Vol. 27, #8
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER
Grants for public library construction
Funding to support the implementation of back-up power sources at gas stations
Grants to implement comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans
Grant awards to support the preservation of American heritage music and to study how music impacts the human condition
Grant awards for national tours of new dance works
Residential fellowships for outstanding and award winning scholars and practitioners to study key policy issues
Fellowships for students to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields
Grant writing classes
Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Albany, NY 12248
On the state level...
New York State Education Department
The New York State Education Department is now accepting applications for the Public Library Construction Grant Program. An appropriation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction has been included in the 2013 state budget. Libraries may apply for a construction grant that could fund up to 75 percent of a project. The minimum grant award is $2,500 for a minimum total project cost of $5,000. No award will be made for any project with a total cost of less than $5,000. There is no maximum award, but the amount of the awards will depend on the number of project applications received and the total funding available to the library system. Local libraries must work with their library system and submit all application materials to the system. The deadline for receipt of applications is set by each library system. The State Library encourages libraries to contact their system as soon as possible to let the system know if the library plans to apply for a construction grant.
Any public library or public library system chartered by the Regents of the state of New York or established by an act of the New York State Legislature is eligible to apply. Eligible project activities and expenditures include acquisition, construction, and renovation or rehabilitation of a facility. Routine maintenance is not fundable.
The deadline for submission of applications from the systems to the State Library is October 10, 2013. However, each public library system will set their own deadlines for member libraries to submit applications to allow sufficient time for system review and system board approval. Please contact your public library system to find out their due date.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is seeking applications for the Gas Station Back-Up Power Program. Eligible applicants can apply for a project grant to help offset the implementation costs associated with the installation of a transfer switch and associated electrical modifications needed to accept a portable emergency generator or the electrical modifications and installation of a permanent emergency generator as required to comply with Section 192-h of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, entitled “Alternate Generated Power Source at Retail Gasoline Outlets.” Many gas stations in the downstate area lost electric power as a result of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. This loss of power contributed to widespread disruptions in the gasoline supply that impacted public safety and well-being as well as economic activity in the downstate region. In response to this problem, legislation was passed requiring certain gas stations in the downstate region to install wiring and a transfer switch to enable the use of backup generators and to develop a plan to secure an emergency generator within a set period of time following an emergency declaration. In addition to establishing requirements for affected gas stations, the legislation also authorized NYSERDA to assist gas station owners with implementing these requirements.
The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has identified and notified eligible gas stations that are known to be required to comply with the recently enacted legislation. Visit http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/fuel-ny to see if your gas station is located in a designated strategic area.
Up to $17 million in funds are available. Please visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/PON2758 for more information.
Deadline: There is no deadline for funding. For compliance with the legislation, please refer to http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/fuel-ny.
NYS Energy Research and Development Authority PON 2758
855 Route 146, Suite 210
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: Toll free 855-323-3030
On the federal level...
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the availability of funding for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants to support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans. Proposals should expect to achieve the following three core goals:
Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality, mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and
Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
Implementation grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their “Transformation Plan” to redevelop the neighborhood. This Transformation Plan is the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. To successfully implement the Transformation Plan, applicants will need to work with public and private agencies, organizations (including philanthropic organizations), and individuals to gather and leverage resources needed to support the financial sustainability of the plan.
Public Housing Authorities (PHAs); local governments; tribal entities; and non-profits; and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.
Approximately $109 million
Deadline: September 10, 2013
Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov
On the private level...
The GRAMMY Foundation
The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of preservation and research projects. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients.
Organizations and individuals are eligible to apply.
Grant amounts are dependent upon the number of applications received and the quality and depth of each proposed research or preservation project.
Letters of Inquiry are due October 1, 2013
Contact: The GRAMMY Foundation
New England Foundation for the Arts
The New England Foundation for the Arts, beginning in early September, will accept applications for the National Dance Project (NDP) Touring Awards which supports the national tours of new dance works. Awards are distributed as NDP Presentation Grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. presenting the works and are designated to support artist fees and travel. Touring Awards are automatically given to all NDP Production Grant recipients. In addition, up to ten works created independently from the production grant process will receive Touring Awards through a competitive application process each fall. Eligible projects will be in an advanced stage of development and be ready for touring at the beginning of the NDP touring season (between June 1 and August 31 of the following year); involve presentations of dance works of genuine imagination and originality by artists of recognized skill and accomplishment; and demonstrate that at least three U.S. presenters from at least two states will present the work on tour.
Choreographers and companies are eligible to apply. Agents, artist managers, and presenters may also apply on behalf of an artist, company, or project.
Up to $35,000 in funding is available for each artist and company.
October 7, 2013
National Dance Project
Sara C. Nash, Program Manager
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x512
Cheri Opperman, Grants Coordinator
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x524
Elizabeth Epsen, Program Coordinator
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x521
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes outstanding and award winning scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its non-partisan dialogue. Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges. Through its scholars, the Center enriches crucial policy debates and provides a platform for scholars in the tradition of President Wilson to bring the worlds of policy and ideas together. Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff. The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world.
Individuals may apply with project proposals on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges. Academic applicants must have a doctorate. For other applicants, an equivalent level of professional achievement is expected. An applicant working on a degree at the time of the application (even if the degree is to be awarded prior to the proposed fellowship year) is ineligible. Your doctorate degree must be conferred by October 1, 2012 to apply. The Center welcomes applications from citizens or permanent residents from any country. However, applicants from countries outside the United States must hold a valid passport and be able to obtain a J1 visa even if they are currently in the United States. There is no age limit for applicants. Retired individuals are eligible since an applicant does not need an institutional affiliation to apply. The Center asks that applicants who have previously held a Wilson Center fellowship wait at least five years before applying again, and they must apply with a new project.
Money for stipends comes from allocated federal funds. The Center tries to ensure that the stipend provided under the fellowship, together with the fellow’s other sources of funding (e.g. grants secured by the applicant and sabbatical allowances), approximate a fellow’s regular salary.
Deadline: October 1, 2013
Contact: Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 691-4000
The Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Internships offers internships and visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups (U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents) who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. The Minority Awards fellowship is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices. Internships and visiting student appointments are full-time (40 hours per week), for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring. Fields of research include: animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics; anthropology, including archaeology; astrophysics and astronomy; earth sciences and paleobiology; evolutionary and systematic biology; history of science and technology; history of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts; social and cultural history of the United States; and folklife.
Applicants should be currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate study, and an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or its equivalent generally is expected. The relevance of an internship at the Smithsonian to the student’s academic and career goals will be an important part of the evaluation of an applicant. Most successful candidates are students of the disciplines in which the Smithsonian conducts research (listed above).
Stipends are $600 per week, with additional travel allowances offered in some cases and a small research allowance for Visiting Students.
Deadline: Fellowships are awarded annually. Deadlines are October 1 for the spring and February 1 for the summer/fall.
Contact: Office of Fellowships & Internships
Minority Awards Program
470 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 7102
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Phone: (202) 633-7070
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in
New York City during September 2013.
Grant-seeking Basics: September 10
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: September 10
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: September 4
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.
Proposal Budgeting Basics:September 4
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.
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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