Palmesano July ‘Grants Action News’ Update

July 13, 2017

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) is sending his “July Grants Action News Update” to residents, organizations and local governments about a series of grants available from the state, federal government and private entities. Each month, the Assembly provides an updated list of grants for a variety of categories.

“During a time of economic recovery, grants can play an integral part in helping our local communities complete needed infrastructure repairs or support under-funded projects,” said Palmesano. “Many people don’t realize the scope of available opportunities because they aren’t sure where to look. The ‘Grants Action News’ bulletin makes finding these grants much easier by consolidating the information and making it available to everyone. I hope residents, organizations and local governments throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will be able to use this resource to find much-needed support to strengthen communities in our rural area.”

The Grants Action News bulletin is updated at the beginning of each month with newly-available grants and information on how to apply. Continuing his monthly updates, Palmesano will be providing regular updates on his Assembly website at:, as well as posts to his Facebook page – just like “Assemblyman Phil Palmesano” to stay up-to-date on new grant information.

The update can be accessed here:

State Grants

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) seeks proposals from not-for-profit organizations and units of local government to provide alternative to incarceration (ATI) programs and services to criminal justice-involved populations. Applicants will be expected to clearly articulate their goals regarding reducing recidivism and reducing reliance on incarceration, and how these goals will be achieved through funded interventions. Questions regarding this RFP must be emailed to Responses to the questions will be posted on the DCJS website at on or about the date indicated below. If the applicant has any general questions such as, “Did DCJS receive my email?” please call 518-457-9787. Please note that DCJS cannot answer substantive questions concerning this solicitation in any manner other than the email method.

■ Eligibility: Not-for-profit organizations and units of local government in New York State are eligible to submit applications.

■ Funding: A total of approximately $9.2 million is available to support the program models described in the announcement at the website listed below.

■ Deadline: August 4, 2017, noon.

■ Contact: Ben Lazarus, DCJS Office of Program Development and Funding Phone: 518-485-7906 Email: Website:

Federal Grants

National Maritime Heritage Grants, Department of the Interior, National Park Service

The Grants Program funds maritime heritage education and preservation projects designed to enhance public awareness of and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the U.S. This can include historic maritime properties, especially those relating to naval, navigational or commercial activities associated with the sea or inland waters. Projects may also include maritime heritage collections that are collected and maintained so they can be properly cared for, studied and interpreted for public benefit. Additionally, the Grants Program will fund traditional maritime skills, meaning skills consisting of those naval, commercial and navigational activities relating to the sea or inland waters which are handed down from generation to generation by word-of-mouth or practice. Maritime history topics which consist of intangible maritime resources and include any topic related to the maritime heritage of the U.S. may also be funded.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants include: state governments, nonprofits, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, public institutions of higher education and local governments.

■ Funding: Approximately $2.5 million is available to fund approximately 30 awards. Education awards will be awarded from $15,000 to $50,000. Preservation awards will be awarded from $50,000 to $200,000. A 1:1 non-federal matching grant is required.

■ Deadline: September 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

■ Contact: Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, Historian & Maritime Grants Manager, or Anna Gibson Holloway, Maritime Historian Phone: 202-354-2266 Email: Website:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (OMH)

The OMH administers cooperative agreement and grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative (ECI) seeks to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact. The program is intended to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity and serious mental illness. The ECI seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborations that include academic medical centers, prevention research centers, teaching hospitals or tribal epidemiology centers and community-based organizations. Organizations should choose only one of the three focus areas to address within the application. Visit

to access the funding opportunity announcement, register to receive updates and learn how to submit an application.

■ Eligibility: The following applicants are eligible: state, local and special district governments, independent school districts, public, state and private institutions of higher education, public and Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and small businesses.

■ Funding: OMH anticipates funding up to 16 cooperative agreements from $300,000 to $350,000 each, for an approximate total of $5 million, for a 1-year period of performance, for a project period of 3 years.

■ Deadline: August 1, 2017.

■ Contact: Sonsiere Cobb-Souza Phone: 240-453-8444 Email: OMH Website:

Private Grants

American Honda Foundation (AHF)

AHF was established by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., to commemorate its 25th anniversary in the U.S. The AHF engages in grant making, which is characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. It supports youth education with a specific focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy.

■ Eligibility: Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or private/public elementary and secondary school districts as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics are eligible for funding. Organizations must have 2 years of audited financial statements examined by an independent CPA if gross revenue is $500,000 or more.

■ Funding: The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a 1-year period.

■ Deadline: August 1, 2017.

■ Contact: Nichole Whitley Phone: 310-781-4091 Email: Website:

Scholar Awards

National Science Foundation

The primary objective of the National Science Foundation’s Cultural Anthropology (CA) program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences and complexities of human social and cultural variability. The CA program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged and methodologically sophisticated research in all subfields of cultural anthropology. Priorities include research that increases our understanding of sociocultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes; resilience and robustness of sociocultural systems; conflict, cooperation and altruism; economy, culture, migration and globalization; cultural and social drivers of health outcomes and disease transmission; social regulation, governmentality and violence; origins of complexity in sociocultural systems, language and culture through orality and literacy, sociolinguistics and cognition; human variation through empirically grounded ethnographic descriptions; and mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems.

■ Eligibility: Senior proposals support individual, team or collaborative research by scholars who hold a Ph.D. or other equivalent or appropriate credential. The CA program also provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects designed and carried out by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities who are conducting research that enhances basic scientific knowledge.

■ Funding: There is no ceiling, but a typical senior award rarely exceeds $100,000. The total direct costs for dissertation (DDRIG) awards may not exceed $20,000.

■ Deadline: August 15, 2017.

■ Contact: Deborah Winslow and Jeffrey Mantz Phone: 703-292-7315 and 703-292-7783 Email: and Website:

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR

The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR is a premier source of funding for first-time master’s degree students in human resources (HR). It is designed to support students who are either members of SHRM or certified HR professionals. The fellowship supports those who want to leverage significant past contributions to the HR management field and who plan to continue contributing to the profession by earning a master’s degree in HR.

■ Eligibility: The fellowship is open to all eligible first-time master’s degree students attending accredited universities for a degree in human resources and who are either a member of SHRM or hold professional certification (SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP), maintained a GPA of 3.5 as an undergraduate and, in their graduate program, have 5 years of work experience in human resources, 10 years total professional work experience and have been accepted into a qualified master’s program or have two years of study remaining in an HR-related master’s degree program.

■ Funding: One person is selected annually to receive a fellowship of up to $10,000 which is renewable for a second year of graduate school for a total of up to $20,000 for the fellowship.

■ Deadline: August 15, 2017.

■ Contact: Elissa Soares Phone: 703-535-6020. Email: Website:

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes:

Introduction to Proposal Writing: Classroom, August 1

This newly-revised class will provide attendees with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Introduction to Finding Grants: Classroom, August 8

In this newly-revised class, attendees will learn what funders want in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

Introduction to Project Budgets (Proposal Budgeting Basics): Classroom, August 9

This class will provide attendees with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. Prior attendance at Introduction to Proposal Writing is strongly recommended.