#FundingFriday: Federal Grants for Small Businesses, Preserving Cultural Heritage, Cataloging Geophysical Data, and More

New federal grant announcements from this week span a wide range of fields and industries. To see a complete list of new grants, visit the Grants.gov Search page.

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1. Small Business Administration – SCORE

The SCORE Program is designed to provide high quality business and economic development assistance to existing small businesses and nascent (pre-venture) entrepreneurs. SCORE helps small businesses access capital, develop and exchange new technologies, and improve business planning, strategy, operations, financial management, personnel administration, marketing, export assistance, sales and other areas required for growth and expansion, management improvement, increased productivity and innovation.

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#FundingFriday: New Federal Grants from NARA, IMLS and DOE

Nearly 100 new federal grants were announced this week by the National Archives and Records Administration, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Department of Energy, among other agencies. Below are a few highlights from this week’s announcements.

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1. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) – State Board Programming Grants

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by state historical records advisory boards. The purpose of this grant program is to assist state boards to broaden preservation of, and increased online access to, historical records; develop and promote best practices; support activities that put the American people in touch with primary sources in their communities and online; promote the institutional advancement of organizations in underserved communities; and assist locally based repositories with training and tools to improve their stewardship abilities.

 

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#FundingFriday: Recent Funding Opportunity Announcements for Local Governments

This week’s highlights focus on new and forecasted funding opportunities for which town, city and county governments are eligible. These and hundreds of other recent federal grant announcements are published under Grants.gov’s Search tab.

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1. Department of the Interior, National Park Service – Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Repatriation Grants FY2018

Grant funds must be used for the transfer of control of Native American human remains and cultural items to lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Repatriation includes disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains (CUI) according to 43 C.F.R. 10.11. Repatriation projects defray costs associated with the packaging, transportation, contamination removal, reburial, and storage of NAGPRA-related human remains and cultural items.

 

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5 Key Competencies for Aspiring Federal Grants Management Pros

A job in Financial Assistance Management might not have topped your career wish list when you first entered the job market (unfulfilled professional basketball aspirations notwithstanding). But some people who take a government job or work for a nonprofit eventually stumble into a grant manager role – and they end up loving it.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines federal grants management as work that “involves implementing and managing federal grants and cooperative agreements and providing grants-related assistance and services.”

Chief Financial Officers Council logoIf a grants management role sounds like it might be up your alley, the CFO Council has identified nine functional competencies that are standard performance requirements. Below, we have highlighted our five favorites (and summarized the other four).

1. Accountability

  • Ensures that effective controls are developed and maintained to assure the integrity of the organization
  • Holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities
  • Can be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within budget
  • Monitors and evaluates plans, focuses on results, and measuring attainment of outcomes

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#FundingFriday: Federal Grant Forecasts from the Department of Health and Human Services & More

Highlights from this week’s new funding opportunities include three grant forecasts from the Department of Health and Human Services. The opportunities listed below fund programs supporting Native American families, language preservation, environmental enterprise, refugee training, and environmental education. Visit Grants.gov Search to browse more new funding opportunities from the federal government.

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Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families – Social and Economic Development Strategies

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA) announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funds for the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program. This program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities. Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.

 

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#FundingFriday: Four New Federal Grants Posted This Week

This week’s featured funding announcements are from the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of State.

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1. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration – Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

The purpose of this one-year funding opportunity is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to become nurse faculty. In exchange for full-time, post-graduation employment as nurse faculty, the program authorizes cancellation of up to 85 percent of any such loan (plus interest thereon).

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#FundingFriday: New Grants from the U.S. Federal Government

Funding opportunities announced this week support programs within the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security, among other federal agencies. Visit Grants.gov for the full list of announcements.

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1. Department of Energy, Office of Science – Collaborative Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences on Long-Pulse International Stellarator Facilities

The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), herby announces its interest in receiving applications to carry out experimental research in magnetic fusion energy sciences on long-pulse overseas stellarator facilities, namely Wendelstein 7-X (Germany) and the Large Helical Device (LHD – Japan).

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Become a Workspace Wizard: Learn How to Restrict Access to Budget Forms

One of Grants.gov’s most recent enhancements gives the Workspace Owner, AORs with MPIN access, and the E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) the ability to restrict access to budget forms.

These forms often contain confidential information, such as salary data. With Release 16.0, participants in a workspace can be prevented from viewing budget forms.

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Learn how to do this as a Workspace Owner or as an AOR with MPIN access, and you will be one step closer to becoming your organization’s in-house Workspace Wizard (funny-looking hat not required).

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#FundingFriday: New Federal Grant Opportunities Posted This Week

More than 50 federal funding opportunity announcements have been published on Grants.gov this week, including grants by the Department of Transportation, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Small Business Administration and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Become a Workspace Wizard – Lesson 1: Collaborate Using Webforms

Since the release of Workspace in 2015, Grants.gov has been hard at work integrating new features for applicants submitting federal grant applications.

To help you master the most important of these enhancements, we have developed a series of lessons that will turn you into a Workspace Wizard faster than you can say, “hocus-pocus, grant me focus.”

So, are you ready to learn the ways of the Workspace Wizard? Lesson 1 is especially aimed at teams of applicants who collaborate on a single federal grant application.

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In Workspace, applicants have a choice as to which type of form they want to complete – either PDF forms or online webforms.

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