Grants Action News Logo June 2003
Vol. 17, #6

Information on Available State and Federal Grants

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

  • Child Abduction Prevention Education 2003-2004 Grant Application

  • Teacher Centers 2003-2004 Competitive Application for New Centers

  • Consultation Grants for Museums, Libraries, and Special Projects

  • Books for Children

  • Community Improvement and Development Funding

  • Samuel Harris Fund For Children’s Dental Health Dentistry Grant Program 

  • Council on Opportunities for Professional Excellence, Inc. (COPE)

  • Grantsmanship Training Program


    For more information contact:
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    Richard Jurewicz
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    Child Abduction Prevention Education 2003-2004 Grant Application

    New York State Education Department (SED)

    SED announces the availability of grants to provide funds to assist public school districts to develop or adopt a curriculum and training program designed for kindergarten through 8th grade students, parents, teachers, and support staff to aid in the prevention of child abduction.
    ELIGIBILITY: Public school districts, including New York community school districts, Boards of Cooperative Education Services, and consortia of school districts. Charter schools are not eligible to apply, but may be included in program implementation activities at the local level.
    FUNDING: $900,000, contingent upon final approval of a state budget, for project year July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004.
    DEADLINE: June 30, 2003.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Doris Hill-Wyley at (518) 474-5922. Additional information for this grant is also available on SED’s web site,; click on Funding Opportunities.

    Teacher Centers 2003-2004 Competitive Application for New Centers

    New York State Education Department (SED)

    SED announces the availability of grants to provide assistance to school districts and/or Boards of Cooperative Education Services, in collaboration with their Teacher Association, to apply to establish new Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers. The New York State Legislature established the Teacher Resource and Computer Training Center Program in 1984, and the 2002-2003 appropriation of $31 million supported 126 Teacher Centers statewide. Currently, more than 650 public school districts and BOCES participate in a Teacher Center.
    ELIGIBILITY: Any public school district, BOCES, or consortium of two or more school districts and/or BOCES are eligible to apply for a grant to fund a new Teacher Resource and Computer Training Center.
    FUNDING: $30 million, contingent upon final approval of the 2003-2004 State Budget, for the project year July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004.
    DEADLINE: June 30, 2003.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Laurie Rowe at (518) 473-7155. The Request for Proposal is also on SED’s web site at

    ...On the Federal Level

    Consultation Grants for Museums, Libraries, and Special Projects

    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

    The NEH announces consultation grants, which are designed to help museums, libraries, historical organizations, and community organizations develop a new project or chart a new interpretive direction for an institution.
    The project should be based on sound scholarship, examine the subject analytically, and address a broad set of humanities themes. Projects should convey significant humanities ideas to the public; use formats and programs creatively to engage audiences; examine topics and ideas in a regional or national context; and extend their impact by reaching beyond a local level, involving new audiences or serving as models.
    ELIGIBILITY: Any U.S. nonprofit organization may apply. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service to be eligible to receive funding. State and local governmental agencies are also eligible.
    FUNDING: Awards of up to $10,000 are normally made for a period of six to twelve months. Cost sharing is not required.
    DEADLINE: September 16, 2003 for projects beginning in May 2004.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Information and application materials are available by calling (202) 606-8446, sending an e-mail to, or writing to NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. Information is also available at Because of lengthy delays in the delivery of mail by the United States Postal Service, NEH suggests that applicants consider using a commercial delivery service when sending in an application.

