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Funding Opportunities

Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)
Wednesday, December 03, 2014-- Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $9 million for proposals that promote innovative nationally and regionally significant public transportation workforce development models and programs that invest in Americas economic growth and help build ladders of opportunity into the middle class for American workers. Synopses and the full announcement are posted on the Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2015-001-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. -- (full text)

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program
Tuesday, November 18, 2014-- HUD will award two types of grants through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: Planning Grants and Implementation Grants. (1) Planning Grants assist communities in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. (2) Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their Transformation Plan to redevelop the neighborhood. HUD is making available approximately $76 million in assistance through the FY2014 and FY2015 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative for Implementation Grants, which is subject to increase if there is an FY2015 appropriation. Through a variety of interventions, the Ladders of Opportunity plan will help community partners rebuild neighborhoods, expand early learning opportunities, create pathways to jobs, and strengthen families. This federal partnership supports locally driven solutions for transforming distressed neighborhoods using place-based strategies to address the interconnected challenges of poor quality housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime and lack of capital. Deadline: February 9, 2015 -- (full text)

Grants Available for Stormwater Management, Habitat Restoration
Thursday, November 13, 2014-- The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E, are seeking applications for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. Approximately $2.1 million will be available in 2015, and grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000. Projects should engage diverse partners for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and habitats. Communities must provide a 1:1 match. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in preparing your proposal. -- (full text)
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