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Opportunities

Suzette's Funding Letter, April 19, 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 agencies. 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. HHS Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation and community infrastructures that integrate treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services. Deadline: 4/25/2017.

  1. CDFI Program and Native American CDFI Assistance Program

The Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program opened the fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding round for the CDFI Program and Native American CDFI Assistance Program.  The CDFI Program offers grants to qualified CDFIs for financial assistance and technical assistance to improve low-income communities through economic development, affordable housing and other community development financial services. Through the NACA Program, the CDFI Fund encourages the creation and strengthening of CDFIs that primarily serve Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities (Native Communities). Deadline for both: 4/28/2017.

  1. First Nations is Accepting “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future” Grant Applications

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched a new grant program called “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future” thanks to generous funding provided by the Walmart Foundation. The effort will provide grants to Native American communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14. First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each to continue or expand existing nutrition efforts. The deadline for all online grant applications is May 5, 2017. The grant period will commence June 1, 2017, and end January 31, 2018. There will be two informational webinars for interested applicants. Although these are optional, it is recommended that applicants tune in to one or both of them:

  1. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

(GEAR UP)-State and Partnership Grants -- $49 million to support academic and support services for eligible low-income students to help them obtain a high school diploma and prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education.  Eligible: states or partnerships of one or more school districts and one or more institutions of higher education.  Deadline: State Grants-April 24; Partnership Grants-April 19.

  1. National Professional Development Grant Competition

$20 million to support educators of English Learner students.  Eligible: institutions of higher education or public or private entities with relevant experience and capacity in collaboration with states or districts.  Deadline: April 24.

  1. Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Program-Grants to State Entities

$157 million to support opening and preparing new charter schools and replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools.  Eligible: state entities in states with a statute authorizing charter schools.  Deadline: May 11.

  1. Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Program-Grants for Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities

$16 million to support methods of assisting charter schools to address the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities by enhancing the availability of loans and bond financing.  Eligible: public or private non-profit entities.  Deadline: May 11.

  1. Assistance for Arts Education Programs-Professional Development for Arts Educators Grants

$7.1 million to support the implementation of high-quality professional development programs for arts educators and other instructional staff of schools in which 50% or more of students are from low-income families.  Eligible: districts, in partnership with public and private entities.  Deadline: May 30.

  1. The Brookdale Foundation Group

The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: 6/5/2017.

  1. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is offering six grants of $60,000 to support teams building healthy, child-centered communities through its Raising Places initiative. Raising Places catalyzes local momentum for cross-sector collaboration, engaging diverse partners to build healthier communities where all children and their families can thrive. Deadlines: the full application is released as of 4/3/2017 and will be due 5/5/2017.

  1. The United Fresh Start Foundation (UFSF)

UFSF is providing grant opportunities to organizations interested in increasing children's access to fresh fruits and vegetables outside of school. UFSF is looking for creative methods to get fresh produce to children during the summer months, after school, and on the weekends. Deadline: 4/20/2017. Learn more about the initiative here and download the application here.

  1. Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, And Military Times

Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, And Military Times are offering $200,000 in grants to recognize volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting military families. Eligible applicants to the Newman’s Own Awards Program must be comprised primarily of volunteers and/or be a nonprofit organization, and be working with Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve units, veterans, and their families. Applying organizations will be evaluated on their innovative plans for improving the quality of life for members of the military and their families. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided. Deadline: 5/2/2017.

  1. Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

CNCS is offering funding to Indian Tribes for programs that are designed to strengthen tribal communities and solve local problems through service and volunteering. Deadline: Letter of Intent (optional) 4/19/2017; application 5/10/2017.

  1. The Center for American Indian Health

The Center for American Indian Health is offering a Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Scholarship. The Scholarship offers financial support for American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, health professionals, and paraprofessionals serving tribal communities that are interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health’s Summer and Winter Institute courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Deadline to apply: 5/1/2017.

  1. Rural LISC

Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC provides permanent and construction to permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities, in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing.

  1. The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation offers Neighborhood Planning and Neighborhood Implementation grants to support long-term, resident-driven neighborhood revitalization in low-income communities in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Neighborhood Planning grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 for those in the process of creating a comprehensive revitalization plan for a neighborhood. Neighborhood Implementation grants cover program costs to support comprehensive community development projects that target specific neighborhoods, ranging from $100,000 to $750,000 for single grantees and $100,000 to $1.25 million for collaborations disbursed over five years. Deadlines: Planning grant applications are due 9/1/2017; Implementation grants are due 4/7/2017 for the spring cycle, and 10/20/2017 for the fall cycle.

  1. Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation is accepting applications for the Bush Prize for Community Innovation. Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded to community-based organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota with a track record of making great ideas happen. Deadline: 4/27/2017.

