Federal Stimulus Act–Newsletter7

Stimulus and Nonprofits, Vol. 7 – MNN’s ARRA Newsletter – July 21, 2009

Dear Nonprofit Leader,

I hope that you made good use of MNN’s  ARRA Newsletter, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Today we present Volume 7 of our research on the opportunities for nonprofits to participate in the economic recovery of our country. Again, please let us know if it is useful and how it can be made more so and please share it.

NOTE: If, now or in the future, you have been or expect to be successful in accessing any funds from the stimulus package, and this newsletter was helpful in that process, please let us know the purpose and amount so we can let our funding source know. We will only share it without identifying information. This will help with our request to keep the newsletter going after July. THANKS!!!

Again, a big thank you to The Boston Foundation for generously providing financial support for this needed project.
Sincerely,

Dave Magnani,
Executive Director, 617-330-1188

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Where we are right now

It has become evident since our most recent installments, the leaders at both the state and federal level are committed to delivering American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding at an increasingly rapid pace. Since the announcement of the Roadmap to Recovery a month ago by the Obama administration, Massachusetts has almost doubled the amount of funding that was obligated in the first four months since the Act’s signing. To date, $5.6 billion of the scheduled $8.7 billion has been disbursed, surging $500 million since our last newsletter. Click here for a more detailed listing of federal allotments.

Recent action focused on ARRA, however, has not been limited to the federal government. On July 2, 2009, Governor Patrick signed legislation designed to secure, maximize, and promptly release additional stimulus funds. Resulting from information provided by a taskforce to analyze the stimulus, the legislation will address the Act’s “‘use it or lose it’ deadlines, requiring states to use federal funds quickly or it will be reallocated to other states.” The recommendations to be enacted “are either federally mandated or will help to reap the maximum benefits of the federal act.” Click here for a more detailed description of the bill’s goals.

Despite the fact that new allocations for ARRA seem to be winding down, the opportunities for nonprofits are far from over.  Perhaps the most significant opportunities are the precedents that have been set regarding the means by which Washington has allocated funding. Despite the label of “one-time” funding that has been applied by national leaders, it is arguable that because of the precedent-setting nature of ARRA and the unprecedented investments in programs, there is every likelihood that ARRA will impact the way in which Washington allocates funding and addresses needs for years to come. Additionally, new (or newly strengthened) relationships forged between the nonprofit sector and federal, state, municipal government as well as new collaborations and partnerships between nonprofits will impact the way nonprofits operate in the future. Moreover, these relationships will almost certainly prove helpful in subsequent funding opportunities from the present stimulus package, a second stimulus package (if it happens) as well as funding opportunities via the Massachusetts state budget. Additionally, more openings could be made available as municipalities seek worthy places to invest their allotments of stimulus funding.

However, when approaching agencies that are serving as conduits for federal stimulus money (such as CAAs), it is important to realize that, in many cases, they are being overwhelmed by groups seeking subcontracting or partnership opportunities. Therefore it is important that nonprofits seek opportunities to provide value in detailing what services and results you can offer these conduit organizations.

Newsletter Volume 7 includes newly released information on deadlines and specific requirements of many of the federal grant opportunities previously referenced in past newsletters. However, because we seek to provide new and relevant information, categories without new announcements or information have not been included. We suggest that you refer back to previous newsletters in order to have a comprehensive understanding of all the funding available in your category of interest.

Finally, we are moving into a phase where grantees and others are being required to provide significant reporting back to funding sources. In addition to being a chief requirement imbedded in ARRA and repeated multiple times in RFPs, we suspect that stringent documentation of the success by nonprofits will serve to reassure the public at large about the value of ARRA and encourage additional funding opportunities in the future. In this newsletter you will find a comprehensive list of information, including webinars, detailing many of these reporting processes.

If there is information that is not contained in this or previous newsletters which you would like us to know and/or to transmit to others, please email us at info@massnonprofitnet.org.

