Palmesano August ‘Grants Action News’ Update

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 underfunded 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 prequalify 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.

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

NYS Office of Mental Health Project TEACH

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)’s Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children’s Health) program is a collaborative model committed to strengthening and supporting primary care providers’ ability to deliver mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. The statewide program consists of three interrelated services for primary care providers: access to child and adolescent psychiatric consultation, connection with community-based services and training. Expanding access to consultation and collaboration with child and adolescent psychiatrists is a strategy that has been supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the National Institute for Health Care Management.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants are public, private, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) incorporation that have a minimum of five years’ experience in child and adolescent mental health service delivery.

■ Deadline: Aug. 17, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET

■ Funding: $17.5 million

■ Contact: Brittany Shovah, Email:, Website:

Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the availability of $150 million through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLPP). This federal, nationwide program enables urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks and forge connections between city dwellers and the outdoors in economically underserved communities. Applications are submitted to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), and the highest scoring applications in the initial state-level selection round will subsequently be submitted to NPS for participation in the national competition. This year’s solicitation will prioritize urban park projects identified in a state-designated Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA).

■ Eligibility: Applicants must represent a jurisdiction of at least 50,000 people and – at least in part – be situated within the geographic boundary of the urbanized areas delineated by the 2010 Census or be a county government with a project proposal that would serve one or more of the urbanized area jurisdictions. While private individuals, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit corporations, planning and engineering firms and other nonpublic entities are not eligible, they are strongly encouraged to partner with eligible public entities to plan and submit proposals.

■ Deadline: Aug. 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET

■ Funding: $1 million-$5 million

■ Contact: Ian Benjamin, Email:, Phone: 518-474-0428 Website:

Federal Grants

Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF)

Under the FAST Act, 2% of available yearly TTP funds are set aside to address transportation safety issues in Native American communities. Grants are available to federally recognized Indian tribes through a competitive, discretionary program. The program funds projects that address the prevention and reduction of death or serious injuries in transportation related incidents, such as motor vehicle crashes. Transportation fatalities and injuries disproportionately affect Indian communities and impede their quality of life. The Federal Highway Administration encourages the development of transportation safety plans to assist tribes in determining how to best address transportation safety needs in and around tribal communities. Eligible projects for the TTP Safety Fund under the FAST Act include: development and update of transportation safety plans; crash data assessment, improvement and analysis; systemic roadway departure countermeasures; and infrastructure improvements and other eligible activities.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants for TTPSF discretionary grants are federally recognized tribes identified on the list of “Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.” Other entities may partner with a tribal government to submit an application, but the eligible applicant must be a federally recognized Indian tribe. A tribe may submit more than one application; however, only one project may be included in each application.

■ Funding: Approximate total funding of $8.97 million, with individual project awards not exceeding $1 million. The actual amount awarded will be subject to the availability of funds.

■ Deadline: Sept. 9, 2021

■ Contact: Adam Larsen, Safety Engineer & Safety Program Manager, Email:, Phone: 360-619-7751, Website: programs-tribal/safety/funds

Private Grants

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 2022 Artists-in-Residence Program

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ mission has centered on providing artists from around the world with dedicated time, space and resources to conduct research and create new work. To that end, the center is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2022 Artists-in-Residence program Sept. 7–Nov. 11, 2022. The residency is a process based experience that provides residents with the opportunity to research, experiment and explore free from expectations. Selected artists will stay in the center’s residences, located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska’s historic Old Market, which feature private live/work studios, complete with a kitchen and bathroom. Residents have 24-hour access to extensive installation and production spaces; the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a 9,000 square foot industrial workshop used for large-scale sculpture fabrication; and a sound studio for rehearsing and recording. A Bemis residency also includes complimentary laundry facilities, utilities, Wi-Fi and access to an on-site research library.

■ Eligibility: Bemis artist-in-residence opportunities are open to national and international artists 21 years of age and older who show a strong professional working history. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/ new genre, performance, architecture, film/ video, interdisciplinary arts, sound art and music composition and choreography. Bemis residency alumni may re-apply after a five-year hiatus from the program. To be eligible, artists may not be enrolled in an academic program during their residency. Small collaborative groups are eligible to apply, however, the Bemis Center is only able to accommodate two members of a collaborative group to live on-site and participate in the residency. Selected artists must attend a minimum of eight consecutive weeks to receive the award.

■ Funding: U.S.-based artists-in-residence receive a $1,000 USD monthly stipend and an additional $750 USD travel stipend. Due to the limitations of B2 visas (touring/visiting), international artists-in-residence are eligible to receive reimbursement of qualified expenses, such as airfare, ground transportation and meals.

■ Deadline: Aug. 16, 2021

■ Contact: Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, Email: hollyk@bemiscenter.orgPhone: 402-341-7130 x 12, Website: residency/artists-in-residence

WITH Foundation and American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry Addressing the Intersections of Racial Equity and Healthcare Equity

The WITH Foundation and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) have come together to support projects that address the intersections of racial equity and healthcare equity for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Proposals should employ one of the following approaches: implementation of models, such as projects that support community-based PCPs in providing care to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) adults with I/DD; educational resources for primary care providers who serve BIPOC adults with I/ DD; regional or national research related to the care BIPOC adults with I/DD receive from primary care providers. In addition to its stated purpose, a secondary goal of this request for proposals is to foster new partnerships or significantly enhance existing partnerships between disability organizations, self-advocates, community organizations and healthcare providers. Proposals and partnerships that are led by or include BIPOC-led organizations are strongly encouraged.

■ Eligibility: Eligible applicants include tax-exempt nonprofits as defined by section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including health care, community and disability organizations based and operating in the United States.

■ Funding: Grants of up to $50,000

■ Deadline: Aug. 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT. A conference call will be held on Aug. 12, 2021 at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT to answer any questions pertaining to the project design and/or the application process

■ Contact: Email:, Website:

Scholars Awards

The Mortar Group College Scholarship Program

To acknowledge and support first-generation and immigrant students, the Mortar Group is accepting applications for its inaugural college scholarship program. The scholarship is available to graduating high school students in the New York tristate area who are either first-generation American or immigrants and planning to enroll full time in a four-year undergraduate program in fall 2021. The scholarship aims to reduce student debt while supporting and promoting the continued growth of immigrant families in the United States.

■ Eligibility: First-generation and immigrant high school students in the New York tristate area enrolling in four-year undergraduate programs are eligible to apply. Students enrolling in online programs or graduate programs are not eligible.

■ Funding: $10,000

■ Deadline: Sept. 1, 2021

■ Contact: Anthony Morena, Email:, Website:

The Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award that enables junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. The program supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical, biomedical and public health decision-making, policy and practice. Furthermore, it creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by scholars and alumni/ae. Each year, the foundation selects approximately three Greenwall Faculty Scholars to receive 50% salary support for three years to allow them to carry out a specific research proposal and develop a research program. Scholars and alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their works in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other scholars and alumni/ae and have the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of alumni/ae with the program provides participants with ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and allows them to provide critical mentorship for younger scholars.

■ Eligibility: Applicants must be junior faculty members at a university or nonprofit research institute that has tax-exempt status in the United States. Applicants must hold a faculty appointment that allows at least 50% of their effort to perform research. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure or an equivalent promotion; whose research will have an impact on clinical, biomedical and public health decision-making, policy and practice; and who will make important contributions to the field of bioethics over the course of their career.

■ Funding: The award supports 50% of a scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years up to the NIH salary cap, with 10% institutional costs for salary and benefits. This funding is intended to ensure that at least 50% of the scholar’s time is devoted to bioethics research. In addition, the foundation provides $5,000 each year for limited project support and travel.

■ Deadline: Letters of intent are due Sept. 20, 2021

■ Contact: Kyle Ruempler, Email:, Website: