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Opportunities

Suzette's Funding Letter, July 15, 2016

FUNDING

  1. Performance Partnerships Pilots (P3) Round Two Application Deadline Extended

The federal government recently announced an application deadline extension for the second round of the P3 competition. The U.S. Department of Education will reopen the application process until July 19th. Entities that ran out of time to complete their applications will now have additional time. Official questions can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact the Forum's Thaddeus Ferber for (unofficial) help and support. The Performance Partnership Pilots - commonly referred to as P3 - allow selected local, tribal and state agencies the opportunity to enter into an agreement with the federal government that will grant broad flexibility in how the site uses discretionary federal funds to implement evidence-informed practices while committing to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth. The Forum for Youth Investment has created the online P3 Hub, a webpage that provides a central location for P3-related resources and information. Access the P3 Hub here.

  1. EPA Announces $10.7 Million to Clean Up 33 Brownfield Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced approximately $10.7 million in supplemental funding to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties. EPA plans to provide supplemental funding to 33 successful Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees, helping more than 40 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. These projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment. Areas receiving the most supplemental funding include Springfield, Missouri; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; and the Washington Department of Commerce.

  1. 3.U.S. Department of Education | Promise Neighborhoods Program Implementation Grant Competition

The vision of the Promise Neighborhoods program is that all children and youth living in distressed communities have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.

Promise Neighborhoods are led by organizations that work to ensure that all children and youth in the target geographic area have access to services that lead to improved educational and developmental outcomes from cradle-to career; are based on the best available evidence and designed to learn about the impact of approaches, for which there is less evidence; are linked and integrated seamlessly; and include education programs as well as programs that provide family and community supports. Promise Neighborhoods enable children and youth within targeted distressed communities to participate in the full range of cradle-to career supports that are necessary for them to realize their potential. Building on prior Promise Neighborhoods grantees’ work to enhance high-quality early learning opportunities, this year’s competition includes a competitive preference priority intended to improve coordination among early learning providers and ensure alignment between early learning systems and elementary education systems.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: July 25, 2016.

Application Deadline: September 6, 2016.

Read the Federal Register Notice.

  1. 4.American Indian and Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $3.5 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Applicants that propose to serve children that reside within an area of high poverty or a federally designated Promise Zone (listed in the Appendix) and that serves a substantial number of children within that Zone and submit form HUD-50153 Certification of Consistency with Promise Zone Goals and Implementation, signed by the authorized official for the designated Promise Zone supporting the application, will receive 3 bonus points under the Criteria listed in Section V.1. For more information about federally designated Promise Zones, please visit the Promise Zones website.

Application Deadline: August 24, 2016

  1. 5.Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $135 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Applicants that propose to serve children that reside within area of high poverty or a federally designated Promise Zone (listed in the Appendix) and that serves a substantial number of children within that Zone and submit form HUD-50153, Certification of Consistency with Promise Zone Goals and Implementation, signed by the authorized official for the designated Promise Zone supporting the application, will receive 3 bonus points under the Criteria listed in Section V.1..

Application Due Date:  August 24, 2016

  1. 6.Migrant and Seasonal Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $5 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income, migrant and seasonal infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in Section 645A of the Head Start Act. Applicants that propose to serve children that reside within an area of high poverty or federally designated Promise Zone listed in the Appendix, and that serves a substantial number of children within that Zone, and submit form HUD-50153, Certification of Consistency with Promise Zone Goals and Implementation, signed by the authorized official for the designated Promise Zone supporting the application, will receive 3 bonus points under the Criteria listed in Section V.1.

Application Due Date:  August 24, 2016

  1. Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative - Generation Indigenous (GEN-I) Initiative Support
    Awards funding to organizations that promote Native American youth development and family engagement through early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors linked to suicidal behavior and substance abuse.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2016
    Sponsor: Indian Health Service

 

  1.  Improving Hepatitis B and C Care Cascades; Focus on Increased Testing and Diagnosis
    Funds state and local health departments to work with external partners to increase testing and treatment for persons living with Hepatitis B (HBV) and/or Hepatitis C (HCV) infection.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 2, 2016
    Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

  1. Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)
    Funding to link medically underserved populations to breast health education and screening services.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 19, 2016
    Sponsor: Avon Foundation

 

  1. America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program
    Funding to create and implement regional, sector-based workforce development projects to meet the needs of both businesses and workers in industries that typically use a significant number of H-1B Visas, such as healthcare and IT.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 25, 2016
    Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration

 

  1. National HIV Program: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care
    Awards grants for HIV/AIDS prevention and care activities that serve American Indian/Alaska Native people.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 28, 2016
    Sponsor: Indian Health Service

 

  1. Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Areas Served with a Project Period Start Date of February 1, 2017)
    Funding to provide comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 29, 2016
    Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care
  2. Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grant
    Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2016
    Sponsor: American Dental Hygienists' Association
  3. Bureau of Primary Health Care Loan Guarantee Program
    Provides a loan guarantee to Section 330 health centers to develop and operate practice management networks or managed care networks or plans.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care
  1. Community Access to Child Health Seeks Applications for Community Pediatric Health Programs

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for the planning or implementation of innovative community-based child health initiatives aimed at ensuring that all children have access to healthcare services not otherwise available in their community....

POSTED: June 26, 2016

DEADLINE: July 29, 2016

  1. USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support a Diverse Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, is administered by the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO). Proposals for these competitive grants must be received by July 29, 2016 at http://www.grants.gov/" target="extWindow" title="Opens in new window.">www.grants.gov. Details are available in the June 27, 2016 https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/27/2016-15124/outreach-and-assistance-for-socially-disadvantaged-farmers-and-ranchers-and-veteran-farmers-and" target="extWindow" title="Opens in new window.">Federal Register Notice or by contacting USDA, by mail at Office of Advocacy and Outreach, Attn: Kenya Nicholas, Program Director, Whitten Building, Room 520-A, Mail Stop 0601, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, by phone: (202) 720-6350, Fax: (202) 720-7704, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

  1. HHS Announces Major Initiative to Help Small Practices Prepare for the Quality Payment Program
    Jun 20, 2016 -- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will award $20 million each year over the next five years to fund on-the-ground training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer.
    Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  1. Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program
    Funding for projects to facilitate community involvement in area-wide planning approaches to brownfields assessment, cleanup, and reuse.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 10, 2016
    Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  1. Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Areas Served with a Project Period Start Date of January 1, 2017)
    Funding to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to an underserved area or population.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 16, 2016
    Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care
  1. Agricultural Health and Safety Special Project and Pilot Study Funds (Mini-grant Program)
    Funding to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury.
    Geographic coverage: Nationwide
    Application Deadline: Aug 17, 2016
    Sponsor: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

 

  1. Laura Jane Musser Fund: Rural Initiative Program
    Encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas.
    Geographic coverage: Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Wyoming
    Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2016
    Sponsor: Laura Jane Musser Fund
  1. FSA to Provide $300M for Cotton Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency will provide an estimated $300 million in cost-share assistance payments to cotton producers through a new cotton ginning cost-share program intended to expand and maintain the domestic marketing of cotton.

  1. Rural Energy Savings Program

The Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) helps rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

Program Status:  OPEN
Notice of Solicitation for Applications (NOSA): PDF
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 5, 2016 | Sample Letter of Intent
Program Factsheet: PDF

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...

  

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