Grants Action News Logo May 2005
Vol. 19, #5
Information on Available State and Federal Grants

· New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ·

...On the State Level

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Enhancing Abilities and Life Experience Program

New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Systems Management Adult Home Initiatives

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is soliciting all New York State certified adult homes, enriched housing programs and residences for adults to apply for grants to provide programs or services to improve the quality of life for their residents. The Enhancing Abilities and Life Experience (EnAbLE) Program is a new initiative that is intended to develop innovative methods to assist these facilities in providing the training, education, support and life experience that is needed to maximize each individual's abilities and quality of life. This will be achieved through programs designed to teach independent living skills, provide educational or vocational training or teach residents preventive health care skills and management of their own medications.
ELIGIBILITY:  All New York State certified adult homes, enriched housing programs and residences for adults.
FUNDING:   A total of $2 million will be awarded to successful applicants. This is one-time funding and awards will be capped at $100,000 per project.
DEADLINE:  4 p.m. on June 15, 2005.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please contact Kelly A. Hansen, Director, Adult Home Quality Initiatives, NYS DOH, Room 1861, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237; fax (518) 474-2881; e-mail

. . .On the Federal Level

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program, whose purpose is to assist states, Native American Tribes, and local governments in undertaking comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately owned housing for rental or owner-occupants. There are four categories of expenditures under this grant program: direct costs for lead hazard identification control activities; direct costs for other activities; indirect costs; and administrative costs.
ELIGIBILITY:  The applicant must be a state, Native American Tribe, city, county, or similar unit of local government.
FUNDING:   Approximately $93.6 million is available. A statutory minimum of 10 percent match is required.
DEADLINE:  For 2005, HUD is accepting electronic applications utilizing The application submission date is June 7, 2005.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Contact Linda Ciancio, Acting Director, Program Management and Assistance Division, Office of Lead Hazard Control, HUD, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room P-3206, Washington, D.C. 20410; phone (202) 755-1785, ext. 112. You may also visit

. . . Foundations and Organizations

Learning & Leadership Grants and Innovation Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation for the Improvement of Education

The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education provides grants for the purpose of engaging in high-quality professional development or implementing project-based learning and break-the-mold innovations that raise student achievement.
Learning & Leadership Grants are provided to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research and to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.
Innovation Grants support collaborative efforts by two or more colleagues to develop and implement creative project-based learning that results in high student achievement.
ELIGIBILITY:  Public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff in public higher education institutions.
FUNDING:   Learning & Leadership Grants range from $2,000 for individuals to $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.
DEADLINE:   Applications may be submitted at any time, and are reviewed three times per year, every year. The next deadline is June 1, 2005. Future deadlines are September 1, 2005 and February 1, 2006.

Community Giving Grants Program

Target Stores

Target Stores Community Giving grants program currently focuses on three areas: arts, family violence prevention, and reading. These grants: fund early childhood reading programs that promote a love of reading or encourage children to read together with their families; make art exhibitions, classes, and performances more affordable and accessible for families; and support family violence prevention programs and services, including parenting education, crisis nurseries, family counseling, after-school programs, support groups, and abuse shelters.
ELIGIBILITY:  Applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations or public agencies.
FUNDING:   Most grants will range between $1,000 and $3,000.
DEADLINE:  May 31, 2005. Applications must be submitted to a local Target store team leader, who will review the applications and make funding recommendations. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Visit for complete grant guidelines. Application forms are available online and at Target stores.

General Grant Program

NASD Investor Education Foundation

The NASD Investor Education Foundation supports educational programs and research with the goal of providing investors with high-quality, easily accessible information and tools to better understand investing and the markets. Funding is provided for: high-impact investor education programs or investor protection projects that are efficiently delivered and achieve significant and tangible benefits for the target audience; research that expands the body of knowledge and offers solutions in the fields of investor education and investor protection; and initiatives that lead with a research element and follow with a high-impact education or investor protection project based upon the results of the research.
Of particular interest to the Foundation are projects that: better prepare older Americans for handling their finances during retirement; encourage individuals to implement steps to achieve basic retirement security and avoid investing pitfalls; encourage women to take control of their financial future through investor education; advance practice, policy, and thought in the fields of investor education and investor protection; and encourage investors to check the background of financial professionals prior to doing business with them.
ELIGIBILITY:  The Foundation will award grants to organizations designated as tax-exempt according to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), and to nonprofit colleges and universities.
FUNDING:   There is no set minimum or maximum award amount. In 2004, grants ranged from $73,404 to $202,708, with an average grant of $106,051.
DEADLINE:   June 3, 2005.

Equipment for Fire Departments

First Responder Institute

First Responder Institute, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to emergency personnel to help them make their communities safer, is accepting grant applications from fire departments across the United States for the purchase of life-saving equipment.
ELIGIBILITY:  Fire departments. The IRS designation of a 501(c)(3) or any similar entity other than a "for profit" corporation is sufficient to meet the designation of being a legitimate applicant. The primary thrust of the program is directed to rural (small) departments that do not have a tax base for support. Although small departments have precedence, large municipalities will be considered.
FUNDING:   Approximately $200,000 will be available this year, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. There is a matching funds component.
DEADLINE:   Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next three deadlines are June 30, 2005, September 30, 2005, and December 31, 2005.

Local Initiative Funding Partners

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Local Initiative Funding Partners, a partnership program between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and local grantmakers, supports innovative, community-based projects designed to improve the health and health care for society's most vulnerable people. To be eligible for this program, projects must offer collaborative, community-based services that are new and innovative. Significant program expansions, such as a major expansion into new regions or to new populations, may also be considered. LIFP matching grants may not be used for the operation of existing programs.
ELIGIBILITY:  Applicants may be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not classified as a private foundation under Section 509(a).
FUNDING:   Up to $6 million will be awarded in the 2006 grant cycle, with grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 per project.
DEADLINE:   June 30, 2005.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Visit for complete program information, application procedures, and details on conference calls for applicants interested in submitting brief proposals.

Mini Grants

New York Council for the Humanities

The New York Council for the Humanities celebrates State Humanities Month each October. Mini Grant applications are welcome for public humanities projects with an event or events during October. Special consideration is given to: projects that reach underserved populations; projects that, without Council funding, might not happen; and organizations that need financial seed money so that they may secure long-term support from other sources.
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:   $250 to $2500.
DEADLINE:   Mini Grant applications for October events must be postmarked no later than May 15 in order to be included in the State Humanities Month celebration and calendar of events. (Mini Grants for other event dates are also accepted on a rolling basis.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Further information can be found at; by calling the Council's Grants Officer at (212) 233-1131, ext. 30; or by e-mail through the Web site.
Free Workshop
The Council is holding a grants workshop on May 19, 2005, in Rochester. This free workshop will provide an overview of the Council's funding guidelines and program goals. For reservations, contact the above number or send an e-mail message to with the phrase "grants workshop" in the subject line.

. . . Grant Writing

Grantseeking on the Web

The Foundation Center

Grantseeking on the Web will teach attendees how to develop an organized approach to conducting funding research on the Web. The class, which costs $195, will be held June 17, 2005 at the Foundation Center's New York City office. For more information, visit, or call (800) 424-9836.

Grantsmanship Training Program

Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: Syracuse, June 13-17, 2005 hosted by P.E.A.C.E., Inc.

The class will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and is kept at a maximum of 30 participants. The cost is $825, which includes 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 TGCI at (800) 421-9512 or visit For local information and arrangements, call Len Colella at (315) 470-3300.

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