U.S. Department of Education Applications for New Awards; Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program Grants Deadline June 8, 2017!

The Department of Education is inviting applications for new awards for (FY) 2017 for Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs – NAL@ED Program.

  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 8, 2017.
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 19, 2017

Purpose of Program: The purposes of the NAL@ED program are to:

(1) Support schools that use Native American and Alaska Native languages as the primary language of instruction;

(2) Maintain, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to use, practice, maintain, and revitalize their languages, as envisioned in the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.); and

(3) Support the Nation’s First Peoples’ efforts to maintain and revitalize their languages and cultures, and to improve educational opportunities and student outcomes within Native American and Alaska Native communities.

Application and Submission Information:

You can obtain an application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: http://www.ed.gov/​fund/​grant/​apply/​grantapps/​index.html. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: ED Pubs, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 605-6794. If you use a TDD or a TTY, call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.


John Cheek, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3W207, Washington, DC 20202-6335. Telephone: (202) 401-0274 or by email: john.cheek@ed.gov.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects

Forward Promise Empowerment Projects
Grant Opportunity

First Nations Development Institute has partnered with Forward Promise to bring you this important message.Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, established to promote the health of boys and young men of color (BYMOC), is pleased to announce the release of its new Call for Proposals (CFP) – Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects.

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects seeks to elevate solutions and strategies that provide culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for BYMOC ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow and thrive.

Empowerment Projects will support up to nine organizations with grants between $150,000 and $450,000 over two years, to strengthen their capacity to provide programming for and with BYMOC; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies BYMOC.


Complete information about the CFP and how to apply is also available at www.rwjf.org/cfp/fwp3. The deadline for submitting brief proposals is May 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

2017 Call for Proposals Announcement

New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming is celebrating its 11th year; over the history of the program, it has supported research grants and career development opportunities for a network of more than 920 researchers from diverse, underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. New Connections is a career development program for early career researchers, providing support to grantees and other individuals who are part of a network of eligible researchers. Through grantmaking, mentorship, career development and networking, New Connections enhances the research capacity of its grantees and network members. The researchers in this program come from multiple disciplines (health, social sciences, business, urban planning, architecture and engineering); work to build the case for a Culture of Health with strong qualitative and quantitative research skills; and produce and translate timely research results.

For key dates, eligibility and selection criteria, or to apply, please visit the official CFP listing here.

Apply Now: Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD)

LEEAD is seeking underrepresented minority scholars who have 4-8 years of experience in research and/or evaluation in criminal justice, psychology, public policy, public health, mental health, social psychology, sociology, economics, social work or related fields, with at least 3 years of that experience occurring post-doc.


*Message from The Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program


Some of you may already be familiar with The Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program, an Expanding the Bench® initiative led by The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data (REED) Unit.


For those who are not, LEEAD is an intensive, fast track program that consists of a semester of online-based evaluation coursework ongoing mentorship from established experts in evaluation; and a remote evaluation residency placement at a research organization, think tank, foundation or private firm.


We are writing you to ask for your support in our 2017 LEEAD recruitment! Please disseminate this opportunity broadly with your networks. See the attached flyers for more information, including an FAQ.

TO APPLY CLICK HERE: https://leead.workable.com 

We are seeking underrepresented minority scholars who have 4-8 years of experience in research and/or evaluation in criminal justice, psychology, public policy, public health, mental health, social psychology, sociology, economics, social work or related fields, with at least 3 years of that experience occurring post-doc.

We sincerely appreciate any and all assistance in making sure this amazing opportunity spans any unfortunate gaps in informational networks and reach all eligible scholars of color. Applications are due Friday April 14th. The final cohort will be announced June 30th. The program officially starts at the end of August 2017.

Email LEEAD2017@gmail.com for questions!

First Nations Launches New Native Arts Grant Opportunity

Proposals for First Nations art grant due March 9th!

LONGMONT, Colorado (February 3, 2017) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched a new Supporting Native Arts grant opportunity under its Native Arts Initiative (formerly known as the “Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative” or NACBI). Applications are due by March 9, 2017.

