Funding Opportunities
October 28, 2020
Dear Members, Partners and Friends:

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for eligible tribes and languages through the Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial Legacy.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Local Foods, Local Places provides technical assistance to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and to improve access to healthy foods.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for five grant programs.

The ANA Western Region and the ANA Eastern Region are presenting Virtual Project Planning and Development Training Courses designed to help initiate a community-based planning process in local communities.

U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting letters of request for the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program which provides targeted technical assistance to selected communities.

Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Energy Technology funding deadline has been extended to December 10.

Applications for the Coronavirus and USDA Assistance Program for Farmers continues through December 11, 2020.

The USDA Rural Connect Community Connect program is accepting applications to provide broadband service in unserved rural areas for Fiscal Year 2021.

NEH is accepting applications for its Public Humanities Projects grants which support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences.

USDA Forest Service is requesting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program).

The National Forest Foundation is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP) to inspire personal and meaningful connections to our national forests and grasslands. 
Language Grants Available to Tribes Contacted by the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Deadline: November 6, 2020
The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for eligible tribes and languages through the Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial Legacy. These funds come from the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council, which received the revenues from the U.S. Mint's sale of the Lewis and Clark 2004 Commemorative Coin. Grants are available to members of the Native American tribes that came in contact with the Lewis and Clark Expedition between 1803-1806.

Grants are available for work on documentation and revitalization of the languages of these tribes. All forty tribes who were members of the Circle of Tribal Advisors of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial (COTA) at the conclusion of the 2003-2006 bicentennial commemoration are eligible, whether federally recognized or unrecognized.

Applicants (Principal Investigators) must be enrolled tribal members or employees of tribal colleges. Scholarships for academic work in linguistics or a Native language, or for Master/Apprentice programs are also available for tribal members.

For More Information
For more information, visit the Endangered Language Fund Native Voices Endowment website, email elf@yale.edu or call (203)-865-6163, ex. 265.
USDA and EPA Local Food, Local Places Extends Deadline

Deadline: November 13, 2020
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Local Foods, Local Places supports locally led, community-driven efforts to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food and create walkable, economically vibrant main streets.

Local Foods, Local Places provides planning and technical assistance, including planning meetings, a community workshop and action plan with resources. Technical assistance has been provided on projects such as:

  • Opening year-round, downtown markets featuring foods from local farmers.
  • Planning cooperative grocery stores and other food access options to help revitalize small-town main streets.
  • Creating centrally located community kitchens or food hubs to aggregate and market local foods.
  • Starting business incubators to help entrepreneurs launch food-related businesses on main streets.
  • Making it easier for people to walk or bicycle to farmers markets and local restaurants.
  • Exploring ways to use Opportunity Zones in the context of local food system development and downtown revitalization.

The program has worked on projects with the Nez Perce Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Delaware Tribe. (These are discussed in the video described below.)

For More Information
To view a recorded video on applying to Local Foods, Local Places, click here. For more information visit the USDA website or the EPA website. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Local Foods, Local Places.
Several Grant Programs Open at the Institute of Museum and Library Services 

Deadline: November 16, 2020
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for five grant programs. IMLS mission is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.


Applications for all five programs are due on November 16, 2020. IMLS invites grant applicants to view a webinar on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and learn more about the specific programs, visit https://www.imls.gov/webinars/.

For More Information
Visit the IMLS website at https://www.imls.gov/grants/grant-programs and find the staff responsible for that program.
Virtual Project Planning and Development Training Course

Sessions: November 2020
The ANA Western Region and ANA Eastern Region are presenting Virtual Project Planning and Development Training Courses designed to help initiate a community-based planning process in local communities. The training includes live, interactive webinars, as well as featured pre-recorded vignettes.

Each training session will be capped at 20 registrants to allow for engagement and participation in group activities. Registration is first come, first served. Sign up for the session that works best for you.

This training course consists of consecutive training days, totaling 6 hours of training. Topics include: an introduction to ANA, the planning process and methods for community engagement; an overview of products of planning; and planning your capacity to budget and implement the project.

Click on the following links for the training schedules in your region:

For More Information
If you have questions about registration or the training from the ANA Eastern Region, call (888) 221-9686 or email anaeastern@mn-e.com.

If you have questions about registration or the training from the ANA Western Region, call (855) 890-5299 or email anawestern@mn-e.com.
EPA Request for Letters of Interest in Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program

Deadline: November 20, 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting letters of interest for its Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program which provides targeted technical assistance to selected communities. EPA will offer sequential tiers of assistance, starting with staff-led calls only and then selecting some communities for more in-depth, contractor-supported assistance.

One of the potential areas of technical assistance described is leveraging Cultural Anchor Institutions (tool 2):

  • Leveraging local cultural assets to catalyze economic development efforts, promote equitable access, revitalize downtowns and existing neighborhoods, and root creative placemaking into the community.
  • Enable cultural anchor institutions to broaden their scope and create innovative, collaborative, and targeted benefits to their communities.

