December 2011
Vol. 25, #12
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants for hazardous waste collection programs
  • Funding for the reduction, abatement, control, or prevention of nonpoint source pollution
  • Student development grants for biomedical and behavioral research
  • Funding for research to improve prevention and treatment services for drug and alcohol abuse
  • Grants for community-wide reading programs
  • Funding to assist farmers in improving living conditions for farm animals
  • 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 is accepting applications for the Household Hazardous Waste State Assistance Program. These programs can consist of single-day collections, mobile collections or a permanent facility. Collection-day sponsors must submit a detailed plan to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at least 60 days before a collection day takes place. Sponsors must also obtain the DEC’s written approval prior to collection day.

  • Eligibility: Only municipalities are eligible to participate in this program. Under this program, a municipality is any:

  1. County, city, town, or village;
  2. Local public authority or public benefit corporation;
  3. School district or supervisory district; or
  4. Native American tribe or nation located within New York State.
  • Funding: The state can provide funding for up to 50 percent reimbursement of the municipal HHW collection program costs. Funding is limited to a maximum of $2 million per project.

  • Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis for consideration in January, April, July or October.

  • Contact:NYSDEC
    Division of Materials Management Bureau of Permitting and Planning
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233-7253

The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee

The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee is accepting proposals for funding under the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program (ANPSACP). The goal of the program is to reduce, abate, control or prevent nonpoint source pollution originating from agricultural sources. Funding is available for projects that plan (AEM Tier III) or implement (AEM Tier IV) Agricultural Best Management Practices on New York State Farms.

  • Eligibility: Soil and Water Conservation Districts or groups of districts acting jointly.

  • Funding: Approximately $10.5 million is available for 2011-12 projects.

  • Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Contact: Brian Steinmuller
    New York State Soil & Water Conservation Committee
    10 B Airline Drive
    Albany, NY 12235
    Phone: 518-457-3738
    Fax: 518-457-3412

On the federal level...

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), National Institutes of Health

IMSD is a student development program for institutions with research-intensive environments. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program offers an opportunity to develop new or expand existing effective academic developmental programs, including student-research internships, in order to prepare students from underrepresented groups for competitive research careers and leadership positions in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.

Health Services Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, National Institutes of Health

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is offering funding for research focused on improving prevention and treatment services for drug and alcohol abuse. Specific research projects could highlight the following subjects: clinical quality improvement; organizational/managerial quality improvement; systems of care and collaborative research; and/or development or improvement of research methodology, analytic approaches and measurement instrumentation used in the study of drug and alcohol services. This research grant will support small research projects that can be completed in a short period of time with limited resources.

On the private level...

The Big Read, Community-Wide Reading Program Grants

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs. Community organizations participating in the Big Read are required to create structured, well-attended reading programs that encourage community involvement and participation. Those organizations that are selected will receive a grant, access to online training resources and educational and promotional materials.

FACT’s Healthy and Humane Farm Funds

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) has created the Health and Humane Farm Funds Project for livestock and poultry farmers across the United States interested in improving the treatment of farm animals. FACT will award small grants for projects designed to assist farmers’ transition to pasture-based systems, improve the marketing of their humane products or improve the conditions where farm animals are raised. Proposed on-farm animal welfare improvement projects must impact at least one of the following animal species: pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows and/or beef cattle. The grant application and supporting materials are available online at

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during January 2012:

Grantseeking Basics: January 4, 7, 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: January 5, 24
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their non-profit organizations.

Introduction to Finding Funders: January 4, 7, 17
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: January 17
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.

Proposal Budgeting Basics: January 24
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. The session is geared toward novice grant seekers.

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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