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Bender Scientific Fund Grant

Grants to Capital Region, New York Nonprofits and Schools for
Programs Related to Research, Medicine, and Science

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region - Bender Scientific Fund

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $12,500 to Greater Capital Region, New York nonprofit organizations and school districts to promote discovery and development in science, medicine, and technology. Funding is intended for biotech, medical, or life sciences research, as well as for educational and information-sciences projects related to medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences.

The Fund is especially interested in beginning research studies and in educational projects that would promote continuing discovery and learning. To this end, smaller nonprofit organizations and schools are encouraged to apply for projects that promote further exploration of medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences by young people.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170555

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants from this fund usually range between $1,000 and $12,500.

Term of Contract:

Grants period will not exceed one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Potential applicants must meet the following requirements:

- The applicant organization must be designated as a nonprofit organization by Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) or a school district.
- Grants are made to organizations, not to individuals.
- The applicant organization must be governed by an active board of directors.
- A formal audit of the organization’s financial information must be conducted annually.

The fund will not support institutional overhead, nor will it fund conferences and meetings. Funding is not routinely designated for salaries or per diems but may be considered when justified. Projects involving human subjects, use of vertebrate animals, hazardous materials or recombinant DNA require special consideration.

Funding is not routinely designated for salaries or per diems but will be considered when justified.

The following are generally not eligible for competitive grants:
- Programs that the Community Foundation will have to operate;
- Individuals;
- Scholarship or fellowship programs;
- Research;
- Endowments;
- Political, governmental or religious activities;
- Travel;
- Conferences and/or speakers’ expenses;
- Advertisements in programs, journals or other publications;
- Special events and other fundraising events;
- Annual appeals or membership contributions.

Pre-Application Information:

Pre-application questionnaires for 2019 are due March 21 and August 8. If an organization is invited to submit a formal application, the due dates will be in May and September (exact dates will be provided). Decisions will be made in July and November.

If the pre-application questionnaire is accepted, the Trustees will notify the applicant via email. The Foundation also will send a link to the formal grant application.

Foundation Trustees will review and discuss all complete pre-application questionnaires, as well as subsequent formal applications. If the Foundation is unfamiliar with the organization, the Foundation will request a site visit.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click to begin pre-application:

Shelly Connolly, Program Officer

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
6 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 446-9638

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Greater Capital Region