Grants Action News Logo June 2002
Vol. 16, #6

Information on Available State and Federal Grants

Grants Action News - NYSA
...On the State Level

  • Mentoring and Professional Development Program for Folklife and Traditional Arts

  • Reading for Results Tutorial Assistance Grants

  • Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

  • Collaborative Research Grants

  • Preservation and Access Grants

  • Community Food and Nutrition Program

  • Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)

  • Mentoring Programs

  • The Grantsmanship Center

  • Grants Action News by e-mail

  • ...and much more.
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    Mentoring and Professional Development Program for Folklife and Traditional Arts

    New York Folklore Society

    The New York Folklore Society, in partnership with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts, offers technical assistance and professional growth services to the folk arts field through its Mentoring and Professional Development Program.
    Folklife and traditional arts programming requires knowledge and skills in many areas, including fieldwork, artist self-management, marketing and publicity, concert production, interpretation and presenting, editing, graphic design, exhibit design, documentation, archives, and organizational management. People involved in this work need to keep current with developments in the field.
    This program provides opportunities for organizations and individuals engaged in or planning folklife and traditional arts programs in New York State to work with a consultant who offers expertise in the needed area. In this way, professional staff, folk artists, and leaders of community-based cultural organizations gain knowledge and develop or improve skills that help them become more successful in their work.
    ELIGIBILITY: Individuals and organizations engaged in or planning folklife and traditional arts programs in New York State are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, folk artists, community organizations, folk cultural specialists, arts councils, museums, historical societies and public libraries. Highest priority will be given to consultancies that directly benefit: 1) folk artists, or 2) community-based organizations in African American, Asian, Latino, Native American, European ethnic, rural or other underserved communities of the state.
    FUNDING: Short-term consultancies – up to $1,200; Quick response consultancies – up to $800; Ongoing consultancies – up to $1,800; Folk artist mentoring – $30 per hour plus travel; and Professional development exchanges – up to $250.
    DEADLINE:September 15, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Ellen McHale, Executive Director, or Dale Johnson, Director of Services, New York Folklore Society, P.O. Box 764, Schenectady, New York 12301; telephone (518) 346-7008; fax (518) 346-6617

    Reading for Results Tutorial Assistance Grants

    New York State Education Department

    The New York State Education Department is accepting applications for its Reading for Results Tutorial Assistance grants. They are provided to districts to fund tutorial assistance in reading in addition to interventions provided during the regular school day to children having difficulty in reading.
    The goal of this program is to: 1) provide kindergarten children with the readiness skills they need to learn to read once they enter school; 2) teach every child to read by the end of third grade; 3) improve the reading skills of students and the instructional practices of teachers and, as appropriate, other instructional staff; 4) expand the number of high-quality family literacy programs; and 5) provide early literacy intervention including tutoring for struggling readers and to reduce the number of children who are inappropriately referred to special education.
    ELIGIBILITY:Only students in K-3 eligible schools are eligible to receive tutorial assistance under Tutorial Assistance subgrants. Districts must meet one of the following criteria: 1) at least one school in their geographic area that is located in an empowerment or enterprise zone; 2) at least one school in Title 1 school improvement status; 3) the highest or second highest number of poor children in the state; or 4) the highest or second highest percentages of children living in poverty in the state.

    FUNDING:Grants up to $200,000 are available.
    DEADLINE:July 26, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:Contact Dr. James M. Gaughan, New York City School and Community Services, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, New York 12234; e-mail

    On the Federal Level...

    Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The program supports research in the area of market-based mechanisms and other incentives (MM&I) for environmental quality management.
    The terms "market mechanisms" and "incentives" refer to approaches that rely on economic incentives, market forces, or financial mechanisms to encourage regulated entities to reduce emissions, discharges, and waste generation, or generally improve environmental performance.
    STAR seeks applicants that will accomplish one or more of the following objectives: 1) identify and evaluate the most effective applications of MM&I for media-specific or cross-media environmental quality issues that federal, state, and local agencies must address; 2) identify the instrumental, technical, legal, and regulatory obstacles to successful implementation of MM&I approaches; 3) provide empirical estimates of MM&I cost-savings relative to existing or proposed regulatory programs; 4) demonstrate the relative effectiveness of MM&I programs in achieving environmental results, in a variety of situations, compared to traditional regulatory or other; 5) show how selected MM&I approaches can be transferred or generalized to other environmental problems or geographic/political scales.
    ELIGIBILITY:Academic institutions, non-profit institutions, and state or local governments are eligible.
    FUNDING:Approximately $1 million to $2 million is available for projects ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.
    DEADLINE: August 15, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:Contact Dr. Matthew Clark, EPA National Center for Environmental Research; e-mail; telephone (202) 564-6842; or fax (202) 565-2447. (note: e-mail inquiries are preferred)

