For more information contact:
Albany, NY 12248
or call the
Grants Action News hotline at
Local Assistance Program for Non-Toxic
Pest Management Training and Structural Improvements
Department of Environmental Conservation
The purpose of this program is to provide State financial assistance to municipalities
and non-profit corporations for training in non-toxic pest management methods and/or to
make minor repairs to municipal structures that will prevent or inhibit pest
infestations. Multi-municipal projects are encouraged.
ELIGIBILITY:Municipalities (including counties, cities, towns, villages, school
districts and improvement districts within a city, county, town, or village; local
public benefit corporations; local public authorities; Indian tribes residing within
New York State; and any combination of these) and not-for-profit corporations. Funding
available for not-for-profit corporations is limited. Although both training and
structural improvements are components of this program, the emphasis is on the municipal
training element. Any entity that intends to apply must request from the Department the
application package for further information on requirements for applying for assistance
under this program.
FUNDING:Grants of up to $30,000 per applicant are available. No funding match is
required. Applications for projects of up to $50,000 will be considered, if sufficient
funds are available. Additional information on this option will be included in the
DEADLINE:Applications will be accepted by the Department through September
FOR MORE INFORMATION: To obtain an application, contact John White, Environmental
Program Specialist 1, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625
Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7254; telephone (518) 402-8781.
Learning Technology Grants
New York State Education Department
The New York State Education Department has announced a competitive grant
application process for funds to enhance school capacity to implement the New York
State learning standards and to help students achieve higher academic proficiency
through the use of instructional technology across academic areas. Coordination
across all federal and state educational programs, including Model Schools, Teacher
Resource and Computer Training Centers, and the New York State Academy for
Teaching and Learning, is encouraged. Preference will be given to proposals that
primarily serve high need districts, focus on closing the performance gap,
restructure the teaching and learning environment, involve technology in classroom
teaching and learning, involve collaboration with other appropriate educational
institutions as well as non-public schools, and contribute local resources in
addition to grant funding.
ELIGIBILITY:Public School Districts and BOCES. The funding legislation
requires that applicants include a non-public school as a substantial and equitable
partner in technology acquisition and activities outlined in the proposal.
FUNDING:Up to $50,000 per award.
DEADLINE:September 23, 2002.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Call Constance Centrello at (518) 486-5832 or Ken Chieu
at (718) 722-2778.
Sacred Sites & Properties Funds
Available for Preservation of Religious Buildings
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is a private not-for-profit preservation organization
that administers the Sacred Sites & Properties Fund, which provides matching grants for
the preservation of religious buildings located in New York State. Grants can be used for
planning and executing repair and restoration work on properties and sites owned by
religious institutions. The funding is provided for financial and technical assistance
for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of religious properties of all denominations
throughout New York State. The Conservancy works closely with clergy, building committee
members, and trustees, providing vital information and necessary funding to historic
churches, synagogues, mosques, and meeting houses. The Conservancy helps to ensure that
the buildings will be properly preserved, and can save congregations time and money as
they begin restoration projects.
FUNDING: Grants of up to $15,000 are available.
DEADLINE:November 1 and May 1; same funding cycle every year.
ELIGIBILITY:Religious institutions of all denominations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the New York Landmarks Conservancy at 141 Fifth
Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10010; (212) 995-5260.
On the Federal Level...
Matching Funds Available for Wetland
and Wetland-Associated Upland Conservation Projects
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands Conservation
Council are seeking proposals that request matching funds for wetland and
wetland-associated upland conservation projects under the Small Grants Program.
Projects must meet the purposes of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act
(NAWCA) of 1989, which seeks to promote long-term conservation of North American
wetland ecosystems and the waterfowl and other migratory birds, fish and wildlife
that depend upon such habitats.
FUNDING: For 2002, the Small Grants program has been made operational at a
base level of $1 million and between $1 million and $2 million in Small Grants
projects may be funded.
ELIGIBILITY:State and Local Governments, Indian Tribal Governments, Nonprofit
and For-Profit Organizations, and individuals. Priority will be given to projects
from new grant applicants with new partners, where the project ensures long-term
conservation benefits. Previous NAWCA grant recipients are also encouraged to
apply; as the project resource value is the critical factor in determining
DEADLINE: Proposals must be postmarked no later than Friday, November 29,
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Keith A. Morehouse, Small Grants Coordinator,
at (703) 358-2282; or Office Secretary, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation at
Rural Opportunity Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service of the United States Department of Agriculture
has announced the availability of grants from the Rural Business Opportunity Grant
(RBOG) Program for Fiscal Year 2002, to be competitively awarded. The primary objective
of the program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided
to rural areas under this program may include technical assistance for business
development and economic development.
