Grants Action News Logo September 2001
Vol. 15, #9

Information on Available State and Federal Grants

Grants Action News - NYSA
...On the State Level

  • Comprehensive Watershed Planning

  • October Program Grants

  • Major Project Grants

  • Next Generation of Energy Efficient End-Use Technologies

  • Disability and Rehabilitation Research Fellowship Grants

  • Nutrient Science for Improved Watershed Management Program

  • Grant Writing

  • Grants Action News by E-mail
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    Comprehensive Watershed Planning

    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for comprehensive watershed planning projects as well as smaller projects that will lead to the future development of a comprehensive watershed conservation and management plan.
    ELIGIBILITY: Municipal officials and watershed partners may apply.
    FUNDING: A total of $250,000 is available, with a maximum state contribution of $40,000, or 75 percent of total project cost for comprehensive watershed planning projects. A maximum of $10,000 is available for smaller projects.
    DEADLINE: October 12, 2001.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Nancy Stuebner, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4250; telephone (518) 402-9407.

    October Program Grants

    NY Council for the Humanities

    The New York Council for the Humanities offers October Program Grants to support public programs during State Humanities Month. The goals of State Humanities Month are: 1) to celebrate the humanities; 2) to build a sense of shared community among New Yorkers; 3) to increase public awareness of the humanities; and 4) to foster links among cultural agencies around the state. Recipients become co-sponsors of State Humanities Month.
    ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit New York state organizations are eligible.
    FUNDING: Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.
    DEADLINE: November 1, 2001.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York Council for the Humanities, 150 Broadway, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10038; telephone (212) 233-1131; fax (212) 233-4607.

    Major Project Grants

    NY Council for the Humanities

    The New York Council for the Humanities offers Major Project Grants to support public programs on humanities topics. These programs can take many forms, such as conferences, lecture series, reading and discussion programs, and museum exhibits (this list is not exhaustive). The Council favors applications that display a critical and analytical approach to the humanities, and that include significant involvement by appropriate scholars.
    ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit New York state organizations may apply.
    FUNDING: Awards are made in amounts greater than $1,500.
    DEADLINE: November 1, 2001.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York Council for the Humanities, 150 Broadway, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10038; telephone (212) 233-1131; fax (212) 233-4607.

    Next Generation of Energy Efficient End-Use Technologies

    NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals to accelerate research, development and demonstration of emerging and innovative technologies that are capable of providing improved energy efficiency, particularly under part-load conditions for residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Preferred projects will emphasize:
    • Efficient, flexible load technologies suitable for a competitive electricity marketplace where price responsive load reduction is a viable strategy; and/or
    • Energy efficient end-use technologies that help reduce base and peak electric load.

    Proposals to produce and disseminate public information about these technologies (e.g., demonstrations, performance data collections, and objective evaluations) to help all stakeholders and customers make sound energy decisions are also eligible. Contractors should be prepared to share such information freely at no charge to the end user.
    ELIGIBILITY: Examples of eligible technologies include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Advanced heat pump hot water heaters
    • Variable speed heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment
    • Alternative indoor air quality technologies
    • Ultra-low and self-powered heating systems
    • Peak load reducing technologies for the residential and commercial sector
    • Electro-technologies for agriculture, materials processing, re-manufacturing and other New York state industries
    • Daylighting technologies with photosensors and artificial lighting components

    Ineligible activities:
    • Activities that result in benefits exclusively to ratepayers in the Long Island Power Authority service territories
    • Research and Development that is focused on: 1) power generation, distribution or transmission or 2) vehicles and transportation systems. These may be eligible under other NYSERDA programs.
    • Projects that result in customized solutions for a limited number of end users. Instead, proposals should result in products or information targeted to create broad public benefits.

    FUNDING: $1.5 million is available for this program, with the maximum award per project not to exceed $300,000. Proposals are preferred to be cost-shared at or above 33 percent.
    DEADLINE: October 10, 2001.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Technical questions may be directed to Dave Coup at (518) 862-090, ext. 3379. Contractual questions may be directed to Jane Powers at (518) 862-1090. To request PON 608 instructions, contact Karen Whalen via fax at (518) 862-1091or download the instructions from the NYSERDA Web site.
    ...On the Federal Level

    Disability and Rehabilitation Research Fellowships Program

    U.S. Department of Education

    The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research is inviting applications for awards under the Research Fellowships Program for fiscal year 2002.

    The purpose of the program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to perform research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows may address problems encountered by individuals in their daily lives that are due to the presence of a disabling condition, problems associated with the provision of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, and problems connected with the conduct of disability research.
    ELIGIBILITY: The program provides two categories of Fellowships: Merit Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships. To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to rehabilitation research and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications. To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, an individual must have either advanced professional training or independent study experience in an area which is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation.
    FUNDING: Merit: $45,000; Distinguished: $55,000.
    DEADLINE: October 9, 2001.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Donna Nangle, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 3414, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2645; telephone (202) 205-5880; or e-mail Individuals who use a TDD may call the TDD number at (202) 205-4475. The solicitation is available at the following Web site:

    Nutrient Science for Improved Watershed Management Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    As a collaborative effort, the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Center for Environmental Science (NCER) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) are soliciting proposals for the Nutrient Science for Improved Watershed Management Program. Proposals should integrate research and extension services aimed at addressing nutrient management issues at the watershed scale.

    The outcome of this research will provide the scientific foundation for improved tools for managing and controlling nutrients by enhancing understanding of the fate of nutrients from sources (e.g., atmospheric and terrestrial) through biogeochemical cycling in ecosystems to their effects on biological communities. The nutrients of interest for this solicitation are nitrogen and phosphorus.

    The focus of this research should be on methods to identify and integrate all significant sources and sinks of nutrients within air-sheds and watersheds, across a variety of land cover types and land management activities. Methods are sought that will permit evaluation of linkages among nutrient sources, processes for nutrient removal, and overall quality of water resources within watersheds.

    CREES’ highest priority is to fund research in agricultural watersheds. NCER’s interest lies in multiple-use watersheds.
    ELIGIBILITY: Academic institutions and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive awards. CREES and NCER have specific eligibility criteria.
    FUNDING: It is anticipated that approximately $7 million will be available ($4 million from NCER and $3 million from CREES). Awards will be funded separately.
    DEADLINES: November 6, 2001.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Michael P. O’Neill; National Program Leader for Water Quality; Natural Resources and Environment Unit; Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2210; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-2210; telephone (202) 205-5952; Fax (202) 401-1706; e-mail Or contact Ms. Barbara Levinson; National Center for Environmental Research (NCER); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 564-6911; fax (202) 565-2448; e-mail Application materials are available at the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program Web site:
    Grant Writing

    SUNY College at Brockport

    SUNY Brockport is offering a 2-day grant writing workshop October 6 and 13, 2001 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Continuing education credits and a certificate will be issued. The $150 fee includes training, course materials and editing assistance for one proposal submitted by participants after the class.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Debbie Lamphron at (716) 395-2523 or e-mail

    Syracuse University

    Syracuse University is offering an "Introduction to Grant Writing" class October 26, 2001, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The class is geared toward persons working in research, education and community-based organizations. The cost is $159.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To register, contact Peg at (315) 443-3271.

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