Thursday, July 18, 2013

Funding Opportunity: Implications of New Digital Media Use for Underage Drinking, Drinking-Related Behaviors, and Prevention Research

Deadline:   Oct. 5, 2013 and Oct. 16, 2013
Funding Amount:   Award Ceiling: $200,000

Eligibility:   unrestricted

Agency:   National Institutes of Health
Grant ID:  PA-13-263 & PA-13-262 

CFDA#:   93.273  --  Alcohol Research Programs
Summary:   This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to investigate whether, and how, heavy involvement in new digital media usage, particularly social media and social networking sites, may influence adolescent alcohol use and drinking patterns, as well as drinking-related problems. This FOA also encourages applications proposing to explore the ways in which new digital media may be utilized as platforms for preventive interventions aimed at underage drinking and related problems.

Links:    NIH Grant (R21) and NIH Grant (R01)

Attendance Improvement and Dropout Prevention Funding Opportunity

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Grant/Contract Name:  Attendance Improvement and Dropout Prevention
Deadline:   August 12, 2013
Funding Amount: Not stated
Eligibility: See summary below
Agency:   New York City Department of Education
Grant ID:  R0944
Summary:   The New York City Department of Education on behalf of the Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD) is seeking proposals from vendors including organizations, foundations and consortiums that have the capacity to oversee Community Based Organizations (CBOs), which focus on reducing chronic absenteeism and preventing student dropouts, and to pair these CBOs with NYCDOE schools that are eligible for Attendance Improvement and Dropout Prevention (AIDP) funds.

The successful proposer will collaborate with OSYD to solicit, select, replace, monitor, manage, pay, evaluate, and provide technical assistance to CBOs. Additionally, the awarded vendor will work with OSYD to select participating AIDP schools and will identify the best CBO to school partnerships. In consultation with OSYD, the awarded vendor will advise CBOs about service changes, identify common reasons students are missing school and ways to address the underlying issues, and provide reports on CBOs performance.

PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE: July 26, 2013, at 11:30 A.M. ET, at 65 Court Street, 12th Floor, Conference Room 1201, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
For all questions related to this RFP, please send an email to with the RFP number and title in the subject line of your e-mail.

2013 National Night Out Against Crime

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National Association of Town Watch’s (NATW) National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August. Many communities in New York City will be hosting events as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and to send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Below is one of many events that are doing just that to strive for community mobilization. Please be sure to visit the NATW link (above) for events in YOUR community. And for those who work and/or live in Brooklyn, see below an event at Fort Greene Park.

Here's to Fort Greene, Brooklyn
The 88th Precinct Community & Youth Council is hosting the Annual National Night Out Against to benefit the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Community. The event will be held on August 6, 2013 at Fort Greene Park, located on the corner of Dekalb Ave and Washington Park, Brooklyn, New York from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Be sure to click on FLYER LINK for details.


Graphic Anti-Smoking Warnings Change Cigarette Taste

Photo Credit: David Dairey

In the months since graphic anti-smoking warnings have appeared on Australian cigarette and other places abroad, packaging in smokers have complained that the cigarettes don’t taste as good as they did before the health warnings.
According to The New York Times, “More than seven months have passed since Australia imposed one of the world’s toughest laws for tobacco warning labels, swapping iconic packaging for graphic images of mouth ulcers, cancerous lungs and gangrenous limbs. And though experts say it is too soon to know what impact the law has had on tobacco use, one thing is certain: Smokers think the cigarettes taste off. Complaints started to roll in about the flavor of cigarettes almost immediately after the law went into effect on December 1.”


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities

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Grant/Contract Name: Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities
Deadline: August 7, 2013
Funding Amount: Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,500,000. 1-2 awards   anticipated.
Eligibility: The following types of entities are eligible applicants: a. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization; b. A local or state public agency; c. A for-profit organization (for-profit firms are eligible, however, while they are allowed to cover their direct and indirect costs, they are not allowed to earn a profit from the project, and they are not eligible to receive EPA funding); d. A nationally recognized and accredited University or College; or e. Any combination of the aforementioned entities as a Capacity Building Team to combine their skills and offer a coordinated program. A Capacity Building Team must designate a lead applicant to act as the fiscal agent for the grant.
Agency: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Grant ID: FR-5700-N-27
CFDA#: 14.705
Summary: This NOFA is part of a cross-agency collaboration between HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), known as the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Program (Program), through this NOFA, will identify consortia comprised of intermediary organizations that can provide capacity building support for communities engaged in planning efforts that support community involvement and integrate economic and workforce development, housing, land use, land cleanup and preparation for reuse, transportation, and infrastructure investments. The grantee(s) selected will be expected to deliver capacity building support to communities across the United States.
Clink on this LINK for more information

