SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

The SAFER grant program is composed of two activities:
Hiring of Firefighters – Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters – Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply

Eligible Applicants
• Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Separate applications must be completed for each activity. Applicants are limited to one application per activity, per application period. If an applicant submits two applications for the same activity during a single application period, both applications will be disqualified.
• Career fire departments may only apply for funding under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.
• Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district.
• National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.

Cost-share may be required. Contact us for more information about this program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

Public Humanities Project Grants, Deadline Jan. 11, 2017

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 analyze 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. NEH encourages projects that explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Proposed projects may include complementary components that deepen an audience’s understanding of a subject: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs.

Eligible Applicants:
State governments
County governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Special district governments

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

 

Public Humanities Project Grants, Deadline Jan. 11, 2017

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

Eligible applicants for the program are Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses.

An estimated $50 million in Budget Authority is available in FY2017 to fund:

  • Grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Guaranteed Loans for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Grants to contact Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development Assistance

Rural Small Business Projects must be located in a rural area with populations of 50,000 or less. The Agricultural Producer Projects can be located in rural or non-rural areas.

Application Deadlines for the year are as follows:

  • January 31, 2017       REAP Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
  • March 31, 2017          Grants of $20,000 or Less   AND   Grants Greater than $20,000 (unrestricted)
  • Guaranteed Loans are on a continuous application cycle and compete monthly

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

EPA Brownfield Assessment & Cleanup Grants, Deadline Dec. 20

The total funding available under the national competitions for Assessment and Cleanup Grants is estimated at $54 million subject to the availability of funds and other applicable considerations. EPA may expend up to 25 percent of the amount  appropriated for Brownfields Grants on sites contaminated with petroleum. EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 294 grants among assessment and cleanup grant types. Under this competitive opportunity, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 60 Cleanup Grants for an estimated $12 million.

Proposals will be evaluated based, among other factors, on the extent to which the applicant demonstrates: economic and environmental needs of the target communities; a vision for the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield sites and the capability to achieve that vision; reasonable and eligible tasks and use of grant funding; incorporation of equitable and sustainable approaches; community engagement, partnerships and leveraged resources to complete the project; and economic, environmental, health, and social benefits associated with the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield sites.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at specific brownfield sites owned by the applicant. An applicant can apply for up to $200,000 per brownfield site and can submit up to three site-specific cleanup proposals. Applicants that exceed the maximum number of proposals allowable for Cleanup Grants will be contacted, prior to review of any of the proposals by EPA, to determine which proposals the applicant will withdraw from the competition. A separate proposal must be submitted for each site.

An applicant must be the sole owner of the site that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant proposal and must own the site by December 20, 2016, in order to be eligible to receive a cleanup grant. The Brownfields Law requires applicants to provide a 20 percent cost share for Cleanup Grants.

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

EPA Brownfield Assessment & Cleanup Grants, Deadline Dec. 20

MDNR Invasive Species Grants, Deadline June 15

In the first two years of this program, more than $7.6 million in grant funding has gone to support invasive species education, control and management through 16 Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, as well as targeted projects to control invasive Phragmites, Eurasian watermilfoil, European frog-bit, feral swine and oak wilt.

“Preventing invasive species from being introduced to or gaining a foothold in Michigan is of the greatest importance to protecting our world-class natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities,” said DNR Director Bill Moritz. “We are eager to provide this vital funding to our community partners who are just as strongly committed to battling these land and water invaders.”

Administered by the DNR, the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program targets four key objectives:

  • Preventing new introductions of invasive species through outreach and education.
  • Monitoring for new invasive species as well as expansions of current invasive species.
  • Managing and controlling key colonized species in a strategic manner.
  • Responding to and conducting eradication efforts for new findings and range expansions.

Important program dates

Local, federal and tribal units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities may apply for funding to support invasive species projects conducted in Michigan. For this 2016 funding cycle, pre-proposals will be accepted through June 15 and requested full proposals must be submitted by Sept. 15.

Grant requests for 2016 projects can range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Applicants must commit to provide at least 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match. Proposals with match levels above 10 percent will receive higher ranking.

