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Thursday, August 18, 2011

STEM grant from NAVY- deadline 9/30/2011

Document Type: Modification to Previous Grants Notice

Funding Opportunity Number: ONRFOA10-023

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Posted Date: Jul 12, 2010

Creation Date: Nov 01, 2010

Original Closing Date for Applications: Sep 30, 2011

Current Closing Date for Applications: Sep 30, 2011

Archive Date: Oct 30, 2011

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement


Category of Funding Activity: Education

CFDA Number(s): 12.300 -- Basic and Applied Scientific Research

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Eligible Applicants
City or township governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Name
Office of Naval Research

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks proposals as provided under the authority set forth in subdivision (1) of subsection 2192 (b) of title 10 in support ofeducation programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The ONR mission of STEM is to: foster an interest in, knowledge of, and study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce, which meets the naval and national competitive needs. In support of this mission, the following five goals have been identified:● Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. [Grades K-10]● Engage students in STEM-related hands-on learning activities using Navy content. [Grades 3-12]Educate students to be well-prepared for employment in STEM disciplines in the Navy or in supporting academic institutions or the Naval contractor community. [Higher Education]● Employ, retain and develop Naval STEM professionals. [Higher Education, Professional Development, Faculty]● Collaborate across Naval STEM programs to maximize benefits to participants and the Navy.The purpose of this announcement is to receive proposals in support of the Office of Naval Research’s mission of scientific outreach and education in working to develop the next generation of scientists capable of providing support to the continued development of critical technologies in support of the Department of Defense. The objective of these activities will be to:1. Establish and ensure successful, sustainable, and affordable long-term Navy wide programs targeted at elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning.2. Establish and maintain a pipeline of students, particularly women and members of minority groups, who will apply for and participate in Navy education and outreach programs. 3. Increase the number of domestic students (particularly students from under-represented groups) completing STEM degrees through enhancing student interest and attitudes toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 4. Strengthen peer, family, and school support for such interests. 5. Ensure long-term inclusiveness of women and minorities in science and technology programs. 6. Increase the number of students taking college-prep science and mathematics courses. 7. Demonstrate appropriate curricular connections with the applicable state and national standards of learning for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Additional activities supported may include providing financial assistance to organizations supporting STEM activities, providing funding and support for national competitions by arranging for DoD personnel to participate as judges and presenters, providing support for STEM education and outreach conferences and supporting teacher STEM education and training initiatives. Stipends for teachers undertaking professional training in connection with these activities may be supported as well as funding for the acquisition of materials and resources needed to launch, implement, assess, and improve the program. Additionally, evaluations of existing Navy/DoD program efforts and strategies to maximize marketing program opportunities to affected populations may be supported.ONR encourages the project results to be published in appropriate academic journals at the end of the period of performance.

Link to Full Announcement:

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Tracie Simmons
Contract Specialist
Phone 703-696-7827 Questions Only

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gateway to College- Deadline August 1, 2011

Link to site:

From Philanthropy News Digest:
The Gateway to College National Network, a nonprofit organization supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other major grantmakers, has funds available for partnerships between colleges and K-12 school districts to implement the Gateway to College dropout recovery program.

The GtC National Network works to build the capacity of colleges, school districts, and states to revolutionize education for high school dropouts and underprepared college students so that all young people can achieve college credentials. The nationally recognized dual-credit program serves youth (ages 16 to 21) who have dropped out of school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. GtC classes are taught on the college campus. After completing a program of developmental skills courses in a learning community of their peers, students transition to regular college classes where they continue working toward their high school diploma and, simultaneously, an associate's degree.

The initial start-up funding from GtCNN pays for planning and early implementation costs. The programs are then funded through formal partnerships between colleges and school districts. K-12 districts provide funds on a per-pupil basis to cover the cost of tuition, books, and support staff. Colleges can work with multiple school district partners.

The network currently serves programs at thirty-one community colleges in seventeen states.

