Funding Opportunities

http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/166/apply">American Association of School Librarians Grants Opportunity
The American Association of School Librarians is offering grants to public school libraries in the communities served by Dollar General. The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to pre-K-12 public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire, or an act of terrorism. Schools that have absorbed a significant number of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible to apply. Deadline: grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the AASL website https://rurallisc.cmail19.com/t/r-l-jjdkdjg-jrdkjdiduk-a/">here to submit an online application.  

https://firstnations.org/grantmaking/2018NAFSIKeepseagle">Keepseagle Fast-Track Grants to Support Native Farmers & Ranchers
First Nations Development Institute is offering grants through Keepseagle Fast-Track Grants to Support Native Farmers and Ranchers, provided under the First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. Grants of up to $40,000 are available to organizations in Native communities for programs that serve or directly collaborate with Native American farmers and ranchers. Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and Native American community-based groups that further Native American farming and ranching activities are eligible to apply. Deadline: letters of intent 10/5/2018; full proposals are due 12/14/2018.

https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/adolescent-mental-health-rfa/">Youth Mental Health Initiative
Training, technical assistance, and access to funding for community-based organizations to reduce depression, anxiety, and suicide among youth from underserved populations, including culturally diverse, rural, and LGBTQ populations. Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 14, 2018 | Application Deadline: Oct 5, 2018

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/index.php/schools/programs/school-garden-grant-program">Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program
Whole Kids Foundation is accepting applications for the School Garden Grant Program. Grants of $2,000 are available to help fund garden projects at public and private K-12 schools in the United States. Deadline: 10/15/2018.

https://www.ruralcenter.org/rhi/srht">Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Technical Assistance
Technical assistance for small hospitals in rural, persistent-poverty areas to help prepare and assist them in moving from a fee-for-service and volume based payment system to one that is dependent on value and quality. Application Deadline: Oct 24, 2018

https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJlbWFpbCI6Im5naWxiZXJ0QGVkYS5nb3YiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoiMTAyIiwic3Vic2NyaWJlcl9pZCI6Ijc2MzExNTc4OCIsImxpbmtfaWQiOiI0MDU1MjU3NDUiLCJ1cmkiOiJicDI6ZGlnZXN0IiwidXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubmlmYS51c2RhLmdvdi9mdW5kaW5nLW9wcG9ydHVuaXR5L3NtYWxsLWJ1c2luZXNzLWlubm92YXRpb24tcmVzZWFyY2gtcHJvZ3JhbS1waGFzZS1pP3V0bV9jb250ZW50PSZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWVtYWlsJnV0bV9uYW1lPSZ1dG1fc291cmNlPWdvdmRlbGl2ZXJ5JnV0bV90ZXJtPSIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAxODA3MjcuOTMwNDk5ODEifQ.WjNvKKZgyfpmvIBbvrSoj2jIK2wfIZ0kL8Nyfe7AncM">Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) - Phase I
USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water. USDA SBIR Program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas. SBIR Phase I project proposals that can prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept may be awarded up to $100,000. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. Visit the https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJlbWFpbCI6Im5naWxiZXJ0QGVkYS5nb3YiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoiMTAzIiwic3Vic2NyaWJlcl9pZCI6Ijc2MzExNTc4OCIsImxpbmtfaWQiOiI0MDU1MjU3NDkiLCJ1cmkiOiJicDI6ZGlnZXN0IiwidXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubmlmYS51c2RhLmdvdi9wcm9ncmFtL3NtYWxsLWJ1c2luZXNzLWlubm92YXRpb24tcmVzZWFyY2gtcHJvZ3JhbS1zYmlyP3V0bV9jb250ZW50PSZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWVtYWlsJnV0bV9uYW1lPSZ1dG1fc291cmNlPWdvdmRlbGl2ZXJ5JnV0bV90ZXJtPSIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAxODA3MjcuOTMwNDk5ODEifQ.b7PfzfusIWxK-ijG11YQ10oq-iPNlHx4I4-UyhVmigE">Small Business Innovation Research Program page for more information on the SBIR program. Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,000,000. Deadline: October 25, 2018

https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program">Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
Grants for fire departments and EMS organizations for equipment, training, personnel wellness programs, capital funding, and collaboration efforts. Application Deadline: Oct 26, 2018

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency">Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA is offering funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans. The program offers financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Deadline: 10/31/2018.