To apply, submit a letter of interest—no longer than two (2) pages—that contains the following information:
  • Describe the nature of the challenge your community faces
  • What COVID or post-COVID challenges is your community facing that might be addressed through land use planning and policy assistance?
  • How does this project align with previous plans or strategy implementation?
  • Describe the applicant's expected capacity for implementation.
  • Identify the partners involved in the planning and implementation of the project.
  • Please list any EPA regional staff who are already involved in your project.
  • Describe your plan for engaging traditionally underrepresented communities.
  • List the primary point of contact and other key stakeholders who would be involved in the technical assistance work.

For More Information
If you have questions about this request for letters of interest, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Building Blocks. If your question is not answered there, please contact Chip Gurkin at Gurkin.charles@epa.gov.
Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Energy Funding Deadline Extended Again

Extended Deadline: December 10, 2020
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs announced up to $15 million in funding for energy technology on tribal lands to stabilize or reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency for Indian Tribes and tribal members. DOE is soliciting applications to install energy technology on tribal lands. Projects can:

  • Install energy generating systems and energy efficiency measures for tribal buildings;
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating systems or energy storage on tribal lands;
  • Install integrated energy systems for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single facility or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience; or
  • Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy systems to electrify tribal buildings.

In addition to the extended deadline, the cost share requirement has been adjusted.

For More Information
For general information or inquiries, please contact OIEPP 's help desk at indianenergy@hq.doe.gov. OIEPP accepts applications for technical assistance at an ongoing basis, to apply contact ie-ta@hq.doe.gov.
Additional Funding Extends Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Awards

Deadline: December 11, 2020
USDA signup for the Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers (CFAP 2) began on September 21 and runs through December 11, 2020. The program will award $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

In addition to implementing the CARES Act, the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency are working to provide additional flexibilities to help producers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. This program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs.

For More Information
Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. For one-on-one support, call (877) 508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee. 
 USDA is Accepting Applications to Provide Broadband Service In Unserved Rural Areas

Deadline:  December 23, 2020
The USDA is accepting applications to provide broadband service in unserved rural areas for Fiscal Year 2021. Community Connect provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where service does not exist.

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include:

  • Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
  • Developing the Rural Economy
  • Harnessing Technological Innovation
  • Supporting a Rural Workforce
  • Improving Quality of Life

For More Information
For more information, submit questions online using the Contact Us, Contact Support Form.

NEH Public Humanities Grants Program

Deadline: January 6, 2021
NEH is accepting applications for its Public Humanities Projects grants which support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Funding supports projects in three program categories 1) Exhibitions, 2) Historic Places and 3) Humanities Discussions and at two funding levels 1) Planning and 2) Implementation.

The Historic Places category supports long-term interpretive programs for historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions that are intended to be presented to the public for at least three years. Such programs might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.

Applicants are advised to consider developing partnerships with other institutions, particularly organizations such as cultural alliances, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, state humanities councils, veterans’ centers and libraries. To be competitive, locally focused projects should address topics that are of regional
or national relevance by drawing connections to broad themes or historical questions.

Public Humanities Projects awards may support activities such as:
  • research into the topic
  • meetings with scholars and other content advisers, program partners and audience representatives
  • travel to archives, collections, sites or other resources
  • development and production of program or discussion guides, exhibition labels, brochures, digital assets, publications or other interpretive material
  • planning and presentation of public programs and publicity materials
  • planning and conducting project-specific training for docents, discussion coordinators or other interpretive leaders
  • publication costs for complementary materials, including catalogs and curriculum guides
  • publicity expenses

For More Information
If you have any questions, contact the Division of Public Programs Team, call (202) 606-8269 or email publicpgms@neh.gov.
USDA is Requesting Applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

Deadline: January 11, 2021
USDA Forest Service is requesting applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). The Community Forest Program is a competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to tribal entities, local governments and non-profit organizations to acquire and establish community forests that provide community benefits.

The CFP offers the opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products. Community benefits include active forest management, clean water, wildlife habitat, educational opportunities and public access for recreation.

For More Information
Tribal government officials should submit applications, either electronic or hardcopy, to the appropriate Forest Service Region/Institute. To find your Forest Service regional coordinator, click here. To find your regional forest manager, click here.
National Forest Foundation
2021 Matching Awards Program

Deadline: January 13, 2021
The National Forest Foundation is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP). The Foundation works on behalf of the public to inspire personal and meaningful connections to our national forests and grasslands. This national, competitive grant program provides federal funds for on-the-ground, action-oriented projects that enhance outdoor experiences, forest and ecosystem health, and engage local communities in caring for their public lands.

 Project examples include:
  • Improving or maintaining recreation resource connectivity including, and similar to: trail maintenance, bridge and crossing construction or repair and installation of trail drainage structures;
  • Engaging youth, volunteers, or diverse, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities;
  • Employing youth and/or veterans crews to implement on-the-ground conservation, stewardship and/or restoration work;
  • Promoting forest health through the removal or control of non-native invasive species;
  • Reintroduction of native plants and trees; and/or
  • Engaging community volunteers to complete riparian plantings as part of a watershed-scale restoration project
 
Applications require a 1:1 match with non-federal funds and must include a letter of support from the Forest Supervisor of each National Forest or Grassland unit included in a proposal. On December 10, 2020 MAP will present an informational webinar, click here to register.

For More Information
For additional information, contact Kerry Morse, Conservation Awards Manager, call (406) 830-3358 or email kmorse@nationalforests.org

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