Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 9 Alert # 1 - September 3, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Fall Will See Wealth of ‘Creative’ Funding Opportunities
A new community-wide funding trend is heating up, with a major foundation increasing its involvement and several public and private funding opportunities due this fall.
The "creative place making" concept focuses on forming partnerships among public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Over the past year, the Kresge Foundation has been revamping its arts and culture to align with the concept. Its new Harvesting Leading Practices (http://kresge.org/programs/arts-culture/harvesting-leading-practices) aims to advance the body of knowledge around creative place making by supporting established practitioners, capturing and sharing lessons from their efforts.
Through 2014, the foundation will award up to 15 grants for activities integrating arts and culture in public green and civic spaces and transit-oriented development projects in distressed cities. The funds will go to 501(c)(3) nonprofits; there are no deadlines. Initial contact is through an inquiry submitted through an online application system (http://kresge.org/programs/arts-culture/apply-online-part-1).
Those focusing on the relatively new "Complete Streets" concept receive preference. Complete Streets (http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets/complete-streets-fundamentals/complete-streets-faq) are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.
The Kresge Foundation is a founding member of ArtPlace America, along with other large funders, including Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These funds go to 501(c)(3) nonprofits with an annual budget of at least $1 million. Average awards are generally in the $336,000 range.
Creative place making projects designed to accomplish the following: bring new life to rural communities; help communities imagine new futures; activate public spaces; create new community-based anchor institutions; provide artists with housing and workspace; stretch established cultural institutions; and strengthen local economies. Capital funding projects can receive funding.
For instance, IdeaXfactory (http://ideaxfactory.com/), in Springfield, MO, was a recent grantee. It received a $200,000 grant to turn a vacant city building and adjacent open grassy lot into a contemporary art space. The full list of grantees can be accessed at: http://www.artplaceamerica.org/articles/artplace-america-announces-20132014-grants/.
Funding Forecast: Federal and Foundation Assistance Monitor (FAM) has been following the 2014-2015 grantmaking process for this program, predicting the solicitation will be released in September or October, with a deadline set for late November. A recent FAM funding forecast story offers more details at: http://www.cdpublications.com/fam/11567
'Town' solicitation may be released as early as next month.
Another creative place making funding opportunity is the federal Our Town program (CFDA Number: 45.024). Arts organizations, governments, public and private colleges and universities and nonprofits vie for the Nat'l Endowment for the Arts grants. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000 each, with a 1:1 nonfederal match required.
Our Town funds go for creative art projects helping make communities more lively, and attractive, with the arts as their core. The program invests in creative and innovative projects where communities work with arts and design organizations and artists to: (1) improve quality of life; (2) encourage creative activity; (3) create community identity and a sense of place; and (4) revitalize local economies. Successful applicants are led by a strong partnership with the arts community, local government and the philanthropic sector. All partnerships must involve at least two organizations, a nonprofit or cultural organization and a government entity.
This funding also aids capital projects. The JPR Foundation and the City of Medford (OR) received a $50,000 grant to help convert an old grocery store warehouse into an arts center called Jefferson Square. Funding Forecast: FAM has been following the development of the FY 2014 grant solicitation for this program since May. NEA's Jamie Hand tells us to expect the solicitation to follow a similar path as last year, with the solicitation released in October and the deadline set for early next year.
For information on other funding programs at NEA and Kresge: http://www.nea.gov/grants and http://www.kresge.org
From Federal and Foundation Assistance Monitor, 8/21/13icon

Health IT Research Funding Coming from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces it intends to "support research career development grants (K08) and dissertation grants (R36) focusing on health information technology."
AHRQ's Health IT portfolio develops and disseminates evidence about the effectiveness of health IT on health care quality and evidence-based tools on how to use health IT to improve health care quality.
More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-13-011.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
From Community Health Funding Report, 8/22/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5): RFA-RM-13-009
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 12/31/13. Application: 1/31/14 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: $4 million for 10 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 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.
CFDA: 93.310
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-009.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 8/29/13icon
Subject(s) health professions training, medical research

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.
$ AVAILABLE: NIMH intends to commit approximately $5 million in FY 2014 to fund an estimate of five to six awards in response to this announcement 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, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-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 8/29/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, health care services

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.
$ AVAILABLE: NIMH intends to commit approximately $5 million in FY 2014 to fund an estimate of five to six awards in response to this announcement 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, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-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 8/29/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, health care services

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.
$ AVAILABLE: NIMH intends to commit approximately $5 million in FY 2014 to fund an estimate of five to six awards in response to this announcement 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, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, U.S. territories or possessions, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-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 8/29/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, health care services


Private Funding Opportunities

CVS Caremark Community Grants - Access to Health Care
SOURCE: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/31/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Qualifying organizations are eligible for grants up to $5,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: CVS Caremark is committed to building healthier communities. Through the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program we provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that are providing much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools; and health education and awareness programs that are helping people on their path to better health.
We believe access to quality health care is critical to delivering better community health.
We support programs that focus on providing access to quality health care for at-risk and underserved populations.
We will accept applications in the following areas:
* Community health centers and clinics.
* Mobile health clinics.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://info.cvscaremark.com/community/ways-we-give/community-grants/access-health-care
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 8/23/13icon
Subject(s) community health services, health care services

