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Suzette's Funding Letter, February 1, 2017

FUNDING

  1. Strategic Economic and Community Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is excited to share a new Rural Development funding opportunity authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new authority entitled Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) prioritizes projects that support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans under the Community Facilities Program, Water and Waste Disposal Program, Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and Rural Business Development Grant Program. Under this provision, up to 10 percent of each programs annual appropriations can be set aside and made available to eligible SECD applicants. Many communities already working together to develop multi-jurisdictional plans with the help of strategic partners including non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, university extensions, regional authorities, coalitions of counties/towns and federal special initiative coalitions. The goal of SECD is to promote collaboration in rural communities and across Rural Development agencies and programs. Communities are incentivized to align resources, develop long-term community and economic growth strategies and engage federal, state and local partners. By promoting this regional focus USDA resources can be more effectively utilized and have a larger impact on rural capacity building and wealth creation.

 

  1. First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has opened two new grant opportunities under its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). In both cases, applications are due by February 17, 2017.  With the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Agua Fund, First Nations will award up to 12 grants of up to $35,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. First Nations will also award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each to Native communities looking to conduct food sovereignty assessments in order to gain a better knowledge and understanding about the historical, current and future state of their local food systems. The Request for Proposals for program grants can be accessed at here. The Request for Proposals for the food sovereignty assessment grants can be accessed here. Organizations are invited to apply for one or both of these opportunities.

  1. Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Cooperative Agreements
    Grants to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 9, 2017
    Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

  1. Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants
    Grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis, with special consideration given to wounded military and their families.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2017
    Sponsor: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

 

  1. Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (Tribal SASP)
    Provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 2, 2017
    Application Deadline: Feb 23, 2017
    Sponsors: Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

 

  1. Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Grants
    Provides funding to assist eligible entities to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and to increase their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for low-income, uninsured, underinsured and people in underserved or rural communities.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2017
    Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration

 

  1. Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health in American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities, U.S. Territories, and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Indigenous – Project LAUNCH)
    Grants to promote the wellness of young children from birth to 8 years within tribes, territories, and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development to ensure children are thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 1, 2017
    Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

  1. Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts
    Grants to enhance and expand substance use disorder treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, that use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment for parents with a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use disorder and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 3, 2017
    Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

  1. Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections)
    Awards funding for pilot projects designed to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 9, 2017
    Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

 

  1. Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program
    Supports the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) which provide technical assistance to healthcare organizations, healthcare networks, and healthcare providers in the implementation of telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2017
    Sponsor: Office for the Advancement of Telehealth

 

  1. Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program: Tribal Transit Program
    Funding to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Among other things, this funding supports partnerships working to expand access to health, medical, and social service providers.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 20, 2017
    Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration

 

  1. Water and Waste Revolving Loan Fund Grants
    Grant funds to establish a lending program that will finance water or wastewater systems for rural communities.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline:
    Feb 6, 2017
    Sponsor:
    USDA Rural Utilities Service

 

  1. Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
    Grants to support community-based organizations in providing culturally relevant services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional):
    Jan 26, 2017
    Application Deadline:
    Feb 16, 2017
    Sponsors:
    Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

 

  1. Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program
    Supports programs that provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking who are in need of 6-24 months of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional):
    Jan 12, 2017
    Application Deadline:
    Feb 16, 2017
    Sponsors:
    Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

 

  1. Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (Exploratory/Developmental - R21)
    Awards funding for exploratory or developmental research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children, including rural, low-income, geographically isolated children.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline:
    Jun 16, 2017
    Sponsor:
    National Institutes of Health
  2. Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (Research Project - R01)
    Awards funding for discrete research projects that target the reduction of health disparities among children, including rural, low-income, geographically isolated children.
    Geographic coverage:
    Nationwide
    Application Deadline:
    Jun 16, 2017
    Sponsor:
    National Institutes of Health

 

  1. Department of Justice Public Safety FY2017 Grant Opportunity  

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released the FY 2017 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI) funding opportunity. BCJI leads efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that help advance broader neighborhood development goals. There is Promise Zone priority for this program. Apply by: February 2, 2017. To see a full list of BJA programs, click here. Sign up for the BJA newsletter here.

