The following are a series of selected award announcements from the month of August. Examining previous awardee lists, award amounts, and projects gives grant applicants the chance to look for evidence-based best practices.
- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that it has allocated more than $8.3 million in health and safety training grants for 46 states and the Navajo Nation in FY2014. Read more about grantees and their projects. Follow Twitter news on the subject: @USDOL #minesafety
- The U.S. Department of Education announced the allocation of nearly $4 million in grants to higher education institutions to prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education, early intervention, and related services. Individual awards ranged from $142,562 to $250,000 for 14 colleges and universities. Read more, and follow @Usedgov.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $25 million to help 247 businesses nationwide expand their operations and create new products to market. Funding is provided by the USDA Rural Development's Value-Added Producer Grant program, which helps agricultural producers grow their businesses by turning raw commodities into value-added products, expanding marketing opportunities, and developing new uses for existing products. Grants will go to 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Micronesia. Read more. Follow @USDA.
- The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $73.65 million in YouthBuild grants to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. The grants, which range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each, will fund 71 YouthBuild programs across 31 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more, and follow @DOL @YouthBuildUSA.
- The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs announced the award of $300 million in grants to assist approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. Read more.
- The U.S. Department of Interior’s Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development Program (DWPR) announced grants totaling $1.4 million for 9 grantees for research and pilot programs. Read the announcement, and learn more about the projects.
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