Essay Contest Rewards Overachievers


A handwritten essay could net one overachiever a $50,000 grant.  The Pilot Corporation of America, makers of the G2 pen, is holding an essay contest to recognize the work of someone who is dedicated to making the world a better place by helping others. Entrants must submit a 1000 word essay explaining how they, or their nominee, is an overachiever.  Winners will also be awarded a trip to meet Shonda Rhimes, television producer and writer.

Submissions may be made online or by mail. The entry deadline is October 31, 2016.

Visit their website for complete rules and details about the contest.





21 Century Community Learning Centers Grants


The New York State Education Department has released the new 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant application. The purpose of this grant is to provide academic enrichment to help students at high-needs schools meet the New York State academic standards.

Eligible applicants include Local Education Agencies, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), public or private Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), not-for-profit and for-profit organizations or agencies.

“To be eligible for this grant, at least 2/3 of the students an applicant is proposing to serve must attend

  1. schools eligible for schoolwide programs under Title I, Section 1114 of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the families of these students, or 
  2. schools with at least 40 percent of students eligible for free or reduced priced lunch; and the families of these students.”

Click HERE for a complete list of eligible schools.

You can find the application HERE.

Due Date/Time is : 11/14/2016 12:00 PM

Mandatory NOI is due: 10/31/16.

NYS CCLC funds are from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a federally-funded program which supports the creation of community learning centers for students, particularly those who attend high poverty and low-performing schools, and their families. You can also learn more about NYS CCLC by clicking here.


Smart Transfer Early College High School Program – (ECHS)


NY State Grants Gateway has sent notice that NYSED will release a new RFP for the Smart Transfer Early College High School (ECHS) Program on January 1, 2017. This is an anticipated release date and is not confirmed. 

Smart Transfer Early College High School (ECHS) Program (information from 2011 announcement/RFP)

Purpose: Through the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program, institutions of higher education (IHEs) partner with public school districts to create early college high schools that provide students with the opportunity and preparation to accelerate the completion of their high school studies while earning college credits at the same time.

Eligibility: All public schools, charter schools and BOCES in New York State and their eligible public, independent or proprietary IHE partners in New York State.

Funding:  $300,000 to $500,000 over 3 years.

Brockport Research Institute is ready to help you get a head start on your grant application.  Contact us to get started today!


Upcoming Opportunity – Teachers of Tomorrow Grant


NY State Grants Gateway has sent notice that NYSED will release a new RFP for the Teachers of Tomorrow grant on January 1, 2017. This is an anticipated releases date and is not confirmed. 

The Teachers of Tomorrow information:


“To provide a variety of incentives that encourage prospective teachers to teach in a school district that is experiencing a teacher shortage or subject area shortage.”


“School districts with SURR schools, low-performing schools, or those schools experiencing teacher shortages and/or subject shortages are eligible to apply for funds.”

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Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program Grant


The Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program Grant is made available from the US Department of Heath and Human Services: Bureau of Health Workforce Division of Nursing and Public Health.

 “The purpose of NWD is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses.  The program supports projects that provide student stipends or scholarships, stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities.”

The program is accepting applications through November 14, 2016, and there is a technical assistance webinar coming up on September 27, 2016 at 2:30pm.

Full details on the grant can be found online at the website.


Trout in the Classroom


Trout in the Classroom is a program offered by Trout Unlimited based in Arlington Virginia.  The program gives students in grades K-12 the opportunity to hatch trout from eggs, raise the fry, and release the grown trout into a local state-approved watershed.

TIC provides curriculum materials with interdisciplinary applications for science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.

To learn more about this fun STEM opportunity, read the details on their website.


Informal STEM Learning Funds Available


The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) makes funding available to offer STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments. They encourage the development of new approaches to and innovative research on STEM learning.

Grant applications can ask for funding to support many different applications.

“The AISL program supports seven types of projects: (1) Collaborative Planning, (2) Exploratory Pathways, (3) Research in Service to Practice, (4) Innovations in Development, (5) Broad Implementation, (6) Conferences, and (7) Informal STEM Learning Resource Center (FY 2016 only).”

The proposal deadline for this opportunity is November 8, 2016.

For more details, visit the Informal Science website, or view the grant details at the National Science Foundation (NSF) website.


Grant to Bring Local Food to Your School Cafeteria


The NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets is offering grants to schools so that they can serve food from local farms in their cafeteria meals. This is a competitive grant opportunity.

“The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invites proposals that will increase the capacity of schools to procure and to serve locally produced specialty crops in school meals programs.”

Grant period: 24 months

Application Due Date: 10/15/16

Funding availability: $500,000 total with approx. $25,000 to $100,000 available per grant

Questions can be directed to (by September 23): 

Meg McCabe NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets 10B Airline Drive Albany, NY 12235 Fax: (518) 457-2716 E-mail: 

For further info:


Trails, Biking, Walking Projects – Funding Available


Applications are now being accepted for trails, biking, and walking projects. The Federal Highway Administration is heading a $98 million grant program that offers communities a great opportunity to tackle a community improvement project. Municipalities, government entities, and other non-profit groups are eligible to submit a proposal. Grants will be awarded after a competitive review based on criteria that include public benefit, air quality improvement, and innovation.

Funds in New York state are administered by the NYS Department of Transportation. NYSDOT is planning informational webinars and workshops during the week of September 12. Project applicants must attend a workshop in order to receive consideration for their proposed project.

To read full program information and to apply online, visit their website.  Applications are due October 21, 2016.