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Principal:

Nonprofit organizations have proven to be highly effective at a wide variety of tasks that benefit society. An essential responsibility of every nonprofit organization is to assess the impact of its actions and to act upon this information. The public has a stake in nonprofit performance and is entitled to information regarding organizational results. Nonprofits should regularly measure their performance against a clear set of goals and objectives. They should share this information with their constituents and the public and use it to continually improve the quality of their processes, programs and activities.

Best Practices:

1) Nonprofits should commit to effective and efficient delivery of services and should always strive to improve processes, programs and results.

2) Nonprofits should have a regular system for investigating ways to improve their services, programs and internal processes in order to best serve their constituents.

3) Nonprofit programs should take into account and respond to the experience, needs and satisfaction of the constituents they serve.

4) Nonprofits should conduct program evaluations in ways that are culturally sensitive and appropriate for the community served. Measurement

5) An organization's measurement systems should be practical and useful to improve ongoing processes, activities and results.

6) An organization's measurement systems should be used to evaluate organizational effectiveness and inform its operational plan.

7) Performance measures should be realistic and appropriate to the size and scope of the organization and its constituents.

8) Measurement should include information on satisfaction, activities, results and community input.

9) Performance measures should be specific and based on evidence gathered before, during and after program development and implementation.

10) Measurements may include both qualitative and quantitative data.

11) Measurements should include data on efficiency and effectiveness.

12) Nonprofit organizations should contract with other organizations or consultants to serve as external evaluators when appropriate and feasible.

 

 

 

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Posted January 15

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-001.html

ARRA: Recovery Act Limited Competition: Behavioral Economics for Nudging the Implementation of Comparative Effectiveness Research: Clinical Trials (RC4)

This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH and AHRQ under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, invites applications proposing clinical trials using the principles of behavioral economics to enhance the uptake of the results of comparative effectiveness research (CER) among health care providers in their practice. For this FOA, applicants must propose controlled trials that randomize units (whether individuals or clusters such as practices, hospitals, or larger units) to conditions, resulting in a randomized clinical trial (RCT) or cluster randomized trial (CRT). Research to foster the uptake of CER is seen to be necessary given the surprisingly modest behavioral response of health care providers and health care systems to information concerning treatments or procedures judged to be superior in CER trials. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: $15,000,000. Application deadline: April 07, 2010.

 

Arts, Culture & Libraries

 

http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/index.html

NEA Access to Artistic Excellence, FY 2011

An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY2011 Grants for Arts Projects categories: Access to Artistic Excellence, Challenge America Fast-Track, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth. Introduction Access to Artistic Excellence encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. While projects in this category may focus on just one of these areas, the Arts Endowment recognizes that many of the most effective projects encompass both artistic excellence and enhanced access. Particularly relevant at this time are projects that demonstrate innovation by generating new forms of art making, new directions in the field, and/or innovative uses of creative resources. Support is available to organizations for projects that do one or more of the following: Provide opportunities for artists to create, refine, perform, and exhibit their work. Present artistic works of all cultures and periods. Preserve significant works of art and cultural traditions. Enable arts organizations and artists to expand and diversify their audiences. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $150,000. Application deadline: March 11, 2010.

 

http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP11/Challenge.html

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track, FY 2011

An Organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2011 Grants for Arts Projects categories: Access to Artistic Excellence, Challenge America Fast-Track, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth. The Arts Endowment's support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2011. Introduction The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted here also must be present. This category, as an essential component of the Arts Endowment's goal of providing wide access to artistic excellence, supports local projects that can have significant effects within communities. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project. Eligible applicants: State governments

County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $10,000. Application deadline: May 27, 2010.

 

http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP11/LITA.html

NEA Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth, FY 2011

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to providing leadership in arts education by inspiring all young Americans through rich arts experiences. A high quality education in the arts opens a critical gateway to a lifetime of appreciation and engagement. For two reasons, learning in the arts is an indispensable part of American education: 1) children celebrate and participate in their cultural inheritance, and 2) academic and social maturity follows directly from arts education experiences. The Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth category offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $150,000. Application deadline: June 10, 2010.

 

http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Lit/index.html

NEA Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing, FY 2011

Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) or poetry are available to published creative writers. Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose available in FY 2010 and fellowships in poetry available in FY 2011. Individuals may apply only once each year. Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level. We Do Not Fund Individuals who previously have received two or more Creative Writing or Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals who have received any Creative Writing or Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts within the past ten years. News reporting. Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.) Work toward academic degrees. Eligible applicants: An individual may submit only one application per year. Multiple applications will be deemed ineligible. You may not apply for a Creative Writing Fellowship and a Translation Project in the same year. (See Translation Projects for more information.) You are not eligible to apply if you have received two or more Creative Writing or Translation Fellowships (in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, belles-lettres, or for translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, you may not apply in Prose if you have received any Arts Endowment Creative Writing or Translation Fellowship on or after October 1, 2000 (FY 2001). Award ceiling: $25,000. Application deadline: March 04, 2010.

