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ED's Stop Bullying Video Challenge

Last week, U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan called on America’s youth to take the Stop Bullying Video Challenge. The challenge is for youth to create original 30- to 60-second public service announcements (PSAs) that showcase ways they are taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of kindness and respect in their communities.

The PSAs should be informative and entertaining videos that send a positive message to youth about the importance of being "more than a bystander" to bullying in their schools and communities.

Full details about the contest, including submission guidelines and rules for eligibility, are available at stopbullying.challenge.gov.

The deadline for submissions is 11 p.m. eastern time, October 14, 2012.

Youth between 13 and 18 years old are eligible to participate; however, those under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent or guardian. The contest winner will receive a grand prize of $2,000, with the two runner-ups earning $500 each.


USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Rural Businesses Create Jobs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) to nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education. The grants also may be used to conduct feasibility studies, create and implement business plans, and help businesses develop new markets for their products and services.

One-year grants up to $175,000 are available. In most cases, grants may be used to pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing and operating rural cooperative development centers. Recipients are required to match 25 percent of the award amount. The grant period should begin no earlier than October 1, 2012, and no later than January 1, 2013.

Through this notice, USDA may award up to $5.8 million in grants. The deadline for RCDG applications is August 6, 2012.

For additional information, see the June 7, 2012, Federal Register or contact a USDA Rural Development state office.

In addition, USDA is offering almost $2.37 million in Rural Development's Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG). This program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities and regions with exceptional needs.

The RBOG program provides training and technical assistance grants for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and assists with economic development planning. Funding is available to rural public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes and cooperatives with primarily rural members that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the membership.

RBOG applications are due August 6, 2012. Application instructions may be obtained from the June 7, 2012, Federal Register, or by contacting a USDA Rural Development State Office.


TCUP Grantee Institute of American Indian Arts Recently Featured on NBC Nightly News

NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams recently featured the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a three-time recipient of TCUP funding from OUP. The piece, "American Indian Students Find Refuge in Cultural Curriculum," spotlights how IAIA bridges both educational and cultural gaps through its inclusive curricula, and how it prepares its students for prosperous futures while instilling in them a strength and resilience inspired by their cultural pasts.

To view the video and read the accompanying article, please visit MSNBC's DailyNightly section.


HHS Offers Small Business Outreach and Matchmaking Event

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is developing a series of community outreach events to: educate small businesses on the Affordable Care Act; become familiar with federal contracting; and identify and pursue contract opportunities with HHS. The next confirmed event is:

  • University of California, San Diego, Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California, 92093.
    • Date: June 22, 2012.
    • RSVP Cutoff: June 19, 2012.

These events will feature key government and elected officials and include federal procurement training workshops for attendees. Online registration and additional information is available via hhs-back2business.com.

These events are free but pre-registration is required and limited.

For additional information or questions pertaining to these events, please contact govmeetings@nccsite.com.


HHS Announces $70 Million in Community Transformation Grant - Small Communities Funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nation’s growing healthcare costs associated with stoppable chronic diseases.

The small-community investments are part of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative launched in 2011 by HHS and administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CTG Small Communities program targets intervention populations of up to 500,000 in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties in order to increase opportunities for people to make healthful choices and improve health. These areas can be specific counties, cities, towns and villages with populations up to 500,000 or neighborhoods, sections, or subgroups of the population (for example, children or seniors) within a metropolitan area. In addition, HHS is continuing to support the initial group of 68 CTG awardees that have the potential to reach approximately 120 million Americans.

The CTG Small Communities program grantees will work toward one or more of the five outcome measures described in Section 4201 of the Affordable Care Act: changes in weight, proper nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and social and emotional well-being; and align with the five priority areas of the CTG program: tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; evidence-based quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol; social and emotional wellness, such as facilitating early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services, especially for people with chronic conditions; and healthy and safe physical environments.

CDC expects to make 25 to 50 competitive grant awards under the CTG Small Communities program, with successful applicants announced in September 2012. The final number of awards will depend on the quality of applications, sizes of communities to be served, sizes of awards, and other factors. Applicants specifically must demonstrate how they can improve the health of their communities through increasing the availability of healthy foods and beverages, improving access to safe places for physical activity, and reducing tobacco use and encouraging smoke-free environments. The awards are one-time funding with a 2-year project period.

The deadline for submission is July 31, 2012.

Learn more about the CTG program at the CDC website or the Grants.gov posting of this funding opportunity.


Call for Papers for the Federal Reserve Community Development Research Conference

The Community Affairs Officers of the Federal Reserve System have announced a call for paper submissions for the eighth Federal Reserve Community Development Research Conference. This conference, entitled "Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice," will be held April 11–12, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the conference is to highlight new action-oriented and academically rigorous research on resiliency and rebuilding initiatives that can directly inform community development policy and practice. This conference seeks to present research that addresses:

  • The community development finance field after the Great Recession.
  • Housing markets and neighborhood stabilization.
  • Asset building and community resilience.
  • Access to credit and financial services for consumers and small businesses.
  • Poverty and inequality.
  • Place-based community and economic development.
  • Demographic change, human capital, and workforce development.

Papers addressing these topics and others affecting minority and rural communities are encouraged. Research outside of these specific topics that fit within the underlying themes are also welcome, including research papers on technology innovations for community development, social entrepreneurship, transportation, microenterprise, financial education, and other related topics.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2012. Abstracts or completed papers may be submitted online. Questions may be submitted via email to Karen Leone de Nie at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta at karen.leonedenie@atl.frb.org.

To learn more about this call for papers, download the PDF flyer.


OUP Staff Receives Benjamin Banneker Award

We would like to take a moment to congratulate Ophelia Wilson, our grant specialist for OUP’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) program. Ms. Wilson was recently awarded the Benjamin Banneker Award by six-time HBCU grantee Alabama A&M University (AAMU) during their Department of Community and Regional Planning’s 30th Annual Benjamin Banneker Awards Banquet. This award is designed to honor the legacy of Benjamin Banneker, our nation’s first Black planner, and is awarded to an individual or organization that has made significant professional contributions to the growth and development of communities and cities.

This year, AAMU chose to honor OUP and Ms. Wilson for their leadership in addressing the enormous problems and challenges facing low-income neighborhoods surrounding HBCUs. In letters sent to both Assistant Secretary of Policy Development and Research Raphael Bostic and OUP Deputy Assistant Secretary Sherone Ivey, AAMU wrote that "through the [HBCU] program, HUD has played a momentous and pivotal role in influencing HBCUs to become leaders in local neighborhood building and revitalization efforts. To us, the face and spirit of the HUD HBCU program is embodied in Ms. Ophelia Wilson."

Congratulations, Ms. Wilson, for this well-deserved honor!


Assets for Independence Announce Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines

The Assets for Independence (AFI) Resource Center recently announced the deadlines for its latest application cycles: March 26 and May 25, 2012.

AFI is a program administered by the Federal Office of Community Services, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It provides grants to enable community-based nonprofits and state, local, and tribal government agencies to implement and demonstrate an asset-based approach for offering low-income families help out of poverty.

HHS awards approximately 60 AFI grants each year. Grants go to a variety of organizations to help them fund Individual Development Accounts and other asset-building strategies. The average grant is $280,000 and covers 5 years. Grantees customize their AFI projects to meet the needs of the populations and geographic areas they serve.

Many types of organizations administer AFI projects, including:

  • Nonprofit entities that are certified under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.
  • State, local, and tribal government agencies applying jointly with nonprofit organizations.
  • Community development financial institutions that partner with community-based antipoverty groups.
  • Low-income credit unions that partner with community-based antipoverty groups.
  • Consortia of organizations and agencies that target multiple service areas.

To help facilitate a better understanding of their programs, AFI has posted a recently conducted Webinar and accompanying materials to their website.

Learn more about AFI's grant programs to determine if your organization qualifies and apply today!


HUD LGBT Equal Access Final Rule Webcast

HUD has posted video of a recent Webcast held to help explain the meaning and impact of Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (also known as the HUD LGBT Rule).

Through this rule, HUD has implemented policy to ensure that its core programs are open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. This rule follows a January 24, 2011, proposed rule, which noted evidence suggesting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families are being arbitrarily excluded from housing opportunities in the private sector.

The HUD Webcast includes an overview of the final rule provisions, examples and analysis of possible rule violations, and information on where someone would go for assistance if the rule is being violated.

This rule, which went into full effect on March 5, 2012, impacts all current HUD grantees, who must ensure that all HUD-assisted housing (including housing rehabilitation) associated with their projects provide equal access for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender tenants and homeowners.

Watch the Webcast and visit HUD's LGBT Fair Housing page for more information or questions regarding this rule.


University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Makes Local Impact Through Micro-Loan Fund

After operating for slightly more than a year, nine-time HBCU grantee University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and the City of Pine Bluff have proven that a locally funded and managed micro-loan fund is an effective financial vehicle for spurring local economic development. With a zero default rate, the program, capitalized at $140,000 with equal funding from the two partners, has made micro-loans ranging from $7,000 to $10,000 available to local small businesses. With loan capitalization funding and operational support derived from UAPB's HBCU funding, the Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC) and its Business Support Incubator (BSI) program packaged all loans and provides technical assistance to the businesses. Pine Bluff National Bank, through a servicing agreement, administers and services all loans.

Henry Golatt, Director of ERDC and the UAPB-BSI said "the key to the success of the program has been one-on-one personal contact, follow up, and technical assistance. Loan fund participants are required to attend specialized training and events such as the UAPB-BSI third Thursday Business Exchange and Networking provided by the incubator. Unlike ordinary banking relationships, businesses participating in our program have to commit to training and networking. In addition, after each loan closes, the recipients agree to continue to provide pertinent performance information on their businesses such as sales, jobs created, taxes, et cetera, to ERDC."

To learn more about UAPB's micro-loan fund, please visit the UAPB NEWS blog.


The Daily Show Interview With HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

On March 5, 2012, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Secretary Shaun Donovan appeared on The Daily Show (TDS) with Jon Stewart. Watch his interview here, along with exclusive online-only content provided in the second video:

Please Note: These are third-party videos prepared by TDS and Comedy Central, and does not include closed-captioning.


AIA Announces RFP for Funded Research Grants on Design and Health

Communities large and small around the globe face increasingly complex challenges to quality of life that require innovative solutions. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has launched a long-term commitment that it will develop with other partners within the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to help address such problems. Decade of Design: The AIA Urban and Regional Solutions Challenge is conceived as a 10-year commitment to engage architecture schools and other stakeholders in research in a set of targeted areas to address problems facing, urban, suburban, and rural communities in the United States and beyond.

To launch the Decade of Design, AIA is partnering with CGI and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to solicit proposals for research projects in the first of a series of topic areas: design and health.

The proposed projects should document the positive impact of design interventions or propose solutions, based on past successes, that can be readily implemented in the future. Through the projects, faculty, students, and practitioners will actively engage stakeholders to ensure that proposed design solutions are a good fit for the communities in which they will occur.

AIA will award up to $40,000 in grants, with a maximum of $20,000 for any single project. The deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2012.

To download the request for proposals, please visit ACSA's website.


DOE Announces EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced their postdoctoral research awards, which support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.

The objective of the EERE postdoctoral research awards is to create the next generation of scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies in a highly prestigious postdoctoral research program. To meet this objective, EERE research participants will have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. As a result, innovative technologies will be developed that will have a real impact on the economy by providing energy efficient and affordable technologies; in the environment by providing clean energy technologies; and in the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing their energy choices.

Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE program sponsoring the award. The award will provide an annual stipend, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. An annual research meeting for participants will be organized and hosted by EERE.

The deadline to apply for an EERE postdoctoral research award is May 1, 2012.

To learn more about this opportunity, download materials, and apply, please visit the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards website.


New Final Rule on Equal Housing Access Will Impact All Current HUD Grantees

On January 30, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a press release in which Secretary Shaun Donovan announced new regulations to ensure equal access to housing for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Beginning in March 2012, all current HUD grantees must ensure that all HUD-assisted housing (including housing rehabilitation) associated with their projects provide equal access for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender tenants and homeowners.

HUD staff within the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity are currently working on preparing training materials to assist grantees in understanding the implications of this new HUD rule. They will also be recording a Webcast later this month that will provide additional information. OUP will post more news as we receive it. We will also provide a link to this Webcast as soon as it has been posted to the HUD website.


Register Now for OUP's 2012 National Conference!

Registration is now open for our 2012 OUP National Conference!

This conference will be held April 23–26, 2012, at the Roosevelt Hotel in historic New Orleans, Louisiana. We are currently working on finalizing the details for what we believe will be an inspiring and informative event! To see some of what we're working on:

  • Online registration is now closed for this event.
  • Download Microsoft Word registration form (updated March 2, 2012).
    • ATTENTION: If you downloaded a copy of this registration form prior to March 2, 2012, please download the updated version now. The previous version contained an incorrect fax number.

  • Conference Hotel Address: The Roosevelt New Orleans, 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112.
    • The HUD block of rooms at The Roosevelt Hotel is now sold out. We will not be securing a block of rooms elsewhere, but The Roosevelt has kindly recommended the following two nearby hotels:

Continue checking www.oup.org for future updates.

Graphic: 2012 OUP National Conference Logo


Langston University's Center for Community Engagement Broadens Its Community Improvement Efforts

Langston University, rooted in the red clay of Langston City, Oklahoma, and winner of four HBCU grants from OUP, has recently transformed its on-campus HUD/HBCU program office into the Langston University Center for Community Engagement. More than just a name change, the center has broadened the scope of its mission to assist with the economic development of its tri-campus areas.

Center staff recently announced the completion in 2011 of a major renovation/rejuvenation of the city's Main Street, which included widening the highway, constructing a 1-mile stretch of sidewalk, and installing 1 mile of street lighting. "This was just one example of the positives that can arise through the partnership between Langston University and the town of Langston City," said Linda Tillman, director for Langston’s Center for Community Engagement. "By working together, we are able to leverage so much more for the community, which is beneficial to the university in building a college town for our students."

Currently, the Center for Community Engagement is using its 2010 HBCU funding toward a renovation project for the town’s dilapidated softball field, which would convert it into an NCAA regulation size field. A memorandum of agreement between the town of Langston and Langston University will allow the NCAA-regulated field to become the home of Langston University’s softball team. The Langston Economic Development Authority also provided a sub-grant to help supplement the OUP funding for the softball field.

A previous HBCU grant funded the construction of a Fresh Food Farmer’s Market, which is scheduled for completion this June.

Since broadening its mission, Langston’s Center for Community Engagement has assisted the town of Langston with numerous revitalization and restoration projects, funded through a variety of sources beyond the original OUP funding that initiated their focus on community improvement. The center's ongoing efforts highlight how OUP funding continues to serve as a catalyst for commitment from anchor institutions to the empowerment and improvement of their surrounding communities.

