Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 10 Alert # 2 - October 8, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Shutdown: What It Means for Grantmaking Agencies
So it's begun. And even if it is over by the time you read this, the politics of trying to get a continuing resolution (CR) through Congress will dominate the headlines. And even though it has been 17 years since the last federal government shutdown, this piece is designed to help you make plans for the "next time."
The news is filled with what the shutdown means for taxpayers. But what does this mean for grant seekers?
* Competitive grants
Under a shutdown, for the most part government agencies are not able to make any new awards or contracts, or sign agreements to continue existing awards (albeit there are some exceptions). The staffers who prepare RFPs are going to be on furlough, as are most (though not all) officials with management responsibilities over grants that are already awarded.
The news isn't all bad: The Federal Register will continue to be published (mainly because of statutory requirements concerning the posting of certain regulations), and RFPs which have already been developed for FY 2014 can potentially be posted in the FR, alerting potential applicants to competitions for which they can prepare grant proposals. The government's website, Grants.gov, should also remain operational, but with less staff support).
* Individual benefits
Key programs such as Social Security and Medicare will continue to provide benefits, as is the case with other entitlement programs where payments are funded via permanent entitlement authority.
* Formula, block grants and other programs
Activities funded with appropriations of budget authority that do not expire at the end of the fiscal year, such as multiple-year appropriations or appropriations which still have budget authority available for obligation at the time of a funding gap, can continue.
Programs which involve the safety of human life or protection of property, as long as the threat is real and imminent, can continue to operate.
* Agencies plans
Department of Health and Human Services: The vast majority of employee furloughs would be among grantmaking and employee extensive agencies such as the Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Community Living and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Funds for the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance program would be available today, due to advanced appropriations enacted in the 2013 appropriations legislation.
Medicare would in the short term be relatively unaffected by a lapse in appropriations
CMS would continue a "large portion” of Affordable Care Act activities, including:
1. Coordination between Medicaid and Health Insurance Marketplaces.
2. Insurance rate reviews.
3. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
4. Pre-existing Condition Insurance plan activities.
Indian Health Service: IHS would continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through HIS clinics. However, HIS would not be able to provide grant funding to tribes and urban Indian health programs.
Health Resources and Services Administration: HRSA would continue activities funded through sources other than annual appropriations, including Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, and Maternal Infant and Child Health Home Visiting Program. Among the programs HRSA would not be able to provide payments for are the Children's Hospital GME Program, AIDS Drug Assistance Program, and Emergency Relief Grants and Comprehensive Care.
Administration for Children and Families: ACF would continue mandatory funded programs such as the Personal Responsibility Education and Health Professional Opportunity grant programs. Child support and foster care services would continue because they receive advanced appropriations in the FY 2013 appropriations process. ACF would not be able to make new discretionary grants, nor continue quarterly formula grants for TANF, child care, Social Services Block Grant, child welfare programs and the Community Service Block Grant programs.
Administration for Community Living: ACL would continue to support Aging and Disability Resource Centers and healthcare fraud activities supported through mandatory appropriations. Programs like Senior Nutrition, Native American Nutrition and Support Services, Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, Long-Term Care Ombudsman program and Protection and Advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities would not be funded.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: No new grants; existing programs such as suicide prevention or other national hot lines would continue.
National Institutions of Health: Patient care would continue, but no new research grants would be awarded.
Center for Disease Control: Most domestic programs would be put on hold, with the exception of the Vaccines for Children program.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Oversight would continue on projects funded by the Patient Center Outcomes Research Trust Fund. No new grants or awards will be available.
Also, publication of the CDC NPIN Funding Announcement is suspended due to the government shutdown. Publication will restart when government operations resume.
From CD Publications and The Funding Information Center, 10/1/13icon

