December 2012
Vol. 26, #12
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants for brownfield redevelopment
  • Funding to improve energy efficiency in new and renovated buildings
  • Grants for studying the impact of human needs on the environment
  • Grants to fund medical trials for the prevention of Alzheimerís disease
  • Funding for scholarships in educational nursing programs
  • Donations to aid non-profits in job training, education and growth opportunities
  • 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...

Department of State

Under the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program, the New York State Department of State (DOS) provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities and community-based organizations to complete revitalization and implement strategies for areas affected by the presence of brownfield sites or economic distress. Brownfields are dormant properties where contamination or perceived contamination has impeded investment and redevelopment, making them an economic and environmental drain on localities. Through BOA funded strategies, brownfields are transformed from liabilities to community assets that generate businesses, jobs and revenues for local economies and provide new housing and public amenities.

  • Eligibility: Community-based organizations and municipalities within New York State. Funding: Up to 90% of total eligible project costs.

  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

  • Contact: Office of Communities & Waterfronts
    New York Department of State
    Suite 1010
    One Commerce Plaza
    99 Washington Ave.
    Albany, New York 12231-0001

  • Phone: (518) 474-6000

  • Website:

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications from eligible building owners and leaseholders for financial incentives to improve the energy efficiency of new and substantially renovated buildings. The New Construction Program offers technical assistance to identify and evaluate energy-efficiency measures, capital financial incentives for installation of cost-effective electric measures and additional incentives for green buildings.

On the federal level...

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundationís Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) activities aim to understand how human needs can be met equitably without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Through interdisciplinary research and education, SEES works to increase our understanding of the integrated system of society, the natural world, and the alterations humans bring to Earth. The purpose of the Coastal SEES grant is to understand the dynamics of this coupled human-natural system in order to inform societal decisions about the uses of coastal systems, including for economic, aesthetic, recreational, research and conservation purposes.

National Institutes of Health

The objective of the Alzheimerís Disease Prevention Trials initiative is to enable the testing of promising pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in asymptomatic at-risk individuals and/or individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and in doing so identify avenues for prevention of Alzheimerís disease (AD).

On the private level...

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

New Careers in Nursing, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, is designed to help alleviate the nursing shortage in the United States and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program will provide scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and masterís nursing programs.

TD Charitable Foundation, funded by TD Bank N.A.

TD Charitable Foundation offers the Non-Profit Training Resource Fund to provide donations to support job training, education, and growth opportunities for employees of nonprofit organizations. The fund provides donations for eligible community-based organizations for employees to attend approved classes/courses that will enhance their job performance.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during January 2013:

Grant-seeking Basics: January 5, 23
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.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:January 2
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

Introduction to Finding Funders: January 5, 23
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.

How to Approach a Foundation: January 22
Attendees will learn how to initiate contact with potential donors, plan calls and meetings, and build partnerships with sponsors. This class is intended for fundraisers who have some experience but are not experts.

Proposal Writing Basics: January 2
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

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

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