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USDA's Funding Letter, February 14, 2018

FUNDING

  1. National Endowment for the Arts Art Works

NEA is offering grants through the ART WORKS program for artistically excellent projects that celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage, invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups, and broadens an understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society. Deadline: 2/15/2018.

 

  1. Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

CIRD works with a geographic cross section of communities that demonstrate community capacity and strong partnerships, a commitment to diverse participation and engagement of all the demographic groups present in their community, and the potential to achieve actionable results. Each of the communities that has hosted a CIRD workshop has identified design issues of immediate relevance not only to their town, but to other rural communities as well. Click here to review the 2018 CIRD Request for Proposals.   Now accepting applications to host a CIRD workshop in 2018. Applications are due February 16, 2018, 5pm EST. 

  1. Capital Impact Partners

Capital Impact Partners has always been a passionate advocate for the cooperative model. We believe it can be a critical tool for communities to access affordable housing, quality jobs, and services. We support the cooperative ecosystem through lending, capacity building, and grant funding and are currently looking for the next Co-op Innovation Award grant recipients. Eligible non-profit organizations that work to bring co-ops to scale and/or increase co-op development in low-income communities are invited to apply by  February 20th, 2018 for grants up to $25,000.

  1. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS is offering grants through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. Funding is on a per diem basis for organizations providing transitional housing for homeless veterans. Deadline: 2/28/2018. Click here for program guidelines.

 

  1. Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program

The Loan Guaranty Service (LGY), which is an office of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing the availability of funds for the Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program. The objective of the grant is to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing. Veterans Affairs acknowledges there are many emerging technologies that could improve home adaptations or otherwise enhance a Veteran’s or Servicemember’s ability to live independently. Therefore, VA has defined ‘‘new assistive technology’’ as an advancement the Secretary determines could aid or enhance the ability of a Veteran or Servicemember to live in an adapted home. PLEASE NOTE: SAHAT funding does not support the construction or modification of residential dwellings for accessibility. Veterans and Servicemembers interested in receiving assistance to adapt a home are encouraged to contact their local Veterans Affairs Regional Benefits Office, Regional Loan Center, or Medical Center for more information, or visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp

**Note: Some documents may contain an application expiration date of February 25, 2018, that date has been extended to March 4, 2018.

 

  1. Grants to Establish and Expand Jail Diversion
    Grants to establish or expand programs that divert adults with a serious mental illness or a co-occurring disorder from the criminal justice system to community-based services prior to arrest and booking.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 5, 2018
    Sponsors: Substance
    Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

  1. Udall Scholarship
    Offers scholarships to Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, or the environment.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 8, 2018
    Sponsor: Morris K Udall and Steward L Udall Foundation
  1. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/fy-2018-veterinary-medicine-loan-repayment-program?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=">Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to repay qualified educational loans for eligible veterinarians in exchange for veterinary services in designated shortage situations. Please see Part III, A of the https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/resource/2018-VMLRP-RFA.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=">FY 2018 VMLRP Request for Applications for eligibility information. Application Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

  1. https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/secondary-education-two-year-postsecondary-education-and-agriculture-k-12?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=">Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA)

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the FANH sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences. https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY-2018-SPECA-RFA.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=">Request for Applications | https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300389&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=">Apply for Grant

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

 

  1. Newman's Own Award
    Offers grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life for military members and their families, including programs for job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2018
    Sponsor:
    Fisher House Foundation

 

