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Posted by Maisha Meminger - On October 12, 2010 (EST)



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On July 30, 2013  Maisha Meminger said:

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the  Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program totaling more than $7.8 million. The CTG will help strengthen national preparedness and provide specialized training to help first responders, homeland security/emergency management officials, and citizens to prepare them for all types of disasters.

 

The highly competitive FY 2013 CTG program grants will be awarded to state and local (including rural communities), tribal entities, nonprofit national associations and organizations; nonprofit higher education institutions; and non-profits.  Non-profits can include community and faith-based organizations or entities with existing programs that develop high priority national homeland security training needs. Multi-state and multi-jurisdictional applicants are strongly encouraged to collaborate and apply with states and jurisdictions that have similar homeland security strategies and approaches. 

 

The FY 2013 CTG program has two parts: Part A funding priorities focuses on five areas:

Medical Readiness and Immediate Emergency Victim Care at Mass Casualty Events; Countering Violent Extremism (CVE); Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); Emergency Management Leadership; and Cyber security.

 

The Part B funding priorities for the CTG program are for rural communities and focuses on:  Isolation/Quarantine; and Environmental Health.  

 

The grants will be announced directly to eligible applicants through grants.gov by the end of FY 2013. The period of performance for the FY 2013 CTG program is for 36 months. 

 

Applications for the FY 2013 CTG program FOA can be found at www.grants.gov.  Applications must be completed and submitted through FEMA’s Non-Disaster (ND) grants system located at http://portal.fema.gov by Aug. 16, 2013.  

 



On October 22, 2013  Maisha Meminger said:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and for the Maternity Group Homes (MGH) funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

 

The purpose of these grants is to provide runaway and homeless youth (RHY) an alternative to law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. Each TLP must provide qualified RHY with safe and appropriate shelter for a period not to exceed 540 days, or, under exceptional circumstances, 635 days. A youth in the program who has not reached 18 years of age on the last day of the 635-day period may, under exceptional circumstances and if otherwise qualified for the program, remain in the program until his or her 18th birthday. Each TLP must provide adult supervision and services, including basic life skills. Basic life skills include money management, budgeting, consumer education and use of credit, parenting skills (as appropriate), interpersonal skill building, educational advancement, job attainment skills, and mental and physical health care, as appropriate.

 

See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CX-0567



On December 17, 2013  Maisha Meminger said:

The Department of Education announced two funding announcements of interest to ETA staff working with MSFW programs.  Excerpts and links appear below.  The deadline for submission under both competitions is February 19, 2014.

High School Equivalence Program (HEP)
The purposes of HEP are to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family:

(1) Obtain a general education diploma that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency (HSE) established by the State in which the HEP project is conducted; and

(2) gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training.

The Administration has requested $5,855,833 for new awards for this program for FY 2014. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, the Department is inviting applications at this time to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program.

Estimated Range of Awards: $180,000-$475,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $447,488.
Estimated Number of Awards: 13.

The competitive preference is “Prior Experience of Service Delivery.”

There are two invitational priorities:

“Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM)”

• Providing students with increased access to rigorous and engaging coursework in STEM.
• Increasing the opportunities for high-quality preparation of, or professional development for, teachers or other educators of STEM subjects.

“Faith-Based and Community Organizations”

• Applications that propose to engage faith-based and community organizations in the delivery of services under this program.

The December 16 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background and application instructions.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
The purpose of CAMP is to provide academic and financial support to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members
of their immediate family complete their first year of college and continue in postsecondary education.

The Administration has requested $4,869,853 for new awards for this program for FY 2014. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, the Department is inviting applications at this time to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program.

Estimated Range of Awards: $180,000-$425,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $387,266.
Estimated Number of Awards: 12.

The competitive and invitational priorities are identical to those for HEP.

The December 16 FEDERAL REGISTERprovides full background and application instructions.




On December 31, 2013  Maisha Meminger said:

 

 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding $11 million in grants to help schools purchase needed equipment to make preparing and serving healthier meals easier and more efficient for hardworking school food service professionals.

"Schools are successfully serving healthier meals to America's students, but the right equipment and training can further their efforts to improve the health of our next generation," said Vilsack. "These grants will help schools upgrade equipment to help support nutritious meals, better ensure food safety, improve energy efficiency in the cafeteria, and expand participation in school nutrition programs."