 

http://www.americansforthearts.org/information_services/arts_and_business_partnerships/bca/programs/bca_ten/default.asp

Nominations Invited for Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

The Business Committee for the Arts is accepting nominations for the BCA Ten: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. Announced annually, the BCA Ten is a national list created to recognize businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts. Nominations should address how the company supports the arts, including leadership, long-term commitment, impact, addressing community needs, employee and customer involvement, and encouraging other companies to support the arts. Eligible applicants: Anyone — individual, arts organization, or company employee — may nominate a company for the award. Companies, both large and small, that support the arts in the United States are eligible for nomination. Tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations and companies in the BCA Hall of Fame are not eligible. In addition, companies named to the BCA Ten in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009 are not eligible. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: February 26, 2010.

 

http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/strategies.html

Strategies and Tools for Archives and Historical Publishing Projects

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. The Commission seeks proposals to develop new strategies and tools that can improve the preservation, public discovery, or use of historical records. Projects may also focus on techniques and tools that will improve the professional performance and effectiveness of those who work with such records, such as archivists, documentary editors, and records managers. Projects must anticipate results that will affect more than a single institution or a single state. If your project is focused on a single state, the proposal narrative must explain why the State Historical Records Advisory Board in your state cannot manage the proposed project. If staff review cannot confirm that the project includes the information, the application will be ineligible. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $150,000. Application deadline: June 03, 2010.

 

Children and Youth

 

http://www.dollarwiseonline.org/

DollarWI$E offers grants for 2010 Summer Youth Campaign

Again this year, DollarWI$E invites cities across the country to incorporate a financial education component into summer youth employment programs. These SYEPs, where many youth are earning their own paychecks and making their own money choices for the first time, are an ideal opportunity to raise the financial literacy of young people in cities. Eligible applicants: cities. Award ceiling: To support mayors and cities in this effort, DollarWI$E is offering five grants for $2,000 each for SYEPs in summer 2010. Cities may use these grants to provide incentives for youth to develop good money habits, to establish evaluation techniques for the financial education component of their SYEPs, or other innovative ideas. Application deadline: Applications should be completed online at www.dollarwiseonline.org and are due at 5:00pm EST on Friday, January 29, 2010.

 

http://www.barronprize.org/

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes Accepting Nominations

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2010 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people between the ages of 8 and 18 who "have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet." Nominees must have participated in their heroic work within the twelve months prior to the nomination deadline of April 30. Eligible applicants: Nominees must be legal residents of, and currently residing in, the United States or Canada. Nominations are invited from adults who have solid knowledge of the nominee and his or her work but who are not related to the nominee. This can include teachers, librarians, civic or religious leaders, among others. Award ceiling: Each year, ten national winners receive $2,500 each to support their service work or higher education. Half of the winners have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; the other half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Application deadline: April 30, 2010.

 

http://www.sodexofoundation.org/

Sodexo Foundation Accepting Applications for STOP Hunger Scholarships

The Sodexo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sodexo, Inc., has opened the application period for its national STOP Hunger Scholarship program. The program supports the education of young people who are working to end hunger in communities across the United States and brings attention to the innovative and effective solutions that they are implementing toward ending hunger in their lifetime. Eligible applicants: To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an accredited education institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States and be able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to hunger-relief activities in their community. Award ceiling: Up to five students selected as national winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship award and a matching $5,000 grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. In addition, up to twenty regional winners will receive a $1,000 grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. Application deadline: February 26, 2010.

 

Economic and Community Development

 

http://www.eda.gov/xp/EDAPublic/PDF/CommunityTAAFFOFINAL2.pdf

Community TAA Program Opportunity

Under this announcement, EDA announces general policies and application requirements for the Community TAA Program. The purpose of the Community TAA Program is to create and retain jobs by providing project grants to communities (cities, counties, or other political subdivisions of a State or a consortium of political subdivisions of a State, including District Organizations of Economic Development Districts) that have experienced, or are threatened by, job loss resulting from international trade impacts. Grants under the program can be used to support a wide range of technical, planning, and infrastructure projects to help communities adapt to pressing trade impact issues and diversify their economies. Eligible applicants: County governments, City or township governments. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: April 20, 2010.

 

Education

 

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-390.pdf

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs CFDA 84.215E

The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program is to support efforts by local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish or expand elementary school and secondary school counseling programs. Eligible applicants: LEAs, including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law. (b) LEAs that currently have an active grant under the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program are not eligible to apply for an award in this competition. For the purpose of this eligibility requirement, a grant is considered active until the end of the grant's project or funding period, including any extensions of those periods that extend the grantee's authority to obligate funds. Award ceiling: $400,000. Application deadline: February 26, 2010.

 

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51139

Office of Innovation and Improvement; Overview Information; Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program CFDA 84.351D

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) Program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively--(1) Integrate standards-based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; (2) strengthen standards-based arts instruction in these grades; and (3) improve students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Projects funded through the AEMDD Program are intended to increase the amount of nationally available information on effective models for arts education that integrate the arts with standards-based education programs. Eligible applicants: Eligible Applicants (1) One or more local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law and regulations, that may work in partnership with one or more of the following: A State or local non-profit or governmental arts organization. A State educational agency (SEA) or regional educational service agency. An institution of higher education. A public or private agency, institution, or organization, such as a community- or faith-based organization. Award ceiling: $250,000. Application deadline: February 16, 2010.