Study Finds U.S. Foundations Gave $50.9 Billion in 2012
Giving by domestic foundations continued to grow at a moderate pace in 2011 and 2012, despite economic and political uncertainty in the United States and around the globe, a new study from the Foundation Center finds.
According to the report, Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, the country's 81,777 foundations held $622 billion in assets and distributed $49 billion in grants in 2011 — an amount estimated to have reached $50.9 billion in 2012. The outlook for 2013 is for continued modest growth overall.
The report also found that, once again, health and education were the top priorities of the country's largest foundations, accounting for almost half of all grant dollars; that 35 percent of all grant dollars awarded by the nation's largest foundations were specifically intended to benefit the economically disadvantaged; and that the single largest award made in 2011 was a five-year, $967 million grant to the Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — which topped the list of international grant makers with $3.9 billion in giving, and was second on the domestic grantmaking list with $482 million in giving, behind the Walton Family Foundation ($1.4 billion).
Key Facts on U.S. Foundations is the primary publication in which the Foundation Center documents the overall size of the U.S. foundation community and provides perspective on the giving priorities of the nation's largest foundations. The report includes analyses of grantmaking trends among 1,122 of the largest U.S. foundations by issue area, type of support, population served, and grantee location.
"It may not be the boom years of the late 1990s or mid-2000s, but the good news is that it looks like U.S. foundations will continue to provide a stable source of support for new ideas and ongoing programs that improve lives around the world," said Steven Lawrence, the Foundation Center's director of research and author of the report. "What's more, this new flagship publication reflects the Foundation Center's commitment to communicating philanthropy's contribution to making a better world by delivering relevant knowledge in an accessible format."
“U.S. Foundation Giving Reaches an Estimated $50.9 Billion in 2012 Despite Continuing Economic Instability, Giving Grows Ahead of Inflation.” Foundation Center Press Release 10/01/13.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 10/1/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Human Islet Research Network (HIRN) Coordinating Center (U01): RFA-DK-13-013
SOURCE: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 1/27/14. Application: 2/27/14 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
Please check with source about possible changes in deadline before and after the federal government shutdown ends.
$ AVAILABLE: NIDDK intends to commit $1 million total costs to fund one award in FY 2014.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, U.S. territories or possessions, Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized), Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement will provide support for a Coordinating Center that will provide the administrative infrastructure for the NIDDK funded Human Islet Research Network (HIRN).
CFDA: 93.847
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-13-013.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon
Subject(s) diabetes, medical research

Human Islet Research Network Bioinformatics Center (HIRN-BC) (U01): RFA-DK-13-014
SOURCE: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 1/27/14. Application: 2/27/14 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
Please check with source about possible changes in deadline before and after the federal government shutdown ends.
$ AVAILABLE: NIDDK intends to commit $500,000 total costs to fund one award in FY 2014.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, U.S. territories or possessions, Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized), Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will provide support for a Bioinformatics Center that will provide the expertise and infrastructure needed to enhance sharing and utility of data and resources to be produced by the NIDDK-funded Human Islet Research Network.
CFDA: 93.847
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-13-014.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon
Subject(s) diabetes, medical research

Improving Access to Hearing Health Care (SBIR) [R43/R44]: RFA-DC-12-004
SOURCE: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 9/22/13. Application: 10/22/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
Please check with source about possible changes in deadline before and after the federal government shutdown ends.
$ AVAILABLE: NIDCD intends to commit approximately $2 million in total costs in FY 2012 and $2 million in total costs in FY2013 to fund three to five new grants.
ELIGIBILITY: Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose the development and translation of technologies to improve hearing healthcare outcomes. Responsive applications must seek to increase utilization of hearing health care technology by underserved patients and thus reduce health disparities.
CFDA: 93.173
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DC-12-004.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon
Subject(s) hearing/deafness, health disparities

Improving Access to Hearing Health Care (STTR) [R41/R42]: RFA-DC-12-005
SOURCE: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 9/22/13. Application: 10/22/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
Please check with source about possible changes in deadline before and after the federal government shutdown ends.
$ AVAILABLE: NIDCD intends to commit approximately $500,000 in total costs in FY 2012 and $500,000 in total costs in FY2013 to fund one to two new grants.
ELIGIBILITY: Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose the development and translation of technologies to improve hearing healthcare outcomes. Responsive applications must seek to increase utilization of hearing health care technology by underserved patients and thus reduce health disparities.
CFDA: 93.173
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DC-12-005.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon
Subject(s) hearing/deafness, health disparities

Research to Improve the Care of Persons at Clinical High Risk for Psychotic Disorders (Collaborative R01): RFA-MH-14-210
SOURCE: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 12/6/13. Application: 1/6/14 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
Please check with source about possible changes in deadline before and after the federal government shutdown ends.
$ AVAILABLE: NIMH intends to commit approximately $5 million in FY 2014 to fund an estimate of five to six awards in response to this FOA and the companion announcements.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, U.S. territories or possessions, Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized), Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: Given the highly disruptive and disabling nature of psychotic disorders, early intervention has been recommended as a means of preventing psychosis onset among at-risk individuals, as well as averting other adverse outcomes such as mood syndromes, substance abuse disorders, and functional decline in social, academic, and vocational domains. This funding opportunity announcement, along with the companion announcements, aims to support research that will inform a step-wise approach to early psychosis intervention in the United States. The goals of this initiative are to encourage applications that (1) test the effectiveness of interventions that target symptomatic and functional difficulties associated with clinical risk states for psychosis; (2) test hypotheses regarding mediators/mechanisms of action of these interventions; (3) create an evidence base to inform stepped-care models of early psychosis intervention; and (4) determine the feasibility for implementing such approaches in community-based treatment settings.
CFDA: 93.242
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-14-210.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, medical research

Research to Improve the Care of Persons at Clinical High Risk for Psychotic Disorders (R01): RFA-MH-14-211
SOURCE: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 12/6/13. Application: 1/6/14 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
Please check with source about possible changes in deadline before and after the federal government shutdown ends.
$ AVAILABLE: NIMH intends to commit approximately $5 million in FY 2014 to fund an estimate of five to six awards in response to this FOA and the companion announcements.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, U.S. territories or possessions, Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized), Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: Given the highly disruptive and disabling nature of psychotic disorders, early intervention has been recommended as a means of preventing psychosis onset among at-risk individuals, as well as averting other adverse outcomes such as mood syndromes, substance abuse disorders, and functional decline in social, academic, and vocational domains. This funding opportunity announcement, along with the companion announcements, aims to support research that will inform a step-wise approach to early psychosis intervention in the United States. The goals of this initiative are to encourage applications that (1) test the effectiveness of interventions that target symptomatic and functional difficulties associated with clinical risk states for psychosis; (2) test hypotheses regarding mediators/mechanisms of action of these interventions; (3) create an evidence base to inform stepped-care models of early psychosis intervention; and (4) determine the feasibility for implementing such approaches in community-based treatment settings.
CFDA: 93.242
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-14-211.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, medical research

Research to Improve the Care of Persons at Clinical High Risk for Psychotic Disorders (R34): RFA-MH-14-212
SOURCE: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 12/6/13. Application: 1/6/14 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
Please check with source about possible changes in deadline before and after the federal government shutdown ends.
$ AVAILABLE: NIMH intends to commit approximately $5 million in FY 2014 to fund an estimate of five to six awards in response to this FOA and the companion announcements.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, U.S. territories or possessions, Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized), Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: Given the highly disruptive and disabling nature of psychotic disorders, early intervention has been recommended as a means of preventing psychosis onset among at-risk individuals, as well as averting other adverse outcomes such as mood syndromes, substance abuse disorders, and functional decline in social, academic, and vocational domains. This funding opportunity announcement, along with the companion announcements, aims to support research that will inform a step-wise approach to early psychosis intervention in the United States. The goals of this initiative are to encourage applications that (1) test the effectiveness of interventions that target symptomatic and functional difficulties associated with clinical risk states for psychosis; (2) test hypotheses regarding mediators/mechanisms of action of these interventions; (3) create an evidence base to inform stepped-care models of early psychosis intervention; and (4) determine the feasibility for implementing such approaches in community-based treatment settings.
CFDA: 93.242
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-14-212.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, medical research


