August 2011
Vol. 25, #8
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Research and education funding for environmental risk mitigation
  • Grants to fund advocacy services for Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries
  • Promotion of healthy diets through communication strategies
  • Funding to encourage opportunities for homeownership
  • Opportunity for enhancement of care in health facilities
  • Grants for improvement of literacy and K-12 education
  • Grant writing classes


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 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Environmental Justice is currently accepting grant applications for Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants. These grants will support research and education projects that address multiple environmental harms and risk to communities. A wide variety of projects can also be supported by these grants, including community gardens, air and water quality monitoring, lead poison prevention, urban forestry, subsistence fishing education, environmental education, inventories of local pollution sources, and green worker training.

  • Funding: Individual awards range from $2,500 to $50,000; a total of $1,012,000 is available for these grants.

  • Deadline: September 9, 2011.

  • For More Information: Visit

  • Contact:New York State Department of Environmental
    Office of Environmental Justice
    625 Broadway, 14th Floor
    Albany, NY 12233

Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

The NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) is accepting applications for its Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security Program (PABSS). CQCAPD will provide funding to not-for-profit organizations to provide protection and advocacy services by establishing PABSS offices in 4 regions throughout the state. Each organization that receives funds will be required to provide certain services, including: investigate/review employment-related complaints, provide consultation/legal representation on behalf of beneficiaries, and assist beneficiaries in disputes before the Social Security Administration. The four regions comprising the statewide program are: Downstate Region (8 counties), Greater Hudson Valley Region (22 counties), Central Region (17 counties) and Western Region (15 counties).

  • Eligibility: Not-for-profit organizations, which will operate regional offices.

  • Funding: Four contracts with a total of approximately $285,044 available during the first one-year contract period of February 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013. Funding for years two to five of the program is subject to availability of grant funds.

  • Deadline: September 2, 2011

  • Contact: Thomas Gilbert, PABSS Program Director
    CQCAPD401 State St.,
    Schenectady, NY 12305

On the federal level...

National Institutes of Health

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), the NIH-Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages applications for research projects focused on the development and implementation of effective communication strategies related to diet and health. Specifically, this FOA is designed to promote interdisciplinary research, conducted at multiple levels (e.g., individuals, community/environment, and policy) and across diverse populations, to evaluate effective communication approaches for changing dietary behaviors.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is now accepting applications for the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP). SHOP funds are awarded to encourage innovative homeownership opportunities. Grants may be used for land acquisition, the installation of improvement of infrastructure, and for reasonable and necessary planning, administration and management costs.

On the private level...

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation’s Health Care Program funds projects that support the enhancement of humane care in health facilities. The Foundation welcomes proposals that promote caring attitudes through inter-professional collaboration, provide training in patient-centered care, and improve the culture of physician education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Institutions with the capacity to implement programs that are likely to be replicated nationally are given preference.

The Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website,, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during September 2011:

Grantseeking Basics: September 8, 15, 28
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: September 7
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to Finding Funders: September 15, 28
This class provides a hands-on introduction on how to use the center’s comprehensive online database – the Foundation Directory Online – to research and identify potential funders. The Foundation Directory Online contains over 100,000 profiles of grantmaking institutions.

How to Approach a Foundation: September 14
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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