 

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-130.pdf

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Program CFDA 84.184E

Past emergencies, such as the events of September 11, 2001, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and emergencies related to other natural and man-made hazards, reinforce the need for schools and communities to plan for traditional crises and emergencies, as well as other catastrophic events. The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant program provides funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish an emergency management process that focuses on reviewing and strengthening emergency management plans, within the framework of the four phases of emergency management (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery). The program also provides resources to LEAs to provide training for staff on emergency management procedures and requires that LEAs develop comprehensive all-hazards emergency management plans in collaboration with community partners including local law enforcement; public safety, public health, and mental health agencies; and local government. Eligible applicants: LEAs, including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law, that do not currently have an active grant under the REMS program (CFDA 84.184E). For the purpose of this eligibility requirement, a grant is considered active until the end of the grant's project or funding period, including any extension of those periods that extend the grantee's authority to obligate funds. Total program funding: $29,000,000. Application deadline: February 26, 2010.

 

http://www.sprint.com/educationgrants

Sprint Character Education Grant Program Announces 2010 Application Period

Sprint has announced the launch of the 2010 application period for the Sprint Character Education Grant Program, its annual character-education grant program for schools and school districts across the United States. Eligible applicants: Now in its third year, the program awards Sprint Foundation grants to school districts and individual schools to fund resources that facilitate and encourage character education among K-12 students. The program is open to all U.S. public schools (K-12) and U.S. public school districts. Award ceiling: In 2010, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program will award grants between $500 and $5,000 each to individual schools and grants between $10,000 and $25,000 each to school districts. In 2009, the Sprint Foundation awarded a total of more than $450,000 to schools and school districts through the program. Application deadline: February 5, 2010.

 

General/Miscellaneous

 

http://www.americanhumane.org/protecting-animals/shelter-professionals/grants/

American Humane Association Offers Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant to Member Agencies

The American Humane Association annually awards the Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant to fund capital campaigns, facility improvements, and equipment purchases that directly affect the welfare of animals in shelters. Eligible applicants: Applicants must be a supporting member of American Humane and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency. Award ceiling: Grants are awarded in amounts up to $4,000 each. Application deadline: February 28, 2010.

 

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=88b3ebc24fb6377fac6b1107d8d96b84&tab=core&_cview=0

Computer Science - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CS-STEM) Education

The goal of the CS-STEM Education project is to develop a well-educated population of college-level graduates in computer science, science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. Eligible applicants: All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government's needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses and Minority Institutions (MIs) are encouraged to submit proposals and join others in submitting proposals. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: July 12, 2010.

 

http://www.couragecenter.org/ContentPages/nominationsnatlcourageaward2010.aspx

Courage Center Seeks Nominations for Award Honoring Work on Behalf of People With Disabilities

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 National Courage Award. Since 1980, the Minnesota-based Courage Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence, has presented the National Courage Award to recognize an individual's contributions to the health, welfare, and rehabilitation of people with disabilities. Application deadline: February 6, 2010.

 

http://www.horsesandhumans.org/Research.html

Horses and Humans Research Foundation Offers Grants to Investigate Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Humans

The Horses and Humans Research Foundation funds research on the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The foundation seeks to fund scientific research that explores the currently unsubstantiated benefits of equine-assisted activities, leading to the discovery of the most effective methods and techniques for conducting thousands of existing and future programs. The broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will impact the physical and mental health and quality of life for people with disabilities who are involved with equine-assisted activities or therapies. Award ceiling: Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for up to a one-year period, and international researcher teams are welcome to apply. Application deadline: May 15, 2010.

 

http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/professionals/scientists/

Morris Animal Foundation Announces Program to Help Shelters Help Cats

With funding from an anonymous donor, the Morris Animal Foundation has announced a Request for Proposals for projects aimed at developing methods (research, education) for preventing or treating infectious diseases that result in negative outcomes for shelter cats. The foundation is particularly interested in proposals related to feline infectious peritonitis and in projects with a training component that will increase the number of scientists working in animal health/welfare research. Award ceiling: MAF anticipates that a total of $250,000 will be available to fund studies for up to three years. The maximum allowable indirect cost rate is 8 percent. MAF does not pay for capital equipment exceeding $1,000 or salaries for faculty appointed to regular/tenure track, full-time, full-salaried positions. Salaries may be requested for technicians, residents, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows and other support staff based on their percentage of time involved in the study. Expenses under $3,000 for travel to scientific meetings may be included in the budget for the purpose of presenting study findings. Application deadline: February 5, 2010.

 

Health

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-058.html

Academic Career Award (Parent K07)

The purpose of the NIH Academic Career Award (K07) is to provide support to increase the pool of individuals with academic and research expertise to become academic researchers and to enhance the educational or research capacity at the grantee sponsoring grantee institution. The Academic Career Award supports K07 Development awards for more junior level candidates and K07 Leadership awards for more senior individuals with acknowledged scientific expertise and leadership skills. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the relevant NIH staff for IC-specific programmatic and budgetary information: Table of Institute and Center Contacts. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: January 07, 2013.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-001.html

ARRA: Recovery Act Limited Competition: Behavioral Economics for Nudging the Implementation of Comparative Effectiveness Research: Clinical Trials (RC4)

This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH and AHRQ under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, invites applications proposing clinical trials using the principles of behavioral economics to enhance the uptake of the results of comparative effectiveness research (CER) among health care providers in their practice. For this FOA, applicants must propose controlled trials that randomize units (whether individuals or clusters such as practices, hospitals, or larger units) to conditions, resulting in a randomized clinical trial (RCT) or cluster randomized trial (CRT). Research to foster the uptake of CER is seen to be necessary given the surprisingly modest behavioral response of health care providers and health care systems to information concerning treatments or procedures judged to be superior in CER trials. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: $15,000,000. Application deadline: April 07, 2010.

 

https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/SFO.asp?ID=6E66F018-90D2-4BC1-9E8E-3FA57BD3D67F

Best Practices in Women's Health

To identify best practices in community settings and to use collaborative improvement processes to test ways to improve delivery of care in key community settings. To develop and pilot clinical and community practice models for improving the health of reproductive aged women through a comprehensive set of preventive services, screening and counseling, pre- and interconception care and family planning. To collaborate with public policy institutions specializing in women's health, particularly those affiliated with educational institutions, and state MCH agencies on improving women's health in a transformed health care environment that emphasizes clinical and community integration, innovation in health care quality, efficiency and transparency. Eligible applicants: As cited in 42 CFR Part 51a.3 (a), any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. 450b), faith based and community based organizations are eligible to apply for this Federal funding. Total program funding: $291,545. Application deadline: February 26, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-10-022.html

Coordinating Center for Systems Biology Approach to the Mechanisms of Tuberculosis (TB) Latency and Reactivation (R01)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute solicits applications under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to participate as Data Coordinating Center for the NHLBI Systems Biology Approach to the Mechanisms of Tuberculosis (TB) Latency and Reactivation program. The NHLBI Systems Biology Approach to TB Program will include multiple TB Systems Biology Centers and one Data Coordinating Center. This program is designed to investigate the mechanisms of latency and the reactivation of tuberculosis in the host using integrated systems biology approaches. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: $3,450,000. Application deadline: March 24, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-048.html

Development of Multifunctional Drug and Gene Delivery Systems (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose the engineering of novel, multifunctional drug and gene delivery systems that can target therapies to particular cells and intracellular compartments and can monitor delivery and determine therapeutic efficacy through the integration of advanced imaging and/or sensing technologies into the delivery system. Applications should propose to develop at least one prototype system by the end of the project period. Applications that are submitted to this FOA should include investigators from both the drug/gene delivery and imaging fields. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Multi-PD/PI model to meet the imaging and drug/gene delivery expertise. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: January 07, 2013.

 

https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/SFO.asp?ID=A568AE0C-A0EA-4847-9695-F70C0486F600

Early and Continuous Screening in Medical Home Program

The purpose of this initiative, Early and Continuous Screening in the Medical Home, is to establish a Center to work with pediatric health care professionals to: 1) promote awareness of the need for and benefits of early and continuous screening for congenital and heritable disorders, sensory impairments, developmental delay, autism, mental health disorders, and psychosocial problems, 2) promote health professionals use of Bright Futures guidelines and other evidence-based screening guidelines and validated screening tools in their practices, 3) support development, evaluation, and implementation of strategies that will enhance screening follow up and care coordination in the family/patient centered medical home, 4) collect, analyze, and use quantitative and qualitative data to monitor the status of screening efforts, 5) engage with relevant stakeholders to address the access and availability of early and continuous screening for medically underserved populations, and 6) promote families and health professionals involvement in public health screening efforts. Eligible applicants: As cited in 42 CFR Part 51 a. 3(a) any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or Tribal organization (as those terms are defined in 25 U.S.C. 450(b) is eligible to apply for Federal Funding. Under the President’s initiative, community-based and faith-based organizations that are otherwise eligible and believe they can contribute to HRSA’s program objectives are urged to consider this initiative. Award ceiling: $500,000. Application deadline: February 22, 2010.

 

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=G7sJLH1FnGLpHyZZT4p8ljCLbN4ZwzzdDYQYqXl9dlLXyJL4G6Cc!-1299818899?oppId=50945&mode=VIEW

Epidemiologic Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (U-01)

This FOA solicits an application for conducting an epidemiological research study to obtain estimates of the prevalence and incidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in populations and to define the demographic and clinical characteristics of IBD and its impact on the health of affected persons. CDC will award $450,000 in FY 2010 to fund one cooperative agreement for this project. Eligible applicants:Public nonprofit organizations, Private nonprofit organizations, For profit organizations, Small, minority, and women-owned businesses, Universities Colleges Research institutions, Hospitals Community-based organizations, Faith-based organizations, Federally recognized or state-recognized. Award ceiling: $2,250,000. Application deadline: February 24, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-10-008.html

Gut-Liver-Brain Interactions in Alcohol-Induced Pathogenesis (R21)

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is to stimulate innovative research that will determine (1) how alcohol disrupts gut-liver-brain physiological communications, and (2) how these alterations contribute to the development and exacerbation of alcohol-associated diseases. These investigations are expected to provide a more comprehensive understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms by which alcohol impairs homeostatic functions at both organ and systemic levels and initiates/promotes tissue injury. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: $200,000. Application deadline: April 20, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-079.html

Image-Guided Cancer Interventions

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose the development and clinical validation of systems for image-guided interventions (IGIs) for cancer. Specifically, the goals of this program are to provide support for: the development and optimization of fully integrated cancer imaging, monitoring, and therapy systems; the validation of integrated image-guided intervention (IGI) systems through clinical evaluations; the development of multiple prototype integrated IGI systems as required for multisite clinical evaluations; and partnerships among small business, large business, and academic clinical centers, as well as small business joint ventures, in order to reach the research goals. Eligible applicants: Small businesses. Award ceiling: $100,000. Application deadline: January 07, 2013.

