December 2014
Vol. 28, Issue 10
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to support training programs for dislocated workers
  • Awards for research designed to advance the scientific basis of innovation and science policy
  • Grants for research addressing age-related declines in neuromuscular junctions
  • Awards for investigative journalism produced, published, broadcast or exhibited in 2014
  • Grants for nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs
  • Postdoctoral research fellowships for independent research of atmospheric and geospace sciences
  • 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...

All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at 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 Department of Labor

The New York State Department of Labor is accepting applications for their Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant. The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit projects to provide occupational training to dislocated workers with an emphasis on those who are long-term unemployed, to enable them to obtain employment. The RFA will support the following two types of occupational training:

1. Work-based learning, including: on-the-job training; customized training; and registered apprenticeships; and

2. Classroom-based learning, which leads to industry-recognized credentials in high-demand occupations, such as class-sized training by contracting with an institution of higher education, or other eligible training providers and remedial training. Remedial training would be to assist individuals in the improvement of basic skills deficiencies such as reading, writing or math. Upon completion of remedial training, participants must move on to class-sized training.

Applicants may apply for funding to provide any or all of the types of training listed above.

  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants include private sector for-profit businesses, private not-for-profit businesses, unincorporated local workforce investment boards and training providers which:

    • have two or more employees (principals of corporations and owners of businesses such as sole proprietors or partners are not considered to be employees for this criterion);

    • are physically located in one or more of the New York State counties that have populations of 1,000,000 or less; and

    • are in good standing regarding: Unemployment Insurance; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN); Public Works; Labor Standards; Safety and Health; NYS Department of State Division of Corporations; Workers Compensation Insurance; and Disability Insurance.

  • Funding: $1,100,000

  • Deadline: Open

  • Contact: Andrew Gehr, Workforce Programs Specialist
    New York State Department of Labor
    State Office Campus
    Building 12, Room 440
    Albany, New York 12240
    Phone: (518) 485-1240

On the federal level...

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for their Science of Science & Innovation Policy program which supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of innovation and science policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision-making process. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and to convey the information to a variety of audiences. Researchers are also encouraged to create or improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations.

Preliminary inquiry may be emailed before preparing a proposal for submission. NSF is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of universities; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both universities and the private commercial sector.

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), through the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced a funding opportunity encouraging cross-disciplinary research to investigate the mechanisms underlying age-related declines in neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) as a functional unit of nerve and muscle. Research should be aimed at exploring potential avenues for maintaining the NMJs during aging or reversing the age-dependent loss in function of the NMJs.

On the private level...

Sidney Hillman Foundation

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2015 Hillman Prizes which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling and social impact. The 2015 prizes will be awarded for work produced, published, broadcast or exhibited in 2014. Categories include books (bound volumes and ebooks); newspaper journalism (in print or online); magazine journalism (in print or online); broadcast journalism (television, web TV, radio, podcast or documentary film at least 20 minutes in total package length); web journalism (photojournalism, computer-assisted reporting, new investigative tools, mapping, crowd sourcing and other multimedia projects); and opinion journalism (includes all types of advocacy, opinion, commentary and analysis, normally short-form and/or frequent, regardless of medium).

The Big Read

The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

Scholars Awards…

National Science Foundation

The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) will award Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) to highly qualified investigators who are within 3 years of obtaining their PhD to carry out an independent research program. The research plan of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of AGS disciplines. The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and help establish them in leadership positions within the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences community.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes.
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: January 10, 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.

Introduction to Finding Funders: January 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.

Proposal Writing Basics: January 6, 21
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics: January 6
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

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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