Farmland Protection Implementation Projects
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has released a Request for Proposals
to solicit State assistance payments for Farmland Protection Implementation Projects.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include counties with State approved agricultural
and farmland protection plans and other municipalities that have adopted a local farmland protection plan.
Municipalities must include a current letter from their county agricultural and farmland protection board
endorsing the proposed project for which State cost-share funding is requested.
FUNDING: The cost-share ratio has been established at a maximum of 75
percent State and 25 percent local.
DEADLINE: The proposals must be received (not postmarked) by the Department
no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2006. It is the Department’s intention to conduct a visual
survey of each project site prior to ranking all proposals. Consequently, proposals should contain enough
information to allow Department staff to identify the exact location and approximate boundaries of each
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Request for Proposals, including all associated
application forms, and the Department’s Standard Agricultural Conservation Easement are available for
printing from the Department’s website, www.agmkt.state.ny.us, under “Funding Opportunities.”
In addition, the Department’s staff can provide these documents via e-mail. To receive any or all of these
documents in digital form, or if you require a printed paper copy of the RFP or Standard Easement,
contact David Behm, Farmland Protection Program Manager, Division of Agricultural Protection
and Development Services, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, 10 B Airline Drive,
Albany, New York 12235; telephone (518) 457-2713; fax (518) 457-2716;
. . .On the Federal Level
Legal Assistance for Victims
United States Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women
The Office of Violence Against Women invites applications to increase the access to legal aid for victims
of domestic and other violence and abuse. Projects must address at least one of three specified areas:
implement cooperative efforts between victim service groups and legal assistance providers; direct legal
aid to victims; and training.
ELIGIBILITY: Law schools, legal clinics, legal aid and service programs, domestic
violence victims shelters, bar associations, sexual assault programs and other private nonprofit entities
and Native American tribal governments.
FUNDING: Up to $450,000 for projects serving up to nine counties or 500,000
people; $650,000 for projects serving 10 counties or more or 501,000 people; and $850,000 for projects
that are statewide or serve 901,000 or more. Projects are for two years.
DEADLINE: January 24, 2006.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (202) 307-6026 or visit
Assets for Independence Projects
United States Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Assets for Independence (AFI) provides five-year grants to organizations and agencies
that enable low-income individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency
by accumulating economic assets. Grantees provide financial literacy training to
participants and help them save earned income in special matched bank accounts
called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). IDAs enable low-income and low-wealth
families to accumulate savings for long-term assets such as a house, a small business,
or a higher education.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible grantees include community-based nonprofits
and State, local and Tribal government agencies and others, such as community
development financial institutions and credit unions. Please note that AFI does not provide
grants directly to individuals and their families. Interested individuals and families should
use the AFI Project Locator on the web site listed below to find an ongoing project near their
community, and then contact that project directly to learn about enrollment processes.
FUNDING: Anticipated total priority area funding is $18,000,000.
DEADLINE: This is a standing announcement and remains in effect
until cancelled or changed by the Office of Community Services (OCS). Applicants may
submit applications at any time throughout the year and OCS will review and make funding
decisions about applications submitted by any of three due dates: March 15, June 15, and
November 1. An organization that submits an application for review, but is not awarded a
grant, may revise their proposal and submit again in any succeeding application cycle.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact James Gatx, Manager, Assets
for Independence Program; (202) 401-4626; firstname.lastname@example.org. You may
also visit www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2005-ACF-OCS-EI-0053.html.
. . . Foundations and Organizations
Preserve New York Grant Program
Preservation League of New York State/Council on the Arts
The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on
the Arts announce the 2006 Preserve New York Grant Program. The program
provides funding to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations, and supports
three types of projects only: historic structure reports, historic landscape reports
and cultural resource surveys. Through the program, the Preservation League, a
statewide, not-for-profit organization, and the Council, the state's arts funding agency,
seek to support efforts to plan for the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of
historic buildings and landscapes throughout the state. The Preservation League especially
encourages projects that link preservation to smart growth land use planning; neighborhood
and "Main Street" revitalization; preservation initiatives along rural roads and other historic
transportation corridors; and projects that involve the continued use of historic municipal buildings
and historic bridges.
ELIGIBILITY: Municipalities and not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3)
status are eligible to apply unless they are applying for funding directly from the New York State
Council on the Arts' Architecture, Planning and Design Program (APD) for another project in 2006.
Groups are limited to one project with APD support per year. State agencies and religious institutions
are ineligible for support. Groups that previously received funding through this grant program must have
successfully completed their projects to be eligible for the 2006 grant round. The grant panel members
will evaluate: architectural and historic significance of the building, landscape or area; the need for the
project and for financial support at this time; the applicant group's ability to carry out the project within a
stated schedule; the applicant group's ability to raise sufficient funds to complete the project; the
appropriateness of the project budget and consultant(s); extent of local support for the project; and the
likelihood that significant restoration or planning work will result.
