Grants Action News Logo July 2002
Vol. 16, #7

Information on Available State and Federal Grants

Grants Action News - NYSA
...On the State Level

  • Child Abduction Prevention Education Program

  • Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers

  • Minority Health Mini-Grant Program

  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

  • Parent Information and Training Program

  • Scholarly Editions Grants

  • Schools for a New Millennium Program

  • Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Grants Programs

  • The Grantsmanship Center

  • New York Council for the Humanities

  • ...and much more.
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    Child Abduction Prevention Education Program

    New York State Education Department

    The New York State Education Department is seeking applications to support the development, adoption, and implementation of the Child Abduction Prevention Education Program. The program seeks to educate and train K-8 students, parents, teachers, school staff, and members of the community in abduction prevention. It is intended that schools work with families and community organizations to design and implement programs, and develop support networks to prevent the abduction of children.
    Applications may be submitted in one of two categories: 1) Demonstration Plus Projects. Grants will be awarded to previously funded school districts/BOCES to help new applicants replicate some or all components of the experienced applicant’s project; or 2) Local Implementation Projects. Grants up to $25,000 per district ($50,000 for New York City Districts, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers, and BOCES) will be available to develop or adopt a curriculum and training program.
    ELIGIBILITY: Public school districts, New York City community school districts, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and consortiums are eligible.
    FUNDING:$900,000 is available.
    DEADLINE:September 27, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Doris Hill-Wyley, Education Department, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Room 671 EBA, Albany, NY 12234; phone (518) 474-5922.

    Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers

    New York State Education Department

    The New York State Department of Education is seeking applications from schools and/or BOCES to establish new Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers. Teacher Centers have developed successful, cost effective programs that: 1) assist educators in assessing and meeting the learning needs of students; 2) provide computer demonstration, training sites, and programs for educators; 3) promote educators’ use of and involvement in educational research to develop and produce curricula and curricular material; 4) provide educators with training for the improvement of teaching skills; 5) provide a location and atmosphere to foster sharing and increased understanding of resources, ideas, methods, approaches, information, and materials among educators; and 6) train educators to prepare students to use high technology and to teach critical thinking. Currently, more than 650 public school districts and BOCES participate in a Teacher Center.
    ELIGIBILITY:School districts and/or BOCES, or consortium of two or more school districts and/or BOCES are eligible.
    FUNDING:$31 million is available. Grants will range from $20,000-$60,000.
    DEADLINE:August 15, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:Visit NYSED’s Web site at or contact Isabel Pickett, Teacher Center Program Office, 467 EBA, Albany, NY 12234; phone (518) 473-123 or e-mail

    Minority Health Mini-Grant Program

    New York State Department of Health

    The New York State Department of Health is seeking applications for its Minority Health Mini-Grant Program. The program’s purpose is to support local community-based projects that protect and promote the health of New York’s minority community. Applicants must propose a concept and program design aimed at engaging the target community in addressing a public health issue (i.e., infant mortality, cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV, child and adult immunizations, etc.) impacting minority populations.
    The program is intended to augment "grassroots" health promotion and disease risk reduction activities by: 1) strengthening the capacity of local community-based organizations to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services; and 2) enhancing outreach to minority populations.
    ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit organizations and community groups are eligible.
    FUNDING:Four awards of up to $5,000 will be awarded.
    DEADLINE:July 26, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michael A. Acosta, Grants Administrator, New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health, Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower Building, Room 690, Albany, NY 12237-0092; phone (518) 474-2180.

    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

    Natural Gas and Petroleum Exploration and Production for Economic Development

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) invites proposals for the Natural Gas and Petroleum Exploration and Production for Economic Development Program. The program seeks to identify, produce, and gather New York’s natural gas and petroleum resources to help improve regional economic performance. Selected projects will target resource exploration and development projects that can bring new production online within less than three years.
    Eligible projects include: 1) resource characterization studies; 2) prospect development projects; and 3) end-use economic development projects.
    ELIGIBILITY: All oil- or gas-bearing formations are eligible.
    FUNDING:$450,000 is available.
    DEADLINE: August 21, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:To receive a full solicitation, visit the NYSERDA Web site at or contact Karen Whalen, request for PON No. 715-02, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399; or phone (518) 862-1090.

    On the Federal Level...