In addition to the District of Columbia and Guam, fourteen states were selected to receive grants based on free- and reduced-price participation in the National School Lunch Program and greatest unmet need. They are Arkansas, California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. States will competitively award the funds to school districts to purchase needed equipment, with priority given to districts serving a high percentage of low-income children.

Outdated equipment can pose a barrier to preparing healthy meals on a large scale. Today, the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released a report, Serving Healthy School Meals: U.S. Schools Need Updated Kitchen Equipment, which focuses on school equipment needs based on a survey of school food service personnel. The findings suggest that while most schools need additional resources to upgrade cafeteria equipment, the equipment itself is not necessarily expensive or out of reach—estimated costs for top five needed items ranged from $32 to $1,941. Today's grants provide additional resources for schools to purchase equipment that will make serving healthier meals easier, safer and more efficient for school food service personnel.

The school equipment grants announced today are one example of how USDA is supporting schools as they implement the new meal patterns resulting from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid's Act of 2010. USDA works closely with schools to address implementation challenges, and provides grants and technical assistance to overcome barriers. USDA is also currently working to permanently establish the meat and grain flexibilities that we announced last year, and extended for the current school year.

USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food.

  • America's students now have healthier and more nutritious school meals due to improved nutrition standards implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
  • Last month, USDA issued an additional $5 million through the Farm to School grant program to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. USDA awarded grants to 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia.
  • USDA awarded $5.6 million in grants in FY2013 to provide training and technical assistance for child nutrition foodservice professionals and support stronger school nutrition education programs, and plans to award additional grants in FY 2014.
  • USDA's MyPlate symbol and the resources at ChooseMyPlate.gov provide quick, easy reference tools for teachers, parents, healthcare professionals and communities. Schools across the country are using the MyPlate symbol to enhance their nutrition education efforts.

Collectively, these policies and actions will help combat child hunger and obesity and improve the health and nutrition of the nation's children. This is a top priority for the Obama Administration and is an important component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to combat the challenge of childhood obesity.



On December 31, 2013  Maisha Meminger said:

US Forest Service Waives Fees in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Jan. 20, 2014, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The fee waiver day is the first of four such days and one full weekend offered by the agency during 2014.

No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. Check with your local forest or grassland or on Recreation.gov to see if your destination charges a fee. Go online to find a national forest or grassland near you.

The other scheduled fee-free days observed by the Forest Service are President's Day weekend Feb. 15-17; National Get Outdoors Day on June 14; National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27; and Veterans Day weekend from Nov. 8 to 11.

Get Outdoors Days helps to raise awareness that nature encourages healthy, active outdoor fun. In addition to waiving fees, various Forest Service units participate in a variety of public events on agency lands and in nearby cities and towns. Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands. Agency units plan their own events, which range from educational programs to trash pick-up to building trails.

Encouraging use of public lands supports the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, which encourages all Americans to connect with the outdoors, and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Outside initiative that encourages children to get out and get active to be healthy.

The health benefits visitors receive from national forests and grasslands are found when exploring the more than 150,000 miles of trails, which include hiking, biking, equestrian and motorized trails, and more than 10,000 developed recreation sites. Visitors also have a wide choice of recreational activities with 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, 9,100 miles of National Scenic Byways, 22 National Recreation Areas, 11 National Scenic Areas, seven National Monuments, one national preserve and one national heritage area.

The program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees are waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. Concessionaire operated sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate. Contact your local national forest or grassland to learn if your destination requires a fee and if that fee is waived.

View a list of fee-free days for 2014 and the public land agencies that honor them: http://www.usda.gov/documents/2014-fee-free-chart.pdf

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.



On February 18, 2014  Adrienne Bailey said:

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $30 million through the second round of the Training to Work — Adult Reentry competitive grant program to help men and women participating in a state or local prison work-release programs gain the job skills necessary to succeed in an in-demand occupation upon reintegrating back into society.

The department will award approximately $30 million for 15 grants of up to $2 million each. Grants will be awarded to implementing partners that provide qualifying services in areas with high-poverty and high-crime rates, including communities that have a large proportion of returning citizens that typically experience higher rates of recidivism. Additional consideration will be given to applications who intend to serve areas designated as "Promise Zones" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Successful applicants will be expected to include each of the following components in their proposals:

  • case management;
  • mentoring services;
  • educational opportunities;
  • training that leads to industry-recognized credentials;
  • workforce activities; and
  • follow-up services.

