Grants Action News Logo October 2002
Vol. 16, #10

Information on Available State and Federal Grants

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

  • Grants to Stimulate Public Consideration of the Humanities

  • Green Building Tax Credits Available

  • Funding for Recreational Trails Program

  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention Services

  • State Emergency Response Capacity

  • HOPE VI Revitalization Funds Available

  • IMLS Unveils Learning Opportunity Grant Program

  • Grant Writing

    For more information contact:
    Eva Ivery
    Richard Jurewicz
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    Albany, NY 12248
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    Grants to Stimulate Public Consideration of the Humanities

    New York Council for the Humanities

    The New York Council for the Humanities funds projects that stimulate public consideration of the humanities. These matching grants are for projects that must be rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines, integrally feature humanities scholars, be intended for the general public, and comply with federal nondiscrimination statutes, federal debt status, debarment and suspension requirements, and drug-free workplace requirements. Recent examples of grant recipients can be found on the New York Council for the Humanities’ Web site.
    ELIGIBILITY: Any not-for-profit organization or institution with IRS tax exempt status in New York State is eligible to apply for a grant.
    FUNDING: Mini Grants are for project requests between $250 and $2,500 and are usually for single events, for projects that are modest in scope and have a short time frame, or for exhibition planning. Major Grants are for project requests of $2,500 or more. While there is no upper limit on the amount that can be requested, grants awarded rarely exceed $10,000.
    DEADLINE: Major Grant applications are accepted twice a year, with postmark deadlines of November 1 and March 1. November applicants are notified in late March, and March applicants are notified in late June. Mini Grant applications may be submitted at any time and a decision is made within four weeks.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Further information can be obtained by calling the Council’s Grants Officer at (212) 233-1131, ext. 30.

    Green Building Tax Credits Available

    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that applications are available for the State’s Green Building Tax Credit Program, which provides an incentive for developers and building owners to incorporate energy efficiency and other conservation measures into the design, construction or rehabilitation of their buildings. The program encourages greater energy efficiency and a cleaner environment for New Yorkers by promoting the utilization of recycled materials and incorporation of renewable and energy efficient power generation into building designs.
    Under this program, building owners and developers are allowed to deduct from their state taxes the eligible expenses associated with designing and constructing green buildings or rehabilitating existing buildings to include additional "green" features.
    ELIGIBILITY: The program applies to costs incurred for buildings constructed or rehabilitated after June 1, 1999.
    FUNDING: There is $25 million available for eligible projects.
    DEADLINE: Completed applications will be accepted by DEC beginning on September 30, 2002. Awards will be made on a first come-first served basis and applicants will be notified within 90 days of the submission of their application.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Applications for the tax credit are available through DEC’s Web site, or by calling the agency’s Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9469.

    Funding for Recreational Trails Program

    New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

    The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has announced that funding is available under the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century’s Recreational Trails Program. Eligible projects include those involving the acquisition, new development, renovation development or maintenance of trails or trail-related facilities that will further develop projects or goals identified in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or the State Recreational Trail Plan.
    This is a matching grant program; therefore, grant recipients will be expected to provide at least a 20 percent match to these awards.
    ELIGIBILITY: Municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, Indian tribal governments and other public agencies and authorities.
    FUNDING: Approximately $1,500,000 in total funding is available. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000.
    DEADLINE: Competitive applications to receive aid are required and will be accepted through November 15, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: For applications and the complete grant profile, register with the New York State e-Grants Project at
    Program information, workshop schedules and contact information is also available on OPRHP’s grant Web site, or by contacting T. Kevin Burns, Bureau of Grants Management, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Empire State Plaza, Agency Building 1, 16th Floor, Albany, New York 12238; phone (518) 474-0427; fax (518) 486-7377.

    On the Federal Level...

    Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention Services

    Department of Health and Human Services

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2003 funds for grants for developing prevention and intervention mental health services programs at the community level for children, adolescents and their families. These cooperative agreements will be made a part of CMHS’ Targeted Capacity Expansion program, Prevention and Early Intervention. The purpose of the initiative is to increase the capacity of cities, counties, and tribal governments to provide prevention and early intervention treatment services to meet emerging and urgent mental health needs of communities. The program will help communities to build the service system infrastructure necessary to address serious local or regional mental health problems through prevention and early treatment interventions having a strong evidence base.
    ELIGIBILITY: Available only to local governments (cities, counties and tribal governments and their agencies). Eligibility is restricted to local governments because the purpose of the program is to add needed mental health services at the local level.
    FUNDING: Approximately $1 million.
    DEADLINE: October 22, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Application kits may be obtained from the National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network, P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015; Telephone: 1-800-789-2647. Applicants must use application form PHS 5161-1 (Rev. 7/00). Potential applicants must obtain a copy of the Guidance for Applicants (GFA), including Part I, Cooperative Agreement for Prevention/Early Intervention Services (SM 03-004), and Part II, General Policies and Procedures Applicable to all SAMHSA Applications for Discretionary Grants and Cooperative Agreements before preparing and submitting an application. The PHS 5161-1 application form and the full text of the grant announcement are also available electronically via SAMHSA’s World Wide Web Home Page: Click on Grant Opportunities.

    State Emergency Response Capacity

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Mental Health Services announce the availability of Fiscal Year 2003 funds. The purpose of this targeted capacity expansion program is to enhance State-level capacity for a coordinated response to mental health and substance abuse service needs in the aftermath of large-scale emergencies (both natural and human-caused). Incident response plans and response infrastructure developed under the grant must include both mental health and substance abuse agencies and must focus on coordinated mental health and substance abuse emergency planning and capacity development activities.
    ELIGIBILITY: States and Indian Tribes. State mental health and substance abuse authorities must apply in partnership. In States, territories, or tribal governments with administratively separate mental health and substance abuse authorities, a lead agency must be designated for grant purposes.
    FUNDING: Approximately $4,000,000 for up to 40 awards. Annual awards must be for less than $100,000 in total costs (direct and indirect). Actual funding levels will depend on the availability of funds.
    DEADLINE: October 22, 2002.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: For a printed copy of the grant announcement, including copies of all necessary forms, call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 800-729-6686 or TDD 800-487-4889. Or visit SAMHSA’s web page,, and click Information on the Grant Application Process.

    HOPE VI Revitalization Funds Available

    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that need assistance in refurbishing and saving distressed facilities can receive assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOPE VI Revitalization Grant Program. This grant will be used to help housing agencies revitalize sites on which public housing projects are located to improve the living environment for public housing residents and to contribute to the overall improvement of the surrounding neighborhood. While PHAs are eligible for the revitalization grants, HUD notes that PHA’s that only administer section 8 projects and tribal PHAs are not eligible. Funds may be used for, among other things, relocation expenses for displaced tenants, demolition, rehabilitation and development efforts.
    ELIGIBILITY: Public housing authorities that have severely distressed housing in their inventory.
    FUNDING: $492.5 million in FY 2002 funds.
    DEADLINE: November 29, 2002.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:Contact Milan Ozdinec at (202) 401-8812 or write Department of HUD, 451 7th Street South West, Room 4130, Washington, DC 20410.

    IMLS Unveils Learning Opportunity Grant Program

    The Institute of Museums and Library Services

    The Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) has begun accepting applications for its new Learning Opportunity Grant Program. The Learning Opportunity funding program will encourage museums to invest in their abilities to use their collections, exhibits and services to strengthen learning in the schools, in the home and in partnership with other community organizations. The goal of Learning Opportunities funding is to provide museums across the country with a unique opportunity to advance their capacity to serve a wider and more diverse public through education, partnership and/or technology. Applicants will define how funding relates to their institution’s strategic agendas in the critical area of public service. Fiscal Year 2003 Learning Opportunities funding will support projects and activities, designed by the institution, which strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning and key players in the establishment of livable communities. These grants will also support the efforts of museums to upgrade and integrate new technologies into their overall institutional effectiveness. IMLS seeks to distribute funding for Learning Opportunities grants across all types and sizes of museums, as well as among all funding categories. Applicants may apply in three funding categories: $5,000 - $24,999; $25,000 - $74,999 or $75,000 - $150,000.
    ELIGIBILITY: Museums.
    FUNDING: $5,000 - $150,000 (a 1:1 match is required in each category).
    DEADLINE: January 15, 2003.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dan Lukash at (202) 606-4644 or e-mail or the IMLS web page at:

    Grant Writing

    COPE, Inc. is holding a grant writing seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 29, 2002 at the Ramada Inn in Kingston. The seminar will focus on how attendees can "learn how to write proposals that work and then learn how to work the proposals you write." Seminar costs are $145 for a single registration and $125 per person if 2 or more attend from the same organization. Register by calling 845-756-2673.

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