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Upcoming Webinar

Combining Revitalization and Community Safety Webinar

Date and Time: December 7, 2015, 3:30 PM EST
Sponsor: LISC
Call-In Number: 866-740-1260
Access Code:4559883
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Meeting Details:
Given the connection between vacant and blight properties and crime in residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors, it’s vital for law enforcement to be involved in creating redevelopment strategies – but what should those partnerships look like?  Representatives from Dayton, Ohio and Austin, Texas will discuss how building strong alliances between community and law enforcements leaders has led to the revitalization of residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors in their own communities. From residential rehabilitation to multifamily and small commercial redevelopment, these communities have leveraged Department of Justice Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grants to build a collaborative strategy across community groups, developers, and local police departments.

Practitioners from multiple sectors involved in community building and safety efforts will benefit from the discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters during the webinar.

Funding Opportunities

Environmental Protection Agency
FY 2016 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants

EPA announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, integrated pest management, and wastewater-related training.

The total funding available under this competitive opportunity is approximately $3,500,000, subject to availability of funds, quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations for FY 2016. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 17-18 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements at amounts up to $200,000 each.

Deadline: January 14, 2016

Applicants are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

View the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Public and Indian Housing
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program

HUD announces the availability of new funding to help local communities across the country to redevelop severely distressed public and HUD-assisted housing and transform surrounding neighborhoods.

HUD anticipates awarding approximately 4 Planning and Action Grants not to exceed $2 million each, and approximately 4 Planning Grants not to exceed $500,000 each. If funds are appropriated by Congress, HUD may, at its discretion, use additional FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods funding to make additional awards under this NOFA.

Bonus Points
In support of certain inter-agency initiatives, HUD awards bonus points to projects where the preponderance of work will occur in a designated zone, community or region. These points will be awarded only if the application otherwise meets or exceeds the Program's minimum fundable score based on the rating factors of this NOFA.HUD will award two (2) points for qualified activities within a designated zone or area and supporting either or both initiative(s). In no case will HUD award more than two bonus points for these activities.

To receive Promise Zones Bonus Points, applicants must submit form HUD 50153, Certification of Consistency with Promise Zone Goals and Implementation, signed by the Promise Zone Official authorized to certify the project meets the criteria to receive bonus points. To view the list of designated Promise Zones, please go to the Promise Zones website. For more information, please refer to pages 48-49 of the application.

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant funds are available for public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and tribal entities. Applicants must submit a completed electronic application through www.grants.gov by February 9, 2016.

Read HUD’s Funding Notice.

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration

$100 Million TechHire Grants Competition

Earlier this year, President Obama announced that as a part of the TechHire initiative, the Administration would commit $100 million to expanding accelerated tech training. On November 17, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the application for those grants. DOL will award $100 million or more in H-1B funds, including at least $50 million specifically dedicated to supporting young Americans, ages 17 - 29, with barriers to training and employment, to partnerships that can rapidly train and connect workers to well-paying, high-growth jobs across industries such as information technology, health care, and advanced manufacturing.

Read DOL’s Funding Notice.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 4:00 PM EST on March 11, 2016.

Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration

FY 2016 Economic Development Assistance Programs

Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills this mission through strategic investments and partnerships that create the regional economic ecosystems required to foster globally competitive regions throughout the United States. EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. Specifically, under the Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic condition.

Special Need Criteria: For the purposes of determining eligibility based on a “Special Need”, an applicant must provide current and appropriate economic and demographic statistics for the applicable Region to support the identified Special Need. EDA will base its Special Need eligibility determination on whether the proposed project meets the specific requirements outlined below, or in cases where specific thresholds are not identified, on whether the data and information provided by the applicant presents a compelling case that the Region meets the Special Need criteria, as defined by EDA.

A project may be eligible pursuant to a Special Need if the project is located in a Region that meets the criteria described below (among others):

  1. Designation of the project region as a “Promise Zone.” In order to receive consideration for this Special Need, applicants must submit a letter from the lead organization of a designated Promise Zone attesting to the contribution that the proposed activities would make, and supporting the application. A list of designated Promise Zones and lead organizations can be found on the Promise Zones website. For more information, please refer to page 11 of the application.

Deadline: EDA is employing a new two-phase review process for proposals/applications submitted under this FFO. There are no submission deadlines. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP FFO. Proposals will be reviewed by EDA within 30 days of receipt; and following the proposal review, full applications will be reviewed within 60 days of receipt. Please see Section IV of this FFO for complete information on EDA’s two-phase review process.

Read EDA’s Funding Notice.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Development

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program

The USDA Rural Development Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP) program provides eligible utilities with low-cost federal financing for energy efficiency and conservation in rural communities of a population of 20,000 or less.  Utility borrowers design their own Energy Efficiency programs and can re-lend Rural Development funds to end-users to meet their energy needs. Borrowers can also upgrade their systems to furnish the energy needs of their customers more efficiently. Learn more about the EECLP program.

More information is available on the USDA Rural Development website.

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