The department is committed to funding sustainable efforts that incorporate career pathway models into their programming so that the goals and funding streams of organizations that provide education, training, workforce development and supportive services to those formerly incarcerated can be aligned with each other. The career pathways initiative is an approach designed to link and coordinate education and training services in ways that enable workers to attain industry-recognized credentials, and ultimately, employment.

Any nonprofit organization that meets the requirements of the solicitation may apply. The Solicitation for Grant Applications, which includes information about how to apply, is available at:  http://www.grants.gov.

The department's Reintegration of Ex-Offenders program administers the Training to Work program, and additional information about the program's first-round of grantees is available.

To view press release, visit:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20140278.htm.

 



On March 14, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announced today it is accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.

 The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth, youth at risk of running away, and their families. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals for health care and other appropriate services. Most basic centers can provide up to 21 days of shelter for a maximum of 20 youth at a time. Basic centers seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative safe placements.

  • Estimated Total Funding: $18,166,163
  • Expected Number of Awards: 116
  • Award Ceiling: $200,000 Per Budget Period
  • Award Floor: $50,000 Per Budget Period

 See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CY-0792_0.pdf

Applications are due by May 5.

 

ACF has also announced it is accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program (SOP). The purpose of the SOP is to conduct outreach services designed to build relationships between grantee staff and runaway, homeless, and street youth with the ultimate goal being to keep youth safe and help them leave the streets.

SOP grantees provide support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program's ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing.

  • Estimated Total Funding: $2,248,804
  • Expected Number of Awards: 20
  •  Award Ceiling: $200,000 Per Budget Period
  •  Award Floor: $90,000 Per Budget Period

 See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-YO-0790_0.pdf

Applications are due by May 5.

 



On March 24, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:
 Through its competitions, the i3 program strives to improve the academic achievement of high-need students by accelerating the identification of promising solutions to pressing challenges in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) education, supporting the evaluation of the efficacy of such solutions, and developing new approaches to scaling effective practices to serve more students. The i3 program aims to build a portfolio of solutions and corresponding evidence regarding different approaches to addressing critical challenges in education.

Entities eligible to apply for i3 grants include either of the following:

(a) An LEA.
(b) A partnership between a nonprofit organization and--
(1) One or more LEAs; or
(2) A consortium of schools.

Innovations that Improve Achievement for High-Need Students: All grantees must implement practices that are designed to improve student achievement or student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates, or increase college enrollment and completion rates for high-need students

Innovations that Serve Kindergarten-through-Grade-12 (K-12) Students: All grantees must implement practices that serve students who are in grades K-12 at some point during the funding period. To meet this requirement, projects that serve early learners (i.e., infants, toddlers, or preschoolers) must provide services or supports that extend into kindergarten or later years, and projects that serve postsecondary students must provide services or supports during the secondary grades or earlier.

In order to receive an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Development grant, an entity must submit a pre-application. The pre-application is intended to reduce the burden of submitting a full application for an i3 Development grant. Pre-applications will be
reviewed and scored by peer reviewers using the selection criteria designated in the notice. Entities that submit a highly rated pre-application will be invited to submit a full application for a Development grant; however, any entity that submitted a pre-application may choose to submit a full application.

The Department identifies six absolute priorities for this competition:

• Improving the Effectiveness of Teachers or Principals
• Improving Low-Performing Schools
• Improving Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
• Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs)
• Effective Use of Technology
• Serving Rural Communities


The March 14 FEDERAL REGISTER provides full background and the application requirements.
    

 



On March 28, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

HUD Announces Funding to Provide Permanent Housing & Services to Low-Income People with Disabilities 

  

HUD announced the availability of approximately $120 million in funding for state housing agencies to provide long term project-based rental assistance to extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom are transitioning out of institutional settings or are at high risk of homelessness. 

 

HUD's support of these state agencies is made possible through the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program.

 

Read HUD's Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)


On March 28, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:
The Department of Labor has made approximately $58 million in grants available to help expand the employment and training opportunities for Indian, Native American and other tribal communities. The funding, announced on March 24, will be used to develop programs to improve the academic, occupational and literacy skills of Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian adults and youth, making them more competitive in the workforce. Approximately 170 grants will be awarded to serve youth and adult populations. Prospective grantees have until April 23 to submit an application.