 

https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/SFO.asp?ID=B9F29418-8A42-431D-86F8-1FEA98948192

Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health (MCH-PH)

The purpose of MCH public health training program is to improve the health status of women (including women of reproductive age), infants, children, youth, and their families. MCH Public Health Training Programs in accredited Schools of Public Health support the training of public health professionals for leadership in Maternal and Child Health through exposure to MCH competencies. Because this is a leadership training program, individuals should exceed standards of proficiency in their fields of interest after completion of their respective programs. MCH Public Health Training Programs also foster interdisciplinary teamwork in didactic and field practicum settings, provide continuing education, technical assistance and professional consultation, with particular emphasis on efforts that are regional and national in scope, develop collaborative relationships with state Title V MCH and CSHCN agencies, develop, disseminate and market new knowledge; and advocate on behalf of the MCH population. Grant supported MCH Training Programs must incorporate elements of cultural competence into didactic and field practicum settings and ensure trainee/faculty diversity in recruitment/retention efforts. Eligible applicants: Public and private nonprofit institutions of higher learning As cited in 42 CFR Part 51a.3(b), only public or private nonprofit institutions of higher learning may apply for training grants. Award ceiling: $4,032,800. Application deadline: February 16, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-072.html

Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Drug Abuse Research (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The FOA is intended to support substance abuse prevention and treatment services research in rapidly evolving areas (e.g., changes in service systems, health care financing, policy, natural/man-made disasters, etc) where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited review and award of support. There are three distinguishing features of an eligible study: 1) the study's scientific value and feasibility are clear, 2) rapid review and funding are required in order for the scientific question to be answered, and 3) the knowledge gained from the study is time-sensitive and seeking funding through the regular NIH cycle of review and award would result in a missed opportunity to conduct the research. It should be clear that the research question offers an uncommon and scientifically significant research opportunity that could only become available if the project is initiated with minimum delay. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: December 10, 2012.

 

http://samhsa.gov/Grants/2010/SM-10-008.aspx

National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers) grants. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to facilitate the restructuring of the mental health system by promoting consumer directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses. Such programs maximize consumer self-determination and recovery and assist people with serious mental illness by decreasing their dependence on expensive social services and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization. The entities responsible for providing technical assistance for this program may be either consumer or consumer supporter organizations. (See Appendix H of this RFA for definition) The primary recipients of the Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers’ technical assistance activities will be consumers and consumer organizations. Eligible applicants: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including faith-based organizations, which meet the criteria for consumer or consumer supporter organizations. Award ceiling: $330,000. Application deadline: February 19, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-055.html

NIDCD Small Grant Program (R03)

The NIDCD Small Grant Program (R03) is intended to support basic and clinical research of scientists who are beginning to establish an independent research career. It cannot be used for thesis or dissertation research. The research must be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCD: hearing, balance/vestibular, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language. The NIDCD R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. Irrespective of the type of project, the intent of the NIDCD R03 is for the PD/PI to obtain sufficient preliminary data for a subsequent R01. Eligible applicants: State governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: $100,000. Application deadline: October 31, 2012.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-063.html

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)

The primary purpose of the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators. The program is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position with independent NIH or other independent research support at an earlier stage than is currently the norm. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the relevant NIH staff for IC-specific programmatic and budgetary information: Table of Institute and Center Contacts. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: January 07, 2013.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-10-019.html

Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) (R25)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, solicits Research Education (R25) grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct Summer Institute programs to enable faculty and scientists from diverse backgrounds to further develop their research skills and knowledge, enhancing their career development as faculty members or scientists. This FOA runs in parallel with a separate FOA that solicits the applications for a Coordination Core (See RFA-HL-10-028). The primary goal of the Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) is to encourage scientists and research-oriented faculty from diverse backgrounds to further develop their research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches in basic and applied sciences relevant to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. Ultimately, these enhanced skills will allow them to compete for external funding for scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Eligible applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $1,500,000. Application deadline: February 04, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-005.html

Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Directors Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas (RC4)

Under the Recovery Act, the NIH has established a program entitled NIH Directors Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas. This program will support projects that address research endeavors in specific areas that will benefit from significant three-year funds without the expectation of continued NIH funding beyond this period. The research supported by the program should have high short-term impact, and a high likelihood of enabling growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health, and health care delivery. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, solicits through this limited competition applications from domestic (United States) institutions/organizations proposing to develop and implement critical research innovations in one or more of the following five thematic areas: Applying Genomics and Other High Throughput Technologies Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments Using Science to Enable Health Care Reform Focusing on Global Health Reinvigorating the Biomedical Research Community. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses. Total program funding: $80,000,000. Application deadline: March 15, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-10-009.html

SBIR Phase II Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics, and Prognostics toward Commercialization (R44)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that seek additional funding to support the next stage of development for projects that were previously funded by NIH SBIR Phase II awards. Projects proposed in response to this FOA must be applicable to one of the following areas: (1) cancer therapeutics; (2) cancer imaging technologies, interventional devices and in vivo diagnostics; or (3) in vitro and ex vivo cancer diagnostics and prognostics. The purpose of this FOA is to facilitate the transition of SBIR Phase II projects to the commercialization stage. This FOA is expected to promote partnerships between NIHs SBIR Phase II awardees and third-party investors and/or strategic partners to facilitate and accelerate the capital-intensive steps that are required to commercialize new products and technologies. Thus, applicants responding to this FOA must provide a commercialization plan that includes details of any independent third-party investor funding that has already been secured or is anticipated during the Bridge Award project period. It is expected that the level of this independent third-party funding will equal or exceed the NCI funds being requested throughout the Phase II Bridge Award project period. Proposed projects may address preclinical and/or clinical stages of technology development. Clinical trials may be proposed as appropriate but are not required. Eligible applicants: Small businesses. Award ceiling: $1,000,000. Application deadline: March 01, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-082.html

Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

The NCRR Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $100,000. The maximum award is $600,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others. Eligible applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Total program funding: $43,000,000. Application deadline: March 23, 2010.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-073.html

Technology Development for High-Throughput Structural Biology Research (R01)

This FOA issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health, encourages grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop novel technologies and methodologies underpinning high-throughput structural biology. Applications for new ideas and approaches for protein production and structure determination for classes of challenging proteins are appropriate. Projects related to high-throughput structure determination by X-ray crystallography and NMR, as well as projects addressing other constituent tasks of structural biology, including structural genomics, are relevant to this FOA. Applications should focus on methods development to solve challenging proteins that are not currently amenable to high-throughput structural biology. These challenging proteins include, but are not limited to, membrane proteins, small protein complexes, and proteins from human and other higher eukaryotes. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: January 07, 2013.

 

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-10-001.html

Translational Tools for Clinical Studies of CAM Interventions (R01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages investigator(s)-initiated applications that propose to develop, enhance, and validate translational tools to facilitate rigorous study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches that are in wide use by the public. Recent data from the National Health Interview Survey [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm] establish that Americans are utilizing CAM approaches to promote health and well-being, to treat or prevent disease, and for symptom relief. CAM approaches being widely used include massage and manipulative therapies, meditation, yoga, non-vitamin/non-mineral natural products, and acupuncture with chronic pain, back pain and musculoskeletal pain being the most commonly cited reasons for their use. This FOA focuses on encouraging the development of improved research methodology to study safety, efficacy, and clinical effectiveness of mind-body interventions (such as meditation), manual therapies, and/or yoga therapy. Investigations of other CAM interventions (including natural products and dietary supplements) are not allowed for this FOA. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses. Award ceiling: $300,000. Application deadline: March 23, 2010.

 

 

Information Technology/Telecommunications

 

http://www.state.gov/g/drl/p/c12302.htm

Request for Proposals: Internet Freedom and Freedom of Expression

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) from organizations that are interested in submitting proposals to support technologies that maximize free expression and the free flow of information and increase access to the Internet. Eligible applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $4,000,000. Application deadline: January 22, 2010.

 

Media

 

http://www.j-newvoices.org/site/story/2010rfp/

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism Invites Applications for 2010 New Voices Program

With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism invites applications for funding to launch participatory news ventures serving defined communities. J-Lab will select eight projects for support in 2010. Only start-up news initiatives can receive funding. Ongoing efforts are not eligible unless they are proposing a new project or product. Projects can produce news and information for a geographic area such as a small town, city, county, state, or region, or they can serve a community of interest. Of the eight projects to be funded in 2010, at least three grants are targeted for news initiatives in the twenty-six communities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Eligible applicants: Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations and education institutions, including community groups, public broadcasters, independent media, colleges and universities, and individuals working under the sponsorship of a nonprofit fiscal agent. Funding is available for print and electronic news initiatives, including online, cable, broadcast, satellite, and mobile efforts. Award ceiling: Grantees may receive up to $25,000 each in funding: $17,000 the first year and a possibility of $8,000 in matching funds in the second year. Grant funds may be used for equipment, software, rent, phones, training, travel, marketing, production, stipends, freelance payments, and contracted services. Application deadline: March 1, 2010.

