Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 11 Alert # 3 - November 19, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

'Crowdfunding' Growing in Popularity as Source of Aid
Individuals looking to raise money for disaster relief, to cover medical bills or expenses arising from job loss, and/or to address other personal challenges increasingly are turning to on-line "crowdfunding" platforms.
In September, devastating floods along Colorado's Front Range destroyed the home and T-shirt printing business of Wyl and Jessie Collins. With no flood insurance and limited access to credit and small business loans, the Collins family turned to an on-line crowdfunding platform called GoFundMe to help raise money to get themselves back on their feet. In just two months, the site, which processes donations via credit and debit card and passes them on to the beneficiaries after taking a 7.9 percent fee, has helped the family raise more than $8,000 in donations from seventy people. Combined with money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wyl Collins said he had enough to rent space with a partner and order a new press and supplies. "A lot of them are family and friends," Collins said of the donors. "Most of the donations, probably half of them, are from clients who want me to go, go, go. About a quarter of them are from complete strangers."
Since Kickstarter was launched in 2009 as a way for people to support arts and other creative projects, other popular crowdfunding platforms, including GoFundMe and Indiegogo, have emerged, enabling people to raise money for all kinds of projects, from school field trips to global clean-water initiatives.
According to Brad Damphousse, co-founder and CEO of GoFundMe, Hurricane Sandy last fall was the first national disaster for which he saw a spike in people using the platform to help others. "It is changing the way we give," said Damphousse. "When people have the option to give to someone in a very targeted way and give to someone they know, love, and care about, they are going to choose that path over a traditional charity or nonprofit." About $1.3 million was raised through GoFundMe after Sandy, he said. In addition, $3.4 million was raised through such platforms to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Still, it's unlikely that these and other funding platforms will replace the American Red Cross, United Way, and other large traditional charitable organizations anytime soon. The Red Cross estimated that as of October 30 it had received $5.6 million in donations and pledges for Colorado flood aid. Jennifer Elwood, vice president for consumer marketing and fundraising for the organization, said she didn't view such platforms as competition. "We have a completely new audience of people," she said, "who care about the mission but are looking to help in a way that is relevant to them."
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 11/12/13icon

Foundation Support for Media is Growing
Foundation support for media grew at nearly four times the rate of giving in other areas between 2009 and 2011, a report from the Foundation Center, Media Impact Funders, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds.
The report, Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States (20 pages, PDF), found that 1,012 of the largest foundations in the U.S. made 12,040 media-related grants totaling $1.86 billion during the three-year period, and that media-related grantmaking increased from $568.2 million in 2009 to $687.6 million in 2011, a 21 percent jump, compared with a 5.8 percent increase in overall domestic grantmaking. The report also found that the growth in foundation investments for new media outpaced those for traditional media by a factor of four (116.5 percent compared with 29.4 percent), and that of the five focus areas analyzed — journalism, news, and information; media access, and policy; media applications and tools; media platforms; and telecommunications infrastructure — only telecommunications infrastructure saw a decrease in foundation support.
"We can now confirm that philanthropy is responding to the disruption of traditional media organizations in the digital age," said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at the Knight Foundation. "The data is a good start to understanding media grantmaking. It's just the sort of tracking we need."
According to the report, the top three U.S. media funders over the 2009-11 period were Freedom Forum, Inc., the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Knight Foundation, while the top three recipients were the Newseum (which received 95 percent of Freedom Forum's grant dollars), the University of Southern California, and New York City-based WNET Thirteen.
Funded in part by the Wyncote Foundation and produced in collaboration with GuideStar and the Ford Foundation, the report is part of a larger project that includes additional resources made available on the Media Impact Funders site: a data visualization tool enables users to explore where domestic media-related grants are going and to create charts filtered by dozens of criteria, while an accompanying knowledge center provides reports, case studies, and white papers related to media initiatives.
"Not only does this report show us the breadth of media funding by foundations," said Brenda Henry-Sanchez, director of research for special projects at the Foundation Center, "it also puts knowledge in the hands of funders and practitioners so that they are better equipped to identify gaps, set priorities for the future, and collaborate with others for even greater impact."
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 11/12/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Advancing Patient Safety Implementation through Safe Medication Use Research (R18): PA-14-002
SOURCE: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/25, 5/25, 9/25 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization. Expires 9/26/16.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon AHRQ appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary.
ELIGIBILITY: Public or nonprofit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization; units of local or state government; eligible agencies of the federal government; Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized); and Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations.
PURPOSE: This announcement will fund investigative research demonstration projects that examine the effective implementation of processes, policies, and behaviors that support safe use of medication as well as its sustainment and dissemination.
CFDA: 93.226
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-002.html
From AHRQ e-mail, 11/15/13icon
Subject(s) medical research