Private Funding Opportunities

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Innovations in Rural Health Award
SOURCE: Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/31/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Three $25,000 prizes will be awarded.
ELIGIBILITY: Anyone or any organization across the U.S. is invited to participate. Applicants are encouraged to think big.
PURPOSE: The Kate B. Reynold's Charitable Trust seeks applicants who have original, innovative solutions to improve health in rural communities.
Applicant submissions will be judged on the following five criteria:
1. Address difficult or long-standing issues of prevention and treatment
2. Demonstrate transferability. Ideas need to be relevant to rural and economically distressed regions of North Carolina
3. Be consistent with high-impact work in other rural places
4. Show potential for impact within three to five years
5. Show signs of success
Applications will be accepted from any individual or organization, but must be able to be implemented in distressed regions of North Carolina.
CONTACT: E-mail questions to ruralprize@kbr.org. For more information see http://kbr.org/news/announcing-2014-innovations-rural-health-award
From Rural Assistance Center Health Update e-mail, 9/30/13icon
Subject(s) rural health, minority health

Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group
SOURCE: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) and governmental organizations in Texas are eligible to submit proposals. Respondents must be Texas-based or have offices, chapters or affiliates in Texas.
$ AVAILABLE: Depending on the quality of proposals received, the foundation plans to award one grant of up to $300,000 over the course of three years.
PURPOSE: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations in Texas to respond to this request for proposals (RFP) to coordinate, support and sustain an existing Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group. The goals of the leadership group are to identify and address systemic barriers to seclusion and restraint reduction, identify best practices and promote alternatives to seclusion and restraint, and recognize and celebrate successful organizational culture change.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/uploads/documents/RFP%20SRR%20Leadership%20Group%20Coordination%20Final1.pdf
From The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health e-mail, 10/1/13icon
Subject(s) mental health


Events

QuickBooks for Nonprofits
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation
WHEN: October 16-18. Day one and day two: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm and day three 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
WHERE: Quick Book Answers LLC, 8531 N. New Braunfels Ave., Suite 209, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: In this highly interactive, hands-on QuickBooks for Not-for-Profit Organizations workshop, you will learn how to maximize this software in your nonprofit organization. New users will become confident in using QuickBooks and existing users will discover new tips and advice to move their use to the next level. Learning is facilitated through demonstrations geared especially to nonprofit users of QuickBooks. No prior experience is required.
COST: $295.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751.
From San Antonio Area Foundation e-mail, 9/30/13icon

ED Essentials: Intensive Training for Nonprofit Executives
SPONSOR: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success
WHEN: October 17-18 and 24-25, 9 am to 4 pm.
WHERE: Greenlights, 7703 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 400, (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: ED Essentials is the ideal course for nonprofit executive leaders who are new to the role or who want to be sure they have a solid understanding of all major aspects of nonprofit management. This popular, intensive program takes place over 4 full days of training (9am to 4pm on Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18, Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25).
The course covers the following topics:
* Overview of the nonprofit sector in Central Texas.
* The role of the executive director/CEO.
* Analysis and discussion of communication and leadership styles.
* Organizational life cycles.
* Change management.
* Healthy and effective board/ED relationships.
* Financial management and fiscal planning.
* Fundraising theories, strategies and best practices.
* Staff and volunteer management.
* Program development, evaluation and outcomes reporting.
* Partnerships and collaborations.
* Nonprofit communications and external relations.
Class size is limited so that participants can be part of an intimate network of leaders as they strengthen their skills and address each member's own organizational issues through problem-solving exercises, role-play, presentation and discussion. You'll walk away with lots of practical materials, real-life advice, a cohort of peers and countless strategies to help you and your organization succeed.
COST: $450 members / $525 non-members.
CONTACT: If you have any questions, call (512) 477-5955 ext. 252.
From Greenlights Web site, accessed 10/4/13icon


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