RESOURCES

INCLUSIVE GROWTH & RECOVERY CHALLENGE

Data.org, in partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation, invites applications to its Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge seeking breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive especially in the wake of COVID-19’s economic impact. Up to 10 awards with a combined total of up to $10 million may be made. Eligibility is unrestricted. Applications are due July 17.

CIVIC INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition in the Smart and Connected Communities . CIVIC will fund projects that can produce significant community impact within 12 months (following a four-month planning phase) and have the potential for lasting impact beyond the period of the CIVIC award.

REGIONAL TECH-BASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills this mission through strategic investments and partnerships that create the regional economic ecosystems required to foster globally competitive regions throughout the United States.

LISC'S PAYMENT PROTECTION PROGRAM

The program provides access to low interest and partially to fully forgivable loans to small business owners and nonprofit organizations with no personal guarantee or collateral required. Funds may be used to help pay business payroll, utilities, and other operating expenses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT'S CITIZEN DIPLOMACY FUND

State Department Exchange Alumni can apply for a grant from $500 to $10,000 through the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund Rapid Response to support public service projects that build community resilience and engagement.

CHARLOTTE MICRO-BUSINESS RELIEF FUND

City of Charlotte has partnered with LISC to deploy the Micro Business Relief Fund (MBRF). The MBRF is a $1,000,000 fund created to provide grants to support microenterprises financially impacted by COVID-19. The fund will provide grant capital up to $10,000 to eligible entities to assist in meeting urgent needs. Funds may only be used for ongoing operational costs such as payroll, vendors, utilities, and rent.

COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

FEDERAL & STATE TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

The SBA invites applications to its Federal and State Technology Partnership Program (FAST) to conduct SBIR/STTR proposal development training, outreach, mentoring, financial support, technical and business assistance to R&D focused small businesses interested in the SBIR/STTR programs. Up to 24 awards with a combined total of up to $3 million may be made. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due June 19.

CREATIVE PLACE-MAKING GRANT PROGRAM

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities.

STATE DEPARTMENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP GUIDE

This handbook helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop a mindset and the skills to honestly evaluate their business idea. It also helps them become comfortable with the idea of business risk and how to minimize those risks where possible. Being a successful entrepreneur takes knowledge, skills, business planning resources and mentoring relationships. It also takes time, planning, patience and flexibility.

ECONOMIC RESPONSE ADVOCACY FUND

The Omidyar Network invites applications to its COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund which will infuse 501c4 funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping our economic structure to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future. Between now and the end of this year, Omidyar Network plans to award $1.5 million to groups working to realign this nation’s economic policies and systems so that they work better for everyone. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

STEM EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Office of Naval Research invites applications to conduct STEM Education and Workforce Research to augment existing or develop innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. Multiple awards of up to $250,000 each annually for up to three years may be made. Eligibility is restricted to domestic institutions of higher education and nonprofits.

BECOME A DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST

Develop your analytical and tactical skills to become a digital marketing specialist. From marketing plans and content strategy to SEO and analytics, this learning path guides you through the best practices and principles of digital marketing.

ECOSYSTEM TALENT DEVELOPMENT GRANT

The NSF invites applications to its Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) program to to bring together programs, people, organizations, technologies, and institutions to achieve results at scale, provide new research, and leverage NSF’s broadening participation investments. Up to three awards of up to $2 million each annually for up to 10 years may be made.

  

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CAPACITY BUILDING

The OSHA program offers opportunities for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and educational programs for small business employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.

DISTANCE LEARNING & TELEMEDICINE INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.

 HBCU/MSI EQUIPMENT GRANT

The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting applications for the acquisition of equipment/instrumentation under the Fiscal Year 2021 Research and Education Program for HBCU/MI. Awards up to $600,000.

HBCU/MI $100 MILLION STEM EDUCATION & RESEARCH FUND

The Department of Defense Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions seeks proposals that will meet the following objectives:
Enhance research and engineering capabilities in areas important to national defense; Increase the number of graduates in STEM disciplines; and Encourage research and education collaborations with other institutions of higher education and with defense organizations.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION GRANT PROGRAM

The Health & Human Services's Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $13.6 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low-income. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas.

TECH-COMMERCIALIZATION & GROWTH

NSF is seeking proposals that further technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Successful projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.

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