This year, GtCNN will select up to nine college/K-12 partnerships to enter into multiyear contracts of between $300,000 and $450,000 each. In addition to start-up funds, successful applicants will receive training, technical assistance, professional development opportunities, and program evaluation — from the initial year of planning and training through program implementation — for as long as the program remains in the network.

The network has identified the following target states for the current round of funding: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

Successful applicants for start-up funds will demonstrate flexible systems that allow students to earn a high school diploma (either through the college or in cooperation with a K-12 partner) and provide access to public K-12 education funds for high school completion; strong partnerships between the college and the local school district(s) involved in program implementation; the desire to embrace the GtC academic approach and student support strategies at every level throughout the college; and, compatibility of the GtC model with the mission and vision of the college and school district in order to support the required commitment to working with dropout youth.

Visit the Gateway to College National Network Web site for complete program guidelines and application information.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy 2012 National Grant Competition- Deadline 9/9/11

Link to RFP:

From Philanthropy News Digest:
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has announced its 2012 National Grant competition, which supports nonprofits working to develop or expand projects designed to promote the literacy skills of adult primary caregivers and their children.

In order to be considered eligible for a grant, applicant organizations must have current nonprofit or public status, have been in existence two or more years as of the date of the application, and have maintained fiscal accountability. Applicants must operate an instructional literacy program that has been in existence for at least two years and must include one or more of the following components: literacy for adults, parent education, pre-literacy or literacy instruction for children pre-K to grade 3, and/or intergenerational literacy activities.

A total of approximately $650,000 will be awarded; no grant request should exceed $65,000.

Visit the Barbara Bush Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Monday, June 27, 2011

GEAR UP- Due July 14, 2011

Link to announcement in Federal Register:

Purpose of Program: The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program that provides financial support for academic and related support services that eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, need to enable them to obtain a secondary school diploma and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education.

Priorities: This notice contains two competitive preference priorities and one invitational priority.

Background: The President has set a clear goal for our education system: By 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college completion. To achieve this goal, the Department has consistently encouraged four key reforms to improve elementary and secondary education—in particular the Department is seeking to: improve the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders and promote equity in the distribution of effective teachers and school leaders; strengthen the use of data to improve teaching and learning;provide high-quality instruction based on rigorous college- and career-ready standards and measure students’ mastery of standards using high-quality assessments aligned with those standards; and turn around the lowes tperforming schools.

The Department views the GEAR UP program as a critical component in the effort to improve the quality of secondary schools so that more students are well prepared for college and careers. In order to more strategically align GEAR UP with these overarching reform strategies for school improvement, the Department is announcing two competitive preference priorities for this competition. The Department also proposes one invitational priority for this competition.

We are using two priorities from the Department’s notice of final supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs, published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2010 (75 FR 78486).

The Department is using Competitive Preference Priority 1—Turning Around Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools because an essential element in strengthening our education system is dramatic improvement of student performance in each State’s persistently lowest-achieving schools. These schools often require intensive interventions to improve the school culture and climate, strengthen the school staff and instructional program, increase student attendance and enrollment in advanced courses, provide more time for learning, and ensure that social services and community support are available for students in order to raise student achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment rates. In addition, students in these schools can benefit from participating in programs, such as GEAR UP, that offer additional services designed to increase student success.

II. Award Information

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: $102,211,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2012 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.
Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000–$7,000,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $1,161,489.

III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants: Partnership consisting of (A) one or more local educational agencies (LEA), and (B) one or more degree granting institutions of higher education (IHE). Partnerships may also contain not less than two other community organizations or entities,  such as businesses, professional organizations, State agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under the Leveraging Educational Assistance

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

THE JOBS AND INNOVATION ACCELERATOR CHALLENGE- Deadline for letter of intent June 10

Link to full announcement:

Regions across the nation can compete for complementary Federal resources that will be targeted to address the gaps and opportunities specific to their self-identified, high-potential industry clusters. The Jobs Accelerator leverages existing financial and technical resources from 16 Federal agencies and bureaus to support the development of approximately 20 high-growth industry clusters selected through a competitive inter-agency grant process. Funds awarded to the winning applicants can be used to achieve measurable outcomes such as commercialization, business formation, expansion of existing businesses, job creation, and exports. Total proposed funding for the Jobs Accelerator is approximately $33 million in direct Federal support from funding agencies, subject to the availability of appropriations.

