Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 2 Alert # 4 - February 26, 2013


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From The Funding Information Center, 2/19/13icon

National HIV Prevention Conference Postponed
After much consideration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to postpone the National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC), originally scheduled for 2013, until late 2014 or early 2015.
NHPC is a vital conference for HIV prevention in the United States as it provides a unique forum where interested parties come together to learn from each other about the newest science and the best practices in HIV prevention.
From CDC e-HAP FYI Updates e-mail, 2/21/13icon

Liberating 990 Data
By Beth Simone Noveck, founder and director of the White House Open Government Initiative
Every year in the United States approximately 1.5 million registered tax-exempt organizations file a version of the “Form 990” with the IRS and state tax authorities. While the questions vary between the version for private foundations or small nonprofits, the 990 collects details on the financial, governance and organizational structure of America’s universities, hospitals, foundations, and charities to the end of ensuring that they are deserving of tax exempt status. These organizations, which together pay $670 billion in wages and benefits annually, create America’s education, culture, art, religion, science, and provide many of the social services upon which our communities depend.
With a national movement in the U.S. to shrink the role of government, nonprofits may be expected to expand their programs as they step in to fill essential needs. The role of nonprofits may now become even greater – and deserving of greater scrutiny.
The data that the IRS collects about nonprofit organizations present a great opportunity to learn about the sector and make it more effective. Yet this data could be made far more useful than it is today. It’s time to “liberate” 990 data and make it easier to gain insight into the workings of America’s nonprofits.
The IRS does make nonprofits’ Form 990 returns available, but only on DVDs for a high fee. A single year’s worth of 990s costs over $2,500, arguably to recoup the costs of pressing and mailing all these discs. But there is no reason to charge for the Form 990 data at all. Just as most people have gotten accustomed to sharing large files via a service like Drop Box; it would be simple for the IRS to publish the returns online for anyone to download in bulk for free. This week two groups committed to government transparency, Public Resource and the Internet Archive, used their own resources to post 12 years of returns online, demonstrating that it can be done.
As President Obama declared on his first day in office, “Information maintained by the Federal government is a national asset,” and IRS data on nonprofits is important and valuable information that should be available to everyone.
The DVDs are only part of the problem. Even if you can afford to buy the DVDs with Form 990 data, as some organizations and news media do, the data on them is contained in image files, which are created by scanning the printed Form 990s rather than putting their data into a searchable database. Image files are useful only for reading about one nonprofit organization at a time. The sector deserves comprehensive and computable data that can be openly aggregated, searched, checked, and analyzed.
In the long run, as a condition of being a nonprofit, organizations should be required to file the Form 990 electronically, rather than on paper, and the IRS should publish those returns in formats that lend themselves to doing aggregate analytics, creating visualizations and building analytic tools.
The IRS can start releasing in a timely fashion the data it holds that is filed electronically in computable form without waiting until all returns are electronically filed. There’s some debate about how much authority the IRS has to make changes like this on its own, and whether they would require Congressional action. Others argue that under the Freedom of Information Act, they must release the data. But we don’t need to wait for either a legal battle or for the IRS or Congress: The groups that now independently analyze IRS data can and should take the lead.
Today, the Foundation Center, GuideStar, the Urban Institute, Johns Hopkins’ Center for Civil Society Studies, and Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy spend millions each year on converting the IRS images of the Form 990 into clean data that a computer can ingest and use to perform analysis and develop visualizations. They’ve had to do this conversion because there has been no comprehensive set of open data about the nonprofit sector available to them or the many others who would take advantage of it. But rather than replicating each other’s efforts and then charging for access to the results, these groups could follow a more collaborative, open model. (Some of these groups are beginning to explore a collaboration.)
At least for the short term, incumbent organizations whose goal it is to provide data about the nonprofit sector and who raise philanthropic dollars to do so can stand in the place of government and make a data resource on nonprofits available. These organizations and those who fund them should take their cue from Public Resource and Internet Archive by pooling their resources and collaborating to develop a single, open and comprehensive 990 database that is available and free to all.
It will reduce the costs of data management for these incumbents and make the task of converting IRS data more efficient. And it need not threaten their revenue models: What they lose on the sale of bulk data, they can more than make up for by providing new tools and analytic services.
More important, free, open, analyzable data on nonprofits will enable more innovators, researchers, and entrepreneurs to use the data to benefit the sector. There are now many examples of public benefits that have come from “opening up” government data. When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published its database of hospital infection rates online in a computable format, Microsoft and Google were able to mash it up with mapping data to create an application that shows infection rates for local hospitals across the country. This tool readily allows anyone — from the investigative journalist to the parent of a sick child — to see which hospitals are safest. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration freely and publicly provides weather and forecast data online, and that data provides the backbone for such services as the Weather Channel. The GPS data we use to get from work to home were made available for civilian use by President Ronald Reagan, who saw the impact these data could provide as a public good. Cities have unlocked the data on when public transit runs and to where, making bus and subways easier to catch than ever before.
A comprehensive source of high-quality data on nonprofits, structured to allow comparisons and analyses across different organizations in the sector, would greatly enhance and accelerate research about the sector and make it possible to:
1. Do more extensive, in-depth empirical research on the sector as a whole, including sector-wide issues such as the impact of the economic downturn on nonprofits, the geographic distribution of nonprofit services, and the efficiency of the nonprofit sector in delivering services;
2. Combine the 990 data with other datasets, such as those on government spending, to better understand the relationship between public and private dollars in providing social services;
3. Query the data to address issues relating to specific nonprofits, such as gaining greater insight into 501(c)(4) organizations that engage in lobbying or finding trends and outliers in executive compensation;
4. Recognize fraud early, anticipate abuses, and target enforcement more efficiently and effectively; and
5. Enable more people and organizations to analyze, visualize, and mash up the data, creating a large public community that is interested in the nonprofit sector and can collaborate to find ways to improve it.
Above all opening up 990 data would attract many new and innovative people who would bring energy, enthusiasm and creativity to developing tools to help the neediest among us access better services, nonprofit providers to become more effective and efficient, and everyone to understand the role of the nonprofit sector in our economy better. Instead of only the work that Guidestar’s and Indiana’s employees have the time to do, many more people could begin to create apps, develop visualizations, and do research than have been able to today.
With open Form 990 data, we can expect to see again what we are now seeing in many sectors: When experts of all kinds have access to open data, it becomes a catalyst for creative problem solving and community innovation.
From Stanford Social Innovation Review e-mail, 2/7/13icon

