Palmesano March ‘Grants Action News’ Update

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

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.

The Grants Action News bulletin is updated at the beginning of each month with newly-available grants and information on how to apply.

The update can be accessed here:

State Grants

Department of Labor Apprenticeship Expansion Grant

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is making funding available under the Apprenticeship Expansion Grant. This funding aims to expand Registered Apprenticeship (RA) training by increasing employment opportunities for approximately 800 apprentices, focusing particularly on underrepresented populations. Apprentices will be trained to enter into trades in high-demand occupations and emerging fields such as advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology.

  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be a sponsor of, lead applicant designated by a sponsor, or signatory employer to an active or probationary NYS RA program or be an applicant for a NYS RA program whose application has been received by NYSDOL and posted on the NYSDOL website for public comment. Signatory and NYS RA group program awardees cannot serve the same apprentices. Sponsors include individual employers, groups of employers or partnerships between an employer(s) and a labor union(s). Grant applicants must be legal entities able to fulfill all requirements associated with state and federal grant obligations, be headquartered or have at least one site located in New York State at the time of application and be in good standing with regard to the laws, rules and regulations for: Unemployment Insurance (UI), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Public Work, Labor Standards, Safety and Health, NYS Department of State Division of Corporations, Workers Compensation Insurance and Disability Insurance. Consultants and other third-party entities are not eligible to apply for funds on behalf of other organizations. RAs in the field of construction are not eligible unless the funding is to be used for the upkeep and maintenance of a facility owned by the entity employing the apprentice, such as plant maintenance trades. State agencies are ineligible.
  • Funding: $1.1 million
  • Deadline: Mar. 26, 2021
  • Contact: Alan Gallagher Email: Website:

State Education Department Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II and Welfare Education Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is requesting proposals for funding to provide adult education and literacy services to assist out-of-school youth and adults. The funding is intended to help out-of-school youth and adults improve literacy, develop employable skills and attain economic self-sufficiency, as well as complete a secondary school education. Competition is divided into four categories: adult basic education and literacy services, Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE), corrections and institutionalized education programs and literacy zones.

  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants may include: a local educational agency; a communitybased organization or faith-based organization; a volunteer literacy organization; an institution of higher education; a public or private nonprofit agency; a library; a public housing authority; a nonprofit institution that has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals; a consortium or coalition of agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities previously described; and a partnership between an employer and one of the previously described entities. Any program placed under corrective action by New York State Education Department (NYSED) for Fiscal Year 2018/19 is not eligible to apply.
  • Funding: $46,761,244
  • Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than, and digital copy emailed by, Mar. 30, 2021
  • Contact: Marisa Boomhower Email: Website:

New York State Homes & Community Renewal Community Development Block Grants

The New York State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides financial assistance to cities, towns and villages with populations under 50,000 and counties with area populations under 200,000. Communities may apply for grant funds to support quality affordable housing and economic opportunities. CDBG funding must primarily benefit low- and moderate-income New Yorkers through housing activities; projects that create job opportunities; prevent or eliminate blight; or address community development needs that pose a serious and imminent threat to the community’s health or welfare. Grants are currently available to support housing projects and economic development and small business activities.

  • Eligibility: Cities, towns and villages located in non-entitlement areas with a population under 50,000 and counties with an unincorporated population of under 200,000 are eligible to apply for CDBG funding. Eligible applicants must be in substantial compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, regulations and executive orders that pertain to the CDBG program.
  • Housing Grants: Housing grants are available for housing rehabilitation, down payment assistance and manufactured housing replacement.
  • Funding: $10 million available, with a maximum of $500,000 for cities, towns and villages and a maximum of $1 million for counties
  • Deadline: April 9, 2021
  • Economic Development Grants: Economic development grants are available to support business expansion, must create or retain jobs.
  • Funding: Limits vary based on proposed activity.
  • Deadline: Open application, rolling awards
  • Contact: Website:

Federal Grants

National Institute of Corrections Gender Responsive Policy and Practices Assessment (GRPPA) Virtual Training The National Institute of Corrections

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding to virtually implement Gender Responsive Policy and Practices Assessment (GRPPA) with four to five community corrections sites. The GRPPA aims to help agencies evaluate and implement research-based, genderresponsive policies and practices in jails, prisons and community corrections programs for women. The program provides resources to view policies and programs through a gender-responsive lens, develop a plan of action and identify and employ objectives to improve women’s programming.

