School Climate Transformation Grant Program

2014-06-23: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): School Climate Transformation Grant Program: Local Educational Agency Grants CFDA Number 84.184G
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-050714-002
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: 2014-06-23
Award Ceiling: $750,000
Expected Number of Awards: 118

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 School Climate Transformation Grant Program–Local Educational Agency Grants provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.184G.
Grant Program–Local Educational Agency Grants,
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2014-10-03: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

Funding Opportunity Number: 14-567
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
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: NSF
Closing Date: 2014-10-03
Expected Number of Awards: 16

Description: The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995.  The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
PAESMEM recognizes individuals for their mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and early career scientists and engineers.  Historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields include African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and Native Alaskans.  These are groups who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM education or careers.  Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for “Individual” and “Organizational” PAESMEM awards.  Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible including industry, academia, K-12, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations.  Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.  S.  including, its territories and particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).  NSF EPSCoR-designated jurisdictions are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Each “Individual” or “Organizational” PAESMEM awardee will receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative Presidential certificate.  Awardees are also invited to participate in an award recognition ceremony in Washington, DC which includes meetings with STEM educators, researchers and policy leaders.  Up to 16 awards may be made from the nominations received on or before October 3, 2014.
PAESMEM awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation’s human resources in STEM.
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2014-07-22: Family Strengthening Scholars

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2014-ACF-OPRE-PD-0804
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: HHS-ACF-OPRE
Closing Date: 2014-07-22
Award Ceiling: $25,000
Expected Number of Awards: 3

Description: NOTICE: The original Funding Opportunity Number for this announcement, HHS-2014-ACF-OPRE-PA-0804, has been revised to HHS-2014-ACF-OPRE-PD-0804.
The Administration for Child and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation plans to solicit applications for the Family Strengthening Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues (HMRF).  These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for HMRF policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. These grants are intended to address issues of significance to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations (e.g., low-income families, minority populations), utilize rigorous research methodology (both primary data collection and secondary data analysis), and help inform the development of future intervention research. For further information about the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, see www.acf.hhs.gov….
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2014-07-22: Partnership to Improve Community Health

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-DP14-1417
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: HHS-CDC-NCCDPHP
Closing Date: 2014-07-22
Award Ceiling: $4,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 40
1.  Large Cities and Urban Counties (with populations of 500,000 or more),
2.  Small Cities and Counties (with populations between 50,000-499,999),
3.  American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages and tribal organizations.
Awardees will enhance their existing infrastructure by improving their staffing and fiscal management to meet the needs of the PICH FOA and maintain a functioning multi-sectoral community coalition.  Required planning activities for PICH include developing a strong CAP.  In addition, awardees must develop sound measurement plans including: 1) the estimation of the number of people with increased access to healthier environments as a result of implemented strategies from the CAP, and 2) demonstration of increased actual use of at least one healthier environment implemented by the awardee.
• Tobacco use and exposure,
• Poor nutrition,
• Physical inactivity, and
• Lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities.
A targeted strategy must be identified and implemented to achieve a reduction in a health disparity experienced by one or more priority populations.  Specifically, applicants are required to target special efforts toward priority populations at disproportionate risk for chronic diseases or conditions.  All Americans should have equal opportunities to make healthy choices that allow them to live long, healthy lives, regardless of their income, education, race/ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other factors.  Health disparities represent preventable differences in the burden of disease, disability, injury or violence, or in opportunities to achieve optimal health.  Recipients will describe the intervention population selected, including relevant health disparities, and how selected interventions will improve health and reduce or eliminate one or more identified health disparities.
All activities supported through this FOA must contribute to area-wide health improvements and reductions in health disparities and should be based on a robust analysis of area health burden overall and across population subgroups (population subgroups may be defined by factors such as race or ethnicity, gender, age [e.  g.  , youth, the elderly], education or income, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation, among others).
In addition, awardees are expected to routinely communicate to partners, the public, decision makers, and key stakeholders about the work funded under this FOA, and disseminate the results of their work to decision makers and the public, as appropriate.  Finally, in order to expand the evidence-base for effective community strategies, one innovative strategy based on evidence and/or best practices (as defined in the glossary) may be selected and implemented with assistance from CDC on an outcome evaluation plan to determine effectiveness.
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Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2014-ACF-OCS-EE-0819

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services

Eligible Applicants 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 | Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Agency Name: HHS-ACF-OCS

Closing Date: 2014-07-21

Award Ceiling: $800,000

Expected Number of Awards: 13

Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.  5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts.  Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs.  Through the CED program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities.  To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities.

