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Funding Opportunities Roundup: January 30, 2015

Art Works

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2014, the NEA supported 1,799 grants totaling $49.4 million through Art Works. The deadlines for Art Works applications are February 19 and July 23, 2015, depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support.

DEADLINES: February 19, 2015 and July 23, 2015, depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support.

Challenge America

Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. In fiscal year 2014, Challenge America funded 147 grants totaling $1.47 million.

NEA Challenge America Director Michael Killoren and staff will conduct a Challenge America grant guidelines webinar on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 3 p.m. A PowerPoint presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Find more details about the webinar – including a link to register – here.

DEADLINE: April 16, 2015

SunShot Technology to Market “Incubator 10, SolarMat 3, SUNPATH 2”

SunShot has announced a $45 million Technology to Market funding opportunity aimed at boosting American competitiveness and supporting a strong domestic, clean energy manufacturing sector. This funding opportunity combines three historically separate SunShot Initiative funding programs—Incubator, Solar Manufacturing Technology, and Scaling Up Nascent PV at Home—into one that will support projects with the potential to significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across a variety of technology areas and improve solar manufacturing. These tools, technologies and services could reduce the costs of technologies including photovoltaics and power electronics, and could also contribute to cutting balance of system and non-hardware costs through customer acquisition, permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection.

DEADLINE for Concept Papers: 2/24/2015, 3:00pm ET
DETAILS: Please see the full RFP for complete information.


  • NCATS/NIH Roadmap: Metabolomics Core for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) (U01) (RFA-RM-15-001)
  • NINR/NIA: Prevention Research in Mid-Life Adults (R21) (PA-15-097)
  • NINR/NIA: Prevention Research in Mid-Life Adults (R01) PA-15-098)
  • NIDA: Reductions in Illicit Drug Use and Functional Outcomes (R21/R33) (PA-15-099)


More information about each of these limited submissions may be found on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

Improving Access to Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that will to improve the justice system (military and/or civilian) and access to justice through innovative programs that seek to strengthen key sectors within the police, military and/or local government, especially judicial actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While emphasis on security sector actors is expected, competitive proposals can focus on non-judicial approaches that complement justice interventions and/or initiatives that seek to empower communities to take a lead role in their own protection and advocate for their rights to access justice.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 2/2/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 3/27/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $1M total

Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies

The purpose of this program is to assist rural communities with conducting rapid data analyses and short term issue-specific rural research studies to understand the impact of current and proposed policies and regulations as well as provide information that will improve access to health care and population health in rural America. Findings from these analyses will be used to help inform rural health care providers and stakeholders such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Congress, states, and for-profit and nonprofit entities that set policies impacting rural communities..

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 2/6/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 3/30/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $450K per year

2015 Trinity Health Initiatives Grants

Notification of Interest to ORE: 2/4/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 3/31/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $15K per award

Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee (THF) is implementing a two-phase proposal/grant process to seek partners to address posted topics of interest related to the general health and well-being of Knoxville and counties contiguous to Knox County Tennessee. This year Trinity will seek proposals for the 2015 Health Initiatives in the Large Grants Division. Trinity will grant in two phases in the Large Grants Division. Phase II proposals will be solicited from Phase I recipients. Phase II awards will be for up to $150K.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.