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Special Opps: Funding and More for October 15, 2015

by eCivis Research Team on October 15, 2015
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eCivis "Special Opps” is a 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. These are usually published every Thursday.

Smart Growth America: Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

Smart Growth America, in an attempt to help state leaders integrate land use and transportation issues into their conversations about resilience, will hold an online panel discussion on Thursday, October 22, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET. The panel discussion will help disaster preparedness professionals understand how strategic decisions can build communities that are more resilient from the ground up. Participants will also learn how disaster preparedness agencies are using land and transportation strategies to make their states more resilient. Participants must register for the event online.

Achieving the Dream: National Reform Network

Achieving the Dream invites reform-minded community and technical colleges to join its National Reform Network, which is a network of institutions that are leading the way in effectively helping students achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. All technical and two-year educational institutions are eligible to apply. The early admissions deadline is December 4, 2015. Applicants that apply by this date will receive two complimentary registrations for the DREAM 2016 annual institute of student success, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, in February 2016. Applicants may also apply by April 1, 2016, which is the final deadline. Applications can be found on the program website, and must be submitted online.

National Youth Leadership Council Programs

The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) is providing awards to encourage the service-learning movement and nurture the leaders of the future. Awards include the Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award, which honors service-learning practitioners nominated by the general public; the Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award, for which teams of young people participating in service learning are eligible; the Alec Dickson Servant Leader Awards, which honor exemplary leaders who have had a positive impact on the lives of young people and inspired the service-learning field; the G. Bernard Gill Urban Service-Learning Leadership Awards, which honor individuals who have played a leadership role in urban schools, communities, and the lives of young people; the Evan Delgaard Leadership Award, which recognizes young people who exemplify leadership, social justice, and a love for life; the Stellar Service-Learning Award, which recognizes a leader who excels in service learning by equipping young people to lead and serve; and the William James National Service Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and integrity, and made significant contributions to the advancement of service learning. Application and nomination forms, as well as additional information regarding these programs, can be found online.

Stand Up Kids: Support for Standing Classrooms

Stand Up Kids, partnering with Donors Choose, encourages classroom teachers to create Donors Choose pages on which people, companies, and foundations can donate money to support the purchase of standing desks for classrooms. Once projects are funded, the funding agency will send the standing desks directly to classrooms. Teachers are asked to post their standing desk projects online.

Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA): Technology Awards

Vernier and NSTA, through their technology awards, wish to promote the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, tablet, graphic calculator, or other handheld device in the science classroom. Seven awards of $5,500 each will be provided through this program, of which one award will go to an elementary school (grades K-5), two awards will go to middle schools (grades 6-8), three awards will go to high schools (grades 9-12), and one award will go to a college. Awards will include $1,000 in cash for the teacher, $3,000 worth of Vernier products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the annual NSTA national convention. Current teachers of science in kindergarten through college are eligible, unless they have won a previous award at their school. Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2015.

Russell Sage Foundation: Social Science Research Funding Opportunities

The Russell Sage Foundation is accepting applications for its social science research funding opportunities. These programs include the Affordable Care Act Program, which supports research on the social, economic, and political effects of health care reform; the Behavioral Economics Program, which supports research that incorporates the insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior; the Future of Work Program, which supports research on the cases and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less-skilled and moderately skilled workers; the Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program, which supports multidisciplinary perspectives on questions stemming from changes in the racial, ethnic, and immigrant-original composition of the U.S. population; and the Social Inequality Program, which supports research on the social, economic, political, and labor market consequences of rising economic inequalities. Letters of inquiry are being accepted for all of these programs, and must be submitted online by 2:00 p.m. ET on January 5, 2016, or June 15, 2016.

The de Beaumont Foundation: Closing the Data Divide

The de Beaumont Foundation invites technology-based solutions that facilitate the exchange of data and foster collaboration between primary care providers and public health professionals. Applicants are asked to submit their ideas online by December 5, 2015. Five finalists will be selected and invited to build a prototype of their solutions. Winners will be announced in May 2016 and will receive a portion of the $60,000 final award.

California Natural Resources Agency: California Fourth Climate Change Assessment

The California Natural Resources Agency invites all research entities, including private sector entities, to apply to participate in the state’s fourth climate change assessment, which will enhance the capacity of local and regional entities to anticipate and plan for projected climate risks, including extreme events. Priority will be given to applicants located in California, and all projects must take place in California. A total of $4.5 million will be available to support 18 projects, and applicants are encouraged to use matching contributions. All applications must be emailed to cca@beci.berkeley.edu by 3:00 p.m. PT on December 4, 2015. Additional information, including the full solicitation for this program, can be found on the program website.

Oklahoma Arts Council: Leadership Arts

The Oklahoma Arts Council intends to equip approximately 30 individuals from throughout the state to become leaders and advocates for the arts in their communities. Selected applicants will participate in four two-day sessions to learn about the arts’ role in community and economic development, education, and quality of life. The funding agency encourages the following to apply: board or staff members of arts organizations, artists, civic leaders, economic and community development staff members, school board members, community citizens, and business leaders. Applications must be submitted online by November 16, 2015. A high priority will be placed on geographic diversity when selecting award recipients. Sessions will take place on February 24-25, 2016; March 23-24, 2016; April 27-28, 2016; May 25-26, 2016; and October 25-26, 2016.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Assistance to Redevelop Blighted Properties

The Ohio EPA is offering a free workshop to promote resources available to help redevelop brownfields or blighted properties. The workshop will be held on October 20, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center in Piqua, Ohio. Participants will hear from speakers representing the funding agency, the City of Piqua, the Ohio Development Services Agency, JobsOhio, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAP) Program of the U.S. EPA. Those wishing to participate in this free workshop must register online by October 19, 2015.

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