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Federal Grants Process, Foundation Grant Resources, and Non-profit Coalition Resources
Strengthening Nonprofits, Strengthening Community
Session IV - June 11, 2013, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive, Conyers, GA 30094
Purpose: To provide information & resources with nonprofit groups to strengthen their organizational capacity and position to obtain successfully needed funding to better serve the needs of children & families in their communities.
Hosted by: Hospital Authority of Rockdale County, Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, Rockdale County Government, Rockdale County School System, United Way in Rockdale, the Office of Congressman Hank Johnson.
Hear from the Grantmakers; Talk to the Experts
- Small Break-Out Workshops: Grant Writing Basics & Budgeting/Resource Development
- Grantmakers Panel Discussion: Hear from and Ask Questions of Funders in Our Region
*The cost for this session is $30 (includes session materials & boxed lunch to go)
National Endowment for the HUMANITIES Grants
June Grant Opportunities Deadline
- an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, literature, or history, viewed through an international lens;
- an exploration of a topic that transcends a single nation-state;
- a biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist, or historical figure; or
- an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United States.
- create opportunities for faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities;
- help faculty members and administrators develop new humanities programs, which may include but are not limited to academic writing programs, foreign language programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, capstone courses, or summer bridge programs for at-risk high school students;
- help institutions take advantage of humanities resources, especially in the digital humanities;
- enhance or develop areas of basic need in an institution’s core humanities programs; or
- build ties among faculty at more than one institution of higher learning; among college teachers, secondary school teachers, and students; or among faculty members at institutions of higher learning and their colleagues in museums, libraries, or other organizations such as historical and cultural societies.
- humanities connections to professional training (in such fields as business, law, economics, technology, medicine, and nursing);
- humanities projects that address the interests of American military veterans; and
- projects that respond to NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative.
2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)
Under Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 CHP, awardees may receive up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level officer salary and fringe benefit costs, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer position over a three-year grant period. Grant funds may be used to hire new, full-time sworn officer positions, to re-hire officers who have been laid off, or to re-hire officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date as a result of local budget cuts. As in the past, CHP requires that each position awarded be retained with local funds for a minimum of 12 months at the conclusion of 36 months of federal funding for each position. Priority consideration will be given to agencies that use their CHP funding to hire either school resource officers or military veterans and those targeting to reduce homicide.
FY2013 CHP funding is limited, and all awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law. For detailed information on CHP program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CHP page on the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2367.
If you have questions about the CHP application process, please contact the COPS Office External Affairs Division at 202-514-9079.
Community Policing Development (CPD) Program
The Community Policing Development (CPD) program is now open and applications must be submitted by 4:59 PM EDT on Friday, May 24, 2013. CPD funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development and documentation of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.
The program is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups and faith-based organizations. Proposals should be of national relevance, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Applications will only be accepted through the COPS Application Portal, accessed from Grants.Gov website (www.grants.gov). No paper or emailed applications will be accepted. For detailed information on CPD program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CPD page on the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2682.
If you have questions about the CPD application process, please contact the COPS Office External Affairs Division at 202-514-9079.
New Federal Grant: Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
Deadline: June 10, 2013
Award: Up to $400,000 for 2 years
This program will provide funding to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing trauma-informed, culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. Funding under this program will support two different program areas, comprehensives services for all victims of human trafficking, and specialized services for victims of human trafficking. Funding also will support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to victims through the development of interagency partnerships and professional training, public outreach, and awareness campaigns.
New Federal Grant: Serving Juvenile Offender Grants
Deadline: June 9, 2013
Award: Up to $1million
"Face Forward" conveys the idea of youth leaving their past transgressions behind and looking forward towards a promising future. Through diversion and/or record expungement strategies, these grants will give youth a chance to succeed in the workplace and to avoid the stigma of a juvenile record. Diversion and expungement strategies are part of the Juvenile Justice system. These functions, operations and processes are under their jurisdiction. However, in order to provide the best possible outcomes for these youth, it is imperative to provide these additional supportive services. Diversion is "an attempt to divert, or channel out, youthful offenders from the juvenile justice system" (Bynum and Thompson, 1996).
Expungement focuses on having juvenile records expunged, or eliminated. Juvenile arrests can follow youth for the rest of their lives and become a major barrier to inclusion and advancement in the workforce. The Face Forward grants will offer organizations the opportunity to develop programs that address this issue while developing the skills and opportunity youth need to move forward successfully in the workforce. The purpose of these grants is to improve the long-term labor market prospects of both court involved youth prior to adjudication and juvenile offenders. Grantees must utilize a strategy where they collaborate with non-profit legal services providers to assist participants with expungement actions, and/or be designated by the juvenile justice system as a diversion program.
New Federal Grant: Street Outreach Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth
Deadline: June 29, 2013
Award Amount: Up to $200,000
Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit. In addition, such youth may engage in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs. Since 1996, the Street Outreach Program has been aiding this population by funding grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave.
The Affordable Care Act creates a number of new grant opportunities. Below, you will find links to the grant centers for the agencies administering these grants. There, and at Grants.gov, you can search for relevant grant opportunities.
- CDC National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) Grants
- Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Grants
- Administration for Children and Families Grants
- Administration on Aging Grants
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Health Resources and Services Administration Grants
- Indian Health Service Grants
- National Institutes of Health Grants
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grants
VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans’ Homelessness
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced two new grants to support Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s goal of ending Veterans’ homelessness in 2015. Under these new programs, homeless providers can apply for funding to enhance the facilities used to serve homeless Veterans, and acquire vans to facilitate transportation of this population.
Approximately $22 million in rehabilitation funds will be available to current operational Grant and Per Diem grantees as part of the effort to increase the useful life of the facilities previously funded under the program. VA expects current Grant and Per Diem grantees will apply for funding to rehabilitate their current project location and enhance the safety, security and privacy issues associated with the homeless Veteran populations they serve. A maximum of $250,000 is available per award and the award will not be more than 65 percent of the estimated total cost of the rehabilitation activity. VA has established funding priorities to support its oldest capitally funded projects.
In addition, approximately $2 million in funds will be available for current operational Grant and Per Diem grantees to assist in the acquisition of vans in order to facilitate transportation of Veteran participants to medical appointments, employment opportunities in the community, and facilitate grantees’ outreach activities. The maximum award for a van will be $35,000. The amount of the award will not exceed 65 percent of the total cost of the van.
Applications for both awards are due to the Grant and Per Diem office by no later than 4 p.m. Eastern time on June 28, 2013.
This funding is available under VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program for current operational Grant and Per Diem grantees. The Grant and Per Diem Program provides community-based organizations with funding to develop and operate transitional housing and supportive services for homeless Veterans. The Grant and Per Diem Program has over 15,000 operational transitional housing beds nationwide.
Additional information is available at http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp or contact the Grant and Per Diem National Program Office at 877-332-0334
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.
Prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, updated January 2013.
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.
NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
April 15, 2013