2002-08-03 / Community

Smith Announces After

School Program Grants
Smith Announces After School Program Grants

School Program Grants

"Many community organizations are eligible to receive grants to create or expand after school programs," according to State Senator Malcolm A. Smith. Smith recently announced that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is offering an estimated $5 million to interested organizations.

Senator Smith said the Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, YMCA branches, Day Care Centers and other 501(c)(3) organizations are among the many that are eligible to apply.

"Groups may receive a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $300,000 if selected," Senator Smith said.

Applications must be postmarked by August 15, 2002. For more information on the grants, interested individuals may visit http://egrants.state.ny.us/index.asp?menu=28&grantld=4, or call Carole Miller at 518-485-8444.

Senator Smith has noted that OCFS is changing the way it issues some of its grant notices to interested organizations. The agency is enabling organizations to receive automatic notification of grant opportunities through the New York State e-Grants Project.

The Project, sponsored by the Office of State Comptroller Carl McCall and the State Office of Technology, is designed to improve the efficiency of the grants process. In addition to the OCFS, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, the Department of Health and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance are also using the e-grants system.

"Registering for the e-grants allows organizations to receive any subsequent grants announcements from OCFS, choose whether they should be notified by e-mail or postal mail, and access online or receive hard copies of the solicitation documents pertaining to grant announcements," Senator Smith said. To register, interested individuals and organizations should visit the e-Grants website or contact OCFS at 518-474-8156 to be registered by OCFS staff.

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