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Special Opps: Funding and More for November 5, 2015

by eCivis Research Team on November 5, 2015
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“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.

National Preservation Institute (NPI): NAGPRA Seminars

To better assist museums and Indian tribes with preparing for the National Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) grant process, the National Preservation Institute (NPI) will be hosting several NAGPRA seminars. Seminars will cover various topics, including how to assess the needs of a NAGPRA program, identify fundable projects, and write successful proposals. Seminars will be held in Sacramento, California, in December; in Phoenix, Arizona, in January; and in Anchorage, Alaska, in February.

Thinking Money Exhibition

Public libraries are encouraged to apply to be 1 of 50 libraries selected to host the Thinking Money exhibition, a museum-quality traveling exhibition focused on increasing financial literacy. The FIRNA Investor Education Foundation teamed up with the American Library Association (ALA) to create Thinking Money in order to offer a fun way to teach tweens, teens, and their parents, caregivers, and educators about financial literacy topics, including saving, spending, and avoiding fraud. Select libraries will receive a $1,000 programming allowance and travel and accommodations to attend an orientation workshop at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Interested libraries are encouraged to participate in an optional informational conference call at noon CT on November 19, 2015; or at 2:00 p.m. CT on December 9, 2015. Applications are due by January 29, 2015.

RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice Symposiums

The Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice has announced that it will host its inaugural symposiums in historic Boston, Massachusetts, in April 2016. The RFK National Resource Center is committed to serving local, state, and national leaders, practitioners, and youth-serving agencies to improve system performance and outcomes for youth involved with the juvenile justice system.  The Dual Status Youth Reform Symposium, scheduled for April 5-6, 2016, will assemble youth-serving professionals from various disciplines and focus on advancing the nationwide movement to improve outcomes for dual-status youth who have been touched by both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The Probation System Reform Symposium, scheduled for April 7-8, 2016, is designed for juvenile probation department directors, managers, supervisors, and emerging leaders interested in increasing their understanding of effective tools to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth. 

19th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

Baseball, history, and sports fans of all ages are invited to participate in the Society for American Baseball Research’s (SABR’s) 19th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference. The conference is scheduled to be held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2016, and will feature an essay contest for high school seniors, an art contest, and the Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants program. To compete for one of the four $1,000 scholarship prizes available through the essay contest, high school seniors must apply by March 28, 2016. The regular art contest is open to professionals and amateurs, and a separate art contest will be held for youth entries. Entries for the regular contest are due by May 9, 2016, and entries for the youth contest are due by May 23, 2016. The Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants program will award two $500 grants to school and community libraries that submit proposals focused on educating students and the community about Black baseball and American history. Applications for the Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants program are due by April 4, 2016.

Housing Assistance Council: Trainings on Financial Management and LIHTC

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) will be hosting a two-track training in Charleston, South Carolina, focused on financial management and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) for rural nonprofit organizations. These trainings are intended to help rural nonprofit organizations improve their financial management capacities in order to better fulfill their missions and deliver quality products/services. The Sharpening Your Skills: Financial Management for Rural Nonprofits training will offer a general introduction to financial management for nonprofit organizations. The Utilizing the LIHTC Program: Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing training will provide participants with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of LIHTC. The trainings will take place on November 19-20, 2016, at the Embassy Suites North Charleston. A registration fee of $75 is required.  

National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the opening of the FY 2017 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program for graduate students. This program is intended to offer an educational experience in the policies and processes of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government for students enrolled in graduate programs that have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. At least 30 graduate students are anticipated to receive awards of up to $66,500 for a one year-period. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 12, 2016.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspaper Data Challenge

The Historic American Newspapers Data Challenge, launched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), calls on developers to create a web-based tool, data visualization, or other creative use of the information found in the Chronicling America historic newspaper database. Entries should uncover trends, display insights, explore a theme, or tell a story based on the digitized newspapers, which were published between 1836 and 1922. NEH will award a $5,000 first-place prize, a $3,000 second-place prize, and a $2,000 third-place prize. In addition, NEH may award up to three separate K-12 student prizes of $1,000 each. Winners of this challenge will be invited to present their work at the National Digital Newspaper Program Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and will be honored at the Chronicling America reception in September 2016. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 15, 2016.

California Office of Traffic Safety Grants Workshops

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will be hosting several workshops throughout California focused on OTS grant programs. These workshops will be an opportunity for potential applicants to meet OTS staff and learn more about FY 2017 funding cycles, program areas, and applications. Workshops will be conducted from December 1-18, 2015, in the following cities: Ontario, Fresno, Pasadena, Irvine, Sunnyvale, Redding, San Diego, Fairfield, Sacramento, and Goleta. Two workshops will be conducted at each location, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Interested participants are asked to register prior to the event.

Florida Affordable Housing Catalyst Program Workshops

Several workshops have been scheduled by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) to provide assistance for the upcoming 2015-2016 Catalyst Program. The Catalyst Program provides community-based organizations and state and local governments with technical assistance from the Florida Housing Coalition to meet affordable housing needs, including training on the development of affordable housing programs, public/private partnerships, local housing assistance plans, and regulatory reforms. Workshops will cover a range of topics and will be conducted at various locations between November 2015 and February 2016. Workshops are free of charge for local government and nonprofit organization staff.

Virginia Commission for the Arts: Statewide Application Assistance Workshops

The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops in December 2015 and January 2016 to assist with the upcoming grants cycle. VCA staff will provide an overview of grant programs; discuss updates to the funding guidelines, applications, and review procedures; and offer general tips on preparing competitive proposals. Workshops are free and open to the public, and will be held in Roanoke, Abingdon, Arlington, Front Royal, Richmond, Portsmouth, and Danville. Pre-registration is not required.

Ohio Economic Development Association: Ohio Basic Economic Development Course

Economic development practitioners, community leaders, local government officials, and other individuals committed to building healthy economies for their communities are invited to participate in the 2016 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course. This three-day course will be held from April 5-7, 2016, at the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. Additional information about the course, including the course agenda, will be available later this year.

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