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Suzette's Funding Letter, June 21, 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—in FY 2016, SECD has set aside over $300 million.  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. ORIX Foundation Launches New Community Improvement Grant Program

POSTED: June 16, 2016

DEADLINE: July 31, 2016 (Letters of Inquiry)

Grants in excess of $250,000 will be awarded in support of solutions that demonstrate new, sustainable approaches to persistent community problems....

 

  1. A Little Hope Offering Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants

POSTED: June 12, 2016

DEADLINE: Open

Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one....

 

  1. Singing for Change Accepting LOIs for Social and Environmental Problems

POSTED: June 11, 2016

DEADLINE: Ongoing

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to progressive nonprofit organizations working to address the root causes of a social or environmental problem....

 

  1. Russell Sage Foundation Issues RFP for Educational Success Studies

POSTED: June 13, 2016
DEADLINE: August 11, 2016

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded for studies that use data on academic achievement from the Stanford Education Data Archive to deepen understanding of educational opportunity and success in the United States....

 

  1. FirstEnergy Accepting Applications for STEM-Based Classroom Projects

POSTED: June 11, 2016
DEADLINE: September 23, 2016

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded in support of creative classroom projects related to one or more of the STEM disciplines....

 

  1. NCTM Accepting Proposals for Pre-K-6 Classroom Research Grants

POSTED: June 17, 2016
DEADLINE: November 4, 2016

Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded for classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators....

 

  1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Accepting LOIs for Research

POSTED: June 13, 2016
DEADLINE: August 1, 2016 (Letters of Intent)

Grants of up to $500,000 per year for up to three years will be awarded for targeted, innovative, and potentially high-impact studies that seek to inform and transform suicide prevention efforts....

  1. Susan Harwood Training Grant Program
    Provides grants to fund education and training programs or educational material development for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and inform them of their rights and responsibilities.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jun 28, 2016
    Sponsor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  2. 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: Jul 7, 2016
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Utilities Service
  3. Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) Support and Alignment Networks (SAN) 2.0
    Awards funding to support networks to provide technical assistance in order to leverage primary and specialist care transformation work and learning in the field. The focus will be on preparation of clinical practices for the accelerated adoption of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) on a large scale and at low cost before 2019.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Jul 1, 2016
    Application Deadline: Jul 11, 2016
    Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  4. Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas to Boost Prevention
    Awards funds to land grant colleges and universities for projects that will work to improve physical activity and nutrition; reduce obesity; and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in areas where adult obesity rates are high.
    Geographic coverage: Available in 17 states.
    Application Deadline: Aug 2, 2016
    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  1. USDA Announces New Assistance to Help Rural Utility Customers Conserve Energy, Lower Bills

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new program that will help rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. The new Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) will make $52 million in loans available to energy providers to help rural families and small businesses reduce their energy use. RESP will provide loans to rural energy providers who in turn fund projects for consumers to make energy efficiency improvements in their homes or businesses that will lower their energy use. Eligible applicants include current and former http://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/agencies/rural-utilities-service" target="extWindow" title="Opens in new window.">Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers, subsidiaries of current or former RUS borrowers, and entities that provide retail electric service in rural areas.

RESP borrowers finance loans at zero percent interest for up to 20 years, making the program an attractive and affordable option to finance energy-saving measures. Energy customers participating in programs financed through RESP then repay the loans at an interest rate of up to 3 percent for up to 10 years through their electric bills. RESP builds upon the work that USDA Rural Development has done to help improve the energy efficiency of single- and multi-family housing, businesses, farms and utilities. It aligns with the Obama Administration's http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=STRIKE_FORCE">StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity and http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=promisezones">Promise Zone initiatives to help revitalize communities and expand economic opportunity through targeted funding, technical assistance and partnerships. RESP will be used to focus on low-income, high-energy-cost communities.

  1. USDA Announces over $8M in Payments to Support Biofuel Production

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities in 39 states. The funding is being provided through USDA's Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Suzette's Funding Letter, June 10, 2016

FUNDING

Strategic Economic and Community Development (20 DAYS LEFT!)

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—in FY 2016, SECD has set aside over $300 million.  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.