Read the News Release
Learn About Indian and Native American Programs



On March 28, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a solicitation --  http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2014/MultiStateMentoring.pdf

The President's Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, is a call to action to invest in collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color. The Department of Justice's, Office of Justice Programs’, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s, Multi-State Mentoring program responds to this call and includes mentoring opportunities for young men and boys of color in order to build resilience, encourage empowerment, and facilitate community engagement and participation.

 This DOJ solicitation supports qualified, established mentoring organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or subawardees. Mentoring activities include direct one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring services for at-risk and underserved youth populations. Successful applicants should implement programs that will recognize and address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth. Expansion of mentoring activities should create new opportunities for mentee achievement.

 Applications are due by May 12.   



On April 03, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

OJJDP Mentoring Funding Opportunities

Practitioner-Researcher Partnership Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents Demonstration Program

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 27, 2014.
Due Date: 5/27/2014
This demonstration program will support a practitioner-researcher partnership to develop and evaluate new mentoring practices to serve the needs of youth whose parents are incarcerated. Incarcerated parents and their children are a heterogeneous group, and associations between parental incarceration and developmental outcomes are complicated. However, research has shown that having an incarcerated parent can present individual and environmental risks for the child and increase the likelihood of negative outcomes. While mentoring has been shown to be an effective intervention for youth, more research is needed to understand how the unique needs of youth who have incarcerated parents are best supported through mentoring.


High-Risk Youth Mentoring Research

The deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 12, 2014.
Due Date: 5/12/2014
Mentoring has been shown to be an effective intervention for youth; however, more research is needed to understand how youth at high risk for delinquency are best supported through mentoring. The High-Risk Youth Mentoring Research program will support research and evaluations to further examine how certain characteristics, components, and practices of mentoring programs can best support youth who are at particularly high risk for delinquency.


Multi-State Mentoring Initiative

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 12, 2014.
Due Date: 5/12/2014
Supports qualified, established mentoring organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or subawardees. Mentoring activities include direct one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring services for at-risk and underserved youth populations. Successful applicants should implement programs that will recognize and address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth.


National Mentoring Programs

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 13, 2014.
Due Date: 5/13/2014
Supports national mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or subawardees. Mentoring activities include direct one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring services for at-risk and underserved youth populations.




On April 08, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

 

THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE is offering funding to federally recognized Indian Tribes to address the issues of economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services in Native American communities. Deadline: 4/30/2014. Click here to visit the website for more information.  

 

Proposals for Environmental, Education, Human Services Projects - Deadline: April 30, 2014  Funder: The Lawrence Foundation

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering funding through the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program. Support is provided to develop community partnerships to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide training in their use, and placement of AEDs with local organizations rural communities. Deadline to apply: 4/30/2014. Click here for an application package.

 

THE STATE FARM YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD NATIONAL GRANT PROGRAM funds student-led service-learning projects throughout the United States and in the provinces of Alberta, New Brunswick, and Ontario in Canada. Grant requests must fall under one of the following issue areas: community safety and natural disaster preparedness, environmental responsibility, accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap, social health and wellness issues, financial literacy and economic inclusion, or arts and culture. Deadline: 5/2/2014. For application guidelines, click here.

 

HUD is offering grants to housing agencies and state housing or community development agencies for the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program. This program seeks to identify, stimulate, and support sustaining innovative approaches that will transform the provision of housing for persons with disabilities while providing access to appropriate support and services. Deadline: 5/5/2014. Click here for an application.

 

THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, is seeking applications for the FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI). BCJI supports data-driven, research-informed, community-oriented strategies to address targeted crime issues in neighborhoods. Deadline to apply: 5/6/2014. A webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 3:00-4:30pm PM ET that will cover background on the core elements of BCJI and an overview of the FY 2014 solicitation, with time for participants to ask questions. Register for the webinar here. LISC is the national technical assistance provider for BCJI. For more information and to download an application, please visit LISC’s website here.  

 

Support for Social Justice Issues - Deadline: June 14, 2014. Funder: Public Welfare Foundation

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering support to provide individual development accounts and related services to individuals and families with low incomes. The 2014 application deadlines are 5/7/2014 and 7/14/2014. Click here to learn more about the Assets for Independence Demonstration Program.

 

THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to conduct outreach services designed to build relationships between grantee staff and runaway, homeless, and street youth. Deadline: 5/12/2014. Click here to learn more and to apply.  

