November 27, 2023

Grant Watch: Week Ending in 11/24/2023

The Grant Plant routinely reviews funder websites and notices and is pleased to share some upcoming opportunities with you.

U.S. Mission to Morocco 2024 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) December 20, 2023. 

The U.S. Embassy in Morocco and the Cultural Heritage Center in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) are pleased to announce the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2024 Grants Program. This competitive global fund was established by the State Department to support cultural heritage preservation projects in other countries and to demonstrate U.S. respect for cultural heritage. In Morocco, selected projects will advance the U.S.-Morocco bilateral goal of promoting economic growth and preserving cultural heritage. The AFCP Grants Program supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts.

The U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation December 22, 2023. 

The U.S. Embassy Mozambique announces an open competition for organizations to submit project ideas in the form of Concept Notes for Round 1 of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2024 Grants Program. The Department of State established the AFCP at the request of Congress in Conference Report 106-1005 accompanying H.R. 4942 (October 26, 2000). The Senate report on this bill noted that the preservation of cultural heritage “offers an opportunity to show a different American face to other countries, one that is non-commercial, non-political, and non-military.” The AFCP Grants Program supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts. Appropriate project activities may include: 

  • Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
  • Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to an object or site).
  • Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of an object or site).
  • Documentation (recording in analog or digital format the condition and salient features of an object, site, or tradition).
  • Inventory (listing of objects, sites, or traditions by location, feature, age, or other unifying characteristic or state).
  • Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition).
  • Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of an object or site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings).
  • Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance of an object or site).

The Outdoor Recreation Division Outdoor Marketing Grant December 31, 2023.

The Outdoor Recreation Division is offering an Outdoor Marketing Grant (OMG). The objective is to expand opportunities for participation in the outdoor recreation industry for all. The grant will support communities’ and eligible nonprofits’ investments in their outdoor recreation marketing programs. Reaching a greater audience increases outdoor participation, stewardship of ecosystems, and outdoor access. Eligible expenses include event sponsorships, print brochures, maps, guidebooks, digital and print ads, and other marketing materials to promote the region’s outdoor recreation. Examples include outdoor recreation conferences, acequia walk and talk events, regional outdoor rec branding, local birding guides, mountain biking and running races, trail maps, and more.

The Environmental Protection Agency Wetland Program Development Grant January 12, 2024. 

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, territory, local government agencies, and interstate or intertribal entities in developing or refining state, tribal, territory, or local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state, tribal, and territory wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g., county or municipal) programs. The goals of EPA’s wetland program include increasing the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition. In pursuing these goals, EPA seeks to develop the capacity of all levels of government to develop and/or refine effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management.

The United States Department of Agriculture The Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program January 16, 2024. 

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes research, education, and extension efforts will have the greatest impacts when programs are grounded in DEIA. NIFA is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of programs and encourages individuals, institutions, and organizations from underserved communities to apply to funding opportunities as lead, co-lead, or subaward recipient(s), and to engage as leaders in the peer panel review process to support the development of strong networks and collaborations. NIFA encourages applications that engage diverse communities and have broad impacts through research, education, extension, and integrated activities to address current and future challenges. The purpose of this program is to assist NLGCA institutions in maintaining and expanding their capacity to conduct education, research, outreach/extension, and integrated activities relating to agriculture, renewable resources, and other similar disciplines.

Department of Agriculture Forest Service Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy RFA 2024 January 16, 2024.

The shared commitment of reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires doesn’t stop at a jurisdictional boundary. Through the Cohesive Fire Strategy grant program, the Forest Service supports states, Sovereign Tribal nations and partners in their efforts of developing resilient landscapes, encouraging fire-adapted communities and reducing wildfire risk on non-federal land. The U.S. Forest Service supports moving toward shared stewardship across Landscapes as part of a conceptual framework for making strategic investments across landscapes to co-manage wildfire risk and achieve positive outcomes at the most appropriate scale. Within this framework, Eastern Region Cohesive Fire Strategy Competitive Request for Applications is designed to support and carry out the first two goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (NCS) across the Midwestern and Northeastern States as well as meet the intent of the current year budget direction.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program February 8, 2024. 

This notice identifies the objectives for HSI Education Grants Program projects, deadlines, funding information, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and application forms and associated instructions. In FY 2024 and FY 2025, NIFA requests HSI applications to promote and strengthen the ability of HSIs to carry out higher education programs that attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the nation’s food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) professional and scientific workforce.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service February 26, 2024.

AoD’s Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD), Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forecasts the possible availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 funds to make five-year grants to up to 3 entities designated as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD). These grantees carry out four core functions: (1) interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and continuing education of students; (2) community services, including training, technical assistance, and/or demonstration and model activities; (3) research; and (4) dissemination of information. UCEDDs are interdisciplinary education, research and public service units of universities, or public or not-for-profit entities associated with universities that implement the four core functions addressing, directly or indirectly, one or more of the areas of emphasis (e.g., quality assurance, education and early intervention, child care, health, employment, housing, transportation, recreation and other services available or offered to individuals in a community, including formal and informal community supports, that affect their quality of life). Funds made available under this proposed funding opportunity will be used to pay for the Federal share of the cost of the administration and operation of programs.

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