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New Opportunities and Funding, March 2018

Corporation for National and Community Service Grant Competition Open

The Corporation for National and Community Service  has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity of up to $500,000 for the 2018 Community Conversations Research competition. The broad focus of the competition is to engage communities in conversations about civic health using participatory research approaches to facilitate civic engagement and strengthen community capacity to address local issues.

Institutions of higher education can apply to support academic and applied researchers who work with and in local communities to actively engage residents and other local stakeholders in a research process, identify a local issue of concern to the community, understand what may facilitate or hinder participation to address the issue, and create a collaborative action plan to increase engagement and build relationships to tackle the community-identified issue.

The deadline is April 10, 2018 at 5:00 EST. The first technical assistance call will be March 22, 2018 at 2:00 EST. Guidance on how to apply and technical assistance call information can be found here. Questions about the application process should be sent to

IARSLCE Call for Graduate Student Scholarship Applications

In an effort to acknowledge and honor outstanding graduate students IARSLCE invites applications for this year’s Graduate Student Scholarships. Descriptions and instructions for applying can be found on the IARSLCE website. Applications are due March 23. Nominees will be notified by mid-May. Contact Jeff Howard ( or Trina Van Schyndel ( if you have questions.

Alliance for Better Nonprofits

The 2018 Alliance for Better Nonprofits Board Excellence Conference will be held May 1 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Regas Building. This year’s keynote speaker is Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.  Visit the ABN website for a full list of upcoming events.

FEMA Youth Preparedness Council Accepting Applications

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinates responses to disasters that occur and overwhelm the resources of local and state authorities. Youth can make a difference in their community by joining FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). The YPC is open to students in grades 8 -11 across the nation.  As a member of the YPC, students can design and conduct local and national projects, add a youth viewpoint on emergency preparedness, help prepare their local area for emergencies, meet with FEMA regularly, and give input to FEMA leadership and staff. Students should submit a completed form, provide two letters of recommendation, and their academic records. Adults working with young people are encouraged to share the application. Applications are due March 18, 2018. For more information visit Youth Preparedness Council.

Closing Soon

Faculty Scholarships for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium are due March 19.