Langston Groundbreaking Ceremony

To learn more about Langston's Center for Community Engagement, please visit them online at www.langston.edu/lu-oklahoma_city/hudhbcu_programs.aspx.


Columbia University Announces Summer Public Health Scholars Program

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University School of Nursing, and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health have joined together to announce the Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, SPHSP hopes to help undergraduate students to increase interest and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers.

SPHSP is designed for students who will have completed at least 2 years of college at the beginning of the program, or recent college graduates (after April 2011) who have not been accepted into a graduate program and who have a minimal GPA of 2.5. African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, people with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply.

This 10-week summer program that begins May 28, 2012, and ends August 3, 2012, includes: public health coursework at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring student exposure to the breadth and importance of public health as a career option.

To apply for admission into SPHSP, please complete the application and mail it for receipt by no later than Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

Send complete application package to:

Summer Public Health Scholars Program
Office of Diversity
College of Physician and Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-4157 (office)

For more information and program application, please visit the SPHSP website or email sphsp-ps@columbia.edu.


Call for Papers on "Reducing Urban Poverty"

To encourage a new generation of urban policymakers and to promote early career research, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring a third annual paper competition. The competition seeks paper submissions for an upcoming policy workshop and paper competition on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will present their papers in a policy workshop to be held in Washington, D.C., in October 2012. The grand prize winner will also present at the World Urban Forum in September, 2012 in Naples, Italy.

Papers must be linked to one of the following sub-topics:

  • Land markets.
  • Climate change.
  • Youth.

Papers should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects and/or propose new strategies for tackling issues related to urban poverty. Papers from a variety of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives are appropriate, including (but not limited to): urban planning, economics, political science, geography, public policy, sociology, environment, and anthropology.

This call for papers is directed at Ph.D. students and advanced masters degree students. To be eligible, applicants should be currently enrolled in a degree or post-doctoral program. Interested applicants must submit an abstract (500-word maximum limit) and a brief CV to the selection committee by February 20, 2012. Submissions should be sent to Nancy Leahy at nleahy@usaid.gov.

A panel composed of members of the sponsor organizations will review submitted abstracts and request full papers from approximately 15 authors. Applicants will be notified in early March whether they will be asked to write a full paper, which will be due by April 30, 2012.

To learn more about this call for papers and its requirements, please download the "Reducing Urban Poverty" Call for Papers flyer (PDF; 153KB).

For more information, please contact Nancy Leahy at nleahy@usaid.gov. To learn more about last year’s competition, please visit www.wilsoncenter.org/event/reducing-urban-poverty-policy-workshop.


USDA Announces AN/NHIAC Education Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has recently posted to Grants.gov a call for applicants for their Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program.

The purpose of this program is to promote and strengthen the ability of Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines.

Priority will be given to those projects that enhance educational equity for underrepresented students; strengthen institutional educational capacities; prepare students for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; and maximize the development and use of resources to improve food and agricultural sciences teaching programs. Grant amounts will range from $150,000 to $450,000. Individual public or private, nonprofit Alaska Native-serving and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions of higher education that meet the definitions of Alaska Native-Serving Institution or Native Hawaiian-Serving Institution established in Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1059d.) are eligible institutions under this program. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2012.

To learn more about this grant opportunity and to download the electronic application kit, please visit Grants.gov.


HUD Announces Partnership with GreatSchools

On December 6, 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a partnership with GreatSchools, a national nonprofit educational resource for parents. The intent of this new partnership is to give parents living in public housing or who receive HUD Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance greater access to local school information that will help them make more informed decisions about where to send their children to school.

Based in San Francisco, GreatSchools is a national nonprofit organization that supports parents through a wide variety of web-based resources. The organization’s flagship offering is a database of school performance information for more than 200,000 public, private, and charter schools across the United States. The user-friendly website also has information about how parents can help their children achieve success in PreK-12, including subject-area worksheets, homework help, and college preparation.

GreatSchools and HUD are joining to give parents living in public housing or who receive rental assistance through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program the tools to make informed educational choices for their children and become even more involved in their children’s education.

To learn more about this partnership, please read HUD's press release.


White House Announces Summer 2012 Intern Program

The White House internship program is now accepting applications for summer 2012 positions!

This program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. Although unpaid, this hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The application period for the summer 2012 White House internship program is now open until January 22, 2012.

Those who are interested in participating in this program must be:

  • United States citizens.
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university OR graduated in the past 2 years from an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university.
  • OR
  • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty at any time over the past 2 years.

All White House interns are expected to intern full-time for the entire term of the program.

Please note the following before applying for this program:

  • The summer 2012 internship term runs from May 29-August 10, 2012.
  • The White House internship program is an unpaid program.
  • Interns will be expected to work from approximately 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Hours may vary by office.

To learn more, and to apply, visit the White House internship program website.


OUP Empowerment Series "Evidence of Success" Webcast Now Online

On October 20, 2011, the Office of University Partnerships (OUP) held its second Empowerment Series event, "Evidence of Success: Institutions of Higher Education Engaging Communities." In conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), OUP highlighted the successes of three recipients of CNCS's 2010 President’s Community Service Honor Roll: 2009 HSIAC grantee California State University, Monterey Bay; 2008 HSIAC grantee St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas; and Raritan Valley Community College from New Jersey.

For those who were unable to attend, OUP is pleased to provide you with the following Webcast of that day's events.

Please Note: You must have the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer to view the following YouTube videos.

To activate the closed-captioning option, press the "Play" button and then click the "CC" button located on the bottom right side of the viewing window.

The direct link to the YouTube video is: Evidence of Success: Institutions of Higher Education Engaging Communities.


OUP to Host "Anchor Institutions" Empowerment Series Event at HUD Headquarters

Photo: 2011 OUP Anchor Institutions Brown Bag Event Save-the-Date

The Office of University Partnerships (OUP), in conjunction with the Anchor Institutions Task Force, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Coalition For Community Schools, and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities cordially invites you to "Anchor Institutions: Focus on the Future."

In today’s tumultuous economic times, communities need established, dependable ways to achieve sustainability and growth. Anchor institutions—schools, institutions of higher education (IHEs), hospitals, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations that have deep roots in the community—are longstanding contributors to the community’s stability and strength. Oftentimes, these institutions are the largest employers, purchasers, land owners, and, subsequently, the largest contributors to a community’s economy, thus enhancing their importance as permanent anchors for that community’s well-being.

Difficult times have made partnerships between anchor institutions and their communities more important than ever, with many communities depending heavily upon the intellectual capacity and service-learning strengths of these institutions. Additionally, the shared community service expertise among these institutions has led to the realization that anchor institutions, including IHEs, sustain the vitality of our nation’s communities through their far-reaching influence into areas such as education, research, employment, service, housing, job training, purchasing, real estate development, hiring, business incubation, and cultural development.

How can we improve these partnerships between communities and their anchor institutions to grant them a more vital role in addressing the problems and challenges that our nation’s communities face?

This forum will explore tangible ways that these institutions, in partnership with residents and other community organizations, can better utilize their ample skills and resources to create a brighter future for our nation’s urban communities.

Featured participants of this event include:

  • Mr. Richard Cook, Director, Social Work Community Outreach Service, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
  • Dr. Shari Garmise, Vice President, USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives.
  • Dr. Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President, Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Dr. Henry Taylor, Jr., Director, Center for Urban Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo.

This event is scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m. on December 1, 2011. The event will be held in the Brook-Mondale Auditorium at HUD Headquarters, located at 451 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20410. Additional location details will be provided in a follow-up email to those who RSVP to this event.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to conferences@oup.org by no later than November 22, 2011.


OUP Empowerment Series "Homelessness" Webcast Now Online

On September 20, 2011, the Office of University Partnerships (OUP) held the first in its Empowerment Series events, "The Key to Unlocking Homelessness in America: Emerging Trends in HUD-Sponsored Research." Featured participants of this event included:

  • Dr. Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Policy Development and Research.
  • Mr. Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development.
  • Dr. George R. Carter, III, Survey Statistician, American Housing Survey Branch, U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Dr. Courtney Cronley, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Dr. Tatjana Meschede, Research Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis University.

For those who were unable to attend this event, OUP is pleased to provide you with the following Webcasts of that day's events.

Please Note: You must have the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer to view the following YouTube videos.

To activate the closed-captioning option, press the "Play" button and then click the "CC" button located on the bottom right side of the viewing window.

Direct links to the YouTube videos are as follows:


USDA and Miami Dade College to Host National Federal Grants Conference and Webcast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) National Program and Miami Dade College–North Campus will be hosting the National Federal Grants Conference and Webcast on Friday, October 21, 2011, from 1 to 5 p.m. eastern time. The theme for this year’s conference is "Advancing Higher Education, Science, and Outreach," and it will explore how government and academic institutions can work as partners to overcome challenges and achieve success.

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with federal officials and learn about government funding opportunities. The conference is designed for an audience of researchers, grant writers, educators, and administrators. Space is limited and registration is required. The event is free and open to HSI representatives.

The following government agencies will be presenting:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • U.S. Department of Education.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • National Endowment for the Arts.
  • National Institutes of Health.

To learn more and to register either for the conference or the Webcast, please visit the conference website, www.2011fedgrants.eventbrite.com.


Gates Millennium Scholars Program Offers Scholarships to Students Served by MSIs

The Gates Millennium Scholars program will choose 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Scholars also receive personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

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OUP to Host Higher Education Empowerment Series Event at HUD Headquarters

Photo: 2011 OUP HSIAC Brown Bag Event Save-the-Date

The Office of University Partnerships (OUP), in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), cordially invites you to "Evidence of Success: Institutions of Higher Education Engaging Communities," an Empowerment Series event that focuses on the successes of three recipients of CNCS's 2010 President’s Community Service Honor Roll: 2009 HSIAC grantee California State University, Monterey Bay and 2008 HSIAC grantee St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, Raritan Valley Community College from New Jersey will be joining us in our discussion.

This event is scheduled for 2-4:30 p.m. on October 20, 2011. The event will be held at HUD Headquarters, located at 451 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20410. Additional location details will be provided in a follow-up email to those who RSVP to this event.

We are pleased to welcome these institutions of higher education that are positively impacting their communities, for what will be an inspiring and informative panel discussion.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to conferences@oup.org by no later than October 17, 2011.


OUP to Host Homelessness Empowerment Series Event at HUD Headquarters

Photo: 2011 OUP DDRG Brown Bag Event Save-the-Date

The Office of University Partnerships (OUP) is pleased to announce "The Key to Unlocking Homelessness in America: Emerging Trends in HUD-Sponsored Research," the first in the OUP Empowerment Series, scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m. on September 20, 2011. The event will be held at HUD Headquarters, located at 451 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20410. Additional location details will be provided in a follow-up email to those who RSVP to this event.

Featured participants of this event include:

  • Dr. Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Policy Development and Research.
  • Mr. Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development.
  • Dr. George R. Carter, III, Survey Statistician, American Housing Survey Branch, U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Dr. Courtney Cronley, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Dr. Tatjana Meschede, Research Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis University.

Our three guest panelists are preeminent researchers in the examination of homelessness issues currently affecting the nation, as well as former recipients of Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant funding from OUP. Additionally, each was a featured contributor in the March 2011 "Discovering Homelessness" edition of Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to conferences@oup.org by no later than September 16, 2011.


HUD Awards $400,000 in FY11 for Its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY11 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) winners. The DDRG program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. This program encourages doctoral candidates to engage in research studies that focus on policy-relevant housing and community development issues that impact the country, provides a forum for Ph.D. candidates to share their research findings, and focuses attention on research that may impact federal problemsolving and policymaking and that is relevant to HUD's policy priorities and annual goals and objectives.

2011 DDRG Grantees


HUD's PD&R To Host Sustainability Forum

OUP would like you to know that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Policy Development and Research will be hosting "Advancing Sustainability Performance: A Research and Practice Forum" on September 28, 2011.

Sustainability performance is driving a new dialogue about housing policy and practice. This trend can be witnessed in the planning for and implementation of sustainable projects and programs by the public and private sectors. As part of the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities (which also includes the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation), HUD has been looking for ways to coordinate investments and align policies in order to help communities become more livable, affordable, and economically competitive.

This forum will highlight key research needs and opportunities facing policymakers, businesses, and advocates in the pursuit of a more sustainable future. The winning proposals for HUD's recent Sustainable Communities Research Grant competition will be presented. Two panels will then discuss the opportunities and challenges for retrofitting multifamily housing and the current state and future directions of sustainability performance metrics, which allow governments, business, and other organizations to define and measure their own visions of sustainability.

This forum is scheduled to begin immediately following the end of the National Housing Conference's Solutions for Sustainable Communities event. To register for this forum, please visit HUD USER's online registration page.


Savannah State University Sponsors BizCamp Competition

Savannah State University, a 2008 HBCU grantee, was recently featured in a Savannah Morning News article that details the success of a competition held by their grant-funded "BizCamp."

The competition encouraged middle and high school students to create business proposals that they would then present to a panel of five judges from the local business, government, and education sectors. The winner of the competition was awarded $100 to fund his proposed project.

To learn more about this project and the BizCamp competition, please visit the Savannah Morning News online article.


American Indian College Fund Receives $20,000 for Scholarships

The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation has doubled its grant to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships, awarding $20,000 this year for American Indian students who are residents of Colorado or members of Colorado tribes.

”Committed to increasing opportunities for talented and hardworking college bound students, the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation is delighted to partner with the American Indian College Fund. Through this grant award, the Johnson Foundation supports Native students with Colorado roots, helping them to reach their educational goals, and forge a better life for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Jack Alexander, President of the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation.

Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, said, “We are delighted that the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation has shown a strong commitment to Native education through its increased grant, which will allow more Colorado Native Americans to succeed by obtaining a college education. Through the generosity of the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation, their scholarship program is creating hope and opportunity for Colorado American Indian communities.”

If you are interested in learning more about this scholarship funding and how to apply, please visit the American Indian College Fund website.


PolicyLink Releases 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Guide

Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched an unprecedented new "Sustainable Communities" program to help regions plan for sustainability. In October of 2010, nearly $100 million was awarded through a competitive process to 45 different regions to create and implement regional plans that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments. HUD has recently announced the availability of $67 million for this competitive grant process.

In response, PolicyLink has created a guide to help prospective Sustainable Communities applicants effectively address equity in their proposals. The 2011 Equity Guide for Sustainable Communities includes checklists and highlights for each rating factor as well as promising practices from the first round of grants.


PolicyLink To Offer Community Revitalization Webinar

PolicyLink, in conjunction with Citi Community Development, will be holding a Webinar on August 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. eastern time. The Webinar, entitled "Overview of the Federal Community Revitalization Policy Agenda: Sustainable Communities, Promise Neighborhoods, Choice Neighborhoods, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative," will review the important opportunities of recent community revitalization programs, and highlight how your communities can begin to leverage the hundreds of million dollars invested annually to build communities of opportunity in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

To learn more about this Webinar and to register, please visit PolicyLink's website.


