Every so often, we write about grant- or government-related news items and grant opportunities gleaned from various sources. Today's post focuses on generational thinking about transportation, walkability and livability, green infrastructure, and educational opportunities to improve STEM education and higher education prospects for low-income students.
Multi-Modal Millennials (News)
Infrastructure doesn't have to be all about bridges, tunnels, and new roads; it also involves providing communities multiple modes of transportation, from public transport to bike-friendly planning—what millennials seem to be looking for these days. As state and local governments take transportation issues into their own hands—and as the Highway Trust Fund faces an uncertain future, surviving on a series of short-term extensions—there's more power at the local level to get things done, and get it right with age 18-34 residents. Read more.
Helping Low-Income Students Attend College, Avoid Debt (News)
A $3 million grant from the Give Something Back Foundation could allow up to 150 students from low-income households to attend the University of Delaware without racking up student debt. The first students to benefit will be high school freshman this fall, making up UD’s 2019 freshman class. The foundation will work with teachers and guidance counselors in Delaware schools to identify students who are a good fit. Those students will then be paired with mentors who will help them navigate the admissions process through high school. Read more.
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (Grant Opportunity)
A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the nation's health and economy.
The purpose of this program is to support projects that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and projects that anticipate new structures (such as organizational changes, new methods for certification and credentialing, course reconception, and cyber learning) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise.
Projects should accelerate improvements in the quality and effectiveness of the education of undergraduates in all STEM fields. Specifically, projects are expected to broaden the implementation of effective instructional practices and innovations at two- and four-year institutions, create seamless transitions between them, and support the retention of STEM students by addressing the high failure rates in introductory courses, especially mathematics. Projects should also address the critical need to develop and implement effective techniques for teaching mathematical and computational skills and to position these efforts within the context of changing workforce needs. Read more.
Campus RainWorks Challenge (Grant Opportunity)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water has announced its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. EPA is inviting student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Student teams are invited to compete in one of two design categories: the Master Plan category or the Demonstration Project category. This year, EPA will ask student teams to incorporate climate resiliency into their stormwater management designs. Read more.
Local Foods, Local Places (Grant Opportunity)
This program helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. The program is supported by EPA and multiple other agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Transportation. Local Foods, Local Places aims to: boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses; improve access to healthy local food and promote childhood wellness; and create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods. Read more.
Free Uniform Guidance Training
In March, eCivis co-hosted thorough trainings on the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) affecting all federal grantees. If you missed the training, fear not. We've brought it to you for free and broken things down by topic so you can drop into what matters most to you: from overview discussions to audit requirements to helpful Q&A. Check out the videos by clicking the button below: