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Letter to Constituents - Federal Budget

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Dear Friends:

The May 2013 grants newsletter has been prepared to be a resource for governments, schools, non-profit organizations and businesses interested in pursuing opportunities for federal grant and cooperative agreement funding. The newsletter, organized by Federal Agency includes handy links and quick links to the web page(s) at the individual agencies. These links lead the reader to agency pages dedicated to grants funding and are pages that are the most efficient starting points for research on the agency's grant and contract programs. We urge you to review these pages periodically and plan ahead. Forecasting can serve as the best way to improve your chances for funding in the months ahead.

Despite the effects of Sequestration, agencies continue to solicit applications for specific programs, however, the expectation is that the numbers of awards for each program likely will be diminished. This listing of opportunities for May 2013 continues with a solid compilation of research opportunities aimed at experienced researchers in numerous scientific areas. The National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, the Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services continue to be well represented this month. The research opportunities are very specialized in most cases and are aimed at experienced researchers often at colleges and universities. This month, however, there are also several announcements for colleges and universities and small businesses through the Department of Justice and the Department of Education.

Because Sequestration and budget issues continue to be on the forefront of all discussions, The Special Federal Program Notices section of this month's newsletter continues to contain several reports that can help clarify the current situation. These reports give detailed information about the amount that programs may be cut and which programs are exempt from sequestration:

White House Office of Management and Budget Sequestration Reports to the President and Congress
Congressional Budget Office Report on Estimated Impact of Automatic Budget Enforcement Procedures Specified in the Budget Control Act
Congressional Research Service Report on Budget "'Sequestration' and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules"
In addition, letters outlying sequestration actions by the Department of Energy and FEMA are included for your information.

All of this continues to point to an extremely competitive process for grants competition. For that reason -- be prepared. We continue to strongly recommend that all applicants verify that their organization's registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) is valid and current. No award can be made until the applicant's SAM data has been verified as current. Go to: SAM -- Systems for Award Management and follow the FAQs and User Guides to update and verify your SAM data. Current SAM registration is mandatory for most agencies, and no grants will be awarded to applicants that do not have valid and current registrations in SAM. Remember: Registration on SAM.gov is completely free of charge. There is no fee for you to register or to renew/update your organization's information on SAM.gov.

If you plan on applying for any of these grants, please keep us informed. Our office can send a letter to the agency expressing our support and our interest in being kept informed of developments relating to the application. These awards are increasingly competitive. Should you receive an adverse decision, our congressional staff can also help you work with the agency to provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal or suggest alternative programs or approaches, allowing the constituent to improve your initial application and start the process again. Again, we urge you to plan ahead and review the agency websites to plan for future opportunities.

Grant opportunities of special interest this month include:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture, is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Approximately $300,000 is anticipated to be available in Georgia for support of this program in FY 2013. Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration.

The Economic Development Administration provides strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment to support development in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA is soliciting applications from both rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA's Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

The Department of Justice has an immediate deadline on May 24, 2013 for three programs which are part of Community Policing Development (COPS): 1. The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is an open solicitation. All state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply. CHP applicants must have a police department that is operational as of May 22, 2013, which is the close of this application, or receive services through a new or existing contract for law enforcement service; 2. The Microgrant Initiative is part of the COPS Office Community Policing Development (CPD) Program that aims to facilitate the implementation or advancement of nationwide community policing efforts, as well as to address existing gaps in community policing knowledge and tools. The specific objective of the Microgrant Initiative is to highlight innovative and experimental community policing projects in state, local, tribal, campus, and/or other law enforcement agencies; and 3. Community Policing Development (CPD) funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.

The National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants are intended to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges or community college systems. These projects must be planned and implemented in collaboration with another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

The Administration for Children and Families -- OCS Assets for Independence Demonstration Program will provide an array of support and services to enable individuals and families with low incomes to become more economically self-sufficient for the long-term. A primary feature of each AFI project is that project participants are given access to special matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDA). This demonstration project will make 50 awards.

This month's "Reminders Section" is an expanded section located at the end of the index continuing to include an explanation of the Small Business Innovative Research Program, an agency-wide program providing a great kick-start for innovative research and several other programs that were highlighted in 2012 and early 2013 that provide significant opportunities with varied deadlines.

Note as well that many of this month's notices continue to have a rapid turn-around time which is why the forecasting websites included every month can be especially helpful.

A reminder to our readers -- please make sure that you are registered with Grants.Gov to ensure your ability to learn about compete for these awards. These awards are extremely competitive and many are included for future reference and general information.

Sincerely,

John Barrow
Member of Congress


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