https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/inspire-grants-small-museums">Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America Program designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plan. Deadline: November 01, 2018

https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/native-americannative-hawaiian-museum-services-program">Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grants support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. They are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. Deadline: November 01, 2018 

https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/museum-grants-african-american-history-and-culture">Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums. Deadline: November 01, 2018 

https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2018/fy-2019-rsvp-competition">Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Funding to develop and support Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects for volunteers 55 years and older in serving specific local and community needs in areas that currently do not have an RSVP grant. Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 10, 2018 | Application Deadline: Nov 7, 2018

 https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy18shop">FY 2018 Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP)
HUD is offering grants through the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), which seeks to facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities on a national, geographically diverse basis. Homebuyers must be low-income and must contribute a significant amount of sweat equity towards the development of the SHOP units. Deadline: 11/12/2018.

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants">Delta Health Care Services Grant Program
USDA is offering funding through The Delta Health Care Services Grant Program, which supports the development of health care services, health education programs, health care job training programs, and the development and expansion of public health-related facilities. Deadline: 11/19/2018.  

https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/shakespeare">Shakespeare in American Communities
National Endowment for the Arts is offering funding through the Shakespeare in American Communities in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Funds will be distributed through two programs: Schools and Juvenile Justice. The Schools program aims to reach middle and high school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Matching grants of $25,000 will be provided to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for middle and high school students from a minimum of ten schools. The Juvenile Justice program will provide grants of $20,000 to $25,000 to six to ten organizations to support theater education programs that reach young people within the juvenile justice system. No matching funds are required for this program. Deadlines: Intent to apply emails for both programs will be accepted through 12/7/2018; the application deadline is 2/14/2019.

https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/museums-empowered-professional-development-opportunities-museum-staff">Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff, a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program, supports staff capacity building projects that use professional development to generate systemic change within a museum. Deadline: December 14, 2018 

https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/national-leadership-grants-museums">National Leadership Grants for Museums
National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve service to the public. Deadline: December 14, 2018

https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/museums-america">Museums for America
The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Deadline: December 14, 2018

https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2019/americorps-state-and-national-grants-fy-2019">AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2019
Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) is offering funding for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities in 2019 include prescription drug and opioid abuse, education, and public safety. Deadline: Letter of Intent 12/12/2018 (optional); application 1/30/2019.

https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/grants-state-library-administrative-agencies">Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula. SLAAs may use federal funds to support statewide initiatives and services; they also may distribute the funds through subgrant competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries in their state. Deadline: April 01, 2019

 https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302953">FY 2018 EDA Disaster Supplemental
EDA announces general policies and application procedures for the Disaster Supplemental NOFO. Subject to the availability of funds, this investment assistance will help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects, as appropriate, to address economic challenges in areas where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq.) (Stafford Act) as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and of wildfires and other natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2017. To be competitive, applications must clearly incorporate principles for enhancing the resilience (as defined under Section A.4, below) of the relevant community/region or demonstrate the integration of resilience principles into the investment project itself. Resilience is an essential component of any strategy for mitigating the potential for future disaster-related losses and adverse economic impacts for communities. Therefore, inclusion of resilience principles in the project is a necessary step to improve the capacity of the region to recover more quickly from future disaster events. Applicants must include a narrative attachment as a part of their application materials, describing in detail the nexus between their proposed project scope of work and disaster recovery and resilience efforts. The strength of the nexus to the disaster is drawn from the consequences of the relevant disaster(s) and the intended project outcomes that fulfill the community’s specific post-disaster needs.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306735">FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs | Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/providers/funding.asp">VA Office of Rural Health Funding Programs
Funding, technical assistance, and mentoring for rural VA facilities to implement promising practices and/or enterprise-wide initiatives. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/topic_files/USDARD/USDARD_884/2018/10/03/file_attachments/1083239/Upskilling%20RFP%20Fall%202018__1083239.pdf">Walmart Foundation | Request for Proposals for Incumbent Service-Sector Worker Upskilling
In 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched the Retail Opportunity Initiative, a five-year, $100 million sector-wide effort aimed at strengthening the transferability of skills of the U.S. retail workforce and developing ways to make it easier for front-line workers to advance their careers. To date, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have funded research, held convenings, executed upskilling pilots in cities across the country, and learned a significant amount. We are looking for those innovative communities or regions that want to take the next step, in a collaborative approach, to upskill incumbent service sector workers to careers that can lead to advancement or promotion in their community and begin to lay the foundation for systemic change in training incumbent workers.

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