 

National Art Education Foundation Seeks Applications for 2014 Art Educator Grants, DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2014

Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to NAEA members for programs that support classroom-based art education....

 

Patagonia Accepting Applications for Grassroots Environmental Campaigns -DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2014

Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded to grassroots organizations with provocative direct-action agendas to preserve and protect the environment....

 

THE G. UNGER VETLESEN FOUNDATION is offering general support grants to nonprofit organizations for general support for religious, charitable, scientific, literary and education causes. Deadline: letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Click here to visit the website for application guidelines.  

 

THE HOME DEPOT COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS PROGRAM provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Priority is given to projects for veterans that include housing repairs, modifications, and weatherization work. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Deadline: requests will be accepted from February 1 through August 15, 2014. Visit the Home Depot website here to submit an online application.

 

FY2014 TIGER Grant Funding Now Available Through USDOT
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for FY2014 discretionary grant funding under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.  The FY2014 omnibus appropriations act provided $600 million for the program.  Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.  Of the funds available, DOT may allocate up to $35 million for planning grants.  Click here to read the funding notice.  Applications are due April 28.  DOT is offering a webinar entitled “Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a TIGER Discretionary Grant” on April 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET. Click here to register for the webinar.

 

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE is offering funds through the Food Research Initiative’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program for efforts to reduce the prevalence of excess weight and obesity among children and adolescents, ages 2-19. Deadlines: Letters of intent 4/17/2014; applications due 6/19/2014. Click here for an application and guidelines.

 

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY is offering grants to authorized nonprofit and public agencies to provide environmental job training and research projects to train low-income workers for environmental improvement careers to facilitate the assessment, remediation, or preparation of brownfields sites. Deadline: 4/18/2014. Click here for an application.

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE is offering grants through The Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program for research and extension projects to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities. Deadline: 4/28/2014. Click here to learn more about this program and to apply.

 

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE is offering funding through the Farm to School Grant Program for initiatives that seek to improve access to local foods in schools. Deadline: 4/30/2014. Click here for an application.



On April 15, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track Program Open for Applications

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) category of funding provides support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  This funding supports focused, distinct projects that take place over limited periods of time and in limited geographic areas.  The involvement of professionally trained, experienced artists and arts professionals is essential.  Each applicant must present a simple, straightforward project that reflects only one of two project types—engagement or livability projects.  Engagement projects engage the public with diverse and excellent art and can include arts events featuring guest artists, the development of professionally directed public art projects, and the unified promotion of community-wide arts activities.  Livability projects strengthen communities through the arts and include design activities for new or existing cultural facilities or civic spaces.  

 

CAFT grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.  Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally-recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply.  The application deadline is May 8.  Click here for application instructions, the recording of a webinar on the program, and project examples.  With questions, contact the Challenge America Fast-Track Specialists at fasttrack@arts.gov or 202.682.5700

 



On April 18, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

FUNDING Opportunities

 

NEWMAN'S OWN Awards Program recognizes volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting U.S. military families. Eligible applicants must be comprised primarily of volunteers or be nonprofit organizations, and be working with the families of Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve units and/or veterans. Deadline: 4/23/2014. Click here for application guidelines and to apply online.  http://tinyurl.com/mpyycpu

 

American Dental Association Invites Applications for Community Leadership Development Institute  - DEADLINE: APRIL 29, 2014

Grants will be awarded to enable recipients to take part in the annual Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute....

 

The MARY KAY Foundation is offering grants to nonprofits that aid female victims of domestic violence. Deadline: 4/30/2014. Click here for application guidelines and to apply. http://tinyurl.com/887gx83

 

President Obama Announces American Apprenticeship Grants

On April 16, 2014, the President and Vice President announced new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. Employers, unions, and foundations are joining these efforts with new commitments to support job-driven training.

