2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant - Deadline July 15, 2013
From U.S. Forest Service: 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant
GreenStream: The US Forest Service has announced the availability of grant funds to be awarded through the 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. Funds are to support national urban and community forestry projects on nonfederal public land that have a national or widespread impact and application. This year green infrastructure has been identified as a priority issue. This year, the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) has identified three national grant categories:
1. Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Long-term Impacts of Climate Change
2. Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis
3. Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of $474 million for a fifth round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program to fund surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area.
“President Obama has challenged us to make sure our nation’s transportation infrastructure is up to the job of attracting and supporting businesses and the families that rely on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood. “TIGER 2013 will contribute to increased mobility for people and freight, and economic growth by helping to improve existing and develop new transportation facilities that will strengthen our competitiveness and create jobs.”
Projects eligible for TIGER grants include highways and bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight rail transportation and marine port infrastructure investments. Grants may range in size from $10 million to $200 million. Grants to rural areas may be for less than $10 million, but must be more than $1 million. No less than $120 million must be awarded to projects in rural areas.
The four previous rounds of TIGER provided $3.1 billion to support 218 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Demand for the program has been overwhelming, with more than 4,050 applicants requesting more than $105.2 billion over the previous rounds.
More than 100 of the TIGER grants were awarded directly to city or county governments that are otherwise unable to directly access traditional sources of Federal funding for their projects. Similarly, more than 19 TIGER grants were awarded directly to port authorities, and eight to tribal governments. TIGER has also helped catalyze 11 multi-state projects, which would have been difficult to advance through Federal formula programs.
The FY 2013 Appropriations Act requires that TIGER funds be obligated before October 1, 2014. The limited amount of time means the Department will give priority to projects that are ready to proceed quickly. In addition to project readiness, primary selection criteria include improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems; contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United States and creating and preserving jobs; increasing transportation choices and access to transportation services for people in communities across the U.S.; improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and improving safety.
Applications are due June 3. You can click here to view the Notice of Funding Availability.
The application period for the 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is now open. Applications for this year’s CHP solicitation must be completed and submitted by 7:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in order to receive consideration. CHP is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority for the hiring or re-hiring of additional officers to impact their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
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.
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.
Remember for both programs, applicants must begin their applications at www.grants.gov and then complete applications through the COPS Application Portal. Please check passwords and other login information before beginning your application. The COPS Office Response Center can help applicants with problems and issues. The Response Center can be reached by calling 1-800-421-6770.
Information on EDA's Make it in America Challenge - Applications Due Friday, May 31
As promised on the Region 6 Partnership Conference, please find below information of the EDA Portion of the Make It In America Challenge. Please direct interested communities to http://www.eda.gov/challenges/MakeItInAmerica/ for more information (due date for applications is May 31, 2013). The due dates for our "regular" grant programs are June 13, 2013 (cycle 4 of FY2013) and Sepetember 13, 2013 (cycle 1 of FY2014). If you are in contact with communities interested in EDA grants, please encourage them to not wait for the deadline and instead to engage with EDA when they are developing projects. We are always happy to provide feedback and advice to potential applicants. Feel free to direct them to me. I am also always happy to provide an EDA 101 for folks unfamiliar with the agency or its grant programs.
Jessica R. Falk
Economic Development Administration
504 Lavaca Street, Suite 1100
Austin, Texas 78701
In 2012 the legislature passed HB 3052 and it was codified as 74 O.S. § 20k which formed the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program within the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General is authorized to “award one or more such competitive grants” to eligible applicants. Specifically, monies will be directed toward strategies that target violent crime. Click here to learn more about these grants.
Deadline May 31st, 2013
Eligibility: Nonprofits; and tax-exempt organizations.
Funds: Approximately $40,000.
Contact: Baseball Tomorrow Fund, 245 Park Avenue., New York, New York 10167; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is to promote and enhcance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world and doing this through funding programs, fields, coach training, and the purchase of uniforms and equipment. The grants are designed to be sufficiently flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities. The funds are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment. For more information, visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/community/btf.jsp?content=about.com.
Eligibility: Select institutions (this includes both libraries and museums).
Contact: Michele Farrell, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services; (202) 653-4656; email@example.com, and Christopher Reich, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, (20) 653-4685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums is the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It is a unique opportunity offered by the Institute of Museum and Library services, and it is one that awards its winners with $10,000 and the actual medal itself.
The National Medal honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Public or private nonprofit museums, including art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history museums; historic houses, nature centers, zoos, and botanical gardens; and all types of nonprofit libraries, including public, school, academic, research, and archival, are eligible to receive this honor.
For more information, visit http://www.imls.gov/about/medals.shtm.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Community Development Block Grant Entitlement funding program offered by HUD
Eligibility: Principal cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); other metropolitan cities with populations of at least 200,000 (excluding the population of entitled cities).
Deadline: Accepted on rolling basis.
Ford Foundation Grant
Support for projects that help strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice
Eligibility: Various organizations, coalitions, agencies as well as individuals.