Funds Allocated to Date

Agency Announced $(Thousand)
Made Available Paid Out
Department of Health and Human Services $1,650,904 $1,689,346 $846,959
Department of Education $1,647,867 $1,083,021 $429,183
Department of Housing and Urban Development $344,958 $206,233 $49,490
Department of Agriculture $13,748 $53,999 $43,526
Department of Justice $36,795 $38,617 $12,703
Department of Labor $78,935 $64,927 $2,294
Department of Transportation $757,534 $289,943 $1,667
National Science Foundation $0 $48,285 $1,395
Corporation for National and Community Service $696 $5,702 $2
Environmental Protection Agency $194,276 $196,272 $1
Railroad Retirement Board $938 $0 $0
US Army Corps of Engineers $5,335 $0 $0
National Endowment for the Arts $0 $1,036 $0
Department of Veterans Affairs $7,014 $0 $0
Department of Energy $245,319 $66,530 $0
Social Security Administration $288,230 $0 $0
General Services Administration $169,319 $0 $0
Department of Treasury $50,814 $54,614 $0
Department of the Interior $18,808 $0 $0
Department of Commerce $0 $1,363 $0
Department of Defense $62,080 $0 $0
Total $5,573,567 $3,799,889 $1,387,220

Reminder of Upcoming ARRA Deadlines

Please find below the upcoming deadlines for funding opportunities:

  • July 21st, 2009 – Energy Efficient Information and Communication Technology applications due
  • July 22nd, 2009 – Applications due for Regional Sequestration Technology Training Grants
  • July 27th, 2009 – Deadline for Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program applications
  • July 29th, 2009 – Deadline for Wind Energy Consortia Grants between Institutions of Higher Learning and Industry
  • August 4th, 2009 – Applications due for The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
  • August 5th, 2009 – Deadline for Green Capacity Building Grants
  • August 6th, 2009 – Deadline for Facilities Improvement Program
  • August 6th, 2009 – Deadline for Smart Grid Investment Grant Program
  • August 10th, 2009 – Full proposals due for NIST Research Construction Grants
  • August 14th, 2009 – Applications due for State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants
  • August 18th, 2009 – Deadline for receipt of application for Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant
  • August 18th, 2009 – Deadline for Advanced Energy Efficient Building Technologies applications
  • Sept. 1st, 2009 – Applications due for round 2 of the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
  • Sept. 1st, 2009 – Deadline for competitive grant applications to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed properties and other projects to stabilize neighborhoods and create affordable housing
  • Sept. 1st, 2009 – Deadline for Early Career Research Program
  • Sept. 4th, 2009– Deadline for Energy Training Partnerships Grants
  • Sept. 17th, 2009 – Deadline for Core Facility Renovation, Repair and Improvements Grants
  • Sept. 24th, 2009 – Deadline for Academic Research Enhancement Awards
  • Sept. 29th, 2009 – Applications due for Pathways out of Poverty Grants
  • Sept. 30th, 2009 – Deadline for Habitat Restoration in Coastal Areas Competitive Grant
  • Sept. 30th, 2009 – Applications due for Fish Passage Grants
  • Oct. 15th, 2009 – Applications due for Protection of Human Health by Immunology and Vaccines Limited Competition Grants
  • Oct. 20th, 2009 – Deadline for State Energy Sector Partnerships and Training Grants
  • June 30th, 2010 – Deadline for EDA Economic Recovery Program applications
  • June 31st, 2010 – Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up until this date for Boston’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds Deadline for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Community Health Centers

Health and Human Services

State Funding

Recovery Act Funding for Community Health Centers in Massachusetts
As mentioned in previous newsletters, The Recovery Act is providing massive amounts of funding for Community Health Centers across the country (approximately $2 billion at this time). As part of this effort to revitalize those buildings that need major capital improvements and increase the level of access, Massachusetts will be receiving upwards of $36 million dispersed between 36 health centers and cities. This funding comes from three separate grant programs: Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Increased Demand for Community Health Center Services (IDS) and New Access Points. It is expected that with the $8.6 million flowing into the state from the IDS grants alone, over 240 jobs will be created or saved, an estimated 61,787 new patients will be added as well as an additional 19,369 uninsured patients will be served in the funded health centers. Below is a more detailed account of the funding breakdown per health center. Please visit this site for more information.

