MAE’s 23rd Annual Conference: RFP!

Rita S. Fierro, PhD from Fierro Consulting has agreed to give the Keynote Address at the MAE’s 23rd Annual Conference on May 10, 2018. The conference theme is Enhancing Evaluation Through Effective Communication and Interaction. The conference is accepting proposals for presentations and posters at this time. Go to maeeval.org for more information about Dr. Fierro’s keynote and links to the application forms.

*The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 22, 2018.

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.

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

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

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.

Background
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.

Activities
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/

Community College Requesting Proposals for Evaluator Services

YC-lifeExplored yavapai collegeYavapai College has issued a Request for Proposal (17-301) seeking NSF Grant External Evaluator services.  Please visit https://procure.az.gov/bso/ (Reference: YCCCD16-00006601) if interested in responding.

Yavapai College (YC) is requesting proposals for a qualified consultant to provide external evaluator services pertaining to Engineered for Success: Engineering Technician Training for Rural Arizona (NSF – Advanced Technological Education Grant).

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Get Your Proposals in for the Tribal College Feasibility Study by July 8th!

APU

Alaska Pacific University seeks to assess the feasibility of transitioning from a private institution to a Tribal college in conjunction with partners; Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation. The feasibility analysis should define and describe the steps necessary to implement their stated shared vision, values, and goals.

Proposals due by Friday, July 8th! (New Due Date)

To find out more click here: APU Feasibility Study RFP

Does LEAD Need You?

Program Evaluation for Proposals

We can meet with you to discuss your program or proposal ideas. Please call (608) 263-4256 or email: cmpribbenow@wisc.edu

Current proposal deadlines

Title: Education grants
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Deadline: Ongoing; letters of inquiry accepted year round
Summary: Lumina’s goal is to increase the higher education attainment rate of the United States to 60% by 2025. While the Foundation’s mission focuses on both student access and success in higher education, its emphasis is on attainment, defined as completing associate and baccalaureate degrees and credentials. The Foundation focuses on increasing awareness of the benefits of higher education, improving student access to and preparedness for college, improving student success in college, and productivity across the higher education system. See the website for the foundation’s current funding strategies.
URL: http://www.luminafoundation.org/grants.html


Title: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Sponsor: NSF 16-552
Deadlines: June 14, 2016 and December 9, 2016
Summary: AGEP seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.
URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16552/nsf16552.htm


Title: Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education
Deadline: August 4, 2016
Summary: IES’s research grants program is meant to provide the public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These grants provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. In carrying out its grants program, IES provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need and will conduct competitions in FY2017 through two of its centers.

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions in these areas (topics in parentheses):

  1. Education research (Cognition and Student Learning; Early Learning Programs and Policies; Education Leadership; Education Technology; Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching; English Learners; Improving Education Systems; Mathematics and Science Education; Postsecondary and Adult Education; Reading and Writing; Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning; and Special Topics, which include Arts in Education; Career and Technical Education; and Systemic Approaches to Educating Highly Mobile Students);
  2. Education research training (Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training [NOTE: An institution may submit only one application to the Pathways Training Program]; Postdoctoral Research Training; and Methods Training for Education Researchers);
  3. Statistical and research methodology in education (Statistical and Research Methodology Grants; and Early Career Statistical and Research Methodology Grants);
  4. Partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy (Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research; and Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies);
  5. Low-cost, short-duration evaluations; and
  6. Research networks (Exploring Science Teaching in Elementary School Classrooms; and Scalable Strategies to Support College Completion).

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold three competitions in these areas (topics in parentheses).

  1. Special education research (Autism Spectrum Disorders; Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education; Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education; Families of Children with Disabilities; Mathematics and Science Education; Professional Development for Teachers and Other Instructional Personnel; Reading, Writing, and Language Development; Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning; Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems; Technology for Special Education; and Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Disabilities).
  2. Special education research training; and
  3. Low-cost, short-duration evaluations.

URL: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282060 and https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-05155

Little Priest Tribal College soliciting Requests for Proposals for its Grant Writing Services

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Grant Writing Services

Little Priest Tribal College (affiliated with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) is soliciting Requests for Proposals for its Grant Writing Services for FY 2016.
Little Priest Tribal College will receive Request for Proposals, mailed, emailed or hand delivered, until 5:00 pm on February 4, 2016 at the Little Priest Tribal College Business Office (Attention: Finance Director, PO Box 270, 601 East College Drive, Winnebago, NE 68701. tatanka.petite@littlepriest.edu)
All qualified proposals meeting the terms and conditions will be evaluated and approval made by Little Priest Tribal College to constitute the most responsive bid for the grant writing services requested.

To receive a copy of the scope of work, please contact Tatanka Petite at (402) 878-3322 or email: tatanka.petite@littlepriest.edu
Little Priest Tribal College reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals and the right to waive any informalities or irregularities.

Randy Hella 
20 Canosia Rd 
P.O. Box 192 
Esko, MN 55733 
Cell 218-343-1916 
Email: rhella@interserv.com