December 2013
Vol. 27, Issue 12
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding to support projects on energy efficiency innovations for data centers, and for information and communications technology
  • Funding to support research on factors that impact the functioning and quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during adolescence
  • Grants to support transitional living programs and maternity group homes
  • Funding for organizations to develop community-wide reading programs
  • Grants to support community art projects
  • Awards to encourage medical students to consider a career in academic geriatrics
  • 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 Energy Research and Development Authority

NYSERDA seeks proposals for research, product development and demonstration projects of energy efficiency innovations for data center and enterprise information and communications technology (ICT). The objective of this solicitation is to overcome barriers and speed the technical/market readiness of promising early-stage technologies and techniques that can improve energy efficiency in data centers and ICT used by NYS businesses. This solicitation is not intended to support residential or consumer ICT. Innovations and projects proposed to this solicitation must aim to improve efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen NYS’s industries that use ICT. This solicitation also seeks proposals for demonstration of an Advanced Concept Data Center that present holistic combinations of energy efficient innovations at scale that could prove disruptive to normal data center energy consumption. Projects proposed to this solicitation must fit into one of four (4) project types: Research and Feasibility, Product and Technology Development, Pilot Demonstration, or an Advanced Concept Data Center demonstration. See solicitation for further information on the project types. NYSERDA will hold an informational conference call/webinar about this solicitation to answer questions on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12 p.m., Eastern Time. To join this call dial (415) 655-0001, follow the instructions to enter the meeting access code 668 208 092 followed by the # sign. Additionally, you may join the webinar to view the presentation slides (optional) by directing your web browser to and entering the webinar event password PON2846 when prompted.

On the federal level...

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced available funding for their Understanding and Treating Co-Morbid Conditions in Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities program. This funding announcement, issued by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), invites applications from institutions and organizations that propose to focus investigator-initiated research on factors that impact the functioning and quality of life in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) during adolescence. NICHD seeks the development of studies that define cohorts of individuals with IDD (e.g. those with inborn errors of metabolism or other genetic syndromes, such as Down syndrome, Rett syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc.) and suitable comparison groups (typically developing adolescents, adolescents with other IDD conditions, etc.) to determine co-occurring behavioral and medical symptoms that may appear or change in both form and severity during adolescence. The objective of this funding announcement is to create a more substantial base of evidence to inform future research directions in studies of adolescents with IDD and to better meet the medical, psychosocial, and psychiatric needs of a growing population of individuals with IDD in the United States and internationally.

Administration for Children and Families

Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and for the Maternity Group Homes (MGH) funding opportunity announcement. The purpose of these grants is to provide runaway and homeless youth (RHY) an alternative to law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. Each TLP must provide qualified RHY with safe and appropriate shelter for a period not to exceed 540 days, or, under exceptional circumstances, 635 days. Each TLP must provide adult supervision and services, including basic life skills such as money management, budgeting, consumer education and use of credit, parenting skills (as appropriate), interpersonal skill building, educational advancement, job attainment skills, and mental and physical health care, as appropriate. MGHs are specialized transitional living programs targeting services to pregnant and/or parenting RHY and their children. MGHs provide the same services as a TLP, as well as parenting instruction (including child development), child care, transportation, family budgeting, nutrition and health services, family planning, comprehensive sex education, and pregnancy prevention services.

On the private level...

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is now accepting applications for their Big Read program to support organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities must focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalog.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced funding for their Our Town Project to support creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Through community partnerships among local government entities, arts and design organizations and artists, Our Town seeks to improve the quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. Our Town projects should represent the distinct character and quality of the community and must reflect the following principles:

Projects may include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design activities. For further information including guidelines, application materials, and FAQs, visit the Our Town program website provided below.

Scholar Awards…

American Federation for Aging Research

The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program, administered by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), encourages medical students to consider a career in academic geriatrics by awarding short-term scholarships. The 2014 MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, with the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Applicants will compete for up to 130 scholarships, and students may apply to conduct their MSTAR program in one of two different tracks. The National Training Center Track is for students who train at a National Training Center supported by the NIA. The Home Institution Track is for students who conduct the program at their own institution, if their school is one of the MSTAR participating schools.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in New York City during January 2014..
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: January 9
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: January 9, 16, 28
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: January 4, 14
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:January 14
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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