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July 20, 2016 Print ShareThis

Upcoming Webinars

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)

Lifeline Program

Provides reduced rates for telecom services to eligible low-income consumers

Since 1985, the federal Lifeline Program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all people across the United States have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family, health care, and emergency services.

This benefit is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. In today’s digital environment, there are still over 60 million people without a connection to the internet. The FCC enacted changes to the Lifeline Program to include broadband internet access as a Lifeline service to keep pace with ever-evolving technology and help narrow the digital divide.

For more information, contact Jessica Zufolo at

Read the Fact Sheet.

More information is available on the USAC website.

Upcoming Lifeline Program Webinars

July 27, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
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August 10, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
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September 14, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
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October 12, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
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November 9, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
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December 14, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
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Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

Corporation for National and Community Service

New Pay For Success Funding Opportunity

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is excited to announce the 2016 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success (PFS) Administrative Data Pilot Grant Competition, which will provide up to $4.5 million in grants to eligible nonprofit organizations, including public or non-profit universities, faith-based organizations, and state and local governments (and other political subdivisions) for activities related to administrative data in order to develop high quality PFS projects.

The goal of the Administrative Data Pilot competition to address an issue facing Pay for Success Projects – easy access to high-quality data for evaluation purposes. This competition is intended to support current PFS projects’ access to high-quality, less expensive data for evaluation purposes so they can improve the outcomes of their interventions. Through this competition, CNCS is seeking an entity (or entities) to centralize the administrative data access function, thereby mitigating the challenges faced by governments and other organizations in accessing and using administrative data.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY DEADLINE: Applicants are encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by September 20, 2016.

Funding Announcement and Application Instructions
Applicants must read the Notice of Funding Availability (Notice) and the Application Instructions to understand the requirements and how to complete an application.

Resources for Applicants

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office of Community Planning and Development

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants

HUD is making available through this NOFA $5,000,000 for FY2016 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants. Through funding of national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development, the Rural Capacity Building program enhances the capacity and ability of rural housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian Tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas. HUD expects to make approximately 5 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Bonus Points
Two bonus points will be awarded for working with communities that are Preferred Sustainability Status Communities and/or Promise Zones, as described in Section V.D.3 of the General Section. Priority and/or bonus points will be considered only if the application meets or exceeds the Program's minimum fundable score based on the rating factors of this NOFA. The minimum score for an application to be considered for funding is 75.

Please refer to page 17 of the application for more information.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 13, 2016

Read the NOFA.

More information is available on the HUD website.

U.S. Department of Labor

Employment and Training Administration

America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announces the availability of approximately $100,000,000 in grant funds for America’s Promise Job-driven Grant Program. DOL expects to fund approximately 20-40 grants, with individual grant amounts ranging from $1 million to $6 million.

This grant program is designed to create or expand regional partnerships between employers, economic development, workforce development, community colleges, training programs, K-12 education systems, and community-based organizations that make a commitment – or a “promise” – to provide a pipeline of workers to fill existing job openings, meet existing employer needs for expansion, fuel the talent needs of entrepreneurs, and attract more jobs from overseas. These funds will be used to cover tuition and the costs of training-related activities on a first-dollar basis ensuring that training and education are free to individuals. Participants may use other sources of aid—such as Federal financial aid—to cover supplies, books, room and board, and other training-related expenses.

Projects funded through the America’s Promise Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will leverage resources from Federal place-based partnerships and sector-based programs, such as EDA’s Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership (IMCP) communities and Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Ladders programs, among others.

Grants will be awarded to a regional workforce partnership of public and private sector entities that includes the following partners:

  • Employer and industry representatives that align with the partnership’s regional sector strategies;
  • Workforce investment system representing the regional service area;
  • Economic development agencies representing the regional service area; and
  • Education and training providers representing the regional service area, including community and technical colleges or systems; joint labor-management training partnerships; and nonprofit and community-based organizations that offer job training.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:Applications must be received by 4:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, August 25, 2016.

Read the NOFA.

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