Public Funding Opportunities

AETC Education for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: HRSA-13-253
SOURCE: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
$ AVAILABLE: $350,000 for five awards.
ELIGIBILITY: State governments, public, private, and state controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), collegiate schools of nursing centers, academic health centers, and other public or private nonprofit entities accredited by a national nurse education accrediting agency.
PURPOSE: The intention of this funding opportunity is to establish nurse practitioner and physician assistant HIV/AIDS primary care education programs designed to train nurse practitioners and physician assistants in HIV/AIDS care and treatment.
CFDA: 93.145
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see
From HRSA Web site, accessed 2/20/13icon
Subject(s) nursing, health professions training, HIV/AIDS

Animal Friendly Grants: ZOONOSIS-0543.1
SOURCE: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Zoonosis Control Branch
$ AVAILABLE: In Fiscal Year 2014, approximately $200,000.00 is expected to be available. The specific dollar amount awarded to each successful respondent depends upon the merit and scope of the proposal and other best value considerations and is at the sole discretion of DSHS.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible respondents include 1) a private (for-profit or nonprofit), for-profit entity or public releasing agency (animal shelter); 2) an organization that is qualified as a charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3), that has animal welfare or sterilizing dogs and cats owned by the general public at no or minimal cost as its primary purpose; or 3) a local nonprofit veterinary medical association.
PURPOSE: The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Zoonosis Control Branch (Program) announces the expected availability of Animal Friendly funding for the State Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This funding, to be used for Spay and Neuter Projects, is to make grants to eligible organizations that sterilize dogs and cats owned by the general public at no or minimal cost. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is not limited to this source of funding if other sources become available for this project.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Charlotte Jackson, (512) 458-7470, e-mail: For more information see
From DSHS Client Services Contracting Unit (CSCU) e-mail, 2/15/13icon
Subject(s) veterinary medicine

Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino/a Populations – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center: HRSA-13-151
SOURCE: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
$ AVAILABLE: $550,000 for one award.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include public and private nonprofit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, institutions of higher education; and nonprofits having a 501 (c)(3) status with IRS. Applicants must have significant experience.
PURPOSE: Under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), a cooperative agreement will be issued to support one organization for up to five years to evaluate and provide technical assistance for up to eight demonstration projects funded under a separate FOA, Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino(a) Populations – Demonstration Sites (HRSA-13-154).
CFDA: 93.928
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see
From HRSA Web site, accessed 2/20/13icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services, minority health

