January 2014
Vol. 28, Issue 1
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants for community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of Superfund and Brownfield sites
  • Funding to support the testing and evaluation of innovative ways libraries and archives operate and provide services
  • Grants to support the enhancement or development of soccer field spaces in urban areas
  • Cash awards for individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York
  • Fellowships for doctoral students completing their dissertation on understanding the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students
  • Fellowships for doctoral students who are engaged in any area of clinical and/or translational cancer research
  • 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...

All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at grantsreform.ny.gov/grantees in order to apply for certain New York State grant solicitations. Potential not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process of registering and prequalifying immediately, as this is a lengthy process.

Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is continuously accepting applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. Eligible community groups may apply to receive grants for up to $50,000 per eligible site. There is no matching contribution required on the part of the grant recipient.

  • Eligibility: A community group must be a non-responsible-party community group incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation having 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code; be a group whose members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site; and be a group whose membership represents the interests of the community affected by the eligible site. Sites that are eligible for a TAG include:

    • Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (State Superfund Program significant threat sites); or
    • Sites being remediated under the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.
  • Funding: Funding is limited to $50,000 per site.

  • Deadline: Continuous

  • Contact: TAG Coordinator
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    Division of Environmental Remediation
    625 Broadway
    Albany, New York 12233-7012
    Phone: (518) 402-9711
    Website: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2590.html

On the federal level...

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for their Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries program. The purpose of this program is to encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the development, testing and evaluation of groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, and needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives and propose a significant innovation.

On the private level...

U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for their Safe Places to Play program. The foundation is seeking project proposals in urban areas where available space for children to play outside is limited. The program provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance a field space in their community. Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation and Sport Court.

New York Foundation for the Arts

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is accepting applications for their Artists’ Fellowships. Artists’ Fellowships are cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York. The fellowships offered are not project grants, but are unrestricted awards intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

Scholar Awards…

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced their Dissertation Fellowship Award to support advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The fellowship is intended to focus more scholarly attention on the population of students the Foundation serves in order to enable practitioners, parents, schools and communities to better support them in achieving their full potential. The foundation seeks to provide funding for doctoral candidates whose work informs and advances the following populations/aspects of our mission:

Dissertation fellowships are intended to support the doctoral student for work done after the student’s dissertation proposal has been successfully defended. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics and psychometrics.

Association of American Cancer Institutes

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) has announced their Translational Cancer Research Fellowship. The intent of the fellowship is to provide additional support to individuals who are engaged in any area of clinical and/or translational cancer research in order to further the development of their careers and enhance their future success in an academic discipline. The fellowship will provide a one-year non-renewable grant to support post-doctoral training to individuals who have completed at least one year of training in any field of oncology and have at least one year of training remaining at an AACI member institution. This award is designed to help ensure that qualified applicants receive research training and experience under the guidance of highly trained, well-respected researchers who have demonstrated success in their field of research.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes.
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: February 13
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: February 13
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: February 11
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:February 11
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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