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New Opportunities and Funding: June 30, 2016

Simons Foundation: $90K for Africa Mathematics Project

The Africa Mathematics Project (AMP) of the Simons Foundation invites applications for grants to support mathematical activities in Africa, including research of faculty at African universities, the training of graduate students, and the organization of international exchanges and conferences.

Each AMP award will receive $90,000 per year for up to five years, which includes 20 percent for indirect costs (overhead) to the awardee’s institution. Continued support after the first three years will be contingent on the ongoing evaluation of the project.

Deadline for submission of proposals is August 31, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Notification of awards is planned for on or about July 1, 2017.

Minority Business Development Agency: $2 million in BAA Project Funding

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, seeks special projects and programs associated with (1) Inclusive Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship; (2) Business and Economic Rehabilitation in the Gulf States; (3) Federal Contracting Transition and Sustainability; (4) MBE Community Business Access to Capital; and (5) Business Innovation for the Next Generation.

The total funding period for the awards made under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) varies based on the proposal, but may be proposed for up to two (2) years. MBDA expects a total of approximately $2,000,000.00 per year to fund the financial assistance awards  through FY 2017.

Applicants must review and adhere to the full BAA and submitted no later than June 21, 2017.

Home Depot Grants: Community Impact Using the Power of Volunteers

The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, are available to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

Our primary goal is to provide grants and volunteer opportunities to support the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications, and/or weatherization of existing homes, centers, schools and other similar facilities.

This is a rolling application process. You will receive a decision on your application within six weeks of submission. The last day to submit applications in 2016 is December 31st.

Conservation Partners Program

The Conservation Partners Program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and other regional/initiative-specific partners.

Conservation Partners grants provide staff and technical assistance to private landowners in regions where some of the nation’s most crucial conservation issues can be addressed through Farm Bill programs. Funding priorities for this program seek to build the following capacities:

    • Expertise in comprehensive natural resource conservation planning
    • Discipline-specific expertise: aquatics, forestry, general ecology, rangeland ecology, wetlands, and wildlife
    • Resource-specific scientific expertise to support development of science-based tools. These might include wildlife habitat evaluation and management guidelines; best management practices to be used in association with NRCS conservation practice implementation (e.g., best management practices for the use of prescribed grazing for the management of native prairie for lesser prairie chickens)
    • Scientific expertise and experience to help facilitate integration of current scientific knowledge and technologies into NRCS/NFWF Conservation Initiatives
    • Technical expertise in developing methodologies to monitor, assess, evaluate and report on measurable resource conservation outcomes
    • Farm Bill program and marketing outreach to improve landowners’ and customers’ understanding of Farm Bill programs and NRCS practices, standards and strategic initiatives and increase landowner and partner participation.

Pre-Proposal Due Date: Monday, July 25, 2016; Full Proposal Due Date: Monday, September 19, 2016

Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $135 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Interested applicants may email for additional information. Deadline: August 24, 2016

Public Humanities Projects

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming.

This grant program supports a variety of forms of audience engagement. Applications should follow the parameters set out below for one of the following three formats:

    • Community Conversations: This format supports one- to three-year-long series of community-wide public discussions in which diverse residents creatively address community challenges, guided by the perspectives of the humanities.
    • Exhibitions: This format supports permanent exhibitions that will be on view for at least three years, or travelling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).
    • Historic Places: This format supports the interpretation of historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions, which might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.

    Deadline: Aug. 10, 2016

    Administration for Community Living — Learning Collaboratives for Advanced Business Acumen Skills

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to expand the readiness of community-based aging and disability organization (CBO) for contracting with integrated care entities, and prepare state and community-based aging and disability organizations to be active stakeholders and partners in the development and implementation of integrated care systems. To accomplish this, ACL intends to fund through this announcement one award to achieve the following tasks: Organize and conduct three to five topically-based action learning collaboratives to address issues such as continuous quality improvement, infrastructure and technology, generating and maintaining volume, data pooling, and more; and to provide targeted technical assistance to networks of community-based aging and disability organizations. Create knowledge and capture insights through these collaboratives to incorporate into future curriculum for national dissemination.

    Extended Deadline: July 28, 2016

     Mockingbird Foundation: Music Education for Children

    The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. (“Mockingbird”) offers competitive grants of up to $5000 to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in music education for children, defined as follows:

    • Music: Mockingbird is particularly interested in projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction. Mockingbird encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.
    • Education: Education may include the provision of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. Mockingbird is particularly interested in projects that foster self-esteem and free expression, but does not fund music therapy which is neither education nor music appreciation which does not include participation.
    • Children: Mockingbird is interested in targeting children eighteen years of age or younger, but will consider projects which benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. Mockingbird is particularly (though not exclusively) interested in programs which benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.

    Deadline: August 1, 2016

    USDA Rural Community Development Initiative

    Qualified private, nonprofit and public including tribal intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the funding. The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000 and $250,000. The Intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.

    Deadline: Jul. 22, 2016

    Public Engagement with Historical Records

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.  A grant normally is for one to three years. The Commission expects to make up to three grants of between $50,000 and $150,000.


    • Draft Deadline (optional):  July 26, 2016
    • Final Deadline:   October 6, 2016