Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 5 Alert #3 - May 21, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

The RFP for EMS Local Projects Grants is out. Please see the listing at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/fic/AL24-4-4.shtm#E
From Funding Alert, 4/23/13icon(1)

DSHS makes Modification to EMS Local Projects Grants RFP
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is removing the requirement in Section V. DSHS Administrative Information, D. 2, that states contractors must use an accounting system that does not permit overwrite or erasure of transactions posted to the general ledger.
This addendum is located in Package # 5 using the following link: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=105338
From DSHS Client Services Contracting Unit e-mail, 5/15/13icon(1)

Five Reasons Your Nonprofit Isn't Raising Money
The majority of nonprofits struggle to bring money in the door. And they often don’t know why. When you are on the inside of an organization that is used to doing things a certain way it can be nearly impossible to see new opportunities, to understand what you could do differently. There can be many reasons why a nonprofit doesn’t bring enough money in the door.
But here are the top 5 reasons a nonprofit struggles financially:
* Too Many Programs Drain Money from Your Organization.
It sounds like a truism — you struggle with money because your programs cost money. But the reality is that few nonprofits analyze their programs to determine each one’s individual impact on the bottom line. Often they will add a new program because it has an impact on the mission (or because a single funder wants the program), without understanding how the new program fits into the organization’s overall financial picture. The end result is an organization that is stretched to the breaking point. Nonprofits must analyze all of their programs to understand their impact not just on mission, but also on finances, then they can make decisions about where to more sustainably focus resources.
* You’re Leaving Money Up to One Person.
The financial engine of a nonprofit must be a team effort. Yes, it is important, if you are large enough, to have a staff member whose sole job is to think about money, but you cannot leave it all up to her. The entire organization, from the front line program staff all the way up to the chair of the board must understand the critical importance of money and what role they individually play in securing it. Although program staff won’t actively solicit donors, they can still share client stories with donors, write blog or newsletter articles, participate in program tours with donors, and even suggest new ideas for tying money to their programs. And there are countless ways for board members to bring money in the door, but you have to make sure they are aware of and doing their part.
* You’re Not Effectively Telling Your Story.
It is so common for nonprofit staff and board members, who believe so passionately in their cause, to think that it’s obvious to outsiders why they should get involved. But it isn’t. And in an increasingly crowded social change marketplace it is more important than ever that nonprofits be able to articulate, in a compelling way, what value they are providing a community.
* You’re Doing What Everyone Else Does.
It drives me crazy when a nonprofit that is struggling financially witnesses another nonprofit’s fundraising activity and tries to replicate that perceived success, without analyzing if it makes sense. Just because it looks like a recent gala or a new thrift store rakes in the money doesn’t mean a) that it did actually make a profit for the nonprofit and b) that it would make a similar profit for your nonprofit. The key is to make the best use of your specific assets as an organization. Think about what value you have to offer and who might be interested in paying for that value. For example, a homeless shelter could financially partner with local businesses to move people away from storefronts and into more stable and life-changing accommodations. You have to analyze what you have to offer and who specifically would be willing to pay for that value.
* You’re Not Investing in Your Money Raising Function.
If you don’t have enough or the right kind of staff in place to raise money it is little wonder that you struggle. And if you’re not giving them effective tools they will be at a loss. Think about your financial engine and the various revenue streams you employ. Do you have the technology, staffing, systems, materials, space you need to raise money well in those ways? For example, if you want to raise money from individuals you need an effective database system that tracks contact information, interactions, history, and interests. Whatever ways you bring money in the door, you need to ensure you have enough and the right kind of tools to do it well.
From TexasNonprofits e-mail, 5/16/13icon(1)


Public Funding Opportunities

FEMA Calls for 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards
SOURCE: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 6/5/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: These awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event.
PURPOSE: To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by June 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. E.D.T. and are required to feature program activities taking place during the period of January 1, 2012 through June 5, 2013. FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A distinguished panel of judges from the emergency management industry will select a winner in each of the following categories:
* Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives.
* Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives.
* Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives.
* Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness.
* Preparing the Whole Community.
* Awareness to Action.
* Community Preparedness Heroes.
CFDA: None listed
CONTACT: If you have questions regarding the awards and application process, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet on the URL. If you cannot locate the answer to your question within the FAQ, please submit any inquiries to citizencorps@fema.gov.
From FEMA e-mail, 5/13/13icon(1)
Subject(s) biodefense/bioterrorism, public health, emergency medicine

