Palmesano August ‘Grants Action News’ Update

August 15, 2018

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) is sending his “August 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.

State Grants

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 pre-qualifying immediately as this is a lengthy process. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), 2018 Trees for Tribs Grant Program Funds are available to help underwrite the cost of tree and shrub planting in riparian areas in New York State. Since 2007, Trees for Tribs has helped individuals and organizations plant native trees and shrubs near streams to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and storm resilience.
  • Eligibility: Qualifying governmental entities, academic institutions or not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Projects must demonstrate a public benefit. Location must be classified as one of the following: Great Lakes Watershed Area, Mohawk River Priority Watershed Area or a Statewide Priority Watershed Area.
  • Funding: $525,000. Applicants may request an amount between $11,000 and $100,000.
  • Deadline: September 7, 2018.
  • Contact: Mary Hegarty
  • Email:
  • Website:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Environmental Restoration Program Grants These grants reimburse municipalities and community-based organizations for design and construction costs associated with the cleanup and remediation of designated brownfield sites. Sites must be identified by the New York State Environmental Restoration Program and have a DEC issued Record of Decision (ROD) for the site.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a municipality or municipality acting in partnership with a community-based organization involved in cleaning and rebuilding a designated brownfield site.
  • Funding: $10 million.
  • Deadline: September 7, 2018.
  • Contact: ERP Program Manager Phone: 518-402-9764
  • Email:

Federal Grants

National Institutes of Health, Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology Research Project Grant Funding is available to support innovative exploration and optimization of combining device-based and/or self-report measures for the general population and/or diverse subgroups that track dietary intake and physical activity. Projects that propose to substantially improve assessment of these areas in connection to public health, obesity, cancer and chronic diseases across the lifespan are strongly encouraged.
  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, government agencies and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.
  • Funding: Limited to $275,000 in direct costs in a two-year period per grantee.
  • Deadline: September 16, 2018, is earliest submission date. Applications accepted through September 2021.
  • Contact: Thuthuy Nguyen
  • Phone: 301-594-8825
  • Email:
  • Website:
National Science Foundation (NSF) and USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Grant Program The INFEWS program seeks projects that incorporate social and behavioral processes, physical processes, natural processes, engineered processes, biological processes and cyber-components into research that will advance understanding and development of models, methods and tools that will enhance food, energy and water security. The NSF and the USDA/NIFA are collaborating in order to foster interagency cooperation and further encourage international partnerships.
  • Eligibility: Institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, independent museums, observatories, labs, professional societies and other organizations focused on education or research are all eligible.
  • Funding: $34 million. Each project will be awarded up to $2.5 million.
  • Deadline: September 26, 2018.
  • Contacts:
    • Thomas Torgersen, Co-Chair, Directorate for Geosciences
      Phone: 703-292-4738
    • James W. Jones, Co-Chair, Directorate for Engineering
      Phone: 703-292-4458
  • Website:

Private Grants

AARP Foundation, Tackling Food Insecurity and Increasing Social Connectedness Grants AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of AARP, focuses on creating and advancing solutions to help people age 50 and over build economic opportunity and social connectedness. The foundation seeks applications for bold projects to scale proven, effective interventions via exponential growth in order to improve food security and/or social connectedness in low-income, older adults. Programs should have evidence of efficacy and have been independently evaluated.
  • Eligibility: Applicants should be national or regional organizations with built-in distribution channels such as affiliates, members, chapters or collaborative partnerships that can serve hundreds of thousands of people cost effectively.
  • Funding: Up to $250,000/year over three years. Note: Organization is required to secure matching funds for every dollar granted.
  • Deadline: September 28, 2018.
  • Contact: Email:
  • Website: grants
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grants and Fellowships in Contemporary Art The foundation focuses on supporting artists and scholars through grants to institutions and curatorial fellowships. The fellowships support travel, archival research, participation in conferences and other related activities. Many supported projects have led to significant exhibitions with additional foundation support. The foundation values diversity in contemporary art and encourages proposals from or about women, people of color and underrepresented practitioners.
  • Eligibility: Curators at any stage of their career, with formal support from an institution, are eligible for the curatorial fellowships. Grants support work by institutions and artists’ organizations focused on the contemporary visual arts.
  • Funding: Fellowships provide up to $50,000 of support.
  • Deadline: September 1, 2018.
  • Contact: Rachel Bers, Program Director
  • Email:
  • Phone: 212-387-7555
  • Website:

Scholar Awards

Thrasher Research Fund, Early Career Grants for Concept Papers in Pediatric Research The Thrasher Research Fund invites concept papers for its Early Career Awards Grants program to help advance new research into children’s health. The organization is particularly interested in applicants who show great potential to impact the field of children’s health through medical research.
  • Eligibility: Physicians in a residency/ fellowship training program or who have completed such a program no more than one year before the date of submission of concept paper as well as postdoctoral researchers who have received a doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of concept paper are eligible.
  • Funding: The fund provides up to $25,000 for direct costs.
  • Deadline: Concept papers are due September 18. Full proposals will be due by November 2 from selected applicants.
  • Contacts: Research Managers:
    • Aaron V. Pontsler, M.S., MBA
      Phone: 801-240-6385
    • Brittni Smith, Ph.D.
      Phone: 801-240-4720
  • Website:
PhRMA Foundation, Grants in Informatics, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology/Toxicology The PhRMA Foundation supports young scientists in disciplines important to the pharmaceutical industry by awarding them competitive research fellowships and grants at a critical decision point at the outset of their careers. Currently, applications are being accepted for predoctoral fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, sabbatical fellowships and research starter grants in Informatics, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology/Toxicology.
  • Eligibility: This program supports full-time students/scientists. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Deadline: September 1, 2018.
  • Funding: $20,000 to $100,000 per year (One- to two-year awards).
  • Contact: Phone: 202-572-7756
  • Email:
  • Website:

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes: Introduction to Proposal Writing
Classroom: September 6, 2018
Webinar: September 26, 2018
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. Introduction to Project Budgets (Proposal Budgeting Basics)
Classroom: September 6, 2018
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. Introduction to Finding Grants
Classroom: September 12, 2018
Live webinar: September 19, 2018
Attendees will learn what funders want in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.