Information on Available State and Federal Grants June 1999 Vol. 13, #6
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

For more information contact:
Laura Koennecke
1 Commerce Plaza, Suite1125
Albany, NY 12260
or call the
Grants Action News hotline at
...On the State Level

1999 Funding for the
Clean Water/Clean Air
Bond Act of 1996 and the
Environmental Protection Act of 1993

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The Bond Act provides funding for a variety of clean water projects, including park and heritage area projects which develop, expand and enhance public access to water bodies, promote water based recreation, or enhance the natural, cultural, or historic aspects of water. The Bond Act also funds historic preservation projects that contribute to our cultural heritage and the environment.

The Environmental Protection Fund provides funding for implementing the Conserving Open Space in New York State plan as well as the acquisition, development and improvement of parks, historic properties and the Heritage Areas System.

ELIGIBILITY: Municipalities (county, town, city, village, school district, supervisory district, local public authority or benefit corporation, Indian tribe or nation residing in New York state, or any combination thereof) and non-profit organizations with an ownership interest in the property may apply.

FUNDING: For 1999, $10 million is available under the Bond Act and $8 million is available under EPF. These are matching grant programs. Grant recipients will be expected to provide at least a 50% match to these awards. State funds are eligible as matching funds under the EPF program, but not for the Bond Act. Federal funds are not eligible as matching funds for either program.

DEADLINE: Competitive applications to receive aid are required and will be accepted through close of business August 18, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Applications and information may be obtained by contacting the appropriate grants representative in your State Parks’ regional office or Department of Environmental Conservation’s Albany office as listed below.


Allegany Region (Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties) Michael J. Miecznikowski, Allegany State Park, RD 1, Salamanca, NY 14779, (716) 354-9101, FAX (716) 354-2255. Niagara Region (Erie and Niagara counties) Pat McKeon, Niagara Reservation, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, (716) 278-1761, FAX (716) 278-1744. Genesee Region (Orleans, Monroe, Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston counties) Leo Downey, Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427, (716) 493-3613, FAX (716) 493-5272. Finger Lakes Region (Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Steuben, Seneca, Cayuga, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins and Chemung counties) Kathleen Damiani, Taughannock Falls State Park, Box 1055, Trumansburg, NY 14886, (607) 387-7041, FAX (607) 387-3390. Central Region (Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Madison, Broome, Herkimer and Delaware counties) Jean Egenhofer, Clark Reservation, Jamesville, NY 13078, (315) 492-1756, FAX (315) 492-3277. Thousand Islands Region (Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties) Jan Maas, Keewaydin State Park, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, (315) 482-2593, FAX (315) 482-9413. Saratoga/Capital District Region (Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schoharie, Albany, Greene, Warren, Washington, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties) Harold Hagemann, Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-6214, (518) 584-2000, FAX (518) 584-5694. Palisades Interstate Park Commission and Taconic Region (Palisades: Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties; Taconic: Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties) Ron Rader, Mills Mansion, Staatsburg, NY 12580, (914) 889-4100, FAX (914) 889-8321. New York City Region Merrill Hesch, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, c/o NYS Department of State, 123 William Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10031, (212) 417-3172, FAX (212) 417-3170. Long Island Region Jim Hunting, Belmont Lake State Park, PO Box 247, Babylon, NY 11702, (516) 669-1000, FAX (516) 669-4671.

For projects within the Adirondack or Catskill Park, contact John Albert, Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Preserve Protection and Management, 50 Wolf Road, Room 412, Albany, NY 12233-4255, (518) 457-7433, FAX (518) 457-8988.

Environmental Investment Program

Empire State Development

Empire State Development will accept applications for the September round of the Environmental Investment Program (formerly known as the Recycling Investment Program). The purpose of the program is to support projects that lead to the reuse, remanufacturing or recycling of secondary materials, or that reduce the volume or toxicity of waste before it is generated. Project categories include Capital Investment, Technical Assistance, and Research, Development and Demonstration.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility varies according to project category. For Capital Investment and Technical Assistance projects, eligible applicants include not-for-profit corporations or municipalities (on behalf of a NYS business). For Research, Development and Demonstration projects, eligible applicants include not-for-profit corporations and small to medium-sized businesses.

FUNDING: To be determined upon passage of the New York State budget.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. on September 28, 1999 by the Environmental Management Investment Group, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, NY, 12245.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For an application packet, call the Environmental Management Investment Group (EMIG) at (518) 486-6291, send a fax to (518) 474-0596, or e-mail us at For faxes and e-mail requests, include your name, business/organization, address and telephone number. For program information, visit the Environmental Management Investment Group web site at EMIG will also host a series of forums in each of the State’s 10 economic development regions in June and July to provide additional information on the Environmental Investment Program. Contact EMIG for dates and locations.

Advanced Transportation Technologies

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces a program to support the development, demonstration, and commercialization of innovative transportation products and systems. Proposals must lead to building or demonstrating a working prototype of a transportation product or system. Proposals must also clearly identify energy, environmental and economic benefits the product will provide in New York state.

ELIGIBILITY: New York businesses are eligible.

FUNDING: $1 million is available to award cost-shared contracts of up to $250,000.