 

Justice/Crime Prevention

 

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/10CCLIsol.pdf

BJA FY 10 Capital Case Litigation Initiative

For the state agency to be eligible, it must have an “effective system” for providing competent legal representation for indigent defendants in capital cases. An “effective system” is defined in 42 U.S.C. § 14163(e) as a system that invests the responsibility for appointing qualified attorneys to represent indigent defendants in capital cases: (A) In a public defender program that relies on staff attorneys, members of the private bar, or both, to provide representation in capital cases; (B) In an entity established by statute or by the highest state court with jurisdiction in criminal cases, which is composed of individuals with demonstrated knowledge and expertise in capital cases, except for individuals employed as prosecutors; or (C) Pursuant to a statutory procedure enacted before the date of the enactment of this Act [October 30, 2002] under which the trial judge is required to appoint qualified attorneys from a roster maintained by a state or regional selection committee or similar entity. Applicants must identify in the program abstract (see page 6) which “effective system” their state has in place. Applicants that do not identify an “effective system” in their abstract will NOT be eligible for an award. Eligible applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $375,000. Application deadline: March 11, 2010.

 

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/10WrongfulConvictionSol.pdf

BJA FY 10 Wrongful Conviction Review Program

The purpose of the Wrongful Conviction Review Program is to provide high quality and efficient representation for defendants in post-conviction claims of innocence. Post-conviction innocence claims are likely to include complex challenges to the reliability or accuracy of evidence presented at trial which fall mainly into three categories: 1) eyewitness identification evidence; 2) confession evidence; and 3) forensic evidence. In some cases, post-conviction DNA testing alone can establish innocence, but the majority of cases will rely on other forms of evidence, and many will involve DNA testing together with additional sources of proof and/or expert testimony, which may be extremely costly. The goals of this initiative are to: 1) provide quality representation to those who may have been wrongfully convicted; 2) alleviate burdens placed on the criminal justice system through costly and prolonged post-conviction litigation; and 3) identify, whenever possible, the actual perpetrator of the crime. Eligible applicants: Applicants are limited to public and non-profit entities that work to exonerate people who have been wrongfully convicted. Award ceiling: $500,000. Application deadline: March 04, 2010.

 

http://community.nicic.org/blogs/nic/archive/2010/01/08/nic-solicitation-for-the-development-of-training-curriculum.aspx

Curriculum Development: Training for Correctional Industries Directors

The National Institute of Corrections’ (NIC) Transition and Offender Workforce Development (T/OWD) and Academy Divisions are seeking applications for the development of a competency based, blended modality training curriculum that will provide Correctional Industries Directors with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to set organizational priorities, identify strategic objectives, create measurable goals, establish collaborative partnerships, utilize current labor market information, and provide specialized services and programming that support the offenders’ long term attachment to the labor force. Eligible applicants: An eligible applicant is any public or private agency, educational institution, organization, individual or team with expertise in the described areas. Award ceiling: N/A. Application deadline: February 12, 2010.

 

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/10BJACSATDrugCourtSol.pdf

Enhancing Adult Drug Court Services, Coordination, and Treatment

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) are pleased to announce that they are seeking applications for funding for enhancing drug court services, coordination, and substance abuse treatment and recovery support services. This program furthers the Departments of Justice’s and Health and Human Services’ mission by providing resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to enhance drug court programs and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders. In order to fulfill all of the requirements for this grant program, applicants must comply with the requirements outlined in this grant announcement as well as those, incorporated by reference, in the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program: FY 2010 Enhancing Adult Drug Court Services, Coordination, and Treatment Solicitation Requirements Resource Guide. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments. Award ceiling: $625,000. Application deadline: February 11, 2010.

 

http://samhsa.gov/grants/2010/TI-10-011.aspx

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity for Adult Drug Courts

In collaboration with The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is also offering an innovative funding opportunity for adult drug courts titled “Enhancing Adult Drug Court Services, Coordination, and Treatment FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement”. The purpose of the joint initiative is to invite applicants to submit for consideration one comprehensive strategy for enhancing drug court coordination, services, and treatment capacity, allowing applicants to compete for access to both criminal justice and substance abuse treatment funds with one application. BJA will also offer its stand-alone drug court solicitation titled “Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement,” which provides financial and technical assistance to States, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug treatment courts that effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders. Eligible applicants: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Drug Courts (Adult Treatment Drug Courts). Award ceiling: $325,000. Application deadline: March 16, 2010.

 

http://www.lisc.org/section/ourwork/national/safety/awards

Announcing the 2010 Metlife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards

The MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering for the ninth year to recognize, sustain, and share the work of innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization. Through this awards program, the MetLife Foundation and LISC will identify and honor partnerships that exhibit tangible accomplishments in their efforts to advance the process, outcome, and/or evaluation of potent police-community collaborations. Awardees will receive grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. Case studies about award-winning partnerships will be disseminated throughout the community development and law enforcement industries. Cash grants will be awarded in the following two categories: Neighborhood Revitalization Awards (six awards ranging between $15,000 and 25,000 each): These awards celebrate exemplary collaboration between community groups and police that yields crime reduction as well as economic development outcomes such as real estate development, business attraction, and job growth. Special Strategy Awards (five awards of $15,000 each): This award recognizes community and police partners who have achieved significant accomplishments in applied technology, aesthetics and greenspace improvement, diversity inclusion and integration, drug market disruption, gang prevention and youth safety, and/or seniors and safety. Eligible applicants: Must be member organizations of partnerships that include, but need not be limited to, community organizations and police. Visit the LISC website for additional information and to download the full RFP.  Application deadline: February 26, 2010. 