Notice of Open Enrollment Notice for Hospitals: 53802-13-0007
SOURCE: Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8/31/13 at 3 pm.
$ AVAILABLE: This is not a competitive bid and there is no bid package.
ELIGIBILITY: Contractor must submit documentation of current Medicare certification, Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) certification or Det Norske Veritas (DNV) accreditation, Texas Department of Health certification and license or Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) certification as required by the Commission. Such documentation shall be submitted initially and upon renewal to the Commission.
PURPOSE: This is a notice of Open Enrollment period for “Hospital Services” rendered on behalf of Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) consumers with disabilities.
Service to include the following: Inpatient and/or Outpatient Hospital Services necessary to correct or substantially modify, within a reasonable period of time, a condition which is stable or slowly progressive. Inpatient services include room, board, and professional services for more than a 24-hour duration. Outpatient services include professional services for less than a 24-hour duration.
If you do not already have an enrollment contract with DARS for Hospital Services and are interested in providing this service and need further information, please contact us by email at michael.labinski@dars.state.tx.us.
Please include in the email, your name, your company name, address, email address, Vendor Identification Number, phone number and fax number.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Michael Labinski, (512) 424-4545, e-mail: michael.labinski@dars.state.tx.us. For more information see http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=102341
From Electronic State Business Daily Web Site, accessed 5/16/13icon
Subject(s) community health services, health care facilities, disabilities

Notice of Open Enrollment for Professional Medical Services: 53802-13-0002
SOURCE: Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8/31/13 at 3 pm.
$ AVAILABLE: This is not a competitive bid and there is no bid package.
ELIGIBILITY: Contractor’s credentials must be an MD, DDS, or a PhD.
PURPOSE: Local Medical Professional Services: In direct support of existing or prospective consumers, DARS needs to contract with professional staff in the medical field who shall conduct a medical review of data on specific consumers. Contractors shall discuss the medical aspects of cases with DARS counselors.
If you are interested in providing these type of services and meet the requirements stated above, please contact us by email at lisa.trueper@dars.state.tx.us. Please include in the email, your name, your company name, address, email address, Vendor Identification Number, phone number and fax number. Note: Entering into a contract with DARS for these services does not guarantee that services will be utilized.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Lisa Truepe, (512) 424-4816, e-mail: lisa.trueper@dars.state.tx.us. For more information see http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=102333
From Electronic State Business Daily Web Site, accessed 5/16/13icon
Subject(s) community health services, disabilities

Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R25): RFA-OD-13-009
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 6/3/13. Application: 7/3/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: OBSSR and participating Institutes and Centers intend to commit an estimated total of $1.7 million per year for Fiscal Years 2014-2018.
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), issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and participating Institutes and Centers invite Research Education Grant (R25) applications to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate short courses in innovative methods for behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Methodological domains include but are not limited to experimental design, data collection, measurement, and data analysis and visualization.
CFDA: 93.398, 93.867, 93.233, 93.839, 93.939, 93.837, 93.866, 93.273, 93.286, 93.865, 93.279, 93.173, 93.121, 93.859, 93.242, 93.213
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-13-009.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 5/17/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, health professions training

Substance Use Disorders and Molecular Regulation of Brain Energy Utilization (R01): RFA-DA-14-005
SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 7/15/13. Application: 8/15/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: NIDA intends to commit $2 million in FY2014 for RFA-DA-14-005 and RFA-DA-14-006. NIDA anticipates supporting two to five R21 awards and two to three R01 awards.
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: The purpose of this FOA is to support projects investigating the interplay between molecular regulation of brain energy utilization and brain and/or behavioral changes resulting from chronic exposure to abused substances.
CFDA: 93.279
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-14-005.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 5/17/13
Subject(s) medical research, substance abuse research

Substance Use Disorders and Molecular Regulation of Brain Energy Utilization (R21): RFA-DA-14-006
SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 7/15/13. Application: 8/15/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: NIDA intends to commit $2 million in FY2014 for RFA-DA-14-005 and RFA-DA-14-006. NIDA anticipates supporting two to five R21 awards and two to three R01 awards.
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: The purpose of this FOA is to support projects investigating the interplay between molecular regulation of brain energy utilization and brain and/or behavioral changes resulting from chronic exposure to abused substances.
CFDA: 93.279
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-14-006.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 5/17/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, substance abuse research


