July 2011
Vol. 25, #7
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Historic preservation funding for park and recreational facilities
  • Financing for the new construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing
  • Independent humanities research fellowships
  • Funding to advance youth oriented programs
  • Opportunities to promote music education and songwriting
  • Physical therapy research grants
  • 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...

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is accepting grant applications for the Park Development and Planning Program, Historic Preservation and Planning Program, and Heritage Areas System Development and Planning Program. Funding will improve, protect, rehabilitate or restore lands, waters or structures for parks, structures in approved management plans for Heritage Areas, and properties listed on the State or National Registry of Historic Places.

  • Eligibility:
    Municipalities, State agencies, public benefit corporations, public authorities, and not-for-profit corporations with an ownership interest in the property.

  • Funding: Between $12,000 and $400,000. If funds are used as a matching grant, assistance toward the cost of projects shall not exceed 50% of the approved project cost.

  • Deadline: September 1, 2011.

  • Contact: Melinda Scott
    Chief of Grants, Bureau of Grants Management
    Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
    The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza
    Agency Building 1, 16th Floor
    Albany, NY 12238

New York State Homes & Community Renewal

The NYS Homes & Community Renewal is accepting grant applications for its Homes for Working Families Program. Funding will provide gap financing through low interest loans for capital costs, related acquisition, and soft costs associated with the new construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing. Priority will be given to applications that leverage other sources of capital subsidy and advance one of the State’s housing goals including: affordable housing preservation, transit oriented development, supportive housing, and housing opportunity projects.

  • Eligibility: Projects must meet the statutory provisions of the Low Income Housing Trust Fund Program. Funds may only be used to assist the development of residential units affordable to households with incomes 60% or less of Area Median Income. More than 50% of total project cost must be financed by tax-exempt bonds.

  • Funding: The maximum award per project is $2,500,000, with an award of $45,000 per unit for New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland Counties and $35,000 per unit for the rest of the state.

  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

  • Contact: Gail Bressler
    Vice President, Office of Finance and Development
    New York State Homes & Community Renewal
    641 Lexington Ave
    New York, NY 10022
    (212) 872-0493

On the federal level...

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is providing grants for fellowship programs to support advanced study and research in the humanities. Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, American overseas research centers and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. Individuals who are interested in fellowships must apply directly to institutions that run their own fellowship programs.

On the private level...

MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation

The MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation is committed to creating opportunities for young people through youth-oriented programs. The foundation will award cash grants to eligible organizations and charities that help disadvantaged individuals achieve self-sufficiency and personal growth.

ASCAP Foundation

The ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their growth through music education and talent development programs. The foundation is accepting letters of intent from non-profit organizations that promote songwriting workshops, scholarships, and music education programs. Applicants will hear within one month of receipt of their letter of intent whether or not their organization will be invited to submit a grant application.

Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy funds research that supports the development of evidence-based physical therapist practice, enhances the quality of physical therapist services for patients and clients, and increases the number of physical therapist researchers. The Foundation’s Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund will award research grants for projects that develop innovative physical therapist interventions or evaluate the effectiveness of existing interventions. Preferred consideration will be given to studies that examine both the therapeutic effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during August 2011:

Grantseeking Basics: August 11, 31
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: August 3
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to Finding Funders: August 11, 24, 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 grantmaking institutions.

How to Approach a Foundation: August 16
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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