Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Grants Newsletter from Representative Nolan

 
 

Dear Friend,

I am writing to inform you of several grant opportunities that are now available. In this E-Newsletter, you will find information about new grant opportunities that are relevant to the organizations and constituents of the 8th Congressional District. 

Federal Grants Announcements 

Department of Agriculture:

1. Department of Agriculture: Business and Cooperative Programs Rural Cooperative Development Grant

The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities,

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 20, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,800,000

Award Ceiling: $200,000

CFDA Number: 10.771

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282595

2. Department of Agriculture: Utilities Programs Community Connect Grant Program

The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to provide service at the Broadband Grant Speed in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not currently exist. Grant funds may be used to: (1) deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses, (2) construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and (3) equip a community center that provides free access to service at the Broadband Grant Speed to community residents for at least two years. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for entities to serve all premises in eligible rural areas at the Broadband Grant Speed to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of broadband services as are available in urban and suburban communities.

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 17, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $11,740,000

Award Ceiling: $3,000,000

Award Floor: $100,000

CFDA Number: 10.863

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283149

Department of Health and Human Services:

1. Administration for Children and Families: Basic Center Program 

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) supports organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. FYSB's Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program is accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the BCP is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, have been forced to leave home, or other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. This funding opportunity is a 36-month project with three 12-month budget periods.

Current Closing Date of Applications: August 1, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $14,935,695

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Award Floor: $50,000

CFDA Number: 93.623

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283567

2. Administration for Children and Families: Tribal Research Center on Early Childhood 

Please note that changes to the eligible institutions have been made. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) is soliciting applications for a cooperative agreement to support a Tribal Research Center for Early Childhood that will provide leadership and collaboration to promote excellence in community-based participatory research and evaluation of ACF early childhood initiatives that serve tribal communities. Settings to be considered include home visiting programs, early care and education center-based programs, home-based and family child care providers, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The Center is expected to: (1) conduct research to identify needs and/or develop effective practices and integrated systems for ACF early childhood initiatives in tribal communities; (2) identify, validate, and/or develop measures of culturally meaningful inputs, implementation processes, and proximal and distal outcomes of those programs; (3) establish peer-learning communities for tribal research on areas of shared priority; (4) provide training and professional development to facilitate interest and competencies in research relevant to early childhood initiatives in tribal communities; and (5) provide forums to increase cultural competence and sensitivity to tribal voices in research and evaluation. The length of the project period has been modified from 36 to 48 months.

Current Closing Date of Applications: July 6, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $650,000

Award Ceiling: $650,000

Award Floor: $650,000

CFDA Numbers: 93.575 -- Child Care and Development, 93.600 -- Head Start, 93.872 -- Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283618

3. Administration for Children and Families Administration for Children & Families: Human Trafficking Hotline Program 

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACFY), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces that funds will be available for the National Human Trafficking Hotline Program. This funding opportunity will support the operation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline Program, which funds the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH). The NHTH is a dedicated, toll-free, U.S. national telephone and online communication hotline that provides assistance, crisis intervention, and resource assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year to potential domestic and foreign human trafficking victims, service providers, law enforcement agencies, and other key stakeholders. The goals of the National Human Trafficking Hotline Program are: Operate the NHTH, a 24/7 U.S national telephone and online communication hotline; Increase the identification and protection of victims of severe forms of human trafficking; and Provide service referrals to victims and pass on leads to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Current Closing Date of Applications: July 19, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,500,000

Award Ceiling: $1,500,000

CFDA Number: 93.598

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284007

4. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families State and Tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Implementation Partnership Grants

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to support the creation of effective practice model partnerships between state courts and/or Court Improvement Program, state public child welfare agency and a tribe, group of tribes, or tribal consortia, including both the tribal child welfare agency and tribal court for effective implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 (Pub.L. 95-608). Demonstration sites will be required to jointly develop protocols and practices to promote effective and timely: - Identification of Indian children; - Notice to tribes;- Tribal participation as parties in hearings involving Indian children;- Tribal intervention in dependency cases;- Transfer of ICWA cases to tribal courts; and- Placement of Indian children according to tribal preferences. Partnership models must be co-created by states and tribes, jointly implemented, and designed to generate and capture clear, measurable outcomes such as: - Compliance with identification methods;- The number of Indian children identified;- Length of time from removal or petition filed until identification is made;- Number of notices sent;- Length of time from identification until notice sent (state measure)- Number of notices received (tribal measure)- Length of time for tribal intervention or participation; (tribal measure)- Number of cases in which a tribe intervenes; (joint measure)- Number of transfers; (joint measure); and- Number of Indian children placed according to tribal placement preferences (joint measure). This is a 60-month project with five 12-month budget periods.

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 22, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,400,000

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Award Floor: $250,000

CFDA Number: 93.648

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282809

5. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health Animal-Assisted Interventions for Special Populations (R03)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications for research to examine the safety and efficacy of the inclusion of animals in therapy and rehabilitation for children and individuals with disabilities, neurological conditions, behavioral, emotional and mental health issues and related health outcomes, as well as the adaptation of healthy behaviors and the enhancement of learning in special need and at-risk populations.

