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New Federal Grant Opportunities Available for Cities

February 17, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Endowment for the Humanities are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments.
The League encourages cities review the opportunities listed below and apply for these beneficial funds.
Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) – FY 2015 Economic Development Assistance Program
EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects under the EDA's Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. All applications for this program under funding cycle two of FY 2015 are due by March 12. 
National Endowment for the Humanities – Challenge Grants
Challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to support significant humanities activities of high intellectual quality and to help institutions secure long-term support for their humanities programs. Through these grants, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. All applications are due by May 5.
Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) – FY 2015 Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program
The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest Program) recognizes that sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are crimes that require the criminal justice system to hold offenders accountable for their actions through: investigation, arrest and prosecution of violent offenders; and close judicial scrutiny and management of offender behavior. The Arrest Program is designed to encourage partnerships between state, local and tribal governments, as well as courts, victim service providers, coalitions and rape crisis centers to ensure that sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are treated as serious violations of criminal law. All applications are due by March 24.
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) – FY 2015 Law Enforcement and Missing Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
This grant announcement focuses on programs strategically targeted to address community and law enforcement needs, specifically on developing community partnerships to assist law enforcement in locating and working with missing persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Products produced with prior funding include: pocket guides; training videos; evaluative questions to ask caregivers; and model policies, training keys, podcasts, and protocols for a comprehensive "holistic" approach for law enforcement and community partners to proactively prevent persons with Alzheimer's disease from wandering and locate those who are reported missing. All applications for this program are due by April 6.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) – FY 2015 Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing
The goal of the Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing program is to:
  • Assist eligible entities in performing DNA analysis on unidentified human remains and/or reference samples to support the efforts of states and units of local government to identify missing persons;
  • Enter the resulting DNA profiles into the FBI's National DNA Index System using the Combined DNA Index System; and
  • Enter any relevant case information related to unidentified remains into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 
NIJ estimates that it will make up to four awards for an estimated total of $2 million for a project period of 24 months. All applications are due by April 28.

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