  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, including faith-based, community and tribal organizations; for-profit organizations, including tribal for-profit organizations; and institutions of higher education, including tribal institutions of higher education. Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services. Two or more entities may jointly apply, however, one entity must be the applicant and the others must be subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.
  • Funding: $55,000
  • Deadline: Mar. 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
  • Contact: Maureen Buell, Correctional Program Specialist Email: Website:

Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Communities Opioid Response Program

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multiyear initiative intended to reduce deaths caused by substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high-risk rural communities. The program aims to strengthen and expand prevention efforts, treatment and recovery services to allow more rural residents to access care and treatment and pursue recovery. To this end, award recipients will implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment and recovery activities. These activities will use evidence-based, innovative approaches proven to reduce morbidity and mortality, including naloxone distribution, harm reduction services and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The target population for the award is individuals who are at risk for, have been diagnosed with, and/ or are in treatment and/or recovery for OUD; their families and/or caregivers and other community members. Applicants are encouraged to include populations that have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes, health disparities and other inequities when addressing SUD in the communities being served.

  • Eligibility: HRSA requires that applicants be part of broad, multisectoral consortia. For the purposes of this grant, a consortium is an organizational arrangement among four or more separately owned domestic public or private entities with separate Employment Identification Numbers (EINs), including the applicant organization. Consortia should be prepared to implement their proposed work plans immediately upon receipt of award. Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, including faithbased and community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations. In addition to the 50 U.S. states, only organizations in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau may apply. If you are located outside the 50 states, you must still meet the eligibility requirements. The applicant organization may be located in an urban or rural area and should have the staffing and infrastructure necessary to oversee program activities, serve as the fiscal agent for the award and ensure that local control for the award is vested in the targeted rural communities. All activities supported by the grant must exclusively occur in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties, as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.
  • Funding: $1,000,000
  • Deadline: Mar. 12, 2021
  • Contact: Lea Carroll Phone: 301-443-3799 Email:

Private Grants

Carnegie Corporation of New York

To better address the global challenges we face, the Carnegie Corporation of New York invites projects that offer insight and practical approaches to reimagining multilateralism. Projects should address one or more of the following subjects: how international institutions can be reimagined and/ or reinvigorated to better respond to 21st-century challenges that threaten global health, climate, privacy and civic well-being; the advantages and drawbacks of different forms of multilateralism; how international institutions can adapt to better reflect and manage ongoing shifts in economic, military and political power among global actors; the lessons that should be taken from high-functioning regional organizations and international accord; managing critical flashpoints through multilateral approaches and how to manage potential tradeoffs between national interests and collective security.

National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation Grants

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) invites applications for its 2021 Research Foundation Grants program aimed at improving English education and the language arts at all levels. The program awards grants of up to $4,000 in support of projects related to the teaching and learning of language, literacy and culture. Proposals focusing on underrepresented populations, equity pedagogies, curriculum changes and their effect on students, school policies, changes in teaching methods, student interaction and learning, community literacy, home-school literacy relationships, afterschool programs and student literacy practices in and out of school are strongly encouraged.

  • Eligibility: Proposals are welcomed from teachers, teacher researchers, teacher educators and scholars of language, literacy and cultural studies. Applicants must be members of NCTE. Applicants are limited to one grant submission in each funding cycle and will only qualify for one funded project every three years.
  • Funding: Grants will be awarded for periods of up to one year and up to $4,000 over the life of the grant.
  • Deadline: Mar. 15, 2021
  • Contact: Email: Website:

Scholars Awards

For a Bright Future Foundation Scholarship Programs

The For a Bright Future Foundation provides annual scholarships to support underrepresented students pursuing higher education. The foundation offers five scholarships, including this year’s inaugural Healthcare Scholarship. The Global Scholarship Program supports students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), childhood education or the creative arts; the Dr. Emma Lerew Scholarship supports students pursuing higher education in order to become educators; the Step Up Program supports students from single-parent households; the Semper Fi scholarship supports students with a parent who has served in the military and the Healthcare scholarship supports those pursuing direct careers in the medical field. Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships through the foundation.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be minority high school or college students who come from low income households. Applicants must reside and be studying in the United States and have graduated with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  • Funding: Scholarship amounts are based on assessment of need and university. The average award amount is $2,500.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2021
  • Contact: Email: Website: scholarships