    Parent Information and Training Program

    Department of Education

    The U.S. Department of Education seeks applications for its Parent Information and Training Program. Funding will be used to establish programs which provide training and information to enable individuals with disabilities, and the parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or other authorized representatives of the individuals, to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the vocational, independent living, and rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities. These grants are designed to meet the unique training and information needs of those individuals who live in the area to be served, particularly those who are members of populations that have been unserved or underserved.
    Applicants must provide information on how they will: 1) better understand vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs and services; 2) provide follow-up support for transition and employment programs; 3) communicate more effectively with transition and rehabilitation personnel and other relevant professionals; 4) provide support in the development of the individualized plan for employment; and 5) provide support and expertise in obtaining information about rehabilitation and independent living programs, services, and resources that are appropriate, and understand provisions relating to employment, supported employment, and independent living.
    ELIGIBILITY:Private non-profit organizations.
    FUNDING:Approximately $700,000 is available.
    DEADLINE: August 1, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:For applications contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398; phone (toll free) 1-877-433- 7827; fax (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free) 1-877-576-7734. You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site or e-mail (Be sure to identify this competition as CFDA number 84.235F.) Contact Joyce Libby, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 3332, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2650; phone (202) 205-5392.

    Scholarly Editions Grants

    National Endowment for the Humanities

    The National Endowment for the Humanities announces funding for its Scholarly Editions Grants program. Scholarly Editions grants support preparation of authoritative and annotated texts and documents of value to humanities scholars and general readers. These materials have been either previously inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions. Projects involve the editing of significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as the editing of musical notation, are also eligible.
    ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit organizations, state and local governmental agencies, U.S. citizens, or foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least three years prior to the time of application are eligible.
    FUNDING: Awards are made for one to three years and range from $50,000 to $100,000 per year.
    DEADLINE: September 1, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at (202) 606-8200 or e-mail Application materials can also be obtained by: phone (202) 606-8446; e-mail; or write NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506.

    Schools for a New Millennium Program

    National Endowment for the Humanities

    The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for its Schools for a New Millennium Program. The program offers K-12 educators an opportunity to improve the teaching of a humanities subject throughout their entire school. A p roject will engage teachers, administrators, students, scholars, and others in two years of intensive collaborative work. It should emphasize professional and curricular development and the use of new technology. It will serve as a model of long-term curricular improvement for other schools.
    The program seeks to: 1) engage educators – most often in a single elementary, middle, or high school – in the sustained study of humanities subjects, such as history/social studies, English/language arts, and foreign languages; 2) help teachers master technology in teaching the humanities; 3) implement a school-wide plan of professional development that combines new content and teaching approaches; 4) encourage school collaboration with colleges, libraries, museums, parents, and local businesses; and 5) spread these practices throughout the school district or similar network.
    ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit organizations and state and local governments are eligible.
    FUNDING:Grants provide up to $100,000 for a project lasting up to two years.
    DEADLINE:October 1, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:Contact NEH’s Division of Education Programs at (202) 606-8500; e-mail or visit

    Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Grants Programs

    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks applications for its Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Grants Program (MSP). The purpose of this program is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance the educational achievement of all Americans.
    ELIGIBILITY: Institutions eligible to apply for these grants are: 1) land-grant colleges and universities; 2) 4-year colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences; and 3) other 4-year colleges having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences. No scholarship grants will be made directly to students.
    FUNDING:Approximately $1.88 million is available.
    DEADLINE: August 5, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dr. S. Sureshwaran, National Program Leader, CSREES/Higher Education Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 2251 Washington, D.C. 20250-2251; phone (202) 720-1973; fax (202) 720-2030; e-mail or visit

    Grant Writing

    The Grantsmanship Center

    Buffalo & Stony Brook

    The Grantsmanship Center is offering grant writing classes in Buffalo: July 15-19, hosted by the Junior League of Buffalo and Every Person Influences Children (EPIC); and in Stony Brook: September 9-13, hosted by Stony Brook University. The five-day program is kept to a maximum of 27 participants and costs $775 per person, which includes one-year enrollment in the TGCI Membership Program.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: For Buffalo, call Patti Montaldi (716) 884-8865. For Stony Brook, call Sandra M. Czybora at (631) 632-4134. Or contact The Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512

    New York Council for the Humanities

    The New York Council for the Humanities will present a series of free grant workshops across New York in July and August. They are designed for grant writers, program directors, development officers, and other representatives of non-profit cultural institutions seeking funding for humanities programs. Workshop locations will be Southampton, Poughkeepsie, Albany, Cooperstown, Syracuse, Watertown, Lake Placid, Bronx, Buffalo, Corning, and Rochester.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To make reservations, call (212) 233-1131 ext. 43 or e-mail

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