IUPUI Center for Service and Learning Seeks Executive Director

The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director or their Center for Service and Learning (CSL). IUPUI is one of the outstanding public urban research universities in the United States, located in the heart of Indianapolis, just blocks from the Indiana Government Center and Fortune 500 companies. IUPUI serves more than 30,000 students, including approximately 21,000 undergraduate students.

CSL is one of three IUPUI learning-based centers that also include the Center for Research and Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Its mission is to engage students, faculty, staff, and community members in educationally meaningful service that promotes learning and development, advances best practice and research, achieves community goals through partnerships, and furthers the civic engagement mission of IUPUI. As a primary advocate for civic engagement, CSL collaborates with campus academic and support units to promote, develop, and assess civic engagement activities.

Required qualifications for this position consist of a Ph.D. in an academic discipline (or equivalent terminal degree), and experience with programs focused on service learning, community service, academic aspects of professional service, and community partnerships. At least 5 years of supervisory, program leadership, and/or academic administrative experience in a related or relevant position is expected, as are experiences in working closely with academic and support service units, appreciating and advocating for diversity, inclusion, and equal access to educational opportunity. The successful candidate will have teaching experience (including service learning courses), faculty development experience, and a strong record of scholarship, including the development of significant grant proposals and success in securing external funding.

Candidates are invited to submit an electronic application that includes:

  • A letter of application stating their interest and experience.
  • A philosophy statement that frames the candidate’s views on how to advance civic engagement and transformative campus-community collaborations in higher education and as part of IUPUI’s campus culture.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • The names and contact information of three references to Dr. Mary Fisher, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at mlfisher@iupui.edu.

NOTE: Paper applications will NOT be accepted.

Download the full text of the IUPUI job posting.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. The starting date for the successful candidate is on or before July 1, 2012. IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D.

Applications should be sent electronically to Ms. Susan Christian, Academic Support Specialist, Office of Academic Affairs, at suechris@iupui.edu. Questions regarding the position should be addressed to Dr. Mary L. Fisher, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at mlfisher@iupui.edu, or (317) 278-1846.


Fresno City College Showcases Their Home Reconstruction Efforts

Fresno City College has posted photos and video of the work they are doing thanks in part to the a 2010 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities grant they received. Visit their Shutterfly site and see and hear about their efforts!


HUD and EPA Partner on Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Funding

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Offices of Sustainable Communities, Water, and Brownfields and Land Revitalization are pleased to announce a joint Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities program.

HUD and EPA will join forces to competitively award $5.65 million to strengthen the capacity of existing grantees from each agency to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods for American families.

The award program will build upon the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an innovative interagency collaboration, launched by President Obama in June 2009, between the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), HUD, and EPA to provide more sustainable housing and transportation choices for families and lay the foundation for a 21st century economy.

Award recipients will support a growing network of existing and future HUD and EPA grantees that are advancing sustainable regional planning and development. The network of grantees will exchange ideas on successful strategies, lessons learned, emerging tools, and public engagement plans. The Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities grant program will award funds to capacity building service providers who will work directly with grant recipients from the FY10 and FY11 HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge, HUD Preferred Sustainability Status Communities, and EPA Sustainable Community Technical Assistance and Brownfield Area Wide Planning grant programs.

Applications for the NOFA are due July 8, 2011. Nonprofit organizations, local or state public agencies, for-profit organizations, nationally recognized and accredited universities or colleges, or any combination of eligible entities as a Capacity Building Team are eligible to apply for funding.

Please visit the HUD website for more information on how to apply.

You may also read the official HUD press release for this initiative.

Additionally, HUD and EPA will be hosting a Webcast Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. eastern time to discuss this new program. Access this Webcast here.


OUP Announces Special AN/NHIAC Grant Funding

Due to funds carried over from Fiscal Year 2010, the Office of University Partnerships (OUP) is pleased to announce a second round of funding for its Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC) grant program.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has made available $880,535 in unobligated FY10 AN/NHIAC money for this special round of funding. Applicants may request up to $440,000 for a 3-year grant performance period.

Please note that this special round of funding is not new funding; it is from the money appropriated for the AN/NHIAC grant program in FY10. OUP's minority-serving institution grant programs still will not receive funding in FY11.

Accredited institutions that meet the definition of an ANI/NHI and that did not receive an award under the AN/NHIAC NOFA posted on Grants.gov on July 16, 2010, are eligible to apply for these grant funds.

Download the AN/NHIAC NOFA announcing this special round of funding and download the FY10 General NOFA.

Please follow this link to download the grant application kit and instructions, or visit Grants.gov and choose "Browse by Agency" from the "Find Grant Opportunities" portion of the menu on the left side of the screen, and then choose the Department of Housing and Urban Development from the list of agencies.

The application deadline is August 1, 2011.


Two HSIAC Grantees Receive Presidential Awards for Community Service

OUP is pleased to share news that two of our Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grantees have received the President's Higher Education Community Service award as part of the Corporation for National and Community Service's 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service. Of more than 850 applications, only 6 were chosen for recognition.

The OUP grantees to win this prestigious honor are 2009 HSIAC grantee California State University, Monterey Bay and 2008 HSIAC grantee St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.


DOE Announces Funding to Support the Next Generation of American Scientists and Engineers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched two new fellowship programs designed to attract the country's best and brightest scientific minds to work on advanced clean energy technologies: the Postdoctoral Fellowships program and the SunShot Initiative Fellowships program. These programs will prepare budding scientists and engineers for careers in clean energy and increase American economic competitiveness and support job growth by promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, an essential part of President Obama's plan to win the future by out-educating and out-innovating the rest of the world.

Under the Postdoctoral Fellowships program, DOE is seeking up to 20 postdoctoral fellows whose academic careers have focused on specific topics in the following technology areas: building efficiency, industrial efficiency, vehicles, fuel cells, biomass, geothermal, solar energy, and wind or water power. The Postdoctoral Fellowships program will support research and development of breakthrough technologies over a 2-year period.

Selected fellows will be encouraged to pursue innovative, independent new projects in addition to the specific research project area selected by the fellow when applying to the program. Potential self-directed projects might include working with local organizations on topics of local energy efficiency or renewable energy, providing free scientific and technical expertise to a local start-up company, or writing grant proposals for distinct new work.

Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships are due by June 30, 2011. Read more information on the Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

The SunShot Initiative Fellowships program will select either recent masters or Ph.D. graduates to focus on critical technology innovations that will advance the SunShot goal of reducing the total cost of solar energy systems by approximately 75 percent so that they are cost-competitive with other forms of energy without subsidies by the end of the decade. In the fellowship program, the selectees will aggressively drive innovations in the ways that solar systems are conceived, designed, manufactured, and installed. Selected fellows will work at DOE's Solar Energy Technologies program headquarters in Washington, D.C., and help develop new research and development programs to achieve the goal of $1/watt utility-level installed photovoltaics by 2020.

Applications for the SunShot Initiative Fellowships program are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the SunShot Initiative Fellowship program.


RDI Presents Native American Credit Counselor Webinar

Rural Dynamics Incorporated (RDI) is holding a Webinar on June 14, 2011, that will focus on an innovative program strategy: the Native American Credit Counselor (NACC) program. Whether community members want to start a business, buy a home, pay off debt, or gain a better understanding of their financial health, strong credit and education is an important building block to individual and community financial success. Understanding opportunities and unique culture can help consumers reach their personal and community goals.

This is why NACC was developed. Each Native community is distinct and has a unique history, culture, environment, and sovereign government. Credit counseling and education that is able to take into account these distinctions is more relevant than counseling that does not. Learn more about NACC on the upcoming "Mobilizing Rural Communities" Webinar and why RDI is committed to a self study program to help Native communities develop NACCs at home.

Join RDI's Webinar at ReadyTalk on June 14, 2011, at 10 a.m. mountain time. The telephone number is 1-866-740-1260, and the Webinar code is 3853940.


HUD Announces FY11 Funding for OUP's DDRG Program

OUP is pleased to announce that the FY11 Notice of Funding Availability has been released for our Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant program.

If you would like to post notices on your campus for this year's DDRG funding, please download our DDRG flyer.

As previously posted to our site, FY11 funding is not available for the following programs:

  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Community Development Work Study Program.
  • Community Outreach Partnership Centers.
  • Early Doctoral Student Research Grant.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.


No FY11 Funding Appropriated for OUP’s Minority-Serving Institution Grant Programs

As a result of Congressional action on the FY 2011 budget, federal funding was not appropriated for the following OUP programs:

  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.


HUD Awards Nearly $2.4 Million in FY10 Round 2 HBCU Funding

OUP is pleased to announce that it has awarded three additional grants with funds carried over from its FY10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) cycle. These "Round 2" HBCU grantees are as follows:

The HBCU grant program was designed to assist HBCUs in expanding their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities. These needs include neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.


University of Pennsylvania Issues Regional Training/Technical Assistance Center RFP

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish a regional training/technical assistance center for university-assisted community schools. The purpose of this RFP is to develop a regional center on university-assisted community schools at a university or college that will draw on the expertise of an established university-assisted community school initiative to provide training and technical assistance in a multi-state area.

The goals of the regional training center will be to: develop further the funded university’s engagement in its own university-assisted community school initiative, particularly the coordination of the university’s resources; provide training and technical assistance on the university-assisted community school model to interested universities and colleges and their school and community partners in a multi-state area; and work with other institutions of higher education in the funded universitys immediate region to enlist their participation in the local initiative.

Penn's Netter Center will contract with the selected university for a period of 3 years, renewable annually. The annual contract will be for $50,000. No indirect costs will be allowable since this gift to Penn does not allow indirect costs. The selected site will have a project director who will work closely with the Netter Center’s director for replication activities, as well as close connection to the local university-assisted community school efforts.

The submission deadline for proposals is May 16, 2011, at 5 p.m. eastern time.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Joann Weeks, Associate Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, at weeks@pobox.upenn.edu.

Questions regarding this RFP may also be directed to Ms. Weeks at the above email or at (215) 898-0872.

Information on the Netter Center’s university-assisted community school model is on its website, www.upenn.edu/ccp.


Woodbury University Co-Sponsors Drylands Design Competition

The Arid Lands Institute, an affiliate of 2009 HSIAC grantee Woodbury University, has partnered with the California Architectural Foundation (CAF) and the AIACC Academy for Emerging Professionals on the 2011-12 William Turnbull Competition, "Drylands Design: An Open Ideas Competition for Retrofitting the American West."

For this competition, design teams are invited to generate progressive proposals that suggest to policymakers and the public creative alternatives for the American West—ideas that may be replicated throughout the world.

Effective design strategies for sustaining the U.S. West in the face of water scarcity and hydrologic variability brought on by climate change require reaching beyond traditional disciplinary and jurisdictional boundaries. Recognizing that the West requires new, integrated architectures; infrastructures; and urbanisms that promote adaptation and resilience, Drylands Design seeks innovation in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, regional planning, and infrastructure design.

Teams are invited to address water supply, water quality, water access, and the interdependency of water and energy. Drylands Design seeks visionary proposals from multidisciplinary design teams that anticipate science and policy perspectives as necessary dimensions of intelligent design response, and exploit beauty as an instrument of resilience and adaptation.

This competition will be conducted from August through December 15, 2011, and is open to all architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, educators, students and others interested in arid lands issues. Awards will include multiple prizes in two categories: Professional and Student. Teams selected from the Professional category will receive research grants to develop and present their work at the Arid Lands Institute’s Drylands Design Conference in Burbank, California, March 22-24, 2012. Selected entries will be included in exhibitions and publications.


NeighborWorks Training Opportunity Now Closed

Due to an overwhelming response to OUP's training sponsorship collaboration with NeighborWorks America, all slots have now been filled.

We thank you all for your continued interest in OUP and its offerings.


HUD Increases Funding and Extends Deadline for Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program

On January 4, 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted on Grants.gov a Notice of Public Interest (NOPI) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program.

HUD has subsequently issued the following correction to this NOPI, which adds an additional $1 million in FY10 funding to the previous amount of $1.5 million, for a new total of $2.5 million. The additional funds are made available by the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities under the Sustainable Communities Initiative.

The new deadline to submit preliminary applications will be March 4, 2011. Applicants do not need to download a new application or resubmit their applications as a result of this notice.

Download Frequently Asked Questions for this NOPI.

Access the Grants.gov information and online application kit for this grant.


DOL Launches New Job-Training and Education Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announces the availability of up to $500 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program (TAACCCT). These funds are available to eligible institutions of higher education to serve workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for workers program in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The TAACCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in 2 or fewer years, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. The targeted population of this program is workers who have lost their jobs or are threatened with job loss as a result of foreign trade.

DOL intends to fund multi-year grants to eligible institutions for either developing innovative programs or replicating evidence-based strategies. As a result of this Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA), the Department is helping to ensure that our nation’s institutions of higher education are able to help the targeted population succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers.

In accordance with requirements of the TAACCCT, the Department intends to award at least 0.5 percent of the total amount of available funds to eligible institutions in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The eligible applicants for this SGA are institutions of higher education and consortia of two or more of those eligible institutions. The Department intends to fund grants ranging from $2.5 million to $5 million for individual applicants and from $2.5 million to $20 million for consortium applicants. Grants may exceed the award amount ceiling on two conditions only:

  • Individual or consortium applicants propose to replicate, at multiple sites and/or with the targeted and other populations, strategies that have been shown by prior research to have strong or moderate evidence of positive impacts on education and/or employment outcomes.
  • Individual or consortium applicants propose to develop and implement online and technology-enabled courses and learning projects that will be taken to scale beyond the community level to reach significant numbers of diverse students over a large geographic area.

The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is no later than 4 p.m. eastern time on April 21, 2011.

A pre-recorded Webinar is now available online from Workforce3One.org. While a review of this Webinar is encouraged, it is not mandatory that applicants view this recording. Applicants are also encouraged to view the online tutorial, Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants, also available through Workforce3One.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, download the Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications PDF, or access additional information and download the online application kit from Grants.gov.


HUD Announces Funding Availability for Transformation Initiative: Natural Experiments Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invites investigators to submit proposals for funding to support scientific research that make use of natural experiments to evaluate the impacts of local, state, and federal policies in the areas of housing and community development. HUD is particularly interested in funding evaluations that can help policymakers determine how to spend taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently, though other types of projects will also be considered.

HUD’s objective in issuing this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to promote new and innovative ways of forming evidence-based public policy relevant to the agency’s mission of creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Eligible applicants for this funding include nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations located in the United States (HUD will not pay fee or profit for the work conducted under this NOFA), foundations, think tanks, consortia, institutions of higher education accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and other entities that will sponsor a researcher, expert or analyst.

The application deadline date is February 21, 2011.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and download the online application kit from Grants.gov.