Dental Reimbursement Program: HRSA-13-171
SOURCE: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
$ AVAILABLE: $550,000 for one award.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants are limited to dental schools and other dental education programs, that were described in 777(b)(4)(B) Public Health Service Act.
PURPOSE: This announcement solicits applications for the Part F Dental Reimbursement Program (DRP) to expand HIV services and education and training. These services target low-income, underserved people living with HIV/AIDS. The primary purpose of the DRP is to improve access to oral health care services for patients with HIV and to train dental and hygiene students and dental residents to deliver HIV/AIDS dental care.
CFDA: 93.924
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see
From HRSA Web site, accessed 2/20/13icon
Subject(s) dental health, HIV/AIDS services

Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health: CDC-RFA-DP13-1305
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 3/19/13 for enhanced component only. Application: 4/19/13.
$ AVAILABLE: $380 million for 76 awards.
ELIGIBILITY: There are two components to this FOA: a non-competitive basic component that will be awarded to all 50 states and the District of Columbia if a technically acceptable application is submitted, and a competitive enhanced component that will provide funding for up to 25 states. All states and DC are eligible to apply for the enhanced component.
PURPOSE: CDC has announced the availability of FY 2013 funds to implement State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health.
CFDA: 93.945
CONTACT: CDC Procurement and Grants Office, TIMS, Phone (770) 488-2700. For more information see;jsessionid=LyvZRm5MhGwBLLxF03G1Sj2gLXDr4cT2SLyXqGKF1fYFlQBmVLM4!76571900?oppId=221573&mode=VIEW
From CDC e-mail, 2/21/13icon
Subject(s) public health, diabetes, cardiovascular/heart disease, obesity, school health

STD Surveillance Network (SSuN): CDC-RFA-PS13-1306
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4/30/13. Letter of Intent Deadline Date is 3/15/13. If you chose to submit a LOI it must be received via express mail, delivery service, fax, or e-mail to: Mark Stenger, MA SSuN Co-Project Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of STD Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop E-02, Atlanta, GA 30333, Telephone: (404) 639-8260, e-mail: Application Deadline Date: April 30, 2013, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time, on
$ AVAILABLE: $30 million for 18 awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for complete eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The activities described in this FOA are designed to generate new data that will address longstanding gaps and issues in national STD surveillance. Additionally, this FOA will fund innovative and robust collaborations with private and public healthcare partners and model technological approaches to integrated STD surveillance that make sustainable use of advances in electronic health data.
CFDA: 93.977
CONTACT: CDC Procurement and Grants Office, TIMS, Phone (770) 488-2700. For more information see;jsessionid=ltDLRbhST4yrYwyk7psfQJY59y2Gy6GHdMwWCG93Q2JLLmC3yBmM!1423013708?oppId=220497&mode=VIEW
From CDC e-mail, 2/21/13icon
Subject(s) technology, sexually transmitted disease

Private Funding Opportunities

2013 Community Service Grants
SOURCE: Massage Therapy Foundation
$ AVAILABLE: Community Service grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations that provide massage therapy to individuals who currently have little or no access to such services.
ELIGIBILITY: To qualify, organizations must: be classified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code; have been in existence for at least one year in the state where the proposed services are to be provided; and currently provide some therapeutic or other service programs to the community.
PURPOSE: The Massage Therapy Foundation is accepting applications for its 2013 Community Service program, which is designed to promote working partnerships between the massage therapy profession and community-based organizations.
CONTACT: For more information email:
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest Health Funding watch e-mail, 2/20/13icon
Subject(s) health promotion/wellness, community health services

2014 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards
SOURCE: McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
$ AVAILABLE: Each year, up to four awards are given. Awards provide $100,000 a year for three years. Funds may be used for a variety of research activities but not the recipient's salary.
ELIGIBILITY: Investigators who are citizens of the United States or lawful permanent residents conducting research at institutions in the U.S. are invited to apply. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; research faculty in annually renewable positions are not eligible to apply.
PURPOSE: The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To that end, the fund assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.
The McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award supports programs that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, or behavioral level in animals and humans.
Priority will be given to proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.
CONTACT: Eileen Maler, (612) 333-4220, e-mail: For more information see
From The Foundation Center's Phillanthropy News Digest Health Funding watch e-mail, 2/20/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, mental health

