August 2009
Vol. 23, #8
Information on available State, Federal and private grants
• New York State Assembly • Speaker Sheldon Silver •
Gary Ginsburg
Grants Action News
LOB 945-A
Albany, NY 12248
... On the State Level

Local Waterfront Revitalization

Department of State

The New York State Department of State is soliciting applications from local governments for matching grants available under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for local waterfront revitalization projects. Applications will be accepted for grant programs which envision and develop local or regional revitalization strategies and can complete or implement a local or regional waterfront revitalization program. Programs will also be expected to adapt to climate change, prepare or implement a local or regional watershed management plan, and create a blueway trail.

ELIGIBILITY:  Municipalities and counties located within the State’s coastal area or along a major inland waterway.

FUNDING:   Grants will be available for up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs set forth in the application and as approved by the Department.

DEADLINE:  September 16, 2009.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Contact the Department of State, Office of Coastal, Local Government and Community Sustainability, 99 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12231; or call (518) 474-6000.

Emergency Needs for the Homeless

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is requesting proposals for the Emergency Needs for the Homeless Program (ENHP). The intent of ENHP is to improve the overall system of providing emergency services to homeless individuals and families, and those at risk of becoming homeless by ensuring that these services are targeted and enhanced in order to assist the homeless toward a stable and secure independent future. State financial assistance will be made available to organizations in social services districts with populations in excess of 2 million. Funds will be made available to support programs that meet the emergency needs of homeless individuals and families, and those at risk of becoming homeless who are eligible for benefits under the State Plan for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Contracts awarded under ENHP are 100 percent federally funded and the ENHP has a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number of 93.558. Organizations may work in partnership to demonstrate the required experience and submit one application with one agency designated as the lead agency.

ELIGIBILITY:  Not-for-profit corporations.

FUNDING:   Contact the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for more information.

DEADLINE:  September 4, 2009.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Contact Linda Camoin, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Center for Specialized Services, Bureau of Housing and Support Services, 40 North Pearl Street, 10-B, Albany, NY 12243; or e-mail:; or fax: (518) 486-7068.

Sexual Violence Prevention

Department of Health

This competitive grant program consists of New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Bureau of Women’s Health (BWH) issuing this Request for Applications (RFA) to announce the availability of funds to support sexual violence primary prevention. NYSDOH is seeking applications to support two components of this RFA:

Component A - Local primary prevention education programs to provide education in the primary prevention of rape and sexual assault to youth and adults in the communities served. The programs will promote strategies to change the “culture” in the target areas/populations to address factors that foster sexual violence.

Component B - One statewide or up to two (2) regional Center(s) of Excellence (COE) to provide training, technical assistance and expertise to funded programs in Component A and to partner with the NYSDOH in the identification of new and emerging evidence and research regarding approaches to prevent sexual violence.

ELIGIBILITY:  Component A – County health departments, not-for-profit hospitals, not-for-profit entities, and community health centers in New York State.

Component B - Not-for-profit organizations in New York State and not-for-profit New York State universities, academic and research institutions.

FUNDING:   Contact the Department of Health for more information.

DEADLINE:  August 12, 2009.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Contact Patricia Smith, Department of Health, Bureau of Long Term Care Medicaid Waivers, Division of Home and Community Based Services, 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 826, Albany, New York 12260; or call: 518-474-6580.

... On the Federal Level

Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Development

National Institutes of Health

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are seeking research grant applications on the development and testing of behavioral and integrative treatments for drug and alcohol abuse and dependence. The term “behavioral treatments” is used in a broad sense and includes various forms of psychotherapy, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, family therapy, couples and marital therapy, group therapy, skills training, meditation, yoga, tai chi (taiji), guided imagery, counseling, and rehabilitative therapies. The term, “integrative treatments” refers to treatments that combine behavioral interventions with other treatments, including other behavioral therapies, medications, and/or complementary/alternative therapies. This funding opportunity announcement is intended to promote all of the necessary stages of behavioral and integrative treatment research so that better treatments are developed as advancements in science are made, and so that evidence-based treatments may be readily transported to the community.

ELIGIBILITY:  State, county, city and township governments, independent school districts, public and State controlled institutions of higher education, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, nonprofits, and private institutions of higher education.

FUNDING:  Award ceiling of $200,000.

DEADLINE:   September 7, 2009.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Contact National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892; or call: (301) 496-4000; or e-mail:

... On the Private Level

Community Action Grants

AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women)

Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering or math. One-year grants provide seed money for new projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls. Two-year grants provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.

ELIGIBILITY:  Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.

FUNDING:   $2,000-$10,000.

DEADLINE:  January 15, 2010.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Contact AAUW, Dept. 60, 301 ACT Dr., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; or call (319) 337-1716 ext. 60; e-mail

... More Grants Information

For more information about privately funded grants, you may wish to visit the Fundsnet Online Services: Fundsnet Online Services is a privately owned Web site created in 1996 for the purpose of providing nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet. Presently, 40 percent of their visitors represent a college or university, 30 percent a nonprofit organization, and the remaining are either consultants, grant writers, or college/high school students. Links to third-party sites are provided for your convenience.

... Grant Writing

Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: Buffalo, September 21-25, 2009, hosted by the Salvation Army.

The classes will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and are kept at a maximum of 30 participants. The cost is $895, which includes one-year enrollment in the TGCI Membership Program. A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less than $300,000.

To register, or to apply for a scholarship, contact TGCI at (800) 421-9512 or visit

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training opportunities during July 2009:

Grantseeking Basics:
August 11 and 18
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.

Proposal Writing Basics:
The Foundation Center
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organizations.

Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online:
August 11 and 18
This session provides a hands-on introduction to the Center’s comprehensive Web subscription database.

How to Approach a Foundation:
August 25
Attendees will learn how to initiate contact with potential funders; plan calls and meetings; and build partnerships with donors. This class is intended for fundraisers with some experience, though not necessarily with foundations.

Classes are held at The Foundation Center, New York Library, 79 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor in New York City. Space is limited and you can register online at, in person, or by calling (212) 620-4230. You may also visit the Web site for information on other training opportunities available through the Center.

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