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Special Opps: Funding and More for February 16, 2017

by eCivis Research Team on February 16, 2017
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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: 2017 LOCUS National Leadership Summit

The LOCUS National Leadership Summit will bring together responsible real estate developers, investors, and local leaders from across the country to engage in exclusive networking, deal making, and educational opportunities. The summit offers a unique forum for leaders from the public and real estate sectors to educate one another about groundbreaking design, planning, finance, and management ideas; leverage their collective influence to change public policy; and facilitate high-level networking and strategic relationships. The summit will take place April 24-25, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Prospective participants must register online to attend.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Grant Award Process Webinars

The EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment hosts periodic webinars for the EPA grants community. Webinars allow participants to receive information on applying for or currently managing EPA grants. An upcoming webinar is scheduled on April 12, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. No registration is required in order to participate.


Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Secretary’s Awards

The HUD Secretary’s Awards are presented annually to honor projects that exemplify excellence in the field of housing. Currently, awards are available for Healthy Homes, Excellence in Historic Preservation, and Public-Philanthropic Partnerships – Housing and Community Development in Action. Healthy Homes awards will recognize excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes research, education, and program delivery, especially in diverse, low- to moderate-income communities. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 15, 2017. Excellence in Historic Preservation awards will recognize developers, organizations, and agencies for their success in advancing the goals of historic preservation while providing affordable housing and/or expanded economic opportunities. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 27, 2017. Awards for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships will recognize excellence in partnerships that have both transformed the relationships between the sectors and have led to measurable benefits in housing and community development. Applications must be emailed by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 3, 2017.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Sports Awards

The RWJF Sports Awards program recognizes innovative and collaborative approaches to making communities healthier places to live. Professional sports team community relations departments or foundations, individual athletes, and organizations that are influential leaders or models for others are eligible to apply. The winner in each category will receive a $7,500 cash prize. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 6, 2017.


Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Mini-Grants

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots is making mini-grants available to support work by U.S. educators that intend to start, support, or celebrate their service campaigns. Awards will consist of $200 gift cards. Projects should display elements of youth leadership, service learning, and the Roots and Shoots model. Applications must be submitted online by March 31, 2017.


International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA): Bluegrass in Schools Program

The IBMA’s Bluegrass in Schools program encourages music education in schools. Eligible applicants are teachers and schools, and award recipients will receive instructional material, access to teacher workshops held in conjunction with bluegrass festivals, a $200 mini-grant, and other rewards. Teachers and schools interested in applying must contact the funding agency using the information provided on the program website.


American Hospital Association (AHA): Foster G. McGaw Excellence in Community Prize

The Foster G. McGaw Excellence in Community prize will honor health delivery organizations, including hospitals, health systems, integrated networks, and self-defined community partnerships, that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. The winner will receive a cash award of $100,000, a trophy, recognition at a special awards ceremony, and coverage in health publications. Up to three finalists will receive $10,000 and a mention in health publications. Applications must be submitted online by midnight CT on April 7, 2017.


California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC): Funding Fairs

The CFCC’s funding fairs provide opportunities for participants to obtain information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan, and bond financing programs and options. Each attendee will receive copies of all presentations and additional useful infrastructure financing material. Funding fairs will be held on April 5, May 2, June 6, July 19, August 29, and August 30, 2017, at different locations across California. Prospective attendees must register online for the desired date. Participation in the fairs will be free.


Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC): High-Impact Volunteer Engagement

TSLAC is making available 200 free VolunteerMatch premium accounts to public libraries in Texas. VolunteerMatch is a special library online volunteer recruitment hub, a ZIP code-based widget that libraries can use to direct potential volunteers to postings and that gives libraries access to customized training in best practices in volunteer management. Applications must be submitted online by March 15, 2017.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC): Environmental Excellence Awards

NYSDEC’s Environmental Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding, innovative, and sustainable projects or programs that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy in New York State. Eligible applicants are businesses; nonprofit organizations; academic, health care, and recreational facilities; individuals; and local, state, federal, and Indian Nation governments. Applications must be postmarked by April 14, 2017. An online webinar will be hosted on February 28, 2017, to provide additional information to prospective applicants.


Treasurer of the State of California: ScholarShare Scholar Dollars Grant Program

The ScholarShare Scholar Dollars Grant Program is a state-sponsored 529 college savings plan with tax advantages that will help families and individuals plan for the cost of higher education. The grant program is open to all public and charter schools in California that serve students in the 8th grade and/or lower. Participants will generate engagement and meaningful conversation about the importance of attending and saving for higher education. Entrants will create promotional and advertising campaigns, and campaigns that receive the highest number of votes in each school category will receive monetary prizes. Schools must be registered for the contest by 8:00 p.m. PT on February 22, 2017. The voting period will be from March 24, 2017, to April 3, 2017.


Michigan Architectural Foundation: Evans Graham Memorial Preservation Award

This program promotes the practice of historic preservation by supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organizations seeking to restore important historic architectural resources. Award recipients must preserve a historic property or artifact that may otherwise be lost. Electronic applications on CD must be mailed to the funding agency by March 23, 2017.



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