Federal Grant Opportunities

The League in partnership with Downs Government Affairs provides a list of federal grants to assist your community college in improving its programs and services. If you have any questions about the following grants, please feel free to reach out to Thomas Downs at TCDowns@downsgovaffairs.com.

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $32,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $1,500,000
Closing Date for Applications: February 26, 2020
Program Description: The NRI-2.0 program builds on the original National Robotics Initiative (NRI) program to support fundamental research that will accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots) – robots whose main purpose is to work with people or other robots to accomplish a goal. An ideal co-robot is an adaptable partner, not limited to a narrow set of specified interactions or functions, but able to significantly enhance team performance despite changes in its role, its teammates, or the team’s collective goals. The focus of NRI-2.0 is on ubiquity, which means seamless integration of co-robots to assist humans in every aspect of life. The program supports four main research themes that are envisioned to advance the goal of ubiquitous co-robots: scalability, customizability, lowering barriers to entry, and societal impact, including human safety.  Community and technical colleges are among eligible applicants.
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322804


Pollution Prevention Grant Program

Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,380,000
Maximum Grant Award: $500,000
Closing Date for Applications: March 31, 2020
Program Description: EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Pollution Prevention assistance agreements for projects that provide technical assistance (e.g., information, training, tools) to businesses and their facilities to help them develop and adopt source reduction practices (also known as “pollution prevention” or “P2”). Public colleges and universities are eligible to apply. P2 means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise being released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. In keeping with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, EPA is encouraging P2 because implementing these practices can result in reductions in toxic pollutants, the use of water, energy and other raw materials, while also lowering business costs.
For more info visit grants.gov  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323975


Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program

Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration
Estimated Total Program Funding: $11,500,000
Maximum Grant Award: $600,000
Closing Date for Applications: Apr 13, 2020  
Program Description: The purpose of this program is to support training programs that enhance and expand paraprofessionals knowledge, skills and expertise, and to increase the number of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who work on integrated, interprofessional teams in providing services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD), and their family members who are in guardianship roles. Additionally, a special focus is on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns for children, adolescents and transitional aged youth in high need and high demand areas2 who are at risk for mental health disorders and SUDs.
For more info visit grants.gov, click here.



FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Estimated Total Program Funding: $587,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: Applications are accepted on a continuing basis
Program Description: EDA has announced policies and application procedures for the Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This annual Congressional appropriations set-aside funds grants to advance long-term economic recovery strategies to address economic challenges in areas where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued as a result of hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and other natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019. Community and technical colleges are among eligible grantees under this program.
For more info visit grants.gov:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319126


Community College Cyber Pilot Program

Agency: National Science Foundation
Closing Date for Applications: Proposals accepted anytime
Program Description:  Cyberspace is a complex ecosystem that involves computer hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society’s overwhelming reliance on this complex system has exposed fragility and vulnerabilities that defy existing cyber-defense measures. Corporations, agencies, national infrastructure, and individuals continue to suffer cyber-attacks. To protect America’s economic prosperity and security in the 21st century, the nation needs an innovative and efficient cybersecurity education system that will produce an unrivaled cybersecurity workforce as well as a cybersecurity-literate citizenry. Community colleges play an important role in these efforts by offering degrees and industry-recognized credentials that prepare students to fill high-demand cybersecurity jobs. In recognition of this role, NSF supports skilled technical workforce programs at community colleges to develop skills necessary for the Nation’s cybersecurity missions. 
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305254


Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $68,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $10,000,000
Closing Date for Applications:  Proposals accepted anytime
Program Description:  The goals of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The NPRS, which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice. The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.  
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307514