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT) (R21): PA-14-001
SOURCE: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/16, 5/16, 9/16 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization. Expires 11/17/16.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon AHRQ appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary.
ELIGIBILITY: Public or nonprofit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization; units of local or state government; eligible agencies of the federal government; Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized); and Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations.
PURPOSE: This announcement is focused on five research areas of interest that are needed to support health care quality and are considered part of a continuous quality improvement process. The five research areas of interest for this FOA are:
1. Design
2. Implementation
3. Use
4. Impact on outcomes
5. Measurement
Each application must clearly state at least one primary research area to be addressed.
CFDA: 93.226
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-001.html
From AHRQ e-mail, 11/15/13icon
Subject(s) health care services, health literacy, technology

Interpreting Variation in Human Non-Coding Genomic Regions Using Computational Approaches and Experimental Assessment (R01): RFA-HG-13-013
SOURCE: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 12/21/13 and 12/21/14. Application: 1/2`1/214 and 1/21/15 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: NHGRI, NCI, and NIDA intend to commit $6 million in FY 2015 to fund seven to eight awards, and NHGRI and NIDA intend to commit an additional $5.3 million in FY 2016 to fund six to seven additional 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: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications to develop highly innovative computational approaches for interpreting sequence variants in the non-protein-coding regions of the human genome. The goal is to develop methods that analyze whole-genome sequence data by integrating data sets, such as ones on genome function, phenotypes, patterns of variation, and other features, to identify or substantially narrow the set of variants that are candidates for affecting organismal function leading to disease risk or other traits. The accuracy of the computational approaches developed should be assessed using experimental data.
CFDA: 93.172, 93.399; 93.396; 93.395; 93.394; 93.279
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-13-013.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 11/14/13icon
Subject(s) 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: 1/6/214 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: NIMH intends to commit approximately $5 million in FY 2014 to award an estimate of five to six 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: 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) propose intervention development and pilot feasibility studies of strategies to target symptomatic and functional difficulties associated with clinical risk states for psychosis; (2) explore mediators/mechanisms of action of these interventions; (3) contribute to 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 11/14/13
Subject(s) medical research, mental health

STD/HIV Disease Intervention Services Training Centers (DISTC): CDC-RFA-PS14-1408
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/6/14.
$ AVAILABLE: $6,750,000 for an unnamed number of 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 announcement is to provide necessary training to strengthen the skills and capacity of Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) and other PS provider staff working in or with state/local health department STD/HIV prevention programs to deliver efficient and effective STD/HIV PS and other disease intervention activities.
CFDA: 93.977
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=246313
From CDC National Prevention Information Network's (NPIN) Funding Database e-mail, 11/15/13icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services, health care facilities

Strengthening the Evidence Base and Capacity for Implementing HIV Prevention and Care and Treatment Programs in the Republic of South Africa under the United States Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): CDC-RFA-GH14-1403
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/3/14.
$ AVAILABLE: $50 million for five 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 overarching purpose of this announcement is to fund activities to prevent or control disease or injury and improve health, or to improve a public health program or service. Recipients may not use funds for research. Certain activities that may require human subjects review due to institutional requirements but that are generally considered not to constitute research (e.g., formative assessments, surveys, disease surveillance, program monitoring and evaluation, field evaluation of diagnostic tests, etc.) may be funded through this mechanism.
CFDA: 93.067
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=246516
From CDC National Prevention Information Network's (NPIN) Funding Database e-mail, 11/15/13icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services, HIV/AIDS education/prevention


Private Funding Opportunities

2014 Student Training in Geriatric Research Program
SOURCE: American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/31/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Applicants will compete for up to one hundred and thirty scholarships. The stipend level is approximately $1,748 per month; actual amounts will vary based on the specific appointment period of individual students.
ELIGIBILITY: Any allopathic or osteopathic medical student in good standing who will have successfully completed one year of medical school at a United States institution by June 2014 is eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen U.S. nationals, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
PURPOSE: Administered by the American Federation for Aging Research, the Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program is designed to provide medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics under the mentorship of top experts in the field.
The program introduces students early in their training to research academic experiences they might not otherwise have during medical school. Positive experiences in the MSTAR program have led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research.
Students participate in an eight- to twelve-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics appropriate to their level of training and interests. Projects are offered in basic, translational, clinical, and health services research relevant to older people. Most scholars will do their training and research during the summer months.
CONTACT: American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), (212) 703-9977, e-mail: grants@afar.org or info@afar.org. For more information see http://www.afar.org/research/funding/mstar/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 11/8/13icon
Subject(s) aged/seniors, medical research, health professions training

Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars Program
SOURCE: Avon Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 11/25/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Avon Foundation for Women is accepting Letters of Intent for the second class of its Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars Program, which will train breast cancer specialists living outside the United States at twelve leading Avon Foundation-funded U.S. breast cancer centers beginning in May 2014.
The goal of the Avon Global Scholars program is to provide advanced training to doctors so they can bring new skills and information to their home countries that improve the treatment and care of breast cancer patients. Breast cancer ranks as one of the leading causes of cancer mortality among women globally, in both developed and developing countries. Many developing countries experience lower survival rates because they do not have breast cancer awareness or early detection programs and experience critical shortages in trained breast cancer specialists and services.
The program will bring twenty-four physicians to the United States for a four-to eight-week intensive training/preceptorship in breast cancer surgery, pathology, breast imaging (radiology), medical oncology, clinical trial design, and community and public health at Avon Foundation-funded breast cancer centers.
CONTACT: Avon Foundation for Women, (866) 505-AVON, e-mail: info@avonfoundation.org. For more information see http://www.avonfoundation.org/press-room/avon-foundation-issues-call-for-applications-for-global-breast-cancer-scholar-program-1.html
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 11/8/13icon
Subject(s) cancer care

Macy Faculty Scholars Program
SOURCE: Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/26/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Chosen scholars will receive salary support of $100,000 per year for two years, at least 50percent protected time for two years to pursue educational projects, active mentorship by a senior faculty member at their institution, and access to the program's national advisory committee. In addition, Macy Scholars will receive opportunities to participate in Macy conferences and other national meetings.
ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must be a faculty member for more than five years in a United States accredited nursing school, allopathic medical school, or osteopathic medical school. In addition, candidates must be nominated by the dean of the school, and there can be no more than one nominee per school. Nominees also must have a faculty mentor who will advise them on their educational innovation project and on their career development, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories.
PURPOSE: The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has issued a Call for Applications for its 2014 Macy Faculty Scholars program.
The program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. Macy Scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities.
An informational webinar for applicants will be held on January 7, 2014 at 2pm ET. Please RSVP to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8gipjzgabb13d5c&oseq=&c=&ch=.
CONTACT: Tyler Weingart, (301) 280-5732, e-mail: tweingart@burnesscommunications.com. For more information see http://macyfoundation.org/news/entry/2014-call-for-applications
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 11/8/13icon
Subject(s) health professions training, nursing


Events

WEBINAR -- Sequestration and Budget Gridlock: Impact on Federal Funding in 2014
SPONSOR: Thompson Interactive
WHEN: November 21, noon to 1:30 pm
WHERE: Your office or conference room, per telephone connection.
DESCRIPTION: In this 90-minute webinar, legislative expert Julia Martin uses her knowledge of Congressional and federal agency practices to map out what to expect from sequestration and the stalled federal funding process so you can plan your own budget.
See what’s ahead for popular formula and discretionary programs. Step by step, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the current status of federal fiscal 2014 appropriations process and how the continuing debate is likely to affect the grants and funding you count on.
This webinar is of value to federal grants administrators, federal program officers, budget specialists, grant accountants, grant auditors, program managers, grant writers and organizational leadership in:
* State and local agencies.
* State departments of education.
* Institutions of higher learning.
* School districts.
* Charter schools and school boards.
* Nonprofits.
* For-profit organizations, including small businesses.
* Territorial and tribal governments.
1.5 CPE credits.
COST: $249.
CONTACT: If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at (800) 925-1878 or by e-mailing service@thompson.com.
From Thompson Interactive e-mail, 11/12/13icon

How is your Volunteer Program Measuring Up?
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services
WHEN: December 3, 9 am to noon.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services, 303 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Volunteers are a unique human resource that enables nonprofits to complete their mission and goals. Once a volunteer program is in place, how do you know how to make it more effective and evaluate its results? What data do you need and how can you collect it? What should you do with the data? What adjustments can be made?
This session will enable participants to explore a variety of ways to examine a volunteer program to make it even better. A volunteer program audit and various evaluation methods will be examined.
COST: $60.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
From San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services e-mail, 11/15/13icon

To Be or Not to Be a 501 (c) (3)
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services
WHEN: December 5, noon to 2 pm.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services, 303 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Individuals see needs within their communities, and they decide to start a tax-exempt organization to deliver programs and services to meet those needs. This workshop will cover the basic research needed to start a nonprofit, the required organizational documents, and a review of the IRS Form 990.
COST: $25.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
From San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services e-mail, 11/15/13icon

Legal and Accounting Institute
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services
WHEN: December 6, 8 am to 4 pm.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, Nonprofit Support Services, 303 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Join the San Antonio Area Foundation and presenters from BDO, Cox Smith, and Strasburger for the 21st Annual Legal and Accounting Institute. This one day conference is for nonprofit executives and professionals who want to get up-to-date information on the latest legal, accounting and financial issues and their impact on nonprofits.
COST: $95.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
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