June 2012
Vol. 26, #6
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding to improve energy efficiency of new and renovated buildings
  • Grants to help fund contracts for refugee health assessments
  • Assistance for homeless and runaway youth
  • Grants for high quality early childhood education
  • Funding for programs that give teens opportunities through technology
  • Grants to support performing arts
  • 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 Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications from eligible building owners and leaseholders for financial incentives to improve the energy efficiency of new and substantially renovated buildings. The New Construction Program offers technical assistance to identify and evaluate energy-efficiency measures, capital financial incentives for installation of cost-effective electric measures and additional incentives for green buildings.

  • Eligibility: Businesses, local governments, not-for-profits and private institutions, public and private schools, colleges and universities, multifamily buildings (seeking green building certification), and health care facilities. Eligible applicants are New York State electricity or firm gas distribution customers of a participating utility company and who pay into the System Benefits Charge.

  • Funding: A total of $90,981,268 is available.

  • Deadline: Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis from January 4, 2012 through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.

  • Contact: E. Stephen Finkle

New York State Department of Health

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is accepting applications for its Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) health assessment program. Applications are for non-competitive, per capita contracts. The program is designed to: identify individuals with health conditions not observed during or developing after the overseas exam; initiate appropriate immunizations; ensure refugees with problems are referred to primary and specialty care; eliminate barriers to successful resettlement; and protect the health of the U.S. population.

On the federal level...

Administration for Children and Families

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), are now accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the program is to make available alternatives for homeless and runaway youth who might otherwise end up in the juvenile justice system, mental health system, child welfare system or with law enforcement. Projects should be intended to ensure that the interventions help build skills and abilities that provide the youth with the necessary tools to be healthy and productive into adulthood. The eligible programs may supply youth, less than eighteen years of age, with food, clothing, counseling, emergency shelter and/or referrals for health care.

Administration for Children and Families

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is accepting grant applications through the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start competitive grants program. The purpose of the program is to solicit applications from organizations or agencies within a community that wish to compete for the funds that are available to offer Migrant and Seasonal Head Start services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. The goal of the program is to ensure that Federal Head Start monies are going to the organizations that are the most capable of providing high-quality early childhood education so that children may start school prepared to be successful.

On the private level...

Best Buy Children’s Foundation

The Best Buy Children’s Foundation is now accepting applications through its Community Grants program. The purpose of the community grants program is to grant awards to non-profit organizations or public agencies that give teens access to opportunities through technology. The organization or agency must be: within 50 miles of a Best Buy center of operations or a Best Buy store; serve a diverse population; and deliver community-based youth after-school programs that help build academic and 21st century skills in teens between the ages of 13 to 18.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund for National Projects is accepting letters of inquiry for its fund to support the performing arts field. Projects should be geared toward strengthening the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theater fields or to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater. Projects must engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. The letters of inquiry should address: research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional, national annual conferences); or special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

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

How to Approach a Foundation: July 10
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.

Grant-seeking Basics: July 11
Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources 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: July 11, 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 grant-making institutions.

Proposal Writing Basics: July 12
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:July 12
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

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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