November 2010
Vol. 24, #9
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...

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications for projects that will help reduce energy consumption. Applicants may choose among the following categories for incentives: pre-qualified; custom-measure; whole-building design; or green-building option. Incentives are offered for electrical and natural gas energy-efficiency improvements. Additional incentives and services are offered for buildings that achieve LEED® or NY-CHPS certification.
  • Eligibility: Non-profit organizations; businesses; state and local governments; public and private schools; health care facilities. Applicants must be building owners or tenants who are customers of New York State utilities and who pay the System Benefits Charge.
  • Funding: Approximately $83 million is available.
  • Deadline: Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.
  • Contact:
    Stephen Finkle
    17 Columbia Circle
    Albany, NY 12203
    518-862-1090 ext. 3505

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The Department of Environmental Conservation 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 communities. 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. For more information about TAGs, including the eligibility of sites and applicants, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website at
  • Eligibility: Non-profit community organizations.
  • Funding: Contact the Department of Environmental Conservation for figures.
  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Contact:
    Larry Ennist
    Division of Environmental Remediation
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233

On the federal level...

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for scientific meetings aimed at building interdisciplinary research teams in basic behavioral and social science research (b-BSSR). Applicants must propose developmental activities, such as meetings or workshops, that will build the capacity of interdisciplinary teams to accelerate, expand and/or strengthen fundamental knowledge in b-BSSR as relevant to the nation’s health and well-being. Proposed interdisciplinary teams must include at least one investigator from the basic social and/or behavioral sciences and investigators from at least one additional discipline. Applicants are encouraged to either increase the scope of investigation of a specific b-BSSR research domain through the integration of disparate approaches from b-BSSR and allied disciplines, or enhance the sophistication of theoretical, methodological and analytical approaches in b-BSSR. These goals may be accomplished by fostering the development of shared scientific terminology, approaches and methodologies across disciplines to address a common b-BSSR research question.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for proposals that address mathematical research in areas of science where computation plays an essential role. The projects must emphasize design, analysis and implementation of numerical methods, symbolic methods and computing algorithms. The prominence of computation with analysis of the computational approach in the research is a hallmark of the Computational Mathematics Program. Proposals ranging from single-investigator projects that develop and analyze innovative computational methods to interdisciplinary team projects that not only create and analyze new mathematical and computational techniques – including those for computing facilities with multi-core, multi-thread and parallel architectures – but also use them to model, study and solve important applied problems are encouraged.

On the private level...

The Gerber Foundation

The Gerber Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children. To do that, the foundation supports research projects that investigate health, nutrition, care and development issues for newborns and children up to age 3. Research projects aimed at finding solutions to children’s health and nutritional problems are sought. Of particular interest are those offering a substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases and those with broad applicability to the general population.

The Brookdale Foundation Group

The Brookdale Foundation Group, through its Relatives as Parents Program, is accepting applications for projects that promote the creation – or expansion – of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting when the biological parents are unable to do so.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

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

Grantseeking Basics: Dec. 3, 16
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: Dec. 1
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online: Dec. 3, 16
This class provides a hands-on introduction to the center’s comprehensive online subscription database.

How to Approach a Foundation: Dec. 21
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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