Organization Name City Funding for New Access Point Funding for Increased Demand Funding for Capital Improvements
Boston Health Care For The Homeless, Inc. Boston $238,888 $705,735
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Brockton $303,248 $828,025
Caring Health Center Springfield $195,379 $675,040
City of Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield $144,811 $386,045
Codman Square Health Center Dorchester Center $100,000 $923,645
Comm Hlth Cntr of Franklin County, Inc. Turners Falls $169,793 $495,420
Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Inc. Mashpee $145,410 $421,570
Community Health Connections, Inc. Fitchburg $298,757 $949,790
Community Health Programs, Inc. Great Barrington $183,780 $463,185
Community Healthlink, Inc. Worcester $126,381 $339,495
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center Dorchester $100,000 $901,315
Duffy Health Center, Inc. Hyannis $128,237 $334,490
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center East Boston $663,663 $1,927,515
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. Worcester $334,022 $1,002,885
Fenway Community Health Center Boston $185,065 $634,160
Great Brook Valley Health Center Worcester $416,643 $991,965
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. Lawrence $393,755 $1,482,000
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center New Bedford $336,507 $1,111,700
Harbor Health Services Dorchester $332,826 $1,119,155
Healthfirst Family Care Center, Inc. Fall River $207,831 $658,345
Hilltown Community Health Center, Inc. Worthington $167,990 $520,480
HOLYOKE HEALTH CENTER, INC. Holyoke $293,281 $1,038,655
Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center Allston $288,216 $672,065
Lowell Community Health Center Lowell $274,972 $970,755
Lynn Community Health Center, Inc. Lynn $393,331 $1,328,350
MA League of Community Health Centers Boston $134,935 $301,835
Manet Community Health Center, Inc. Quincy $203,851 $719,140
Mattapan Community Health Center Mattapan $170,204 $490,835
New England Hospital DBA Dimock CHC Roxbury $208,607 $698,560
North End Community Health Committee, Inc. Boston $175,159 $524,505
North Shore Community Health, Inc. Salem $1,300,000 $196,615 $551,910
Outer Cape Heath Services, Inc. North Eastham $197,295 $592,860
Roxbury Comprehensive Com Hlth Cntr, Inc. Roxbury $171,689 $563,670
South Boston Community Health Center Boston $209,678 $755,680
South Cove Community Health Center, Inc. Boston $295,522 $1,057,380
Whittier Street Health Committee, Inc. Roxbury $232,253 $595,765
Total $1,300,000 $8,618,594 $27,733,925

HHS Funding for Massachusetts: 7/10/09

Below is chart with the most up-to-date funding from the HHS for Massachusetts. Included are both total obligations as well as total gross outlays to the state. This chart, similar to ones that have been included in past newsletters, are updated weekly and posted by HHS on their recovery website.

Bureau (Within HHS) TAFS Award Type Total Obligations Total Gross Outlays
Health Resources and Services Administration Health Resources and Services, Recovery Act Discretionary Grant $37,652,519.00 $947,022.40
National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine Discretionary Grant $1,679,422.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health John E. Fogarty International Center Discretionary Grant $131,760.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Discretionary Grant $286,420.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging Discretionary Grant $214,527.00 $1,978.00
National Institutes of Health Office of the Director, Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement $7,950.00 $0.00
Institutes of Health Office of the Director, Recovery Act Discretionary Grant $1,436,300.00 $11,365.00
National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources, Recovery Act Discretionary Grant $9,397,663.00 $171,322.00
National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute Discretionary Grant $3,486,360.00 $13,086.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences Discretionary Grant $678,491.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Discretionary Grant $155,985.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Discretionary Grant $6,132,504.00 $4,065.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Cooperative Agreement $92,211.00 $34,700.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Discretionary Grant $1,299,998.00 $83,000.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Discretionary Grant $1,296,721.00 $6,930.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Bioimaging & Bioengineering Discretionary Grant $840,623.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Discretionary Grant $11,913,617.00 $178,018.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Discretionary Grant $2,876,601.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute Discretionary Grant $1,848,988.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders Discretionary Grant $44,344.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Mental Health Discretionary Grant $668,321.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse Discretionary Grant $1,734,716.00 $6,647.00
National Institutes of Health National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Discretionary Grant $209,700.00 $0.00
National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Discretionary Grant $1,200,061.00 $0.00
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Grants to States for Medicaid, Recovery Act Entitlements $1,538,049,179.00 $842,543,369.00
Administration for Children and Families Payments to States for Child Support Enforcement and Family Supp Entitlements $4,360,662.00 $234,368.94
Administration for Children and Families Payments to States for the Child Care and Development Block Gran Formula and Block Grant $23,971,658.00 $0.00
Administration for Children and Families Children and Families Services Programs, Recovery Act Discretionary Grant $4,723,043.00 $0.00
Administration for Children and Families Children and Families Services Programs, Recovery Act Formula and Block Grant $24,922,586.00 $0.00
Administration for Children and Families Payment to States for Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, Recov Entitlements $5,938,399.00 $2,723,232.16
Administration on Aging Aging Services Programs, Recovery Act Formula and Block Grant $2,094,570.00 $0.00
Totals $1,689,345,899.00 $846,959,103.50

