April 2012
Vol. 26, #4
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding for traffic safety initiatives
  • Projects to showcase the arts to underserved populations
  • Grants to protect community forests
  • Funding to support education, community, and health/medicine
  • Grants to fund service-learning projects
  • 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...

New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee

The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) is accepting applications for grant funding opportunities related to traffic safety initiatives for Federal fiscal year 2013.

Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP): Grants will fund overtime for enforcement of dangerous driving behaviors, including speed and distraction. Police agencies use local data to determine problem areas and develop countermeasures to reduce crashes. Applicants support their enforcement activities with public information and education efforts.

Buckle Up New York (BUNY): Seat belt enforcement grants will provide overtime funding to participate in the statewide seat belt enforcement mobilization for 2013. Agencies will conduct use surveys and participate in public information efforts.

Child Passenger Safety (CPS): These grants will support child passenger safety activities: fitting stations, training and education programs, child passenger safety check events and car seat distribution programs for low income families. Applicant agencies must have a certified technician.

General Highway Safety Grants -- Programs for Local, State and Nonprofit Agencies: The general grant is used by agencies to apply for funding to address a particular highway safety problem in their jurisdiction. Applicants must submit a narrative outline of the problem with supporting data, details of the proposed activities with milestones and an evaluation plan.

On the federal level...

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for its Challenge America Fast-Track program. The program supports small and mid-sized organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, economics or disability. These grants are available for professional arts programming and projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. In the application, an applicant’s proposed outcome must directly address engagement (engaging the public with diverse and excellent art) or livability (the strengthening of communities through the arts).

The USDA and the US Forest Service

The US Forest Service is accepting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Program (CFP). The CFP is a grant program designed to protect community forests that: provide an area to recreate and enjoy nature; protect habitats, water quality and other environmental benefits; and provide economic benefits through timber resources.

On the private level...

RGK Foundation

The RGK Foundation is currently accepting letters of inquiry. RGK Foundation supports projects in the areas of: education; community; and health/medicine. The foundation’s primary interests with education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly math, science and reading), teacher development, literacy and higher education. Within community, the foundation supports human services, community improvement, abuse prevention and youth development programs. The foundation’s interests in health/medicine include promoting the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board

State Farm is accepting applications for its Youth Advisory Board grant program. The Youth Advisory Board supports service-learning projects in the following areas: access to higher education/closing the achievement gap; financial literacy; community safety and natural disaster preparedness; social health and wellness issues; and environmental responsibility. Grant recipients cannot use more than 20% of funding on salaries. Administrative costs do not fall under this limit, but grantees are judged on their deed to dollar ratio.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

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

Grantseeking Basics: May 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.

Introduction to Finding Funders: May 3, 16, 24
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: May 5, 31
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: May 23, 30
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics: May 30
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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