    Collaborative Research Grants

    National Endowment for the Humanities

    The National Endowment for the Humanities announces funding for its Collaborative Research Grants. These grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that because of its scope or complexity requires additional staff or resources beyond the individual’s salary.
    Eligible projects include: 1) research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding in the humanities; 2) archaeology projects that interpret and communicate the results of archaeological fieldwork (i.e., survey, excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, and field reports); 3) translations into English of works that provide insight into the history, literature, philosophy, and artistic achievements of other cultures; 4) research that uses the knowledge, methods, and perspectives of the humanities that enhance understanding of science, technology, and medicine; and 5) conferences on a topic of major importance in the humanities that will benefit ongoing research.
    ELIGIBILITY:Non-profit organizations, state and local governmental agencies, U.S. citizens, or foreign nationals who have lived in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least three years prior to the time of application are eligible.
    FUNDING:Awards normally range from $25,000 to $100,000.
    DEADLINE:September 1, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Applications can be obtained by calling (202) 606-8446, sending an e-mail to, or writing NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C., 20506

    Preservation and Access Grants

    National Endowment for the Humanities

    The National Endowment for the Humanities seeks applicants for its Preservation and Access Grants. These grants support projects that preserve and make available the full range of humanities collections that are important for research, education, and lifelong learning. Grants are also given for the creation of research tools and reference works, for national and regional preservation training programs, and for research and demonstration projects that may explore the use of digital technology.
    Through Preservation Assistance Grants, the division seeks to reach small and mid-size institutions with support for basic preservation assessments, education, and collection storage improvements.
    ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit organizations, institutions, or consortiums, and state and local government agencies are eligible. Individuals are eligible for grants to create research tools and reference works.
    FUNDING: Grants range from $25,000 to $700,000, based on type of project.
    DEADLINE:July 1, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:Applications can be obtained by calling (202) 606-8446, sending an e-mail to, or writing NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C., 20506

    Community Food and Nutrition Program

    Office of Community Services (OCS)

    The Office of Community Services (OCS) announces funding for its Community Food and Nutrition Program. The program seeks to aid underserved and low-income families by improving their health and nutrition.
    The goals of the Community Food and Nutrition Program are: 1) to coordinate private and public food assistance resources to better serve the food and nutrition needs of low-income populations; 2) to assist low-income communities to identify potential sponsors of child nutrition programs and to initiate such programs in underserved or unserved areas; and 3) to develop innovative approaches at the state and local level to meet the nutrition needs of low-income individuals, including displaced workers, elderly people, children, and the working poor and other low-income individuals.
    ELIGIBILITY:State and local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and faith-based groups are eligible.
    FUNDING: Approximately $2.4 million is available.
    DEADLINE:July 8, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Applications are available at or contact Catherine Rivers, (202) 401-9354; the OCS Operations Center, 1-800-281-9519

    Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks applicants for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). The purpose of this initiative is to provide a program of technical assistance to recipients to develop or increase their capacity to undertake projects in the areas of housing, community facilities, and community and economic development in rural areas.
    The RCDI grant, which has a matching funds requirement, is made to an intermediary. The intermediary provides a program of technical assistance to recipients to build their capacity and ability to undertake projects in rural areas. The intermediary can be a private or public organization, including tribal, that has been organized a minimum of three years and has experience working with the recipients eligible for this program.
    ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit organizations, low-income communities, and federally recognized tribes, based on the definitions in the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) are eligible. Recipients must be located in eligible rural areas, as defined in the NOFA.
    FUNDING: $6 million is available. Grants range from $50,000 to $1 million.
    DEADLINE: July 2, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit or contact the Rural Housing Service National Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5037, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250; telephone (202) 720-4323

    Mentoring Programs

    Department of Education

    The Department of Education announces available funding to establish or implement mentoring programs. These programs will serve children with the greatest need living in rural or high-crime areas, troubled home environments, or who attend schools with violence problems.
    The programs must: 1) assist children in receiving support and guidance from a mentor; 2) improve academic performance; 3) improve interpersonal relationships between children and their peers, teachers, other adults, and family members; 4) reduce the dropout rate; and 5) reduce juvenile delinquency and involvement in gangs.
    ELIGIBILITY: Local educational agencies (LEAs), non-profit, community-based organizations (CBOs), including faith-based organizations, and partnerships between LEAs and CBOs are eligible.
    FUNDING: $17.5 million is available.
    DEADLINE:July 2, 2002.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact EDPubs at 1-877- 4EDPubs or visit For all other questions, contact Bryan Williams, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 3E259, Washington, DC 20202-6123; telephone: (202) 260-2391; e-mail

    Grant Writing

    The Grantsmanship Center

    Syracuse & Buffalo

    The Grantsmanship Center is offering grant writing classes in Syracuse: June 24-28, hosted by P.E.A.C.E.; and in Buffalo: July 15-19, hosted by the Junior League of Buffalo and Every Person Influences Children (EPIC). The five-day program is kept to a maximum of 27 participants and costs $775 per person.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: For Syracuse, call Len Colella at (315) 470-3300. For Buffalo, call Patti Montaldi (716) 884-8865. Or contact The Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512

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