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Federal Grants Process, Foundation Grant Resources, and Non-profit Coalition Resources
Grant Opportunities and Awards
December-February Grant Deadlines
Museums, Libraries, Cultural Institutions, Historic Sites, and Colleges
December 3, 2014
Division of Preservation and Access
January 15, 2015
Division of Preservation and Access
February 24, 2015
Division of Education Programs
February 24, 2015
Division of Education Programs
College Professors and Researchers
October 6, 2014
Division of Preservation and Access
December 9, 2014
Division of Research Programs
December 9, 2014
Division of Research Programs
February 18, 2015
Office of Digital Humanities
Additional Webinar for Teachers
In addition to the grant opportunities webinars, we will host a webinar on October 7th at 3pm ET for teachers interested in using Chronicling America, a freely accessible website providing access to historic United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. Educators can register for the free webinar here.
NEH Welcomes New Chairman
Dr. William “Bro” Adams has begun his tenure as NEH Chairman following his July confirmation by the Senate and swearing in by Vice President Joe Biden. Before coming to the NEH, Dr. Adams served as president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. During his career, he has served many esteemed colleges and universities, including Bucknell College, Wesleyan University, Stanford, UNC Chapel Hill, and UC Santa Clara. Read Chairman Adam’s full biography here.
The Veteran’s Initiative
In recognition of the importance of the humanities both in helping Americans to understand the experiences of service members and in assisting veterans as they return to civilian life, NEH has launched a special initiative titled Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War. NEH welcomes proposals to all existing NEH grant programs that have clear potential to involve the nation’s veterans. All projects must be informed by scholarship and insights from the humanities. Learn more here.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Grants Forecast is a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by its agencies. Each Forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Forecast opportunities are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations.
When funding is available and an agency is ready to accept applications, the agency will issue an official notice, known as a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which will include instructions on how to apply.
As always, the final section of our newsletter includes an updated grants listing that faith-based and community non-profits can pursue. All of these grant programs are competitive. It is important to review the funding announcement thoroughly to ensure that the grant opportunity is one that is appropriate to your organization’s mission, size, and scope.
Title: EHS Expansion and Migrant and Seasonal EHS-Child Care Partnerships
Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of $22,024,688 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.
Link to Full Announcement:http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HM-R12-0826
Last Day to Apply: October 6, 2014
Grant Administered by: Administration for Children and Families
Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)
Description: This announcement solicits applications for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP). The goal of this program is to promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies through innovative community driven programs.
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=263409
Last Day to Apply: October 14, 2014
Title: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations
Description: The purpose of this program is to implement comprehensive HIV prevention programs to reduce morbidity, mortality, and related health disparities. These goals will be achieved by enhancing community-based organizations’ capacities to increase HIV testing, link HIV-positive persons to HIV medical care, increase referrals to Partner Services (PS), provide prevention and essential support services for HIV-positive persons and high-risk persons with unknown/negative serostatus, and increase program monitoring and accountability.
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/policies/funding/announcements/ps15-1502/index.html
Last Day to Apply: November 14, 2014
Title: AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Emergency Relief Funds (ERF)
Description: This announcement solicits applications for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part B AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Emergency Relief Funding (ERF). ADAP is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administrations (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Division of State HIV/AIDS Programs (DSHAP). Limited New Competing ADAP ERF grant awards are intended for States/Territories that can demonstrate the need for additional resources to prevent, reduce, or eliminate waiting lists and to address cost-containment measures (including cost-cutting and/or cost-saving). Limited new competing ADAP ERF awards will be based on the applicants ability to successfully demonstrate need for the additional funding. This determination will be made by an external Objective Review Committee (ORC) based on their review and scoring of the applicant responses to criteria published in this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), with priority given to addressing waiting lists. States with a current ADAP waiting list reported to HRSA must use all funding awarded under this announcement to remove clients from the waiting list. States that did not report a current waiting list to HRSA, must use funding awarded under this announcement to continue to support current ADAP ERF clients to prevent a future waiting list and/or to address cost-cutting measures and/or support the implementation of cost-saving measures during the project period to prevent a waiting list.
Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA Grants Application Center, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 155 South, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878 email@example.com
Contact Heather Hauck at ((30)1) -443- Ext. 6745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Day to Apply: October 24, 2014
Grant Administered by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Also, we want to make sure you know about grant awards made by HHS that may have provided funds to serve those in your community. Here are some links to recent announcements about funding awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services
HHS awards $65 million in Healthy Start grants to reduce infant mortality - HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today released $65 million in grants to help 87 organizations in 33 states reduce high infant mortality rates and other health problems related to pregnancy and mothers’ health.
HHS awards more than $106 million to support state home visiting programs - Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $106.7 million in FY 2014 grant awards to 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five jurisdictions as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program) established by the Affordable Care Act. These funds will allow states to continue and expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children up to age five.
DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Preparedness Grants
On July 25, DHS announced final allocations for seven FY 2014 DHS preparedness grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) and the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP). These allocations total more than $1.6 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector.
The FY 2014 preparedness grant allocations demonstrate the Department’s ongoing commitment to securing our borders and ports of entry, and continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. More information is available at www.fema.gov/grants.
Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) provides more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats.
- State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) provides more than $401 million to support the implementation of the National Preparedness System to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels.
- Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) provides $587 million to enhance regional preparedness capabilities in 39 high-threat, high-density areas.
- Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) provides $55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders where there are ongoing U.S. Customs and Border Protection missions.
- Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program—provides over $350 million to assist local, tribal, territorial, and state governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.
- Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives that strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.
- Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides $13 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the 39 FY 2014 UASI-eligible urban areas.
- Intercity Passenger Rail - Amtrak (IPR) Program provides $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.
- Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.
- Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) provides more than $90 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.
National Science Foundation
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program which seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals. Deadlines for applications are Jul 10, 2014 Full Proposal Deadline(s): July 10, 2014 Science Learning+ Planning Proposals November 14, 2014 AISL Proposals. The complete announcement can be reviewed at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html; search 14-555 Advancing Informal STEM Learning National Science Foundation.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care Pilot - Integration of HIV Prevention and Medical Care into Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for Behavioral Health Disorders and HIV Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced a funding opportunity for organizations that integrate care (behavioral health treatment, prevention, and HIV medical care services) for racial/ethnic minority populations at high risk for behavioral health disorders and high risk for or living with HIV. The grant will fund programs that provide coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of behavioral health treatment and HIV medical care. This program is primarily intended for substance abuse treatment programs and community mental health programs that can co-locate and fully integrate HIV prevention and medical care services within them. However, if it is demonstrated that co-location is not possible and full integration can still be achieved through other means, this will be acceptable. The full announcement can be viewed at http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=254272
Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced a funding opportunity for states to expand the availability of support services for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD), their families and their caregivers. This goal will be accomplished by 1)enhancing the ability of state systems and programs to embed dementia -capability in their service networks; and 2) by delivering supportive services using proven evidence-based, innovative or evidence informed models developed in the aging network. The full announcement can be found at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html; the opportunity number is HHS-2014-ACL-AOA-DS-0079.
U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Counseling Training Grant
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a funding opportunity for eligible organizations who continue to invest in the creation and maintenance of a professional and effective housing counseling industry that is able to meaningfully assist consumers by arming them with the information they need to make smart housing choices, and maximizes the impact of Federal funding appropriated for HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. Additional information and full announcement can be found at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, funding opportunity number FR-5800-N-25 Housing Counseling Training Grant
Federal And State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program
Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program is a competitive grants program designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses. It improves the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology, thereby helping keep the United States on the cutting edge of research and development in science and technology. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and the American Samoa may receive funding for an array of services (e.g., outreach and technical assistance) in support of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Apply through grants.gov.
FAST provides about $2 million in funding (typically up to $100,000 per applicant) for outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-driven small businesses. The program places particular emphasis on helping socially and economically disadvantaged firms compete in the SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Eligible applicants for FAST grants include state and local economic development agencies, Small Business Development Centers, and colleges and universities. Each state, through its governor, may submit one proposal.
