2015-05-05: Challenge Grants

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150505-CH
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-05-05
Award Ceiling: $500,000

Description: The mission of the NEH Office of Challenge Grants is to advance knowledge and understanding in the humanities by strengthening the institutional base of humanities teaching, scholarly research, public programming, and other humanities activities.  Challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to support significant humanities activities of high intellectual quality and to help institutions secure long-term support for their humanities programs.
Through these grants many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment.  Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities.  Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities.  Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.  Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge.  Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.
Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit humanities entities.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-05: Preservation and Access Education and Training

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150505-PE
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-05-05
Award Ceiling: $350,000

Description: The Preservation and Access Education and Training program is central to NEH’s efforts to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage collections.  Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects.  The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing.
Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs.  Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections.  Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-05: Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150505-PG
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-05-05
Award Ceiling: $6,000

Description: Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutionsósuch as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universitiesóimprove their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.
Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus.  Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings.  Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections.  Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.
The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-29: AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY 2015

Funding Opportunity Number: CNCS-02192015
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Disaster Prevention and Relief | Education | Environment | Health | Housing | Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Agency Name: CNCS
Closing Date: 2015-04-29

Description: CNCS may award an AmeriCorps planning grant or an AmeriCorps program grant under this announcement.  A planning grant provides support to a grant recipient for the development of an AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to solve community problems.  Grant recipients are awarded up to $75,000 for a 12-month planning period and are expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle.  A planning grant may not be used to support AmeriCorps members.
AmeriCorps program grants are awarded to eligible applicants proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities.  An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position.  Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving.  Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.
For questions, email AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.  gov
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-30: Fellowships

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150430-FA
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: Individuals
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-04-30
Award Ceiling: $50,400

Description: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.  Projects may be at any stage of development.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-30: Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation

Funding Opportunity Number: 15-540
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.  e.  , open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Agency Name: NSF
Closing Date: 2015-04-30
Expected Number of Awards: 18

Description: The Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on: (1) exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; (2) building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and (3) growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field.  Three types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies; more extensive Full-Scale Projects; and conferences.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-13: NIST Standards Services Curricula Development (SSCD) Cooperative Agreement Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 2015-NIST-SSCD-01
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: DOC-NIST
Closing Date: 2015-04-13

Description: The NIST SSCD Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to support curriculum development for the undergraduate and/or graduate level.  These cooperative agreements support the integration of standards and standardization information and content into seminars, courses, and learning resources.  The recipients will work with NIST to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-13: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Arts in Education National Program

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-021015-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-04-13
Expected Number of Awards: 1

Description: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.access.gpo.gov…. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.
Purpose of Program: The AENP supports national-level, high-quality Arts \1\ education activities and services for children and youth, with special emphasis on serving Children from Low-income Families and Children with Disabilities.
\1\ Capitalized terms are defined in the Definitions section of this notice.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.351F.
Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the AENP,
You may access the electronic grant application for the AENP at www.Grants.gov…. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-15: Awards for Faculty

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150415-HB
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-04-15
Award Ceiling: $50,400

Description: This program supports individual faculty or staff members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences.  Awards are designed to be flexible, allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative arrangements that best fit their projects.
Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research.  Eligible projects include pursuing research in primary and secondary materials; producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources; and conducting basic research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course or the achievement of institutional or community research goals.
Common to all applications¿regardless of their outcome¿must be humanities research supporting the goals of the project.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-13: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Funding Opportunity Number: OAO-00008
Opportunity Category: Mandatory
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture | Education | Employment, Labor and Training | Food and Nutrition | Health | Natural Resources
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: USDA-DMOAO
Closing Date: 2015-04-13
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Expected Number of Awards: 40

Description: The primary purpose of the Outreach Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program (2501 Program) is to enhance the coordination of outreach, technical assistance, and education efforts, to reach socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in a linguistically appropriate manner and to improve their participation in the full range of USDA programs.  This program will assist eligible community-based and non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.
Link: www.grants.gov…