Expanding Apprenticeships for Good Middle Class Jobs. The Department of Labor is making $100 million in existing H-1B funds available for American Apprenticeship Grants to reward partnerships that help more workers participate in apprenticeships. This competition will help more Americans access this proven path to employment and the middle class: 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000.  The new American Apprenticeship Grants competition – which will be launched in the fall – will focus on partnerships between employers, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, non-profits and faith-based organizations that:

  • Launch apprenticeship models in new, high-growth fields: Many fast-growing occupations and industries with open positions, such as in information technology, high-tech services, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing, have an opportunity to adopt and adapt apprenticeship programs, to meet their skilled workforce needs.
  • Align apprenticeships to pathways for further learning and career advancement: Apprenticeships that embed industry-recognized skills certifications or reward workplace learning with college credit provide an affordable educational pathway for those who need to earn while they learn, and apprenticeships linked to pre-apprenticeship programs can help more Americans access this training and get on an early pathway to a good career.
  • Scale apprenticeship models that work: Across the country, there are pockets of excellence in apprenticeship, but all too often these successful models are unknown in other regions or to other employers. These grants will build from strength and invest in innovations and strategies to scale apprenticeships – including to market the value of apprenticeships, make them more attractive to women and other Americans who have been underrepresented, increase the return on investment for workers and, or build national and regional partnerships to expand apprenticeships.

See the Fact Sheet, FAQ and www.whitehouse.gov for more details.

 

American Planning Association’s Community Planning Assistance Team Initiative Now Open for Applications

The American Planning Association is now accepting applications for its Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) initiative.  The CPAT pairs multidisciplinary teams of expert planning professionals from around the country with community members and decision makers to foster community education, engagement, and empowerment.  Communities facing a range of challenges including, but not limited to, social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design are well-suited for assistance through the program.  Projects focus on localities with a demonstrated need for assistance, where planning resources and expertise may not otherwise be available.  Expert teams are selected for the specific expertise needed on the project and offer pro bono assistance in developing a framework or vision plan that promotes a sustainable, livable, economically vibrant, and healthy community.  The CPAT initiative is accepting applications through June 5 from communities seeking planning-related assistance.  A $50 application fee is required.  Click here for more information, to download the application, and to read about past CPAT assistance projects.  Email CPAT@planning.org with questions.  

 

National Arts Strategies Seeks Applications for 2014 Creative Community Fellowships - DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2014

Led by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, fellows will gain the tools, skills, and networks needed to activate an idea that transforms their communities....

 

Hillman Foundation Accepting Proposals for Innovations in Care Program - DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2014. Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded in support of innovations that provide care to vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing quality health care....

 

NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track Program Open for Applications

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) category of funding provides support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  This funding supports focused, distinct projects that take place over limited periods of time and in limited geographic areas.  The involvement of professionally trained, experienced artists and arts professionals is essential.  Each applicant must present a simple, straightforward project that reflects only one of two project types—engagement or livability projects.  Engagement projects engage the public with diverse and excellent art and can include arts events featuring guest artists, the development of professionally directed public art projects, and the unified promotion of community-wide arts activities.  Livability projects strengthen communities through the arts and include design activities for new or existing cultural facilities or civic spaces.  

CAFT grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.  Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally-recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply.  The application deadline is May 8.  Click here for application instructions, the recording of a webinar on the program, and project examples.  With questions, contact the Challenge America Fast-Track Specialists at fasttrack@arts.gov or 202.682.5700.

 

Housing Counseling Training Program - Application deadline: May 5, 2014
Funds for training activities designed to improve the quality of counseling provided by housing counselors. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals - Application deadline: Jun 3, 2014
Awards funding to colleges and universities to support pre-degree internships and field placements for students pursuing careers in certain behavioral health careers. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide information and education dissemination to rural and medically underserved areas. Sponsor: Bureau of Health Professions

 

Colonias Needs Assessment - Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program - Application deadline: Jun 3, 2014
Awards funding to identify and address small communities’ gaps in water and wastewater infrastructure development and in technical capacity in the Mexico Border region. Sponsor: USDA Rural Development

 

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse - Application deadline: Jun 10, 2014. Funding for collaborative regional partnerships that provide activities and services designed to increase the well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children and families experiencing substance use disorders. Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families

 

National Health Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Assistance - Application deadline: Jun 16, 2014
Provides recruitment and retention assistance to healthcare facilities located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Sponsor: National Health Service Corps

 

Healthy Environments - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Funding to improve the health and well being of vulnerable children from low-income families by making the places they live, learn, and play safe and supportive of overall good health. Sponsor: Kresge Foundation

 

Drucker Institute Invites Applications for 2014 Award for Nonprofit Innovation -DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2014

The award, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000, recognizes an existing program that has made a difference in the lives of the people it serves....

