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Notice of Availability of State and Federal Funds: Not-for-profits

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    I am pleased to offer the following information on the availability of State and Federal Funds to not-for-profit organizations within New York State. Click on the Grant Program that you would like more information on from the list below.  As always, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact my district office at (516) 766-8383.   












    Fiscal Year 2010 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program

    Fiscal Year 2010 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit

    Security Grant Program provides funding support for target hardening

    activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist


    Applications will be accepted from January 4th, 2010 through

    March 16th, 2010 through the Office of Homeland Security’s electronic

    grants management system (E-Grants) for programs to support

    nonprofit organizations (as described under section 501(c)(3) of the

    Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section

    501(a) of such Code) that are at high risk of international terrorist attack

    and are located within one of New York’s five UASI-eligible

    urban areas: 1) New York (includes the Cities of New York and

    Yonkers and the Counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk); 2)

    Buffalo (includes the City of Buffalo and the Counties of Erie and Niagara);

    3) Albany (includes the Cities of Albany, Troy and Schenectady

    and the Counties of Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady); 4)

    Rochester (includes the City of Rochester and Monroe County); and

    5) Syracuse (includes the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County).

    The program seeks to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with

    broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to

    promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness

    activities among public and private community representatives, State

    and local government agencies, and Citizen Corps Councils.

    For an application and instructions, contact: Office of Homeland

    Security, Attn: Steve Tierney at the above address or call 1-800-837-9133, or e-mail:




    Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Program application

    The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Program application and workshop schedule for Fiscal Year 2010.  This program provides assistance with the purchase of vehicles to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.                       

    Through the NYSDOT, funds will be used to cover 80% of the cost of vehicle, with the remaining 20% coming from the applying entity. The following are eligible to apply for the purchase of vehicles under this grant program:

    • Not-for-profit organizations which serve elderly individuals or individuals with disabilities


    • Public bodies (i.e. municipalities, County level governments) in counties that are approved by the State to coordinate services for elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.

    Applications can be downloaded from the NYSDOT website at, and follow the link “Federal Transit Funding Programs”. NYSDOT will be offering a workshop on March 24, 2010 from 10am-12pm at the Dennison Bldg- located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge to discuss this program in more detail and assist in any questions that may arise throughout the application process.

     Please note that applications are due by May 4, 2010 and must demonstrate proof of eligibility and management capability to operate a transportation service.  If you have any questions about this program, please call Tom Locascio in my district office at (516) 766-8383.







    Section 5310 Elderly & Disabled Program

    Grant Applications will be accepted through May 4, 2010, for

    vehicles to provide passenger transportation services for elderly

    individuals and individuals with disabilities under Section 5310 of

    Chapter 53, Title 49, United States Code. Only private non-profit

    corporations, or public bodies (under limited circumstances) – public

    bodies which can certify that no non-profit corporations or associations

    are available in an area to provide transportation services for

    elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities or that are approved

    to coordinate services to these individuals - are eligible to

    apply. It is estimated a total of $8.6 million will be made available for

    capital purchases. This grant opportunity requires a 20% local share


    For an application, please visit the NYSDOT Section 5310 Program

    website at: - follow the link

    ‘‘Federal Transit Funding Programs’’ to the ‘‘Section 5310 Elderly &

    Disabled Program’’ site, or contact: Department of Transportation at

    the above address or e-mail:, include ‘‘Section

    5310 Application Request’’ in your Subject Line, or call: (518) 457-8335.