Palmesano December ‘Grants Action News’ Update

 Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) is sending his “December 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 Addiction Services and Supports, Mobile Medication Units

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) is requesting applications for one-time funding to develop Mobile Medication Units (MMU), which will increase access to medication to treat individuals with opioid use disorder. The development of MMUs is made possible as a result of the release of the Final Rule on MMUs by the Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA) and is in response to the state’s need for increasing Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) services availability. OASAS intends to award up to $200,000 per provider to develop an MMU in each Empire State Development Region.

■ Eligibility: Voluntary agencies or other not-for-profit organizations that currently operate OASAS-certified OTPs

■ Deadline: Dec. 6, 2021 by 5 p.m. ET

■ Funding: up to $200,000 per provider for a total of $2 million

■ Contact: Email: Website:

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) seeks proposals to fund safety and security projects at nonprofit organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Approximately $25 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 500 projects throughout New York state. Through this request for proposals (RFP), DCJS is continuing the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program (SCAHC) initiated in 2017 by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). This RFP seeks to strengthen safety and security arrangements at the facilities of New York nonprofit organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission.

■ Eligibility: The applicant must be a nonprofit organization that has either received a Recognition of Exempt Status Determination letter from the IRS pursuant to 26 USC §501(c)(3) or has self-certified by providing a letter affirming tax-exempt status. Organizations must be at risk of a hate crime or attack due to ideology, beliefs or mission as described by the applicant organization and must be registered, have recently applied for registration and such application remains pending or be exempt from registering with the NYS Attorney General’s Office Charities Bureau.

■ Deadline: Jan. 7, 2022 12 p.m. ET

■ Funding: Approximately $25 million will be made available to support approximately 500 projects. Applications will be accepted for up to $50,000 per facility. Each eligible organization may submit up to three applications for a maximum total of $150,000. Each facility will require a separate application.

■ Contact: Yvonne Turner Email: Website:

■ Questions & Answers: hate_crimes_q_a.pdf

Federal Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities, Public Scholars Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholars program supports the creation of well researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. The program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel and other activities leading to publication. Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply and an advanced degree is not required. The program is intended to encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books as well as to encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. NEH especially encourages applications to this program from independent writers, researchers, scholars and journalists.

■ Eligibility: U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the U.S, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible. Applicants must also meet one of the following conditions: they must either a) have written as sole author a nonfiction book published by a university or commercial press; OR b) have written at least three articles or essays appearing in general-interest publications that reach a large national or international audience of readers. The articles or essays may be published either in print or electronically. For complete details on eligibility, please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity available on the program website.

■ Funding: Maximum award amount of $5,000 per month, for six to twelve months

■ Deadline: Dec. 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

■ Contact: Email: Phone: 202-606-8200 Website:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition and health; bioenergy, natural resources and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities. Research only, extension-only and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this request for applications (RFA).

■ Eligibility: 1862 land-grant institutions, 1890 land-grant institutions, 1994 land-grant institutions, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, Hispanic-serving institutions, individuals, Native American tribal organizations, Native American tribal governments – federally recognized and otherwise, nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, state-controlled and private institutions of higher education, small businesses and state agricultural experiment stations are eligible to apply. Other organizations may also be eligible.

■ Funding: Individual awards may be awarded up to $15 million with total program funding at $300 million.

■ Deadline: Dec. 15, 2021

■ Contact: Email: Phone: (202) 734-0472 Website: agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-foundationalapplied-science-program

Private Grants

WITH Foundation, Grants

The WITH Foundation was created with the goal of promoting comprehensive health care for adults living with developmental disabilities. The foundation provides support to organizations working to further that goal, and grants will be awarded to programs that improve the delivery of health care to adult consumers with developmental disabilities and do at least one of the following: improve health practitioner competency through education and/or training programs; address the current inadequate reimbursement systems; advance innovations in formal care coordination; enhance public awareness regarding the inadequacies of developmentally disabled care to advance systemic change; increase understanding of supported decision making in health care settings; promote national efforts in digital health that support designers and developers to include the perspectives/experiences of the IDD community within the design process; engage in social policy research; and identify and overcome barriers to high-quality health care access.

■ Eligibility: Applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c) (3) status as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. While applications from the San Francisco Bay Area may be given preferential consideration, applications from other areas in the U.S. are not excluded.

■ Funding: Grants generally range between $30,000 and $50,000

■ Deadline: Letters of Intent due Dec. 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. PT, with selected applicants invited to submit full applications by Feb. 4, 2022.

■ Contact: Email: Website:

Thoma Foundation, General Grants for Nonprofits

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation’s General Grants for Nonprofits awards grants to support nonprofit organizations with innovative projects and ideas that have the potential to advance scholarship in the arts. Proposals should offer promising insights into the fields of art that the foundation collects, including art of the Spanish Americas, digital and media art, Japanese bamboo, and post-war painting and sculpture, as well as the arts and culture of the American Southwest. The foundation provides general academic, exhibition, convening, conservation and publication support with the goal of helping nonprofits challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity and connect people across cultures. Although the foundation funds projects nationwide and abroad, it is particularly interested in receiving proposals from target regions including Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas; internationally, the foundation is especially interested in supporting projects that engage with its Art of the Spanish Americas collection.

■ Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations must submit applications via the foundation’s online portal. Grant applications are evaluated by six criteria: alignment, leadership, innovation, timing, feasibility and reach. Full evaluation criteria can be found on the foundation’s website.

■ Funding: Based on project

■ Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due Dec. 15, 2021

■ Email: Website:

Scholars Awards

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Venetian Research Program

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions dedicated to transmitting cultural heritage. To that end, the foundation invites applications for its U.S. Venetian Research Program, which will provide travel grants to individual scholars in support of historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire and/or for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Scholars working in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences, including, but not limited to, archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion and theater are eligible to apply.

■ Eligibility: Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have experience in advanced research at the graduate level or equivalent. Ph.D. students must have completed all course work at the time of application.

■ Funding: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded for a full academic year and may be used for travel to and residence in Venice and the former Venetian empire; transportation within the Veneto; and specific research expenses. Grants for the maximum amount are rarely awarded, and successful applicants are frequently awarded less than the amount requested. Award amounts are based on length of stay plus travel and research costs.

■ Deadline: Dec. 15, 2021

■ Contact: Email: Website:

Society for Classical Studies, Frank M. Snowden Jr. Undergraduate Scholarships

In order to further students’ study of classics or classical archaeology with opportunities not available during the school year, the Committee on Diversity in the Profession of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) invites applications from undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups for scholarships to be awarded for summer 2022. Eligible proposals might include (but are not limited to) participation in classical summer programs or field schools in the Mediterranean or language training at institutions in the U.S., Canada or Europe. The SCS began awarding the Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology in 1994. Since 2010, the society has been able to award at least two scholarships per year, and in recent years, SCS has awarded three to four scholarships each year. The scholarships were renamed in 2020 as the Frank M. Snowden Jr. Undergraduate Scholarships in honor of the renowned Black classicist and long-time chair of the Classics Department at Howard University.

■ Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program at the time of their application. Applicants should be members of historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. and Canada, including studentsof African, Latinx, Asian or Asian American, Pacific Islander and indigenous descent (Native American, Inuit, Canadian First Peoples.)

■ Funding: Up to $4,500 per award

■ Deadline: Dec. 20, 2021 at 9 p.m. ET

■ Contact: 2021 Committee Chair Sanjaya Thakur Email: Website: