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Promise Zones Update: Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Community Connect Program

USDA is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect program. Community Connect is administered by USDA's Rural Utilities Service and helps to fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to provide service.

USDA plans to award up to $11.7 million in grants through the Community Connect grant program. The grants fund broadband infrastructure to help foster economic growth by delivering connectivity to the global marketplace. The grants also fund broadband for community centers and public institutions.

The minimum grant is $100,000 for FY 2016. The maximum award is $3 million. USDA announced new rules in 2013 to better target Community Connect grants to areas where they are needed the most. View the rules.

For more information on how to apply for grants, see page 22567 of the April 18, 2016 Federal Register.

Special Consideration Areas Category:
In accordance with 7 CFR 1739.1(a), applicants may receive special consideration if they submit documentation demonstrating that they will provide broadband service within the following areas (15 points):

  1. Tribal jurisdiction or trust areas,
  2. Promise Zone or
  3. Strike Force area 

In making a final selection among and between applications with comparable rankings and geographic distribution, the Administrator may take into consideration the characteristics of the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA), as identified in 7 CFR 1739.17(d).

For more information please refer to page 22571 of the Federal Register.

Application Deadline: June 17, 2016

More information is available on the USDA website.

Department of the Treasury
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program

The Department of Treasury is seeking applications for the 2017 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant program.

The LITC program provides matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to represent low income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS and to educate persons who speak English as a second language (ESL) about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers. LITC services must be provided free or for a nominal fee.

Deadline: June 20, 2016

Learn more about the LITC program.

View the LITC Funding Announcement.

Department of Education
Performance Partnership Pilot Program

The Department of Education is seeking applications for the Performance Partnership Pilot program.  The program enables pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth using new flexibility to blend existing Federal funds and to seek waivers of associated program requirements.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: May 26, 2016.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 27, 2016

View the P3 Funding Announcement.

Department of Health and Human Services
Health Center Program New Access Points

HHS is soliciting applications for the Health Center Program New Access Point (NAP) program. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to improve the health of the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by increasing access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.

NAP funding provides operational support for new primary health care service delivery sites (i.e., new access points). A new access point is a new service delivery site for the provision of comprehensive health care services. Applicants must propose at least one full-time, permanent new access point site that has primary medical care as its main purpose.

Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $50 million to support an estimated 75 New Access Point awards in Fiscal Year 2017. The maximum annual funding that can be requested in a NAP application is $650,000.

Eligible Applicants
Organizations eligible to compete for NAP funds include public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based, and community-based organizations. Applications may be submitted from new organizations or from existing award recipients to expand their network of service delivery sites to serve new underserved populations. See Section III in the NAP funding opportunity announcement for the full list of eligibility criteria.

Application Deadline: This is a two tier application. Phase 1 - Grants.gov: must be completed and successfully submitted via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm EDT on June 17, 2016.

Phase 2 - HRSA EHB: must be completed and successfully submitted by 5:00 pm EDT on July 15, 2016.

More information is available on the HHS website.

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