Competitive Grants

Facility Investment Program
Change of date: August 06, 2009. Click here for more information.

Energy and Environment

State Funding

Weatherization Programs in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has recently received an additional $49 million in federal recovery funds for the weatherization assistance programs in Massachusetts. This brings the total Recovery Act funding for weatherization assistance programs to $122 million, enabling the state to reach its goal of weatherizing 16,900 homes over the next three years. These funds will be focused on the homes of low-income citizens, lowering energy costs, while boosting the green sector of the economy. Families who are eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be able to apply to their local LIHEAP provider for the building assistance. DHCD has set aside an additional $25 million to weatherize over 3,800 units in state-assisted public housing developments.  Another $6 million is reserved for affordable housing units in expiring use-restricted developments. This fund will also be used to support the training of green collar jobs. For more information click here or here.

Competitive Grants

Advanced Energy Efficient Building Technologies
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Building Technologies Program (BTP), is soliciting applications from organizations to manage programs on Advanced Energy Efficient Building Technologiesthat fall under one of the following six Areas of Interest:

  1. Advanced Building Control Strategies, Communications and Information Technologies for Net-Zero Energy Buildings
  2. Analysis, Design and Technical Tools
  3. Building Envelope and Windows
  4. Residential and Commercial HVAC and Crosscutting Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research
  5. Water Heating, Residential and Commercial Appliances and MELs
  6. Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC)

Within these six areas of interest there are several more specific subtopics per Area of Interest. Approximately $25-$75 million will be available for this funding project; however the DOE does expect grantees to share 20-50% of the cost depending on their topic or subtopic of interest. Just as with all Recovery Act funding, projects are expected to create new employment opportunities, be ready to start immediately and have a time period of 1-3 years. Applications are due August 18, 2009. Please clickhere for more information.

Energy Efficient Information and Communication Technology
Currently, data centers and telecom systems comprise about 3% of our country’s electricity use. As the use of information technology and communications services grow throughout the world, the control centers that support these information and communications technology (ICT) systems will face higher demand for electricity. The DOE is soliciting applications from organizations that are able to radically improve the energy efficiency of ICT systems, with a focus on developing new technology that could be rapidly commercialized within the next 3-5 years. Applications are due by July 21, 2009. Click here for more information.

Smart Grid Investment Grant Program
The Department of Energy is accepting proposals from a variety of applicants to modernize the country’s electrical transmission systems and to improve the smart grid technologies that currently exist by increasing the amount of research and investments in this technology. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process and assist with up to 50% of project costs. Applications will be accepted up until August 06, 2009. Click here for more information.

