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FY 2012 and FY 2013 Federal Grant Opportunities

December 7, 2012

Eligible cities are encouraged to apply for the following federal grants being offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Department of Education (ED), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


ED: Model Demonstration Projects on Promoting Reentry Success Through Continuity of Educational Opportunities
Application Open Date: Currently Open
Application Deadline Date: Dec. 26

ED has announced a new, nearly $1 million grant that will invest in innovative programs preparing incarcerated individuals to successfully reenter society with education and workforce training. The purpose this program is to demonstrate the benefits of implementing a reentry education model, as described in ED’s November 2012 publication entitled “A Reentry Education Model, Supporting Education and Career Advancement for Low-Skill Individuals in Corrections” (Reentry Education Model). This model is focused on: (1) Supporting individuals, especially low-skilled adults, in their transition from correctional institutions into the community by strengthening and aligning educational services provided in those settings; (2) establishing a strong program infrastructure to support and improve education services in correctional institutions; (3) ensuring that education is well integrated into correctional institutions by making it a critical component of the intake and pre-release processes, and by aligning it with support and employment services; and (4) encouraging individuals in correctional institutions to identify and achieve education and career goals, recognizing that their education paths are not linear or uniform.

For information on grant requirements and on how to apply for this grant, please visit ED’s website.

EDA: FY 2013 Economic Development Assistance Programs
Application Open Date: Currently Open
FY 2013 Application Deadline Dates:

  • Cycle 2 – Dec. 13
  • Cycle 3 – March 13, 2013
  • Cycle 4 – June 13, 2013

FY 2014 Application Deadline Dates:

  • Cycle 1 – Sept. 13, 2013

Pursuant to EDA’s authorizing statute, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (PWEDA), eligible applicants for and eligible recipients of EDA investment assistance include cities, counties, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

EDA provides strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment to support development in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from both rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.

Grants made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

For information on grant requirements and how to apply for this grant, please visit EDA’s website.

IMLS: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums
Application Open Date: Currently Open
Application Deadline Date: Feb. 1, 2013

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants program. These small grants encourage libraries, museums, and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices.

To maximize the public benefit from federal investments in these grants, the Sparks Grants will fund only projects with the following characteristics:

  • Broad Impact: Proposals should address key needs and challenges that face museums, libraries, or archives. Projects should show the potential to broadly impact practice throughout the museum, library or archive profession; and reflect awareness and support of current strategic initiatives and agendas in the field. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable.
  • Significant Innovation: Proposals should demonstrate a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter, and show how the project has the potential to strengthen and improve services to benefit the audiences and communities being served.

Examples of activities that may be funded by this program include, but are not limited to:

  • Rapid prototyping and testing of new ways to engage learners;
  • Offering innovative new types of services or new service options;
  • Exploring the potential of highly original, experimental collaborations;
  • Implementing new workflows or processes with potential for substantial cost savings;
  • Addressing community challenges through new types of partnerships, services, processes, or practices; and
  • Developing and testing new tools or services that facilitate access, presentation, management, preservation, sharing, or use of museum and/or library collections.

For information on grant requirements and on how to apply for this grant, please visit IMLS’s website.

FEMA: FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
Application Open Date: Dec. 17
Application Deadline Date: Jan. 18, 2013 at 2 p.m.

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development.

For information on grant requirements and how to apply for this grant, please visit FEMA’s website.

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