FAST funding applicants are encouraged to show how they will help support areas such as:
- Small business research and development assistance
- Technology transfer from universities to small businesses
- Technological diffusion of innovation benefiting small businesses
- Proposal development and mentoring for small businesses applying for SBIR grants
- Commercialization of technology developed through SBIR grants.
Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of small business owners, state level representatives, federal SBIR program managers and representatives of the business and academic communities. The SBA, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation will jointly review the recommendations from the evaluation panel and make awards based on proposal merit. Varying levels of matching funds are required from each participating state and territory. The FAST Program is administered by the SBA.
VA Offers $600 Million in Funding to Support Services for Homeless Veteran Families
Grant Program One of Many VA Initiatives to End Veterans’ Homelessness
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in grants for non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
The SSVF program is designed to assist very low-income Veteran families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The program employs a housing first model, an approach which centers on providing homeless Veterans with permanent housing quickly and then providing VA health care, benefits and services as needed.
Required services include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and providing or coordinating efforts to obtain needed entitlements and other community services. Grantees secure a broad range of other services for participants, including legal assistance; credit counseling; housing counseling; assisting participants in understanding leases, securing utilities, and coordinating moving arrangements; providing representative payee services concerning rent and utilities when needed; and serving as an advocate for the Veteran when mediating with property owners on issues related to locating or retaining housing. Grantees also offer temporary financial assistance that provides short-term assistance with rent, moving expenses, security and utility deposits, child care, transportation, utility costs, and emergency expenses.
VA announced the availability of funds today through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) via the Federal Register. VA is offering $300 million in FY 2014 funds and $300 million in FY 2015 funds, subject to available appropriations. VA will make award decisions based on a national competition.
The SSVF program is authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2044. VA implements the program by regulations in 38 CFR part 62. More information about the program can be found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.
Grants and Benefits Resources
Grants Process Information
Guidance and key resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance, as well as on private funding.
How Best to Find Information
- Find out Who is Eligible for a Grant? Other government websites may be more suitable forpersonal needs, student loans, small business assistance, or other business opportunities such as government contracting. The website Government Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid may also be of help.
- If eligible, search for programs in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Includes grants, loans, business and nonfinancial help.
- Contact federal office given in CFDA program description: if state or local office is indicated, check Regional Agency Offices at top of CFDA website for addresses.
- Go to federal websites given in each CFDA program description for more information and for state administering agencies responsible for managing funding.
- Check current federal grants opportunities at Grants.gov, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet(DUNS) number, register with System for Award Management (SAM), and apply online (links and instructions given at the website). Additional notices appear at FedConnect.
- Search foundations for project funding: use the Foundation Center website or Foundation Center Cooperating Collections in libraries to identify national, state, and community foundations.
- Learn how to write grant proposals: follow CFDA's Developing and Writing Grant Proposals, or take the free online Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course.
Key Federal Funding Sources
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
- State Single Points of Contact
- CFDA in Local Libraries
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (General Services Administration)
The CFDA, issued annually and updated continuously on the Web, describes some 1600 federal grants and non financial assistance programs. Grantseekers can identify programs that might support their projects and can learn the program's objectives, requirements, application procedures and contacts. Includes a detailed subject index; browsable listing of programs by applicant eligibility; and Appendix VI, Developing and Writing Grant Proposals. Appendix IV gives state, local and regional offices of federal agencies: if the CFDA program description refers to a state or regional Information contact, grantseekers should contact them before applying for funding to obtain the most up-to-date information. For current notices of funding availability, see Grants.gov or FedConnect.
Grants.gov (managed by Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Federal website that allows eligible grantseekers (see Who is Eligible for a Grant?) to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. Grantseekers can check on notices of funding availability (NOFAs) posted in the last 7 days; access an RSS feed of grant opportunities; and apply for federal grants through a unified process by downloading the application and submitting online. The website guides grantseekers in obtaining a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number, registering withSystem for Award Management (SAM), and registering with Grants.gov to apply and to track applications. For full federal program descriptions, see CFDA below. See also website FedConnect for additional grants and contracts opportunities.