Current Closing Date of Applications: July 29, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: -- 

Award Ceiling: $50,000

CFDA Number: 93.865

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282858

6. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health Animal-Assisted Interventions for Special Populations (R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications for research to examine the safety and efficacy of the inclusion of animals in therapy and rehabilitation for children and individuals with disabilities, neurological conditions, behavioral, emotional and mental health issues and related health outcomes, as well as the adaptation of healthy behaviors and the enhancement of learning in special need and at-risk populations.

 

Current Closing Date of Applications: July 29, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: -- 

Award Ceiling: $200,000

CFDA Number: 93.865

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282861

7. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to establish, by awarding a cooperative agreement, one Quality Improvement Center (QIC). The purpose of the QIC is to conduct a multi-site demonstration project that will address pervasive workforce challenges in child welfare. This QIC will select or create and then test innovative and promising workforce improvement strategies to examine their effectiveness and utility in child welfare systems. The QIC’s goal is to demonstrate whether specific strategies improve recruitment and retention outcomes of state and tribal systems and to assess how outcomes for children and families are affected. The QIC will choose or develop replicable workforce interventions and then engage in partnerships with public child welfare agencies to implement and rigorously evaluate the strategies using standardized measures and common outcomes to allow for comparisons across sites. Findings will be publicly disseminated. Outcomes will include: - Evidence-based strategies and interventions that when applied to identified workforce issues results in: - Improved worker recruitment and retention rates and worker satisfaction and intention-to-stay outcomes for agencies; - Improved agency culture and climate that supports worker recruitment and retention; - Improved child welfare practices related to safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families. - Workforce interventions that can be replicated in other child welfare systems. This is a 60-month project with five 12-month budget periods. Year 1 will be funded at $1 million. It is expected that years 2-5 will be funded at $3.5 million for each year.

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 13, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Award Floor: $750,000

CFDA Number: 93.648

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283003

8. Department of Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin Assisted Outpatient Treatment Grant Program for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, (Short Title:  Assisted Outpatient Treatment [AOT]) Grant

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Assisted Outpatient Treatment Grant Program for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (Short title: Assisted Outpatient Treatment [AOT]). This 4-year pilot program is intended to implement and evaluate new AOT programs and identify evidence-based practices in order to reduce the incidence and duration of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, incarcerations, and interactions with the criminal justice system while improving the health and social outcomes of individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI). This program is designed to work with families and courts, to allow these individuals to obtain treatment while continuing to live in the community and their homes. This pilot program was established by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), Section 224, that was enacted into law on April 1, 2014. Within the Act, AOT is defined as “medically prescribed mental health treatment that a patient receives while living in a community under the terms of a law authorizing a state or local court to order such treatment.” Grants will only be awarded to applicants that have not previously implemented an AOT program. “Not previously implemented” means that even though the state may have an AOT law, the eligible applicant has not fully implemented AOT approaches through the courts within the jurisdiction that they are operating in. In addition, grants will only be awarded to applicants operating in jurisdictions that have in place an existing, sufficient array of services for individuals with SMI such as Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), mobile crisis teams, supportive housing, supported employment, peer supports, case management, outpatient psychotherapy services, medication management, and trauma informed care. A portion of the grant funding may be used to enhance the array of services. AOT (also known as involuntary outpatient commitment, conditional release, and other terms) involves petitioning local courts to order individuals to enter and remain in treatment within the community for a specified period of time. AOT is intended to facilitate the delivery of community-based outpatient mental health treatment services to individuals with SMI that are under court order as authorized by state mental health statute. The AOT grant program aligns with SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives on Trauma and Justice and Recovery Support. For more information on SAMHSA’s six strategic initiatives, you can visit https://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/strategic-initiatives. The AOT grant program is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest. AOT grants are authorized under Section 224 of PAMA. SAMHSA has consulted with the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Justice, the HHS Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation and the Administration for Community Living on the FOA. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 16, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $13,250,000

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

CFDA Number: 93.997

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283059

Department of Housing and Urban Development:

1. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Jobs Plus Initiative

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the availability of funding of approximately $15 million for the Jobs Plus program for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to develop locally-based approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes for Public Housing residents. The NOFA will fund initiatives to improve employment and earnings outcomes for Public Housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy. To help applicants with the electronic application registration and submission process, the Department advises applicants to use the checklists, user guides, and other help features located at SAM.gov and Grants.gov websites. Both websites provide access to instructions and answers to frequently asked questions which are updated periodically.