HUD Announces Release of Homeless Families Demonstration Small Grant Research Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is pleased to announce the release of the following Notice of Public Interest Grant:

Homeless Families Demonstration Small Grant Research Program. PD&R is also announcing the availability of approximately $150,000 in grant funding to support research activities that will build off of HUD’s newly launched study of The Impact of Housing and Services Interventions on Homeless Families, which is designed to provide critical information regarding outcomes for homeless families that are provided with different packages of housing and supportive services in an effort to identify "what works best for whom." Cooperative agreements in an amount up to $75,000 will be competitively awarded to researchers who propose innovative and substantive studies that will complement the existing research design, and will be rated on the policy relevance, contribution, and technical merit of the proposed research.

The application deadline for this program is February 18, 2011.

Access the Grants.gov information and online application kit for this grant.


HUD Releases Special HBCU Grant Funding

The Office of University Partnerships (OUP) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a second round of Fiscal Year 2010 funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Approximately $2.3 million is available for this effort. With these funds, OUP hopes to encourage a broad scope of community outreach and support among our nation’s HBCUs at this time of economic difficulty.

Accredited institutions that meet the definition of an HBCU and that did not receive an award under the HBCU NOFA posted on Grants.gov on July 17, 2010, are eligible to apply for these grant funds.

Please follow this link to download the grant application kit and instructions, or visit Grants.gov and select "Browse by Agency" from the "Find Grant Opportunities" portion of the menu on the left side of the screen, and then select the Department of Housing and Urban Development from the list of agencies.

The application deadline is February 24, 2011.


Save the Date: AN/NHIAC-TCUP 2011 National Conference

OUP invites you to save the dates for our Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities-Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (AN/NHIAC-TCUP) 2011 national conference! This conference will be held March 22-25, 2011, at the Westin Moana Surfrider in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii.

Download the AN/NHIAC-TCUP 2011 conference agenda(updated March 18, 2011).

Check back to www.oup.org for updates in the coming weeks.

Photo: 2011 OUP AN/NHIAC-TCUP Conference Save the Date


Save the Date: HBCU 2011 National Conference

OUP invites you to save the dates for our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) 2011 national conference! This conference will be held March 8-10, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Miami in beautiful Miami, Florida.

Advanced registration for this conference is now closed. If you have not registered, you will need to do so onsite.

Hyatt Regency Miami Telephone Reservations: 1-888-421-1442

Download the HBCU 2011 preliminary conference agenda (updated February 24, 2011).

Photo: 2011 OUP HBCU Conference Save the Date


Register Now for the 2011 HSIAC National Conference!

Registration is now closed for our 2011 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) national conference! The conference will be held February 1-3, 2011, at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, California.

Hotel reservations are now closed for this event.

Download the HSIAC 2011 preliminary conference agenda (uploaded October 29, 2010).

Continue checking www.oup.org for future updates.

Photo: 2011 OUP HSIAC Conference Save the Date


HUD Awards $400,000 in FY10 for Its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY10 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) winners.

The DDRG program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. This program encourages doctoral candidates to engage in research studies that focus on policy-relevant housing and community development issues that impact the country, provides a forum for Ph.D. candidates to share their research findings, and focuses attention on research that may impact Federal problemsolving and policymaking and that is relevant to HUD's policy priorities and annual goals and objectives.

2010 DDRG Grantees


HUD Awards $6.3 Million in FY10 for Its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY10 Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grantees. Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have always been valued partners in community efforts to address pressing social, educational, and economic issues. Most of these institutions of higher education serve remote regions, and a growing number of local residents have come to depend heavily on TCU-sponsored education, counseling, health, and economic development initiatives. In support of their efforts to address these growing demands, OUP awards TCUP grants to TCUs to expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities.

2010 TCUP Grantees


HUD Awards $6.5 Million in FY10 for Its Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY10 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grantees. HSIAC grants are used in partnership with local communities in community economic development projects that foster long-term changes for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and their neighbors. The HSIAC program facilitates numerous partnerships that are successfully addressing critical social and economic issues that this country faces; including poverty, education, housing, healthcare, and local neighborhood capacity building. In addition, the grant program assists colleges and universities in integrating community engagement themes into their curriculum, academic studies, and student activities.

2010 HSIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $2.4 Million in FY10 for Its Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY10 Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC) grantees. AN/NHIAC funding helps institutions of higher education expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

2010 AN/NHIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $7.4 Million in FY10 for Its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) grantees. This program is designed to assist HBCUs expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities. These needs include neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

2010 HBCU Grantees


President Obama Offers Support During National HBCU Week

In honor and support of National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week, running September 12-18, 2010, President Barack Obama hosted a reception at the White House on Monday, September 13. During this reception, Obama spoke to HBCU representatives, at one point telling them that HBCUs "have a partner in me" as well as all government agencies. He also announced that the federal government was committed to investing $850 million into the nation's HBCUs throughout the next 10 years, as a means of supporting Obama's initiative to lead in global college graduation rates by the year 2020.

Read more about Monday's reception and view video of President Obama's address at The White House Blog (a transcript for the video included in this blog post, for the hearing impaired, can be accessed via this WhiteHouse.gov link).


FY10 TCUP Application Deadline Extended

On July 16, 2010, HUD posted the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on Grants.gov. The application that was posted, however, did not contain a CFDA number, which resulted in a failure of the form HUD-2880, Applicant/Recipient Disclosure/Update Report, to pre-populate the CFDA number and program name. As a result, some applicants were unable to successfully complete the required form, which resulted in the application not being able to pass the check error process.

Because of this error, some applicants were unable to submit an electronic application. To resolve this problem, HUD reposted the TCUP application on August 11, 2010, this time with the proper CFDA number. The reposting requires applicants to complete a new application.

Due to this error, HUD is granting an additional 3 days to complete the new application and submit it through Grants.gov.

Therefore, the new deadline for TCUP applications is August 19, 2010.

Download the revised TCUP application kit from Grants.gov.

There are no other changes to the TCUP NOFA. No other OUP grants have been affected by this issue. All other OUP grant deadlines remain the same, August 16, 2010.


HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research Call for Papers

In spring 2011, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will host a conference to highlight early research results from the use of 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) data. To inform this conference, PD&R invites scholars to propose research papers that apply the special features of the AHS datasets to issues of current interest. Approximately 12 papers will be selected for presentation at the conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C.

PD&R is seeking a broad range of proposals that build on existing work, explore new approaches or issues, and recommend ways to improve the instrument. They actively encourage creative applications of AHS data to new issues.

Please visit the HUD USER AHS Call for Papers site to review the announcement, special features of the 2009 AHS, and issues of current interest; and submit an abstract by August 30, 2010.

You can also download the electronic "Call for Papers" flyer.

Questions and comments can be directed to AHSpapers@huduser.org.


HUD Announces FY10 NOFAs for OUP Programs

OUP is pleased to announce that the FY10 Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) have been announced for the following OUP programs:

FY10 funding is not available for the following programs:

  • Community Development Work Study Program.
  • Community Outreach Partnership Centers.
  • Early Doctoral Student Research Grant.


FY10 HUD Sabbatical-in-Residence Program

The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invites scholars and academics to apply for its Sabbatical-in-Residence program. Through this program, researchers on sabbatical have the opportunity to work within PD&R to advance current HUD policy and assist the agency in the transfer and use of new technologies and approaches to solving governmental problems.

Assignments will be made under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) mobility program, an effective avenue for involving the academic community in the development and implementation of federal policy and programs. Placement of employees of institutions of higher education and other nonprofits within HUD provides a unique opportunity to partner with the agency in expanding its capacity to fulfill its mission. IPA assignees benefit from program and developmental experience that enhances their regular work.

To learn more about this program, please download this flyer or visit HUD USER's Sabbatical-in-Residence program page.

Applications must be submitted electronically by October 29, 2010.

Please submit questions about the program and/or completed applications via e-mail to sabbatical@huduser.org.


HBCU Publications Available From HUD USER

OUP is pleased to share news of a currently available two-volume publication that spotlights the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) grant program and its grantees.

Each year, HUD provides grants to help HBCUs advance development efforts in their surrounding communities. HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) offers an analysis of how these projects are implemented, and of the resulting experiences, successes, and lessons learned.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Three Case Studies of Experiences in Community Development is a two-volume compendium of PD&R's findings. Volume I summarizes the successful strategies and lessons learned from the grant program in general, and from three HBCU grant recipients in particular. Volume II contains full in-depth case studies of the use of HBCU grant funds by Benedict College in South Carolina, Tennessee's LeMoyne-Owen College, and Texas Southern University in Houston.

To learn more about this two-volume publication, including where you can download it or purchase hard-copy versions, please visit the HUD USER publication page for this study.

Those interested in sharing word of this publication may also download the HUD USER publication flyer, for electronic or print dissemination.


HUD's FY10 NOFA General Section Released

On June 7, 2010, HUD and Grants.gov published the FY10 Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) Policy Requirements and General Section for its discretionary programs. This notice provides prospective applicants for HUD’s competitive funding with the opportunity to become familiar with the General Section in advance of publication of any FY10 NOFAs.

As indicated in Appendix A, all anticipated OUP NOFAs will be released between June-July 2010, including:

  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC).
  • Doctoral Dissertations Research Grant (DDRG).
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC).
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP).

Please note that the information regarding NOFA programs and schedules is subject to the availability of appropriations. As HUD receives appropriations, HUD may elect to amend the anticipated dates, estimated funds available, and/or program requirements that may appear in the published NOFAs. Any amendment to HUD published NOFAs will be made available to the public through a Federal Register publication and published on Grants.gov.

OUP encourages all who are considering applying to become familiar with the requirements of this General Section, particularly with Grants.gov registration requirements and submission instructions. Submission instructions must be adhered to in order to have a successful submission. Applicants are also advised to provide copies of the General Section to all persons who will be working on the application.

Download FY10 HUD NOFA General Section (Adobe PDF; uploaded June 7, 2010).


AAHHE/ETS 2011 Outstanding Dissertations Competition

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), in conjunction with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), has announced the third annual Outstanding Dissertations Competition. The 2011 competition is open to those who have completed a dissertation between June 1, 2008 and August 1, 2010 that either focuses on Hispanics in higher education or on select disciplines by an Hispanic student. AAHHE and ETS are providing an opportunity to spotlight top doctoral students and, at the same time, reward excellence in Hispanic student performance at the doctoral level.

Details about the competition and recognition for the winners are available at AAHHE's "Outstanding Dissertations Competition" section of their website. Please share the competition guidelines with your faculty, recent doctoral graduates, and current candidates who are eligible and encourage their participation. Note that the first deadline for participation in the competition is September 7, 2010.

The top three winners will:

  • Be invited and sponsored to attend the 6th AAHHE National Conference (March 3-5, 2011) in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Present their dissertations during a conference concurrent session.
  • Receive their award.

First, second, and third place winners will receive a monetary award of $5,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively, and the announcement will be widely disseminated to AAHHE and ETS listservs.


Planning and Urban Form Research Fellowships

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Department of Planning and Urban Form invite applications for Planning and Urban Form Research Fellowships in support of major research projects.

In this solicitation, they are seeking research proposals that address the theme of climate change, including:

  • The effect of urban density, connectivity, and mix of land uses on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Regional planning responses to climate change, as are currently being implemented in California.
  • Managing the risks presented by extreme weather, including increased flooding, wildfires, drought, and exacerbation of the urban heat island effect.

Researchers who have not previously worked with the Lincoln Institute are particularly encouraged to submit their proposals.

Applications are due by email on or before April 1, 2010.

If you have further questions, please contact fellowships@lincolninst.edu.


"Universities in Partnership" Webinar Now Archived

The Webinar "Universities in Partnership: Strategies for Education, Youth Development, and Community Renewal" is now available online as an archived presentation. The original Webinar was conducted February 2, 2010, by Ira Harkavy and his colleagues Matt Hartley (University of Pennsylvania), Henry Taylor (University of Buffalo), Linda Greenough McGlynn (private practitioner), and Gil Noam (Harvard).

To view this archived Webinar, please visit PEAR Webinar's website and click on the button at the top marked "Archive."

This event, hosted by PEAR at Harvard University and McLean Hospital and the University of Minnesota, examined the relationship between universities and communities and how, throughout the past two decades, a democratic, engaged civic university movement has developed across the United States. A central feature of this movement has been university-community partnerships in which Institutions of Higher Education work with organizations and schools in their local community. Much of this work has focused on the education and development of young people. Over time, significant change has occurred regarding both the quantity and quality of partnerships, and intriguing models have been developed. Nevertheless, significant challenges remain. The struggle to achieve transformative democratic practice in the face of seemingly intractable obstacles resides at the heart of this discussion. How can we take stock of the current situation and make progress? How can we develop a two-way relationship between universities and colleges, and schools and community organizations? The discussion was based upon "Universities in Partnership," a recently published issue of New Directions for Youth Development, a publication of PEAR and Jossey-Bass Publishers.


Call for Papers on Best Practices in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Development

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is looking for research or policy briefs, case studies (up to 2,500 words), and full articles (up to 8,500 words) on best community-development practices related to:

  • Urban livestock management and regulation.
  • Urban market gardening and backyard gardening.
  • Marketing and value-adding.
  • Waste management and reuse.
  • Urban farming by immigrant or other special populations.
  • Farming on the fringe.

The deadline for this call for papers is June 5, 2010.

Briefs, case studies, and articles should focus on illustrative programs or projects, survey results, literature reviews, and public policy that are related to—but not limited to—land-use planning and regulation, health ordinances or their implementation, training and educational programs, marketing systems or value chains, partnership development, systems approaches, issues of scale, and farm-neighbor relations. JAFSCD is particularly interested in holistic approaches that combine community and economic development with environmental protection.

For more information on this call for papers, please visit JAFSCD's website.


Register Now for OUP National Conference!

OUP invites you to register now for our 2010 national conference, "Communities and Universities: Making a Difference in Challenging Times"! This year's event will take place April 19–22, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas.

Online registration is now closed.

If you would rather not use our secure online registration form, you may register via email or fax using one of the following two forms:

  • Adobe Acrobat PDF registration form.
    • Only use this registration form if you have a version of Adobe Acrobat that allows you to save text you have entered into a fillable PDF form.
  • Microsoft Word registration form.
    • If you do not have the full version of Adobe Acrobat or are unsure of which version you have, please use this alternate Microsoft Word version instead.

Download the OUP National Conference brochure (posted February 4, 2010).

Download the tentative conference agenda (updated March 31, 2010).

Room Rate: $117/night plus 16.75-percent tax (single/double occupancy)

  • Check-in Time: 3 p.m.
  • Check-out Time: 11 a.m.
  • Hotel reservations are available online or by calling 1-888-623-2800 and referencing the HUD Conference by Friday, April 2, 2010.
  • Conference attendees are responsible for securing their own hotel arrangements.

Airport Information: San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is located 8 miles from the hotel. Transportation is available from the airport via taxi ($22 one way) or Airport Express ($18 one way).

