August 14, 2023

Grant Watch: Week Ending in 8/11/2023

The Grant Plant routinely reviews funder websites and notices and is pleased to share some upcoming opportunities with you. Contact us if you would like support in preparing a proposal.

Horizons Focused Investments RFP. September 22, 2023.

The Washington State team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking to support three regional partnerships in Washington State who are working to support high school to postsecondary transitions, with a particular interest in partnerships focused on serving Black, Latino, and Indigenous students and students from low-income communities. The amount awarded per partnership will be approximately $5.4 million over the grant cycle (SY 2024–25, SY 2025–26, SY 2026–27), with up to $1.8 million distributed each year. Per-year dollar amounts listed are estimated and are subject to change.  Grantees can receive funding to: 1) build awareness and support adoption of strategies to support postsecondary enrollment, including but not limited to high-quality advising supports implementation; 2) improve partnership and intermediary capacities; 3) improve regional data capacity; 4) support learning across the state.

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program in New Mexico. September 30, 2023.

The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant programs provide funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA. USDA provides grants to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish Revolving Loan Funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan fund to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA.

2023 “$100,000 Start an SUD Startup” Challenge. November 15, 2023.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), one of the components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces the annual “$100,000 Start an SUD Startup” Challenge. The Challenge goal is to support research ideas in the area of substance use disorders (SUDs) that are intended to be the foundation for the development of successful new startups. NIDA expects that the Challenge will enable the winning teams to test the premise that their research idea can be fostered into a biotech startup, and that eventually the newly created startups will contribute to the pool of innovative small business companies that can successfully compete for NIDA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding.

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