January 2013
Vol. 27, #1
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding for the development and preservation of natural heritage collections and programs
  • Grants to address maternal and infant health outcomes
  • Funding to create community-wide reading programs
  • Grants to support grassroots efforts in creating social change
  • Funding for education programs in food and agriculture
  • 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...

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program (ZBGA) is funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This program provides funding to develop educational, cultural and recreational programs interpreting our natural heritage as well as support for the permanent collections of eligible institutions.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be public or not-for-profit organizations; Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Herbariums, Arboretums, Aquariums, Bird Sanctuaries, Natural Habitat Preserves, Natural Science Museums, and Nature and Environmental Centers which own, house and care for living or systematically organized collections of biological specimens and which primarily provide such services to the general public on a regular basis.

  • Funding: This grant application will be for a three year contract ending in 2016. The average initial grant award is $15,000.

  • Deadline: April 1, 2013

  • Contact: Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
    Attention: Catherine Class
    Program Manager
    ZBGA- 2nd Floor Grants
    Albany, NY 12238
    Phone: (518) 474-0428
    Email: Catherine.Class@parks.ny.gov
    Website: http://nysparks.com/grants/zoos-botanical-gardens/default.aspx

New York Department of Health

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (BMCH), announces the availability of funds to support community-based programs to improve maternal and infant health outcomes including preterm birth, low birth weight, infant mortality and maternal mortality rates. The funding announcement consists of two components. Component A will support collaborative development and implementation of multi-dimensional community-wide systems of integrated and coordinated community health programs and services to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. Component B will support the expansion, enhancement and/or establishment of specific evidence-based home visiting programs that have been shown to positively impact maternal health, child health and child maltreatment outcomes.

On the federal level...

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program is a competitive grant program intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs should aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional work force.

On the private level...

National Endowment for the Arts

The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program supports non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. Proposals will only be considered if they are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Only organizations with operating budgets less than $500,000 may apply. In making funding decisions, they focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change. Although the Foundation appreciates the value of direct service programs in meeting individual and family needs, we do not fund such programs.

Grant writing

The Foundation Center

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

Grant-seeking Basics: February 6, 22
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 Writing Basics: February 20
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:February 20
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: February 22
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.

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 www.foundationcenter.org.

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