ELIGIBILITY: Local and tribal governments.
FUNDING: A total of $2.1 million of non-earmarked funds is available for the
RBOG program for FY 2002. To ensure that a broad range of communities have the
opportunity to benefit from the available funds, no grant will exceed $50,000, unless
it is a multi-state project where funds may not exceed $150,000.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information and copies of the application
package, contact the USDA Rural Development State Office at The Galleries of Syracuse,
441 South Salina Street, Suite 357, Syracuse, New York 13202-2541; (315) 477-6400. Or
contact the Rural Business-Cooperative Service at (202) 720-1400.
Fulbright Teacher and Administrator
Department of State
The U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program
allows U.S. and foreign teachers and administrators to live and study in a foreign
country for 6 weeks, a semester or an academic year. The program is designed to
strengthen international relations of the United States by promoting mutual
understanding through educational exchanges.
ELIGIBILITY:U.S. and foreign educators, from elementary and secondary levels,
2-year colleges and 4-year institutions are eligible to apply for positions abroad.
Program applicants must hold at least a Bachelor's degree; be a U.S. citizen fluent
in English; have a current full-time teaching or administrative assignment in the U.S.
or one of its territories; be in at least the third year of full-time teaching or
administration; and have not participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange longer than
8 weeks in the past 2 years.
FUNDING: It is estimated that 530 awards will be granted in fiscal years 2002
and 2003. Grants will range from $2,000 to $24,000.
DEADLINE: October 15, 2002.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Ruta Chagnon, Program Contact, Department
of State, ECA/A/S/X, Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Branch, SA-44, 301
4th Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20547; telephone (202) 619-4556; fax (202) 401-1433;
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Information can also be obtained at the program's web
Eliminating Lead Poisoning as a
Threat to Young Children
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office of the Department of Housing and
Urban Development has announced the Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP),
which is designed to leverage private sector resources to eliminate lead poisoning as
a major public health threat to young children. Operation LEAP funds will be used to
support non-profit and for-profit entities with substantial fund raising and/or
leveraging skills to use those skills to mobilize substantial private sector resources
for addressing lead hazards in housing. HUD is particularly looking for innovative or
creative regional or nationwide fund raising and/or leveraging and mobilization
strategies that can yield large amounts of contributions in a two-year time frame and
also increase awareness of lead hazards and abatement measures in the home.
ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and entities.
FUNDING: $6.5 million total funding available.
DEADLINE: October 31, 2002.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:For information and technical assistance, contact Ellis
G. Goldman, Director, Lead Hazard Control Grants Division, Office of Healthy Homes
and Lead Hazard Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh
Street, SW, Room P3206, Washington, D.C. 20410. Or telephone (202) 755-1785; hearing
or speech impaired individuals can reach this number by calling the toll-free
Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
The Grantsmanship Center is offering a grant writing class in Rochester, October
28-November 1, hosted by Rural Opportunities, Inc. The five-day program is kept to a
maximum of 27 participants and costs $775 per person, which includes one-year
enrollment in The Grantsmanship Center Inc.’s Membership Program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Contact Doris Griffin at (585) 340-3376 or the Grantsmanship
Center at (800) 421-9512.
Syracuse University’s Continuing Education/University College Humanistic Studies Center
is holding a Grant Writing Workshop, October 4, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics will
include conducting needs assessments, developing project concepts, scanning the
environment to identify potential funding sources, writing a successful budget proposal
and use of the Internet in proposal development. The session costs $159 per person.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Peggy at (315) 443-3271 for more information or to
The State University of NY College of Brockport is offering a one-credit grants
writing course for staff of non-profit organizations, students and interested
community members. The course will be offered on two consecutive Saturdays (it is
a two-day course, October 5th and 12th from 8:30am-4pm on both days. SUNY Brockport
is located 16 miles west of Rochester, NY. Continuing education credits and a
certificate will be issued to those who complete the course. The $150 fee includes
training, course materials and editing assistance for one proposal submitted by
participants. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Groves at (585)
395-2523 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.