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Funding Opportunities

FY 2015 Grant Competitions: Office of Innovation and Improvement
The Office of Innovation and Improvement will conduct 11 grant competitions in six program areas: Arts in Education, Charter Schools, Investing in Innovation, Opportunity Scholarship, Ready to Learn Television, and Supporting Effective Educator Development. Announcements and details will follow through spring and summer.

Now Is the Time Project AWARE–Community Grants
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year 2015 "Now Is the Time" Project AWARE-Community grants. This program supports communities in which residents, families, schools, and other organizations actively promote emotional health and work to reduce the likelihood of behavioral health and substance use disorders. Through the provision of training in Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid, the grant targets teachers, parents, law enforcement, and faith-based leaders who interact with youth at the community level. Applications are due May 1, 2015.

2015 Foster Grandparent Program Indian Tribes Competition
The Foster Grandparent Program engages seniors in providing tutoring and mentorship to children and youth with special or exceptional needs or those who would benefit from one-on-one attention. The deadline for applications is May 14, 2015.

Americorps Funding Opportunity: Mentoring Disconnected Youth
Through the 2015 Youth Opportunity Americorps funding opportunity, disconnected youth will be invited to participate in a national service program and receive mentoring along the way. The program is cosponsored by OJJDP and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Applications are due May 20, 2015.

The Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Children's Advocacy Centers Subgrant will provide support to manage a national awards program for local children's advocacy center (CAC) efforts. Applications are due May 28, 2015.

Linking Research and Practice
The "Bridge Project" was created to help translate findings on effective juvenile justice practices to be more understandable, useful, and strategically targeted. This initiative will advance research and research-based strategies across four components of the juvenile justice system: prevention and diversion, community-based alternatives to placement, detention and secure confinement, and reentry. Applications must be received by May 28, 2015.

Reducing Recidivism Among Latino/a Youth
OJJDP is sponsoring a program for justice-involved Latino/a youth who are transitioning back into their communities. The program supports implementation and delivery of reentry services, including one-to-one, group, and peer mentoring, and transitional services to enhance participants' life skills and futures. Submit an application by June 1, 2015.
Training Opportunities

White House Will Host AAPIs Summit
As part of an initiative to improve quality of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), the White House will hold a summit on May 12, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Panels, workshops, and discussions with senior Administration officials, AAPI celebrities, and well-known community leaders will address a wide range of issues, including capacity building, civil rights, data disaggregation, economic development, education, health, immigration, and workforce diversity.

A Focus on Trauma: Save the Date
In collaboration with the Prevention Institute and Development Services Group, OJJDP will present "A Focus on Trauma: Integrating Trauma-Informed Approaches and Moving Toward Trauma Prevention" on May 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST. Enhancing trauma-informed approaches, integrating those approaches into multiple sectors, and focusing on community resilience strategies are three shared goals of OJJDP's Youth Violence Prevention Network. This Webinar will explore a new topic in the field: tailoring prevention work for communities that have been affected by trauma. The presentation will serve as an introduction to understanding community-level trauma, sharing several frameworks and models for trauma-informed approaches. Guest speakers include Jane Halladay of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and Howard Pinderhughes, Ph.D., of UNITY and the University of California, San Francisco. Registration details will follow.

Global Youth Justice Training
The 2-day 11th Global Youth Justice Training Institute will begin June 16, 2015, on Cape Cod, Mass. Participants will learn how to enhance juvenile diversion programs in peer-to-peer training sessions on recruiting and training volunteers, grants and funding, increasing juvenile referrals, community partnerships, wraparound services, and substance abuse screening and treatment.

National Juvenile Justice Network Annual Forum
This members-only event beginning July 27, 2015, in Washington, D.C., is 3 days of training, networking, and strategy sharing. Field experts will lead sessions, and a range of interactive workshops and lectures will provide opportunities for learning and collaboration.

Reducing Disparities in Juvenile Justice
Youth of color are more likely than white children to be arrested, charged, and incarcerated—even for the same misconduct. But becoming involved with the juvenile justice system at a young age is fraught with negative outcomes, including educational troubles, employment challenges, and criminal justice involvement later in life. Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program, which will be held August 3–7, 2015, is an intensive training designed to cut down racial and ethnic disparities in local juvenile justice systems. The program is operated by the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Center for Children's Law and Policy, and seeks to reduce
  • Overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system
  • Disparate treatment of youth of color within the juvenile justice system
  • Unnecessary entry of youth of color into the juvenile justice system
After completing the program, participants will design and undertake a capstone project to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. Applications to attend are due by May 15, 2015.