February 2013
Vol. 27, #2
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to support jobs in energy efficiency, weatherization, and solar thermal installations
  • Funding to support clean energy school bus fleets
  • Grants to promote art works projects for artists and arts professionals
  • Funding to support groundbreaking, unconventional research in neuroscience and the nervous system
  • Grants that promote the creation of contemporary jazz ensembles and performances
  • Funding to support the study of lifespan development and age-related diseases
  • 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...

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking proposals to advance the goals of the Green Jobs-Green New York Program (GJGNY) by developing a workforce equipped to implement energy efficiency, weatherization, green building principles and solar water heating installations. The GJGNY program targets energy efficiency improvements and solar thermal installations for existing residential, multifamily, small business and not-for-profit buildings. The GJGNY Workforce Development initiatives are designed to advance the skills of new and existing workers, provide job-related experience, and help connect new workers to employers. Proposals can be made for two different categories of funding. Category A is intended to provide funding to update existing certified building trade or NYS registered apprenticeship training and curricula that are aligned with nationally recognized industry skill standards or job task analyses. Training programs should prepare workers to properly perform GJGNY energy efficiency and solar thermal work. Category B is intended to provide funding to businesses seeking to advance the skills of new workers or incumbent employees through on-the-job training. The incentive pays up to 50 percent of the new hire’s wage for the first six months of on-the-job training as well as up to $4,000 for off-site training as needed.

  • Eligibility: All Category A applicants must have at least one training facility in New York State at the time of application; must offer all training in New York State; must be able to demonstrate experience implementing a NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program or building trades program and successful job placement experience with employers; and must demonstrate that their programs prepare students with the fundamentals to enter and succeed in their chosen field or career path. All Category B applicants must be a business (public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit) that has a current Partnership Agreement or contract agreement with NYSERDA (for example, Home Performance Program Contractors, FlexTech contractors, Multifamily Performance Program Partners, EmPower Contractors, or Solar Thermal Installers), and whose partnership/contract status is in good standing.

  • Funding: Up to $339,630 is available for Category A grants and up to $330,000 is available for Category B grants.

  • Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, as long as funds are available through July 1, 2013.

  • Contact: Rebecca Sterling, PON 2033
    NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
    17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399
    Phone: (518) 862-1090
    Email: rjs@nyserda.org
    Website: www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2033-Green-Jobs-Green-New-York-NYS-Registered-Apprenticeship-and-Building-Trades-Training.aspx

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking applications for the New York State Clean Air School Bus Program. This Program Opportunity Notice (PON 1896) solicits applications for projects that generate environmental and energy benefits by introducing either emission-reducing technology and idling reduction for diesel-fueled buses or alternative fuel buses into school bus fleets and accelerating the introduction of these technologies into the market. The program will retrofit school buses with Clean Air School Bus Equipment and Idling Reduction Equipment and will provide funding for Alternative Fuel School Buses.

On the federal level...

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has made available funding through its Art Works category for art projects taking place in the year 2014. The guiding principle of Art Works is at the center of everything the NEA stands for. Art Works refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Among the project types the NEA seeks to support are projects that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art. The NEA is also looking for art works that are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

National Institutes of Health

The purpose of the EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) initiative is to solicit applications addressing exceptionally novel hypotheses and/or remarkably difficult problems in neuroscience and disorders of the nervous system. This announcement is for support of new rather than ongoing projects, and is not intended for pilot research. The proposed research may have a high risk of failure, but it must promise results with especially high impact should it be successful. The research should be groundbreaking, innovative, original and/or unconventional, with the potential to solve important problems or open new areas for investigation. Four participating institutions will be accepting applications:

• The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) seeks research proposals that aim to reduce the burden of neurological diseases;

• The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) seeks to better understand and treat mental illness through basic and clinical research;

• The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) seeks research proposals to understand, prevent, and treat drug abuse and addiction; and

• The National Institute on Aging (NIA) supports research to better understand aspects of the aging brain and the aging nervous system, and how to maintain health and improve the quality of life of the older population.

On the private level...

Doris Duke Foundation

Chamber Music America supports the creation of new jazz works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be performed and appreciated. A multi-phase program, New Jazz Works also offers activities that develop the band leader’s career-related business skills. Founded in the year 2000, New Jazz Works has since provided support for more than 154 works that reflect the multiple styles of contemporary jazz.

Ellison Medical Foundation

The Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar program is designed to help established investigators working at institutions in the United States conduct research in the basic biological and biomedical sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to allow the development of new, creative research programs by investigators who currently may not be conducting aging research or who wish to develop new research programs in aging. The foundation particularly seeks to stimulate new research that has rigorous scientific foundations but is inadequately funded, either because of its perceived novelty, high risk, or because it is from an area where other “traditional” research interests absorb most funding.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during March 2013.

Grant-seeking Basics: March 6, 21
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.

Introduction to Finding Funders: March 6, 21
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.

Proposal Writing Basics: March 12, 27
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:March 12, 27
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

How to Approach a Foundation:March 26
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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