Please be sure to check back regularly for more information on this spectacular conference!

Photo: 2010 OUP National Conference Save the Date


Diving Deep: Campus Compact’s Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners

Campus Compact has recently announced "Diving Deep: Campus Compact’s Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners," an exciting new professional development opportunity that Campus Compact has created in partnership with California Campus Compact.

"Diving Deep" will offer a professional development opportunity to support seasoned practitioners in influencing their campus and contributing to advancing the movement on the local, state, and national levels. During the course of 3-1/2 days, July 13-16, 2010, 40 seasoned practitioners from throughout the nation will gather with a team of distinguished facilitators to explore the future of the service-learning and civic and community engagement movement and what it means to be a part of this field today. The institute will engage participants in the exploration of cutting-edge issues in service-learning and civic and community engagement in higher education, in a supportive, challenging, and participatory environment among national peers.

Space is limited, so those interested are invited to apply for consideration as soon as possible. The application deadline is December 2, 2009.

Guidelines, instructions, and application form are available on Campus Compact’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact Piper McGinley at California Campus Compact:

Email: piper@cacampuscompact.org
Telephone: (415) 405-7577


HUD Awards Nearly $200,000 in FY09 for Its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY09 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) winners.

The DDRG program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. This program encourages doctoral candidates to engage in research studies that focus on policy-relevant housing and community development issues that impact the country, provides a forum for Ph.D. candidates to share their research findings, and focuses attention on research that may impact Federal problemsolving and policymaking and that is relevant to HUD's policy priorities and annual goals and objectives.

2009 DDRG Grantees


HUD Awards Nearly $6 Million in FY09 for Its Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY09 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grantees. HSIAC grants are used in partnership with local communities in community economic development projects that foster long-term changes for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and their neighbors. The HSIAC program facilitates numerous partnerships that are successfully addressing critical social and economic issues that this country faces; including poverty, education, housing, healthcare, and local neighborhood capacity building. In addition, the grant program assists colleges and universities in integrating community engagement themes into their curriculum, academic studies, and student activities.

2009 HSIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $3 Million in FY09 for Its Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY09 Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC) grantees. AN/NHIAC funding helps institutions of higher education expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

2009 AN/NHIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $9 Million in FY09 for Its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY09 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) grantees. This program is designed to assist HBCUs expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities. These needs include neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

2009 HBCU Grantees


HUD Awards Nearly $4 Million in FY09 for Its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY09 Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grantees. Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have always been valued partners in community efforts to address pressing social, educational, and economic issues. Most of these institutions of higher education serve remote regions, and a growing number of local residents have come to depend heavily on TCU-sponsored education, counseling, health, and economic development initiatives. In support of their efforts to address these growing demands, OUP awards TCUP grants to TCUs to expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities.

2009 TCUP Grantees


Second Round of FY09 NOFAs Announced

The second and final round of OUP's FY09 Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) have been announced for the following programs:

Please note that FY09 funding is not available for the following programs:

  • Community Development Work Study Program.
  • Community Outreach Partnership Centers.
  • Early Doctoral Student Research Grant.


First Round of FY09 NOFAs Announced

OUP is pleased to announce that the first round of FY09 Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) have been announced for the following OUP programs:

Please note that a second round of announcements is expected soon.

FY09 funding is not available for the following programs:

  • Community Development Work Study Program.
  • Community Outreach Partnership Centers.
  • Early Doctoral Student Research Grant.


HACU to Discuss the State of Hispanic Higher Education in Series of International and Domestic Talks

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has scheduled a series of visits to U.S. and international locations to discuss the state of Hispanic higher education. The "HACU on the Road" tour plans to include the following Mexican cities: Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. Plans also call for programs to be conducted in the following U.S. cities: Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Fullerton (CA), Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York, San Diego, San José, Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Antonio.

Currently confirmed 2009 visits include the following:

  • August 26 - Chicago, Illinois, hosted by Northeastern Illinois University.
  • September 3 - Dallas, Texas, hosted by Mountain View College.
  • November 12 - San Diego, California, hosted by San Diego State University.
  • November 13 - Fullerton, California, hosted by California State University – Fullerton.

At each location, HACU President and CEO Antonio Flores will serve as the keynote speaker. According to HACU, the initiative is "designed to promote national and international dialogue about the state of Hispanic higher education among chancellors, presidents of colleges and universities, superintendents of Hispanic-serving school districts, corporate leaders, and other supporters of Hispanic higher education. HACU’s legislative priorities for the 111th Congress will also be discussed."


Financial Literacy Research Applications

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a request for applications for a Financial Literacy Research Consortium (FLRC). This consortium will be an innovative, non-partisan multidisciplinary research and development initiative to develop products to better inform the public about key financial literacy topics related to retirement savings and planning. SSA hopes that through FLRC, they can develop products—such as web-based tools as well as print materials—that will help foster retirement and other savings strategies at all stages of the life cycle.

In addition, as part of the FLRC, they are seeking some (but not exclusive) focus on educational products to help low- and moderate-income populations successfully plan and save for retirement and other life events, as well as products that improve understanding of SSA's programs.

FLRC will be composed of no more than two research centers. In the first year, the centers will have a combined annual budget of approximately $5 million. SSA expects to fund the centers for a period of 5 years, contingent on an annual review process and continued availability of funds.

Prospective applicants are asked to submit, preferably with an email attachment, an email, fax, postcard, or letter of intent by May 7, 2009, that includes the following:

  • The program announcement number (SSA-ORP-09-1) and title (Financial Literacy Research Consortium).
  • The name of the agency or organization that is applying.
  • The name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number for the organization’s contact person.

The notice of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review process of a subsequent application. The purpose of the notice of intent is to allow SSA staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

The notice of intent should be faxed to (202) 358-6355 or mailed to:

Social Security Administration
Office of Retirement Policy
Attn: David Rogofsky
500 E Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20254

SSA requires that applicants submit an electronic application through Grants.gov for Funding Opportunity Number SSA-ORP-09-1.

The closing date for applications is June 6, 2009.

For further details, please visit SSA's FLRC page.

If you have additional questions about FLRC, please send your questions to flrc@ssa.gov or contact Grants.gov support staff at support@grants.gov or 1-800-518-4726.


HUD's FY09 NOFA General Section Amended

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 General Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), originally released in the Federal Register on December 29, 2008, has been amended. Foremost among the amendments is the fact that, for the FY09 grant cycle, applicants will not be required to submit their applications electronically via Grants.gov. Further guidance on this change will be available in the individual program NOFAs forthcoming from OUP.

To read more about this and additional changes, please download the Federal Register General NOFA amendments.


Tulane University Launches Revised URAP-CD Website

With partial funding from a Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships (URAP) Community Design grant from OUP, Tulane University's School of Architecture (TUSA) has made significant advances in developing and implementing its URBANbuild program, an outreach community design and construction program, as a center for post-Katrina reconstruction efforts in the greater New Orleans area.

TUSA is pleased, therefore, to announce it has launched its redesigned project website, URBANbuild | designBUILD. The website and the work highlighted therein represents the combined efforts of many students, staff, and faculty.


JCP Issues Call for Paper Abstracts for Service-Learning Edition

The editors of the Journal of Community Practice (JCP) have issued a call for paper abstracts for a special service-learning issue that should build on existing literature and address one or more areas related to the service-learning theme:

  • Service learning that enhances community engagement and partnerships.
  • Service learning that incorporates community-based participatory research.
  • Service learning that advances crosscultural experiences through both local and international/global engagement.

Authors should send an extended abstract (2-3 pages/ 750-100 words) and bibliography that describes their proposed contribution. All abstracts should be submitted in electronic format only by February 28, 2009, to Ana Santiago, JCP Managing Editor, at jcp@acosa.org.

Authors of selected abstracts will be notified to submit full manuscripts for anonymous peer review by May 2009. All works must be original and previously unpublished. Questions should be directed to Senior Editor of this special issue, Tracy Soska, at tsssw@pitt.edu.

To learn more, please download the JCP call for paper abstracts.

JCP is an interdisciplinary journal designed to provide a forum for the development of knowledge related to numerous disciplines, including social work and the social sciences, urban planning, social and economic development, community organizing, policy analysis, urban and rural sociology, public administration, and nonprofit management. JCP is sponsored by the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), and published by Taylor & Francis.

For more information on ACOSA and on JCP publication guidelines, please visit www.acosa.org.


Special Cityscape Edition Features URAP-CD Grantees

OUP is pleased to announce the release of volume 10, number 3 of Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research. This edition of Cityscape, entitled "Design and Disaster: Higher Education Responds to Hurricane Katrina," is devoted to the design and planning work conducted by Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) in response to Hurricane Katrina. Many of these IHEs received OUP funding through our special Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships-Community Design grant.

You can access this edition in two ways: electronically in PDF format, or you can request hard-copy editions from HUD USER. For either option, please visit HUD USER's Cityscape website.


FY09 HUD NOFA Process and General Section Webcast

HUD will be conducting a Webcast/satellite broadcast on the recently released fiscal year (FY) 2009 Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) General section. This event will take place on January 7, 2009, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. eastern time.

The Webcast/satellite broadcast will cover the following items:

  • Overview of the General Section.
  • Change to the SuperNOFA process.
  • Estimated timeframe for release of NOFAs -- Appendix A.
  • Signing up for the RSS Feed to receive funding opportunity notifications from Grants.gov.
  • Timely receipt of applications.
  • Changes to the Logic Model for FY09.
  • HUD’s Logic Model Performance Page website.

There will be time during the broadcast for questions and answers.

Satellite coordinates for this broadcast are:
AM-1 (c-band)
Transponder 9, Channel 9
3880 MHz Horizontal
103 degrees W. Longitude

To view the Webcast online, visit HUD's Webcast section. (Please note that to view Webcasts, you must have RealPlayer installed on your computer; HUD provides a tutorial page on how to download and install RealPlayer.)

For those who will not be able to watch the broadcast on January 7, HUD will add it to the HUD archive for future viewing. OUP will post when the broadcast has been archived.


HUD's FY09 NOFA General Section Released

On December 29, 2008, the Federal Register published HUD's FY09 Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) Policy Requirements and General Section for its discretionary programs. This notice provides prospective applicants for HUD’s competitive funding with the opportunity to become familiar with the General Section of HUD’s FY09 NOFAs, in advance of publication of any FY09 NOFAs.

This year, HUD plans to publish its NOFAs as they are approved for publication and not in a combined SuperNOFA.

HUD believes that by making this change, the NOFAs will be available earlier in the fiscal year. To assist applicants in this transformation, HUD is publishing the anticipated schedule for release of HUD’s FY09 NOFAs in Appendix A.

The following release date information is provided in Appendix A on all OUP grant programs:

  • February-April 2009:
    • Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant / Early Doctoral Student Research Grant.
  • March-May 2009:
    • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.
    • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities.
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
    • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.

Please note that the information regarding NOFA programs and schedules is subject to the availability of appropriations. As HUD receives appropriations, HUD may elect to amend the anticipated dates, estimated funds available, and/or program requirements that may appear in the published NOFAs to reflect HUD’s FY09 appropriations act, when enacted by Congress. Any amendment to HUD published NOFAs will be made available to the public through a Federal Register publication and published on www.grants.gov.

Applicants are advised to become familiar with the requirements of this General Section, particularly with applicant Grants.gov registration requirements and submission instructions. Submission instructions must be adhered to in order to have a successful submission. Applicants are also advised to provide copies of the General Section to all persons that will be working on the application.

Download FY09 HUD NOFA General Section (Adobe PDF; uploaded January 5, 2009).


Federal Register's FY09 Grants.gov Early Registration Notice

On December 5, 2008, the Federal Register released their Notice of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Opportunity To Register Early and Other Important Information for Electronic Application Submission Via Grants.gov.

This notice provides instructions to potential applicants applying for funding under HUD’s FY09 grant programs available through Grants.gov, including changes to the Grants.gov registration process scheduled for January 2009. The registration instructions provide details of what steps an applicant needs to do to register now as well as after the Grants.gov website provides its new authentication service. In addition, the notice provides information on how applicants can sign up for RSS feed services to obtain information on funding opportunities available from Grants.gov.

HUD believes that by facilitating a better understanding of the electronic submission process, applicants will be able to more easily make the transition to electronic application submission. HUD advises potential applicants to carefully read this notice and immediately begin the registration process or renew their registration from prior years.

For further information, please contact the Office of Departmental Grants Management and Oversight at (202) 708–0667. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877–8339.


Hispanic College Fund Announces Opportunities for Student Scientists

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Insitutes of Health (NIH), is very excited to announce the open enrollment for the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program. The INRO program is intended for students who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research who are interested in exploring career opportunities in the areas of allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases.

INRO participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear scientific lectures from world-renowned scientists.
  • Tour Institute laboratories and see the state-of-the-science technologies.
  • Interview with scientists for potential research training positions at the Institute's Maryland and Montana laboratories.

The 4-day exploratory program takes place in Bethesda, Maryland, on the NIH campus, February 2-5, 2009. Students' expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be paid.

Candidates who have a strong academic standing and an interest in exploring a research career in the areas of allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases are eligible for this program.

The application period for this program is August 15-October 15, 2008.

To learn more about this program and to apply online, please visit the INRO website.


2009 Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

The Ford Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for its 2009 Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching.

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

To facilitate this goal the Fellowship grants awards at the predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral levels to students who demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity, and a desire to enter the professoriate.

The Fellowship makes the following annual awards:

  • Approximately 60 predoctoral awards at $20,000 per year for up to 3 years.
  • Approximately 35 dissertation awards at $21,000 for 1 year.
  • Approximately 20 postdoctoral awards at $40,000 for 1 year.

Those who wish to apply must be:

  • Citizens or nationals of the United States.
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement.
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution.
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

Application deadline dates are:

  • Predoctoral: November 14, 2008.
  • Dissertation: November 28, 2008.
  • Postdoctoral: November 28, 2008.

For information regarding specific fellowship program goals and eligibility requirements and to access online applications, please visit the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships home page. Applicants can also contact the Fellowships office at:

Fellowships Office, K576
National Research Council of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: (202) 334-2872
Fax: (202) 334-3419
Email: infofell@nas.edu


HUD Awards $400,000 for Its Doctoral Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY08 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) and Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG) winners.

The DDRG program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. This program encourages doctoral candidates to engage in research studies that focus on policy-relevant housing and community development issues that impact the country, provides a forum for Ph.D. candidates to share their research findings, and focuses attention on research that may impact Federal problemsolving and policymaking and that is relevant to HUD's policy priorities and annual goals and objectives.

The EDSRG program assists eligible doctoral students cultivate their research skills through the preparation of research manuscripts that focus on housing and urban development issues. This program also supports and encourages new scholars to share their research findings through presentations at scholarly conference and/or publication in a refereed journal.

