Spotlight: Recent Federal Funding Opportunities Open to State Governments

This edition of Federal Funding Spotlight features a list of recent opportunities open to state government applicants. The programs discussed below aim to:

  • Expand public understanding of the connections between music and wellness;
  • Make research contributions in the area of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  • Address the problems fish and wildlife will face in the future;
  • Help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies.

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Federal Funding Spotlight: Twitter Edition

In this edition of Federal Funding Spotlight, we are highlighting recent Grants.gov tweets about open funding opportunities from the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and more.

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Click the link below each tweet for a full list of the agency’s current open funding opportunities on Grants.gov.

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Federal Funding 🔦 Spotlight: New Opportunities Supporting Public Health

This week’s edition of Federal Funding Spotlight 🔦 focuses on new opportunities from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supporting:

  • National public health laboratories internationally
  • Research into Alzheimer’s-Disease-Related Dementias
  • Outstanding graduate students recognized for a strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers, and more.

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The Latest in Federal Grants Supporting Our 🏕 National Parks and 🏜 Public Lands

This edition of Federal Funding Spotlight marks the arrival of summer with a curated collection of funding opportunities from the Department of the Interior that support…

  • our national parks 🏕
  • wildlife preservation 🦉
  • public land conservation efforts 🌅
  • youth engagement 🏃🏾‍♀️ , and more!

 

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The Latest in Federal Grants: Opportunities from the U.S. Department of State

Our latest edition of Federal Funding Spotlight 🔦 focuses on open opportunities from the U.S. Department of State. These grants and cooperative agreements aim to…

  • increase workforce employability, and improve access to higher value opportunities through demand-driven professional training;
  • develop the skills and abilities of a new generation of independent leaders;
  • pair cities in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN), water districts, and utilities with counterparts in the United States to expand the adoption of new technologies;
  • use community radio to build resilience, trust, and narratives to counter violent extremism on the Kenyan coast, and more.

For a complete, 🔍 searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.

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Distinguishing Among Different Types of Federal Awards, Including Block Grants, Cooperative Agreements & More

Over the last three years, we have published a wide range of blog articles that explain the ins and outs of federal grants. In some of these posts, as part of our “What Is…” series, we define key terms that applicants might encounter when browsing opportunities from federal grant-making agencies.

In this post, we review the various types of federal funding opportunities and provide a link for readers to want to learn more about a specific type of federal award.

 

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What is an Award?

A federal award is a legal instrument through which you (i.e., an applicant) are awarded a grant agreement or cooperative agreement by a federal grant-making agency (i.e., a grantor). Click here to go deeper.

 

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Applicant Resource: Gleaning Insights into Funding Trends with the NIH Data Book

Every year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases an online resource called the NIH Data Book. Its current iteration is the most powerful the resource has ever been at communicating “funding trends on grants and contract awards, success rates, small business programs, peer review, as well as the scientific workforce.”

The Data Book’s new interactive visualizations, added in 2019, make it easy to explore the mountains of data available from NIH-funded projects and programs.

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Federal Funding Spotlight on Education Programs: 📚 🍎 Teacher Appreciation Week Edition

To mark Teacher Appreciation Week, our latest edition of Federal Funding Spotlight focuses on opportunities in the field of education, including programs that…

  • award competitive grants to advance literacy skills;
  • build and enhance the ability of schools nationwide to identify gifted and talented students and meet their special educational needs;
  • support efforts to revitalize and maintain Native languages and expand the use of language immersion programs in its schools;
  • provide grants for emergency repairs and modernization of school facilities to certain local educational agencies.

For a complete, searchable list of federal funding opportunities, go to the Grants.gov Search tab.

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Grant Writing: 3 Tips for Discussing Impact in Federal Grant Applications

Let’s say that your organization is applying for a federal grant that will support a wildlife reserve restoration project.

You craft a need statement that (1) aligns with the grant-making agency’s funding opportunity announcement; (2) communicates your organization’s experience with restoration projects; and (3) includes several concise – but compelling – anecdotes illustrating the need for restoration.

Now, you and your writing team need to outline the impact that your proposed project will have on the wildlife reserve. Once again, you’ll want to make sure the impact your team projects aligns with agency goals. You will also need to balance specificity with realism.

Below, we continue our grant writing series with tips for defining and projecting the impact of a proposed project. The following tips have been adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration’s grant writing guide, titled “Tips for Writing and Submitting Good Grant Proposals”.

Grant Writing Tips

Tip: Think like a reviewer when you are discussing the impact of your proposed project.

In a previous series post, we discussed the role of peer review panels, as well as the criteria they use to evaluate applications. Such panels provide their evaluations to the federal grant-making agency’s staff.

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FAQs from City, Town & County Government Officials Seeking Federal Grants

Let’s say you’re a mayor of a small town in the Midwest, or a newly elected commissioner in a county along the East Coast, or an official who overseas parks in a suburb of a major city.

You’re looking for federal grant funding, but you don’t know where to begin.

The first thing you need to know is that you are not alone.

Grants.gov recently met with several groups of mayors, commissioners, and other local officials at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference during the Federal Agency Round Robin event. Many of these local officials spoke of feeling overwhelmed when searching and applying for federal grants.

Federal grants for towns and cities

Over the course of our conversations with local officials, several key questions surfaced again and again, and in this space we would like to share them – along with our answers – in hope that they will be helpful to others who find themselves in similar positions, with similar needs.

 

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