 

FY2016 HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Through this NOFA, HUD is announcing the availability of approximately $58 million for its Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program (Community Compass). HUD’s integrated technical assistance and capacity building initiative. Community Compass is designed to help HUD’s customers navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully and be more effective stewards of HUD funding. The goal of Community Compass is to empower communities by providing effective technical assistance and capacity building so that successful program implementation is sustained over the long term.

 

DOL Releases $100M FFO to Expand Tuition-Free Community College Education

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released a federal funding opportunity (FFO) for the America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program. Announced in May by Vice President Joe Biden, ETA will make up to 40 grants from approximately $100 million in available funding to provide individuals the opportunity to get high-quality, tuition-free education and training that leads to in-demand and industry-recognized credentials and degrees. The grants also will help support the development and growth of regional partnerships between workforce agencies, education, training providers and employers in a variety of industries such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services and educational services. Applications are due August 25. Read the FFO…

White House Launches Public-Private National Microbiome Initiative
Philanthropic support for the initiative includes $100 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $31 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation....
Posted: 5/16/2016

Community Access to Child Health Seeks Applications for Community Health Programs
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support the planning or implementation of innovative community-based child health initiatives designed to ensure that all children have access to healthcare services not otherwise available in their community....
Deadline: 7/29/2016

USDA Announces $10.7 Million Available For Critical Water Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Applications are due August 4. See the https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-water-agriculture-challenge-area" target="extWindow" title="Opens in new window.">request for applications for more information. More information about USDA's work to mitigate climate change can be found in the Department's most recent entry on Medium, https://medium.com/usda-results/how-food-and-forestry-are-adapting-to-a-changing-climate-2f5b84bff9c0#.r6z10m4y7" target="extWindow" title="External link or third-party site, opens in new window.">How Food and Forestry Are Adapting to a Changing Climate.

Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages
Grants for the development of Indian and Alaska Native communities, including new housing construction; housing rehabilitation; land acquisition to support new housing; green energy projects; mold remediation; homeownership assistance; public service facilities such as healthcare entities, child care facilities, and employment-related agencies; economic development; and microenterprise programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 14, 2016
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites
Awards funding to identify, address, and improve community health in revitalizing Brownfield/Land Reuse sites. Projects must pay particular attention to identifying and addressing health issues prior to redevelopment and assessing changes in community health associated with revitalization.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jun 3, 2016
Application Deadline: Jul 5, 2016
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Affordable Care Act Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Grants to Tribes and Tribal Organizations to support the development of comprehensive, teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 8, 2016
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families

Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Implementation Funds Program
Funding to support pediatricians in the initial and/or pilot stage of implementing community-based child health projects related to medical home access, immunization services, and specific health services not otherwise available.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2016
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics

Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning Funds Program
Grants for pediatricians to develop community-based child health projects related to medical home access, immunization services, and specific health services not otherwise available.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2016
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics

Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Resident Funds Program
Grants to support pediatric residents in the planning of community-based child health initiatives that increase children’s access to medical homes, immunization services, and specific health services not otherwise available.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2016
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics

Jim Meeks, PA-C, DFAAPA Memorial AFPPA Student Scholarship
Offers a scholarship to a physician assistant student who displays a commitment to family practice and rural health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 1, 2016
Sponsor: Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants

Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)
Provides technical assistance, education, and support for healthcare providers in rural communities who are preparing for and participating in value-based payment models.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: National Rural Accountable Care Organization Consortium

Suzette's Funding Letter, May 6, 2016

FUNDING

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—in FY 2016, SECD has set aside over $300 million.  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.

 

DOI BIA | Energy and Mineral Development Program

The Energy and Mineral Development Program will provide funding for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands, particularly feasibility studies of community-scale energy development projects that promote local economic benefits and stronger tribal economies. Eligible entities include federally recognized tribes, authorized tribal organizations, and tribal energy resource development organizations. For eligible projects, visit the http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283250">IEED Energy and Mineral Development Program Web page. Application Due: July 8, 2016

 

DOI BIA | Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program

The Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program will help develop tribal capacity to regulate and manage energy resources. These awards are intended to complement the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act, which restores the authority of tribes to develop and implement tribal laws governing the leasing of tribal surface trust lands for business and other purposes. The funding will enable eligible recipients to build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structures capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities. The awards will also support tribal development or enhancement of key regulatory activities. Eligible entities include federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and tribal energy resource development organizations. For eligible projects, visit the http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283249">IEED Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program Web page. Application Due: July 8, 2016

Kendal Charitable Funds Accepting Applications for Promising Innovations

POSTED: April 28, 2016
DEADLINE: May 22, 2016 (Letters of Intent)

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of programs that respond to challenges associated with individuals aging in place in rural areas....

