Monthly Archives: February 2015

2015-04-13: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Program

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-021015-002
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
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: ED
Closing Date: 2015-04-13
Expected Number of Awards: 3

Purpose of Program: The SEED program provides funding for grants to National Not-for-Profit Organizations for projects that support teacher or principal training or professional enhancement activities and that are supported by at least Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of Highly Effective Teachers and Principals by developing or expanding the implementation of practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or Student Growth. These grants will allow eligible entities to develop, expand, and evaluate practices that can serve as models of best practices that can be sustained and disseminated.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.367D
Link: www.grants.gov…

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2015-03-16: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience

Funding Opportunity Number: 15-526
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: 2015-03-16
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 30

Description: A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy.  Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers.  Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace.  Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience.  In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields.  The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students, preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and improving students' STEM learning outcomes.
NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, launched in Fiscal Year 2014, supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.  g.  organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.  ) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise.  The NSF-wide IUSE initiative acknowledges the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning.
The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) contributes to the IUSE initiative through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) funding opportunity.  IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community.  The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience.  In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority.  The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).
Link: www.grants.gov…

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2015-03-11: NEA Literature Fellowships: Prose, FY 2016

Funding Opportunity Number: 2015NEA03LFCW
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: Individuals
Agency Name: NEA
Closing Date: 2015-03-11
Award Ceiling: $25,000

Description: The Arts Endowment?s support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017, and extend for up to two years.
Grant Program Description
The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.  Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit.  To review the applications, the NEA assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.
The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.  For FY 2016, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) are available.  Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2017 and guidelines will be available in the fall of 2015.  You may apply only once each year.
Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous.  We typically receive more than 1,000 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 5% of applicants.  You should consider carefully whether your work will be competitive at the national level.
Link: www.grants.gov…

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2015-03-17: 2015 Social Innovation Fund Grant Competition

Funding Opportunity Number: CNCS-GRANTS-01232015
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education | Employment, Labor and Training | Food and Nutrition | Health | Housing | Law, Justice and Legal Services
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Agency Name: CNCS
Closing Date: 2015-03-17
Award Ceiling: $10,000,000

Description: The Social Innovation awards grants to grantmaking institutions, referred to as ?intermediaries.  ? These intermediaries in turn competitively select, provide grants to, and otherwise support high-performing community-based nonprofit organizations to implement evidence-based programs in the areas of healthy futures, economic opportunity and youth development.  The intermediaries and the nonprofits must match the grant funds they receive one-to-one in cash from non-federal sources.
Link: www.grants.gov…

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2015-07-15: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Public Affairs Small Grants Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: 0002-2015
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Agency Name: DOS-DOM
Closing Date: 2015-07-15
Award Ceiling: $40,000
Description: The U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Public Affairs Section is located at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. More information about the Public Affairs Section and its Grants Program can be found at: santodomingo.us… The U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through the Embassy's Public Affairs Small Grants program to support activities that promote U.S.-Dominican bilateral relations in the following five priority areas: 1)Entrepreneurship, economic prosperity and/or Climate Change programs maximizing economic growth, targeting youth and underserved communities. 2)Human rights programs including and not limited to: gender based violence and girl's empowerment, LBGT issues, people with disabilities, migrant issues and labor rights. Presented programs should be targeting youth and underserved communities. 3)Fortification of English teaching through English teacher training and expansion of English programs to at-risk communities. 4)Programs that address the capacity of Dominican institutions to improve citizen security, confront public sector corruption, and support democratic governance. 5) Academic and Cultural exchange promotion and enhancing understanding of the shared history, traditions, and values between the United States and the Dominican Republic. Please follow all instructions below carefully: Eligibility is limited to those who qualify to receive U.S. grants, and have the ability to develop and implement their proposed programs in the Dominican Republic. The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and the Department of State encourage organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the U.S. Government to apply under this announcement. Applicants must have a demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following subject areas: people-to-people exchanges, cultural or academic programming, international cooperation, and institution-to-institution partnerships.
Link: www.grants.gov…

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2015-03-11: FY 2015 NAGPRA Grant Program

Funding Opportunity Number: P14AS00393
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Eligible Applicants: State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) | 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: DOI-NPS
Closing Date: 2015-03-11
Award Ceiling: $90,000

Description: The National NAGPRA Program assists the Secretary of the Interior with some responsibilities under NAGPRA.  Section 10 of NAGPRA authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make grants to museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for the purposes of assisting in consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American ?cultural items,? including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.
Link: www.grants.gov…

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