2008 DDRG Grantees

2008 EDSRG Grantees


HUD Awards $3 Million for Its Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY08 Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC) grantees. AN/NHIAC funding helps institutions of higher education expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

2008 AN/NHIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $5 Million for Its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY08 Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grantees. Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have always been valued partners in community efforts to address pressing social, educational, and economic issues. Most of these institutions of higher education serve remote regions, and a growing number of local residents have come to depend heavily on TCU-sponsored education, counseling, health, and economic development initiatives. In support of their efforts to address these growing demands, OUP awards TCUP grants to TCUs to expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities.

2008 TCUP Grantees


HUD Awards $6 Million in Grants for Its Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY08 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grantees. HSIAC grants are used in partnership with local communities in community economic development projects that foster long-term changes for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and their neighbors. The HSIAC program facilitates numerous partnerships that are successfully addressing critical social and economic issues that this country faces; including poverty, education, housing, healthcare, and local neighborhood capacity building. In addition, the grant program assists colleges and universities in integrating community engagement themes into their curriculum, academic studies, and student activities.

2008 HSIAC Grantees


HUD Awards Nearly $9 Million for Its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY08 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) grantees. This program is designed to assist HBCUs expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities. These needs include neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

2008 HBCU Grantees


HUD Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity is pleased to present "Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation," a special event to kick off this year's Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2008).

This event will be held 11 a.m.-12 noon, September 16, 2008, in the auditorium at HUD Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event will include a welcome from HUD Deputy Secretary Roy A. Bernardi and opening remarks from HUD Secretary Steven C. Preston.

This year's keynote address will be given by Ivette A. Fernandez, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Additionally, HUD has invited former HUD Secretary Mel Martinez as a guest speaker for this year's gathering.

We are also pleased to welcome Sambos Caporales, who will give a cultural performance. This year's Mistress of Ceremonies is Anna P. Guido, from the Office of Administration.


HSF and McDonald's Conduct Workshops for Hispanic Students

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and McDonald's will be joining together this fall to conduct a series of workshops designed to encourage Hispanic students to go on to college.

The workshops will provide information on everything from academic requirements to how to obtain a variety of financial aid. The workshop series dates and locations are:

  • September 6, 2008: Firebaugh High School, Lynwood, California.
  • September 18, 2008: Campbell High School, Smyrna, Georgia.
  • September 18, 2008: Gateway High School, Aurora, Colorado.
  • October 16, 2008: Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • October 18, 2008: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey.
  • October 29, 2008: Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • November 8, 2008: Valencia Community West Campus, Orlando, Florida.
  • November 15, 2008: National Hispanic University, San Jose, California.
  • November 18, 2008: Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, Texas.
  • November 22, 2008: Benito Juarez High School, Chicago, Illinois.
  • November TBD: TBD, Boston, Massachusetts.

To learn more about these workshops, please visit HSF online at www.hsf.net.


HUD Quality Assurance Review of Electronic Application Submission Errors

In response to applicants for HUD assistance who indicated that they encountered technical difficulties in their FY08 electronic application submissions, HUD has announced that it is taking action to respond to these concerns. The Department is conducting a Quality Assurance Review (QAR) to identify applicants that correctly followed all electronic application submission instructions, including registration for electronic submission, but were unable to submit an application because of technical problems related to the use of the Adobe Acrobat forms and Grants.gov error messages.

Applicants that had difficulties submitting an electronic application for assistance in response to a notice of funding availability (NOFA), for which the deadline date has passed, may submit a request for QAR by September 5, 2008. Applicants having difficulties submitting an electronic application for assistance, in response to a NOFA for which the deadline date has not passed, may submit a request for QAR, beginning at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on the day following the deadline date, and must do so by 12:01 a.m. 15 days later.

Requests for QAR must be submitted by email to the appropriate program contact listed in the appendix to the Federal Register announcement of the QAR to facilitate timely receipt. The contact for submitting a request for QAR for the following OUP programs is Susan Brunson:

  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.

Susan Brunson may be contacted via email at susan.s.brunson@hud.gov.

When submitting the appeal electronically, please place in the subject line the program name, applicant name, and any Grants.gov Call-Center ticket number(s).


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on July 29, 2008, that it is now accepting applications for its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The purpose of this program is to ensure the vitality of the scientific and technological workforce in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals will be crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well being of society at large.

GRFPs are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. All applicants are expected to have adequate preparation to begin graduate level study and research by Summer or Fall of 2009. In most cases, this will be demonstrated by a bachelor's degree earned prior to Fall 2009.

Applicants may pursue graduate study at an institution in the United States or affiliate with a foreign institution that grants a graduate degree. Prospective Fellows are responsible for all logistical arrangements required for affiliation with the foreign institution including living arrangements and securing any necessary passports or visas.

NSF expects to award 900-1,600 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds. All awards will be for a maximum of 3 years usable over a 5-year period. The anticipated award date is late March 2009.

Fellowship applications must be submitted by the prospective Fellow. Applicants must register with Fastlane at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/ prior to submitting an application and must affiliate with an accredited U.S. university, college, or nonprofit academic institution or appropriate international institution of higher education offering advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics prior to activating the Fellowship award.

The application deadlines for GRFP vary based on the branch of study being pursued and range from November 3-12, 2008.

To learn more about GRFP, including specific deadlines and eligibility requirements, please read NSF's complete program announcement.

Download the Grant.gov online application package.


HBCU TA Workshop Brochure Now Online!

Those who are interested in attending this year's Historically Black Colleges and Universities technical assistance workshops can now download the workshop brochure in PDF format. The brochure provides brief descriptions on each workshop topic as well as travel and hotel information on all workshop locations.


FY08 SuperNOFA Webcast/Satellite Broadcast on University Partnership Grants

HUD is currently conducting Webcasts/satellite broadcasts on their latest SuperNOFA, which HUD announced on May 7, 2008. The Webcast on NOFAs relating to the Office of University Partnerships is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 1:30–5 p.m. eastern time (10:30 a.m. Pacific time).

Satellite coordinates for the SuperNOFA broadcast are:
AM-1 (c-band)
Transponder 9, Channel 9
3880 MHz Horizontal
103 degrees W. Longitude

To view the Webcast online, visit HUD's Webcast section. (Please note that to view Webcasts, you must have RealPlayer installed on your computer; HUD provides a tutorial page on how to download and install RealPlayer.)

If you are unable to watch the live broadcast, HUD archives their Webcasts within 5-7 business days of original airing. OUP will post a link to the archived Webcast when it becomes available.


FY08 OUP NOFAs Announced

OUP is pleased to announce that the FY08 Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) have been announced for the following OUP programs:

Please Note: FY08 funding is not available for the following programs:

  • Community Development Work Study Program.
  • Community Outreach Partnership Centers.


FY08 SuperNOFA Webcast/Satellite Broadcast on Understanding the eLogic Model

HUD will be conducting a Webcast/satellite broadcast on how to correctly complete the electronic Logic Model form, which will be a mandatory component of all of OUP's FY08 grant application kits. The Logic Model broadcast is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2008, 2–5 p.m. eastern time (11 a.m. Pacific time).

Satellite coordinates for this broadcast are:
AM-1 (c-band)
Transponder 9, Channel 9
3880 MHz Horizontal
103 degrees W. Longitude

To view the Webcast online, visit HUD's Webcast section. (Please note that to view Webcasts, you must have RealPlayer installed on your computer; HUD provides a tutorial page on how to download and install RealPlayer.)

HUD typically uploads their Webcasts to their Archive Section within 7-14 business days of the original airing.


Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation (JRCPF) will host a Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration (JRCPA) at the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service. JRCPA showcases examples of community partnerships with colleges and universities that leverage the resources of the campus for the benefit of the community and student learning. The intent of these examples is to empower other community organizations to reach out to colleges and create similar partnerships, developing the community and enhancing education. Applications must be received by April 10 online at www.servicebook.org. The award will be presented by President and Mrs. Carter during the closing plenary session on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 between 1-1:45 p.m. JRCPF is also part of the Immersion Learning Session to be held at The Carter Center on Monday, June 2.


Federal Register's Grants.gov Early Registration Notice

On March 10, 2008, the Federal Register released their Notice of Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Opportunity To Register Early and Other Important Information for Electronic Application Submission Via Grants.gov. This notice provides instructions to potential applicants applying for funding under HUD's grant programs available through Grants.gov, including OUP's grant programs.

Through this notice, HUD is encouraging applicants to complete or update their Grants.gov registration, in advance of HUD posting its FY08 grant opportunities. HUD found that issuing an Early Registration Notice eliminates many last minute registration issues, and allows applicants time to ensure that all steps in the registration process have been completed. This Notice also provides time for applicants to have their questions addressed regarding the registration and submission processes.

HUD strongly encourages prospective applicants for FY08 HUD grants to register or update/renew their registration for application submission via Grants.gov as soon as possible by following the instructions in this notice. HUD anticipates that it will post its funding opportunities in the spring of 2008.

For further information, please contact the Office of Departmental Grants Management and Oversight at (202) 708–0667. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877–8339.


FY08 HBCU TA Workshops Announced

OUP is pleased to announce that it will offer eight technical assistance workshops this year for its Historically Black Colleges and Universities grantees. These workshops will be offered June-November 2008. Locations and specific dates will be forthcoming.

Topics for this year's workshop series include:

  • Deal-making.
  • Partnerships and resource development.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Basic housing and economic development.
  • Construction management.
  • Grant writing and proposal development.
  • Grant administration and financial management.


Tribal Colleges Extension Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requests capacity building proposals from 1994 Land-Grant Institutions for the Tribal Colleges Extension Program. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to projects that increase knowledge of bioenergy and biomass conversion; assist farmers and ranchers to increase efficiency of agricultural production systems; and/or improve management of forest and rangelands, including land, air and water.

USDA expects to make $945,000 available for these grants. Applicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. eastern time, on February 22, 2008.

For more information, please read the request for proposals.

You may also contact Joan Gill at serdegrants@csrees.usda.gov.


Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals from 1994 Land-Grant Institutions for the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program. Eligible institutions may propose projects in any discipline of the food and agricultural sciences. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Research on alternative energy sources.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Sustainable agriculture.
  • Sustainable forestry.
  • Waste management.

$1 million is expected to be made available for these grants. Applicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. eastern time, on February 19, 2008.

For more information, please read the request for proposals.

You may also contact Salei'a Afele-Fa'amuli at sfaamuli@csrees.usda.gov.


Live Webcast With Laura Bush

First Lady Laura Bush will be speaking via Webcast at 11:00 CST on Thursday, November 8, 2007, at the Fifth Regional Conference on Helping America’s Youth, being held in Dallas, Texas. She will be discussing the challenges facing our nation’s youth and will highlight the good work of youth-serving organizations in the region. The Webcast and conference agenda are available at www.helpingamericasyouth.gov.


Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship

The U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories announce their Tribal Energy Program summer internship. This 12-week internship is open to current college upper classmen and graduate students who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues. Student applicants must be U.S. citizens and Native Americans as defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska village, or Alaska corporation (not state-recognized, not bands or groups, or first peoples of Guam or Hawaii).

Interns will assist a cross-disciplinary team in performing specific tasks; interactions will be with Sandia's renewable energy staff, Native American tribes interested in renewable systems, and Sandia's American Indian Outreach Committee.

Those who are interested in learning more about the internship and applying may download the internship announcement and questionnaire. Interested applicants may also visit the internship program's Web site.

Applications must be postmarked by February 22, 2008.


USDA/CSREES' FY08 HSI Education Grants Program RFA Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) has released their fiscal year (FY) 2008 request for applications (RFA) for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) education grants program. This competitive grants program is intended to promote and strengthen the ability of HSIs to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. Visit CSREES' Funding Opportunities section to read the RFA as well as abstracts of previously funded projects, and to apply electronically for an HSI education grant.

For FY08, CSREES will require electronic submission for the majority of its programs; The HSI education program will only accept electronic applications in PDF format for this funding cycle.

The expected deadline for the FY08 HSI education grant program application is February 8, 2008. Applicants should try to acquire a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) registration number at least 2 months prior to the application deadline. This can be completed at Grants.gov Registration.

Download the CSREES PowerPoint presentation (in PDF format) to learn more about the HSI education grants program.

Those with questions or concerns regarding this grant should contact John Miklozek at (202) 720-1793, or by e-mail at HSIGrants@csrees.usda.gov.


Deadline Extended for Second Annual President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 5 p.m. eastern time on October 10, 2007.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary student community service and service-learning programs, thereby encouraging growth in the number of college students engaged in community service and service-learning each year.

In 2007, the Honor Roll will focus on two categories: General Community Service and Special Focus Area, which for 2007 is service that supports improved high school graduation and college readiness of youth from disadvantaged circumstances. All colleges and universities that made meaningful contributions to community service during the 2006-07 academic year are invited to apply, and applications are due October 10, 2007. Applicants and honorees for the 2006 Honor Roll must reapply for consideration for this year’s program.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development. A number of higher education associations, including the American Council on Education and Campus Compact have endorsed the Honor Roll and are encouraging member institutions to apply.


HUD Awards Nearly $400,000 for Its Doctoral Programs

OUP is pleased to announce the FY07 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) and Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG) winners.

The DDRG program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. This program encourages doctoral candidates to engage in research studies that focus on policy-relevant housing and community development issues that impact the country, provides a forum for Ph.D. candidates to share their research findings, and focuses attention on research that may impact Federal problemsolving and policymaking and that is relevant to HUD's policy priorities and annual goals and objectives.

The EDSRG program assists eligible doctoral students cultivate their research skills through the preparation of research manuscripts that focus on housing and urban development issues. This program also supports and encourages new scholars to share their research findings through presentations at scholarly conference and/or publication in a refereed journal.

2007 DDRG Grantees

2007 EDSRG Grantees


Cityscape Special Edition Call for Papers

Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research is seeking articles documenting work by university-based architecture, landscape architecture, or planning programs to aid in the Gulf-region's disaster recovery process. Specifically, articles are sought documenting built or substantially completed projects, including homes, parks, and other community development projects. Articles will be published in the July 2008 issue. The issue will be edited by Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, Dorgan Architects; Michael Monti, Ph.D., ACSA executive director; and Kinnard D.Wright, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The goal of this issue is to document both the products and the processes by which university faculty, staff, and students worked with local residents in addressing the residents' needs and concerns. Articles should include descriptions and images of the planning, design, and construction process. Preference will be given to articles that also include a critical evaluative component. This may include responses to such questions as:

  • How did the participants involve local voices in the planning, design, and construction process?
  • What goals were set out for the project, and how were they met?
  • What evaluation components were used during and after the project?
  • What administrative structure was used to support the project?
  • How were educational objectives balanced with community objectives?
  • What obstacles and advantages were encountered because the teams were university-based?
  • What parts of the project can be generalized for use in future rebuilding efforts?

Articles may, but are not required to, document projects carried out under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships (URAP) or Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) programs and other HUD funding programs.

