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Sherie Sanders

Sherie has a background in applied sociology. She is owned by two rescue dogs! Email at ssanders@ecivis.com
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Electrify America:  Lighting the Way for EVs

Electric cars have been making headlines lately. Spurred by Volvo's decision to only introduce hybrid or battery powered models starting in 2019, media outlets have been speculating on the death knell of the internal combustion engine. While no one knows exactly when or if this will really happen, planners and transportation departments for state and local government understand that green cars are the future, and that necessary infrastructure needs to be established to support their use. Electrify America, from the auto manufacturer Volkswagen, may be one potential source of funding for advancing Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs).

Tribal & Rural Transportation:  CTAA Short-Term Assistance

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is a national professional membership association dedicated to making affordable, efficient transportation available to everyone. In support of that goal, it conducts research, provides technical assistance, education, and advocacy around transportation-related issues. It also administers short-term assistance programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for small scale transportation issues in tribal and rural areas.

FastLane Applicants: Who Needs to Reapply?

Life in the FASTLANE is about to become a bit different after a recent overhaul of this program by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Signaling a shift in gears, its name has been changed to Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA). While priorities such as promoting national or regional economic benefits, safety, and mobility will carry over, there is a new emphasis on innovative ways to leverage non-federal funding, including those from states, cities, and the private sector.

STEM Grants for Schools

STEM grants are in demand because educators are keenly aware of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. By one estimate, jobs that require STEM skills are growing at 17% as opposed to 9.8% for other occupations. Our future simply depends on a tech savvy workforce. Likewise most teachers know that the National Education Association Foundation makes STEM a priority in their grantmaking. The need is so great, however, they can not fund all requests. Here are four other foundations, three national and one regional that also provide STEM grants to help provide cutting edge education in America's schools.

Grants for Seniors:  Helping Local Government Meet the Challenge

By 2030, one in five U.S. residents will be 65 or over. This will put us in new territory, not only in terms of sheer numbers, but because today's seniors are not your grandparent's grandparents. As the Governing article States, Local Governments Prepare for An Aging Population points out, older Americans are forging new patters. For instance, due to lack of sufficient savings, more plan to work longer, even if part time. Many will forgo the lure of warmer climes to stay in the neighborhoods they call home. Rather than relying on old playbooks, novel solutions will have to be developed to meet the needs of a shifting society redefining what it means to grow older. Below are three upcoming grants that provide resources to address the challenges faced by a growing senior in the areas of: elder justice, fire and fall risk reduction, caregiving and quality of life.

Parks and Recreation Grants:  OH!  How Happy!!!

OH! stands for Outdoor Happiness. That is exactly what McKee Foods (parent company of Little Debbie) wants to see more of with its parks and recreation grants. The best kind of outdoor happiness is a little different for each community. Whether your project involves rolling or strolling, hiking or biking, jogging or clogging, it will be considered by the Outdoor Happiness program just as long as it tempts residents to enjoy the fresh air and move in a joyful way. Their goal is to support 50 projects in all 50 states over a five-year period to the tune of $1 million plus. That is quite a bit of happiness!

Historical Preservation Grants: Our Maritime Heritage

Who benefits from historical preservation grants?  Museums and historical societies come to mind. But tourism, economic development, cultural affairs, even parks and recreation departments can find advantages with this type of funding as well. Or course, history is important for its own sake. Which is why the Department of Interior is offering National Maritime Heritage Grants to make sure our county's distinguished maritime past remains alive and vibrant.

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