  1. Department of Commerce’s FY2017 Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant Opportunity

The FY2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs funding announcement was recently released. 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. Under this federal funding announcement, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order 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.

  1. Housing Projects Serving Rural Veterans
    Offers funding to construct, renovate, or rehabilitate temporary and permanent veteran housing in rural areas of the United States.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2017
    Sponsors: Home Depot Foundation, Housing Assistance Council
  1. Household Water Well System Grants
    Provides grants to nonprofit organization to create lending programs for homeowners to borrow funds for the construction or repair of household water wells.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 6, 2017
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Utilities Service
  1. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Change Leadership Programs
    Four change leadership programs, designed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health. Helps develop and support leaders who are from or working with communities with limited resources and opportunities.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2017
    Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  1. NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
    Offers loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 23, 2017
    Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce
  2. Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program
    Funding for collaborative projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Feb 23, 2017
    Sponsor: Office on Violence Against Women
  1. Community Connect Broadband Grant Program
    Grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential service and connect facilities, such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. Priority will be given to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 13, 2017
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Utilities Service
  2. Udall Scholarship
    Offers scholarships to Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, native health, or the environment.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2017
    Sponsor: Morris K Udall and Steward L Udall Foundation
  1. Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship Program
    Provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students enrolled in a health professions program.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2017
    Sponsor: Indian Health Service
  2. Indian Health Service Pre-Graduate Scholarship Program
    Provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry or pre-optometry.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2017
    Sponsor: Indian Health Service
  3. Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship
    Provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students who are enrolled in undergraduate or preparatory courses in preparation for entry to health profession schools.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2017
    Sponsor: Indian Health Service
  4. Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
    This program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2017
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Utilities Service
  1. USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector

USDA’s Agricultural Marking Service (AMS) has announced the request for applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which includes Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).  These programs and other resources across USDA are helping to revitalize rural America by supporting local and regional food stakeholders. The grant applications for FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov/  by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, March 27, 2017

  1. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar in Your Community

DOE has launched its Solar in Your Community Challenge to support innovative and replicable community-based initiatives that bring solar power to low-income and underserved communities. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are eligible to participate in the Challenge, which aims to engage and support a wide variety of teams developing innovative and scalable business and financial models that can unlock the low- and moderate-income solar market. Teams will compete for $5 million in resources, including seed funding and technical assistance grants, and a $500,000 grand prize. Each team is expected to consist of a wide variety of stakeholders, including solar companies and entrepreneurs in partnership with key local stakeholders (e.g., utilities, banks, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and community leaders). Deadline: 3/17/2017.  

  1. DOJ Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is offering funding to American Indians and Alaska Natives through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) initiative. Funds may be used to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent and control delinquency, strengthen the juvenile justice system, serve sexual assault and elder victims, and support other efforts to combat crime. Deadline: 2/28/2017. Click here to review funding guidelines.

  1. NEA Art Works

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is offering grants through Art Works 1 for FY 2018. An organization may submit only one application through one of the following two FY 2018 categories: Art Works 1 or Challenge America. An organization may submit one additional application under the FY 2018 Art Works category for a Creativity Connects project. Deadlines: Art Works 1; 2/16/2017; Challenge America; 4/13/2017. Click here to review application guidelines for an Art Works 1 grant. Click here for guidelines on Challenge America grants.

  1. CDFI Fund

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has opened the fiscal year 2017 application period for the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program. Deadlines: qualified Issuer Applications must be submitted through AMIS by 3/3/2017; Guarantee Applications must be submitted through AMIS by 3/17/2017. Application materials are available on the CDFI Fund’s website here.  