Submissions should include images embedded in the paper, with captions for each, and should be prepared for double-blind review by removing the names of universities, authors, or other individuals involved in the work.

Submit articles by November 15, 2007 to cityscape@hud.gov, Attn: Kinnard D. Wright. Contact Kathleen Dorgan at dorgan@kdorgan.net or Michael Monti at mmonti@acsa-arch.org with questions about issue content.

Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research strives to share HUD-funded and other research on housing and urban policy issues with scholars, government officials, and others involved in setting policy and determining the direction of future research. Cityscape focuses on innovative ideas, policies, and programs that show promise in revitalizing cities and regions, renewing their infrastructure, and creating economic opportunities. A typical issue consists of articles that examine various aspects of a theme of particular interest to our audience.


National Urban Initiatives Competition Announced

In anticipation of the Congressional interest in new and creative urban initiatives and the need for the national administration’s attention to the domestic agenda, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; the Community Development Training Institute in Newport, Rhode Island; Freddie Mac in Washington, D.C.; the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts; and the National Community Development Association are seeking the submission of proposal abstracts to a National Urban Initiatives Competition.

The program is seeking proposal abstracts that are practical, creative, and are well rooted in theory. Proposal abstracts should translate from theory to model or vice versa. For example, an exemplary existing project or activity can be transformed or explained by a generic model that is well rooted in theory. Furthermore, it should be feasible to enact into new legislation.

This is neither a purely academic exercise nor a best practice competition. Although the program is seeking proposals for the domestic urban agenda, it is recognized that non-domestic research, literature, projects and activities proposed -- especially in developing countries -- may be relevant and such innovations are encouraged to the extent they represent potentially viable models for the United States.

Proposal abstracts will be accepted in each of the following categories: 1) affordable and sustainable housing, 2) neighborhood based economic development, and 3) financial services to low-income communities. An award of $20,000 will be given to winners in each of the three categories. There will also be three $2,500 cash awards given to the second place winners of each category. Total awards will amount to over $65,000.

Proposal abstracts will be evaluated by key criteria including originality/creativity; practicality/utility and financial feasibility for legislative implementation. All applicants must include a representative of an institution of higher education (this includes junior colleges). The educational institution must team with one or more of 1) a local government entity and/or 2) a non-profit organization. Teams partially comprised of students are encouraged. Communities are urged to take the initiative and partner with higher education institutions.

The evaluation process will be a two-step process. For Step I there will be a desk review by selected experts in the field of community development. These screeners will cull the proposal abstracts down to three finalists in each category. For Step II of judging, national experts will be empanelled and announced prior to Step II of the judging. This panel of judges will make the award decisions. These judges will also be invited to participate in the award ceremony and day long National Urban Initiatives Conference, which will take place at Clark University on September 18 and 19, 2008. The winning policy papers will be presented at the conference.

The two-step process will begin with the RFP/Call for Papers issued in September 2007 and the submission of Step I Proposal Abstracts will be due January 25, 2008. Step I of judging will be from February 1, 2008 to March 14, 2008 and all applicants will be notified of Step I decisions by March 15, 2008. The Step II Papers for the finalists will be due by June 30, 2008.

For more information please contact Dr. Mark Tigan or Megan Reagon at: mtigan@clarku.edu or mreagon@larp.umass.edu


HUD Awards $8.4 Million for Its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY07 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) grantees. This program is designed to assist HBCUs expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities. These needs include neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

2007 HBCU Grantees


Publication Announcement—Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for Community Development

How can universities leverage their resources for community benefit? To address this question, the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland has released their report, Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for Community Development. In this report, they review the history of policy and funding decisions that have shaped the agenda and direction of higher education; survey the growing movement for university community engagement from service-learning and community-based research to university financial strategies that are investing many tens of millions of dollars annually in community development; and suggest a strategic framework by which America’s foundations, in particular, could play a catalytic role in awakening the sleeping giant of higher education.

Download report (PDF; 728 kb)


HUD Awards Nearly $6 Million for Its Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY07 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grantees. HSIAC grants are used in partnership with local communities in community economic development projects that foster long-term changes for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and their neighbors. The HSIAC program facilitates numerous partnerships that are successfully addressing critical social and economic issues that this country faces; including poverty, education, housing, healthcare, and local neighborhood capacity building. In addition, the grant program assists colleges and universities in integrating community engagement themes into their curriculum, academic studies, and student activities.

2007 HSIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $2.79 Million for Its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY07 Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grantees. Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have always been valued partners in community efforts to address pressing social, educational, and economic issues. Most of these institutions of higher education serve remote regions, and a growing number of local residents have come to depend heavily on TCU-sponsored education, counseling, health, and economic development initiatives. In support of their efforts to address these growing demands, OUP awards TCUP grants to TCUs to expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities.

2007 TCUP Grantees


HUD Awards $3.78 Million for Its Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY07 Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC) grantees. AN/NHIAC funding helps institutions of higher education expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

2007 AN/NHIAC Grantees


CDFI Fund Research Initiative Grants—Call for Proposals

The CDFI Fund of the U.S. Department of Treasury is calling for grant applications from qualified researchers and researcher/practitioner teams to conduct research on various aspects of the CDFI industry. The grants will be for varying amounts, depending on the nature of the proposed work, with a general maximum amount of $100,000. Grant awards will be announced during the week of September 24, 2007, and draft research papers will be due 6 months later, in late March 2008. Researchers will revise their papers and present them at a meeting in Washington, D.C., during the week of June 23, 2008.

Researchers are invited to submit proposals on a broad range of topics related to the CDFI industry. Topics of special interest to the CDFI fund are detailed in the Call for Proposals. The proposal due date is August 10, 2007.

To learn more about the CDFI Research Initiative Grants, please download the Call for Proposals (PDF, 32kb).

To read CDFI's responses to frequently asked questions, please download their FAQs (PDF, 392 kb).


Grants Policy Council Webcast on Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act

HUD will be hosting a Grants Policy Council (GPC) Broadcast/Webcast on June 19, 2007, from 2-3 p.m. eastern time. Attendance for the broadcast, which will occur at HUD Headquarters, is limited to 50 attendees, so OUP encourages its grantees to participate via the Webcast.

Webcast goals are to: raise awareness in the grants stakeholder community about new legislation concerning transparency and accountability and the effects it will have on stakeholder federal assistance funding cycle, data and reporting requirements, policies and planning; and receive input from stakeholders to assist the GPC in drafting a strategic plan to set priorities and inform its continued streamlining activities.


FY07 Application Deadlines Extended

In the May 11, 2007, Federal Register, HUD announced that it has found that the Logic Models posted to Grants.gov included an error in the instructions and programming that may lead applicants to submit deficient applications. HUD has, therefore, posted corrected Logic Models to Grants.gov. These corrected Logic Models can be found in the Application Instructions download. Additionally, the application deadlines for ALL FY07 OUP grant programs have been extended. The programs affected are:

  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC).
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG).
  • Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG).
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC).
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP).

The new deadline for all OUP programs is June 13, 2007. Any applicant who has already submitted their application may choose to download the corrected Logic Models from Grants.gov. This includes those who applied for DDRG or EDSRG funding before these programs’ funding cycles originally closed on May 2, 2007. However, applicants are not required to resubmit if they believe their original submission is adequate as is. Should an applicant choose to download the corrected Logic Models, that applicant will need to resubmit their ENTIRE application kit.

Questions and concerns regarding the FY07 extensions should be directed to:


FY07 University Programs SuperNOFA Webcast Now Archived

The University Partnerships SuperNOFA Webcast, originally broadcast on March 21, 2007, is now available in the HUD Webcast archive. This presentation, hosted by OUP staff, provides valuable information on the FY07 OUP NOFAs for the following programs:
  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.

Please note that to view this Webcast, you must have a free video player installed on your computer. The HUD Web site provides detailed instructions on how to download and install the this video player.


FY07 SuperNOFA Webcast/Satellite Broadcast on University Partnerships Grants

HUD will be conducting Webcasts/satellite broadcasts on their latest SuperNOFA, which was announced on March 13, 2006. The Webcast on NOFAs relating to University Partnerships is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 3:30–5 p.m. eastern time.

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions for the panelists, either by e-mail or telephone. To e-mail a question, please send it to hudtv@hud.gov. The number for phone-in questions is (202) 708–0995.

Satellite coordinates for the SuperNOFA broadcast are:
AM-1 (c-band)
Transponder 9, Channel 9
3880 MHz Horizontal
103 degrees W. Longitude

To view the Webcast online, visit HUD's Webcast section. (Please note that to view Webcasts, you must have RealPlayer installed on your computer; HUD provides a tutorial page on how to download and install RealPlayer.)


Grants.gov Refresher Broadcast

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be rebroadcasting its recent Webcast on how to register and apply for grants using Grants.gov. The Webcast will be rebroadcast on March 13 and March 14, 2007. On March 15, 2007 the broadcast will include a live Question and Answer period.

If your staff or grantees are not familiar with Grants.gov, this presents an excellent training opportunity for both inexperienced users and those that need a refresher.

The times of the broadcasts are:

  • March 13, 2007 - 11 a.m.-12 noon
  • March 14, 2007 - 2-3 p.m.
  • March 15, 2007 - 3:30-5 p.m.

* Note: All times are Eastern Time.

To learn more about this rebroadcast, please visit HUD's Webcast section.


Grants.gov Web Training

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is sponsoring a Web conference call, "Getting Started With Grants.gov for the 2007 HUD SuperNOFA." The call, scheduled for Monday, February 5, 2007, 1-2 p.m. EST, will feature special guest Barbara Dorf, director of HUD's Office of Departmental Grants Management and Oversight.

As of 2005, all parties interested in applying for any federal government grants, including those offered by OUP, must register with Grants.gov and submit their application electronically. If this is your first time using the electronic application process, or if you would like a refresher course on the process, this conference call is for you!

Participation is limited to the first 100 registrants, so please take a moment to register now to participate in this event! The deadline for registration is January 29, 2007.

For more information, please contact (202) 842-8600 or e-mail registration@ruralhome.org.


Grants.gov FY07 Early Registration Reminder

OUP would like to remind those who are interested in applying for funding during the FY07 grant cycle that they should register now with Grants.gov. This reminder is for both new applicants and those who have applied previously. Applicants must register each time they apply for funding.

To assist applicants, HUD has prepared two brochures for this year's funding cycle. Download a PDF of each of these brochures along with the Federal Register early registration announcement through the following links:


HUD Awards $3.1 Million for Its Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY06 Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC) grantees. AN/NHIAC funding helps institutions of higher education expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

2006 AN/NHIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $6 Million for Its Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY06 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grantees. HSIAC grants are used in partnership with local communities in community economic development projects that foster long-term changes for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and their neighbors. The HSIAC program facilitates numerous partnerships that are successfully addressing critical social and economic issues that this country faces; including poverty, education, housing, healthcare, and local neighborhood capacity building. In addition, the grant program assists colleges and universities in integrating community engagement themes into their curriculum, academic studies, and student activities.

2006 HSIAC Grantees


HUD Awards $3 Million for Its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY06 Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grantees. Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have always been valued partners in community efforts to address pressing social, educational, and economic issues. Most of these institutions of higher education serve remote regions, and a growing number of local residents have come to depend heavily on TCU-sponsored education, counseling, health, and economic development initiatives. In support of their efforts to address these growing demands, OUP awards TCUP grants to TCUs to expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities.

2006 TCUP Grantees


HUD Awards $10.4 Million for Its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY06 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) grantees. This program is designed to assist HBCUs expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities. These needs include neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

Additionally, this year HUD awarded two special HBCU grants. These grants were created to assist grantees in providing critical resources and assistance to institutions that sustained in excess of $50 million in damage and destruction from hurricanes Katrina or Rita in 2005. The winners of this special funding were Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana, both located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2006 HBCU Grantees


HUD Co-Sponsors the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced a new federal program designed to recognize colleges and universities for their commitment to student service and to increase public awareness of the impact that college students have on their local communities.

Called the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the new program is co-sponsored by the Corporation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. It is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents.

"Institutions of higher education have a long tradition of service to their communities," said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation, which oversees Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. "When colleges organize effective community service programs, they do so not only to meet the needs of the communities that surround them, but to improve the academic and civic lives of their students, faculty, and staff. The Honor Roll is a great way to recognize the year-round civic contributions of our colleges and universities and to promote effective community service programs and practices." "More than ever before young people are answering the call to serve; actively seeking out ways to improve the communities in which they live," said Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. "This new program highlights the important role our colleges and universities play in not only equipping students to succeed in the workforce but also preparing and encouraging them to make a difference in the lives of others."

All colleges and universities whose students have made meaningful contributions to community service during the 2005-06 academic year are invited to apply for the Honor Roll online at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll. Visit this site to also find additional information on the program, including a fact sheet, frequently asked questions, application guidance, and submission criteria.

Please note:You will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 before downloading the application. The Honor Roll guidance page provides a link to Adobe's Web site that will help applicants download the correct version of this software.

The program is designed to recognize the broad commitment to community service by institutions of higher education, including the level of student engagement as well as institutional support, such as service-learning courses, community service coordinating offices, and exemplary service projects. In its first year, the program will place a special emphasis on volunteer service performed by college students in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes.

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2006. Honor Roll members and Presidential Award winners will be announced at the Campus Compact 20th Anniversary celebration on October 17.

"After Katrina, our nation came together to help our neighbors in need, and some of the greatest givers were our colleges and universities," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, whose agency helped to create the Universities Rebuilding America Partnership after the storms hit. "Tens of thousands of college students mobilized during their winter and spring breaks this past academic year, often through university-sponsored programs, to help communities clean up and rebuild what the storms left in their path, and thousands more are continuing their commitment this summer."

The response by college students following the hurricanes is part of an overall shift in interest toward volunteering and civic engagement by young adults. Over the past several years, colleges around the country have been reporting steady increases in community service participation. According to UCLA’s annual survey of 260,000 college freshmen, two out of three (66.3 percent) students entering college in 2005 said it is essential or very important to help others who are in difficulty. That is the highest this figure has been in the past 25 years, and an increase of 3.9 percentage points over the 2004 rate.

The Corporation has placed engagement by college students in volunteer service as one of the key elements of its new 5-year strategic plan. Together with its partners in the higher education community, the Corporation hopes to increase engagement in service nationwide from 3.2 million college students last year to 5 million by the year 2010. Each year, the Corporation makes a significant investment in building a culture of service on college campuses through its funding of Learn and Serve America and AmeriCorps programs at institutions of higher education. In addition to direct grants to support service-learning and engagement of students in their communities, the Corporation also has made available more than $1 billion on Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to members who complete their service and use their awards to pay for college tuition or to pay back student loans.

The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation provides opportunities for nearly 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. Together with the USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America. For more information on the Corporation, go to www.nationalservice.gov.


Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Policy Changes

At the end of July 2006, a policy change to CCR name and address information will take effect.

As part of an ongoing effort to provide standard, accurate data, CCR will obtain the following data fields from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B):

  • Legal Business Name.
  • Doing Business Name (DBA).
  • Physical Address, Postal Code/ ZIP+4.

Registrants will not be able to enter/modify these fields in CCR as they will be pre-populated using D&B D-U-N-S record data.

During new registration or when updating a record, the registrant has a choice to accept or reject the information provided from D&B.

If the registrant:

  • Agrees with the D&B name, DBA, address, and postal code/ZIP+4 data, the D&B data will be accepted into the CCR registrant record.
  • Disagrees with the D&B name, DBA, address, and/or postal code/ ZIP+4 data, the registrant will need to go to the D&B Web site to modify the information currently contained in the D&B record before proceeding.

When D&B confirms the modification has been made, the registrant must then re-visit the CCR Web site and accept D&B's changes. Only at this point will the D&B data be accepted into the CCR record.

NOTE: It may take up to 2 business days for D&B to send the modified data to CCR. Timeframe may be longer in some countries.

If you have difficulty using the above D&B Web site, contact the D&B Government Helpdesk at: govt@dnb.com.


HSIAC Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline for OUP's HSIAC grant has been extended. The new deadline is June 29, 2006.

Applicants who are interested in taking advantage of this extension should visit the HSIAC NOFA page in our Funding section, and follow the link to download an application kit from Grants.gov.


2006 Call for Peer Reviewers

OUP is pleased to announce its 2006 call for peer reviewers. This year's peer review will take place July 20-25, 2006, in Washington, D.C.

If you are interested in reviewing for one of the following four programs, please visit our Call for Reviewers page to learn more about the qualifications and to complete a Peer Reviewer Profile:

  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC).
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC).
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP).


OUP NOFA Webcast and PowerPoints

The University Partnerships NOFA Webcast, originally broadcast on March 28, 2006, is now available in the HUD Webcast archive. This presentation, hosted by OUP staff, provides valuable information on the FY06 OUP NOFAs, including a description of major modifications to this year's NOFAs for the following programs:
  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.

Please visit the HUD Webcast archive to view this Webcast, either with or without captions.

Grantees can also download the PowerPoint presentations shown during the Webcast. Please choose the program PowerPoint below:


California Summer Internship Opportunities

The Department of Housing and Community Development, California's principal housing agency, is currently offering several full-time summer internships at either the level of Student Assistant (junior or senior status undergraduates) or Graduate Student Assistant (either enrolled to start graduate school or currently attending graduate school).

These assistants will serve as resource persons for complex research and analytical tasks to support programs administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Download the internship opportunities flyer.

Interested applicants must be studying Urban Planning, Economic Development, Community Development, or Finance. Applications must be received by no later than May 1, 2006. Students can submit a Standard State of California Application and their resume via e-mail, fax, or postal mail, to:

Georgia Lee, EEO Officer
Department of Housing and Community Development
1800 Third Street, Room 456
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 445-2251
Fax: (916) 445-7121
E-mail: glee@hcd.ca.gov

To learn more about the Department of Housing and Community Development and to download a Standard State Application, please visit www.hcd.ca.gov.


HUD SuperNOFA Webcast/Satellite Broadcast on University Partnerships Grants

HUD will be conducting Webcasts/satellite broadcasts on their latest SuperNOFA, which was announced on March 8, 2006. The Webcast on NOFAs relating to University Partnerships is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2006, from 2-4:30 p.m. EST.

Satellite coordinates for the SuperNOFA broadcast are:
C-band
Satellite: AMC-1
Transponder 9
3880 MHz
Horizontal Polarity
Location: 103 degrees West Longitude
Audio: 6.2/6.8

View HUD announcement of University Partnerships Webcast.

View all upcoming SuperNOFA Webcasts.


FY06 OUP NOFAs Announced

OUP is pleased to announce that the FY06 Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) have been announced for the following OUP programs:

Please Note: FY06 funding is not available for the following programs:

  • Community Development Work Study Program.
  • Community Outreach Partnership Centers.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants.
  • Early Doctoral Student Research Grants.


HUD Awards More Than $5 Million for Its Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships Programs

OUP is pleased to announce the Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships (URAP) grantees for the Community Design (URAP-CD) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (URAP-HBCU) programs. The URAP initiative was created through an existing design program that benefits schools of architecture and planning, and a grant program that assists HBCUs. Nine URAP grants have been awarded to HBCUs and seven grants will assist other schools for community design and planning. Working with local, state, and national organizations, URAP will provide an opportunity for groups of college and university students, faculty, and staff to develop creative solutions to respond to the disaster.

2005 URAP-CD Grantees
2005 URAP-HBCU Grantees


Grants.gov Webcast Archived on HUD Web site

Good news for those who are interested in applying for OUP funding but missed the recent Grants.gov training Webcast: The February 16, 2006, broadcast, "A Guide to Registering for Grant Opportunities Using Grants.gov," has been archived for viewing at your convenience. Visit HUD's Webcast archive to access this broadcast.

The purpose of the training is to provide applicants an opportunity to become familiar with the Grants.gov registration process and to ensure that everyone understands the requirements to enable them to submit an application via Grants.gov.

Download the PDF of the Webcast's training brochure, "Step by Step: Your Guide to Registering for Grant Opportunities."


Grants.gov Satellite Broadcast and Webcast

HUD will be conducting training on Grants.gov registration, "A Guide to Registering for Grant Opportunities Using Grants.gov," on Thursday, February 16, 2006, from 2–4 p.m. eastern time via satellite broadcast and Webcast.

Please use the following coordinates for the satellite broadcast:
AM-1 (c-band)
Transponder 9, Channel 9
3880 MHz Horizontal
103 degrees W. Longitude

The purpose of the training is to provide potential applicants an opportunity to become familiar with the Grants.gov registration process and to ensure that everyone understands the requirements to enable them to submit an application via Grants.gov.

Download the PDF of the broadcast/Webcast's training brochure, "Step by Step: Your Guide to Registering for Grant Opportunities."

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers during the broadcast.

Applicants and grantees with specific questions that they would like addressed during the broadcast can submit them via e-mail to Dorthera Yorkshire at dorthera_yorkshire@hud.gov prior to February 16, 2006.

Visit HUD's Webcast section for additional information.


FY06 NOFA General Section Now Available

The General Section for the FY06 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) has been released. Prospective applicants can use the General Section to become familiar with and address those provisions in the General Section that constitute part of almost every application.

Please note that this is only the General Section. NOFAs for individual OUP grant programs have not been released yet. Please continue to check www.oup.org for the release of program-specific NOFAs.


OUP Programs To Receive Funding in FY06

FY06 funding will be available for the following OUP programs:
  • Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC): Funding will be used to assist Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions of higher education expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC): Funding will be used to assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU): Funding will be used to assist HBCUs under this program under two categories. Category I funding will provide critical resources and assistance to institutions that sustained in excess of $50 million in damage and destruction from Hurricanes Katrina or Rita. Category II funding will be provided to HBCUs to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, or a designated disaster area, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development.
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP): Funding will be used to assist Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to build, expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities, and to expand the role of the TCUs into the community through the provision of needed services such as health programs, job training, and economic development activities.

OUP encourages those who are interested in applying for these programs to register now with Grants.gov in preparation for when the Notices of Funding Availability are released in spring 2006. Please check www.oup.org frequently for funding updates as they are made available.


Grants.gov Early Registration Reminder

OUP would like to remind those who are interested in applying for funding during the FY06 grant cycle that they should register now with Grants.gov. This reminder is for both new applicants and those who have applied previously. Applicants must register each time they apply for funding.


HUD Awards $6.3 Million for Its COPC Programs

OUP is pleased to announce the FY05 Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) grantees for its New Grants and New Directions programs. Since 1994, COPC has awarded grants to help colleges and universities establish and operate COPCs to carry out outreach and applied research activities that will address problems of urban areas. The program also seeks to encourage structural changes, both within an institution and in the way the institution relates to its neighborhood. COPC New Grants are awarded to applicants who have never received a COPC grant, to address three or more distinct urban problems. New Directions grants are awarded to applicants who have previously received a COPC grant; they will use their New Directions funding to implement new eligible activities in a current COPC neighborhood or the same or new activities in a new neighborhood.

2005 COPC New Grants Grantees
2005 COPC New Directions Grantees


Funding Announcement: Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships–Community Design

On November 1, 2005, HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced that HUD has joined with the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch the Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships (URAP), an initiative offering funding and other resources to empower college and university students, faculty, and staff to lend their talents in rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

According to the HUD Web site announcement, "The initiative will be partly financed through a $5.6 million in grant funding from HUD, which will support a $2 million collaborative design grant program to partner schools of architecture and planning with affected communities, and a $3.6 million grant program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide sustained services to affected communities."


Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships-Community Design (URAP-CD)

Available Funds: $2.2 million

Eligible Applicants: Public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education granting 2- and 4-year degrees in architecture, urban planning and design, or construction that are accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A consortium of eligible institutions may also apply for funding under this program as long as one institution is designated the lead applicant. Institutions that were previous OUP grant recipients are eligible to apply for these funds.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2005

CFDA Number: 14.521


Funding Announcement: Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships–Historically Black Colleges and Universities

On November 1, 2005, HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced that HUD has joined with the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch the Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships (URAP), an initiative offering funding and other resources to empower college and university students, faculty, and staff to lend their skills in rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

According to the HUD Web site announcement, "The initiative will be partly financed through a $5.6 million in grant funding from HUD, which will support a $2 million collaborative design grant program to partner schools of architecture and planning with affected communities, and a $3.6 million grant program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide sustained services to affected communities."


Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (URAP-HBCU)

Available Funds: $3.6 million

Eligible Applicants: Historically Black Colleges and Universities as determined by the U.S. Department of Education (see 24 CFR 608.2) in accordance with the Department's responsibilities under Executive Order 13256, dated February 12, 2002, are eligible to apply for funding under this program. All applicants must be accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2005

CFDA Number: 14.520, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program


HUD Awards $6.6 Million for Its Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY05 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grantees. HSIAC grants can be used to revitalize local communities while fostering long-term changes in the way Hispanic-Serving Institutions relate to their neighbors. The HSIAC program has facilitated numerous partnerships that are successfully addressing the most critical social and economic issues that this country is facing, including poverty, education, housing, healthcare, and local neighborhood capacity building. In addition, the program has assisted colleges and universities in integrating community engagement themes into their curriculum, academic studies, and student activities.

2005 HSIAC Grantees


HUD Awards Nearly $5.4 Million for Its Doctoral Programs

OUP is pleased to announce the FY05 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) and Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG) winners. The DDRG program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues. This program encourages doctoral candidates to engage in research studies that focus on policy-relevant housing and community development issues that impact the country, provides a forum for Ph.D. candidates to share their research findings, and focuses attention on research that may impact Federal problemsolving and policymaking and that is relevant to HUD's policy priorities and annual goals and objectives.

The EDSRG program assists eligible doctoral students cultivate their research skills through the preparation of research manuscripts that focus on housing and urban development issues. This program also supports and encourages new scholars to share their research findings through presentations at scholarly conference and/or publication in a refereed journal.

2005 DDRG Grantees

2005 EDSRG Grantees


HUD Awards $7.2 Million for Its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY05 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) grantees. This program is designed to assist HBCUs expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities. These needs include neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

2005 HBCU Grantees


HUD Awards $2.9 Million for Its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY05 Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grantees. Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have always been valued partners in community efforts to address pressing social, educational, and economic issues. Most of these institutions of higher education serve remote regions and a growing number of local residents have come to depend heavily on TCU-sponsored education, counseling, health, and economic development initiatives. In support of their efforts to address these growing demands, OUP awards TCUP grants to TCUs to expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities.

2005 TCUP Grantees


HUD Awards $3.2 Million for Its Community Development Work Study Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY05 Community Development Work Study Program (CDWSP) grantees. CDWSP grants help academic institutions attract more minority and economically disadvantaged students to participate in planning and community development work study programs. Universities throughout the United States utilize this program to offer financial aid and work experience to students enrolled in full-time graduate community development work study programs.

2005 CDWSP Grantees


HUD Awards $3.9 Million for Its Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Program

OUP is pleased to announce the FY05 Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities (AN/NHIAC) grantees. AN/NHIAC funding helps institutions of higher education expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities—including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development—principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

2005 AN/NHIAC Grantees


Publication Announcement— University-Community Partnerships: Universities in Civic Engagement

University-Community Partnerships: Universities in Civic Engagement, published by The Haworth Social Work Practice Press, documents how universities are involved in creative individual, faculty, and program partnerships that help link campus and community-partnerships that are vital for teaching, research, and practice. The book includes case studies, historical studies, policy analysis, program evaluation, and curriculum development as well as a preface written by the Office of University Partnership's former associate deputy assistant secretary.

View Haworth Press' Full Publication Announcement


Prepublication Announcement—Inside and Out: Universities and Education for Sustainable Development

Inside and Out: Universities and Education for Sustainable Development, published by Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., examines the question of how does a university restructure its myriad activities, maintain its academic integrity, and have a transformative impact off campus? The perspective of this book, based on research and projects in the field, is that long-term, sustainable social and economic development requires strategies geared toward the scientific, technical, cultural, and environmental aspects of development.

View Baywood Publishing's Prepublication Announcement


Grants.gov Registration Process

All OUP grant programs for the FY05 funding cycle are now closed. OUP would like to thank the applicants who submitted their information this year using the Grants.gov electronic submission process. We are confident that each year will provide us with information to help streamline the Grants.gov electronic submission program so that it will continue to be a successful tool to help future applicants quickly and easily submit their information.

OUP would like to remind everyone who is interested in applying for an FY06 grant that they must register with Grants.gov to submit their electronic application package. This includes those who registered for the FY05 funding cycle.

Download Grants.gov Application Submission Tips PDF


OUP Announces FY05 Notices of Funding Availability

Applicants need wait no longer! OUP announces the release of funds for the FY05 grant cycle. Visit our Current Funding section for links to each program's FY05 NOFA information and a link to that program's Grants.gov electronic application.

Go to OUP's Current Funding Section


Call for OUP Reviewers

OUP is looking for reviewers to participate in this year's round of peer reviews. If you are interested in participating, please visit our Call for Peer Reviewers section to review this year's qualifications. You will also find our Peer Reviewer Profile located in this section. All those who are interested in applying for this year's peer review process must submit a profile to be considered.

Go to OUP's Call for Reviewers


Prepare for 2005 Application Season With Grants.gov

Those interested in applying for an OUP grant this year first must register with Grants.gov, the gateway site through which they will submit their application. To help explain this new process, HUD has developed the brochure "Finding and Applying for Grant Opportunities." Applicants will find step-by-step instructions on how to search for grants through Grants.gov and how to complete the online application process.

View the "Finding and Applying for Grant Opportunities" PDF

Register with Grants.gov

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