NEA Challenge America Grant Program, Deadline April 14

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following objective: • Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.

Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
City or township governments
State governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
Special district governments
County governments
Additional Information on Eligibility:

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Grants awarded under these guidelines generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years. An organization that has received Challenge America grants in FY 2014, 2015, and 2016 may not apply for a Challenge America grant under these FY 2017 guidelines. Applicant Eligibility Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Grants awarded under these guidelines generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years. An organization that has received Challenge America grants in FY 2014, 2015, and 2016 may not apply for a Challenge America grant under these FY 2017 guidelines.

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NEA Challenge America Grant Program, Deadline April 14

NEA Art Works I Application, Deadline Feb. 18

The guiding principle of “Art Works” is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. “Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration. The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them.

To deepen and extend the arts’ value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, we want to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Eligible Applicants:
County governments
State governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed. Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts. To be eligible, the applicant organization must: • Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Legal Requirements” including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application. (All organizations must apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor are not allowed. See more information on fiscal sponsors.) • Have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. • Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts grant(s) previously received.

An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2017 categories: Art Works or Challenge America. An organization may submit one additional application under the Art Works category for a Creativity Connects project. The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed.

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NEA Art Works I Application, Deadline Feb. 18

NEA Art Works Creativity Connects Projects, Deadline March 3

Creativity Connects* is an initiative that will show how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field. A key component to the Creativity Connects initiative is a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology.

Art Works: Creativity Connects grants will seek to benefit the arts and non-arts sectors by:

  • Demonstrating the value of working with the arts.
  • Supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors.
  • Building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies.
  • Creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.

Eligible Applicants:
State governments
Independent school districts
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Special district governments
County governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Additional Information on Eligibility:

The official applicant must be an arts organization. An organization may submit only one application for an Art Work: Creativity Connects grant. An organization that submits an application to Art Works: Creativity Connects is still eligible to submit an application to other National Endowment for the Arts funding opportunities. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project. The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed.

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed. The official applicant must be an arts organization. An organization may submit only one application for an Art Work: Creativity Connects grant.

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NEA Art Works Creativity Connects Projects, Deadline March 3

Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

Eligible Applicants

Fire Departments: Fire departments operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A Fire Department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area. Nonaffiliated EMS organizations: Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical services entity providing medical transport, that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department.

Eligibility Criteria

AFG has three activities: • Operations and Safety • Vehicle Acquisition • Regional Projects

Cost Share

Recipient cost sharing is generally required as described below. In general, eligible applicant shall agree to make available in non-federal funds, an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded, except for entities serving small communities:

• When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to
provide non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant
awarded.
The cost share for SFTAs will be based on the total population of the State.

Narrative Evaluation Criteria

1. Financial Need (25%) Applicants should describe their financial need and how consistent it is with the intent of the AFG Program. This statement should include details describing the applicant’s financial distress, summarizing budget constraints, unsuccessful attempts to secure other funding, and proving the financial distress is out of their control.

2. Project Description and Budget (25%) This statement should clearly explain the applicant’s project objectives and its relationship to the applicant’s budget and risk analysis. The applicant should describe the various activities applied for with respect to any program priority or facility modifications, making sure they are consistent with project objectives, the applicant’s mission and national, state, and/or local requirements. Applicants should link the proposed expenses to operations and safety, as well as the completion of the project goals.

3. Operations and Safety/Cost Benefit (25%) Applicants should describe how they plan to address the operations and personal safety needs of their organization, including cost effectiveness and sharing assets. This statement should also include details about gaining the maximum benefits from grant funding by citing reasonable or required costs, like specific overhead and administrative costs. The applicant’s request should also be consistent with their mission and identify how funding will benefit their organization and affected personnel.

4. Statement of Effect/Impact on Daily Operations (25% ) This statement should explain how this funding request will enhance an organization’s overall effectiveness. It should address how this request will improve daily operations and reduce an organization’s common risk(s). Applicants should include how frequently the requested item(s) will be used and in what capacity. Applicants should also indicate how the requested item(s) will help the community and increase an organization’s ability to save additional lives and property.

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Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

Nonpoint Source Grants for Tribal Entities, Deadline Jan. 15

This RFP is issued pursuant to section 319(h) of the CWA. Section 319 of the CWA authorizes EPA to award grants to eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to implement approved NPS management programs developed pursuant to section 319(b). The primary goal of a NPS management program is to control NPS pollution through implementation of management measures and practices. These management practices should be directed at reducing polluted runoff from subcategories of NPSs identified in the tribe’s NPS assessment report developed pursuant to section 319(a).

After allocations for base grant work plans are made, EPA will allocate the remaining section 319 funds to eligible entities to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and implement on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving NPS impairments on a watershed-wide basis under the competitive procedures in this RFP. Though proposals are not required to include development and/or implementation of a watershed-based plan in order to be considered for funding, eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and restore NPS-impaired waters.

EPA is soliciting proposals pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving Nonpoint Source (NPS) impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and/or restore NPS-impaired waters. Eligible tribes and intertribal consortia may apply for competitive funding by submitting a proposal for up to a maximum budget of $100,000 of federal CWA section 319 funding (plus the additional required 40% match of the total project cost).

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Nonpoint Source Grants for Tribal Entities, Deadline Jan. 15