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Education and Workforce Development  [ back to top ]

Workforce Investment Act Funding- Native Americans - (Formula Driven Grant)
(National Appropriation: $17,800,000)
CFDA#: 17.259
Description: The Indian and Native American Supplemental Youth Services Program (SYSP) provides summer and year-round employment and training activities for Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian individuals between the ages of 14 and 24. The goal of the SYSP is to increase job placements and educational attainment. Program resources are targeted to at-risk and the neediest youth who face substantial barriers to educational and employment success.
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Training Grants for Green Jobs and Emerging Industry Sectors - (Competitive Grant)
(National Appropriation: $750,000,000)
CFDA#: 17.275
Description: The Recovery Act appropriated funds for a program of competitive training grants for worker training and placement in green jobs and high growth and emerging industry sectors, with emphasis on careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
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Other Employment and Training Services
(National Appropriation: $1,000,000,000)
Description: The stimulus package provides funding for the national reserve for assistance to dislocated workers, working training and placement in high growth and emerging energy sectors, and for the Youth Build program.
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State Unemployment Insurance and Reemployment Service
(National Appropriation: $400,000,000; Alabama Appropriation: $5,248,000)
Description: The stimulus package provides funding for state reemployment services to connect unemployment insurance claimants to employment and training opportunities. This funding will be distributed by pre-existing formula.
more information (MS Word Doc)

State Agency:
Department of Industrial Relations
State Contact: Don Fisher
Email: don.fisher@dir.alabama.gov
Phone: 334-353-9493 


Federal Website: http://www.dol.gov/recovery/implement.htm

Health Professional Training Program
(National Appropriation: $500,000,000)
Description: This program provides funding for the National Health Services Corporation (NHSC). The NHSC recruits and trains health professionals to deliver health care in underserved communities.
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Trade Adjustment Assistance for Communities
(National Appropriation: $150,000,000)
Description: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides grants for eligible communities (those affected by trade) to undertake project to adjust to the impact of trade. The grant application process requires a local government to be designated as an "eligible community." Second, The eligible community must submit a description of its strategic plan to adjust to trade and the particular project therein to be funded.
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Federal Website: http://www.dol.gov/recovery/implement.htm


Energy, Science and Natural Resources  [ back to top ]
Alabama Prescribed Burning and Hazardous Fuel Reduction
(National Appropriation: $5,000,000)
CFDA#: 10.688
Description: Alabama is blessed with an abundance of natural resources including 22.7 million acres of timberland. This timberland asset is the foundation for a thriving ecosystem, diverse wildlife and fisheries populations, a multitude of recreational opportunities, and has been the essential basis for a robust forest products industry. Historically, fire has been a vital component in many of the ecosystems represented across Alabama; and, has proven a useful management tool employed by forest managers in maintaining the health and integrity of these forests. Unfortunately, fire and prescribed burning in particular have been maligned resulting in significant reduction of utilization to the point of virtually total exclusion from implementation as a management component. Consequently, the threat to forest resources and risk to timber and real property from catastrophic wildfire have risen proportionately. This grant seeks to increase prescribed burning and hazardous fuel reduction on Alabama’s forest landscape. Positions will be created and retained to bring about this effort.
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State Agency: Alabama Forestry
State Contact: Dan Jackson
Email:
dan.jackson@forestry.alabama.gov

Cogongrass Removal
(National Appropriation: $6,281,000.00)
CFDA#: 10.688
Description: The Alabama Forestry Commission recently received a 3-year, $6.2 million grant through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, i.e., the stimulus bill, to fight cogongrass along several fronts. Larson & McGowin, a private land management and consulting firm in Mobile, AL was chosen as the state coordinator of these efforts. Cogongrass is found in half of all Alabama counties, but the number of acres is currently unknown. The project’s goals are simple, and its scope ambitious: 1) Create and/or maintain ~75 jobs (an overall stimulus bill objective); 2) Use education and technological transfer to prevent the spread of cogongrass; 3) Use adaptive management techniques to intervene and quickly treat infested sites as well as restore and maintain treated areas; 4) Create a cogongrass-free zone in the northern part of Alabama and along its borders, halting the spread to other states; and 5) Create a program that will outlive the grant’s initial period by obtaining further funding.
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State Agency: Alabama Forestry
State Contact: Ernest Lovett
Email:
elovett@larsonmcgowin.com

Energy Research and Development
(National Appropriation: $250,000,000)
CFDA#: 11.618
DUE DATE: ONGOING
Description: Consistent with the Recovery Act bill and conference report, $220 million for NIST’s Scientific and Technical Research Services (STRS) account will fund Advanced Scientific Equipment, Measurement Science and Engineering Grants, Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program, Research Contracts, and Information Technology Infrastructure Contracts. NIST will also receive $20 million from HHS and $10 million from DoE for standards development work. more information