  1. Native Youth and Culture Fund
    Grants for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social and health issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and mental health.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Required): Mar 8, 2018
    Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
    Sponsor:
    First Nations Development Institute
  2. AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants
    Funding for programs that are designed to strengthen tribal communities and solve local problems through service and volunteering.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 2, 2018
    Application Deadline: May 2, 2018
    Sponsor:
    Corporation for National and Community Service
  3. AmeriCorps State and National Grants - Targeted Priority
    Funding for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities in 2018 include prescription drug and opioid abuse, child wellness, and infrastructure.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 2, 2018
    Application Deadline: May 2, 2018
    Sponsor:
    Corporation for National and Community Service
  4. Healthcare Connect Fund
    Provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of a consortium or a stand-alone entity.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
    Sponsor:
    Universal Service Administrative Company
  5. Smart Rural Community Showcase Award
    Honors rural communities that have achieved high levels of broadband activity and have used it to support innovative practices in industry sectors, such as healthcare, safety and security, and economic development.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2018
    Sponsor: NTCA:
    The Rural Broadband Association
  6. Rural Hospital Leadership Award
    Provides an educational stipend to a small or rural hospital administrator or chief executive officer to attend an AHA Annual Meeting or Health Forum Leadership Conference.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2018
    Sponsor:
    American Hospital Association

 

  1. ARC commits $20M for new round of POWER grants

The Appalachian Regional Commission has released a request for proposals for the 2018 POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Program. In this round of funding, ARC will commit up to $20 million to support efforts that create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities in the ARC region by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. 

  1. SPRING 2018 CARTON 2 GARDEN CONTEST

Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present our fourth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.

Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Looking for ideas? Check out last year’s winners for inspiration and visit us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest or tips, activities, and lessons.

  1. Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program
    Loan repayment for educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian Health Service programs.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2018
    Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  1. First Nations Development Institute

First Nations today announced it has received a one-year, $100,000 grant from the Agua Fund as renewed funding to assist Native American communities in South Dakota and on the Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico and Utah). The funding allows First Nations to work with selected communities toward increasing control of their local food systems for improved health and well-being, as well as for asset-building and economic development purposes.

First Nations expects to issue a request for proposals for this grant program in the near future. Eligible entities will be Sioux or Navajo tribes, Sioux or Navajo-controlled nonprofit organizations, or Native community-based groups committed to increasing healthy food access in Sioux or Navajo communities.
 
First Nations will offer capacity-building training to the four selected participants, while two of these groups will receive direct grants of $30,000 each. The project will focus on tribal hunger, nutrition and healthy foods access, and will engage in activities such as conducting community food assessments and expanding initiatives for food-related business development. Participants will be selected based on their potential to serve as a positive model with replicable or adaptable components for other Native communities, as well as on their communities’ needs related to tribal hunger, food insecurity and healthy foods access.

  1. Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Grants Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Grant Programs Directorate administers the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program as part of the AFG Program. The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development. FP&S Grants are offered to support projects in two activities: (1) activities designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards ("Fire Prevention and Safety Activity") and (2) research and development activities aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries ("Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity"). The program guidance document provides potential applicants with the details of the requirements, processing, and evaluation of an application for financial assistance for both of these activity areas.

  1. 2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

The Secretary of Agriculture has a congressionally designated advisory council that assists the U.S. Forest Service in establishing the grant categories and recommendations of final proposals for the Forest Service to consider. This is the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council). The Council serves to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the status of the nation’s urban and community forests and related natural resources. The Council seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests, by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources, which, if well managed, improves the public’s health, well-being, economic vitality, and creates resilient ecosystems for present and future generations.

*To receive updates on other funding opportunities, please consider creating an account and subscription at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/manage-subscriptions.html to receive e-mail alerts for your particular interest(s). 

Suzette's Funding Letter, September 9, 2017

FUNDING

  1. THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Our Town Program. Grants will support arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects. Deadline: 9/11/2017.
  1. FOUNDATION FOR RURAL SERVICE is offering grants to nonprofits seeking to create programs that promote business development, community development, education or telecommunications in rural communities served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Preference will be given to proposals that foster collaboration among and community engagement, and that can be fully funded by the grant or have 75 percent or more of the project currently funded. Deadline: 9/15/2017.
  2. The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation

The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is offering grants throughout the United States, with a particular focus in smaller communities and rural areas. The Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research. Grants are provided to developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Deadlines: letters of inquiry 9/1/2017; invited grant applications will be due 9/22/2017.

