New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC) has extended the application
deadline for funding to the owners of certain eligible dry cleaning facilities to defray
costs associated with environmental protection requirements. This funding will be made
pursuant to the Dry Cleaner Program within the existing Financial Assistance to Business
(FAB) program that was created by the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996. The FAB Dry
Cleaner Program is intended to help owners of dry cleaning facilities comply with state
regulations, which will result in reduced perchloroethylene (PERC) emissions. This extension
is designed to increase the duration of the program and thus the number of dry cleaners who
will be eligible to receive funding under this program and to expand eligibility to include
dry cleaners located in New York City. Previously, only dry cleaners outside New York City
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) administers
the Snowmobile Trail Grant Program, which establishes a mechanism for allocating funds to
local governmental sponsors that engage in the development and maintenance of snowmobile
trails designated as part of the State Snowmobile Trail System. Permissible uses of the
funds include, but are not limited to, trail development and the maintenance of existing
trails/trail facilities, which includes grooming.
...On the Federal Level
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States
Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of Fiscal Year 2003
funds for SAMHSA Conference Grants for the purpose of disseminating knowledge about practices
within the mental health services and substance abuse prevention and treatment fields and
integrating that knowledge into real-world practice as effectively and efficiently as
The Dyson Foundation Mid-Hudson Valley Nonprofit Management Assistance Program (MAP) seeks
to increase the organizational health of nonprofits in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York
State by providing capacity-building management assistance services. As one of the
program’s four key components, the foundation will offer mini-grants to help board,
staff, or volunteer leaders acquire new skills by providing financial support for
organizational and professional development. Funds may be used to hire consultants and to
help defray the costs associated with attending conferences, workshops, seminars, and
training opportunities. In addition to mini-grants, the program also offers cash-flow loans,
management assistance, and technology consulting.
RadioShack Corporation is now accepting applications for its Neighborhood Answers Grant
program. This program, which began this year, is designed to fund worthy causes that help
families protect children from abduction, violence and abuse.
First Responder Institute
The First Responder Institute, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide
assistance to emergency personnel to help them make their communities safer, is accepting
grant applications from fire departments across the United States for the purchase of
life-saving equipment. The national grant program was established in January 2003 by
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare through the "Tums Helps Put Out More Fires Than You
Think" campaign. The campaign donated $.10 to the First Responder Institute for each
bottle of Tums brand antacid purchased, up to $200,000, to help fire departments in need of
COPE has scheduled two Guerilla Grantsmanship seminars for August 2003: August 26, Holiday Inn Turf, Albany; and August 29, Holiday Inn, Poughkeepsie.
You will learn to write hard hitting grant proposals that work and then learn how to break down the obstacles that impede the funding process. You will also learn about the latest in grant writing software and grants management tools, as well as receive information on trend tracking, data and funding research, and much more. COPE offers three different training packages. For more information, call (914) 466-0797 or visit their web site.
The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: August 11-15, 2003, Staten Island, hosted by Wagner College; October 20-24, Rochester, hosted by Hillside Family of Agencies; and November 3-7, Binghamton, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The programs will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and classes are kept at a maximum of thirty participants. The cost of the program is $775, which include a 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 The Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512 or visit their web site. For local information and arrangements: Staten Island – call Maureen Connolly at (718) 390-3221; Rochester – call Noreen Halpern (585) 256-7588; Binghamton – call Jinny Tauss (607) 772-8955, ext. 113.
From September 3 to October 15, Cazenovia College will provide an online Introduction to Grant Writing course designed as an introduction to the grant seeking process for directors, staff, and volunteers of not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. How to identify, approach, and develop successful proposals will be covered by an outlined step-by-step presentation of environmental scanning, needs assessment, program design, evaluation and budgeting. For more information, please contact Jeanette Rees at Cazenovia College, Continuing Education, at (315) 655-7107. Registration deadline is August 29, 2003.