 
NIST: Scientific and Technical Research Services
(National Appropriation: $2,500,000,000)
Description: This provision will fund energy research and development including biomass projects, geothermal activities and projects, and communications technology.
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration - (Competitive Grants)
(National Appropriation: $1,000,000,000)
DATES: ONGOING
Description: This program provides funding for research and development, disaster assistance, and climate change programs. NASA will be providing grant opportunities for equipment and systems development in several areas including aeronautics, space exploration, physical science, and cross-agency support.
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Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
(National Appropriation: $4,500,000,000)
Description: This program provides funding for Smart Grid Investment programs, includes matching grants and funding for workforce training.
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Federal Website: Department of Energy

Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program
(National Appropriation: $6,000,000,000)
CFDA#: 81.126
Description: This program will provide loans for the development of proven renewable energy and energy transmission technologies. The funding provided for in this program will be limited to projects that can commence construction no later than September 30, 2010.
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Fossil Energy
(National Appropriation: $3,400,000,000)
CFDA#: 81.089
Description: The stimulus package provides grants to local governments, universities, non-profits and businesses for carbon capture and sequestration demonstration projects. Four funding opportunities for improving techniques to clean or capture and store the emissions from coal-fired plants and other industrial sources.
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Applicants must apply with the Department of Energy directly.
Federal Website: Department of Energy

Rapid Deployment of Renewable Energy
(National Appropriation: $500,000,000)
Description: This provision allows the Secretary of Energy to provide guaranteed loans for renewable energy systems projects, electric power transmission systems projects, and leading edge biofuel projects.
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Aquaculture - (Formula Grant)
(National Appropriation: $10,028,955)
CFDA#: 10.086
Description: Purpose: To pay the aquaculture producers for their increases in grains, etc.

State Agency: Ag & Industries
State Contact: Joe Cowart
Email: joe.cowart@agi.alabama.gov



FSA Farm Direct Operating Loans
(National Appropriation: $1,204,090)
Description: The Farm Direct Operating Loan (OL) program is designed to assist eligible family farmers and ranchers in building and sustaining successful farm operations

Website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=landing&topic=rdol




Health and Human Services  [ back to top ]
Competitive Grants to States and Indian Tribes for the Development of Loan Programs to Facilitate the Widespread Adoption of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology
(National Appropriation: Unknown) - Local Tribes Only!
Description: This program will award competitive grants for the establishment of programs for loans to health care providers to conduct EHR technology related activities.
more information


Federal Website: Department of Health and Human Services

Infrastructure and Economic Development  [ back to top ]

Rural Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans
(National Appropriation: $130,000,000)
DATES: ONGOING
CFDA#: 10.768
Description: The purpose of the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. This purpose is achieved by bolstering the existing private credit structure through the guarantee of quality loans which will provide lasting community benefits. It is not intended that the guarantee authority will be used for marginal or substandard loans or for relief of lenders having such loans.
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunity Program
(National Appropriation: $4,700,000,000)
CFDA#: 11.557
Description: This program provides funding to develop and maintain wireless and broadband infrastructure to service underserved and underserved areas.
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State Contact: Jessica Dent
Email: Jessica.Dent@adeca.alabama.gov
Phone: 334-353-5682


ARC Stabilization Loan Program
(National Appropriation: $255,000,000)
Description: The Recovery Act allows for a new, temporary loan program that is 100-percent-guaranteed and targeted for business stabilization. The America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) loan program will offer up to $35,000 to help viable small businesses that need help in paying their existing loans to get through a short-term downturn. ARC loans will free up capital for these small businesses, with the SBA fully subsidizing the interest payment.

Website: http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/sba_arcloan_plan_060209.pdf


Microloan Program
(National Appropriation: $30,000,000)
The SBA provides funding for qualified nonprofit community-based lenders who, in turn, provide “microloans” of up to $35,000 to local entrepreneurs and small business owners, accompanied by training and technical assistance. To increase microloan dollars and the number of microloans, the Recovery Act provides additional funds to expand this program.

Website: http://www.sba.gov/content/microloan-program


Section 7 Guaranteed Loan Program
(National Appropriation: $375,000,000)
A new, higher, Federal guarantee in the SBA’s 7(a) lending program gives participating banks and lenders the confidence necessary in this economic climate to increase the number and amount of loans to eligible small businesses. Previously, the maximum Federal guarantee was between 75 and 85%, but the temporary increase allows for a guarantee of up to 90%. In addition, borrower fees were also temporarily eliminated from the 7(a) lending program.