 

http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/fy2010-rural-solicitations.pdf

OVW FY 2010 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program

The United State Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) (www.ovw.usdoj.gov) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for the Fiscal Year 2010 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program. This program furthers the Department's mission by supporting projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural jurisdictions. Eligible applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $900,000. Application deadline: February 18, 2010.

 

Media

 

http://web.mit.edu/knight-science/fellowships/overview.html

Applications Invited for Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Knight Science Journalism Fellowships are designed for self-motivated journalists who hope to improve their coverage of science, technology, medicine, or the environment. The fellowships are part of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and are sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The nine-month program is divided between individually chosen activities and Knight seminars arranged by the director. A fellow's work usually includes courses audited at MIT and Harvard University, attendance at departmental colloquia, research trips, lab visits, interviews, reading, and writing. Each fellow designs his or her own course of study in discussion with the director. Some fellows audit three or four courses. Others choose to spend time in a lab. Eligible applicants: To be eligible for a fellowship, applicants must have either three years of full-time journalism experience covering science, technology, medicine, or the environment; or five years of full-time journalism experience and a desire to cover science, technology, medicine, or environment in the future. Applicants may be reporters, writers, editors, producers, illustrators, or photographers, and may work for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, or the Web. Full-time freelance journalists are eligible. Journalists from all countries compete on an equal basis. There are no educational prerequisites. Professionals working in public information, public relations, the trade press, government, or academia are not eligible. Award ceiling: Ten to twelve fellows are selected each year. Fellows receive a stipend of $60,000 over the academic year. Application deadline: March 1, 2010.

 

Natural Resources/Agriculture

 

http://www.boatus.com/foundation/Grants/apply.asp

BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water Invites Applications for Grassroots Grants Program

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water Grassroots Grants Program funds projects that educate the public about actions they can take to be safer and cleaner while boating. The program seeks projects that reflect a unique and repeatable way to reach boaters with upbeat safe and clean boating messages. Eligible applicants: The program provides grants to volunteer boating groups, clubs, and associations. Local nonprofit/tax-exempt organizations, including chapters of national organizations, are eligible to apply. Federal and state government agencies, national or international organizations, for-profit businesses, and individuals are not eligible. Award ceiling: Grants may be requested in amounts up to $4,000. Allowable expenses may include artwork, printing, mailing, educational materials, construction supplies, and other expenses directly related to outreach activities. Proposals that include in-kind donations of product and/or time are encouraged. Application deadline: February 28, 2010.

 

http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (Care) Program

This request for proposals (RFP) announces the availability of funds and solicits from eligible entities project proposals to receive financial assistance through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant program. CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. Eligible applicants: See Section III of the announcement for additional eligibility information. Award ceiling: $150,000. Application deadline: March 09, 2010.

 

http://www.ams.usda.gov/FSMIP

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

FSMIP provides matching funds on a competitive basis to assist eligible entities explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally. Proposals may address issues throughout the marketing chain including direct, wholesale, and retail. Proposals may involve small, medium or large-scale agricultural entities but should potentially benefit multiple producers or agribusinesses. Proposals that address issues of importance at the State, regional (multi-state), or national level are appropriate for FSMIP. Proprietary proposals that benefit one business or individual will not be considered for funding. FSMIP also seeks unique and innovative proposals on a smaller scale that may serve as pilot projects or case studies useful as models for other States. Of particular interest are proposals that reflect a collaborative approach between the States, academia, the farm sector and other appropriate entities and stakeholders. FSMIP funds may be awarded for projects of 1 to 2 years’ duration. Eligible applicants: State governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education. Award ceiling: $100,000. Application deadline: February 10, 2010.

 

http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Charter_Programs_List&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=30&ContentID=14123

Five Star Restoration Program Announces 2010 Request for Proposals

Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Five Star Restoration program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration. Funding is available throughout the country from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and NFWF's corporate sponsors in several Southeast states, and most of northern and central California, and seven major metropolitan areas. Eligible applicants: The program is open to any public or private entity, but grants funded by PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust are restricted to nonprofit community-based organizations, conservation organizations, local governments, and school districts. Award ceiling: Requests must be for $10,000 to $40,000 each. Projects that can leverage the amount of funds requested with significant cash and/or in-kind contributions from project partners will be much more competitive. Application deadline: February 11, 2010.

 

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/OREI.html

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)

The OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning and ecosystem integration. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Eligible applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Individuals, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Small businesses Award ceiling: $3,000,000. Application deadline: February 09, 2010.

 

Park and Recreation

 

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Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation Announces Availability of Education Grants

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's 2010 Boating & Fishing Education grant program is now open and accepting applications. Key requirements of RBFF's grant application guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. Special consideration is given to programs that offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities; encourage long-term involvement of participants; provide training for instructors; promote conservation; and support existing RBFF partnerships. The successful grant applicant will also demonstrate partnerships with local, community-based educational, youth, and social service agencies as well as the appropriate state fish and wildlife, game, or boating agency personnel. Eligible applicants: Youth-focused boating, fishing, and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply. Award ceiling: The total award budget is expected to range between $500,000 and $800,000. In 2009, five grant proposals received funding. Application deadline: January 4, 2010.
 
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