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Competitions Underway Due to Bipartisan Support

The USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the nation’s leading competitive grants program for agricultural sciences, is offering millions in FY 2017 grants through several solicitations.

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Children’s Agency Starts FY 2017 Competitions

The Administration for Children and Families (HHS) is in the midst of its FY 2017 grantmaking, releasing several grant opportunities in the past few weeks, including upcoming competitions for its popular Basic Center Program (CFDA Number: 93.623) and Street Outreach Program (CFDA Number: 93.557).

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COPS to Start FY 2017 Grantmaking Soon

The Community Oriented Policing Service (DOJ) is preparing to start FY 2017 competitions for four of its programs (CFDA Number: 16.710) in the next few weeks. The solicitations for the COPS Hiring Program, Community Policing Development Grants; Anti-Heroin Task Force Program and Anti-Methamphetamine Program are expected to all be released by the end of June, with deadlines in early summer.

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Blueprint Prompts CNCS Funding Discussions

The White House’s FY 2108 budget blueprint calling for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service prompts proponents to tout bipartisan support for the agency, as well as hearings highlighting its funding abuses by opponents.

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$66M to Fund Reentry Programs

The Employment and Training Administration (DOL) releases a $66 million solicitation for its Reentry Projects program (CFDA Number: 17.270) (Funding Opportunity Number: FOA-ETA-17-02) to assist communities in planning and implementing comprehensive “reentry” projects for formerly incarcerated adults.

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Hearing Focuses on CTE Successes, Changes

At a recent hearing of a House Education and Workforce Committee’s subcommittee on early childhood, elementary and secondary education, witnesses outlined continued importance and current status of career and technical education in the United States, as well as recommending changes to strengthen these offerings.

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Upcoming Confirmation Hearing Spurs Release of Solicitations

Although the Senate is still finalizing the confirmation for President Trump’s Labor Dept. secretary, the agency’s Employment and Training Administration is moving forward with several of its FY 2017 funding competitions that aren’t controversial. The programs being competed focus on at-risk youths and homeless veterans, as well as Native American populations.

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Administration to Prioritize Substance Abuse Programs

While the Trump Administration won’t release its formal FY 2018 budget request until May, it has released a blueprint that provides initial details, including a proposed $603 billion in defense spending, a $54 billion increase over the current level of spending, and a decrease to $462 billion in non-defense discretionary spending.

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Agency Restarts FY 2017 Grantmaking

With Betsy DeVos confirmed as the 11th Education Dept. Secretary on Feb. 7, the agency has restarted FY 2017 grantmaking, with several popular programs currently being competed. The agency temporarily halted competitions after the Trump administration began in January, and as the Senate finalized DeVos’ confirmation.

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Hearing Focuses on Higher Education Fixes

At a recent House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on higher education, witnesses provided insights on the challenges facing America’s colleges and universities, including rising costs and an overly com

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