Website: http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/sba_increasedguarantee_060209.pdf


National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunity Program

Attached is a joint press release issued today by NTIA and RUS announcing that they received almost 2,200 applications requesting nearly $28 billion in funding for proposed broadband projects reaching all 50 U.S. states and territories and the District of Columbia. The press release notes that the agencies will be posting online a searchable database containing summaries of individual applications received "in the coming weeks." Below is a timeline for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
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For the most current information on BTOP, please click here.

BTOP Timeline Due Diligence Review and State Consultation
  • September 14, 2009 - October 15, 2009 Substantially Complete Set of Broadband Availability Data Due for State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (SBDDP)
  • November 1, 2009 Begin Announcing First Round of BTOP Awards
  • November 2009 Round Two BTOP Request for Information (RFI)
  • Fall 2009 Round Two BTOP NOFA Released
  • Winter 2009 All Awards for First BTOP Round Announcedd
  • December 31, 2009 Substantially Complete Set of All Broadband Mapping Data Due for SBDDP
  • February 1, 2010 Complete Set of All Broadband Mapping Data Due for SBDDP
  • March 1, 2010 Round Three BTOP RFI Released
  • Winter/Spring 2010 Round Three BTOP NOFA Released
  • Spring 2010 All BTOP Funds Awarded
  • September 30, 2010* Broadband Map Posted to Website
  • February 17, 2011* Substantial Completion of All Grant Projects
  • September 30, 2012* Phase 3: Final Program Audits and Shut-down
  • September 30, 2014 * statutory deadlines
  • Click here for Broadband Match
**On January 25, 2010, the USDA announced the selection of 14 broadband infrastructure projects that will receive $309.9 million in ARRA funding. For additional details, see:
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1RD?printable=true&contentidonly=true&contentid=2010/01/0032.xml

**On January 22, 2010, the Rural Utility Service (RUS) released a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFAs) for the second funding rounds for the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). Applications will be accepted from February 16, 2010 to March 15, 2010. The BIP NOFA is available at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-1099.pdf


BroadbandUSA.gov's set of FAQs for the BTOP program here.

BroadbandUSA.gov has posted three separate application guides:

1) Comprehensive Community Infrastructure Program
2) Public Computer Centers
3) Sustainable Broadband Adoption


EasyGrants FAQs available here.

Overviews of BTOP programs.
Click here to view a summary of the Technical Assistance program.

Click here to view a summary of the Satellite program.
Click here to view a summary of the Rural Libraries program.

**BTOP Applications Re-opened for States Granted Waivers to Develop Interoperable Broadband Networks

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the re-opening of the second round Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) infrastructure application window for the 21 state and local governments granted waivers by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop a nationwide interoperable broadband network. 

View the announcement here: 
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/frnotices/2010/FR_BTOPApplicationReopening_05132010.pdf

For more information about the FCC grant waivers, please go to:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-298124A1.pdf

Description: This notice provides guidance on the new Build America Bonds under § 54AA of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) and the implementation plans for the refundable credit payment procedures for these bonds. This notice includes guidance on the modified Build America Bond program for Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds under § 1400U-2 of the Code. This notice provides guidance on the initial refundable credit payment procedures, required elections, and information reporting. This notice solicits public comments on the refundable credit payment procedures for these bonds. This notice is intended to facilitate prompt implementation of the Build America Bond program and to enable state and local governments to begin issuing these bonds for authorized purposes to promote economic recovery and job creation.
Description: This notice sets forth the maximum face amount of qualified school construction bonds (“QSCBs”) allocated by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to each State and large local educational agency for 2009 under § 54F(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). For this purpose, § 54A(e)(3) provides that the term “State” includes the District of Columbia and any possession of the United States. This notice also provides interim guidance for QSCBs.
Description: This notice sets forth the maximum face amount of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (“QZABs”) that may be issued for each State for each of the calendar years 2008 and 2009 under § 54E(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under § 54A(e)(3), the term State includes the District of Columbia and any possession of the United States. This notice also provides certain interim guidance for QZABs issued after October 3, 2008.
Description: This notice provides guidance regarding how the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will determine and announce credit rates on certain tax credit bonds described in this notice.
Description: This notice provides guidance regarding the maximum face amount of recovery zone economic development bonds (“Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds”) and recovery zone facility bonds (“Recovery Zone Facility Bonds”) (together, “Recovery Zone Bonds”), that may be issued by each State and counties and large municipalities within each State before January 1, 2011 under §§ 1400U-2 and 1400U-3, respectively, of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), as provided in § 1400U-1 of the Code. As applicable to §§ 1400U-1 through 1400U-3, § 103(c)(2) provides that the term “State” includes the District of Columbia and any possession of the United States. This notice also provides certain interim guidance for Recovery Zone Bonds. In general, Recovery Zone Bonds provide tax incentives for State and local governmental borrowing at lower borrowing costs to promote job creation and economic recovery that is targeted to areas particularly affected by employment declines.
Description: This notice sets forth the maximum face amount of qualified energy conservation bonds (“QECBs”) that may be issued by each State and large local government under § 54D(e)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. For this purpose, § 54A(e)(3) provides that the term “State” includes the District of Columbia and any possession of the United States. This notice also provides certain interim guidance for QECBs.
Description: This notice solicits applications for allocations of the present total national bond volume limitation authority (“volume cap”) of $2.4 billion to issue new clean renewable energy bonds (“New CREBs”) under § 54C(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) to finance certain qualified renewable energy facilities described in § 45(d) of the Code (also referred to in this notice as a qualified “project” or “projects”). This notice also provides related guidance on the following: (1) eligibility requirements that a project must meet to be considered for a volume cap allocation; (2) application requirements and the application form for requests for volume cap allocations; (3) the method that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Treasury Department will use to allocate the volume cap; and (4) certain aspects of the applicable law and interim guidance in this area. Applications for New CREB volume cap allocations pursuant to this notice must be filed in accordance with this notice by the following application deadline: August 4, 2009. This notice will use the term “CREBs” for clean renewable energy bonds issued under § 54 and the term “New CREBs” for new clean renewable energy bonds issued under § 54C. To the extent that this notice refers generally to the clean renewable energy bond program, the term “CREB program” will be used.

Tax Provisions  [ back to top ]
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also contains a number of taxation provisions that can benefit local businesses in Alabama. For more information on tax benefits please click on the following link: Tax Provisions


Archives  [ back to top ]
Distance Learning, Telemedicine, Rural Broadband Infrastructure Development
ROUND 1: AUGUST 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm EST
ROUND 2: 3-4 MONTHS FOLLOWING ROUND 1
ROUND 3: 3-4 MONTHS FOLLOWING ROUND 2
Description: The stimulus package provides funding for the installation of open-access broadband infrastructure in rural areas throughout the country.
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Federal Amount: $2,500,000,000.00

Rural Development Broadband Program - (Competitive Grant)

ROUND 1: AUGUST 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm EST
ROUND 2 APPLICATIONS DUE: 3-4 MONTHS FOLLOWING ROUND 1
ROUND 3 APPLICATIONS DUE: 3-4 MONTHS FOLLOWING ROUND 2

CFDA#: 10.886
Description: The Rural Development Broadband Program supports the expansion of broadband service in rural areas through financing and grants to projects that provide access to high speed service to facilitate economic development in locations without sufficient access to such service.
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Economic Development Assistance Programs - (Competitive Grant)
(National Appropriation: $150,000,000)
GRANT SOLICITATION ANNOUNCEMENT MARCH 11, 2009. PLEASE SEE FEDERAL WEBSITE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.eda.gov/xp/EDAPublic/NewsEvents/PressReleases/PRWashington031109.xml
Description: This provision creates a program to leverage private investment for economic development projects with priority on economically distressed areas. These funds will be provided from the Economic Development Administration directly to regional economic development commissions. Funding to promote comprehensive, entrepreneurial and innovation-based economic development efforts to enhance the competitiveness of regions, resulting in increased private investment and higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in regions experiencing substantial and persistent economic distress. Funding to promote comprehensive, entrepreneurial and innovation-based economic development efforts to enhance the competitiveness of regions, resulting in increased private investment and higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in regions experiencing substantial and persistent economic distress.
more information

Federal Website: Department of Commerce

DOE's Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR)

(National Appropriation: $30,000,000)
CFDA#: 81.122, 81.089, 81.121, and 81.087
Application Due Date: August 4, 2010
Description: The DOE FY2010 Phase II Xlerator Program for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Fossil Energy, and Nuclear Energy. 
Click here for award annoucement.
Click here for more information from Department of Energy.


Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative - Competitive Grant

(National Appropriation: $650,000,000)
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS: DECEMBER 1, 2009
Description: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that $650 million in funding included in the ARRA would be used to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, decrease obesity, and decrease smoking in U.S. communities. HHS released information on a funding opportunity for communities and tribes to apply for $373 million in cooperative agreements for the comprehensive public health initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, to be led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Federal Website: Department of Health and Human Services

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Comparative Effectiveness Research on Upper Endoscopy in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Eradication Methods for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Dementia Detection and Management Strategies (RC4)

