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7396Re: Potential Funding Sources

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  • Gordon, Andrew
    Nov 27, 2013

      Dear RC&D Councils:


      Below, please find some potential funding sources you may find useful.


      Free Technical Assistance from Smart Growth America Applications Due December 6

      Smart Growth America, through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program, is offering free technical assistance to help communities implement smart growth strategies to build stronger economies while protecting human health and the environment. Any unit or subdivision of local, tribal, or regional government is eligible to apply.   Smart Growth America technical assistance is free of charge and offers 12 “ready-to-go” technical assistance tools that facilitate economic growth, encourage government savings, protect clean air and water, and improve local quality of life. This assistance is in the form of one or two-day workshops in the topic areas detailed in the application. The assistance is being competed through this open request for applications. The deadline for applications is December 6 at 5:00 pm EST. Applications may be submitted via Smart Growth America’s website at http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/technical-assistance/free-annual-workshops-2014 or emailed (digital copy available here) to Smart Growth America at assistance@... by this time.


      Dayton Foundation Invites LOIs for New Social Innovation Award
      The award will support unduplicated, systemic, and highly collaborative projects that enhance the quality of life for older adults or address trends affecting the region's aging population.... Deadline: January 15, 2014 (Letter of Intent)


      CEC ArtsLink Announces Grant Opportunities for Artists & Arts Managers for Independent Projects
      Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of independent projects by artists and arts managers from thirty-seven eligible countries working in the performing, design, media, literary, or visual arts.... Deadline: December 3, 2013


      Wells Fargo, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Accepting Applications for Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program
      Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of highly visible projects in regions where Wells Fargo operates that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.... Deadline: December 16, 2013

      The Department of Commerce today announced it will begin accepting applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) for calendar year 2015 (January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015). The announcement also sets out the objectives, procedures and application review criteria for the IBP. The purpose of the IBP is to bring international buyers together with U.S. firms in industries with high export potential at leading U.S. trade shows. Specifically, through the IBP, the DOC selects domestic trade shows which will receive DOC assistance in the form of global promotion in foreign markets, provision of export counseling to exhibitors, and provision of matchmaking services at the trade show.


      Youth CareerConnect Grants: Building America's Next Generation Workforce - To apply for funding, please visit www.doleta.gov/ycc/.

      WASHINGTON — To compete in today's global economy, America's students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America's students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school. Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers — especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Moreover, many of America's international competitors offer students a more rigorous and relevant education in their middle and high school years.


      In his 2013 State of the Union address, the President laid out a new vision for America's high schools, proposing funding to scale up innovative high school models and partnerships with colleges and employers so that all students graduate better equipped for the demands of a high-tech economy. Today's global economy requires new approaches to teaching and learning in America's high schools to foster problem solving and analysis, to support creativity and collaboration, and to connect student learning directly to the real world. A 21st century education and workforce system must challenge students to do meaningful work inside and outside of the classroom, encouraging the persistence, engagement and achievement that will put all students on track for college and careers.


      Today, as part of achieving the President's goal of redesigning high schools to ensure students are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and in a competitive workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Education to make $100 million available for Youth CareerConnect grants to provide high school students with the industry-relevant education and skills they need for a successful future.


      The Youth CareerConnect grant program is designed to encourage America's school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system and their partners to scale-up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America's youth. Youth CareerConnect schools will strengthen America's talent pipeline through:


      Integrated Academic and Career-Focused Learning: Grants will provide students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and career-focused curriculum to increase students' employability in in-demand industries and prepare them for employment, post-secondary education, long-term occupational skills training or registered apprenticeships.

      Work-Based Learning and Exposure to the World of Work: Strong partnerships will provide work-based learning opportunities. In addition to actual work experience, youth participants will also participate in field trips, job-shadowing or other types of opportunities that provide students with exposure to different career paths and prepare them for the world of work.

      Robust Employer Engagement: Employer partners will provide work-based learning and mentoring, creating a path for students to in-demand industries and occupations including those in information technologies, advanced manufacturing and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Employers will also work closely with schools on professional development and training for staff to drive the sustainability of the program over the long term.

      Individualized Career and Academic Counseling: As an integral part of the program design, students will be provided with individualized career and academic counseling experiences to strengthen their career and post-secondary awareness and explore opportunities beyond high school.

      Integration of Post-secondary Education and Training: Students will participate in education and training, while they are still in high school, that leads to credit toward a post-secondary degree or certificate and an industry recognized credential, where appropriate.


      The Department of Labor will use up to $100 million in revenues from the H-1B visa program to fund approximately 25 to 40 grants for individual or multisite projects. Grants will be awarded to local education agencies, public or nonprofit local workforce entities, or nonprofits with education reform experience. All grantees will have to demonstrate a strong public/private partnership, and must include, at a minimum, a local education agency, a local workforce investment system entity, an employer and an institution of higher education. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to employers, foundations and others in building their applications and leveraging the federal investment. At a minimum, applicants will also be required to provide a match of 25 percent of the grant award. Awards are anticipated to be made in early 2014 for program implementation to align with the 2014-15 school year.


      Andrew Gordon, Executive Director/Counsel

      National Association of RC&D Councils

      444 North Capitol Street, N.W.

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      Washington, D.C. 20001

      (P) 202-434-4780

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