March 2010
Vol. 24, #3
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:


Naomi Miller
Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248
On the state level...

Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing financial assistance through Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are citizen participation tools that community groups can use to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. TAGs are intended to help grant recipients understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals and share the information obtained with the public.
  • Eligibility: Non-profit community organizations.
  • Funding: Contact the Department of Environmental Conservation for figures.
  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing financial assistance for municipal landfill gas-management projects that promote improved air quality at solid waste landfills and encourage energy recovery from landfill gas.
  • Eligibility: Non-hazardous solid waste landfills that are municipally owned or operated. The landfills may be active or inactive. Active landfill gas systems must meet current landfill gas-management requirements. In addition, only landfill gas-management costs incurred after April 1, 1993, are eligible for grant reimbursement.
  • Funding: The funding for this grant has been reduced. Applicants will be placed on a waiting list to receive funding. Contact the Department of Environmental Conservation for more information.

On the federal level...

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program. Grants will be provided to projects that are focused on technology development, applied research and/or training to develop an agriculture-based renewable energy workforce to serve rural communities. Projects should produce graduates who can strengthen the nation’s technical, scientific and professional workforce in the fields of bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, and agriculture-based renewable energy resources.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications through the Challenge America Fast-Track project. Challenge America Fast-Track offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved communities—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Grants will be given to support projects that serve a diverse array of preclinical and/or clinical research projects that accelerate the translational discovery and/or development of safe and effective medications for the treatment of substance-related disorders (SRD). Research projects must be focused on moving closer to—or obtaining—FDA approval of medications for the treatment of these disorders.

On the private level...

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports original research and broad-based education that is related to science, technology and economics. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society—when applied inventively and wisely—can lead to a better world for all.


Blockbuster is committed to supporting outreach programs and partnerships that are designed to deliver measurable, positive results in communities that its members and employees call home. Wherever possible, Blockbuster incorporates cash contributions with volunteerism and in-kind donations to help achieve maximum impact.

Grant writing

Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Center's Competing for Federal Grants workshop is coming to White Plains!

The Grantsmanship Training Program offers grant-proposal training to non-profit and government agencies.

The upcoming classes will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and are restricted to a maximum of 25 participants. The cost is: $1,195 or $1,095 for early registration.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes during March 2010:

Grantseeking Basics: March 4, 17
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: March 1, 6, 10
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online: March 4, 17, 22
This class provides a hands-on introduction to the center’s comprehensive online subscription database.

How to Approach a Foundation: March 11
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

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