    ...Foundations and Organizations

    Books for Children

    Libri Foundation

    The Libri Foundation is a nationwide nonprofit organization that donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books for Children Program. The Foundation works with the library’s Friends of the Library or other local organizations because they believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries.
    ELIGIBILITY: Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, a library should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000), have a very limited budget, be in a rural area, and have an active children’s department. Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000. Applications are accepted from independent libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative library system. A library system may also apply if all the libraries in the system meet these requirements. Applications are accepted from school libraries only if they also serve as the public library. A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the definition of rural. If the branch library receives its funding from its parent institution, then the parent institution’s total operating budget, not just the branch library’s total operating budget, must meet the budget restrictions. Town libraries with total operating budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets over $350,000 are rarely given grants. The average total operating budget of a Books for Children grant recipient is less than $40,000.
    FUNDING: The Foundation will match on a 2-to-1 ratio funding (from $50 to $350) that the Friends, or other local sponsors, contribute.
    DEADLINE: Postmarked by July 15, 2003 and November 15, 2003.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To request an application packet, please email your name and your library’s name and address to The Libri Foundation's web site. Applications may also be requested by writing to The Libri Foundation, P.O. Box 10246, Eugene, Oregon 97440; by phone, (541) 747-9655; by fax, (541) 747-4348.

    Community Improvement and Development Funding


    Target stores in communities across the United States are now accepting applications for the company’s community giving grant program. The program currently awards grants in three areas: arts, education, and family violence prevention.
    ELIGIBILITY: An applicant organization must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, a school, or a unit of government; be located in a community where Target does business; and do work in the areas of arts, education, or family violence prevention.
    FUNDING: Most grants will average between $1,000 and $5,000.
    DEADLINE: July 31, 2003.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Complete guidelines and applications can be downloaded at the Target web site (click on Community Giving) or picked up at local Target stores.

    Samuel Harris Fund For Children’s Dental Health Dentistry Grant Program 

    The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation

    The ADA Foundation has established a permanent endowment fund that is dedicated to preventing dental caries and other oral diseases of children. Under this program, competitive grants are awarded to applicants whose oral health promotion programs are designed to improve children’s oral health through community education programs. This oral health promotion grant program aspires to be a catalyst for increasing voluntary efforts by the dental health community.
    ELIGIBILITY: Community-based, not-for-profit, oral health promotion programs. Oral health promotion programs include: dental health education conducted at schools, health fairs, social agencies, mobile dental clinics or outreach programs; dental health education programs in conjunction with fluoride programs, dental sealant programs, and/or other prevention programs; oral health and nutrition education materials prepared for children, their parents and/or dental professionals; instruction in the proper use of oral care products; and development of public service announcements to create awareness and appreciation of proper oral care for children.
    FUNDING: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded.
    DEADLINE: Proposals must be postmarked no later than July 11, 2003, and proposal applicants will be notified of the Foundation's action regarding the request by December 31, 2003. Proposals received via fax will not be considered.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Robert Czarnecki, ADA Foundation’s Director of Administration, at (312) 440-2544 or e-mail him. Completed application should be sent to Mr. Czarnecki at ADA Foundation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2616. Information may also be found at the Foundation's web site.

    ...Grant Writing

    Council on Opportunities for Professional Excellence, Inc. (COPE)

    COPE has scheduled two Guerilla Grantsmanship seminars for June 2003. The schedule is as follows:

    June 20, 2003 – Crown Plaza, White Plains, New York
    June 27, 2003 – Ramada Inn, Kingston, New York

    You will learn how to write hard-hitting grant proposals that work and then learn how to work the grant proposals you write. Also, you will find out about the latest in grant writing software, grants management tools, and research and data collection as well as the Guerilla Grantsmanship method of funding development.

    COPE offers three different training packages. For more information or to register, call (914) 466-0797, send an e-mail, or visit COPE’s web site.

    Grantsmanship Training Program

    The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: August 11-15, 2003, Staten Island, hosted by Wagner College; October 20-24, Rochester, hosted by Hillside Family of Agencies; and November 3-7, Binghamton, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension.

    The five-day program will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center, the world’s oldest and largest training organization for the nonprofit sector. If you are looking to hone your grant research and proposal writing skills, this is a great opportunity. People have had great success with this program in the past. The class is kept at a maximum of thirty participants. The cost of the program is $775, which includes a one-year enrollment in the TGCI Membership Program. A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less than $300,000.

    To register, or to apply for a scholarship, contact The Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512 or visit their web site. For local information and arrangements: Staten Island – call Maureen Connolly at (718) 390-3221; Rochester – call Noreen Halpern (585) 256-7588; Binghamton – call Jinny Tauss (607) 772-8955, ext. 113.

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