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Funding Opportunities

Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity

EDA published its FY 2015 Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal   Funding Opportunity (EDAP FFO) on grants.gov. EDA solicits   applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments   that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and   revolving loan fund projectsunder EDA’s Public Works and Economic   Adjustment Assistance 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.

Funding: The average size of a Public Works   investment has been approximately $1.4 million, and investments range from   $200,000 to $3,000,000.   The average size of an Economic Adjustment Assistance investment has   been approximately $820,000, and investments range from $100,000 to   $1,250,000.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include: (i) District   Organization of a designated Economic Development District; (ii) Indian Tribe   or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, county, city, or other   political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State   or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development   activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher   education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public   or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with   officials of a political subdivision of a State.

Promise Zone Preference   Points:  Promise Zone designation allows applicant communities   to automatically meet EDA’s economic distress eligibility criteria.


Deadline for Applications: March 12, 2015 for   funding cycle 2 of FY 2015 & June   12, 2015 for funding cycle 3 of FY 2015


For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=273468.

Social Innovation Fund Grant Competition

The 2015 Social Innovation Fund grant competition, a program of the Corporation for National   and Community Service (CNCS), will   provide approximately $40 million to eligible grantmaking institutions   seeking to grow innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges facing   low-income communities nationwide in CNCS’ focus areas of healthy futures,   youth development and economic opportunity. In addition, approximately $11   million will be available for the continuation of existing grants.

Funding: Each selected grantmaker will be awarded $1 million to $10 million and   will match every federal dollar of the grant award. At least 80 percent of   awarded federal funds must be invested in subgrantee programs, who match   their grants 1:1 as well.

Eligibility: Eligible   applicants include existing grantmaking institutions, eligible partnerships   (between grantmakers, a State Commission on National and Community Service,   or a chief executive officer of a unit of general local government where the   partner organizations will share responsibilities under the award), and   affiliated network organizations that are existing grantmaking institutions   who are willing to grant SIF dollars through competitions that are open   beyond their exclusive networks.

Promise   Zone Preference Points:  While no preference points are   available, CNCS invites Promise Zone partners and other communities to attend   a webinar on the 2015 grant competition. Details for this webinar are in the   section below.


Deadline for Applications: The   deadline for the Notice of Intent to Apply is February 20, 2015.   Applications are due onMarch 17, 2015 by 5:00p.m. EST.

For more information: Social   Innovation Fund Notice of Funding Availability FY2015

View   the SIF Fact Sheet posted on the Promise Zone website.

Research Grants for Preventing Violence & Violence Related Injury

The National Center for   Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated   research that will help expand and advance knowledge in three areas: 1) how   best to disseminate, implement, and translate evidence-based primary   prevention strategies, programs, and policies designed to reduce youth   violence; 2) what works to prevent violence by rigorously evaluating primary   prevention strategies, programs, and policies; and 3) research to determine   ways to effectively prevent serious and lethal interpersonal or self-directed   violence.

Funding: $1.05 million for up to 3 awards

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include: Private institutions   of higher education; county governments; city or township governments;   special district governments; public and state controlled institutions of higher   education; small businesses; independent school districts; Native American   tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments);   nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of   higher education; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized);   State governments; Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; for   profit organizations other than small businesses.

Promise   Zone Preference Points:  No preference points are available for this   opportunity


Deadline for Applications: March 16, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. EST


For more information: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=270771.


Brownfields   Redevelopment Community Showcase: Financing Tools for Transformation

February   19th, 2015

2pm EST/ 11am PST

The Council for Development   Finance Agencies (CDFA) provides technical assistance to communities that are   looking to finance brownfield redevelopment as part of the U.S. Environmental   Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program.  The debut webinar of the CDFA-EPA Brownfields Webinar   Series will highlight communities that have successfully employed the   development finance toolbox to transform former brownfield sites into   economic assets.  Learn more about the webinar series and register here.

Additional resources for financing brownfield   redevelopment here.

Healthy Eating and Active Living:   Community Transformation Grant Successes and Lessons Learned

February 19th, 2015

2:00 - 3:30 EST

Sponsored by Dialogue4Health, a project of   the Public Health Institute, and The California Endowment

To register

Justice   Policy Implementation Trends - with particular attention to their impact on   the mental health and life outcomes for youth of color

February 19th

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

In this webinar, Burns   Institute founder James Bell will discuss justice policy implementation   trends with particular attention to their impact on the mental health and   life outcomes for youth of color. The presentation will also include a review   of national youth incarceration data and strategies that are used to assist   jurisdictions in understanding disparities in their youth justice system.

For more information and to   register.  

What’s Happening in   Health Care: Ways the Health Care Sector is Promoting Walking & Other   Lifestyle Choices

February 20th, 2015

1pm EST/10am PST

America Walks’ “Inspiring   Stories” webinar series continues February 20th by showcasing ways the health   care sector is promoting walking and other healthy lifestyle choices. Beyond   the traditional medical practices of diagnosis and treatment, hospitals and   health insurance plans are starting to embrace chronic disease prevention and   community wellness initiatives, which increasingly focus on walking and   walkable community design.

More   information and registration for the webinar here.

Social Innovation   Fund Grant Competition

February 23rd, 2015

3:30pm to 4:30pm EST

CNCS will host a webinar that will provide an overview of   the 2015 Social Innovation Fund grant competition. During this webinar, you   will learn about the Social Innovation Fund, explore the resources made   available to applicants, and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Register for the webinar here.   (Note: If you registered for the webinar on February 17th, you are   already registered for the re-scheduled February 23rd webinar).

Population Health   Management: Improving Health Where We Live, Work, and Play

February 24th, 2015

12pm EST

The National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of   Health, invite you to join them in a webinar that will show you a   different way to think about health and wellness on the job and in the   community.

More   information and registration for the webinar here.

Research and Publications

Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and   Academic Performance

Active Living Research released a brief and infographic   discussing the relationship between physical activity and academic performance.   The report explains that policies   that support daily physical education and regular activity breaks during the   school day can help increase physical activity, improve academic performance   and improve classroom behavior among students. Access the materials here.

Promise Zones in the Press

WYMT-TV: Kentucky Promise Zone- One Year Later

Update on the Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone with a focus on   benefits received from federal grants.  View the video here.



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