 

  1. Lowe's Toolbox for Education Program
    Grants to help schools and parent teacher groups with school improvement and to provide for the basic needs of their students.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Sep 29, 2017
    Sponsor:
    Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

 

  1. Tobacco-Free College Program for Community Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions
    Funding and technical assistance to help minority serving institutions and community colleges advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% tobacco-free college policy.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Oct 11, 2017
    Sponsor: Truth Initiative

 

  1. Indian Health Service Zero Suicide Initiative
    Grants to implement the Zero Suicide approach in Indian Country with the goal of improving the system of care for those at risk for suicide by implementing a comprehensive, culturally informed, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in Indian health systems.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline:
    Oct 12, 2017
    Sponsor:
    Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health

 

  1. Apply Now for New Grants Under First Nations' Native Arts Initiative
    First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched a new Supporting Native Arts grant opportunity under its Native Arts Initiative (formerly known as the “Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative” or NACBI). Applications are due by Thursday, October 19, 2017. The Request for Proposals for the Supporting Native Arts grant opportunity can be accessed here.

 

  1. Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects

Grants are awarded in support of projects designed to secure permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway with clear habitat and recreational benefits. Application Deadline: November 1, 2017 (Nominations).

  1. Centers for Agricultural Health and Safety (U54)
    Funding to operate a Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, which will conduct research and help translate scientific discoveries focused on improving worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and fishing.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 29, 2017
    Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2017
    Sponsor:
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  1. The 7th Generation Fund for Indigenous People

The 7th Generation Fund for Indigenous People is offering funding to Native American organizations in the following program areas: Arts and Creativity, Health and Well-Being, Rights of Mother Earth, Sustainable Communities and Economies, Leadership Development, and Rights, Equity, and Justice. Grants from $250 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. The remaining postmark deadlines for 2017 is 12/1/2017.

  1. Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (R34)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research applications to develop and pilot test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. For the purposes of this FOA, NIMH defines a family navigator model as a health care professional or paraprofessional whose role is to deploy a set of strategies designed to rapidly engage youth and families in needed treatment and services, work closely with the family and other involved treatment and service providers to optimize care and monitor the trajectory of mental health symptoms and outcomes over time.  Application Deadline: January 07, 2018.

 

  1. SBA 7a Loans
    Provides loans to small businesses (including small healthcare practices) for working capital; equipment purchase; real estate purchase; building construction or renovation; business acquisition; and debt refinancing.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Sponsor: Small Business Administration

  1. Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Accepting Applications for Emergency Grants

One-time grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to artists in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking to provide assistance with a specific emergency, including fire, flood, or an unexpected medical issue. Application Deadline: Open

  1. Funding Opportunities Available from Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation is accepting applications to two funding opportunities for small or rural communities with populations under 35,000.  The Good Neighbor Grant offers funding to address unexpected needs or simple projects.  Grants are available between $1,000 and $10,000.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Additionally, the Community Building Spaces Grant offers funding for the development of public spaces.  Various uses of funding include land acquisition, purchasing buildings, construction and renovations, among other activities.  Grants are available between $50,000 & $250,000 and accepted on a rolling basis.  For more information on the Good Neighbor Grant, click here.  More information on the Community Building Spaces Grant is available here. Application Deadline: Due Rolling Basis.

 

  1. Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program
    Funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Sponsors:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
  2. Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees
    A loan guarantee program that helps private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Sponsors:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
  1. BNSF Railway Foundation
    Offers grants to organizations that operate near a BNSF railway line. Among others, priority areas include health and human service organizations, programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women's and children's aid, transitional shelters, hospitals, medical programs, and youth development programs.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Sponsor:
    BNSF Railway Foundation

 

  1. EDA announces funding for coal communities

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced approximately $30 million in funding for the Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC). As part of the FY 2017 appropriation for the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs, the ACC will assist communities severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development, and re-employment opportunities. The program was created pursuant with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017.

  1. Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program
    Funding that provides communities with a source of financing for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and physical development projects, including improvements to increase resilience against natural disasters.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  1. National School Lunch Afterschool Snack Program
    Funding for schools and residential child care institutions to provide afterschool snacks to low-income children who participate in the National School Lunch program.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

  

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