November 2014
Vol. 28, Issue 9
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Recognition awards for teachers and citizens who educate students and individuals about violations of human rights in history
  • Funding to further the research of women with disabilities and the impacts of pregnancy
  • Grants to support the protection of historic battlefields
  • Funding to conduct research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for workers in the U.S.
  • Funding for projects that promote education and equality for women and girls
  • Awards for theoretical computer science graduate students
  • Fellowships for graduate students to complete their dissertations
  • 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 Education Department

The Board of Regents invites nominations for the Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. These awards provide recognition of a teacher and a citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State education about violations of human rights. The awards were established by the Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner.

  • Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

    Teaching Award Criteria: The nominee’s work related to violations of human rights will be judged according to the following criteria:

    • activities in public and/or nonpublic schools, including courses taught, extracurricular activities for students, school-wide programming, etc. within the last 5 years;

    • activities outside of school, such as workshops, presentations, exhibits, etc. which have benefited professional associations, higher education institutions, cultural institutions, civic groups and/or service organizations within the last 5 years;

    • total number of students, teachers and others reached through both in-school and out-of-school activities; and

    • impact of work on students, the local community, professionals and others.

    Citizen Award Criteria: The general criteria for this award are:

    • contributions on a local, regional and/or statewide basis to education about violations of human rights;

    • total number of students, teachers and others reached through the candidate’s work; and

    • impact of candidate’s contributions on others.

  • Funding: None

  • Deadline: December 15, annually.

  • Contact: Office of Curriculum & Instruction, Louis E. Yavner Award
    New York State Education Department, Room 318 EB
    Albany, NY 12234
    Phone: (518) 474-5922

On the federal level...

Department of Health and Human Services

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has released a funding opportunity announcement requesting exploratory/developmental research grant (R21) applications to investigate the incidence, course and outcomes of pregnancy among women with disabilities. The goal of this initiative is to stimulate research in this understudied area of significant importance to women, their partners and their families, and to develop evidence-based interventions and supports to achieve optimal pregnancy outcomes and early parenting experiences.

National Park Service

The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service invites non-profit groups, academic institutions and local, regional, state and tribal governments to submit applications for the 2015 Battlefield Planning Grants. The purpose of this grant program is to provide seed money for projects that lead directly to the identification, preservation and interpretation of battlefield land and/or historic sites associated with battlefields. The ABPP supports projects that lead to the protection of battlefield land and sites associated with battlefields. Project areas must be on American (U.S.) soil and/or within U.S. territorial waters.

On the private level...

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers in the United States. The foundation seeks research proposals that will broaden understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings and the quality of jobs of American workers. They are especially interested in funding analyses of original qualitative and quantitative data sources and novel uses of existing sources of data to address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the well-being of workers, today and in the future.

American Association of University Women

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014-15 academic year. Due to the long-standing, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.

Community Action Grants Career Development Grants
Selected Professions Fellowships


Scholars Awards…

Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science programs. These awards will be made to graduate students with an outstanding track record of research accomplishments. Theoretical computer science is unique in that graduate students working independently produce some of the best results in the field. With this award, the foundation seeks to identify and support these emerging stars by providing additional support to enable them to freely pursue their research interests.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation will award ten or more dissertation fellowships to graduate students who will complete the writing of their dissertation in 2016. The fellowships are intended to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work. Topics that interest the foundation include violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

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

Grant-seeking Basics: December 11, 20
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 11
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 6, 23
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics: December 23
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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