Vol. 27, #1
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER
Funding for the development and preservation of natural heritage collections and programs
Grants to address maternal and infant health outcomes
Funding to create community-wide reading programs
Grants to support grassroots efforts in creating social change
Funding for education programs in food and agriculture
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...
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
The Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program (ZBGA) is funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This program provides funding to develop educational, cultural and recreational programs interpreting our natural heritage as well as support for the permanent collections of eligible institutions.
Eligibility: Applicants must be public or not-for-profit organizations; Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Herbariums, Arboretums, Aquariums, Bird Sanctuaries, Natural Habitat Preserves, Natural Science Museums, and Nature and Environmental Centers which own, house and care for living or systematically organized collections of biological specimens and which primarily provide such services to the general public on a regular basis.
This grant application will be for a three year contract ending in 2016. The average initial grant award is $15,000.
Deadline: April 1, 2013
Contact: Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Attention: Catherine Class
ZBGA- 2nd Floor Grants
Albany, NY 12238
Phone: (518) 474-0428
New York Department of Health
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (BMCH), announces the availability of funds to support community-based programs to improve maternal and infant health outcomes including preterm birth, low birth weight, infant mortality and maternal mortality rates. The funding announcement consists of two components. Component A will support collaborative development and implementation of multi-dimensional community-wide systems of integrated and coordinated community health programs and services to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. Component B will support the expansion, enhancement and/or establishment of specific evidence-based home visiting programs that have been shown to positively impact maternal health, child health and child maltreatment outcomes.
Applications will be accepted from Article 28 facilities, community-based not-for-profit health and human service organizations, and local government agencies for Component A; and Article 28 facilities, Article 36 facilities, community-based not-for-profit organizations, local health departments, local departments of social services, or other local government agencies for Component B.
Funding: Approximately $13.79 million is available to fund approximately 20 to 25 Component A projects ranging from $200,000 to $1,200,000 annually. Approximately $1.18 million is available to fund two to six Component B projects in the range of $200,000 to $750,000 annually.
Letter of Intent to Apply due February 1, 2013. Applications due March 15, 2013.
Contact: Fran Mazzariello
Bureau of Maternal and Child Health
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower Building, Room 831
Albany, New York 12237-0621
Phone: (518) 474-1911
On the federal level...
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program is a competitive grant program intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs should aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional work force.
Only public or other non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions are eligible to apply for this program. To qualify as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, applicants must, at the time of application, have an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic origin.
Deadline: February 11, 2013
National Program Leader
Division of Community and Education
Phone: (202) 720-2082
On the private level...
National Endowment for the Arts
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.
Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.
Individual grants range from $2,500 to $20,000.
Deadline: February 5, 2013
Contact: Arts Midwest
Phone: (612) 238-8010
Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program supports non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. Proposals will only be considered if they are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Only organizations with operating budgets less than $500,000 may apply. In making funding decisions, they focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change. Although the Foundation appreciates the value of direct service programs in meeting individual and family needs, we do not fund such programs.
Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.
Funding: Selected recipients will be awarded up to $20,000 for a one-year period.
Deadline: Letter of Interest may be submitted January-March for consideration in the 2013 grant cycle
Contact: Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Inc.
30 Community Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: (802) 846-1500
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in
New York City during February 2013.
Grant-seeking Basics: February 6, 22
Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources 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: February 20
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.
Proposal Budgeting Basics:February 20
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.
Introduction to Finding Funders: February 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 grant-making institutions.
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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