“Alternative Funding" (formerly "Special Opps") is an eclectic mix of mini-grants, special opportunities, and unique programs that has something for everyone. You never know when you will find a resource just perfect for that niche you have been trying to fill. That's what makes treasure hunting in this grants grab bag so rewarding!
The Safe Streets Academy is a year-long program that will bring together engineers, planners, and related professionals from three jurisdictions for an intensive, hands-on training on interventions to address traffic safety. The Academy will include three in-person workshops, each in one of the recipient jurisdictions. All award recipients will receive stipends to all the trainings. Additionally, the Academy will host distance-learning sessions to help communities achieve their goals. Overall, the Academy will focus on engineering countermeasures to reduce speed and improve safety, integrating land use and transportation, community engagement strategies, and other activities that promote traffic safety. Eligible applicants are units or subdivisions of local, tribal, or regional governments with a population of at least 100,000. Applications must be submitted online by July 16, 2017.
The STAR Communities’ Leadership Program is designed to help communities baseline their current sustainability status by achieving STAR certification. The program brings together a diverse cohort of cities and counties to learn from and support each other over the course of a year. The program will include in-person orientation on sustainability performance managements as well as extensive technical assistance to help local leaders get organized and report data for certification. Town, city, and county governments are eligible to apply. The fall 2017 Leadership Program will begin on October 1, 2017. Applications must be emailed to the funding agency by August 14, 2017.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has announced the availability of funding to support research in 11 focus areas. Focus areas range from understanding traffic safety culture and driver’s expectations to understanding detection times for drugs in oral fluid. Research topics span three categories: emerging technology, vulnerable road users, and driver behavior and performance. Funding is available to all organizations qualified to do the research work and who can provide objective and impartial results. Applications for all programs must be emailed to the funding agency by July 10, 2017.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation will support research studies to identify promising programs and initiatives that support and develop teachers to take on new and varied leadership roles in their schools and districts and to examine the system level impact that occurs as a result of teacher participation. Eligibility is open to public entities, such as school districts and public schools, as well as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Applications must be submitted online by noon ET on July 31, 2017.
This program will bring the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War to libraries across the country. Awards will include a programming kit, a DVD set with public performance rights, and more. The Vietnam War is an 18-hour documentary series, and it will be provided to public libraries in order to initiate conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Public libraries from around the country are welcome to apply online by 11:59 p.m. CT on August 1, 2017.
The AFSP will provide research grants to support studies that will increase society’s understanding of suicide or test treatments and other interventions that save lives. Funding programs include Focus Grants, for up to $500,000 per year, to support potentially high-yield projects that focus on specific areas of suicide prevention; Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants, for up to $104,000 over two years, to support investigators who have received doctoral degrees; and other types of research programs. The two priority areas for all research are projects that focus on pain and suicide and projects that focus on opioids and suicide. Applications must be submitted online by November 15, 2017, except for Focus Grants, for which letters of intent must be submitted by August 1, 2017.
This program will support riding trail projects that maintain, construct, or relocate riding trails. Funding will be provided to nonprofit organizations, and all projects must provide public benefit and be open to public riding. Priority will be given to projects improving existing trails and to educational projects. Applications must be mailed to the funding agency by August 1, 2017.
This program will provide funding ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to support projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy. Projects should also have clear social change goals. Funding has been provided to support projects in the areas of civic participation, community organizing, crime and law, education, health, housing, immigration, labor organizing, and language/literacy. Applicants must submit concept proposals online by August 15, 2017.
The 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference will be held on August 1-2, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The theme of 2017’s conference will be “Connecting Communities, Business, and Educators for Resilience Solutions,” building on 2016’s inaugural conference goals of broadening the capacity for resiliency planning in the state. The conference will serve as a forum to highlight the resiliency programs developed under the governor’s administration. Online registration for the conference is now open to nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, businesses, and individuals.
The California State Water Resources Control Board will hold a series of workshops to provide stakeholders with an overview of the state’s CWSRF program, including its history and current funding status. Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm and discuss with staff the future direction of the CWSRF to help foster the program’s success. Topics of discussion will include application prioritization criteria, process changes to increase the predictability of financing, the program’s financial capacity, and the resource needs associated with these potential policy choices. Workshops will be held in Irvine (June 28, 2017), Oakland (July 13, 2017), and Tulare (July 20, 2017). Prospective participants may register for free online.
This program New Jersey’s premier environmental award program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs, and projects in the state. The awards will honor and recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth, and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. Applications and third-party nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Applications must be emailed or mailed to the funding agency.