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8/18/2014 12:00 AM

Nearly $6 million is now available to qualified organizations through the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Rural Community Development Initiative.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will accept applications for grants to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects.

“Many rural nonprofits often need capital and technical assistance to carry out their missions,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “These grants will provide both of these components through local and regional organizations that are experts at delivering such services.”

USDA said the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) will make available nearly $6 million to qualified organizations.

The private, nonprofit intermediaries in turn will award funding to recipients, including nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes. Intermediary organizations are required to provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant.

The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is Nov. 12, 2014. The department said that applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development state office where the applicant's headquarters are located.

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8/11/2014 12:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has announced $27 million in funding for the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced $27 million in funding for the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program. Successful applicants will conduct fundamental science and technology research while providing opportunities for collaboration between the academic community and scientists at the DOE/NNSA laboratories, DOE said, and develop and maintain a long-term recruiting pipeline for DOE/NNSA laboratories.

According to the announcement, research areas of interest are:

  • properties of materials under extreme conditions and/or hydrodynamics (condensed matter physics and materials science, and fluid dynamics);
  • low-energy nuclear science; and
  • radiochemistry.

Pending appropriations, DOE/NNSA said it anticipates a total of $9 million per year to be available. Research grant awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $300,000 per year for up to three years. Cost sharing is not required.

Eligible entities include colleges and universities and nonprofit organizations, including but not limited to independent museums and science centers, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations that are directly associated with the nation’s research or educational activities.

DOE/NNSA said it will accept both new and renewal applications under this announcement. Applications are due Oct. 27, 2014.

To learn more about the SSAA Program or to apply, go to and search FON# DE-FOA-0001067.

8/6/2014 12:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $360,000 for the FY2014 Gifted Education Program Evaluation (GEPE) Competitive Grant Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released the FY2014 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Gifted Education Program Evaluation (GEPE) Competitive Grant Program.

USDA said it is seeking a comprehensive report of findings on the state of gifted education programs in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) areas, districts and schools, that will help guide future programming direction in order to enhance gifted program practices and achievement of program goals.

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate the gifted education program under the DoDEA system, by drawing from multiple sources of data, feedback, and information, the department said.

According to the announcement, the awardee will assist the USDA with strategic planning through:

  • A comprehensive literature review focusing on K-12 gifted education programs and best practices grounded in sound research and solid evidence
  • A review of 1) the annual student evaluation process common throughout the public school system and 2) professional development procedures for gifted education
  • A study on the perceptions of stakeholders in the public school system, such as parents, students, and school personnel, regarding gifted education programs designed with appropriate research methods.
  • A comparison analysis of DoDEA gifted education programs with established best practices in gifted education based on findings from research conducted through this project.
  • A final, comprehensive report detailing all findings accompanied with action-oriented recommendations.

USDA estimates funding to be $360,000 in FY2014. The deadline to apply is Aug. 28, 2014.

To learn more or to apply, visit and search FON#USDA-NIFA-COOP-004615.


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