  1. The Singing for Change Charitable Foundation

The Singing for Change Charitable Foundation is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively people can bring about positive social change. The Foundation provides grants to progressive, community-based nonprofit organizations nationwide that address the root causes of social or environmental problems. The Foundation primarily provides grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for projects that serve children and families, the environment, and disenfranchised groups. Priority is given to inclusive, grassroots organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts, where Foundation support makes a significant difference. Deadline: letters of interest by 5/1/2017.

  1. Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is offering grants to help Delta communities create jobs and improve infrastructure. Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Deadline: 5/31/2017.

  1. Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Scholarship
    Financial support for American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, health professionals, and paraprofessionals serving tribal communities who are interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health’s Summer and Winter Institute courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
    Sponsor: Center for American Indian Health
  1. Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ)
    Grant support and technical assistance to tribes for planning, developing, and implementing changes in tribal criminal justice systems necessary to exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ). The focus is on new programs providing coordination between tribal criminal justice systems and victim service providers to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 19, 2017
    Application Deadline: May 3, 2017
    Sponsors: Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
  1. Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High-Risk for HIV/AIDS
    Awards funding to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders Grantees will work to reduce the negative impact of behavioral health problems, while increasing access to behavioral healthcare, creating healthcare linkages, and improving treatment retention.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: May 3, 2017
    Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  2. Community Based Model of Public Health Nursing Case Management Services
    Funding to establish a community-based model of public health nursing case management service in order to improve specific behavioral health outcomes of an identified high risk group of patients.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
    Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  3. Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01)
    Awards funding for innovative, multi-level studies to test systems, infrastructures, and strategies that will accelerate the adoption of guideline-based recommendations into clinical care relevant to heart, lung, blood diseases, and sleep disorders. Vulnerable populations include medically underserved individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, low income groups, and rural-dwelling patients.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): May 21, 2017
    Application Deadline: Jun 21, 2017
    Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Suzette's Funding Letter, March 17, 2017

  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 agencies. 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. Upward Bound Math and Science Program

The U.S. Department of Education is offering grants to nonprofit groups and public agencies through the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. Grants will be awarded for a wide array of activities to encourage at-risk youth to complete high school and go on to college and, ultimately, careers in math and science. Deadline: 3/22/2017.

 

  1. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $8.8 million in funding to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants Program promotes and strengthens HSI programs that attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the nation’s food, agricultural, natural resource, and human sciences work force. Deadline to apply: 3/22/2017.

  1. Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation is seeking grant applications from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based organizations for programs that deliver patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and enhance the patient and family caregiver experience. The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, an initiative of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and healthcare of vulnerable populations. Two grants of up to $600,000 are awarded each year. Deadline: 3/20/2017 for an initial application; invited full proposals will be due 7/10/2017.

 

  1. HHS Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation and community infrastructures that integrate treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services. Deadline: 4/25/2017.

  1. Infinite Hero Foundation

The Infinite Hero Foundation provides grants of $25,000 to $100,000 to nonprofit organizations offering effective programs or treatments at no cost to active duty service members or veterans for service-related mental and physical injuries. Grants must be applied directly to program costs and cannot be used for fundraising or administrative overhead. Deadline: letters of interest are due 3/31/2017; invited grant applications must be submitted by 6/30/2017.

  1. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC Community Facilities Loan Program

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) offers a Community Facilities Loan Program to help develop and improve essential community facilities in the rural West. This program offers short-term loans for early property acquisition and predevelopment, interim construction costs and long-term permanent financing. Applicable facilities include public and nonprofit office buildings, treatment centers, emergency and transitional housing, assisted living, human services, public safety, child care, education, and cultural facilities. Many other project types are eligible. RCAC gives priority to loan applications for projects that incorporate significant green methods and materials. Deadline:  ongoing.

  1. Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation will award grants in the areas of education, human services, health, and hospitals. Specific project initiatives include food and hunger, economic development, daycare programs, hospital and healthcare agencies, health screenings, health education, AIDS/HIV prevention and education, and equipment for healthcare facilities. Grants are available in 27 states. Deadline: 3/15/2017.

 

  1. The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum has opened the second annual National High School Design Competition “Good for All.” Applicants are encouraged to respond to the question: What would you design to improve a community's access to healthy, fresh foods? The competition is open to all teenagers’ ages 13 through 19 years old who are in 9th through 12th grades anywhere in the U.S. Deadline: 3/20/2017.

  1. The Sparkplug Foundation

The Sparkplug Foundation is offering grants to start-up nonprofit organizations or new projects of established nonprofits that are addressing the fields of music, education, and community organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with "the whole student" and with learning as a community activity. Through Grassroots Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. The current focus is on ground-level community organizing at the intersection of utilities/energy infrastructure, housing/community resources, and racial justice. Deadlines: online questionnaires must be completed by 4/10/2017; letters of intent are due 4/17/2017; and the deadline for final applications is 5/5/2017.

