September 2013
Vol. 27, #9
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants for water-quality improvement projects
  • Grants for early-career medical and surgical specialists to establish a research track record in aging-related aspects of their specialty
  • Funding to support the study of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse among the homeless and unstably housed
  • Grants for K-12 schools to develop or maintain garden projects on school grounds
  • Funding for K-12 public school improvement projects
  • Fellowships for women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering
  • Research fellowships for early-career scientists with unique hypotheses for cancer prevention
  • 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...

All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at in order to apply for certain New York State grant solicitations. Potential not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process of registering and prequalifying immediately, as this is a lengthy process.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of grants for Round 11 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program. WQIP is a competitive, statewide reimbursement grant program open to local governments and not-for-profit corporations for projects that directly address documented water quality impairments including projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality and restore habitat in New York’s waterbodies.

  • Eligibility: Municipalities; municipal corporations; soil and water conservation districts; and not-for-profit corporations.

  • Funding: Funding for the program is primarily from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and includes:

    • $18.4 million for non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control;

    • $8.8 million for wastewater treatment, aquatic habitat restoration and/or municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) projects statewide; and

    • $4 million for resiliency projects implementing natural infrastructure designed to mitigate the impacts of floods, storm surge and other effects of climate change.

    Other funding sources include:

    • $2 million for the Peconic Estuary Program in the Bond Act for nonpoint source, wastewater and/or aquatic habitat restoration projects, only in the Peconic Estuary;

    • $12 million from NY Works II for wastewater effluent disinfection and failing on-site treatment systems; and

    • $190,716 from the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) for coastal nonpoint source projects.

    Additional funding may be used towards projects received in response to this Request for Proposals. Total awards will not exceed $63 million.

  • Deadline: November 8, 2013

  • Contact: Water Quality Improvement Projects
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    Division of Water
    625 Broadway, 4th Floor
    Albany, New York 12233-0001

On the federal level...

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health has announced funding for its Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program. Administered by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the goal of the GEMSSTAR program is to promote future leaders in clinical aging research across the range of medical and surgical specialties. To accomplish this goal, NIA will provide two years of support for small research projects to physicians trained in medical or surgical specialties who seek to become clinician-scientists in aging-related aspects of their specialty. This unique NIH award combines this NIA research project funding with additional funding identified by eligible applicants to undertake an individualized professional development plan aimed at bolstering their research, clinical and/or leadership skills in aging/geriatrics. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, physicians in traditional medical or surgical specialties, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, family medicine practitioners, general internists, general surgeons, geriatricians, hospitalists, neurologists, obstetricians/gynecologists, palliative care physicians, physiatrists and psychiatrists. Applicants must have a faculty appointment by the start of the award. This program is intended for early-career physicians trained in medical or surgical specialties to establish a research track record in aging-related aspects of their specialty. The award will provide an opportunity to gain skills and experience in aging research and help investigators establish an independent program of research in their clinical field relevant to geriatric or gerontologic science.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health has announced funding for its HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Among the Homeless and Unstably Housed research program. Administered through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this funding opportunity invites research grant applications focused on homeless or unstably housed persons to elucidate the interconnections among substance use, HIV/AIDS and other co-morbidities. The funding announcement encourages studies on the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of effective HIV-prevention interventions, research related to the epidemiology of HIV infection and substance use and health services studies to improve the quality of substance use prevention and treatment services for the homeless and unstably housed populations.

On the private level...

Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps

The Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps have collaborated to develop the School Garden Grant Program which is now accepting applications. This program supports school garden projects that help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for K-12 Public School Improvement projects. For the 2013-14 school year, the foundation will give priority to basic necessities, with a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/cleanup projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and help build stronger community spirit are encouraged. Grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships or third-party funding.

Scholar Awards…

Zonta International

Zonta International is now accepting applications for their Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The fellowship, awarded to 35 fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society seeks promising early-career scientists with unique hypotheses for cancer prevention and study to apply for their research grants and fellowships. The goal is to provide tested theories and conclusions that will foster the next generation of cancer research and create a strong foundation of preliminary evidence to make scientific advancements. The types of grants and fellowships currently available include: grants for independent investigators, mentored training and career development, pre-doctoral training, professorships, special initiatives and international research programs.

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

Grant-seeking Basics: October 29
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: October 29
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: October 24
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:October 24
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:October 15
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

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