 

Ribbons of Hope—Invest in Women Seeks Applications From Organizations That Benefit Women and Girls - DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2014

A single grant of $100,000 will be awarded to an organization that promotes the well-being and future prospects of women and girls....

 

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Invite Applications for Quality of Life Grants - DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

The foundation will award grants to organizations working to help disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers in ways that more immediately give them increased independence....

 

American Psychological Foundation Seeks Applications for Pearson Early Career Program - DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2014

One grant of $12,000 will be awarded to encourage an early career psychology researcher to devote his or her career to underserved populations....

 

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program-SGA-DFA-PY-13-10

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $450 million in grant funds authorized for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.

The TAACCCT program seeks to increase the number of workers who attain certificates, degrees, and other industry-recognized credentials, helping to meet President Obama's college graduation goal of increasing the percentage of adults with a post-secondary credential by 2020. The overarching goals of the program are to: (1) increase attainment of degrees, certifications, certificates, diplomas, and other industry-recognized credentials that match the skills needed by employers to better prepare workers eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program ("TAA-eligible workers") of chapter 2 of title II of the Trade Act of 1974, 19 U.S.C. 2271-2323, and other adults for high-wage, high-skill employment or re-employment in growth industry sectors; (2) introduce or replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning, completion, and other outcomes for TAA-eligible workers and other adults; and (3) demonstrate improved employment outcomes.

The Department intends to make grant awards to eligible single institution applicants in all states ranging from approximately $2,260,000 to $2,500,000, up to a total of approximately $150 million. Under this SGA, DOL intends to make approximately 15 to 25 grant awards to consortia of eligible institutions, up to a total of approximately $300 million in grant awards to consortium applicants. The Department will provide two tiers of funding for consortium grant awards, based on the number of institutions in the consortium.



On May 13, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

RECORDED WEBINAR: Promise Zones, recorded rural webinar, draft application materials and updated webpage: https://www.onecpd.info/promise-zones/ (I found I could not access this site on some computers, if this happens to you, try another one).

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars in the United States and Canada - DEADLINE: September 19, 2014. The annual fellowship program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions....

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Accepting Applications for 2014-15 Observers Program - DEADLINE: July 31, 2014. Twenty-five emerging directors and choreographers will receive a stipend (plus travel expenses) to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at leading regional theaters across the country....

William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications From African-American Artists -DEADLINE: September 15, 2014- The $25,000 prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist working in the area of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or a new genre....

Moyer Foundation Seeks Applications for Youth Grief, Substance Abuse Programs - DEADLINE: August 14, 2014- Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations in Pennsylvania and Washington that serve children and teens in the areas of bereavement and grief support and/or drug and alcohol dependency....

Council on Economic Education Seeks Applications for Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award - DEADLINE: May 30, 2014. The $5,000 award recognizes K-12 teachers who instill in students an understanding of economics and the tools to make informed and responsible decisions that they will carry with them as they grow into successful and productive adults....

Wild Ones Invites Applications for Native Plant Education Projects -DEADLINE: October 15, 2014- Grants of up to $500 will be awarded in support of projects designed to strengthen an appreciation for nature among young people....

Westinghouse Electric Invites Applications for STEM-Based Projects - DEADLINE: November 14, 2014- Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to three schools in support of a creative, hands-on project focused on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics....



On May 13, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:
The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to improve results for children with disabilities by: 
 (1) Promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; 
(2) supporting educational media activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; 
(3) providing support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and 
(4) providing accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

 The Department of Education has announced an estimated  $1,200,000 to support the award of one cooperative agreement under this Program.   Eligible applicants are SEAs; LEAs, including public charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations.

The supported National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning will work with State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and other stakeholders to improve the quality, availability, and timely delivery of accessible educational materials and technologies for use by infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. The Center's efforts will help support equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to: (1) Participate in high-quality early learning programs, (2) be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum, (3) prepare to meet college- and career-ready standards, (4) participate in assessments, and (5) transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.

Applications are due by June 23, 2014.  Click here for full background and application requirements.



On May 21, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:

OJJDP-2014-3929  

OJJDP FY 2014 School Justice Collaboration Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court                               

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention       Open date: 05/20/2014          Close date: 07/07/2014

 

OJJDP-2014-3875  

OJJDP FY 2014 Youth Violence Prevention Technical Assistance Program 

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention       Open date: 05/20/2014          Close date: 07/07/2014




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