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Funding Opportunities

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2016

AmeriCorps has been an important part of advancing Administration priorities, including the Promise Zones. AmeriCorps has announced a funding opportunity that may be of interest to your organization or community.

In the FY 2016 AmeriCorps competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Disaster Services - improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
  • Economic Opportunity - increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity youth, both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members
  • Education - improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM) or addressing student and school needs through School Turnaround AmeriCorps programming
  • Environment - 21st Century Service Corps
  • Veterans and Military Families - positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength
  • Governor and Mayor Initiatives
  • Programming that supports My Brother’s Keeper
  • Multi-focus intermediaries that demonstrate measureable impact and primarily serve communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure. i.e. rural and other underserved communities
  • Safer communities - activities that focus on public safety and preventing and mitigating civil unrest e.g., summer programming or engaging communities that are part of The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.
  • Elder Justice AmeriCorps

Intent to Apply: A notification of intent to apply is REQUIRED and is due Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.

A separate Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes for either fully operational or planning grants will be released later in the Fall with an application deadline of Spring 2016.

Please visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website for details.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Community Food Projects Grant Program

The 2016 USDA Community Food Projects Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) has been released, with $8.4 million in grant funding available. Applications are due Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST.

Community Food Projects (CFP) are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. Eligible grant applicants include food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners.

Applicants for CFP, and Planning Projects (PP) awards are encouraged to seek and create partnerships with public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, including links with academic institutions (including minority-serving colleges and universities), and/or other appropriate professionals, community-based organizations, local government entities and Promise Zone lead applicant/organization or implementation partner, and StrikeForce area coordinators and/or partnering entities. Only the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements. Project partners and collaborators need not meet the eligibility requirements. When planning collaborations, see Part III, B in the RFA. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the successful completion of the project. See Part IV, D in the RFA.

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is providing free one-on-one technical assistance and resources to organizations interested in applying for the Community Food Projects Grant Program through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

View the Community Food Projects Grant Application.

Upcoming Webinar

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service

Farm to School Program

Thursday, October 29, 11:00 AM EDT: Join Deborah Kane, Director of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Office of Community Food Systems, for a review of the USDA Farm to School Program’s accomplishments and to discuss what lies ahead. Topics will include a review of new farm to school resources, preliminary results and plans for the second USDA Farm to School Census, and several new areas of emphasis, including farm to summer, farm to preschool, and incorporating traditional foods into child nutrition programs.

No registration required. To join, on Thursday, October 29 at 11:00 AM EDT:

  1. Access webinar
  2. Dial 1-800-988-0278 with participant passcode 1271320 for audio

This webinar will be recorded and made publicly available on the FNS Webinars and Videos webpage.


 
            
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