New York State Education Department, Office of Early Education and Reading Initiatives
The purpose of this program is to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy
by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families. Programs help
parents become full partners in the education of their children, assist children
in reaching their full potential as learners, and provide literacy training for
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP)
OPRHP announces that organizations with an ownership interest in the property may
apply for funds under Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993 for the
acquisition, development, and improvement of parks, historic properties, and
heritage areas. In addition, municipalities may apply for funds under the Federal
Land and Water Conservation Fund for acquisition and development of outdoor
New York State Education Department, State Archives
Grants are available to help students explore the wealth of historical records in
New York State and promote increased cooperation between schools, institutions and
individuals that administer historical records useful for education.
...On the Federal Level
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts provides national recognition and support to
significant projects of artistic excellence and is committed to helping children
and youth acquire knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts as the foundation
for a lifetime of arts experience. This program is designed to advance learning in
the arts for children and youth.
The Starbucks Foundation awards grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve low
income, at-risk youth. These grants support innovative programs that enhance culture
diversity and involve families, schools and neighborhood organizations, particularly
in traditionally underserved communities. Grants are concentrated on two areas of
interest: the Power of Literacy, which focuses on programs that stimulate personal
development and encourage commitment to social equity, justice and environmental
awareness through writing, literacy and the promotion of the voices of youth in public
forums, and Leaders in Diversity, which focuses on programs that teach the value of
societal diversity, with an emphasis on the development of leadership skills to build
bridges of understanding between individuals, groups and communities.
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awards grants to originate innovative
and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual art. Grants are made to cultural
organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. The foundation states
that it is focused primarily on supporting work of a challenging and often experimental
Eastman Kodak Company
The Kodak American Greenways Awards are small grants available to promote the planning
and design of greenways in communities throughout the country. Greenways are corridors
of protected, public and private land that link recreational, cultural and natural
features; provide pathways for people and wildlife; protect forests, wetlands and
grasslands; and improve the quality of life for everyone. The awards are offered by a
partnership of the Eastman Kodak Company, the Conservation Fund and the National
Geographic Society and are intended to develop new, action-oriented greenway projects;
help grassroots greenway organizations; leverage additional money for conservation and
greenway development; and recognize and encourage greenway proponents and
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Ronald McDonald House Charities award grants to support programs that improve the
health and well-being of children, ages 0-18. Programs should address a significant
funding gap or critical opportunity, have long term impact in terms of duplication
or reach, and produce measurable results.
American Legacy Foundation
The American Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization established as part of the
settlement of a state attorneys general lawsuit against tobacco companies, works to
reduce tobacco use and its harmful effects. The Foundation has two goals: 1) to
arm all young people with the knowledge and tools to reject tobacco; and 2) eliminate
disparities in access to tobacco prevention and cessation services. As such, the
foundation has announced its Small Innovative Grants Program. Projects supported by
this program will advance innovative, evidence-based solutions to remedy the harm
caused by tobacco use in America. Legacy intends the Small Innovative Grants Program
to seed new projects, enable an organization to pilot a new idea or approach, or help
an organization gain a different perspective or better understanding of tobacco
control through research. Topic areas currently of greatest interest to the Foundation
are available through the Foundation’s web site.
The State University of New York College at Brockport is offering a one-credit grant writing course for staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations, students and interested community members. The course will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, May 19-20, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. SUNY Brockport is located 16 miles west of Rochester, New York.
The course is a practical guide to grant seeking and covers sources of funding for grants, difference between seeking support from governmental and non-governmental agencies, specific suggestions on writing successful proposals, preparing a budget, an individual meeting with the instructor, editing of a proposal written by the participant, and concludes with a funding simulation exercise.
The course offers one college credit on a pass/fail basis. The cost is $137 for undergraduate credit and $213 for graduate credit. For more information, please e-mail Colleen Donaldson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585) 395-5118.
COPE will hold two grant writing seminars in May: May 20 in Albany and May 23 in Kingston. Both seminars will feature Guerilla Grantsmanship Training and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will learn about the latest in grant writing techniques, software, and grants management tools. You will learn how to write hard-hitting proposals that work and then learn how to work your proposal to break down funding barriers. Contact COPE at (914) 466-0797 to register.