“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.
In order to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement entities and the communities they serve, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center has launched the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (National Initiative). The National Initiative involves a multifaceted approach to rebuilding community trust in the justice system and focuses on how law enforcement interaction with the public influences crime rates and willingness to obey the law, how subconscious psychological processes impact authorities’ actions, and how candid conversations between communities of color and law enforcement can foster understanding and reset relationships. Communities and law enforcement agencies may request training and technical assistance from the OJP to develop customized response plans for enhancing procedural justice, addressing implicit bias, and facilitating racial reconciliation.
The River Network presents a variety of webinars throughout the year related to the following strategic areas of focus: clean water, ample water, and strong champions. Numerous webinars are currently scheduled to be held from December 2015 through May 2016. Webinar topics include water quality trading, green infrastructure, board engagement, financial management, and how to convert vacant lots into green spaces. The funding agency’s website will be updated as additional webinars are scheduled. Applicants must register at least 48 hours prior to the start of a desired webinar.
The U.S. Coast Guard seeks public comments on whether it should modify or move forward with the tentative list of proposed areas of interest for the FY 2016 Recreational Boating Safety Nonprofit Organization Grants program, which is intended to promote recreational boating safety. The areas of interest tentatively selected for FY 2016 are conducting elements of a year-round safe boating campaign, an outreach and awareness conference, standardized statutes and regulations, accident investigation seminars, life jacket wear rate study, voluntary manufacturing standards development, targeted boating safety knowledge and skills awareness training, boating under the influence detection and enforcement courses, and development of a media “toolbox.” Public comments must be received within 30 days of the publication date of the request for comments, which was November 13, 2015.
The first annual Tactical Medical Challenge has been scheduled to take place in Tavares, Florida, from February 7-12, 2016, in order to support the ongoing professionalizing of the tactical medical community. This challenge will be hosted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Institute of Public Safety Lake Technical College, and Tactical Element, and will serve as an educational symposium coupled with a challenging competition that fosters teamwork and improves the skill sets of both the medical operator and non-medical operator. The competition will be limited to 25 competition teams of up to six registered competitors each. Interested participants should monitor the funding agency’s website for additional information, including registration information.
Libraries and library educators are now invited to apply for the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) 2015 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. This $3,000 grant will be given to one or more librarians or library educators to conduct research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people. Projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher are eligible. This award will support a one-year period. Applications must be received by January 15, 2016, and award announcements will be made by late March 2016.
To support its mission of promoting the knowledge, use, and enjoyment of herbs, the Herb Society of America (HSA) is offering awards through its Grant for Educators program. Formal and informal educators, museum directors, botanical/garden writers, small herbal business owners, and other individuals involved in botanical or horticultural activities are encouraged to apply to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. Funding will be provided for innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, communities, or any public forum. One to two awards totaling $5,000 are anticipated to be made, and projects must be completed within one year. Applications must be received by December 31, 2015.
Educators in California are invited to compete in a poster or video contest as part of the 2016 California Arbor Week, scheduled for March 7-14, 2016. California Arbor Week serves as a great way to engage students in outdoor learning and teach students about urban forestry, with a focus on the value of trees. For 2016, the theme of the week is Trees and Water: Sources of Life. Educators of grades 3, 4, and 5 are eligible to compete in the poster contest, and educators of grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to compete in the video contest. For each contest, educators must facilitate a grade-wide competition and submit the winning entry for each grade to California ReLeaf for final consideration. Winning students will receive a $100 gift certificate. Final entries for the video contest must be received by February 12, 2016.
The Texas Cultural Trust has announced that registration is now open for the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, which will take place August 1-3, 2016, in Austin, Texas. This three-day intensive, hands-on professional development initiative is intended to teach participants about the Arts and Digital Literacy curriculum and how to integrate technology into arts classrooms. The Arts and Digital Literacy curriculum develops students’ capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation through technology-integrated fine arts instruction. Participants that register by December 10, 2015, will qualify to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and participants that register by May 1, 2016, will enjoy the early-bird registration rate of $75. The normal registration fee is $100.
The Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning brings together approximately 750 youth programs and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth. For 2016, the summit will feature keynote speaker Marlin Jackson, former defensive back with the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Championship team and founder of Fight for Life, an organization that supports underserved youth. Participants will experience more than 50 innovative workshops on leadership and best practices, and will be eligible for awards for outstanding programs. The summit is scheduled to take place April 11-12, 2016, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Early-bird registration will be $65 and will be open until January 15, 2016. The regular registration rate is $80.
The Alaska Occupational Safety and Health, Consultation and Training section will host a recordkeeping workshop geared toward municipal and state personnel whose work tasks involve recording and reporting the facilities’ occupational injuries and illnesses. The workshop will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on December 10, 2015, and will discuss how to determine if organizations are required to maintain Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) injury and illness records, how to determine if a case meets the criteria to be recorded and/or reported, and how to properly complete OSHA forms. The workshop is free; however, space is limited and registration is required. For reservations, call (907) 269-4951.