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Opportunities

Suzette's Funding Letter, December 16, 2016

FUNDING

  1. Strategic Economic and Community Development

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

 

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

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

 

  1. USDA Solid Waste Management Grants

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

  1. 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

  1. Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation

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

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

Suzette's Funding Letter, November 28, 2016

FUNDING

  1. Strategic Economic and Community Development

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

  1. 2.2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program

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

  1. DOT’s FASTLANE Program

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

  1. Technical Assistance for Tribal Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters
    On-site technical assistance to tribal domestic violence programs and shelters to build tribal capacity to respond to domestic violence, strengthen advocacy, and improve services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and sex trafficking.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2016
    Sponsor: National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
  2. Resources for Administrative Preparedness Implementation and Development (RAPID)
    Demonstration grants to improve administrative preparedness at the local level to strengthen preparedness and response to public health emergencies.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2016
    Sponsor: National Association of County and City Health Officials
  3. Annie's School Garden Grants
    Offers grants to develop school garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 5, 2016
    Sponsor: Annie's Homegrown
  4. Youth Garden Grant
    Awards funding to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2016
    Sponsor: KidsGardening.org
  5. Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
    Grants to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2017
    Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  6. Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
    Grants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
    Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  7. PCORI Engagement Awards: Knowledge, Training and Development, and Dissemination
    Funds projects that encourage the integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians and other stakeholders as members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research process.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Letter of Intent (Required): Feb 1, 2017
    Application Deadline: Mar 13, 2017
    Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  8. Economic Impact Initiative Grants
    Funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities that have extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Sponsor: USDA Rural Housing Service

The U.S. Department of Education is offering grants to nonprofits, LEAs, public agencies, and IHEs for a wide array of activities to encourage at-risk youth to complete high school and go on to college through the Upward Bound program. Deadline to apply: 11/28/2016.

  1. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields

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

 

  1. The National Institutes of Health

NIH is offering grants to rural nonprofit and public agencies for programs that help control the opioid epidemic in the United States. Deadline: 01/10/2017.

 

  1. The Mission Continues Post-9/11 Veteran Nonprofit Fellowships

The Mission Continues is seeking applications for Post-9/11 Veteran Nonprofit Fellowships. Service fellowships, which include a cost-of-living stipend, are awarded to post-9/11 veterans to enable them to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in their community as an extension of their service to the country. Deadline: 1/17/2017.

 

  1. Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation

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

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $16.7 million in competitive grant funding to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program, administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Applications are due by Dec. 12, 2016.

 

  1. Safer School Garden Grant (Safer Brand)

Purpose: Provides funding to start a school garden to help students be more active, be more environmentally-conscious, and build healthy eating habits. Eligibility: Schools that are not past winners. Funding: $500 grant. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

 

  1. Farm to School Grants (USDA)

Purpose: Fund projects that improve access to local foods in schools. Priority funding is given to projects that: are submitted by state agencies, involve specific FNS programs (like CACFP or Summer Meals), collaborate with service programs, serve high-poverty communities, involve innovative strategies, or impact multiple schools. Eligibility: Schools, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations. Funding: $5 million in grants. Deadline: December 8, 2016.

 

  1. Community Food Projects Grants (USDA)

Purpose: Project and planning grants to fund projects that improve access to food and/or participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs for low-income individuals. Eligibility: Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit organizations. Please see RFA. Funding: $8.6 million in total grants; 100% match required. Deadline: November 30, 2016.

 

  1. Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (USDA-NIFA)

Purpose: Funds project providing training, education, outreach, and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. Priority given to veterans, socially disadvantaged and women farmers or ranchers. Eligibility: Collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally-based networks or partnership of qualified public and/or private organizations. Funding: $17.7 million total. A 25% match is required. Deadline: December 8, 2016

  

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