Suzette's Funding Letter, December 16, 2016

FUNDING

  1. Strategic Economic and Community Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is excited to share a new Rural Development funding opportunity authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new authority entitled Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) prioritizes projects that support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans under the Community Facilities Program, Water and Waste Disposal Program, Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and Rural Business Development Grant Program. Under this provision, up to 10 percent of each programs annual appropriations can be set aside and made available to eligible SECD applicants. Many communities already working together to develop multi-jurisdictional plans with the help of strategic partners including non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, university extensions, regional authorities, coalitions of counties/towns and federal special initiative coalitions such as: Stronger Economies Together, Promise Zones, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnerships, Sustainable Communities, and Local Food, Local Places. The goal of SECD is to promote collaboration in rural communities and across Rural Development agencies and programs. Communities are incentivized to align resources, develop long-term community and economic growth strategies and engage federal, state and local partners. By promoting this regional focus USDA resources can be more effectively utilized and have a larger impact on rural capacity building and wealth creation.

 

  1. DOJ Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Justice for Families Program

The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The program supports the following activities for improving the capacity of communities and courts to respond to impacted families: court-based and court-related programs; supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents; training and technical assistance for people who work with families in the court system; civil legal services; provision of resources in juvenile court matters; and development or promotion of legislation, model codes, policies, and best practices. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on January 12, 2017.

 

  1. USDA Solid Waste Management Grants

This program helps reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources through funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites. Application closes December 31, 2016.

 

  1. Corporation for National and Community Service 2017 AmeriCorps State and National Grants

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Grant awards generally have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary – both in the level of operating funds and in the type and amount of AmeriCorps member positions. In the FY2017 AmeriCorps competition 4 of the 12 investment priorities include Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Environment. Application closes January 18, 2017.

 

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program goal is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. This goal will be achieved by:

  • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives;
  • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and
  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.

 

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, for-profit companies, tribes, intertribal consortia, interstates, state, and local government agencies including water utilities and wastewater facilities, and colleges and universities are eligible for funding. Application closes February 1, 2017.

 

  1. 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, Southern Company and Alcoa Foundation are pleased to solicit applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program. Now Accepting Proposals: November, 2016 – January 31, 2017

  1. Agricultural Safety Grants
    Awards funding to local or regional agricultural health and safety intervention projects to provide practical education, training, and/or communication tools that can be shared widely with the agricultural community to facilitate timely application of evidence-based safety/health strategies to protect all agricultural workers.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Required): Dec 15, 2016
    Application Deadline: Jan 4, 2017
    Sponsor: Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America

 

  1. Health Professions Extern Program
    Provides externship opportunities for Indian Health Service Scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
    Sponsor: Indian Health Service

 

  1. Mary Byron Foundation: Celebrating Solutions Awards
    Awards to honor programs that demonstrate promise in ending the cycle of domestic violence.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
    Sponsor: Mary Byron Project
  1. DOT’s FASTLANE Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the U.S. Departments of Transportation’s (USDOT) Build America Bureau is now soliciting applications for up to $850 million in Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grants. The FASTLANE program was established in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. In the first call for FASTLANE grants, USDOT received 212 applications totaling nearly $9.8 billion for grants – with states and localities requesting over 13 times more funding than was available through FASTLANE – underscoring the continuing need for infrastructure investment across the country. The need to support projects improving the Nation’s freight system is also highlighted in the Department’s report, Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends and Choices, where freight volume is expected to grow to 29 billion tons—an increase by 45 percent by the year 2040. The deadline for submitting applications is 8:00PM on December 15, 2016.

  1. Youth Garden Grant
    Awards funding to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2016
    Sponsor: KidsGardening.org
  2. Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
    Grants to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2017
    Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  3. Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
    Grants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
    Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  4. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields

EPA is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies for either: 1) developing inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, and conducting site assessments and cleanup planning related to brownfields sites, or 2) cleaning up contaminated brownfields sites. Deadline: 12/20/2016.

 

  1. Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation

Morris K Udall and Steward L Udall Foundation is offering a 10-week fully funded summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. Deadline to apply: 1/31/2017.

  1. Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants
    Offers matching grants to support community-based initiatives that provide dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2016
    Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  1. Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation
    Funding to states, territories, or tribes to increase access to and improve treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2016
    Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  1. Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program
    Grants to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2017
    Sponsor: Bureau of Health Workforce 

  

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