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 13, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $15,000,000

Award Ceiling: $3,000,000

Award Floor: $1,000,000

CFDA Number: 14.895

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282902

Department of Justice:

1. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention: Studies Program on Trauma and Justice-Involved Youth 

OJJDP is seeking applications for funding under its fiscal year (FY) 2016 Studies Program on Trauma and Justice-Involved Youth. This program will support original research; design expansions to current research; and/or secondary analysis of existing data to provide objective, independent knowledge about (1) the developmental pathways of youth from violence exposure and trauma to justice involvement; (2) the implications of justice involvement on possible retraumatization; and (3) the development of culturally appropriate, evidence-based trauma-informed practices. OJJDP is particularly interested in proposals that seek to investigate the experiences of youth whose justice system involvement is often understudied, specifically youth who are Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, LGBTQI, and girls.

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 23, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $450,000

Award Ceiling: $75,000

CFDA Number: 16.540

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283663

2. Bureau of Justice Statistics: Methodological Research to Support National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) seeks an applicant to conduct methodological work to develop improved strategies for the production of national estimates of children's exposure to violence. The focus of the work under this solicitation is to review and assess the recent administrations of OJJDP's National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) and to make recommendations on the items to be included in the survey instrument, frame development, the sampling plan, modes of data collection, strategies for reducing non-response bias, reference periods for trend analysis, and the viability of supporting various subgroup estimates. Work will include 1) reviewing previous approaches used to collect NatSCEV data, 2) analyzing data collected in previous administrations of NatSCEV, 3) designing alternative data collection strategies and methodologies to increase the utility of the data, 4) conducting cognitive and pilot tests to evaluate the propose alternatives and 5) providing detailed cost estimates for administering the various proposed approaches

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 24, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Award Floor: $250,000

CFDA Number: 16.734 

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283666

3. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-Based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community

The goal of this program is to support jurisdictions to develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry to increase public safety and reduce recidivism for individuals reentering communities from incarceration who are at medium to risk for recidivating. Within the context of this initiative, reentry is not envisioned to be a specific program, but rather a process that begins when the individual is first incarcerated (pre-release) and ends with his or her successful reduction in risk of recidivism and community reintegration (post-release). This process should provide the individual with appropriate evidence-based services including reentry planning that addresses individual criminogenic needs identified through information obtained from an empirically validated risk/needs assessment that also reflects the risk of recidivism for each individual. The reentry plan should reflect both specific and ongoing pre-release and post-release needs, and a strategy for ensuring that these needs are met throughout the duration of the reentry process.

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 9, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,000,000

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

CFDA Number: 16.812

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282907

4. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice Evaluation of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

NIJ, in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is seeking applications to conduct preliminary evaluation activities to inform a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of the SAKI Initiative. Proposals are being sought in three areas of interest: 1. Conduct process evaluations, including descriptive case studies, of up to five advanced sites to provide important information for newer sites regarding what works. 2. Conduct evaluability assessments of the existing 20 sites and develop a comprehensive evaluation plan for the SAKI. 3. Assess proximal outcomes of 2015 SAKI Awards

Current Closing Date of Applications: June 10, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000

Award Ceiling: $2,000,000

CFDA Number: 16.560

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283043

National Endowment for the Arts:

1. Our Town 

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000

Current Closing Date of Applications: September 12, 2016

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Award Floor: $25,000

CFDA Number: 45.024

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283652

Department of the Interior 

1. Fish and Wildlife Service: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Partners for Fish and Wildlife 2016

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal, non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern and in coastal zones. The PFW Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. In the Great Lakes watershed, PFW biologists from eight states coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the PFW Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the PFW state coordinator PRIOR TO submitting an application for funding.

Current Closing Date of Applications: July 16, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $400,000

Award Ceiling: $25,000

CFDA Number: 15.662

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283879

8th Congressional District Awards 

The following entities have been recognized for thier efforts and awarded grants by a government agency:

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic was awarded funding by the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services for their health clinic.

The Initiative Foundation was awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their rural development program. 

Cook Area Health Services was awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services for their health center. 

Well Being Development of Ely was awarded funding from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services for a rural health network development plan. 

Tri-County Community Action was awarded funding from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services for their head start and early head start program. 

My highest priority is advocating for my constituents and I want to take every opportunity to connect people and organizations with resources that will further their work. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact my grants coordinator, Enid Swaggert, at Enid.Swaggert@mail.house.gov or 218-454-4078.

Sincerely,

Rick Nolan

 

Washington, D.C.
2447 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C.2051
 Tel: (202) 225-6211
Fax: (202) 225-0699

Duluth Office
Duluth Technology Village 
11 E. Superior St. #125
Duluth, MN 55802  
Tel: (218) 464-509
 Fax: (218) 464-5098

Brainerd Office
Brainerd City Hall 
501 Laurel St. 
Brainerd, MN 56401
Tel: (218) 454-407
 Fax: (218) 454-4096

Center City Office
313 North Main St.
Center City, MN 55102
Tel: (218) 491-3131

Chisholm Office
Chisholm City Hall
316 West Lake St. #7
Chisholm, MN 55719
Phone: (218) 491-3114

 
 

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