NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER
Funding to support the study of acid deposit and mercury data in NYS
Grants and loans for rural small businesses and agricultural producers
Funding to support programs with intensive recruitment strategies to find permanent homes for foster children
Grants to expand grief support services to underserved youth
Funding to support scholarly research at the Rockefeller Archive Center
Fellowships for professional original artists
Fellowships to support social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules
Grant writing classes
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On the state level...
All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at
grantsreform.ny.gov/grantees in order
to apply for certain New York State grant solicitations. Potential not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged
to begin the process of registering and prequalifying immediately, as this is a lengthy process.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Environmental Research program seeks to increase the understanding and awareness of the environmental impacts of energy choices and emerging energy options, and to provide a scientific, technical foundation for formulating effective, equitable, energy-related environmental policies and resource management practices. The program focuses on critical information needs and research gaps associated with electricity-related environmental issues relevant to New York State. Through this program, NYSERDA is accepting applications for the New York State Acid Deposition and Mercury: Data Development and Publication Pilot program. NYSERDA seeks proposals to reanalyze data, datasets and synthesize multiple datasets to gain additional understanding of ecosystem function and response to changing nitrogen, sulfur and mercury depositional loads. Selected projects will be required to publish the findings either in open-access, peer-reviewed journals, or through a NYSERDA report.
New sample collection or chemical analyses are not eligible for funding under this announcement. Students are not eligible to submit proposals, but may receive funding support though selected proposers. NYSERDA reserves the right to reject proposals in which an investigator(s) identified in the proposal is an investigator on a current NYSERDA- awarded project with chronically delinquent project deliverables (such as reports). No investigator may receive more than 30 percent of the funding available under this announcement. Investigators are not eligible to have more than two active projects funded at one time.
United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development
The United States Department of Agriculture has announced their Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to provide financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. REAP creates opportunities for economic development for rural businesses by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects via loan guarantees and grants. Awards can be used to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities.
Guaranteed loan and grant eligibility is limited to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. An agricultural producer is an individual or entity directly engaged in the production of agricultural products (crops, livestock, forestry products, hydroponics, nursery and aquaculture) whereby 50 percent or greater of their gross income is derived from the operations. A private entity is considered a small business in accordance with the Small Business Administration’s small business size standards. The lender must be eligible for the program. Most lenders are eligible, including federal and state-chartered banks, Farm Credit System banks, and savings and loan associations. Other lenders may be eligible if approved by USDA. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Nationwide REAP Program funding availability for FY 2014 is estimated to be $12.3 million for grants and $57.8 million for loan guarantees.
Deadline: Grant and combination grant/loan guarantee applications are due by July 7, 2014.
Loan guarantee-only applications are due by July 31, 2014.
Contact: Gary Pereira, Business/Energy Program Specialist
USDA Rural Development
9025 River Road
Marcy, NY 13403
Phone: (315) 736-3316 Ext. 129
Administration for Children and Families
The Children’s Bureau (CB) announces the availability of competitive grant funds authorized by the Adoption Opportunities Program through the Administration of Children and Families. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to test, by awarding eight discretionary grants, intensive and exhaustive child-focused adoptive parent recruitment strategies for children in foster care. The CB has found that intensive recruitment strategies have been shown to move foster youth into permanent families at a higher rate than traditional recruitment approaches. Proposed programs should focus on children/youth that are the hardest to place from the child welfare system due to age, disability or sibling group membership.
Eligible applicants include public and private agencies and organizations. Applicants are encouraged to partner with consumers, and with other key agencies, (e.g., a university, mental health agency, and/or community-based provider with experience with the population(s) that the applicant proposes to serve). Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to apply. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible.
$4,000,000 total. Eight grants will be awarded $500,000 for a 17-month project and budget period.
Deadline: July 7, 2014
Contact: CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
1400 Key Blvd., Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (888) 203-6161
On the private level...
National Alliance for Grieving Children
For the third year in a row, the National Alliance for Grieving Children is collaborating with the New York Life Foundation to expand the Grief Reach program, a grant opportunity to fund children’s bereavement programs across the country in an effort to reach underserved youth through an RFP process. Proposals should clearly define the target population, local partners and strategy for expansion. The projects must be an expansion of services to children not currently served by the program and have a direct impact on them. Fifty percent of the children served must be from low-income families, or 50 percent of the children must be from minority communities.
Grants are made only to private, nonprofit organizations, which have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and which are not private foundations. Applicants must be able to provide 990 tax returns for at least two of the past three years; must provide a budget detailing how requested funds will be used; must be the entity that will provide the children’s bereavement services; and must have at least one paid staff person. Startup agencies or programs will not be considered.
Grants range from $15,000 to $100,000.
Applications will be accepted online through July 7, 2014. Decisions will be announced in September 2014. For more information about the application and upcoming webinars on this RFP, please go to www.ChildrenGrieve.org.
The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) has announced funding for their competitive grant-in-aid program. This program provides research grants to foster, promote and support research conducted by serious scholars in the collections located at the Rockefeller Archive Center, which include the archival collections of members of the Rockefeller family, institutions and organizations founded by Rockefeller family members (including the Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, General Education Board, Rockefeller University, Population Council, Asia Society, and many other organizations) and from numerous non-Rockefeller foundations and nonprofit organizations, including the Ford Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Russell Sage Foundation, Foundation for Child Development, W.T. Grant Foundation, Markle Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Foundation Center, among others.
Awards are made to individuals. Institutions are not eligible to apply. The grant does not support research at other institutions, and it does not provide general tuition support. Application to the grant-in-aid program is open to U.S. citizens and citizens of foreign countries.
Up to $4,000 will be reimbursed for receipted expenses for travel and accommodation in conjunction with research conducted at the RAC.
Potential grant applicants must contact the RAC’s staff by email or by fax no later than October 15, 2014, with a description of the research project for which they seek support. The application deadline is November 1, 2014.
Contact: The Rockefeller Archive Center
15 Dayton Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Phone: (914) 366-6300
Fax: (914) 631-6017
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields – including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts – except the performing arts. The fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to: composers but not conductors, singers or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.
Scholars, scientists, writers, artists, choreographers, composers and film or video makers are eligible to apply. Awards are intended for individuals only; they are not available to organizations, institutions or groups. Persons who have already received a Guggenheim Fellowship are not eligible to apply for another.
Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
90 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 687-4470
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation is now accepting applications for their Law & Social Sciences Program (LLS) to consider proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems, including though not limited to crime, violence and punishment, economic issues, governance, legal decision-making, legal mobilization and conceptions of justice and litigation and the legal profession.
Varies by the mode of support:
Standard research grants and grants for collaborative research: no limitations.
Interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowships: U.S. academic institutions.
Doctoral dissertation research improvement grants: U.S. academic institutions.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes.
Grant-seeking Basics: July 17
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: July 17, 31
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.
How to Approach a Foundation:July 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.
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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