CVS Caremark Community Grants - Health Education & Awareness
SOURCE: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/31/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Qualifying organizations are eligible for grants up to $5,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: CVS Caremark is committed to building healthier communities. Through the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program we provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that are providing much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools; and health education and awareness programs that are helping people on their path to better health.
Optimal community health begins with education and awareness. We support programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that our communities need to help them on their path to better health.
We will accept applications for:
* Health educational materials.
* Health seminars and symposiums.
* Health screenings.
* Early intervention, screenings and programs.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://info.cvscaremark.com/community/ways-we-give/community-grants/access-health-care
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 8/23/13icon
Subject(s) community health services, health care services, health promotion/wellness, health information

CVS Caremark Community Grants - Wellness & Prevention Programs
SOURCE: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/31/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Qualifying organizations are eligible for grants up to $5,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: CVS Caremark is committed to building healthier communities. Through the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program we provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that are providing much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools; and health education and awareness programs that are helping people on their path to better health.
Optimal community health begins with education and awareness. We support programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that our communities need to help them on their path to better health.
We believe the path to better health starts with wellness prevention
We support programs that build healthy habits and that are designed to help people achieve their best possible health outcomes. These programs can be in a community setting or in a public school.
We will accept applications in the following areas:
* Wellness programs that focus on building healthy habits including but not limited to chronic disease management, nutrition and exercise and health screenings.
* Wellness programs that take place in a public school setting.
* Inclusive programs targeted at supporting wellness initiatives for children with disabilities such as physical activity and play.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://info.cvscaremark.com/community/ways-we-give/community-grants/access-health-care
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 8/23/13icon
Subject(s) community health services, health care services, health promotion/wellness, health information

Duke Fellowships for Promotion of Child Well-Being
SOURCE: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12/15/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to fifteen fellowships are awarded annually.
ELIGIBILITY: Fellows can be based at any academic institution in the United States and are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to social work, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
PURPOSE: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago are inviting outstanding doctoral students to apply for the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.
The fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.chapinhall.org/fellowships/doris-duke-fellowships
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest, 8/23/13icon
Subject(s) children's health, health policy research

Program to Improve Leadership at Health Institutions Offering Care to Older Adults
SOURCE: Practice Change Leaders
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9/23/13.
$ AVAILABLE: The program, which expects to make 10 awards this year, provides a one-year $45,000 stipend. The program commences January 1, 2014.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, applicants must live and practice in the United States and hold a leadership role in a healthcare delivery organization, health-related institution, or community-based organization with direct responsibility for care that impacts older adults. The applicant's home institution may be a health plan, hospital, ambulatory clinic, home health agency, assisted living facility, nursing home, or community-based agency providing health-related services to older adults. Applicants must be senior enough in their organization to have decision-making authority and be able to effect change.
PURPOSE: Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health is a national initiative to develop, support, and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults.
The program, which is jointly supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation, is a one-year opportunity for individuals to gain enhanced leadership skills and content expertise that can positively influence care for older adults. Participants complete a project aimed at integrating improved care for older adults within their organization, allowing them to remain at their full-time job throughout the program.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.changeleaders.org/details.asp.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest, 8/23/13icon
Subject(s) aged/seniors, health policy research

Studies on Use of Research Evidence in Policy, Practice Affecting Youth
SOURCE: William T. Grant Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Inquiry: 1/8/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The foundation will support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for complete eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between 8 and 25 years of age in the United States. To help accomplish this goal, the foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice.
Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies of factors affecting policy makers' and practitioners' acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs.
The foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies as well as add-on studies to existing projects. Add-on studies must address research questions not covered by prior funding from the Grant Foundation or other funders, although they may cover secondary analyses of existing data or collection and analyses of new data.
The foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects and welcomes applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://wtgrantfoundation.org/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest, 8/23/13icon
Subject(s) children's health, adolescent health, health policy research


Events

Grant Budgets: It's Not Just About the Math! -- Webinar
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education, The Center for Grants Development
WHEN: September 11, 1:30 to 3 pm.
WHERE: Office, School or Home... Anywhere, USA.
DESCRIPTION: This training teaches participants the elements of budget preparation and planning while taking them through the development of a detailed line-item budget.
Registration #13-04224
COST: Starting at $35. Free for qualifying school districts.
CONTACT: Call (713) 696-1393 for registration or more information.
From The Center for Grants Development e-mail, 8/27/13icon

Data Mining for Grant Writers -- Webinar
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education, The Center for Grants Development
WHEN: September 17, 1:30 to 3 pm.
WHERE: Office, School or Home... Anywhere, USA.
DESCRIPTION: This training will help participants locate statistics fast through electronic means and lead participants through a series of practice activities to uncover "hard hitting" local data.
Registration #13-04232
COST: Starting at $35. Free for qualifying school districts.
CONTACT: Call (713) 696-1393 for registration or more information.
From The Center for Grants Development e-mail, 8/27/13icon


Awards in Texas

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded $4.6 million to the American Heart Association, based in Dallas, to improve and expand heart attack care in rural Minnesota.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 7/18/13icon


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