  1. USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG) To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems

Qualified National Nonprofit organizations serving rural areas are invited to apply for this opportunity. Assistance provided to Rural Areas under the program has historically included the provision of on-site Technical Assistance to local and regional governments, public transit agencies, and related Nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Rural Areas; the development of training materials; and the provision of necessary training assistance to local officials and agencies in Rural Areas. Deadline: March 31, 2017

  1. CDFI Program and Native American CDFI Assistance Program

The Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program opened the fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding round for the CDFI Program and Native American CDFI Assistance Program.  The CDFI Program offers grants to qualified CDFIs for financial assistance and technical assistance to improve low-income communities through economic development, affordable housing and other community development financial services. Through the NACA Program, the CDFI Fund encourages the creation and strengthening of CDFIs that primarily serve Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities (Native Communities). Deadline for both: 4/28/2017.

  1. USDA Seeks Project Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands

Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities. Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP​), part of the https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/acep">Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a Farm Bill conservation program. The partnership is administered by USDA’s https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home/">Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the leading federal agency for wetland conservation on private lands. Through WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations and American Indian tribes collaborate with NRCS through cooperative and partnership agreements. These partners work with tribal and private landowners who voluntarily enroll eligible land into easements to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their properties.

 

  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. 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 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. 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. American Indian/Alaska Native Health Equity Initiative
    Grants to support the development and implementation of evidence-based models and/or promising practices to help address historical and generational trauma existing in AI/AN communities with the goal of increasing resiliency and protective factors within AI/AN youth.
    Geographic Coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 3, 2017
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
  1. Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
    Funding for states, tribes, and local governments to plan, implement or expand a criminal justice and mental health collaboration program.
    Geographic Coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
    Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
  1. Minority Youth Violence Prevention II (MYVP II): Integrating Social Determinants of Health and Community Policing Approaches
    Grants to identify innovative approaches to significantly reduce the prevalence and impact of youth violence among racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged at-risk youth. MYVP II will support interventions tailored to at-risk racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged youth (ages 12-18 years) and requires coordinated, multi-discipline approaches that should address public health, education, and public safety concerns; disparities in access to public health services; social determinants of health; and risk and protective factors.
    Geographic Coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
  2. Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
    Funding to develop Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects that support volunteers 55 years and older in serving specific local and community needs in communities that do not currently have RSVP programs.
    Geographic Coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 7, 2017
    Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
    Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service
  3. Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program
    Grants to city, county, and state governments to expand opioid abuse prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery.
    Geographic Coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2017
    Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
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Suzette's Funding Letter, February 28, 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 agencies. 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 Accepting Proposals for 2017 Native Youth & Culture Fund Grants

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) program that focuses on youth, and incorporating culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities. First Nations will award approximately 20 grants to Native organizations and tribes seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native culture and tradition among Native youth. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application. Eligible entities include but are not limited to federal- and state-recognized tribal governments, tribally-run programs, tribal colleges and Native American-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. This program does not fund individuals or public schools.

  1. First Nations Offering Grants Under Its 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 March 9, 2017.  First Nations will award up to 15 Supporting Native Arts grants of up to $32,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen the organizational infrastructure and/or arts programming of Native museums and cultural centers, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and tribal government programs. Eligible applicants must have existing program initiatives in place that support Native American artists and traditional Native art forms.

 

  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. 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 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. 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. 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

  1. American Indian/Alaska Native Health Equity Initiative
    Grants to support the development and implementation of evidence-based models and/or promising practices to help address historical and generational trauma existing in AI/AN communities with the goal of increasing resiliency and protective factors within AI/AN youth.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 3, 2017
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
  1. Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
    Funding for states, tribes, and local governments to plan, implement or expand a criminal justice and mental health collaboration program.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
    Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
  1. Minority Youth Violence Prevention II (MYVP II): Integrating Social Determinants of Health and Community Policing Approaches
    Grants to identify innovative approaches to significantly reduce the prevalence and impact of youth violence among racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged at-risk youth. MYVP II will support interventions tailored to at-risk racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged youth (ages 12-18 years) and requires coordinated, multi-discipline approaches that should address public health, education, and public safety concerns; disparities in access to public health services; social determinants of health; and risk and protective factors.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
  2. Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
    Funding to develop Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects that support volunteers 55 years and older in serving specific local and community needs in communities that do not currently have RSVP programs.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 7, 2017
    Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
    Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service
  3. Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program
    Grants to city, county, and state governments to expand opioid abuse prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2017
    Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
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Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support the professional development of public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education....

POSTED: February 4, 2017

DEADLINE: June 1, 2017

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.  

  

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