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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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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.

The Pulling Together Initiative from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Thirty-three billion dollars a year in damage to the economy! The destruction of natural habitats! Serious human health implications! Upon hearing these threats, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not plants! Yet invasive weeds have the potential to do all that and more. What exactly is an invasive species? While the term may conjure up images of menacing, flesh-eating Venus flytraps, an invasive species is simply one that is not indigenous to the area, but has the potential for aggressive growth. According to the United States National Arboretum, these pests often have an advantage over existing plants because insects and diseases in a new place may not affect them yet. Once they become well established in an area, the consequences can be significant, as this list from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents:

Naloxone Funding Assistance: FR-CARA

Preliminary statistics reported by the New York Times indicate that drug overdoses may have caused over 59,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2016, which now make them the leading cause of death for those under 50. As death rates rise, so does the price of the opioid reversal drugs. Naloxone is 4,000 percent more expensive since its debut in 1971, doubling in price in just the last few years. This limits local governments' ability to purchase it in response to the epidemic. One potential source of funding may come from the First Responders: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR-CARA) whose purpose is to help put more opioid antidotes in the hands of first responders and others who are in a position to provide emergency treatment for overdose prevention.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership and More

Over 3,000! POLICE Magazine reports that is the number of lives saved since the seventies when the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) began developing performance standards for bulletproof vests. Although the risk of fatal injury is 14 times higher for law enforcement personnel who do not wear protective body armor than those who do, one-third of officers are still unprotected. The Department of Justice is helping to lower that number. Since 1999, it has assisted over 13,000 jurisdictions purchase over one million vests through its Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program (BVP).

The Rural Community Development Initiative Grant

USDA Rural Development is a branch of the Unites States Department of Agriculture whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural America. They provide loans, loan guarantees and grants to support vital services such as housing, health care, water, electric, communication and other necessary infrastructure. They also offer loans to businesses and supply technical assistance to farmers. They even have programs to help individual residents buy their own homes.

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