Faculty Development Program for Physicians from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
$ AVAILABLE: Amos Scholars will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant toward support of their research activities.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the award, applicants must be physicians or dentists from a historically disadvantaged background (ethnic, financial, or educational); a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and in the process of or finished with their formal clinical training.
PURPOSE: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds committed to achieving senior rank in academic medicine or dentistry and willing to encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians and dentists.
The program offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to universities, schools of medicine and dentistry, and research institutions to support the research and career development of physicians and dentists from historically disadvantaged backgrounds interested in developing careers in academic medicine and dentistry and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background.
Each scholar will study and conduct research in association with a senior faculty member who is located at an academic center noted for the training of young faculty and who is pursuing lines of biomedical, clinical, or health services research of interest to the scholar.
CONTACT: Nina Ardery, (317) 278-0500, e-mail: For more information see
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest Health Funding watch e-mail, 2/20/13icon
Subject(s) health professions training, medical research

Grants for Small Organizations
SOURCE: eWomenNetwork Foundation
$ AVAILABLE: The foundation awards individual grants of $6,000 to small entrepreneurial organizations working to address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible organizations must have been in existence for more than three years and have an annual budget between $25,000 and $1 million.
In addition to cash grants, the foundation will sponsor representatives of grantee organizations to attend a special program at the eWomenNetwork International Conference and Business Expo, August 8-11, 2013, in Dallas.
Organizations affiliated with a national organization will not be considered for a grant.
PURPOSE: The eWomenNetwork Foundation is accepting grant proposals from nonprofit organizations working to improve the emotional and financial well-being of women and children.
CONTACT: For further information, please send an email to For more information see
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 2/15/13icon
Subject(s) minority health, women’s health, children’s health

Ima Hogg Community Education Grants for Children's Mental Health
SOURCE: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: Texas-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, including higher education institutions, are eligible to respond.
PURPOSE: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health seeks letters of interest for the Ima Hogg Community Education Grants for Children's Mental Health.
The grant program will fund training projects for people who do not have a mental health background and who work with children and youth in Houston and Harris County.
Please read the request for letters of interest thoroughly before submitting a letter. Feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be eligible or interested.
The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg, and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. 
CONTACT: Inquiries must be submitted by email to No phone calls, please.
From The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health e-mail, 2/18/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, children's health

Patient-Centered Coordinated Care Program
SOURCE: Commonwealth Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Inquiry are accepted ongoing.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Patient-Centered Coordinated Care Program, an initiative of the New York City-based Commonwealth Fund, is accepting Letters of Inquiry for projects designed to improve the quality of primary health care in the United States, including efforts to center care around the needs and preferences of patients and their families.
The program supports efforts to strengthen primary care by promoting the collection and dissemination of information on patients' healthcare experiences and on physician office systems and practices that are associated with high-quality patient-centered care; assist primary care practices with the adoption of practices, models, and tools that can help them both become more patient-centered and coordinate more closely with hospitals, specialists, and other public and private healthcare providers in their communities; and inform the development of policies to encourage patient- and family-centered care in medical homes.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest Health Funding watch e-mail, 2/20/13icon
Subject(s) community health services, health policy research


Linking Aging & HIV Service Providers
SPONSOR: AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) and the Montrose Center
WHEN: February 28 and March 1, 9:30 am to 4 pm.
WHERE: Montrose Center, 401 Branard Street, (Houston, TX).
DESCRIPTION: ACRIA facilitators will discuss the epidemiology of HIV among the elder population, the statistics and data relevant to the Greater Houston area, co-morbid conditions affecting older adults, prevention strategies, challenges, and treatment issues. The presenters also will address the specific challenges in Houston to addressing HIV prevention and treatment and the strengths elder and HIV services can build upon.
Are you prepared to talk with seniors about safer sex? Can you tell them where to go to get tested for sexually transmitted infections? These are just two of the many topics we need to think about as service providers in 2013 and beyond. Thirty years ago, the first cases of HIV/AIDS were just being discovered. HIV/AIDS is still here. Treatment has changed. People have changed. We’ve gotten older. Patients are living longer. Senior service providers and HIV/AIDS service providers have developed expertise and created best practices based on the populations they serve. It’s time to establish a connection.
COST: Free, but to attend e-mail Hanna Tessema at
CONTACT: Hanna Tessema, e-mail:
From DSHS HIV/STD Program HIV-STD Insider e-mail, 2/20/13icon

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