Nonprofit Insight Weekly Journal Of Federal Grant Opportunities - Week of February 28
The federal government offers a wide range of grant programs to help you grow your nonprofit operations. This week, we are sharing information about new funding opportunities for children and family, criminal justice systems and crime, citizenship, education, health care, and community-based solutions that impact the areas of youth development, economic opportunity or healthy futures.
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Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
The Administration for Children and Families is requesting applications for grants to administer projects for the Assets for Independence (AFI) demonstration of the use and impact of Individual Development Accounts and related services. Grantees will provide supports and services to enable individuals and families with low incomes to become more economically self-sufficient for the long-term. A primary feature of these projects is that participants are given access to special matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDA). Participants open an IDA and save earned income with the goal of accumulating savings to acquire an economic asset that will appreciate over time - specifically, to purchase a home, capitalize or expand a business for self-employment, or attend higher education or training. Grantees also ensure that participants have access to financial literacy education and coaching such as training on money management and consumer issues. State, county, city, township and special district governments, school districts, public, state-controlled and private institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments and organizations, public and Indian housing authorities, non-profits, small businesses and for-profit organizations may be eligible to apply. The maximum single award is $1 million and 50 awards are anticipated. Two funding cycles, closing on either March 31 or May 25, are available this year.
BJA: Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs
The Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking proposals to develop and implement new and innovative strategies that better enable local criminal justice systems to prevent and respond to emerging and chronic crime problems that affect communities in the United States. Proposals must address a gap in the current base of knowledge about responding to and preventing crime and be developed or implemented in a way that allows other communities or organizations to learn from and potentially replicate the approach. Public or private entities, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and units of local and state government may be eligible to apply. Ten awards of as much as $350,000 each are anticipated. Applications must be submitted by April 21.
Citizenship and Integration Grant Programs
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, has announced three new funding opportunities. The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program offers approximately $8.5 million to support citizenship preparation services for permanent residents. Two of the funding opportunities are designed to strengthen citizenship preparation programs that provide direct services in communities across the country. The third funding opportunity will increase the capacity of members or affiliates of national, regional, or statewide organizations to offer citizenship services in underserved communities. Public or private non-profit organizations such as public school systems; universities or community colleges; civic, community, and faith-based organizations; adult education organizations; public libraries; volunteer and literacy organizations, state and local governments may be eligible to apply. USCIS anticipates approximately 35 awards. The application deadline is April 1, 2011.
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant
The Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, has announced the availability of the Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants. The overall goal of this grant program is to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America. Through grants, advanced telecommunications technologies provide enhanced learning and health care opportunities for rural residents. Approximately 250 awards ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 each are expected. Applications may be submitted on paper or electronically and are due by April 25.
Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is designed to improve the lives of people in low-income communities. Through an innovative public-private partnership, the Social Innovation Fund and local and national grantmakers co-invest in programs that increase the scale of community-based solutions that impact the areas of youth development, economic opportunity or healthy futures. Seven awards, ranging from $1,000,000 to $7,000,000 are expected. Applications must be submitted by April 12.
To read more about federal, state, and foundation grant opportunities, go to nonprofitinsight.com.
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