December 18, 2023

Grant Watch: Week Ending in 12/15/2023

The Grant Plant routinely reviews funder websites and notices and is pleased to share some upcoming opportunities with you. The next list of opportunities will be sent in the new year. We extend warm wishes for a happy holiday season!

Bureau of Land Management New Mexico Cultural and Paleontology Resource Management March 27, 2024. 

The New Mexico Cultural Heritage and Paleontology Program seek to establish partnerships that collaboratively encourage the public to learn about and engage with heritage resources in New Mexico, with the goals of building a meaningful conservation stewardship legacy through expanding recreation opportunities on public lands, working to ensure meaningful consultation and self-determination for Tribes, enhancing visitor experience on public lands by better meeting our infrastructure and maintenance needs, and eliminating unnecessary steps and duplicative reviews while maintaining rigorous environmental standards.

Bureau of Land Management New Mexico Wildlife Program March 27, 2024.

The New Mexico Wildlife Program is responsible for administering program activities that support maintaining functioning wildlife habitats, developing, and implementing restoration projects, and the inventory and monitoring of priority habitats and species to track trends and use on public lands. To provide for the long-term conservation of wildlife and biodiversity on public lands, the Wildlife Program uses a science-based approach to manage public lands to identify projects that support meeting land health standards and desired resource objectives for priority species and habitats, as outlined in land use plans. The program is focused on addressing habitat connectivity issues and implementing projects that consider climate change impacts to short- and long-term objectives.

Bureau of Land Management New Mexico Aquatic Resource Management March 27, 2024.

The New Mexico Aquatic Resource Management program seeks to work with partners that combat climate change and habitat loss impacts to aquatic resources. Other functions include restoring and connecting degraded aquatic resources; increasing ecosystem resistance, resilience, and adaptability to drought, wildfires, and floods; determining acceptable levels of hydrologic and ecological change given BLM management objectives; advancing inventory, assessment, and monitoring activities and tools; preventing the establishment and spread of invasive species; increasing public knowledge of aquatic habitats on BLM managed lands, including with a targeted focus on communities of color, low-income families, and rural and indigenous communities.

Bureau of Land Management New Mexico Recreation and Visitor Services Program March 27, 2024. 

The New Mexico Recreation and Visitor Services Program will focus on projects that build healthy communities and economies, advance environmental justice, address the climate crisis, and provide safe and equitable access to outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. These projects will connect with youth, tribes, and underserved communities to foster public lands stewardship; improve climate resiliency on public lands while enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities and activities; enhance access to quality recreation opportunities for nature-deprived communities; identify and remove outdoor recreation barriers and expand recreation opportunities for all; provide an enhanced, more sustainable recreational experience by delivering up-to-date and engaging visitor information online and in person.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Program February 13, 2024. 

The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.

The National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Art Projects February 15, 2024. 

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is proud to support the nation’s arts sector with grant opportunities so that together we can help everyone live more artful lives. The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for the future. Grants for Arts Projects is our largest grants program for organizations, providing comprehensive and expansive funding opportunities for communities. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector. We welcome applications from a variety of eligible organizations, including first-time applicants; from organizations serving rural, urban, suburban, and tribal communities of all sizes; and from organizations with small, medium, or large operating budgets. An organization may submit only one application under these FY2025 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines. If an organization applies to the Challenge America category, it may not also apply to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The National Endowment for the Arts’ support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2024. Generally, a period of performance of up to two years is allowed.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA): American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services March 26, 2024. 

The purpose of this program is to provide VR services, including culturally appropriate services, to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with such eligible individual’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for, and engage in, high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program February 8, 2024. 

This competitive grants program is intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce.

The Environmental Protection Agency Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grant Program November 21, 2024. 

The Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grant program (Community Change Grants), created by the Inflation Reduction Act, offers an unprecedented $2 billion in grants under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Community Change Grants will fund community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation. This historic level of support will enable communities and their partners to overcome long standing environmental challenges and implement meaningful solutions to meet community needs now and for generations to come. There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity. Track I will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million – $20 million. Track II will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million – $3 million. Grants cannot exceed 3-years in duration. Please review the NOFO for further information about the exciting opportunities under the Community Change Grants program and details about the application process.

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