CED-HFFI grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on Federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas.  CED projects are expected to actively recruit low-income individuals to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, and to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period.

CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects.  The grant period for non-construction projects is 3 years; for construction projects, the grant period is 5 years.  The CED program permits facility construction as needed to support business creation, business expansion, and/or job creation.  However, it is important to note that short-term construction jobs associated with preparing for business startup or expansion are not counted when determining the number of jobs created under the CED program as they are designed to be temporary in nature.

Bonus points will be awarded for proposed healthy food projects that involve collaboration with other Federal HFFI Programs and Certain Additional Federal Programs that Address Healthy Food Access, target rural communities and that will be located in one of the following states or Trust Territories that do not have an active CED-HFFI project: Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Island of Guam, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, U.  S.  Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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2014-07-11: Grants to Non-State Educational Agency (Non-SEA): Planning, Program Design, and Initial Implementation Grants

2014-07-11: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Charter School Program (CSP): Grants to Non-State Educational Agency (Non-SEA): Planning, Program Design, and Initial Implementation Grants CFDA Number 84.282B
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-052714-001
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: 2014-07-11
Expected Number of Awards: 18

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 purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model by expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation; providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools; and evaluating the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents.
This notice invites applications from non-SEA eligible applicants for two types of grants: (1) Planning, Program Design, and Initial Implementation (CFDA 84.282B); and (2) Dissemination (CFDA 84.282C). Each type of grant has its own eligibility requirements and selection criteria. Information pertaining to each type of grant is provided in subsequent sections of this notice.
Non-SEA eligible applicants are those that are qualified to participate based on requirements set forth in this notice. Non-SEA eligible applicants must be from States in which the SEA does not have an approved application under the CSP. States with approved CSP applications are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Non-SEA eligible applicants that propose to use grant funds for planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools must apply under
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.282B and 84.282C.
Applications for grants under the CSP,
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2014-06-10: BLM Wilderness Program and WILD Foundation

Funding Opportunity Number: L14AS00118
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: DOI-BLM
Closing Date: 2014-06-10
Award Ceiling: $70,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1

Description: The project objective is to foster communication and collaboration between the BLM and the WILD Foundation to ensure conservation, management and recovery of North American Wilderness and protected areas, contribute to conserving the ecosystem integrity of wilderness and protected areas; help stakeholders achieve effective, efficient, and mutually beneficial wilderness and protected areas conservation in North America; and foster continental-scale public relevance of management, conservation, and sustainable use of wilderness and protected areas.  The project objective is also to disseminate information about Wilderness to the public via the International Journal of Wilderness, including research findings, planning and management techniques, and use of the world’s Wilderness resource.  Recipients of the journal include individual citizens, non-government organizations, wilderness visitors and federal agencies, including but not limited to BLM.  The Journal is disseminated by the WILD Foundation.
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2014-06-06: A Continuum of Stewardship Opportunities for High School Students

Funding Opportunity Number: P14AS00109
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Employment, Labor and Training | Natural Resources | Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Agency Name: DOI-NPS
Closing Date: 2014-06-06
Award Ceiling: $34,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1

Description: The United States Department of the Interior The National Park Service (NPS) / Great Smoky Mountain National Park is providing public notice of NPS’s intention to fund the following project activities WITHOUT full and open competition: To provide local youth (ages 16-25) with opportunities to gain experiences learning about NPS careers while working on Resource Management and Science and Resource Education projects in a program called SPARC (Summer Park Ranger Careers).  This project assists the park in meeting multiple national goals set out in the Call to Action.
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2015-03-05: Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM)

Funding Opportunity Number: AID-492-C-13-00017
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Eligible Applicants: 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 | For profit organizations other than small businesses | Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: USAID
Closing Date: 2015-03-05
Award Ceiling: $3,000,000

Description: The Pacific-American Climate Fund will finance
activities in the Pacific Islands region that aim to reduce long-term vulnerabilities associated with
climate change and achieve sustainable climate-resilient development.  Grants financed by the
project will support United States Government (USG) development objectives and will
complement other support provided by the USG to the Pacific Islands.
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2014-06-17: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

Funding Opportunity Number: 14-546

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

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: NSF

Closing Date: 2014-06-17

Expected Number of Awards: 8

Description: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are effacacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports.  CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?’ Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.  g.  Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade.  Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity’? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals will include a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.  g.  Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women’s colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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