Federal Funding

Neighborhoods to Plan for Transformation

The Choice Neighborhoods concept employs a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Planning grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.

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Communities to Assist High Risk Youth

The program supports grantees in identifying youth and young adults, not more than 25 years old, at clinical high risk for psychosis and providing evidence-based interventions to prevent the onset of psychosis or lessen the severity of psychotic disorder.

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Teams to Advance Recruitment

The program supports teams in studying gaps in methods and outcomes regarding participant recruitment and retention in aging research. The goals are to: (1) advance processes for high yield recruitment; (2) formulate breakthrough ideas, concepts and approaches to research participant recruitment and retention; (3) strengthen outreach and community engagement practices; and (4) devise improved communication strategies.

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Large Projects to Develop Best Practices

The program supports large research demonstration and implementation projects at ambulatory care settings and long term care facilities. The focus should be on developing and implementing evidence-based processes to improve patient safety, especially those involving transitions in care.

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Adult Protective Funding Increases

This program supports states in enhancing their adult protective services systems, including improvements in practice, services and data collection and reporting. A main goal is to improve state ability to interface with ACL’s National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (https://tinyurl.com/y9qvu99h).

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Awards to Reduce Health Disparities

The program supports research on the prevalence and types of opioid use disorder and reduction of disparities in opioid care in minority health and health disparity populations. This initiative also seeks to identify multi-level intervention strategies at the institutional and systems level for addressing opioid disorders in these populations.

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Best Practices to Guide Overdose Treatment

The program will expand access to Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs or devices for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Grantees will partner with other prescribers at the community level to develop best practices for prescribing and co-prescribing FDA-approved overdose reversal drugs. After developing best practices, the grantees will train other prescribers in key community sectors as well as individuals who support persons at high risk for overdose.

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Facilities to Offer Parenting Services

The program supports services in detention and correctional facilities for incarcerated individuals who have children younger than age 18. Program activities include developing strategies to increase and enhance communication between the child and his or her incarcerated parent while maintaining safe facilities and providing transitional reentry services incorporating a focus on parental responsibility for incarcerated parents.

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K-12 Schools to Promote Computational Thinking

The program addresses the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world. STEM+C advances the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning and the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education.

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Strategies to Address Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease

The program support states in implementing and evaluating evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease and diabetes in high-burden populations and communities. State governments can choose from a menu of strategies. They should focus in areas where they have capacity, subject matter expertise and potential to achieve greatest reach and impact.

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Veteran Program Maintains Funding

Grantees will provide job training, counseling, placement and related services to expedite the reintegration of homeless and incarcerated veterans into the labor force. Applicants are encouraged to design programs that address the employment challenges faced by eligible veterans in consultation with industry, employers and employer associations to identify the skills needed for in-demand jobs and careers.

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Research to Ease Reentry

The program supports research to examine reentry initiatives for adult or juvenile offenders that incorporate promising practices, strategies or programs. These initiatives may be applicable to institutional or community corrections, or both. The ultimate goal is to reduce violent crime and to protect police and other public safety personnel by reducing recidivism and giving individuals tools to be law-abiding productive members of society.

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Rural Residents to Obtain Better Access

These grants improve access to education, training and healthcare resources for people in rural areas. The DLT Program provides financial assistance to encourage and improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telecommunications, computer networks and related advanced technologies to be used by students, teachers, medical professionals and rural residents.

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Grantees to Inventory Evidence

The program supports efforts to inventory, track and report on untested sexual assault kits. SAKs contain biological and trace evidence, along with other physical evidence collected from a victim.

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Governments to Address Underage Drinking

The program supports states and tribes in addressing underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20, as well as up to two additional data-driven substance abuse prevention priorities. The funding is intended to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse and its related problems, while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, tribal and community levels.

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Centers to Focus on Mental Health Questions

The program supports centers to address high-risk, high-impact questions in neuroscience research. The goals are to: (a) advance basic brain and behavior research to understand mental disorders; (b) support studies on severe mental illnesses; and (c) advance understanding of the trajectories of psychopathology that begin in childhood and adolescence.