Private Funding Opportunities

Congenital Heart Disease Research
SOURCE: Children's Heart Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 6/7/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of two years.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, investigators must be affiliated with an educational institution or nonprofit organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
PURPOSE: The Children's Heart Foundation is accepting proposals from investigators for clinical research projects related to discovering the cause and improving the methods for diagnosing, treating, and preventing congenital heart defects.
Grants will be awarded for new research in the areas of molecular genetics/biochemistry, devices/procedural research (catheterization & surgical), and long-term care of children with congenital heart defects as they become adults.
CONTACT: The Children’s Heart Foundation, (847) 634-6474, Fax (847) 634-4988.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 5/10/13icon
Subject(s) children's health, cardiovascular/heart disease, medical research

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association Foundation Invites Letters of Intent for the 2013 Research Award
SOURCE: Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association Foundation (HOPA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 6/14/13.
Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by 9/16/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants totaling $50,000 will be awarded.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, researchers must be members of HOPA, excluding standing members of the HOPA Foundation and HOPA board members.
PURPOSE: The HOPA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association, is accepting Letters of Intent for the 2013 HOPA Foundation Research Award, which recognizes projects that facilitate the efforts of hematology/oncology pharmacists to optimize the care of individuals affected by cancer.
Grants will be awarded to up to three hematology/oncology pharmacy practice research projects that align with the strategic plan of the HOPA Foundation. Pharmacy practice is broadly defined as including areas such as outcomes, surveys, patient safety, standards validation, and translational science applications. Multiple institutions may be involved in the project, and co-principal investigator projects are allowed.
CONTACT: Susan Floutsakos, e-mail: sfloutsakos@connect2amc.com. For more information see http://www.hoparx.org/foundation/default/research-grant-announcement.html
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 5/10/13icon
Subject(s) cancer research

Lowe Syndrome Association Seeks Applications for Clinical Research Projects
SOURCE: Lowe Syndrome Association
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 6/15/13.
$ AVAILABLE: One-year grants of up to $25,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Researchers of all types are eligible, including but not limited to those affiliated with universities, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations.
PURPOSE: The Lowe Syndrome Association is accepting applications from clinical investigators for projects that lead to a better understanding, treatment, and prevention and/or cure of Lowe syndrome/OCRL/Oculocerebrorenal Syndrome.
Grants will be awarded for projects aimed at promoting a better understanding of the metabolic basis of Lowe syndrome and/or developing a better understanding of and improved treatments for major complications associated with the disease.
CONTACT: Christine Knight at http://www.lowesyndrome.org/Feedback/GrantFeedback.html. For more information see http://www.lowesyndrome.org/Research/Grants/index.html
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 5/10/13icon
Subject(s) children's health, medical research, mental health


Events

Board Summit
SPONSOR: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success
WHEN: June 6, 6 to 8:45 pm.
WHERE: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum "The Bob," (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: If you've been thinking about sharing your time and talents with the community by joining a nonprofit board of directors, the Board Summit is for you! This one-of-a-kind event is designed to help you get to know 60 diverse, locally-based nonprofit organizations who are seeking talented professionals like you to add new energy and leadership to their boards:
* Network with more than 500 business, nonprofit and other community leaders.
* Enjoy a catered reception.
* Attend a special presentation about the tremendous impact you can have on our community as a board member.
* Learn about the major roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members and discover how to ask the right questions to ensure you find a great fit for your skills and interests.
Nonprofit board members get an insider's view of an organizations challenges and successes, influence organizational strategy, develop new skills and connect with other community leaders.
COST: $35.
CONTACT: If you have any questions, call 512-477-5955 ext. 252.
From Greenlights Web site, accessed 5/17/13icon

VolunTier Course 2: Re-energizing and Expanding Your Volunteer Program
SPONSOR: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success
WHEN: June 13, 8:30 am to noon.
WHERE: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, 7703 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 400, (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Are you a volunteer manager interested in expanding your volunteer program? Need help in defining how? VolunTier 2 is tailored for the experienced volunteer engagement manager who is ready to expand current or introduce new volunteer programming.
We will share program successes and dig deep with your peers who are implementing effective, innovative volunteer engagement tactics. We will discuss how to use metrics and communication tactics to create your own volunteer brand strategy and give you practical tools to help you devise a workable volunteer programming plan to build and grow a sustainable and robust volunteer program.
You will learn how to: track and report volunteer activity and progress to the right people and why; design and implement a customized brand strategy for your program; maximize volunteer potential and effectiveness through volunteer leaders; and secure staff buy-in through training staff to work with volunteers.
COST: $55 Greenlights members / $95 non-members.
CONTACT: If you have any questions, call 512-477-5955 ext. 252.
From Greenlights Web site, accessed 5/17/13icon


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