NADO Innovation Awards Program

Each year, NADO recognizes member organizations that demonstrate innovative approaches to regional economic and community development through our Innovation Awards program.  Over 1,500 NADO member projects have been recognized since 1986 for their creative efforts in advancing regional economic development and improved quality of life.  The breadth and scope of the winning projects is impressive and far-reaching and illustrates the important role NADO members have in supporting regional development.  Previous award-winning projects have showcased innovative efforts in a variety of program areas including business and economic development, community health initiatives, emergency planning, brownfields, sustainability, technology, transportation, workforce development, and many others. Innovation winners have successfully leveraged their awards to bring additional resources to their regions and have also used the awards to better explain to their various audiences the important work they do.  NADO staff uses the award-winning projects to share your collective work on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, as well as to provide peer-to-peer training and information sharing among the membership. This year’s application window will run from May 2 to July 1. Click here to learn more and apply!

EDA Releases FFO for $15M Regional Innovation Strategies Program

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) released the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and began accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding. In this round of funding, the EDA has made $15 million in federal funding available to create and expand cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition, respectively.  Managed by EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), EDA has made $13 million available for i6 Challenge grants and $2 million available for SFS grants. The deadline for the 2016 RIS FFO is 11:59 P.M. ET on June 24. Read more...

SBA Commits Nearly $4M to Third Annual Growth Accelerator Challenge

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the 2016 Growth Accelerator Fund competition. In its third year, the SBA will commit up to $3.95 million for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each. This year, the SBA will partner with several other federal agencies – NIH, NSF, Department of Education, and USDA – to provide additional prizes to accelerators that assist entrepreneurs with submitting proposals for the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Applications must be submitted by June 3. Read More...

Suzette's Funding Letter April 23, 2016

FUNDING

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—in FY 2016, SECD has set aside over $300 million.  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.

 

EDA to Open $15M Regional Innovation Competition in April

On April 25, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will begin accepting applications for the 2016 round of the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. A total of $15 million in federal funding will be available through the program’s i6 Challenge and Seed Fund Support Grant competition. EDA will hold a series of webinars next week leading up to the release of the Federal Funding Opportunity on April 25, 2016. Webinar times are available on EDA’s RIS page. SSTI will host a post-launch webinar with EDA on May 5, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. EDT. Register today…

 

DOE Announces Over $100M Available to Improve Clean Energy Manufacturing

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) released a notice of intent to establish a $70 million Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing – the fourth National Manufacturing Innovation Institute sponsored by the Department of Energy. EERE also announced the availability of approximately $35 million in funding to institutions of higher education to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers increase energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability, and competitiveness as well as help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills. Read more...

 

Chef Ann Foundation Accepting Applications for School Fresh Produce Program

POSTED: April 18, 2016
DEADLINE: Rolling

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to schools for programs designed to expand students' palates and encourage increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce....

Applications are Due 4/29 for The New Rural: Innovations in Rural Health Award

There is still time to apply for this year’s The New Rural: Innovations in Rural Health Award. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is accepting applications for the national competition through April 29th. The application process is short and simple.These don't have to be finalized projects - we encourage submissions from around the country that highlight new ideas and emerging innovations.  Individuals, for-profits, nonprofits and government agencies are welcome to apply. Finalists will receive a $7,500 award and one innovative and inspiring idea will win the New Rural Award and a total of $25,000. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 29, 2016.

WEDFA, DoC Offer Renewable Energy Manufacturing Program

The REMP consists of two main elements: WEDFA Bonds and an interest cost subsidy on those bonds from the Dept. of Commerce. To qualify, a project should be a manufacturing and energy production support facility.

