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Funding Opportunities

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service

IRS Accepting Applications for Part-Year Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grants in Identified Underserved Areas

The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for a part-year Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant from qualified organizations, in certain identified geographic areas, to provide representation to low income taxpayers and education about taxpayer rights and responsibilities to individuals who speak English as a second language.

The supplemental application period will close on April 1, 2016.

View the IRS Press Release.

View the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Announcement.

U.S. Department of Justice

Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applicants for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide mentoring grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing services and programs to help facilitate the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals as they return to their communities.

This solicitation is aimed at promoting more effective and successful reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals through the utilization of comprehensive, evidence-based wrap-around reentry plans that address the identified needs of the individuals and are supported by trained mentors. These needs are often related to housing, employment, substance abuse, and mental health.

Deadline: April 12, 2016

View the solicitation.

U.S. Department of Justice

Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applicants for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide mentoring grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing services and programs to help facilitate the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals as they return to their communities.

This solicitation is aimed at promoting more effective and successful reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals through the utilization of comprehensive, evidence-based wrap-around reentry plans that address the identified needs of the individuals and are supported by trained mentors. These needs are often related to housing, employment, substance abuse, and mental health.

A core component of programs supported under this solicitation is the utilization of trained mentors who are assigned to program participants. The assigned mentors then support the individuals’ preparations for release and help to link them to programs and services in the community that address their identified needs. In addition, mentors provide emotional support and encouragement to individuals returning from incarceration, hold them accountable throughout the treatment process and play active roles in promoting positive behavioral changes.

Deadline: April 12, 2016

View this solicitation.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects

This FOA has been modified to update the closing date listed on Grants.gov. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of individuals and families with low-income through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities.

Bonus Points (Maximum Points: 5):

  • Collaboration with Other Federal HFFI Programs and Certain Additional Federal Programs that Address Healthy Food Access
  • Underserved Areas: States or Trust Territories without Active CED-HFFI Grants
  • Underserved Areas: Projects Located in County with Persistent Poverty
  • Alignment with Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program

For more information, please refer to pages 52-54 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Deadline: April 27, 2016

View the CED- HFFI Funding Opportunity Announcement.

More information is available on the HHS website.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Community Economic Development Projects

This FOA has been modified to update the closing date listed on Grants.gov. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Community and Economic Development (CED) program, administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), will provide up to $17.7 million in grants ($800,000 maximum per project) to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of individuals and families with low-income through the creation of employment and business opportunities.

The CED program is built on the premise that non-profit CDCs know their communities and are poised to efficiently and effectively create new community economic development projects in their communities. The objective of the program is to support businesses that develop new products, services, and other commercial activities that result in the creation of new positions for individuals with low-income that:

  • Are ready to implement at the time of award;
  • Lead to increased self-sufficiency for individuals and families with low-income;
  • Create businesses and jobs in low-income communities that improve the livelihood of not only those who obtain those jobs but the community itself; and
  • Attract additional public and private funds to increase investment and quality of life in low-income communities.

Bonus Points (Maximum Points: 5):

  • Underserved Areas: States or Trust Territories Without Active CED Grants
  • Underserved Areas: Projects Located in County with Persistent Poverty
  • Alignment with Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program

For more information, please refer to pages 51 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Deadline: April 27, 2016

View the CED Funding Opportunity Announcement.

More information is available on the HHS website.

Upcoming Webinars

FY16 Second Chance Act Technology-based Career Training Grant Solicitation Webinar

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 2 PM EDT
Sponsor: National Reentry Resource Center

Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the grant program and application process. These grants will provide up to $750,000 for a 36-month project period to states, units of local government (including educational institutions considered to be units of state or local governments), territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. The goal of this program is increase the post-release employability of the incarcerated population in technology-based jobs.

Register online for this free webinar.

Webinar To Discuss Outreach for Working with Gang-Involved Clients

Wednesday, March 16,2016, 2-3 PM EDT
Sponsors: National Gang Center and the National Training and Technical Assistance Center

The National Gang Center (NGC), OJJDP, and the National Training and Technical Assistance Center will present “Street Outreach and Law Enforcement Collaboration: Prioritizing Safety When Working With Gang Members.” This 1-hour webinar will focus on how to conduct street outreach when gang-involved clients are in danger. Presenters will examine the importance of building collaborative relationships among outreach staff, police, schools, and justice systems to develop crisis response and safety plans. The work of NGC and the Houston Mayor's Anti-Gang Office will be discussed. The National Gang Center is supported by OJJDP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Register for this webinar.

Learn more about the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model for addressing communities' gang problems.

Access resources on juvenile gangs from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

FY16 Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Mentoring Grant Solicitation Webinar

Thursday, March 17, 2016 2 PM EDT
Sponsor: National Reentry Resource Center

Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the grant program and application process. These grants will provide up to $1,000,000 for a 36-month project period to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with a documented history of administering comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services. The goal of this program is to promote more effective reentry incarcerated individuals through the utilization of comprehensive, evidence-based wraparound reentry plans. A core component is the involvement of trained mentors who support the participants’ preparation for release and help link them to programs and services in the community based on their needs.

Register for this webinar.

Promise Zone Spotlight

Sacramento Promise Zone

On September 28, 2015, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced that the Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento and the City of Sacramento were awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to place the River District-Railyards area and its people back into the network of the city – physically, economically and socially.

As the western terminus of the First Transcontinental Railroad, the River District-Railyards area was once the hub for industrial, warehousing, and distribution activities in the region. But as other modes of transportation became available, the area steadily declined. Supported by an FY2011 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, the Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento, the City, the community, and their partners have designed a neighborhood Transformation Plan. Under this plan, the Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento and their development partner will replace the 218 public housing units at Twin Rivers with 487 mixed-income housing units in the neighborhood. The plan also leverages the Regional Transit and Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency’s commitment to build a new light rail station by establishing nearby, transit-oriented development.

In conjunction with this development, the City and its partners will oversee a focused set of neighborhood improvements, including increasing transit options and enhancing the Sacramento River Parkway. Additionally, the Transformation Plan creates opportunities and supports for Twin Rivers families to attain jobs in high-growth industries and improve their health. Further, the local School District will collaborate with a newly hired Education Specialist to increase the number of Twin Rivers children participating in early education, offer tutoring for students falling behind, provide households with wrap-around supports, and strengthen STEM curriculum.

Promise Zones In The News

WBFO 88.7:  A Promise Zone Designation Brings Economic Change


 
            
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