First Nations will award up to 15 Supporting Native Arts grants of up to $32,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen the organizational infrastructure and/or arts programming of Native museums and cultural centers, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and tribal government programs. Eligible applicants must have existing program initiatives in place that support Native American artists and traditional Native art forms. Eligible applicants must also be located in and serve tribal communities in one of the following regions:

  1. Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin);
  2. Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California); or
  3. Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington).

For this grant opportunity, examples of allowable activities around strengthening organizational infrastructure include, but are not limited to: governance training for organization’s Board of Directors; strengthening project management systems for the organization or tribal program; conducting strategic planning; and strengthening the organization’s financial management infrastructure, among others. Examples of allowable activities around supporting and strengthening arts programming include, but are not limited to: offering master/apprentice opportunities to Native American artists; offering artist business plan and entrepreneurship training; strengthening juried art show and market capacity; supporting communal artist spaces for Native American artists; and supporting and promoting Native American artist convenings and artist cooperatives, among others.

The Request for Proposals for the Supporting Native Arts grant opportunity can be accessed athttp://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NAI.

Entities eligible to apply include U.S.-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal § 7871 entities, or Native American community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors committed to supporting Native American artists as well as the perpetuation and proliferation of Native American arts, cultures and traditions as integral to Native community life.

Proposals for the Native Arts Initiative grant opportunity will be accepted online and must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

About First Nations Development Institute

For 36 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities.  First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.

About the Native Arts Initiative

Launched in early 2014, the purpose of the Native Arts Initiative (NAI) is to support the perpetuation and proliferation of Native American arts, cultures and traditions as integral to Native community life. It does this by providing organizational and programmatic resources to Native-led organizations and tribal government programs that have existing programs in place that support Native artists and traditional arts in their communities.


Catherine Bryan, First Nations Senior Program Officer
cbryan@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836

Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
rblauvelt@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836 x213

New Funding Opportunity: Indigenous Project LAUNCH Due on 3/1/2017

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for FY 2017 Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health in American Indian/Alaskan (AI/AN) Native Communities and U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Short title:  Indigenous Project LAUNCH).

The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years within tribes, territories and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development.

The goal of Project LAUNCH is for children to be thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed.

Applications are due on March 1, 2017

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and tribal stakeholders. For more information, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-17-004. Please send all questions to IndigenousLAUNCH@samhsa.hhs.gov.

RFP Training and Technical Assistance Provider

Please consider submitting a Proposal for Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Services to the Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources (DEHCR) and to local providers of housing and residential program services administered by DEHCR/Department of Administration.

Due February 10th, you can find all the info on VendorNet.


Where Can you Find Work?

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting explains where to find work on job boards, and chambers of commerce and with Tribal Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers. If you’re looking for RFPs (Requests for Proposals) on American Indian Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Procurement Institute, and the Wisconsin Small Business Administration. Visit Economic Development Corporations and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

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Serve Wisconsin RFP!

Intent to propose letter due online by midnight on Weds, Sept 28th.

Final/full proposals are due Weds, Nov 2nd.

*TRIBES are eligible! (Tribes have a separate RFP in May. They can apply for planning or project grants through CNCS national office. See specific Tribal webpages on CNCS national website.) States can apply through Wisconsin or directly via CNCS national office.

2017-2018 AmeriCorps *State Request for Proposals (RFP)

On August 5, 2016, the Corporation for National and Community Service released its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2017-2018 program year.  The 2017 competition will target AmeriCorps grantm-aking on the six national focus areas identified in the Serve America Act and the agency’s five-year Strategic Plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.  In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS will fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach.

Through the 2017 competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, the environment, addressing prescription drug and opioid abuse, safer communities, veterans and military families, and the Governor and Mayor Initiative. CNCS will continue to focus on national service programs that improve academic outcomes for children, youth, and young adults. In addition, CNCS seeks to increase its investment in programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older as AmeriCorps members.

All interested applicants must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply via Survey Monkey by Midnight on Wednesday, September 28, 2016; access the Notification here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1718WNCSB-AC.

Proposals and additional documents from eligible applicants are due Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by 4:30 PM Central.  See RFP #1718WNCSB-AC (below) for details.

