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New Opportunities and Funding: April 19, 2016


Call for Nominations: Recognition of Exemplary Contributions through Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement recognizes individuals and teams whose research contributes significantly to understanding and advancing community engagement, across all approaches and all educational sectors. The purpose of the following awards is to encourage, catalyze, support, share, and leverage high quality research.

  • Distinguished Career Recognition acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through a body of work that has broad and deep impact on service-learning and community engagement—including the study of it, the practice of it, and the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken. The deadline for nominations is May 24, 2016.
  •  Early Career Recognition acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through an emerging body of work that has begun to demonstrate broad and deep impact on service-learning and community engagement — including the study of it, the practice of it, and the cultures and/or systems within which it is undertaken. The deadline for nominations is May 24, 2016.
  •  Dissertation Recognition acknowledges and celebrates a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry and has the potential for impact — including on the study of it, the practice of it, and/or the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken. The deadline for nominations is May 24, 2016.

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Prize

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge is a collaboration between the Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association (APHA) and National Association of Counties (NACo) and is administered by CEOs for Cities. It is a $1.5 million prize competition where small- (65,000 – 250,000 population) to medium-sized (250,000 – 600,000 population) U.S. cities, counties and federally recognized tribes will compete to move the needle toward healthier and more equitable communities. The Challenge recognizes health is much more than just health care. Therefore, to participate in the Challenge, communities must build strong cross-sector teams focused on public health issues of critical importance to their communities. The goal of the Challenge is to develop practical, evidence-based strategies to improve measurable health outcomes and promote health and wellness, equity and social interaction. The lead entity can be a representative of any small- to medium-sized city or county government, federally recognized tribal leader, non-governmental organization (NGO), academic institution, local business or private sector organization that can effectively engage with all of the relevant partners. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2016.

Call for Submissions: Education Sciences Special Issue “Sustainability, Environment and Education”

This Special Issue of Education Sciences will engage the global field of education research and practice in the intersections of sustainability, environment, and education. Authors from diverse disciplines are encouraged to submit papers that critically explore how educational research and practice can engage and inform deep relationships with the environment with an imperative for sustainability of human and natural well being. The editors invite contributions from researchers and scholars that challenge the assumptions of education for exploitation at the expense of the human and natural condition. The Special Issue will attempt to address the dynamic interplay of sustainability and environmental knowledge, skills and affect in education research and practice. The deadline for manuscript submissions is October 1, 2016.

Free Webinar: “Demystifying Youth Voting – Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t”

In this webinar sponsored by American Democracy Project and The Democracy Committment, CIRCLE’s Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Abby Kiesa will present research that will help the audience learn more about youth voting trends, particularly focusing on the 2016 election, what research tells us about why young people do or don’t vote, and what barriers, if any, young voters face at the polls. The presenters will also facilitate a discussion about some promising practices on how to engage college students to get mobilized and mobilize others.  Some of the practices will go outside of the college campuses, for example, by connecting college students with high schools.  Audience participation is highly encouraged, both through questions and sharing ideas. This webinar will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST.

Call for Proposals: Conference for Community Arts Education

The Conference for Community Arts Education addresses the specific needs of nonprofit arts education organizations and provides the support they need to expand equitable access to arts learning opportunities in their communities. This year’s conference will focus on creating a more favorable environment for this work through collaborations within and beyond the arts sector, strategic partnerships, research, leadership development, and community building. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, IL November 2 – 5, 2016. All arts education stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to the conversation. The program will include a wide range of events: full-day pre-conference training institutes, roundtables, workshops, working meetings, networking events, site visits, plenary sessions, consultations, panel presentations, and more. The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2016.

Call for Proposals: Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is soliciting proposals designed to accelerate the development of creative, robust and sustainable interprofessional initiatives in which graduate nursing and one or more other professions actively learn and work together with individuals and their families in community-based clinical settings. The goal of the initiative is for health and other professional schools, with a history of collaboration, to work together with a community partner and the individuals and families that it serves to develop innovative, creative and sustainable interprofessional clinical initiatives that accelerate their existing interprofessional education and collaboration work. Up to 20 graduate nursing programs that collaborate with one or more professional schools and a community clinical setting will receive up to $50,000 for a two-year initiative. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2016.

Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests grant applications for the Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. This program will accept proposals for three project types: 1) Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed $50,000); 2) Community Outreach Projects (awards not to exceed $150,000); and 3) Multistate Education and Training Projects (awards not to exceed $400,000).

  1. Pilot Projects will support the development and implementation of new and potentially high-risk, high-impact food safety education and outreach programs in local communities that address the needs of small, specialized audiences from among the various target groups.
  2. Community Outreach Projects will support the growth and expansion of already-existing food safety education and outreach programs currently offered in local communities. These projects will enable existing programs to broaden their scope by reaching out to a larger number of participants, or to expand the programs to new and broader audiences.
  3. Multistate Education and Training Projects will support the development of multi-county, state-wide, or multi-state food safety education and outreach programs. These projects will encourage collaborations among counties and states sharing common food safety concerns, even though they may not necessarily be located within the same region.

The deadline for applications is June 2, 2016.

Bank of America Community Development and Basic Needs Funding Opportunities

Through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, funding is directed to meet the needs of low-income communities, with a particular focus on revitalizing neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing basic needs, such as hunger and homelessness. There are two current requests for proposals:

  • Community Development: Affordable housing and community development remain a cornerstone of healthy, vibrant  communities. The Foundation partners with local, national and global nonprofit organizations addressing pressing community development issues vital to each community’s long-term economic health. This funding opportunity supports affordable housing, neighborhood preservation, community revitalization initiatives, as well as the delivery of integrated services connecting individuals and families with financial education tools, resources and benefits to achieve their financial goals. The application period is April 19 – May 6, 2016.


  •  Basic Needs: The Foundation is focused on addressing basic needs, including hunger, homelessness, and lack of access to benefit resources. This program supports nonprofit partners that assist individuals and families at their immediate point of need, as well as organizations that deliver longer-term solutions such as access to financial education and coaching. The Foundation supports integrated services that help people overcome barriers, develop better money habits and become financially secure. The application period is July 18 – August 5, 2016.

NSF 2016 STEM for All Video Showcase

This year’s video showcase will take place May 17 – 23 and will focus on Advancing STEM Learning for All: Sharing cutting edge work and community discourse. More than 150 projects will showcase three-minute videos of their innovative work broadening participation and access to STEM. Researchers, practitioners, administrators, policy makers and the general public are invited to view the videos and to interact with each of the presenters online. Video submissions are also invited. The video must be under three minutes and be designed to effectively convey an intervention, innovation or research’s potential impact, promise and challenges. The deadline for submissions is April 28, 2016.