CFDA: 93.701
 (National Appropriation: $15,000,000.00)
Application Due Date: 02/26/2010
Description: This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, invites applications to conduct preliminary comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects in targeted, high-priority areas in which such efforts have been lacking. (For this FOA, applications should be thought of as large pilot or preliminary studies rather than definitive trials.) For the purposes of this FOA, the definition of comparative effectiveness research will adhere to that adopted by the Federal Coordinating Council given at http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/cer/execsummary.html. Mechanism of Support. This FOA will use the ARRA-specific NIH mechanism RC4. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. The NIH intends to commit $15,000,000 for use under this FOA, $5,000,000 in each of the 3 targeted areas. We anticipate that 4-6 awards will be made in each area for fiscal year 2010, pending the number and quality of applications and availability of funds. Budget and Project Period. Total costs are limited to a cumulative total of $1,250,000 throughout the grant period. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed three years.
more information


Federal Website: National Institute of Health

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Methodology Development in Comparative Effectiveness Research

CFDA: 93.701
(National Appropriation: $10,000,000.00)
Application Due Date: 02/26/2010
Description: This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH and AHRQ under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ('Recovery Act" or "ARRA"), Public Law 111-5, invites applications to enhance, develop, or evaluate methodologies to improve the efficiency, validity, and credibility of comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies. CER encompasses a wide array of methodologies, including technology assessment, meta-analysis, systematic reviews, observational studies, and experimental trials. Each of these methodologies suffers from substantial weaknesses that limit their ability to rapidly provide information sought by patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders to make robust evidence-based decisions on clinical practice and public policy. Research is needed to develop better methods for measuring or reducing these weaknesses, which include, for example, confounding bias in observational studies and selection bias in randomized trials. For the purposes of this FOA, the definition of comparative effectiveness research will adhere to that adopted by the Federal Coordinating Council given at http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/cer/cerannualrpt.pdf Comparative effectiveness research is the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions in "real world" settings. The purpose of this research is to improve health outcomes by developing and disseminating evidence-based information to patients, clinicians, and other decision-makers, responding to their expressed needs, about which interventions are most effective for which patients under specific circumstances.
more information


Federal Website: National Institute of Health

Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Directors Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas (RC4)

CFDA: 93.701
(National Appropriation: $80,000,000.00)
Application Due Date: 03/15/2010
Description: The NIH has received new funds for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2009 and 2010 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA). This is one of a number of NIH initiatives related to the Recovery Act. These are listed at the following site: http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/.  Under the Recovery Act, the NIH has established a program entitled NIH Directors Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas. This program will support projects that address research endeavors in specific areas that will benefit from significant three-year funds without the expectation of continued NIH funding beyond this period. The research supported by the program should have high short-term impact, and a high likelihood of enabling growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health, and health care delivery. Purpose. This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, solicits through this limited competition applications from domestic (United States) institutions/organizations proposing to develop and implement critical research innovations in one or more of the following five thematic areas: Applying Genomics and Other High Throughput Technologies Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments Using Science to Enable Health Care Reform Focusing on Global Health Reinvigorating the Biomedical Research Community
more information

Federal Website: National Institute of Health

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Behavioral Economics for Nudging the Implementation of Comparative Effectiveness Research: Pilot Research (RC4)

CFDA: 93.701
(National Appropriation: $10,000,000.00)
Application Due Date: 03/19/2010
Description: This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH and AHRQ under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, invites applications to study how the principles of behavioral economics could be used to enhance the uptake of the results of comparative effectiveness research (CER) among health care providers in their practice. (For this FOA, applications should be thought of as large pilot or preliminary studies rather than definitive trials.) This funding opportunity seeks applications that will investigate whether the principles of behavioral economics could be used to enhance the uptake of the results CER among health care providers and also enhance the maintenance of such treatments in patient populations. Research to foster the uptake of CER is seen to be necessary given the surprisingly modest behavioral response of health care providers and health care systems to information concerning treatments or procedures judged to be superior in CER trials. An additional possible benefit is that some behavioral economic interventions to promote the uptake of CER could be far more cost effective than other approaches including some pay for performance schemes (P4P). For the purposes of this FOA, the definition of comparative effectiveness research will adhere to that adopted by the Federal Coordinating Council given at http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/cer/cerannualrpt.pdf.  Behavioral economics refers to the interdisciplinary efforts involving cognitive and social psychologists, decision scientists, and other social scientists together with economists to model economic decision-making and consequent actions. The approach is inclusive, since at its heart it tries to take into account what is known about how people actually make behavioral decisions rather than relying on the assumption that economic agents are fundamentally rational in the sense of expected utility theory (see, e.g.,Kahneman and Tverskys (1979) work on Prospect Theory and Kahnemans (2003) Nobel lecture). It is hoped that this line of research will lead to significantly greater understanding of the adoption of CER by health care providers and therefore enhance the quality of the nations health.
more information