2017-2018 RFP and Application Instructions

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Request for Proposals #1718WNCSB-AC 

Appendix A: Application Peer Review Form  

Appendix B: Formula Funding Process 

Appendix C: Formula Selection Criteria 

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Application Instructions and Attachments  

Required Additional Checklist A:  Additional Document Checklist  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist B:  Budget Checklist  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist C:  Alignment with State Service Plan  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist D:  Financial Management Survey  (PDF  & Word )

2017 National Performance Measure Instructions

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for 2017-18 AmeriCorps funding through this survey no later than Midnight, September 28, 2016:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1718WNCSB-AC.

All applicants must use the application materials above to submit a proposal through eGrants, CNCS’s web-based system at https://egrants.cns.gov.

When applying to Serve Wisconsin’s Request for Proposals in eGrants, you will need to select the correct Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and its corresponding Grant Application ID number.   The 2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Grant Application IDs will be posted on this website soon.

Technical Assistance and Informational Sessions

Those who submit the mandatory Notice of Intent to apply, due by Midnight on September 28, 2016, will be provided with information on how to register for training and technical assistance webinars regarding the RFP, logic models, evidence base, and theory of change.  This information will also be posted on this website.

Please see below for a webinar on how to use eGrants, the electronic grants management system you will use to submit your proposal.

Link to Recording of 11/27/2012 eGrants Technical Assistance Webinar     Due to technical difficulties, there is an approximately six minute gap in the webinar starting at around 53 minutes; viewers can choose to skip past the gap.

WNCSB RFP – Questions & Answers

All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by 12:00 Midnight Central on October 27, 2016, to the RFP Manager.  Questions via telephone will not be accepted.

Jessica Kessler, RFP Manager; Wisconsin National & Community Service Board; 1 West Wilson Street, Room B274; Madison, WI 53703; servewisconsin@wisconsin.gov

Questions and answers will be posted here periodically, with the final posting no later than October 28, 2016.  After October 27th, only specific eGrants technical assistance may be given.  Below is the Q&A from the 2016-17 Competition for your information.

RFP Questions & Answers as of 10/30/2015

Under the rules of the RFP, once the RFP is released all inquiries related to the RFP and application instructions must go to the RFP Manager.  The rules do not permit other Board staff or Board members to communicate with applicants regarding the RFP process without approval from the RFP Manager.

Additional Resources for Applicants

*Intent to Apply

*Information from http://www.servewisconsin.wi.gov/Funding/Serve-Wisconsin-AmeriCorps-RFP

Wanted! Evaluator for Child Psychiatry Consultation Program

Are you interested in a child psychiatry consultation program?

Scott Consulting Partners posted a search for an evaluator that would be interested in conducting a process evaluation utilizing CIPP methodology of Wisconsin’s Child Psychiatry Consultation Program. Below is a brief description of the purpose of the evaluation and some background information about the program.

Evaluation Purpose
This evaluation will be conducted in order to build evidence that the current implementation of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) should be maintained or should be changed. In addition, this evaluation will be part of demonstrating accountability to the citizens of Wisconsin, who have allocated general purpose revenue money to implement the program. If evidence suggests that changes should be made to the implementation of the program, or that the program is not addressing the goals contained within state statute, then DHS, in collaboration with MCW, will make the necessary changes to improve the program. If evidence suggests that current implementation should be maintained, then DHS, in collaboration with MCW, will maintain the current implementation with an eye toward statewide implementation.

In 2015, the Milwaukee County Outpatient Behavioral Health Capacity Study (completed by Human Services Research Institute) reported a six- to 12-month wait time for children to see a child psychiatrist, with wait times longer in rural areas that experienced more severe CAP shortages (1).There is a recognized national and state shortage of CAPs (2). According to a recent Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) report, “The overall population to provider ratio for psychiatrists professionally active in Wisconsin was 7513:1 in 2012. There are significant disparities in distribution within Wisconsin, however, with the ratio ranging from well over 30,000:1 in rural areas to under 10,000 in metro and urban areas of the state” (3, p. 1). This shortage reflects a lack of general psychiatrists, but the shortage of CAPs is much worse. According to an AHEC report, there are 151 CAPs in Wisconsin and most practice in the most populated counties. In 2012, 48 out of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, nearly 70%, did not have a practicing outpatient CAP. A lack of access resulting from the shortage of CAPs results in diagnosis and treatment delays, which have implications for both short- and long-term health outcomes for children, adolescents, and the overall community.

