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Special Opps: Funding and More for December 1, 2016

by eCivis Research Team on December 1, 2016
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Periscope in Article About Grant Opportunities“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other opportunities for organizations, faculty and students, community members, and partners that are discovered by our research team while searching for opportunities to include in Grants Network: Research.



Smart Growth America Technical Assistance: Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development Workshops

Smart Growth America is offering free technical assistance to community leaders interested in using small-scale manufacturing to help revitalize a downtown or neighborhood and create economic opportunities. Selected communities will receive a professionally facilitated two- to three-day workshop, followed by a customized action plan that identifies next steps and resources available for implementation. All units or subdivisions of regional, local, or tribal governments, as well as nonprofit and non-governmental organizations (such as community development corporations and community foundations), are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted online or via email by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 6, 2017.

State Justice Institute (SJI): Technical Assistance to Improve Civil Justice in State Courts

SJI intends to promote the implementation of the 13 recommendations of the 2016 Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), as detailed on the program website. To support the implementation of these recommendations, SJI will provide expert technical assistance to state and local courts. In order to be considered for technical assistance, applicants must download the request form from the program website and email it to the appropriate address. One request forms are received, applicants will be contacted by the funding agency to discuss requests.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Student Design Competition

The EPA’s P3 program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. The program offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life. The competition has two phases. For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded $15,000 to develop ideas. Teams will then be eligible to receive a grant of up to $75,000 to apply their designs to real-world applications. The competition is expected to open in December 2016, and a pre-application webinar will be held on December 6, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Prospective applicants may register for the webinar online.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): “Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities” Challenge

The goal of this challenge is to develop brief digital stories (i.e., videos) that communicate how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The program invites members of AI/AN communities, schools, organizations, and other related entities to share stories about how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities and how future research can improve the health of AI/AN communities. Entries must be in the form of five-minute videos, which must be submitted online. The competition winner will receive a prize of $4,000, and additional monetary awards will be provided to second-place, third-place, and two additional “honorable mention” videos. Videos must be submitted by midnight ET on January 31, 2017, and winners will be announced on March 6, 2017.

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First Nations Development Institute: Community Food Sovereignty Assessment Webinar Series

The First Nations Development Institute has scheduled a series of five free webinars that will help Native organizations and tribal communities get ready to “GO” in conducting Community Food Sovereignty Assessments, with the last webinar in the series focusing on moving forward with action planning after assessments. The first two webinars in the series were held in October and November 2016. The next three webinars are scheduled for December 5, 2016; December 13, 2016; and January 17, 2017. All participants must register using the links on the program website in order to participate.

Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC): Excellence in Teaching Award

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will recognize state-selected Teacher of the Year recipients for their successful efforts in teaching agricultural concepts in their curricula. Recipients will receive an honorarium of $500 and up to $1,500 for travel expenses to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, where they will be recognized. Teachers interested in applying must contact their appropriate state AITC program leader. After signatures from state leaders are obtained, nominations by states must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on January 20, 2017.

American Electric Power (AEP): Teacher Vision Grants

AEP will provide grants ranging between $100 to $500 to classroom teachers wishing to fund classroom projects with an academic focus and a goal of improving student achievements. The funding agency has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency. Teachers must live in AEP service areas to be eligible to apply. There is a limit of two grants per school. Applications must be submitted online by midnight ET on February 24, 2017.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL): National School Library Program of the Year Award

This program will recognize school library programs practicing their commitment to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information, as well as school library programs that are exemplifying implementation of the funding agency’s learning standards and program guidelines. Recognized programs must be fully integrated into a school’s curriculum. To be eligible, the applying school librarian must be a personal member of the AASL. Awards of $10,000 will be provided through this program. Applications must be submitted online by January 1, 2017.

North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation: Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers Program

The purpose of this program is to support the establishment of outdoor environmental learning centers on school campuses and other publicly accessible places. North Carolina soil and water conservation districts are invited to submit ideas for projects, using the link provided by the funding agency, by January 18, 2017.

InspirePA: 2017 Campaign

InspirePA is an initiative that gives Pennsylvania youth the tools to create a positive messaging campaign that promotes drug and alcohol prevention. A total of 20 schools from across the state will be chosen to receive $500 to assist in their positive messaging campaign efforts. Campaigns must be student-initiated and executed with the help of adults. Applications must be submitted by January 5, 2017. Applicants must complete a survey online and email a required signed document to the funding agency.

Utah State Library: UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grants

UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grants are available to persons employed in Utah libraries, and will advance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons. All individuals who have been Utah residents for at least one year, and who are employed by or are members of the boards of publicly funded school or public libraries, are eligible to apply. Awards of up to $1,000 will be available per individual to pay tuition costs. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2017; May 15, 2017; August 15, 2017; or September 15, 2017. 

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