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Sherie Sanders

Sherie Sanders is the content coordinator for eCivis. On hiatus from academia, where she taught sociology, political science, and information literacy, she contributes, coordinates, and recruits for the eCivis’ blog. (If you have a story to tell about grants, let her know.) She has previously worked for local government and volunteered for nonprofits. Her hobbies include being a freelance muse for the sociological imagination and pack leader in name only to two rescue dogs. Email her at ssanders@ecivis.com
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TIGER Funding 2017

The 2017 round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program was announced recently. $500 million in funding will be available to help communities improve transportation and rebuild their infrastructure. This year, special consideration will be given to projects in rural areas, especially those that address public health and safety, contribute to regional connectivity, or promote economic development.

Fire-Adapted Communities: The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Program (CPAW)

Along with their devastating physical and psychological toll, the price tag for fighting wildfires keeps increasing. According to Headwater Economics, since 2002, the cost of federal wildfire protection and suppression has tripled to more than $3 billion per year. A separate federal report found that 44 million U.S. homes are in the "wildland-urban interface" or the vulnerable place where development intersects with fire-prone wilderness areas. As growth continues to expand past the edge of town in so many places, there is a strong proactive push to safeguard lives and property. The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) Program is one resource to help municipal officials reduce the risk of wildfire hazards from the start through improved land use planning.

Service Grants in Memory of 9/11

To commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we bring you two programs inspired by this national tragedy that encourage service to others as a way to remember the occasion.

Disaster Relief, Recovery, and Prevention Programs

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Even before Hurricane Harvey, natural disasters have been on the increase in the the United States. Ninety-one storms, wild fires, earthquakes, heat waves, and other weather-related events caused 2016 to tie as the second worst year on record. Nineteen floods were the highest number documented since they started keeping track in 1980. As September is Natural Preparedness Month, we have compiled several resources for disaster-related grants, from an upcoming FEMA mitigation and prevention program to lesser-known opportunities for restoration and replenishment after they occur. While most people are already aware of federal aid and major relief organizations like the Red Cross, the need for funding to help life get back to normal in ways big and small goes on long after the initial crisis is over.

Wetlands Conservation - 3 Funding Sources

Whether they are protecting the air conditioner in our home or the engine in our car, most of us rarely give those hard working filters a second thought, until they stop doing their job. Only when something goes wrong do we recognize their importance. When it comes to the environment, wetlands are Mother Nature’s equivalent to those essential maintenance filters. In fact, according to the EPA, the economic value of the earth’s wetlands is estimated at $14.9 trillion. Yet, like so many other things in our daily life that we take for granted, we rarely think about them or fully appreciate their true value.

The 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) is the primary source of federal funding to law enforcement agencies. Named after Edward Byrne, a second generation New York City police officer who gave his life in the line of duty, the purpose of JAG is to prevent and reduce violent crime. A hallmark of the grant is the wide variety of justice-related programs it supports, from nurturing human potential to stop crime before it starts, to investing in the most sophisticated technology to abate it after it happens. Both states and local governments can receive the grant, but the state and local solicitations have two separate deadlines. Although the priorities for both are the same, the information below refers primarily to the local solicitation portion of the grant.

Laura Bush's Library Legacy

First ladies advocate for causes that matter to them, often long after they leave the White House. A former school teacher and librarian, Laura Bush's priorities are reading and literacy. The following two grants are inspired by her passion: the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and a grant from her own foundation that encourages school children to develop a genuine love of learning.

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