Federal Website: National Institute of Health

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Behavioral Economics for Nudging the Implementation of Comparative Effectiveness Research: Clinical Trials (RC4)

CFDA: 93.701
(National Appropriation: $15,000,000.00)
Application Due Date: 04/07/2010
Description: This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH and AHRQ under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, invites applications proposing clinical trials using the principles of behavioral economics to enhance the uptake of the results of comparative effectiveness research (CER) among health care providers in their practice. For this FOA, applicants must propose controlled trials that randomize units (whether individuals or clusters such as practices, hospitals, or larger units) to conditions, resulting in a randomized clinical trial (RCT) or cluster randomized trial (CRT). Research to foster the uptake of CER is seen to be necessary given the surprisingly modest behavioral response of health care providers and health care systems to information concerning treatments or procedures judged to be superior in CER trials. An additional possible benefit is that some behavioral economic interventions to promote the uptake of CER (e.g., those that rely on manipulating a providers default options) could be more cost effective than conventional approaches including some pay for performance schemes (P4P). For the purposes of this FOA, the definition of comparative effectiveness research will adhere to that adopted by the Federal Coordinating Council given at http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/cer/cerannualrpt.pdf.  Behavioral economics refers to the interdisciplinary efforts involving cognitive and social psychologists, decision scientists, and other social scientists together with economists to model economic decision-making and consequent actions. The approach is inclusive, since at its heart it tries to take into account what is known about how people actually make decisions rather than relying on the assumption that economic agents are fundamentally rational in the sense of expected utility theory (see, e.g., Kahneman and Tverskys (1979) work on Prospect Theory and Kahnemans (2003) Nobel lecture). It is hoped that this line of research will lead to significantly greater consideration of CER by health care providers and therefore enhance the quality of the nations health.
more information

Federal Website: National Institute of Health

Institutional Comparative Effectiveness Research Mentored Career Development Award (KM1)
 - (Discretionary Grant)
(National Appropriation: $25,000,000)
CFDA# 93.701
Funding Opportunity Number (FON) - RFA-OD-10-011
APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 25, 2010
Description: Purpose. Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled Institutional Comparative Effectiveness Research Mentored Career Development Award (KM1), which is supported by funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5, the NIH invites applications from research-intensive institutions to support mentored career development in support of comparative effectiveness research (CER) in an interdisciplinary environment catering to the needs of diverse populations of scholars including (but not limited to) those with backgrounds in biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, pharmacology, medicine, and dentistry. Scholars should be encouraged to register for higher degrees, where appropriate. Successful applicant institutions will be expected to include course development work in their proposal and make provision for expanding the pool of experienced CER mentors. This FOA is responsive to the NIH mission to build capacity in critical research areas ( http://www.nih.gov/about/index.html#mission ).  Mechanism of Support. This FOA will use the ARRA-specific NIH mechanism KM1 with funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law 111-5. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. The NIH intends to commit up to $25,000,000 for this FOA. It is anticipated that eight to 10 awards will be made for fiscal year 2010, pending the number and quality of applications.
more information

Federal Website: National Institute of Health

Workforce Investment Act Funding-Youth - (Formula Driven Grant)

(National Appropriation: $1,200,000,000; Alabama Appropriation: $11,800,000)
CFDA#: 17.259
DEADLINE HAS CLOSED AS OF APRIL 24, 2009
more information and more information
State Website: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
State Email:
q&agrastp@dpe.edu
Federal Website: Department of Labor

Advanced Battery Manufacturing - (Competitive Grants through Dept. of Energy)
APPLICATIONS HAVE PASSED AS OF MAY 19, 2009

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Funding Mechanism:  The U.S. Department of Energy will make competitive loans and grants. Funding announcement DE-FOA-0000026.

Eligible Entities:   Businesses,  Individuals 
Federal Agency:  Energy, Dept. of
Federal Web Site:  http://www.eere.energy.gov/
Federal Amount:  $2,000,000,000.00

State Energy Programs - (Formula Grant)
(National Appropriation: $3,1000,000,000)
CFDA#: 81.041
STATE APPLICATIONS HAVE PASSED AS OF MAY 12, 2009 (8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time).

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Funding Mechanism: Funds are allocated to state energy offices based on a federal formula. The State of Alabama will receive $48,594,000 and allocate funds to programs based on priorities.
State Website: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)
State Contact: Karl Frost
Email: Karl.Frost@adeca.alabama.gov
Phone: 334-242-5322
Eligible Entities: State Government only
Federal Agency: Department of Energy
Federal Web Site: http://www.energy.gov/recovery/index.htm
Federal Amount: $3,100,000,000.00

Student Aid Administration - (Competitive Grant)
(National Appropriation: $60,000,000)
CFDA#: 84.007
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2009

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Maritime Assistance to Small Shipyards - (Competitive Grants - No more than 25% for shipyard facilities that have more than 600 production employees)
(National Appropriation: $100,000,000)
CFDA#: 20.814
APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED AS OF APRIL 20, 2009.

