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Special Opps: Funding and More for October 8, 2015

by eCivis Research Team on October 8, 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 on Thursdays.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has proposed a revision to a currently approved information collection process. The general public and other federal agencies have the opportunity to provide comments concerning grant application information necessary to assess the needs and benefits of applicants for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants. Comments are specifically needed to evaluate whether the proposed data collection is ultimately necessary, evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, enhance the quality and utility of the information to be collected, and minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. The comment period will end on December 7, 2015.

Reach Higher Career App Challenge

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge, launched by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), calls upon mobile app developers, educators, and data mavens to submit mobile solutions to improve access to information about career and technical education (CTE), help middle and high students navigate education and career pathways, and increase the capacity of career counselors to assist students in making decisions about their education and career options. Five finalists will receive awards of $25,000 each, and one grand-prize winner will receive an award of $100,000. Submissions are due by December 6, 2015.

Recycle Bowl Competition

Time is running out for K-12 schools to register for the Keep American Beautiful (KAB) Recycle-Bowl School Competition. This national competition is designed to invigorate student participation in recycling by establishing new recycling programs with schools, increasing recycling rates in schools that already recycle, and providing teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction. Participating schools will have the opportunity to win prizes and receive national recognition. Registration must be completed by midnight on October 13, 2015. The competition will take place between October 19, 2015, and November 15, 2015.

Wyland National “Water is Life” Mural and Art Challenge

Educational leaders, teachers, and students are invited to participate in the 2015 Wyland National “Water is Life” Mural and Art Challenge. The theme for 2015 is “Our Coasts and Climate.” Educational leaders and teachers may propose one mural entry for their classroom, which must be painted by students only. The classroom in each category (grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12) with the mural that best expresses their understanding of appreciation for water will receive a $250 gift card to Michael’s for art supplies and a grand-prize signed Wyland artwork valued at approximately $1,000. In addition to the classroom contest, individual students in grades K-12 are eligible to submit their own artwork, and may qualify for an individual gift certificate for art supplies. The deadline for all submissions is November 25, 2015.

2016 Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits

Registration and housing are now open for the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston. Anyone who is passionate about books and libraries and is eager to learn and shape the future of the library industry is invited to attend the event, including librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators, and students. The event will take place in Boston from January 8-12, 2016, and will offer gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions, and thought leaders and high-profile speakers. Early bird registration will be open until noon CT on November 11, 2015. Advance registration will then be open through noon CT on January 4, 2016. Interested attendees will also have the option of registering onsite.

NIEHS Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge

In response to the concern of toxic and chemical environmental hazards in the wake of recent natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has launched the Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge. This challenge is designed to help decision makers around the country understand and address potential changes in environmental health risks as sea levels rise and hurricane intensity is projected to increase due to climate change. This challenge calls on innovators to create data visualization tools and maps that connect current science on climate change to the exposure pathways for environmental hazards, helping to identify areas and people at greatest risk and to prioritize protective actions. Prizes will be awarded for visualizations, tools, or applications for decision making in the following two categories: for use at the local or municipal level, and for use at the regional (multistate or national) level. In each category, up to three prizes and $17,500 will be awarded. The deadline for submissions is December 4, 2015.

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Think and Do Challenge

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate seeks unique and innovative ideas to help shape the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), which will open in Kansas in 2022. The NBAF will be a state-of-the-art maximum biocontainment facility offering leading-edge capabilities to help protect the nation’s food supply and public health. This challenge is intended to seed development or implementation of unique ideas, fresh approaches, or proven methods to jumpstart development of an instrument that enhances the NBAF’s role in shaping bio/agro security for the 21st century. Up to $100,000 is available to support awards of at least $15,000 through this challenge. Submissions must be received by November 30, 2015.

Quantifying Drift Invertebrates in River and Estuary Systems Prize Competition

The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with other federal entities, has announced a prize competition for seeking a way to economically detect, count, and identify zooplankton and drift invertebrates in river and estuary systems. Specifically, the funding agency seeks a device/method that could be deployed to collect data continuously to capture tidal and day/night variation in prey abundance in rivers and streams. A total of $30,000 is available to support the top three submissions with an award of $10,000 each. If only a single submission meets or exceeds the criteria, the prize may be as high as $15,000. In addition, there is potential for interested award recipients to continue in the development of selected ideas for a commercial product. Submissions must be received by November 16, 2015.

Katie’s Krops Grants

In support of its vision to empower youth to grow a healthy solution to hunger, Katie’s Krops is offering grants for youth to start vegetable gardens and then donate the harvest to feed people in need in their communities. This unique opportunity offers youth ages 9 to 16 the opportunity to apply for and win a grant. Teachers are encouraged to help their students apply, and may serve as an adult volunteer for school projects. A group of youth may also apply, with one child designated as the lead person. Winners will receive a gift card of up to $500 for a local garden center, support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2015. 

Washington State Library: The Future STEMS from Reading Grant Program

Public and nonprofit elementary and secondary school libraries in Washington are invited to apply for The Future STEMS from Reading Grant program. This program was created to help schools maintain and update their library STEM collections despite recent budget cuts. The Washington State Library (WSL) is offering 230 STEM book collections, each with 50 books preselected from award-winning STEM booklists, plus three professional titles for teachers. WSL has 120 elementary school collections, 55 middle school collections, and 55 high school collections. Interested school libraries have until October 30, 2015, to apply.

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