State Single Points of Contact (Office of Management and Budget)
Under Executive Order 12372, some states require federal grants applicants to submit a copy of their application for state government level review and comment. The state offices listed here coordinate federal financial assistance and may direct federal development. For help in identifying state-level grants, other state government agencies websites may be found at State and Local Agencies by Topic.
CFDA in Local Libraries (Government Printing Office)
Although the Catalog is available full-text on the Internet, some may prefer a print edition. However, only the Web Catalog is continuously updated-- the published volume is annual with no supplements. TheCatalog is available in all states in Federal Depository Libraries.
Related Federal Resources
- A-Z Index Departments & Agencies
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Homeland Security Grants
- USA.gov for Business
- USA.gov for Nonprofits
- Student Aid on the Web
- FTC Consumer Alert
- OMB Circulars
A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies (General Services Administration)
To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency's Home Page to learn more about its programs and objectives. The site USA.gov also links to Government Benefits, Grants and Financial Aid.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Department of Energy)
Grants are EERE's primary funding vehicle for businesses, industries, universities and others. Most EERE grants are awarded on merit on a competitive basis. EERE financial assistance opportunities are listed in the Financial Opportunities by Audience database and on Grants.gov or FedConnect. For state-by-state information on state, local. utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, search DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency).
Grants Funding State, Local and Tribal Governments (Dept. of Homeland Security)
Most Homeland Security non-disaster grant programs are designated for state and local governments and specific entities such as colleges, etc. Unsolicited applications from individuals are generally not accepted. Includes Urban Area Security Initiative, Citizens Corps, Medical Response System, Operation Stonegarden (border security), Infrastructure Protection. Contact homeland security State Offices. Programs for firefighters may be found at Assistance to Firefighters.
USA.gov for Business (GSA)
Includes contracting with the federal government, international trade and exporting, and small business. See also financial assistance links at the Small Business Administration website.
USA.gov for Nonprofits (GSA)
Links to federal department and agency information and service for nonprofit organizations, including fundraising and outreach, grants, loans and other assistance, laws and regulations, management and operations, online services, registration and licensing, and tax information. The White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships includes information on Grants and Resources.
Student Aid on the Web (Department of Education)
Financial assistance for education beyond high school is generally "needs-based" and often includes loans and work-study, in addition to some grants. College and university applications, websites, and brochures usually include financial aid information for prospective and incoming students.
Benefits.gov (via Department of Labor)
Government grants are not direct assistance to individuals, but fund state and local programs providing help to those in need. This online screening site can be used to identify state and local government benefits and how to apply. Covers direct payments, loans, insurance, training, or other services.
FTC Consumer Alert (Federal Trade Commission)
The FTC warns consumers to beware of paying "processing fees" for information that is available free to the public. Ads claiming federal grants are available for home repairs, home business, unpaid bills, or other personal expenses are often a scam.
OMB Grants Management (Office of Management and Budget)
OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. OMB Circulars are cited in Catalog program descriptions and may be printed out fulltext.
Private and Corporate Funding Sources
The Foundation Center
Gateway to information about private funding sources, the grantseeking process, guidelines on writing a grant proposal, addresses of state libraries with grants reference collections, and links to other useful Internet websites. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on foundations; produces print and electronic directories and guides; conducts research and publishes studies in the field; and offers a variety of training and educational seminars.
- Welcome Legislators and Policy Makers Covers policy development, constituent services, and other helpful nonprofit resources.
- Guide to Funding Research An overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.
- Proposal Writing Short Course (also in Spanish, French and other languages)
- Foundation Finder Search for information about more than 70,000 private and community foundations.
- Requests for Proposals Daily postings of requests for proposals (RFPs) from private funding sources by broad subject category.
- Foundation Center Cooperating Collections Free funding information available in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit centers nationwide, including access to the Foundation Directory Online database..
Grants Resources by State (Grantsmanship Center)
Click on state map to find links to information about a state's foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs and the state's home page.