Education

State Funding

Race to the Top
On July 16, Gov. Patrick unveiled an education proposal largely meant to strengthen the Commonwealth’s position as it competes with other states for $4.35 billion in federal “Race to the Top” funds being made available through ARRA.  The Governor proposes to increase the number of available slots for students in state-sponsored charter schools to 37,000, from 10,000. As a part of this plan, the lowest-scoring 10 percent of school districts would be able to double the percentage of school spending that they devote to charter tuition, from 9 to 18 percent. Charter schools are independent public schools that operate under five year charters granted by the Commonwealth’s Board of Education. Charter schools are usually proposed by teachers, school leaders, parents, non-profit organizations, or other members of the community.

As states compete for the money available under the Race to the Top Fund, their applications will be evaluated on the basis of these four reforms: 1. improved standards and tests; 2. improved effectiveness of teachers; 3. better use of data to inform educators’ decisions; and 4. addressing low-performing schools.  Race to the Top grants under ARRA will be made in two rounds-fall 2009 and spring 2010.  The deadline for the first phase of the Race to the Top grant proposal is October 1, 2009. Ten percent of the funds will be awarded to an initial group of states in early 2010. A second phase grant proposal for 90% of the funds will be in spring of 2010. Implementation of the Race to the Top grant is expected to take place over the next four years.

Please click here for more information on this grant or here for more information on the different funding phases.

Broadband Initiative
ARRA provides the Rural Utilities Services (RUS), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with $7.2 billion to expand access to broadband services in the United States.  $2.5 billion of the funding will be used by RUS for a Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) which will offer loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. $4.7 billion will be used by NTIA for a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) which makes available grants for deploying broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas in the United States, enhancing broadband capacity at public computer centers, and promoting sustainable broadband adoption projects. Both programs are ideally suited for nonprofits to provide services and/or subcontract services and/or benefit from the end goals of the program.  Applications will be accepted between July 14, 2009, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) until August 14, 2009, at 5 p.m. ET.

Under BIP, RUS will award grants, loans, and loan/grant combinations for broadband infrastructure proposing to exclusively serve remote, unserved, rural areas. Under BTOP funds are available through three categories of eligible projects: Broadband Infrastructure, Public Computer Centers, and Sustainable Broadband Adoption.The Broadband Infrastructure category will fund projects to deliver broadband access to unserved and underserved areas. The Public Computer Center category will fund projects that expand public access to broadband service and enhance broadband capacity at entities, such as community colleges and public libraries, and nonprofits, which permit the public to use these computing centers. The Sustainable Broadband Adoption category will fund innovative projects that promote broadband demand, including projects focused on providing broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment or support, particularly among vulnerable population groups where broadband technology has traditionally been underutilized.

NTIA expects to distribute grants across geographic areas and expects to support projects employing a range of technologies (e.g., fixed and mobile wireless, fiber, satellite).  NTIA will also employ a two-step application review process. First, NTIA will conduct an initial screen of applications to determine whether an application meets the mandatory threshold requirements. In step two, the remaining applicants will be asked to submit additional information which will be reviewed by NTIA staff with the support of external engineering, business, and subject-matter experts. During step two of the BTOP application process, the Governor’s office of each state will receive a list of the applications under consideration in order to communicate which proposals meet the greatest needs of the state.

BTOP-Public Computer Centers
For the purposes of BTOP grant funds, applicants requesting a Public Computer Center grant must have a project that provides broadband access to the general public or a specific vulnerable population, such as low-income, unemployed, aged, children, minorities and people with disabilities. Projects must create or expand a public computer center meeting a specific public need for broadband service, including but not limited to education, employment, economic development, and enhanced service for health-care delivery, children, and vulnerable populations.

Grantees may use BTOP funding under this project category to expand computer center capacity by:

  • Acquiring broadband-related equipment, instrumentation, networking capability, hardware and software, and digital network technology for broadband services;
  • Developing and providing training, education, support and awareness programs or web-based resources;
  • Facilitating access to broadband services, including, but not limited to, making public computer centers accessible to the disabled; and

BTOP-Sustainable Broadband Adoption
Applications for Sustainable Broadband Adoption projects need to demonstrate a sustainable increase in demand for and subscribership to broadband services. Projects should meet a specific public need for broadband service, including, but not limited to, education, employment, economic development, and enhanced service for health-care delivery, children, and vulnerable populations. Projects should describe the barriers to adoption in a given area, especially among vulnerable populations, and propose an innovative and persuasive solution to encourage adoption. Applicants might show how variations on one or more proven demand stimulation strategy-such as awareness-building, development of relevant content, and demand aggregation-would promote sustainable adoption.

Grantees may use BTOP funding under this project category to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband services by:

  • Acquiring broadband-related equipment, hardware and software, and digital network technology for broadband services;
  • Developing and providing training, education, support and awareness programs or web-based content;
  • Conducting broadband-related public education, outreach, support and awareness campaigns; Implementing innovative programs to facilitate greater access to broadband service, devices, and equipment.

For more information please see this site.

Higher Education

Federal Funding

American Graduation Initiative
President Obama recently revealed his newest goal for America to reclaim its position as having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020, striving for an additional five million community college graduates. The American Graduation Initiative will create the Community College Challenge Fund, which will award competitive grants to states and community colleges to further their efforts and implement proven reforms.

Such encouraged innovations include expanding relationships with businesses and workforce investment systems to create job placements and career pathways for graduates, additional course offerings, expansion of dual enrollment programs for high school students and the syncing of graduation and entrance requirements with high schools.

Over the next ten years, the White House expects to expend over $12 billion in funding for this initiative. This funding would be part of a larger package, which would increase the number of Pell grants and streamline the loan process in an effort to reduce costs.

This initiative would also create a new research center that would undertake the effort of determining new methods in which to assess the achievement of community colleges. The center would also fund new approaches to promote college completion, renovation of community college campuses and develop a new online skills laboratory.

Please read this article or visit this site for more information.

Labor and Workforce Development

State Funding

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) Funding
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission received $3.2 million in funding from the Federal government to expand its vocational rehabilitation program for people with disabilities. Currently there are approximately 15,000 individuals living with disabilities who would like begin, or return, to work. This funding would allow the MRC to redevelop its work training programs on a large scale. Among the MRC’s goals, it hopes to convert its existing management system with a more efficient web-based, reducing the lag between the time that applications are received and processed as well as allow for off-site consultations and case management for counseling staff. This new system should reduce administrative costs and inefficiencies. The federal funding will also allow the MRC to update their marketing materials and form a partnership with University of Massachusetts to establish ties to local businesses and training centers. Generally, funding will be focused on the redevelopment of vocational rehabilitation centers to be more efficient, have better training and increase the number of disabled citizens working in Massachusetts. It is estimated that for every dollar put into the program, five dollars are gained in income tax and saved in reduced dependence on public services. Please see this press release for more information.

Competitive Grants

Early Career Research Program
The Office of Science of the Department of Energy has created this program to support in Early Career Research Programs that focus on: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). However any nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are ineligible to apply for this grant program. Applications however, must be submitted through a U.S. academic institution and are due September 01, 2009. Please see the full list of restrictions on eligibility. Click here for more information.

Housing and Community Development

Municipalities

City Applications for Neighborhood Stabilization Program – 2 Funds
The City of Boston will be submitting an application for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program-2, a fund that has been discussed in previous newsletters. The city is applying for $20 million. Please go to the Boston’s Recovery website here to see more details.

The City of Worcester will also be submitting an application for additional NSP2 funding. They are applying for $10 million. To  and receive more information on the City’s NSP Plan and its status, please contact The City of Worcester, City Manager’s Division of Neighborhood & Housing Development, 44 Front Street, Suite 520, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608, or to EONS@ci.worcester.ma.us, Attn. Dennis E. Hennessy, Director or Scott Hayman, Housing Director. For more information please visit the city’s website.

New Market Tax Credit Program
Rockland Trust Community Development Corp., recently received $50 million in tax credits through the New Market Tax Credit program, an economic development program created in 2000 that was recently bolstered by The ARRA. Rockland Trust lends to low-income communities in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It was one of 32 organizations across the country to receive these new tax credits. With these tax credits it will now be able to fund new loans for low-income communities. For more information please click here or here.

