Monthly Archives: May 2014

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: 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,
You may access the electronic grant application for the School Climate Transformation Grant Program_Local Educational Agency Grants at You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the

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.

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

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)
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.

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.