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New Engagement Funding: Nov. 14, 2014

Volunteer Tennessee: AmeriCorps Community Funding

Volunteer Tennessee expects to award approximately $2.4 million in grant funds; however, the actual level of funding will be subject to the availability of annual appropriations, which have not yet been made. For fiscal year 2015, this Funding Opportunity will focus grant making in six focus areas: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS and Volunteer Tennessee will provide grants to programs that demonstrate that they will engage AmeriCorps members in an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach to providing a service intervention that will result in intended solutions to community problems (e.g., based on proposed program’s performance and evaluation data or research demonstrating the effectiveness of a similar intervention). Deadline for submission is November 21, 2014.

The Big Read now accepting grant applications for community reading programs

The Big Read is supported by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). They are funding programs that brings reading to the center of American culture. Successful Big Read programming should facilitate and encourage reading and discussion of the selected book or poet. In addition, through effective partnerships, organizations should supplement book-based programming with creative and engaging community activities. Grants range from $2,500-$20,000. Deadline for this application is January 28, 2015.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections accepting grant application for preservation programs

This grant is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations. All applicants are to focus on sustainable preventive conservation strategies. Deadline for applications is December 3, 2014. 

Youth Service America, Sodexo Foundation: Hunger Service Projects

Grants of up to $400 will be awarded for youth-led projects that bring together young people, families, and other community members to address childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. Applicants between the ages of 5 and 25 are eligible to apply. Projects will take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015

Arbor Day Foundation: Urban Forestry Projects

Program offers ten grants of $20,000 each in support of innovative urban forestry initiatives in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods across the country. Grants will support the purchase of trees, tree planting assistance and maintenance, and educational activities. Municipalities are encouraged to apply in partnership with community partners such as nonprofit organizations, schools, and businesses. Eligible local communities must be a current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA , which includes Knoxville, Alcoa, and several other local cities.  Deadline: December 1, 2014

Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)

Note: The following is a limited submission opportunity. The NIH only allows The University of Tennessee – Knoxville (including UTSI) to submit one application. The listed Notification of Interest deadline (11/21/201412 PM) therefore will be strictly enforced. Subscribe to the limited submissions listserv here. View limited submission opportunities here.

The NIH encourages Research Conference Grant (R13) applications to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia. The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions and community organizations to identify opportunities for reducing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance existing academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities; and (3) develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas. Thus, it is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs.

The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: preterm birth; infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); maternal mortality; reproductive health; uterine fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; violence prevention; perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; asthma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; pediatric injury prevention; and medical rehabilitation.

Interested individuals should submit a notification of interest to by November, 21, 2014 at 12 p.m. Notifications of interest received past this deadline will not be considered.

The subject heading of your email should state your name, your department and the name of the limited submission opportunity (ex. PIERCE, Benjamin Franklin / Engineering / NIH CBPR). In your email include:

  • Name and contact information of PI
  • Name and contact information of potential collaborators
  • Brief description of Proposed Research including focus area ( max 1 page in PDF format)

Only individuals who have e-mailed their intent to propose by November 21, 2014, at 12 p.m may be allowed to participate if an internal competition is necessary.


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