For more information contact:
Albany, NY 12248
or call the
Grants Action News hotline at
Farmers' Market Grant Program
Department of Agriculture and Markets
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invites proposals for the construction,
reconstruction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation of farmers' markets in New York State.
Proposed projects should be completed within two construction seasons.
ELIGIBILITY: Municipal corporations, regional market authorities, public
benefit corporations, not-for-profit corporations, and agricultural cooperatives organized pursuant
to the Cooperative Corporations Law. For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible to apply for
funding under this program.
FUNDING: Grant Awards for any individual project shall not exceed $50,000;
awards are to be distributed under the rules of the RFP.
DEADLINE: December 28, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Applicants with questions about requirements for this
Grant Program should contact Jonathan Thomson of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets,
10B Airline Drive, Albany, New York 12205; by phone at (518) 457-7076, by fax at (518) 457-2716, or by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions must be submitted in writing (by mail, fax or e-mail)
to Mr. Thomson by December 20, 2004.
Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Material
State Education Department, State Library
The New York State Library is offering grants for projects that contribute to the preservation of significant
research materials in libraries, archives, historical societies and other agencies in New York State, whether
by conducting surveys, improving collection storage environments, reformatting or treating collections or other
preservation activities described in the program guidelines.
ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit archives, libraries, museums, historical societies
and similar institutions in New York State and consortia or cooperating groups of such agencies; colleges
and universities; professional associations, or other not-for-profit institutions or systems that provide services
FUNDING: $500,000 is available for conservation and preservation of library research
materials. Grants will be available in amounts from $1,500 to $30,000.
DEADLINE: Applications must be received in the Conservation/Preservation office
by 5:00 p.m., December 3, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: To obtain eligibility criteria, additional information or a
copy of the application and guidelines, potential applicants should contact the New York State Library,
Conservation/Preservation Program, Room 10-B-41, Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York 12230; call
(518) 486-2197; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cp.
…On the Federal Level
We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions, and Culture
National Endowment for the Humanities
As part of its We the People initiative, the NEH invites proposals for challenge grants designed to help
institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for humanities activities focused
on exploring significant themes and events in American history. Grants may be used to support long-term costs
such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, acquisitions, and conservation of collections.
Grants may also be used to establish or enhance endowments that generate expendable earnings for
ELIGIBILITY: Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums,
public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations,
scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.
FUNDING: We the People challenge grants assist institutions in developing sources
of support for humanities programs and fundraising is an integral part of the long-term planning required by the
program. The requested grant amount should be appropriate to the humanities needs and the fundraising
capacity of the institution. The federal portions of NEH We the People challenge grants will likely range between
$300,000 and $1,000,000, and grant recipients must raise, from nonfederal donors, three times the amount of
federal funds offered.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2005.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact NEH's Office of Challenge Grants at (202) 606-8309
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at (866) 372-2930.
...Foundations and Organizations
Get Real, Get Fit!
Libraries for the Future
Libraries for the Future, with support from the MetLife Foundation, is sponsoring Get Real, Get Fit!, a program
of library-based activities and discussions focused on physical fitness and healthy eating for teens and their
families. Get Real, Get Fit! was developed by Libraries for the Future in response to the MetLife Foundation’s
interest in how libraries could be helpful in educating teens and their families about healthy lifestyles based
on good nutrition and physical fitness.
ELIGIBILITY: Public libraries.
FUNDING: Forty libraries will be selected for the program, with winners receiving
a cash grant of $1,500 to $2,500.
DEADLINE: December 10, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.lff.org/news/GRGF_rfp.html.
Support for Programs for Adults with Disabilities
Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation
The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation seeks “to change the face of disability on the planet.” As part of this
mission, the foundation funds programs of nonprofit organizations that are led by or support adults with
disabilities. The foundation encourages applications for distinctive projects that make a difference in the
lives of people with disabilities. Support is provided for programs in the areas of education, advocacy,
and the arts.
ELIGIBILITY: Organizations must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS
Code and have been in existence two years or longer. Support from other sources in the community must be
demonstrated in the grant application.
FUNDING: Grants from the foundation range from $1,000 to $5,000 per project.
DEADLINE: May 1 and November 1 annually.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.ela.org/grants/grants/html.
Save Our History National Grant Program
The History Channel has announced the first year of its Save Our History National Grant Program. The
program will award grants to historical organizations that partner with educators on unique, rewarding
projects that help students learn about and appreciate the history of their local communities.
ELIGIBILITY: Historical societies, preservation organizations, museums, historic sites,
and other history organizations that partner with schools on Save Our History projects can apply for these
grants. To be eligible, these organizations must work with partner educators who utilize the Save Our
History Educator’s Manual. Projects must focus on a significant aspect of community history.
FUNDING: The History Channel will award grants between $1,000 and $10,000.
DEADLINE: December 3, 2004.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.saveourhistory.com.
Meacham Foundation Memorial Grants
American Humane offers the Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant annually to provide financial
assistance to animal care agencies for shelter expansion or improvements. These grants are made
only for construction, capital improvements, or equipment that directly impacts the welfare of animals
in the shelter.
ELIGIBILITY: Animal care agencies incorporated and classified as 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organizations or public (local government) agencies. Agencies must also be current members
of American Humane at the Associate Agency Member level to qualify for a Meacham grant.
FUNDING: Grants may be awarded in any amount up to $4,000.
DEADLINE: February 28 annually. Next deadline is February 28, 2005 with
grant request accepted after January 1.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.americanhumane.org.
Unsung Heroes Awards Program
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program is designed to recognize classroom heroes who "take teaching to
new heights and make learning fun." Through the program, ING annually presents awards to K-12 educators
across the United States to help further their projects within their school or school system. The program is
managed by Scholarship America.
ELIGIBILITY: All K-12 education professionals. Specifically, applicants must be
employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school; full-time educators, teachers, principals, or
paraprofessionals; or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning.
FUNDING: Total funding is $240,000 for 100 awards.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2005.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Detailed program information and an application
form can be obtained by visiting the ING Unsung Heroes awards program web site, www.ing.com/unsungheroes/.
Council on Opportunities for Professional Excellence (COPE)
COPE will be holding a Grant Writing Seminar, Guerilla Grantsmanship©, on November 29, 2004
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kingston Ramada Inn. Attendees will receive the Guerilla Grantsmanship manual on
CD in addition to the full day training. Learn how to write hard-hitting proposals that work and then learn how to
work the proposals you write. To register, please call (845) 756-2301 or e-mail COPE at email@example.com.
You may also visit COPE’s web site at www.copeinc.com for more information on the Guerilla