Have a look at some of the most promising federal grant opportunities expected to be released in February 2016. These synopses come from a report from The Ferguson Group, an eCivis partner.
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Application Timeline: 4 weeks
The purpose of the SAFER grant program is to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants
Agency: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Application Timeline: 8 weeks
The purpose of this grant program is to award grants to states and units of local governments to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. Among other things, funds maybe used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. State Administering Agencies (SAAs) may apply for both "base" (formula) and competitive funds. Units of local government may apply for competitive funds.
Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Agency: Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Application Timeline: 8 weeks
The purpose of this program is to support innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA seeks applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program. Eligible applicants are state and local governments, as well as federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations.
Street Outreach Program
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau
Application Timeline: 8 months
The purpose of this program is to enable organizations around the country to help young people get off the streets. To that end, the program promotes efforts by its grantees to build relationships between street outreach workers and runaway, homeless and street youth. Grantees also provide support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program's ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing. Eligible applicants are public and private agencies, including states, localities, and coordinated networks of such entities.
A Story About Norfolk's Grant Success
Read how Norfolk, Virginia, and community-based organizations were able to double their grant wins: