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The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant

The purpose of the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant is to revitalize struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing or HUD assisted housing. As an initial requirement, each project must concentrate on the rehabilitation of at least one housing structure. Yet there are much broader objectives to this program. Part of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), the grant is not only about the physical renovation of buildings, but also the transformation of communities into vital places to live and work. Unlike past efforts, which often focused on problems like economic insecurity in a vacuum, HUD is taking a "holistic" approach to help selected areas redefine themselves.

Happy Earth Day 2016

Earth Day is today, and we would like to help you celebrate the occasion with fun facts, freebies, and a few planet-friendly funding opportunities.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program

Who would not prefer to bite into a strawberry right off the vine instead of a frozen one, or take in the scent of a real flower rather than artificial fragrance? That same authentic experience occurs when we shop at farmers markets. There is something about the fresh air and connection to those who grow our food that makes us feel like a part of it all. Of course there are more tangible benefits too. Estimates hold that farmers markets put three times more of their sales back into the local economy than the major chains do. Farmers markets preserve the time-honored vocation of farming. They promote healthy eating with food so delicious we don’t notice it’s good for us. Want to make new friends? Market patrons have an average of 15-20 social interactions per visit. When was the last time that happened at the grocery store?

Parks for Underserved Communities

Parks are important to the health of a community. We know this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Sure, they encourage exercise. But increased physical activity is only one of many benefits of parks. They have the potential to enhance economic opportunities, increase property values, offset pollution, and reduce crime. There are even studies that have connected time spent in nature with greater attention spans, lower stress levels, and better pain management.

OJJDP Anti-Gang Grant Programs

It takes a village/community to coordinate prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry programs to reduce and control gang-related crime and violence. Grant applications for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs are due May 23, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to implement anti-gang programs in the following areas:


Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Application Period Opens April 4, 2016

The application period for the 2016 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) will open on Monday, April 4, and close on Friday, May 6. Part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) suite of programs, FP&S covers two different areas. The first is general fire prevention, and can include public education campaigns, arson and wildfire prevention/awareness, code enforcement, training, and risk assessment. The second area centers on comprehensive health, safety, and well-being for firefighters. Past awards have funded diverse research topics from stress reduction and sleep disorders to equipment evaluation. The total amount FEMA will make available for FP&S is $34 million, with each successful application being eligible for up to $1.5 million.

SAFER Reminder, TIGER Round Announced

This is a friendly reminder to fire departments that the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant opportunity opened on Monday and that applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 25. On the front lines, each and every fire fighter makes a difference; being short-staffed can jeopardize the safety of the community and first responders themselves. Designed to help departments stay in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association operational standards, the SAFER grant can help prevent layoffs, rehire department veterans, or recruit and train new personnel. FEMA has made available $340 million for this year’s competition for approximately 300 awards. Click here for more general information.

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