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The National Endowment for the Humanities has released its next round of Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants. These grants seek to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. The Department of Justice has released over 10 grants and cooperative agreements. These funding opportunities range from a grant focusing school violence prevention and mental health training to a cooperative agreement focusing on building  the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking. 

National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Title: Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306069
Details:The mission of this Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other public and nonprofit humanities entities. Programs that involve collaboration among multiple institutions are eligible as well, but one institution must serve as the lead agent and formal applicant of record. Through these awards organizations can increase their humanities capacity with funds invested in a restricted, short-term endowment or other investment fund (or spend-down funds) that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Eligible activities include the documentation of cultural heritage materials that are lost or imperiled; the preservation and conservation of humanities materials; and the sustaining of digital scholarly infrastructure. Challenge grants may also support the purchase of equipment and software; the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities; and collections sharing. Such expenditures bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal matching funds plus certified gifts) may be used for fundraising costs during the period of performance. Challenge funds (both federal matching funds and required nonfederal gifts) must enhance the humanities in the long term. Challenge grants should not merely replace funds already being expended, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to strengthen and enrich an institution’s humanities activities. Institutions may use challenge funds to meet both ongoing and one-time humanities-related costs, provided that the long-term benefit of the expenditure can be demonstrated.

Bureau of Justice Assistance
Grant Title: BJA FY 18 STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306024
Details: Among its provisions, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 authorized BJA to manage a grant program that would support efforts by state, local, and federally-recognized Indian tribes to prevent and reduce school violence. Specifically, the BJA program will address: (1) training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence; (2) development and operation of anonymous reporting systems against threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites; and (3) development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. In addition, the program may fund specialized training for school officials in intervening and responding to individuals with mental health issues that may impact school safety.

Office for Victims of Crime
Grant Title: OVC FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306101
Details: OVC seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking in two purpose areas. Funding under Purpose Area 1 will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking. Funding under Purpose Area 2 will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims. OVC expects to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each. OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html.

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