March 2014
Vol. 28, Issue 3
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding for high school programs that will develop and deliver educational training in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and advanced technology
  • Funding for research and evaluation proposals focused on childhood exposure to violence
  • Funding to implement an exchange program for American high school students
  • Grants to support ideas that improve the quality of life for service members and their families
  • Funding to support research on the role health care and insurance have on improving outcomes in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment
  • Postdoctoral fellowship for the collection and analysis of data on dating abuse among adolescents and young adults
  • 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

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals for the development and implementation of educational training programs in energy efficiency (EE), renewable energy (RE), and advanced technology (AT) for high school students. Proposers will be asked to develop and implement programs that prepare students for careers and/or post-secondary education, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills. Programs should deliver appropriate, high school-level content in EE, RE and/or AT; provide opportunities for students to acquire college credits, industry certifications, job experience, or other career-focused experiences; and, where appropriate, use non-traditional approaches to teaching and learning, such as multidisciplinary instruction and project-based learning to help students explore real-world problems and issues.

  • Eligibility:

    • Public, parochial or proprietary school districts, departments of education or BOCES accredited by the NYS Education Department;
    • Have NYS licensed and certified teaching staff committed to this project with documented experience in curriculum development and teaching in energy, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, career preparation, and/or related areas;
    • Possess experience integrating new material into existing curricula and/or developing new stand-alone curricular materials meeting local and NYS Department of Education standards for use in the secondary school;
    • Demonstrate connections to New York State-registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs, community colleges or four-year schools;
    • Demonstrate plans to engage business and industry partners and professional organizations; and
    • Establish or demonstrate a relationship with the NYS Department of Labor Career Centers.
  • Funding: $1,750,000 is available. NYSERDA anticipates awarding approximately eight to 15 contracts, with a maximum award of $200,000 per contract.

  • Deadline: March 26, 2014

  • Contact: Debora Moran
    Program Opportunity Notice
    2664 – Round 2
    NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
    17 Columbia Circle
    Albany, NY 12203-6399
    Phone: (518) 862-1090 ext. 3488

On the federal level...

United States Department of Justice

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) within the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for multidisciplinary research and evaluation proposals related to childhood exposure to violence. The NIJ is seeking proposals that address resilience, polyvictimization or justice system responses to children identified as exposed to various types of violence. For the purposes of this solicitation, “Children Exposed to Violence (CEV)” encompasses a broad area that includes children as both direct victims and as bystanders or observers of various forms of violence in the home, school or community (including, but not limited to, peer victimization/bullying/harassment, child maltreatment, domestic violence and community violence). This solicitation may be used to address other types of violence to which children are exposed, with the exception of media violence (e.g., television and movie violence, music-advocating aggression and violent video games).

United States Department of State

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) within the U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for their American Youth Leadership Program. The ECA seeks proposals to implement an exchange program for American high school students that will enable the participants to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. The award recipients will recruit and select participants from the United States and provide them with a three- to four-week exchange program in select countries abroad focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Upon returning home, the students will apply what they have learned to serve their schools and communities. The ECA plans to award multiple cooperative agreements for the management of the American Youth Leadership Program.

On the private level...

Newman’s Own, The Fisher House Foundation and Military Times

Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports America’s military in times of need, is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for the 2014 Newman’s Own Awards for creative ideas to improve the quality of life for service members and their families. Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation and the Military Times (Gannett Government Media Corporation) join together in presenting $200,000 in grants to the most creative military quality-of-life improvement plans.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has announced their request for applications focused on the Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment. Studies investigating how one or more factors impacting access and outcomes interact – such as insurance status, costs, capacity, personal characteristics, provider characteristics, components of the healthcare delivery system and other known factors – are encouraged. Potential areas of investigation include, but are not limited to:

1. How the structure and capacity of the healthcare system affect appropriate and timely access to cancer screening, early detection, treatment and palliative care services.

2. The provider and system factors that affect treatment patterns and quality of cancer care within the current healthcare systems.

3. The exploration of life course patterns of the entire spectrum of cancer care (from prevention and screening through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and supportive/palliative care) by linking diverse data sources for broad patient populations.

Scholar Awards…

United States Department of Justice

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for postdoctoral fellows to analyze existing data or collect new data on dating abuse among adolescents and young adults. The purpose of this program is to support the scholarship of one promising postdoctoral researcher to conduct original data collection and/or secondary data analyses on dating abuse among adolescents and/or young adults under the supervision of a mentor. Some areas of particular interest to NIJ include, but are not limited to, the following:

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes.
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: April 8
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: April 5, 8, 19
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: April 9
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:April 9
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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