Vol. 21, #3
|Information on Available State and Federal Grants|
|· New York State Assembly · Speaker Sheldon Silver ·|
Governor’s Office for Small Cities
The Governor’s Office for Small Cities (GOSC) of the New York State Housing Trust Fund
Corporation has announced the 2007 Competitive Round and the 2007 Economic Development
Program. Funding under the 2007 Annual Competitive Round may be used by municipalities
for projects in three categories: Housing (rehabilitation, homeownership, private water/wastewater
system assistance or construction of new affordable housing); Public Facility; and Microenterprise.
For the purposes of the Annual Competitive Round, economic development projects, other than
microenterprise, will only be considered as part of a comprehensive grant proposal. Funding under
the 2007 Open Round may be used by municipalities for general economic development activities
that create and/or retain permanent, private sector job opportunities, principally for low- and
moderate-income persons, through the expansion and retention of business and industry in
New York State. Under the Economic Development Program, the GOSC provides grant funds to
eligible units of general local government to provide financial assistance to a business for an identified
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program-eligible activity that will result in the creation
or retention of permanent, private sector job opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income
persons, or to construct publicly-owned infrastructure improvements, which are necessary to
accommodate the creation, expansion or retention of a business that will result in the creation or
retention of permanent, private sector job opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
This program will provide funds for projects that implement the recommendations
of New York’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS).
. . . On the Federal Level
Corporation for National & Community Service
The New York Field Office of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)
has announced the availability of applications for the creation of new AmeriCorps*VISTA
(Volunteers in Service to America) projects. AmeriCorps*VISTA members help to build the
infrastructure of nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to creating sustainable solutions
for eliminating poverty through capacity building and empowering the low-income community.
While all applications will be considered, CNCS is especially interested in developing projects
that: serve re-entering prisoners and their families; address financial asset development for
low-income families; provide mentors for youth; support rural community and Tribal community
development; engage students in community service; and assist youth who are aging out of
National Endowment for the Arts
This program offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire appreciation, knowledge,
and understanding of, and skills in, the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and
engagement of students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art, and ensure the application
of national, state, or local arts education standards.
. . . Foundations and Organizations
Mattel Children's Foundation
The Foundation has announced the third year of its Domestic Grantmaking Program. The program
provides funds to organizations that demonstrate that they directly serve children in need. Applicants
must have a mission that focuses on direct service to children up to twelve years old. Organizations
or programs must show creative and/or innovative methods to address locally defined needs directly
impacting children, and must align with Mattel’s philanthropic priorities, which include learning, health,
and girl empowerment. Two types of grants will be considered: 1) program-specific grants, i.e. funding
for the launch of new programs or expansion of existing programs; and 2) core operating support, i.e.,
support for administrative and operating costs that help organizations to sustain their program.
Corning Incorporated Foundation
The Corning Incorporated Foundation supports educational, cultural, and community service projects.
The foundation also supports national programs and a matching gifts program.
. . . Grant Writing
The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: Buffalo, March 26-30, 2007, hosted by The Salvation Army; New York City, April 16-20, 2007, hosted by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and East Farmingdale, June 4-8, 2007, hosted by Molloy College.
The classes will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and are kept at a maximum of 30 participants. The cost is $825, 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 www.tgci.com.
For local information for the Buffalo event, contact Jennifer Graesser at (716) 888-6212 or by e-mail at Jennifer_Graesser@use.salvationarmy.org. Local contact information for the New York City and East Farmingdale events will be published in future newsletters.
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training opportunities during April 2007:
Grantseeking Basics: 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. April 4, April 10, April 17, April 26.
Proposal Writing Basics: Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organizations. April 11.
Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online: This session provides a hands-on introduction to the Center’s comprehensive web subscription database. April 4, April 10, April 26.
How to Approach a Foundation: 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. April 18.
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 www.fdncenter.org, 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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