USDA Seeks Applications for Nearly $12 Million in Broadband Grants for Rural Communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect program. Community Connect is administered by USDA's Rural Utilities Service and helps to fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to provide service. USDA plans to award up to $11.7 million in grants through the Community Connect grant program. The grants fund broadband infrastructure to help foster economic growth by delivering connectivity to the global marketplace. The grants also fund broadband for community centers and public institutions.

USDA Seeks Applications to Fund Rural Broadband

USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Administrator Brandon McBride today announced that the Department is accepting applications for loans to bring broadband to underserved rural areas. The funding is from the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. The minimum loan amount is $100,000. The maximum is $10 million. The deadline to apply is July 7, 2016. For additional information, see Page 20614 of the April 8 Federal Register. In addition to the availability of funding, McBride also announced that USDA is implementing several improvements to the Broadband program. One of these improvements is faster Internet speeds. Loan applicants must design broadband systems with speeds of 10 megabits downstream and 1 megabit upstream. For additional details, see Page 45397 of the July 30, 2015 Federal Register.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | FY 2016 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages Program

The purpose of the ICDBG program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes. HUD is making available approximately $56,000,000 through this NOFA for Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages. HUD encourages activities in communities with Preferred Sustainability Status (PSS) and/or Promise Zones (PZ). HUD will award two (2) points for qualified activities within a designated zone or area and supporting either or both initiative(s). In no case will HUD award more than two bonus points for these activities. Read the NOFA.

Application Deadline: June 14, 2016 | More information is available on the HUD website.

FY 2016 Jobs Plus Initiative Grant Program

The purpose of the Jobs Plus program is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working families and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Ideally, these incentives will saturate the target developments, building a culture of work and making working families the norm. HUD is making available approximately $15,000,000 through this NOFA for Jobs Plus Initiative. HUD encourages activities in communities with Preferred Sustainability Status (PSS) and/or Promise Zones (PZ). HUD will award two (2) points for qualified activities within a designated zone or area and supporting either or both initiative(s). In no case will HUD award more than two bonus points for these activities. Please refer to pages 28-29 of the application for more information. Read the NOFA.

Application Deadline: June 13, 2016.

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. The goal of the ReCAST Program is for local community entities to work together in ways that lead to improved behavioral health, empowered community residents, and reductions in trauma and sustained community change. The ReCAST Program closely aligns with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support and Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiatives. More information on these Initiatives is available on the SAMHSA website.

Application Deadline: June 7, 2016 | Application materials are available on the SAMHSA website.

Value Added Producer Grant Program

USDA is soliciting applications to make up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. Value-Added Producer Grants may be used to develop new products and create additional uses for existing ones. Priority for these grants is given to veterans, members of socially disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, and operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches. Additional priority is given to applicants who seek funding for projects that will create or increase marketing opportunities for these types of operators. More information on how to apply is on page 20607 of the April 8 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 1, 2016. Electronic applications submitted through grants.gov are due June 24, 2016. Additional information and assistance is available through the USDA Rural Development Office serving your county.

JPMC to Invest $125M in Neighborhood Economic Revitalization

Last week, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) announced the launch of PRO Neighborhoods, a $125 million, five-year initiative to promote economic opportunity in disadvantaged neighborhoods around the country. PRO Neighborhoods will invest in local collaborative partnerships and financial solutions, focusing on community lending, housing capital and high-quality data. Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partnerships and collaborative efforts to provide capital to small businesses in distressed neighborhoods may be eligible for support. Learn more…

Community Development Challenges
This program allows applicants to use data and other evidence to define the local problem and encourages creative and entrepreneurial partnerships and solutions in response. At least 51 percent of the funding must be used to leverage another capital source, including, but not limited to, public funding, balance sheet capital dedicated to the grant activities, private debt or other philanthropic investment. Read the Request for Proposals.