Limited numbers of CAPs in Wisconsin result in pediatric primary care clinicians increasingly caring for children with behavioral health challenges. It is estimated that as many as 50% of pediatric primary care visits are related to behavioral and emotional concerns (4). This reality is coupled with less than half of primary care clinicians self-reporting that they feel comfortable in their ability to treat children with behavioral health disorders (5).

Due to Wisconsin’s lack of CAPs and the emergence of national models for child psychiatry consultation service for PCPs, stakeholders in Wisconsin embarked on efforts to create a child psychiatry consultation program. Stakeholders and partners were propelled to work with legislators to develop a bill to create a State of Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) by Project LAUNCH, the success of the Charles E. Kubly Child Psychiatry Access Project, reports of the value to primary care clinicians of the Ministry Health Care Program, and the experience of several states. State Representative Steineke authored the Bill; thus, creating Wisconsin ACT 127, which appropriated state GPR funds for a CPCP. In April of 2014, Governor Walker signed Bill 127 into law. The Bill passed with nearly unanimous, bipartisan support. The legislation allocated $500,000 per year to the CPCP, approximately half of the projected costs to adequately support one urban and one rural pilot as recommended.

In August of 2014, The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) applied through a Request for Application (RFA) process and received funds from the Department of Health Services (DHS) to develop and implement a CPCP in one or more of Wisconsin’s Public Health Regions. MCW, with support from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, launched the CPCP in the Northern Region and Milwaukee County in December 2014 (the later start was due to the RFA and contracting process). Project leadership believed having a contrasting rural component would help inform MCW’s current urban experience to better prepare for statewide expansion.

Target Population
The CPCP is intended to be used by primary care clinicians that serve children and adolescents. This can include pediatricians and family practice doctors. The CPCP does not directly serve children and adolescents.

Stage of Development
The CPCP has been in the implementation stage for one and a half years. Thus, it is in the early stages of program implementation.

The CPCP engages in three core activities that are the foundation of the program as well as program development and maintenance activities. The CPCP provides behavioral and mental health consultation to PCPs through telephone, email, and in-person. The consultation activities can range from medication recommendations (e.g., use, side effects, and effectiveness) to diagnostic consultation. The CPCP also engages in PCP education activities. They have designed educational modules on different mental and behavioral health topics that PCPs can receive in-person or online in order to increase their knowledge about the different topics. The PCP also engages in resource and referral activities that attempt to connect PCPs to community-based resources to aid the child and family that have come into their practice. Finally, the CPCP engages in program development and maintenance activities. These include things such as outreach and promotion about the program, enrolling clinics into the program, and developing new educational modules to meet the needs of PCPs.

Evaluation Questions
Is the CPCP being implemented as intended? (Aids Funder in deciding what should be done about funding for CPCP; aids Program Accountability in deciding if contract requirements need changes)
– What is the current implementation? And what are the costs?
– How does the current implementation compare to state statute and to the MCPAP model? In addition, what are the cost differences?
– How would the model be best implemented statewide, considering effective use of resources and regional needs/differences?
Do we need to modify the implementation of the CPCP? And if so, how? (Aids Program Accountability in deciding if contract requirements need changes; aides Program in deciding if staff should make changes to program implementation)
– What are the strengths and weaknesses of the program development and maintenance activities? What opportunities for improvement exist? What barriers threaten the success of these activities?
– What are the strengths and weaknesses of the consultation activities? What opportunities for improvement exist? What barriers threaten the success of these activities?
– What are the strengths and weaknesses of the education activities? What opportunities for improvement exist? What barriers threaten the success of these activities?
– What are the strengths and weaknesses of the resource and referral activities? What opportunities for improvement exist? What barriers threaten the success of these activities?

*For more information contact: http://www.communityresearchworks.com/