foundation’s primary interests with education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly math, science and reading), teacher development, literacy and higher education. Within community, the foundation supports human services, community improvement, abuse prevention and youth development programs. The foundation’s interests in health/medicine include promoting the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.
Eligibility: All applicants must first complete an electronic letter of inquiry from the web site. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply.
Funding: The average grant awarded is $25,000.
Deadline: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.
Contact: RGK Foundation
1301 West 25th Street, Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78705
State Farm Youth Advisory Board
State Farm is accepting applications for its Youth Advisory Board grant program. The Youth Advisory Board supports service-learning projects in the following areas: access to higher education/closing the achievement gap; financial literacy; community safety and natural disaster preparedness; social health and wellness issues; and environmental responsibility. Grant recipients cannot use more than 20% of funding on salaries. Administrative costs do not fall under this limit, but grantees are judged on their deed to dollar ratio.
Eligibility: All non-profit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or another tax-exempt portion of the IRS code are eligible for funding to the extent that such groups collaborate with and engage K-12 public school curriculum and achievement as part of the grant. Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to: public K-12 schools and school districts; colleges and universities; governmental organizations; and other non-profit organizations. Religious or politically-based organizations are not eligible for YAB funding.
Funding: The Youth Advisory Board is currently funding service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000.
Deadline: May 4, 2012 by 5PM CST
Application: Online, located at www.statefarmyab.com/apply/national-grants/
Contact: Brad Corriher
One State Farm Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61710
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in
New York City during May 2012:
Grantseeking Basics: May 3, 16
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: May 3, 16, 24
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: May 5, 31
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
Proposal Writing Basics: May 23, 30
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.
Proposal Budgeting Basics: May 30
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. The session is geared toward novice grant seekers.
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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