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Federal Website: Department of Transportation

Geological Survey: Surveys, Investigations, and Research
(National Appropriation: $140,000,000)
CFDA#: 15.807
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2009

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Federal Agency: US Geological Survey

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Energy Efficiency Information and Communication Technology - (Competitive Grant)
(National Appropriation: $50,000,000)
CFDA#: 81.086
STATE APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 21, 2009
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Rural Business Enterprise Grant - (Competitive Grant)
(National Appropriation: $20,000,000)
DATES: Applications due July 15, 2009
CFDA#: 10.769
The RBEG program provides grants that facilitate the development of small and emerging rural businesses, to help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment-related training programs. The RBEG grants may be made to public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, and Indian Tribes on Federal and State reservations and other Federally-recognized Indian Tribal groups in rural areas. RBEG grants must finance or develop small and emerging private business enterprises.
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   - Competitive Grants for Worker Training and Placement in High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors - Green Capacity Building Grants
       
(Federal Amount: $5,000,000)
       
CFDA#: 17.275
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH AUGUST 5, 2009

Description: The Department of Labor (DOL) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in grant funds for projects that build the capacity of DOL-funded training programs to ensure that targeted groups are prepared to meet the needs of our country's expanding green industries. Only active DOL-funded grantees (eligible grantees specified in the SGA) are eligible to apply. Specifically, this SGA supports capacity building for organizations to provide training for entry-level positions leading to career pathways and/or additional training in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The Department expects to award between 50 and 100 grants under this competition, providing awards ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.


    - State Broadband Data and Development Grants - Funding for developing and maintaining a statewide broadband inventory and map
       
(Federal Amount: $350,000,000)
       
CFDA#: 11.558
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BETWEEN JULY 14 - AUGUST 14, 2009

        State Contact: Kathy Johnson
        Email:
Kathy.Johnson@governor.alabama.gov
        Phone: 334-353-8760

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    - Competitive Grants for Worker Training and Placement in High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors - Energy Training Partnership Grants
       
(Federal Amount: $100,000,000)
       
CFDA#: 17.275
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

Description:  Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act), DOL announces the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds to 20-30 projects ranging from approximately $2 to $5 million each. Projects will provide training and placement services in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries for workers impacted by national energy and environmental policy, individuals in need of updated training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and unemployed workers. Proposed projects must be developed and implemented through strategic partnerships. Energy Training Partnership funds are intended to provide training for workers that prepares them to enter the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, as well as green occupations within other industries, as described in the Supplementary Information: Part B of this SGA. Individuals eligible for training include workers impacted by national energy and environmental policy, individuals in need of updated training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and unemployed workers. A portion of the funds under this SGA will be reserved (as described in Section II, Award Information) for projects serving communities impacted by automotive-related restructuring.

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    - Infrastructure Grants - Funding to improve service in unserved and underserved areas.
       
(Federal Amount: $3,900,000,000 [$1,600,000,000 in Round 1])
       
CFDA#: 11.557
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BETWEEN JULY 14 - AUGUST 20, 2009 (5:00pm EST)
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        State Contact: Kathy Johnson
        Email:
Kathy.Johnson@governor.alabama.gov
        Phone: 334-353-8760

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    - Public Computer Centers - Funding to improve access to computers in public anchor institutions.
       
(Federal Amount: $200,000,000 [$50,000,000 in Round 1])
       
CFDA#: 11.557
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BETWEEN JULY 14 - AUGUST 20, 2009 (5:00pm EST)
**

        State Contact: Kathy Johnson
        Email:
Kathy.Johnson@governor.alabama.gov
        Phone: 334-353-8760

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    - Sustainable Adoption Grants - Funding for innovative programs to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service.
       
(Federal Amount: $250,000,000 [$150,000,000 in Round 1])
       
CFDA#: 11.557
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BETWEEN JULY 14 - AUGUST 20, 2009 (5:00pm EST)
**

        State Contact: Kathy Johnson
        Email:
Kathy.Johnson@governor.alabama.gov
        Phone: 334-353-8760

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**Must have achieved a ‘pending application’ status by 5:00 p.m. EST on August 14, 2009, in order to qualify for extended deadline.”


