Audio: FY 2016 Appropriations – Safe Bets at HHS, Education and Labor Programs

US Capitol BldgGrantseekers can start planning now for FY 2016 federal funding solicitations. In fact, several solicitations have been released for next fiscal year. Many incorrectly assume during times of congressional bickering that their favorite programs are going away. The fact is that many programs enjoy bipartisan support and generally maintain funding or receive elevated amounts. This includes several popular existing programs at the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor. Additionally, new programs may see the light of day once the final FY 2016 funding totals are set. Listeners will learn where to look for FY 2016 funding details, what to say when reaching out to decision-makers on FY 2016 competitions and what to include in applications to secure these FY 2016 funds. Continue reading

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New Workforce Rules Help States Provide Opportunities for Youth

President Obama signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, July 22, 2014.

President Obama signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, July 22, 2014.

As states update the plans for workforce training program under the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), they should work to implement programs that help underserved youth and adults get on a sustainable career path. Continue reading

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MetLife Foundation Offers Financial Education Grants

metlifeThe MetLife Foundation, the giving arm of the nation’s largest insurance company, opens its grants program to support financial education programs to help low-income households and businesses become self-supporting and sustainable.

Deadline: Rolling. Continue reading

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Arts, Culture, Community Projects Can Win Support

annenberg foundationLos-Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation offers an array of support and focuses on major program areas including K-12 education and youth, arts and culture, community and civic services and health. It generally limits its funding to programs likely to produce change on a large scale basis, with a priority on Southern California. The foundation made $100 million in grants last year. Continue reading

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Regional Foundation Favors Athletics, Culture

Regional Foundation News

Just a quick heads up on the deadline for the Charlotte Martin Foundation, which operates in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Continue reading

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$16.2M to Improve School Leadership at Underperforming Schools

US-DeptOfEducation-SealThe Education Dept. awards more than $16.2 million to eight grantees to help states improve their poorest performing schools by creating a new cadre of school leaders intent at increasing school achievement fixing classroom instruction problems. Continue reading

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DoEd Seeks Input on Protecting Student Medical Records

US-DeptOfEducation-SealThe Education Dept. (DoEd) is seeking public comments on guidance that will protect the release of student medical records and maintain their privacy as part of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Public Comment Deadline: Oct. 2. Continue reading

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State and Local Funding Opportunities

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The Phoenix Suns Charities, the giving arm of the NBA basketball team, supports nonprofits in the state whose programs focus on children and families. Priority goes to organizations addressing the special needs of disadvantaged, disabled, minority, and disadvantaged youth; encourage Continue reading

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Experts Seek TANF Reforms, Improved Funding

tanfNew research shows that the $8.7 billion Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant is a failure, serving few poor families with children, providing an inadequate safety net and offering no poverty off-ramp for the impoverished, experts say.

TANF (CFDA 93.086), created by the 1996 welfare reform law, has been a monumental disappointment, according to experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Continue reading

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$5.8M in HHS Grants will Preserve Native Languages, Strengthen Early Childhood Development

Dept of Health and Human ServicesThe Health and Human Services Dept. will distribute $5.8 million to help tribal communities boost early learning and development services, enhance native language revitalization and improve the handling of child welfare cases including abuse and neglect.

HHS will award $4.2 million for language revitalization, $600,000 for the Tribal Early Learning Initiative (TELI), and $1 million for the Tribal Court Improvement Program (TCIP). Continue reading

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Funding Upcoming for State/Tribal Child Welfare Treatment Efforts

Dept of Health and Human ServicesAgency: Health & Human Services Dept. (Admin. for Children & Families-ACF); Program: State and Tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Implementation Partnership Grants (CFDA Number: 93.648) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CT-1123); Eligibility: Governments, tribes, colleges, nonprofits with or without 501 (c)(3) status and faith-based groups & universities; Funding (Estimated): $1.4 million for four awards (no match required); Deadline: TBA, June (tentative). Continue reading

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