Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

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Agency Spending Millions to Rehabilitate Criminal Offenders

Education Dept. Secretary John B. King highlights the agencies continuing funding efforts to ensure those involved in the justice system receive a fair chance at pursuing their education, including new multi-million-dollar grant programs and crucial partnerships with the nationís colleges and universities.

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Foundation to Expand Veteran Funding

The Home Depot Foundation plans to spend about $90 billion through 2020 to address veteran issues, especially housing, in communities with a Home Depot store. The foundation began focusing on veteran issues in 2011. Since that time, it has provided more than $160 million in funding for programs focusing on veterans.

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New Program Combines Previous Initiatives

The new program supports digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. The combined program will be offered twice per year. The second FY 2017 deadline will be in June.

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Popular Foundation Accepting Proposals

The Kresge Foundation, one of the nationís largest foundation, is currently accepting proposals for five grant programs focusing on arts and culture, health and human services. An overall objective with the five programs is to improve the lives of the low-income families.

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Agency to Boost Non-Traditional Education

The Education Dept. chooses eight partnerships between public and private colleges and universities and non-traditional providers to participate in its EQUIP (Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships) experiment.

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Appropriators Agree on Many Funding Totals

The House and Senate appropriations measures (HR 5393 and S 2956, respectively) to fund the Justice and Commerce Depts. and the National Science Foundation in FY 2017 contain similar provisions to increase funding for such FAM issues as domestic violence, economic development and scientific research.

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New Law Enhances Rental Assistance Programs

President Obama signs into law the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (PL 114-201) to comprehensively update the nationís low-income housing programs through improving federal rental assistance programs at the Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture Depts.

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Implementation of WIOA Final Regulations Underway

With federal agencies now implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (PL 113-218) final rules, Labor Secretary Tom Perez encourages advocates to join the conversation around the new law to make sure it works for all job-seekers, workers and employers.

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Popular Programs, Agencies May See Funding Increases

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees are close to passing their appropriations (S 3040 and HR 5926, respectively) measures to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Depts. in FY 2017.

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HUD Readying ĎSuccessí Solicitation

The Housing and Urban Development Dept. is preparing to release the solicitation for its new Multifamily Energy and Water Conservation Pay for Success Pilot (CFDA Number: 14.157) (Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6000-N-36). The agency hopes to start the competition in mid-September, with a Nov. 14 deadline for applications.

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