NEA Art Works Creativity Connects, FY2018 – Deadline May 4

Creativity Connects* is an initiative that shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: • Agriculture • Business and Economic Development • Science • Technology • Healthcare • Community • Education • Environment • Military • Transportation

Art Works: Creativity Connects projects mutually benefit both the arts and non-arts sectors by: • Demonstrating the beneficial contributions of artists and creative work to societal health. • 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:

Public and State controlled 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)
City or township governments
Independent school districts
State governments
Private institutions of higher education
Special district governments
County governments

Grants are typically $20,000-$100,000. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Art Works Creativity Connects, FY2018 – Deadline May 4

SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

The SAFER grant program is composed of two activities:
Hiring of Firefighters – Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters – Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply

Eligible Applicants
• Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Separate applications must be completed for each activity. Applicants are limited to one application per activity, per application period. If an applicant submits two applications for the same activity during a single application period, both applications will be disqualified.
• Career fire departments may only apply for funding under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.
• Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district.
• National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.

Cost-share may be required. Contact us for more information about this program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

NEA Art Works I, FY 2018 – Deadline Feb. 16

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:

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

Grants are typically $10,000-$100,000. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Art Works I, FY 2018 – Deadline Feb. 16

GLRI Partners for Fish & Wildlife, Deadline June 30

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal/non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern and in coastal zones.

The PFW Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. In the Great Lakes watershed, PFW biologists from eight states coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the PFW Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity.

Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the PFW state coordinator PRIOR TO submitting an application for funding. Substantial involvement on the part of the Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the activities to be funded. In particular, the Service will be responsible for the following: PFW biologists provide direct technical assistance to landowners to identify, design and implement voluntary habitat improvement projects, such as wetland restoration, or grassland establishment, on private lands.

Awards range from $1,000-$25,000, application deadline is June 30, 2017. Contact us for more details. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

GLRI Partners for Fish & Wildlife, Deadline June 30