Grants and Opportunities
EPA State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program Applications Due: June 30 In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, EPA is making $1 million in grant funding available to states to help local environmental justice communities address COVID-19 concerns faced by low-income and minority communities. EPA anticipates making five awards in amounts of up to $200,000 per award for a two-year project period. EPA encourages applicants to develop innovative plans and processes to conduct effective outreach to underserved communities during social-distancing and local stay-at-home orders, especially in places where internet access may not be readily available to all residents.
Disparate, but Secure: The Possibility of an Entirely Remote Workforce June 2, 1:00-2:00 PM ET Zoom bombs, fishy texts, demanding emails: COVID-19 has revealed the capabilities and infrastructure not yet in place to support a fully remote state and local government workforce. This NextGov webcast will explore how federal, state and local officials have leveraged budgets, policies, and personnel to respond quickly to cybersecurity threats during the massive shift to working from home. We’ll investigate what it’ll take to put the ransomware protections and cybersecurity infrastructure in place in order to have a secure, remote workforce.
In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration – a Conversation with Author and Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara Wednesday, June 3 – 1pm ET America Walks invites you to an intimate conversation with author Shane O’Mara on his new book, ‘In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration’. As a neuroscientist and walking advocate, O’Mara takes us on an evolutionary journey through how we started walking, the magical mechanics of it, and how we find our way around the world. It also explores walking in relation to repairing our mental and social health, sparking creativity, and how walking in concert can be coupled with critical policy change.
Administering an Election during the COVID-19 Crisis June 3, 2:00 PM ET This NACo webinar will discuss the challenges of navigating an election in the age of COVID-19, including operating polling locations, hiring poll workers, adjusting to new election practices such as vote-by-mail and the impact COVID-19 could have on counties’ technological needs.Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Applications Due: July 29 This Announcement solicits applications for the WORC Initiative for grants serving the Appalachian and Delta regions. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure a workforce capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. Successful long-term economic growth strategies build upon bottom-up, community-led plans that promote economic resilience and maximize regional strengths. The WORC Initiative grants take a long-term view toward assisting eligible communities in diversifying their economies by investing in local strategies developed by regional partners. ETA encourages applicants to include within their applications strategies to address the employment and training needs of individuals affected by substance use disorder in their communities. NEA Our Town Grants Applications Due: August 6 Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.