February 2012
Vol. 26, #2
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding to promote public awareness of remedial environmental activities
  • Grants to improve local government efficiency
  • Funding that will help further the education of museum professionals
  • Projects that encourage the creation and public engagement of art
  • Support for programs with a health-service component
  • Funding to improve healthcare practice and policy
  • Grant writing courses


Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248

On the state level...

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently accepting applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are tools available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place at certain contaminated sites in their communities. The grants are intended to help the recipient and the community it represents understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals, and share them with the community. No matching contributions are required on the part of the grant recipient.

  • Eligibility: Under the TAG program, eligible sites include State Superfund Program and Brownfield Cleanup Program sites that pose a significant threat to public health or the environment. Eligible groups must be non-responsible parties incorporated as not-for-profit corporations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An eligible community group must certify that its membership represents the interest of the community affected by the site, and that its members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment is potentially threatened by the site.

  • Funding: Up to $50,000 per site.

  • Deadline: Rolling

  • Contact: TAG Coordinator
    NYS DEC Environmental Remediation
    Bureau of Program Management
    625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233

NYS Department of State

The NYS Department of State is accepting applications for Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grants. The goal of the program is to reduce municipal expenses and property taxes by helping municipalities plan and implement projects that have positive impacts on the taxpayers. All LGE projects need to demonstrate new opportunities for financial savings and operational efficiencies. Applicants must also quantify positive sustainable tax impacts expressed in dollars per $1,000 of Full Value and additional potential benefits.

On the federal level...

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting grant applications that focus on furthering the education of museum professionals. The purpose of the 21st Century Museum Professionals grants program is to increase the capacity of museums by improving the knowledge and skills of museum professionals in multiple institutions. Grant funds may support a wide range of activities, including the development and implementation of classes, seminars, and workshops; resources to support leadership development; collection, assessment, development, and/or dissemination of information that leads to better museum operations; activities that strengthen the use of contemporary technology tools to deliver programs and services; support for the enhancement of pre-professional training programs; and organizational support for the development of internship and fellowship programs.

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA is seeking applicants for its Art Works program. Art Works supports projects that encourage the following 4 outcomes: creation of art, public engagement, lifelong learning, and livability. Applicants must select the outcome most relevant to their project. Funding is available for both community-based and school-based projects.

On the private level...

The Rite Aid Foundation

The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to helping people in the communities Rite Aid serves lead happier, healthier lives. The foundation supports specific programs that focus on health and wellness and have a health-service component. The Rite Aid Foundation does not provide general operating support.

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund seeks to fund applicants with goals to improve healthcare practice and policy. Some of the programs include, but are not limited to: Health System Quality and Efficiency, Federal and State Health Policy, and Payment and System Reform. Within these program areas, preference is given to proposals to clarify the scope of serious and neglected problems; to develop and evaluate the impact of practical, innovative models for addressing such problems; to disseminate tools and models of care that have proven to be effective; or to analyze the impact of policies and trends on well-defined issues. Letters of inquiry are required before the application process can move forward.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

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

Grantseeking Basics: March 7, 14
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.

Introduction to Finding Funders: March 7, 14
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: March 27
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 Writing Basics: March 15, 27
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics: March 15, 27
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 www.foundationcenter.org.

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