State Funding

Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSPs)
Massachusetts has already been awarded a total of $54.8 million in funding from the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program-1 for the state and four cities. It has requested for these funds to be released and the following list details the breakdown of the funding:

  • Massachusetts – $43.47 million
  • Boston – $4.23 million
  • Brockton – $2.15 million
  • Springfield – $2.57 million
  • Worcester – $2.39 million

Including these four cities there are 39 communities considered to have the highest need for NSP1 funds. The state will be able to dole out to the 35 communities not awarded separate block grants from the $43.47 million awarded to the state. Those 35 communities include:

    • Lowell
    • Lawrence
    • New Bedford
    • Lynn
    • Haverhill
    • Fitchburg
    • Framingham
    • Barnstable
    • Plymouth
    • Marlborough
    • Revere
    • Everett
    • Methuen
    • Weymouth
    • Chicopee
    • Leominster
    • Quincy
    • Milford
    • Randolph
    • Attleborough
    • Yarmouth
    • Wareham
    • Salem
    • Billerica
    • Fall River
    • Saugus
    • Dracut
    • Somerville
    • Chelsea
    • Peabody
    • Taunton
    • Holyoke
    • Stoughton
    • Falmouth
    • Marshfield

Massachusetts, through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), is also planning on applying for NSP2 funding. Similar to NSP1, these funds will be allocated towards the acquisition and redevelopment of foreclosed properties. The following communities are the focus of this application:

  • Athol
  • Gardner
  • North Adams
  • Orange
  • Pittsfield
  • Southbridge
  • Webster
  • West Springfield
  • Winchendon

For this application, The DHCD is collaborating on this proposal with the Massachusetts Housing Partnership for additional NSP2 funds. You can direct any questions or comments to Mark.Siegenthaler@state.ma.us. Also, please click here orhere for more information.

Tax credit exchange funds for construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing development
On July 10th, it was announced that Massachusetts will receive $50.8 million from ARRA to finance new construction and the rehabilitation of affordable housing developments currently stalled due to the lack of equity available in the low-income housing tax credit market. The funds, issued by the U.S. Treasury Department will be used in exchange for unsold tax credits to help fill the gaps for project sponsors who were relying on the sale of those credits to fund a substantial portion of their project development costs.

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will implement the program and estimates that over the next 12 to 18 months, up to 300 housing units will be built.  With pending approval from the Treasury Department, it is expected that tax credit exchange funds will be awarded to project sponsors through a competitive process that DHCD hopes will begin in August.  All funds must be expended by December 31, 2010

For more information please click here.

Useful Information for Current and Prospective ARRA Grantees

OMB Announces Recovery Act Reporting Webinars
On July 13th, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Recovery, Accountability, and Transparency Board announced that Webinars will be held the week of July 20, 2009, to provide information on implementing the guidance set forth in OMB Memorandum M-09-21, Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, released on June 22, 2009. If you are unable to attend the sessions listed below, the Webinars will be posted on the Recovery.gov website to view at your convenience.

The intended audience for these webinars includes Federal agency personnel, prime recipients and sub-recipients.  However, it is likely that this information will provide everyone with a better understanding of goals and expectations of federal agencies, information that will likely assist those who might seek federal ARRA funding in the future. Each OMB Webinar will focus on a major section of the guidance and the technology solution for central reporting.To register for an OMB Webinar session, please visit the Recovery Act Web site at http://www.recovery.gov/?q=node/658. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance for the live sessions as space will be limited.

Webinar Schedule – Date, Time and Title of Webinar

July 20, 2009
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Section 1 – General Information

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Section 2 – Basic Principles and Requirements of Recovery Act Recipient Reporting

Section 5 – Reporting on Jobs Creation Estimates by Recipients

July 21, 2009
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Section 3 – Recipient Reporting Process

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Technology Solution from an Agency Perspective

July 22, 2009
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Technology Solution from a Prime Recipient Perspective

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Technology Solution from a Sub-Recipient Perspective

July 23, 2009
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Section 4 – Data Quality Requirements

Press Release from The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice July 8, 2009. Please click here for more information.

Helpful websites:

Full list of federal grants available through the Recovery Act

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Nutrition

Housing, Infrastructure, Economic Development

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