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Researchers to Analyze Existing Data

The program supports secondary analyses of existing data at NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This includes studies on a range of illnesses from cystic fibrosis and liver disease to obesity and kidney disorders.

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Foundation, NIH Join Forces on Scholars Program

The program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent positions.

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Awards up to $200K to Investigate Urinary Disorders

The program supports research studies related to urinary system disorders. Studies should address important clinical and translational questions of high clinical and public health impact. The initiative is operated by NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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Graduate Students to Conduct Studies

The program supports dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are using behavioral science approaches to examine specific research questions of relevance to social service programs and policies. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to apply a behavioral lens to issues facing poor and vulnerable families in the United States, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students.

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$112M to Maintain Research Centers

The program funds centers to conduct research on the major causes of disease and disability.

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Applicants to Expand Choice, Control

The program funds aids individuals with disabilities and the elderly in purchasing assistive technology devices. The grantees will offer a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee or an insurance program. Applicants must provide an assurance the proposed program will expand and emphasize consumer choice and control.

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Coalitions to Tackle Substance Abuse

This program helps newly forming community coalitions focus on addressing youth substance abuse. The overall goal is to help these coalitions prepare to apply for DFC funding. Grantees will help these coalitions: (1) strengthen their organizational structure; (2) increase leadership and community readiness to address youth substance use problems; and (3) work through a strategic planning process to create a comprehensive action plan.

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Approaches to Advance STEM Workforce

The program supports development of effective educational approaches to advance the STEM workforce. The projects must advance the six research areas under Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution; (2) The Future of Work; (3) Navigating the New Arctic; (4) Multi-messenger Astrophysics; (5) The Quantum Leap; and (6) Understanding the Rules of Life.

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Practices to Reduce Crime

The program supports the use of analysis-driven, evidence-based policing practices and the development of effective and innovative crime reduction strategies. The grantees will: (1) test promising crime prevention, response and reduction practices; (2) implement evidence-based interventions; (3) improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police agencies’ processes and procedures; and (4) establish sustainable partnerships with researchers to evaluate their effectiveness.

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Career Pathways to be Explored

Career pathways provide training, work experience and support services designed to enable low-income, low skilled individuals to acquire credentials and advance in high-demand, growth industries.

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TANF Recipients to Receive Coaching

The program supports a series of events to increase employment outcomes for TANF participants. The grantees will work closely with ACF to improve client-coaching in local TANF programs.

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States to Pursue Export Promotion

States use STEP grants to carry out export promotion programs to assist small businesses in becoming exporters and to increase the value of small business exports.

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Veteran Program Sees Significant Increase

The program supports efforts to train and place assistance dogs with disabled military service members and veterans. Grantees can serve those with both physical and psychological disabilities through this new pilot program.

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Responses to Improve Offender Behavior

The program provides state and local parole and probation agencies with information, resources and training and technical assistance (TTA) to improve responses to offender behavior. These responses must be in accordance with the principles of swiftness, certainty and fairness to prevent recidivism and reduce crime in their jurisdictions.

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Management Plans in the Works

The program supports the development of State and Interstate Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plans. States and tribes will submit comprehensive plans to the ANS Task Force for approval.

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Program to Support Reentry Strategies

The Second Chance Act program supports states, units of local government, and tribal governments in refining and implementing improved collaborative strategies to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose.

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Teams to Assist Mentally Ill

The funding supports ACT programs for individuals with a serious mental illness to improve their behavioral health outcomes by reducing rates of hospitalization, mortality, substance use, homelessness and involvement with the criminal justice system.

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Scholars to Promote Healthy Marriage

The program supports dissertation research on healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood policy issues. Those focusing on underserved populations including low-income families and minorities and utilizing rigorous research methodologies will receive preferential treatment.

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Partnerships to Keep Children Safe

The program supports efforts to decrease child abuse and neglect risk factors and increase protective factors for children in these situations. Applicants should propose accomplishing these goals by leveraging multisector partnerships and resources to improve coordination and implementation of comprehensive prevention efforts statewide.

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