November 2013
Vol. 27, Issue 11
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to support Arbor Day events and community tree planning and management
  • Funding to support clean energy school bus fleets
  • Funding to support advancements in the energy performance of both new and existing buildings in the residential, multi-family or commercial sectors
  • Funding to support drug-discovery programs for blood cancer and other hematological malignancies
  • Funding to support young scientists in developing distinguished research that may exert a major influence on the study of the brain
  • Award for aging research focused on biological gerontology
  • Grant writing classes


Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248

On the state level...

All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at in order to apply for certain New York State grant solicitations. Potential not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process of registering and prequalifying immediately, as this is a lengthy process.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced its Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program. The purpose of this program is to provide support and assistance to communities in the development and implementation of comprehensive tree planning, management, and education to create healthy urban and community forests that enhance the quality of life for urban residents. There are three grant categories under this Request for Applications: Quick Start Arbor Day Grants, Large Community Grants, and Community Grants. Quick Start Arbor Day Grants are available for “communities” defined as a municipality having a population of less than 65,000 or a not-for-profit organization having a project located within a municipality having a population of less than 65,000. Quick Start Arbor Day Grants are for the purpose of organizing and sponsoring an Arbor Day celebration. Eligible project applications must meet the following criteria:

  1. Arbor Day events must be located within a community that does not yet have any of the following elements of a tree program:
    • Certified arborist on staff
    • Tree inventory
    • Tree management plan
    • Tree City USA status
  2. Arbor Day events should be designed to maximize the involvement and support of community members and officials, and foster long-term municipal commitment to the goal of building a community tree management plan.
  3. Applicants are required to provide a schedule for their Arbor Day event and plans for public outreach and press coverage.

The U&CF program will also fund Large Community Grants and Community Grants to support the following: Tree Inventories, Tree Management Plans, Tree Planting, Tree Maintenance, and Invasive Insect Detection Surveys. Large Community Grants fund projects located within large cities and towns with populations of over 65,000. Community Grants fund projects located within communities with a population size less than 65,000.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking applications for the New York State Clean Air School Bus Program. This Program Opportunity Notice (PON 1896) solicits applications for projects that generate environmental and energy benefits by introducing either emission-reducing technology and idling reduction for diesel-fueled buses or alternative fuel buses into school bus fleets and accelerating the introduction of these technologies into the market. The program will retrofit school buses with Clean Air School Bus Equipment and Idling Reduction Equipment and will provide funding for Alternative Fuel School Buses.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

NYSERDA seeks proposals for development and demonstration activities that advance the energy performance of both new and existing buildings in the residential, multi-family or commercial sector. This Advanced Building Program solicitation encompasses a broad range of activities that address the technical, economic and market barriers of new or emerging energy-efficient building-related technologies, products and/or services. Preferred activities will support the development of innovative energy-efficient products/technologies, promote integration of high-performance and renewable energy and have broad impact on specific building types or sectors. Technology areas of interest include, but are not limited to: construction materials, strategies and practices; HVAC; lighting technologies; automation technologies enabling load flexibility and smarter background operations; and building integrated renewable energy systems. Energy improvements in buildings can also result from activities that do not involve development of new products or construction methods. Improvements can result from new policies, regulations or assessments. NYSERDA also seeks proposals for activities to remove inadvertent barriers that hinder the wider use of promising technologies. Added consideration will be given to technologies and opportunities that in addition to improving the energy and environmental performance, increase building resiliency, recovery, and adaptability to disruptions in the electric grid. The solicitation seeks project proposals for: applied research (proof of concept, studies); development activities; and pilot demonstrations. Research proposals submitted to validate/prove a concept must include a task for conducting a business analysis if the concept is found technically promising.

On the private level...

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is sponsoring a Request for Applications (RFA) through its Screen to Lead program to support drug-discovery programs specifically directed toward medicinal chemistry and/or drug target screening for hematological malignancies. LLS recognizes a significant need for investigators to receive resources for high-throughput screening and optimization of small molecules into drug-like compounds suitable for in vivo testing in a disease-relevant model that can be used for further preclinical proof-of-concept testing of the new drug target. New laboratories/projects will be selected to participate in a model of collaboration whereby LLS, the grantee, the sponsoring institution, and appropriate contract research service organizations (CROs) or core facilities at academic institutions work together to develop compounds with the potential to change the standard of care for patients with blood cancer. Continued funding/sponsorship will be contingent on available funds and assessments of progress toward the goals outlined in each individual proposal accepted by LLS.

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

The McKnight Scholar Award program gives promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career the opportunity for scientific development on important problems in brain science. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year. The intent of the program is to support the commitment by a young scientist to a career of distinguished research that may exert a major influence on the study of the brain. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate interest in solving problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical research.

Scholar Awards…

Ellison Medical Foundation

Sponsored by the Ellison Medical Foundation and administered by the American Federation for Aging Research, the Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research program is designed for outstanding mid-career scientists who propose new directions of high importance to biological gerontology. Projects that are high risk but high yield are particularly encouraged if they have the potential for leading to major new advances in our understanding of basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, but only if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include fundamental mechanisms in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during December 2013.
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: December 6
Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow.

Introduction to Finding Funders: December 6
This class provides a hands-on introduction on how to use the center’s comprehensive online database – The Foundation Directory Online – to research and identify potential funders. The Foundation Directory Online contains over 100,000 profiles of grant-making institutions.

Proposal Writing Basics: December 10
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:December 10
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

In addition:

Classes are held at The Foundation Center, located at:

New York Library
79 Fifth Ave. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

For additional training opportunities, to register, or for more information, call 212-620-4230 or visit

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