    - Competitive Grants for Worker Training and Placement in High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors -
State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) and Training Grants
       
(Federal Amount: $190,000,000)
       
CFDA#: 17.275
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
THROUGH OCTOBER 20, 2009

Description: The Department of Labor (DOL) announces the availability of approximately $190 million in grant funds to State Workforce Investment Boards of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. In order to highlight the important role States play in building a national green economy, the Department is investing in workforce sector strategies that target energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. DOL encourages a strategic planning process that aligns the Governor’s overall workforce vision, State energy policies, and local and regional training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors. This strategic planning process is an opportunity to develop a statewide energy sector strategy through a comprehensive partnership and development of a Sector Plan. If an energy sector strategy is currently in place, that strategy should be reviewed and evaluated to address the requirements of this funding opportunity. As a result of this Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA), the Department is fostering the development of a national workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. A portion of the funds under this SGA will be reserved for communities or regions undergoing auto industry related restructurings. The eligible applicants for this SGA are State Workforce Investment Boards in partnership with their State Workforce Agency, local Workforce Investment Boards or regional consortia of Boards, and One Stop Career Center delivery systems. ETA intends to fund grants ranging from approximately $2 to $6 million

Transportation Electrification - (Competitive Grant)
(Federal Appropriation: $400,000,000)
CFDA#: 81.087
ROUND 1 APPLICATIONS HAVE PASSED AS OF MAY 13, 2009 (8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time)
ROUND 2 APPLICATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Description: This program provides grants to states, local governments and transit authorities to provide electric transportation in cities that reduce emissions. Eligible projects include shipside electrification of vehicles, truck stop electrification, airport ground support equipment and cargo handling equipment. The Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Office of Vehicle Technologies (OVT) Program, is seeking applications for grants to establish development, demonstration, evaluation, and education projects to accelerate the market introduction and penetration of advanced electric drive vehicles.
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Funding Mechanism: Competitive grants through the U.S. Department of Energy. Funding announcements DE-PS26-09NT01236-04 is available on http://www.grants.gov
Eligible Entities: Businesses, Individuals, Local Government, Non-Profit Organizations, Other, State Government

State Website: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Federal Agency: Department of Energy
Federal Website
: http://www.eere.energy.gov/

Alternative Fuel Vehicles - (Competitive Grants)
ROUND 1 APPLICATION DUE DATE HAS PASSED AS OF MAY 29, 2009
ROUND 2 APPLICATION DUE DATE IS SEPT. 30, 2009
Description: This program provides funding to the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program for an existing Alternative Fueled Vehicles Pilot Grant program for state and local governments, nonprofits, and metropolitan transportation authorities.
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Funding Mechanism: U.S. Department of Energy may make competitive grants for up to 30 geographically dispersed pilot projects. Funding announcement DE-PS26-09NT01236-04 is available at: http://www.grants.gov
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Eligible Entities: Businesses, Individuals, Local Government, State Government

Federal Agency: Department of Energy
Federal Website: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/
Federal Amount: $300,000,000.00

Workforce Investment Act Funding- Adults & Dislocated Workers - (Formula Driven Grant)
(National Appropriation: $500,000,000; Alabama Appropriation: $4,450,000)
CFDA#: 17.258 (Adults) & 17.26 (Dislocated Workers)
Description: This program will provide funds for grants to state and local governments for adult intensive training services under the Work Force Investment Act. Priority will be given to recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult program increases the employment, retention and earnings of unemployed and employed adults registered under the program. Under the Recovery Act, local areas are required to give low-income persons and public assistance recipient’s priority of service in the Adult program. Funds are distributed by formula to states, and then local workforce areas, which operate One-Stop Career Centers that provide comprehensive services to workers and employers.
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CLICK HERE TO VIEW RFP FOR THE GOVERNOR'S RECOVERY ACT SKILL'S PROGRAM ISSUED ON JUNE 23 - DEADLINE JULY 22, 2009.

State Website: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
State Email:
q&agrastp@dpe.edu

Federal Website: Department of Labor

    - Competitive Grants for Worker Training and Placement in High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors
       
(Federal Amount: $50,000,000)
       
CFDA#: 17.275
       
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH OCTOBER 5, 2009

Description: The Department of Labor (DOL) announces the availability of approximately $50 million in grant funds for the Workforce Agencies of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories, or a consortium of such agencies, to collect, analyze, and disseminate labor market information, and to enhance the labor exchange infrastructure for careers within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The eligible applicant for this grant solicitation is the State Workforce Agency, as States are expected to use workforce and labor market information and data as the foundation on which to build and implement effective workforce development strategies. This SGA encourages collaborative approaches, whereby multiple States apply as a consortium to conduct research that may potentially have a multi-State or national impact. ETA intends to fund individual State grants ranging from approximately $750,000 to $1,250,000. Individual grant awards to consortium applicants will range from $2 to $4 million, contingent upon an adequate justification of proposed project needs and the availability of resources.