Deadline: Proposals are due by May 16, 2016 at midnight PT.Pragmatic Clinical Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes
Funding for research that compares two or more alternatives for addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of a disease or symptom; improving healthcare system-level approaches to managing care; or eliminating health or healthcare disparities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): May 4, 2016
Application Deadline: Aug 8, 2016
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI)
Offers a summer program designed to prepare American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 13, 2016
Sponsor: Association of American Indian Physicians Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Funding for eligible applicants to plan, implement or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program in order to demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 17, 2016
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice Healthcare Connect Fund
Provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications and Internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65 percent. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2016
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company National Health Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Assistance Site Application
Provides recruitment and retention assistance to healthcare facilities located in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 7, 2016
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program
Grants to assist federally-recognized tribes and tribal organizations in assuming all or part of existing Indian Health Service programs, services, functions, and activities. Funding for tribal needs assessments, planning, evaluation, and health infrastructure development.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 8, 2016
Sponsor: Indian Health Service Oral Health 2020 Initiative
Awards funding to organizations to create networks, establish partnerships, and analyze policy with the goal of eliminating oral disease in children and increasing oral health across the lifespan.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: DentaQuest Foundation

Play Everywhere Challenge

Opening on May 3, 2016, the Play Everywhere Challenge is a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that help make play easy, available and fun for kids and families. The Challenge, developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, will reward applicants who provide community-driven solutions that integrate play into everyday life and unexpected places— sidewalks, vacant lots, bus stops, open streets, and beyond.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Wetland Program Development Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects under Wetland Program Development Grants Funding Opportunity Number EPA-REG04-16-02. The closing date for receipt of proposals is April 29, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. EDT. To View the RFP please visit www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282225

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Program

HUD is soliciting applications for the FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants program. The maximum grant award is $30 million. HUD encourages activities in communities with Preferred Sustainability Status (PSS) and/or Promise Zones (PZ). HUD will award two (2) points for qualified activities within a designated zone or area and supporting either or both initiative(s). In no case will HUD award more than two bonus points for these activities.

The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

  1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
  2. People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and
  3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families choices about their community.

Deadline: Applications are due on June 28, 2016.

Local Food Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants to plan or implement projects that assist in the development, improvement, and/or expansion of intermediary local and regional food business supply chain activities (e.g. activities that do not involve direct producer‐to‐consumer sales). Approximately $13 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation. LFPP planning grant award levels range from $25,000 to $100,000. LFPP implementation grant award levels range from $100,000 to $500,000. An applicant is limited to one LFPP award in a funding year. Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets, and projects that involve Promise Zone Lead Applicant Organizations. LFPP will award at least 10 percent of its total funding to these projects. LFPP does not require that submitted projects be implemented in designated priority areas or involve Promise Zone partnerships. All applications, whether requesting consideration under the priority areas or not, will be given equal consideration in the evaluation process. Promise Zone projects will be evaluated equally during the peer review process as well, but will receive five priority points added to the final score provided by reviewers.

Deadline: Applications are due on May 12, 2016.

Farmers Market Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants for projects that establish, expand, and promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing. Approximately $13 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation. The minimum FY 2016 FMPP award per grant is $50,000 and the maximum is $500,000. An applicant is limited to one FMPP award in a funding year. FMPP funding will be available for use beginning September 30, 2016. Matching funds are not required. Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets, and projects that involve Promise Zone Lead Applicant Organizations. FMPP will award at least 10 percent of its total funding to these projects.

Deadline: Applications are due on May 12, 2016.

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program | FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the FY16 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Implementation Grants and Planning/Implementation Grants.In neighborhoods across the country, BCJI projects work to reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization goals. Through a broad cross-sector partnership team, including residents, BCJI sites target neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to reduce crime and violence.

Deadline: Applications are due on May 12, 2016.

 

Corporation for National and Community Service | FY 2016 Social Innovation Fund Classic Cooperative Agreements

CNCS is soliciting applications for the FY 2016 Social Innovation Fund grant program. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY DEADLINE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to by April 15, 2016 via the online form.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due May 10, 2016.

More information is available on the CNCS website.

 

Corporation for National and Community Service| AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY 2016

CNCS is soliciting application for the FY 2016 American Indian Tribes Grants competition.

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Disaster Services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
  • Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity youth (see Glossary), both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members
  • Education – improving student academic performance, including subject matter related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools.
  • Healthy Futures – positively impacting behavioral health outcomes and/or increasing the capacity of tribal communities to offer behavioral health prevention and support services
  • Veterans and Military Families – positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength

CNCS strongly encourages applicants to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by Wednesday, April 20, 2016 via online form.

Deadline: Applications are due on May 4, 2016

Read the 2016 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes NOFA.

  

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