FUNDING: Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000 each.
No formal financial match is required, however, the Preservation League and the New York State
Council on the Arts expect to see a project budget that reflects the applicant's meaningful commitment
to the project. Please note that it is unlikely that this program will be able to provide full support for any
project. It is also expected that the consultant fee structure reflects the applicant's understanding of the
value of these professional services.
DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 1, 2006.
Please follow the directions included in the application for assembling the packets.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: If your organization and project meet these guidelines,
contact the League to discuss your potential application and to receive an application form.
Forms are not available online. You may contact Tania G. Werbizky, Director, Technical and Grant
Programs, at (607) 272-6510 or Lorraine E. Weiss, Program Manager, at (518) 462-5658, ext. 12, or at
Giving Voice Program
Through its Giving Voice program, the Starbucks Foundation will fund programs for youth, ages 6-18,
that integrate literacy with personal and civic action in the communities where they live. The Foundation
invites letters of inquiry from qualifying organizations that work with underserved youth in one of two areas:
1) Arts & Literacy – programs that innovatively address literacy and learning for the 21st century,
provide high standards of excellence in mastering basic skills, and promote youth voices through a
variety of venues; and 2) Environmental Literacy – programs that offer place-based approaches to
addressing environmental literacy and empower youth to be heroes for a sustainable environment in
their own communities.
ELIGIBILITY: Registered, nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that
deliver services to youth and address at least one of the program’s action areas.
FUNDING: Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000.
DEADLINE: The next deadline is March 1, 2006, with annual deadlines
of September 1 and March 1.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For program information, application procedures,
and eligibility questions, visit www.starbucks.com/aboutus/grantinfo.asp.
HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Program
The United States Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors, in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, has issued a Request for Proposals for its HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Program, which
is designed to strengthen local capacities to carry out effective HIV/AIDS prevention activities. Proposals
will be accepted for two tracts: 1) Implementation of HIV/AIDS Prevention Services Targeting Native Americans;
and 2) Implementation of HIV/AIDS Prevention Services Targeting African American or Hispanic Women at High
Risk of HIV Infection.
ELIGIBILITY: Local health departments, nonprofit community-based organizations, and
Native American tribes and nations.
FUNDING: A total of approximately $740,000 will be awarded.
DEADLINE: February 27, 2006.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.usmayors.org/hivprevention/rfp2006.pdf for
additional information and/or to download the complete RFP.
Small Innovative Grants Program
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. The foundation’s
Small Innovative Grants Program supports programs that advance innovative, evidence-based
solutions to remedy the harm caused by tobacco use in America. American 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.
ELIGIBILITY: State or local political subdivisions; legally constituted tax-exempt
501(c)(3) organizations; Indian reservations, Indian tribes, or tribal organizations or non-governmental
entities that serve such reservations.
FUNDING: Grants for up to $100,000 for the first year of funding are available.
Grantees may apply for a second year of funding for up to 50 percent of the first year’s amount.
Grantees must provide a 1:1 cash match for second-year funding. Match is encouraged but not required
for the first year of funding. American Legacy will accept applications for second-year funding in the last
quarter of the first grant year only.
DEADLINE: All applicants are required to submit a letter of intent by February 15, 2006
at 5:00 p.m., EST. Upon approval of the letter of intent, American Legacy will invite the selected applicants to
submit a full proposal in spring 2006. American Legacy will provide full proposal guidelines to organizations
that the foundation invites to apply based on the letters of intent. The next letter of intent cycle will occur in
summer 2006, and future cycles will occur every six months.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you have questions about the guidelines for letters of
intent for the Small Innovative Grants Program, you may contact Karen Martin, Associate Director of Grants
and Program Development, at (202) 454-5555 or via email at email@example.com.
Guidelines and application procedures may also be found at www.americanlegacy.org. American
Legacy requests that applicants use its online application system to electronically submit applications.
. . . Grant Writing
The Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to New York: Newburgh, January 9-13, 2006,
hosted by Orange County Community College and Rockland Community College, New York City,
January 30-February 3, 2006, hosted by the Institute for Community Living, and Buffalo, March 20-24,
2006, hosted by American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter.
The classes will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center and are kept at a maximum of 30
participants. The cost is $825, which includes one-year enrollment in the TGCI Membership Program.
A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less
To register, or to apply for a scholarship, contact TGCI at (800) 421-9512 or visit www.tgci.com. For local
information and arrangments, call Fontaine McNamara (Newburgh) at (845) 341-4337; Ben Sher
(New York City) at (212) 385-3030, ext. 3198; and Ryan St. Louis (Buffalo) at (716) 878-2372.