Competitive applications will outline clear objectives, propose significant ecological benefits, demonstrate diverse collaboration and show strong community support. Contact us for more information. Learn more about GFA at our website: http://gfa.tc.

MDNR Invasive Species Grants, Deadline June 15

Wetland Grants, Due May 13

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to build/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs.   All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement.
Wetland mapping as part of a project to build or refine a state/tribal/local government program to research, investigate, experiment, train, demonstrate, survey, and study the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution is eligible for funding. Wetland mapping and monitoring projects are eligible for funding under this announcement as they are considered studies or investigations that build or refine state/tribal/local government programs.
Examples of anticipated outcomes from the assistance agreements to be awarded under this announcement include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased understanding of a wetland’s condition;
  • Increased understanding of wetland ecologic condition at population scales (i.e., state, tribal, or regional);
  • Improved wetland protection efforts; • Increased understanding of the impacts of climate change on wetlands;
  • Improved wetland inventories and baseline condition assessments to address climate change and sea level rise effects;
  • Improved data to use in modeling potential hydrologic change, ecosystem/biogeographic shifts, wetland losses, or wetland increases on the landscape;
  • Increased understanding of how to ensure “no net loss” in quality and quantity of wetlands in the CWA 404 or state/tribal regulatory program;
  • Increased quantity of wetlands; • Increased quality of wetlands;
  • Improved baseline information on wetland extent, condition and performance to inform effective adaptation to climate change; and
  • Increased understanding of and ecological success of wetland/stream compensatory mitigation.

States and tribes can apply under Track One or Track Two. Local governments, interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and eligible universities that are agencies of a state government can apply under Track Two only.  Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Wetland Grants, Due May 13

SAFER Firefighter Grant, Deadline March 25

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).

This grant program is now open, with applications due by March 25. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

SAFER Firefighter Grant, Deadline March 25

NEA Challenge America Grant Program, Deadline April 14

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following objective: • Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.

Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
City or township governments
State governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
Special district governments
County governments
Additional Information on Eligibility:

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Grants awarded under these guidelines generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years. An organization that has received Challenge America grants in FY 2014, 2015, and 2016 may not apply for a Challenge America grant under these FY 2017 guidelines. Applicant Eligibility Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Grants awarded under these guidelines generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years. An organization that has received Challenge America grants in FY 2014, 2015, and 2016 may not apply for a Challenge America grant under these FY 2017 guidelines.

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit us online at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Challenge America Grant Program, Deadline April 14

NEA Art Works I Application, Deadline Feb. 18

The guiding principle of “Art Works” is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. “Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration. The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them.

To deepen and extend the arts’ value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, we want to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Eligible Applicants:
County governments
State governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed. Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts. To be eligible, the applicant organization must: • Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Legal Requirements” including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application. (All organizations must apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor are not allowed. See more information on fiscal sponsors.) • Have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. • Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts grant(s) previously received.

An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2017 categories: Art Works or Challenge America. An organization may submit one additional application under the Art Works category for a Creativity Connects project. The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed.

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit us online at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Art Works I Application, Deadline Feb. 18

NEA Art Works Creativity Connects Projects, Deadline March 3

Creativity Connects* is an initiative that will show how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field. A key component to the Creativity Connects initiative is a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology.

Art Works: Creativity Connects grants will seek to benefit the arts and non-arts sectors by:

  • Demonstrating the value of working with the arts.
  • Supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors.
  • Building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies.
  • Creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.

Eligible Applicants:
State governments
Independent school districts
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Special district governments
County governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Additional Information on Eligibility:

The official applicant must be an arts organization. An organization may submit only one application for an Art Work: Creativity Connects grant. An organization that submits an application to Art Works: Creativity Connects is still eligible to submit an application to other National Endowment for the Arts funding opportunities. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project. The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed.

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed. The official applicant must be an arts organization. An organization may submit only one application for an Art Work: Creativity Connects grant.

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Art Works Creativity Connects Projects, Deadline March 3