The funding agencies are the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and, subject to the availability of appropriations, the Small Business Administration. This collaboration is designed to allow applicants to submit one application to access three complementary Federal sources to comprehensively support cluster development, and applicants must apply for all three funding sources available under the Jobs Accelerator FFO. Awards are expected to range from approximately $1.5 million to $2.2 million per cluster through the three funding agencies, and matching funds are required for a portion of the funding.
For prospective applicants, the EDA, ETA and SBA will hold an information teleconference on June 7, 2011. Please visit the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge website for the teleconference registration requirements and protocols,

Monday, May 16, 2011

National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Invites Research Applications- Deadline July 1, 2011

From Philanthropy News Digest:
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Invites Research Applications
Based at the University of South Carolina, the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition works to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.
The center's Paul P. Fidler Research Grant is designed to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge that has the potential to improve the experiences of college students in transition. The grant competition is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who plan to conduct research on issues of college student transitions. Cross-institutional research teams are encouraged to apply.
The grant award includes a cash stipend of $5,000; travel to the Eighteenth National Conference on Students in Transition (November 2011), at which the award will be presented; travel to the Nineteenth National Conference on Students in Transition (November 2012), at which the winner's research findings will be reported; award announcement on the National Resource Center Web page and in print publications; and priority consideration for publication by the National Resource Center.
Complete program guidelines and the application form are available at the National Resource Center Web site.

Link to RFP:

FIPSE's FY 2011 Comprehensive Program Competition Has Been Cancelled

"The FY 2011 Comprehensive Program of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) has been cancelled. For more information, please go to the Applicant Information page for the Comprehensive Program, which can be found at

Interest in FIPSE and its Comprehensive Program is much appreciated. Despite the Comprehensive Program’s cancellation, FIPSE encourages continued efforts toward improving educational practice at the postsecondary level."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

FIPSE- Deadline May 23, 2011

Link to announcement in Federal Register:

Document Type: Grants Notice

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-032211-001

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Posted Date: Mar 22, 2011

Creation Date: Mar 22, 2011

Original Closing Date for Applications: May 23, 2011 Applications Available: March 22, 2011. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 23, 2011.

Current Closing Date for Applications: May 23, 2011 Applications Available: March 22, 2011. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 23, 2011.

Archive Date: Jun 22, 2011

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Category of Funding Activity: Education

Category Explanation:

Expected Number of Awards: 28

Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,347,000

Award Ceiling: $750,000

Award Floor:

CFDA Number(s): 84.116 -- Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Eligible Applicants
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Eligible Applicants: IHEs or combinations of IHEs and other public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies.

Agency Name
Department of Education

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Promise Neighborhoods- comments open

Reprinted from March 17, 2011 OVAE Connection Newsletter:
On March 10, 2011, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan submitted a Federal Register Notice announcing the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for the Promise Neighborhoods Program. The proposed priorities for the competition are now available for public comment through April 11, 2011, and include both planning and implementation grants. The level and allocation of funds among the grant types are contingent upon the final Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

The competitive grants provide funds to design comprehensive approaches for addressing challenges faced by students living in communities with concentrated poverty. Promise Neighborhoods projects are intended to support organizations that have a strategy for building a continuum of solutions, and have the capacity to achieve results for this population. The solutions must be designed to improve significantly the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youths from birth through college and a career. Under the proposed priorities, nonprofits, institutions of higher education and Indian tribes would be eligible for grants.

We encourage interested parties to review Proposed Implementation Grant Priority 8: Family Engagement in Learning Through Adult Education—a priority for applicants with plans that are coordinated with adult education providers serving neighborhood residents, such as those funded through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, as amended—given in the full list of proposed grant planning priorities.
Link to announcement:
For info, contact: Jill Staton. Telephone: (202) 453-6615