Community News Bulletin

Apply to be an ASPIRE Fellow
Interested in Asian-American Issues? Interested in women’s issues? This is the perfect conference for you! Join us on August 10th, 2013 from 9am to 5pm at Flushing Town Hall Gallery. All Asian-American high school women in the New York City area can apply. Apply by July 15th HERE

Taking Back our Streets-Prevention through Empowerment
We are pleased to announce that Casa Esperanza para Mujeres y Ninos will host a community celebration “Taking Back OUR Streets: Prevention through Empowerment Movement”. An event geared toward increasing HIV awareness among people living in the community of East New York Brooklyn. During each event food will be served, accompanied by Music and activities promoting HIV prevention such as, trivia games, and educational sessions. In addition, there will be entertainment for children between the ages 5-11 years old. Each event will be held July 20th and August 17th from 12pm-5pm on Vermont Street between Belmont Avenue and Pitkin Avenue in a play street forum. We hope to see you at the celebration.

Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant

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Deadline:   8/30/2013
Funding Amount:   The State of New York will distribute $200,034,600 in federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant (Sandy SSBG) funding to eligible health and human services providers.

Eligibility:   For Profit , For Profit (Other than Small Business), Local Government, Non Profit 501 (c)(3)(Not Higher Ed)
Agency:   New York State

Grant ID:  Sandy SSBG Request for Proposals
Summary:   New York will allocate Sandy SSBG funding to address four Focus Areas: A. Repair, renovation and rebuilding; B. Uncompensated operational costs, including provision of critical services during/after Superstorm Sandy; C. Ongoing support and social services for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy; and, D. Flexibility to ensure that additional eligible social service needs resulting from Superstorm Sandy can be addressed.

Sandy SSBG funding must be used for costs that are 1) directly related to Superstorm Sandy and populations that were impacted by it; and 2) not reimbursed and not currently eligible for reimbursement by the federal government (including FEMA), private insurance and any other public or private funding sources. Duplication of benefits is prohibited.

Eligible costs include the traditional SSBG-funded services: Adoption Services; Case Management Services; Congregate Meals; Counseling Services; Day Care-Adults; Day Care-Children; Education and Training Services; Employment Services; Family Planning Services; Foster Care Services-Adults; Foster Care Services-Children; Health-Related Services; Home-Based Services; Home-Delivered Meals; Housing Services; Independent/Transitional Living Services; Information and Referral Services; Legal Services; Pregnancy and Parenting Services; Prevention and Intervention Services; Protective Services-Adults; Protective Services-Children; Recreational Services; Residential Treatment Services; Special Services-Disabled; Special Services-Youth at Risk; Substance Abuse Services; Transportation Services; Other Services.

The Sandy SSBG supplemental appropriation also allows funding to be used for: Renovation, repair and rebuilding services; Health care and mental health services, including costs associated with service delivery as well as the operational cost of sustaining the ability to provide such services in order to subsequently reopen facilities entirely shut down as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

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Funding Opportunity - NYC Community Health Survey Data Collection (2015-2020)

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Grant/Contract Name: NYC Community Health Survey Data Collection (2015-2020)
Deadline: August 16, 2013

Funding Amount: It is anticipated that the available funding for the contract awarded from this RFP will be $9,400,000 for the Annual Survey (2015-2020) and $1,400,000 for the HFUS2 for a total of $10,800,000.

Eligibility: For the Annual Survey the Contractor would have at least 4 years successful and relevant experience in conducting telephone surveys of similar size and complexity in urban areas such as New York City. ...

Agency: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Grant ID: PIN 14LL000300R0X00

Summary: The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene "DOHMH" is seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to collect health survey data for approximately 8,500 adult New Yorkers per year for the New York City Community Health Survey ("CHS"). It is anticipated that the selected vendor ("Contractor") will conduct both the Six Year Annual Community Health Survey - 2015-2020 ("Annual Survey") and the CHS Heart Follow-up Study Option in 2015 ("HFUS2").

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