DEADLINE: July 20, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact one of the following people by e-mail or by calling (518) 862-1090 and selecting the appropriate extension: Richard Drake, Program Manager, ext. 3258, e-mail; James Kattoor, Assistant Project Manager, ext. 3361, e-mail; Joe Wagner, Senior Project Manager, ext. 3228, e-mail ; or Karen Villeneuve, Senior Project Manager, ext. 3275, e-mail kev@nyserda. To request Program Opportunity Notice (PON) #485-99, contact Jane Powers, PON No. 485-99, NYSERDA, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203-6399, fax (518) 862-1091 or e-mail

...On the Federal Level

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces the availability of funds for the Basic Center Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth, Transitional Living Program for Homeless Youth and Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements.

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), administers programs that support services to an adolescent population of runaway, homeless and street youth.

The purpose of the Basic Center Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth is to establish or strengthen locally-controlled, community-based programs that address the needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Services must be delivered outside the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice systems.

The purpose of the Transitional Living Program for Homeless Youth is to establish and operate transitional living projects for homeless youth. This program is structured to help older, homeless youth achieve self-sufficiency and avoid long-term dependency on social services.

The purpose of the Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement is to enhance the programmatic and administrative capacities of public and private agencies to provide services to runaway, homeless and street youth and their families.

ELIGIBILITY: For the Basic Center Program and the Transitional Living Program – Any state, unit of local government, public or private non-profit agency, organization or institution is eligible to apply for these funds. For the Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement, non-profit organizations and combinations of such organizations with demonstrated capacity to provide services to runaway and homeless youth service providers on a statewide or regional basis are eligible.

FUNDING: It is anticipated that $10.4 million will be available for new BCP projects, $7 million will be available for new TLP projects and $2 million will be available for new T&TA Cooperative Agreements.

DEADLINE: BCP and T&TA – June 25, 1999. TLP – June 28, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Program Announcement, 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22209; telephone (800) 351-2293. You may also find the full announcement on the FYSB website at

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Adolescent Pregnancy Programs – Grants for Prevention and Care

The Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs (OAPP) requests applications for care, prevention and combination care/prevention grants under the Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Demonstration Projects Program. These grants are for community-based and community-supported demonstration projects to: (1) find effective means of preventing pregnancy by encouraging adolescents to abstain from sexual activity through provision of age-appropriate education on sexuality and decision-making skills, and (2) establish comprehensive and integrated approaches to the delivery of services to pregnant adolescents, adolescent parents and their children.

ELIGIBILITY: Any public or private non-profit organization or agency is eligible.

FUNDING: $12 million is available to support an estimated 40 new projects (25 care projects and 15 prevention projects).

DEADLINE: June 28, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the OAPP Program Office at (301) 594-4004. For an application kit, see the following Internet address: or fax your request to (301) 594-5981.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Community-Based HIV Prevention Projects for African Americans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of fiscal year 1999 funds for a cooperative agreement program to support community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement effective community-based HIV prevention programs for African American populations. These CBOs should have evolved from and be located within the communities they serve.

The goals of this program are to 1) provide financial and technical assistance to CBOs so they can provide HIV prevention services to African American populations for which gaps in services are demonstrated, 2) promote HIV prevention programs that are consistent with the region’s prevention plan, and 3) promote collaboration and coordination of HIV prevention efforts among CBOs, HIV prevention groups and other local, state, federal and privately funded programs.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible CBO’s must have 501(c)(3) status, have a governing body composed of greater than 50 percent African Americans, and provide services for African Americans in one of 20 designated high AIDS prevalence metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs); including New York City, NY; Newark, NJ and New Haven-Bridgeport-Stamford-Danbury-Waterbury, CT.

FUNDING: The average award is expected to be $200,000. Requests over $300,000 will not be considered.

DEADLINE: June 28, 1999.

Call CDC’s National Prevention Information Network at (800) 458-5231, visit their website at , fax request to (888) 282-7681 or e-mail request to

Legal Services Corporation

Civil Legal Services Grant Funds

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the national organization charged with administering federal funds provided for civil legal services to the poor. They are currently soliciting grant proposals from interested parties who are qualified to provide effective, efficient and high quality civil legal services to eligible clients.

ELIGIBILITY: Non-profit organizations that have as a purpose the furnishing of legal assistance to eligible clients; private attorneys; groups of private attorneys or law firms; state and local governments; and substate regional planning and coordination agencies which are composed of substate areas and whose governing boards are controlled by locally elected officials are eligible to apply.

FUNDING: The exact amount has not yet been determined.

DEADLINE: July 1, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Office of Program Performance, Competitive Grants Service Desk at telephone number (202) 336-8900; fax (202) 336-7272; e-mail or visit the LSC website at

Grant Writing Seminars

Council on Opportunities for Professional Excellence (COPE)

The Council on Opportunities for Professional Excellence (COPE) is holding two grant writing seminars in June. COPE will hold the first seminar on June 24, 1999 in Kingston, NY at the Ramada Inn. The second will be held on June 30, 1999 in Utica, NY at the Holiday Inn. The cost for each seminar is $145.00. If two or more people from the same organization attend, the cost is reduced to $118.00 per person. To register, please call (914) 756-2673 or e-mail

The Foundation Center Provides On-Line Services

The Foundation Center, an independent national service organization which disseminates information on foundation grants, is now offering an on-line service through its internet site. The Foundation Centerís new Electronic Reference Desk will allow grantseekers to question an on-line librarian. Grantseekers may also scan the website for information about upcoming grant training seminars, funding trends, publications, and locations. The Foundation Center maintains Cooperating Collections of grant resources, including a database of funding organizations on CD-ROM, at libraries throughout the state.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: To find out about the Foundation Center, contact the Foundation Center at 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003; on line at; or call (800) 424-9836/ (212) 620-4230. E-mail comments can be sent to

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