July 2013
Vol. 27, #7
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding for completed transportation projects of cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental significance.
  • Grants to encourage the exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe have influenced American society
  • Funding for senior volunteer programs
  • Grants for organizations focused on helping family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Grants for organizations that provide services to individuals living with paralysis
  • Scholar Awards for postdoctoral candidates to build on the nation’s capacity for research and leadership in addressing population health and contributions to policy change
  • Scholar Awards to encourage and support new and significant works of film by established scholars, writers, historians or researchers
  • 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...

New York State Department of Transportation

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is now accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP), a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The TEP will fund projects not generally eligible for funding through traditional transportation programs. Recognizing that transportation systems are influenced and affected by more than the condition of traditional infrastructure, the program enables funding for transportation projects of cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental significance. Projects must fall into one or more of the following categories: facilities for bicycles and pedestrians; scenic or historic highway programs; landscaping and other scenic beautification; preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian or bicycle trails); or environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity. All improvements funded through this program must be available for public access and use.

  • Eligibility: Municipalities (county, city, town or village); state agencies other than the New York State Department of Transportation; and state or local authorities are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations but must be sponsored by one of the three groups mentioned above.

  • Funding: $30,000,000

  • Deadline: August 16, 2013

  • Contact: Doug Burgey, Main Office
    50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232
    Phone: (518) 485-9959
    Email: doug.burgey@dot.ny.gov
    Website: www.dot.ny.gov/programs/tep
    A workshop schedule and a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators (Local contacts) can be found on the TEP website above.

On the federal level...

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. Eligible projects must:

Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for organizations interested in sponsoring local Senior Corps RSVP projects. Senior Corps programs utilize the skills and talents of adults age 55 and over in community service activities. The RSVP program (www.seniorcorps.gov/for_organizations/funding) engages these volunteers in a wide range of activities that meet community needs and national performance measures. The focus areas for these new grants are: education, healthy futures, veterans and military families, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and disaster. CNCS is seeking applicants that can demonstrate outcomes through the service of older adult volunteers in regions throughout the state. CNCS will host technical assistance calls to answer questions about this funding opportunity, including information about RSVP, how to apply through the e-grants system, and the performance measures. The 2014 RSVP NOFO, FAQs, and technical assistance information is available at www.nationalservice.gov/RSVPCompetition. In addition, the Senior Corps Virtual Conference will be held August 6-7, 2013. This virtual conference, free and open to the public, will provide information on the Senior Corps performance measures to help organizations develop programs that demonstrate measurable impact.

On the private level...

Family Caregiver Alliance

With continuing support from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is pleased to oversee the annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards program in its sixth year. This annual program recognizes organizations focused on helping family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Alliance will award grants to organizations in the areas of Creative Expression, Diverse/Multicultural Communities, and Policy and Advocacy. The Creative Expression award recognizes projects that use imaginative and creative approaches in supporting persons with dementia or family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Some examples are programs or projects using art, music, theater, journaling, multimedia (e.g., film, documentary, radio), or other types of creative expression. The Diverse/Multicultural Communities award recognizes programs or projects that provide services, support, or other types of outreach to family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in diverse ethnic, generational, religious, gender, rural, low-income, LGBT, or other communities. The Policy and Advocacy award recognizes programs or projects that advocate for systems change for the benefit of family/informal caregivers or care recipients with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. These efforts could focus on legislation, executive or administrative changes, advocacy campaigns, or any other action to strengthen the public or private sector’s recognition and support of family/informal caregivers.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis. The Foundation’s Quality of Life grants are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people living with paralysis, with some emphasis on but not limited to paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. The Quality of Life grants program was created to recognize and support organizations that help disabled individuals, their families and caregivers in ways that more immediately give them increased independence, day-to-day happiness, and improved access. Funding is awarded twice yearly to nonprofit organizations that improve access, provide education and job training, sponsor organized sporting opportunities, and provide more to individuals living with paralysis and their communities. The Reeve Foundation gives special consideration to organizations that serve returning wounded military and their families, and to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities.

Scholar Awards…

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program provides two years of support to postdoctoral scholars to build on the nation’s capacity for research and leadership to address the multiple determinants of population health and contributions to policy change. The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon collaboration and exchange across disciplines and sectors. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their Academy Film Scholars program to stimulate and support new and significant works of film. Established scholars, writers and historians are awarded grants to research topics that may include cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Each applicant must propose a new work, in the English language, encompassing some aspect of theatrical motion picture art, science, commerce, history or theory. Works solely exploring television, video or other media arts are not eligible. Proposed projects may be books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, DVD-ROMs or Internet sites. A ceremony is held each year to honor the selected scholars, and each scholar presents his or her projects or findings in a lecture at the Academy following the completion of their work.

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

Grant-seeking Basics: August 7
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.

Introduction to Finding Funders: August 7
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.

Proposal Writing Basics: August 8
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:August 8
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

How to Approach a Foundation:August 14
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.

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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