Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

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Runaway, Homeless Programs May Maintain Funding

The White House’s FY 2018 budget request calls for a more than $8 billion decrease in spending at the Administration for Children and Families (HHS), the agency to promote the economic and social well-being of vulnerable children, youth, families and communities. Overall, the cuts would target low-income families and communities funding, while maintaining or increasing discretionary grant levels for children and youth programs, such as Head Start (CFDA Number: 93.600) and the various runaway and homeless funding initiatives.

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Environmental Grant Opportunities Abound in Private Sector

Although funding for the Environmental Protection Agency may be reduced under the Trump Administration, numerous private funding opportunities can help make up some of the deficit in federal spending, if any of the White House’s proposed cuts are adopted.

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USDA Starts Rural Development Grantmaking

The Agriculture Dept.’s Rural Development office is seeking applications for millions of dollars in FY 2017 funding to support economic development and essential services in rural America, including housing, health care and water, electric and communications infrastructure.

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DeVos Outlines Agency’s Funding Wishes

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, in testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee hearing last month, offered insights on the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget request, including those elements focusing on school choice and higher education.

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Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Awaits Senate Action

On May 23, the House passed bipartisan legislation, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 1809), to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (PL 93-415) for the first time since FY 2002.

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Popular Program Accepting Proposals for FY 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking applications for its FY 2018 Our Town (CFDA Number: 45.024) (Funding Opportunity Number: 2017NEA01OT) competition. The popular program is part of the creative placemaking movement, which believes excellent art is an essential part of building a strong community, as important as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure and public safety.

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Arts Funding Sees Increase in FY 2017

The $1.163 trillion omnibus measure (HR 244) funding the government through the end of the FY 2017 fiscal year on Sept. 30 includes a slight funding increase for the nation’s arts and cultural initiatives funded by National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Secretary Plans to Increase School Choice Options

At a recent Brookings Institution event, Education Secretary Betsey DeVos provided a glimpse of the K-12 funding priorities at the agency under her leadership, signaling expansion in school choice initiatives like the Charter School Program (CFDA Number: 84.282) and decreases in those efforts to fix public schools like the School Improvement Grants (CFDA Number: 84.377).

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Omnibus Keeps Governmental Operational through Sept. 30

Federal lawmakers on April 29 reached agreement on a $1.163 trillion omnibus measure (bill not yet numbered) to keep the government operational through the end of the FY 2017 fiscal year on Sept. 30, with many popular domestic programs receiving funding increases.

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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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