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Special Opps: Funding and More for March 10, 2016

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“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other opportunities for organizations, faculty and students, community members, and partners. All headings in this post link to the funding opportunities.

Fifth Safe Routes to School National Conference

The National Safe Routes to School Program will hold its fifth conference in Columbus, Ohio, during April 5-7, 2016. Participants will learn how Safe Routes to School programs across the nation are changing the habits of an entire generation of schoolchildren while improving the health and environment of numerous communities. The conference will feature workshop sessions, mobile tours, inspirational presentations, and networking opportunities to help participants start or expand their own Safe Routes to School program. All prospective attendees must register online by March 20, 2016.

The American Turkish Society Curriculum Development Grants

The American Turkish Society has announced that it is accepting applications for projects proposed by elementary and secondary school teachers in the United States to develop innovative curricula, projects, and other classroom activities about Turkey. Awards will range from $250 to $2,500 and cover the costs of classroom materials, speakers, and other expenses incurred by teachers. Applications must be submitted online by May 31, 2016.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

FEMA is accepting applications for its Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, which recognize and highlight innovative local practices and achievements by individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, and more resilient. Winners will be selected in the following categories: outstanding citizen corps council, community preparedness champions, awareness to action, technological innovation, outstanding achievement in youth preparedness, preparing the whole community, outstanding inclusive initiatives in emergency management, outstanding private sector initiatives, outstanding community emergency response team initiatives, outstanding citizens corps partner program, and America’s PrepareAthon! in action. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 28, 2016.

The Department of Education (DOE) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge

The DOE has announced the opening of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge, which calls upon eligible high schools to design models of makerspaces that strengthen career and technical skills through hands-on learning approaches that encourage students to imagine, create, tinker, and learn through the process of manufacturing, testing, and demonstrating their ideas. A total of $200,000 will be available to support ten awards through this program. Applications must be received by April 1, 2016.

National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Healthy School Meals Grants

The National PTA will provide local PTAs with tools to use in partnering with schools to improve the quality of school meals. Awards of up to $2,000 will be awarded to PTAs that can best demonstrate their capacity to partner with school administrators and food services providers to implement the requirements of a healthy school meal program. Applications must be submitted online by noon ET on April 4, 2016.

California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) Funding Fairs

The CFCC has announced its funding fairs, which will provide participants with opportunities to obtain information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan, and bond financing programs and options. Attendance at the fairs is free, and attendees will receive copies of all slide presentations and additional useful materials. Fairs will be held from April 13, 2016, through September 14, 2016, in various locations across California.

Texas Historical Commission (THC) Travel Stipends to Attend FORUM 2016

THC is offering travel stipends for individuals from certified local governments (CLGs) in Texas to attend FORUM 2016 in Mobile, Alabama, from July 27-31, 2016. FORUM 2016 is the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions’ biennial training program for local preservation boards and commissions. Educational sessions during the event will cover a variety of topics related to design review, cultural resource management, legal issues, and historic preservation planning. Awards will range from $2,000 to $30,000. Applications are due by March 24, 2016.

The Rose Foundation’s Anthony Grassroots Prize

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is offering $1,000 cash awards to outstanding efforts of grassroots environmental activism in California over the previous year. Individuals and small organizations are eligible to be nominated, and self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must be received by April 1, 2016, and awards will be disbursed on Earth Day, which is April 22, 2016.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) Public Workshop for Low-Carbon Transportation and Fuels Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

The California ARB invites interested parties to attend a public workshop that will cover the funding plan for the 2016-2017 Low Carbon Transportation and Fuels Investments and the Air Quality Improvement (AQIP) program. The meeting will be held on April 4, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the California Environment Protection Agency (Cal EPA)’s headquarters in Sacramento, California. The meeting will also be broadcast online at www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast.

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