New Funding Opps

2 05 2019

Thanks to

Thanks to: Betty-Ann Bryce

Public Health, Education, and Treatment – Rural Lead

Office of National Drug Control Policy

BEST BUY FOUNDATION Deadline:  5/31/2019.  Best Buy Foundation is offering Community Grants of up to $15,000 in support of equitable, innovative, and impact-driven programs focused on enhancing the lives of youth between the ages of 13 and 18 through technology-enabled curricula.   Click here to review program guidelines.

EPA Recreation Economy for Rural communities  – Deadline 5/31/2019  The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting communities to apply for planning assistance through the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities initiative. Partner communities will work with a planning team to foster environmentally friendly community development and Main Street revitalization through the sustainable use of forests or other natural resources. Deadline:  5/31/2019. Click here for the call for applications and the application form.  Community representatives interested in applying for planning assistance from the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities initiative are invited to join a webinar presentation on May 7, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT. Click here to register for the webinar.


Rural PREP Micro-research GrantsDeadline: 6/3/2019.  The Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) will provide small seed grants of up to $4000 each to conduct micro-research projects that seek local solutions to health problems in underserved rural communities.  Who is eligible to apply? Current students in a U.S. medical school or a nurse practitioner or physician assistant program, residents in a U.S. rural residency program, or other health professionals training for primary care practice in a U.S. rural location. Click here to learn more.

HHS –ACF Community Economic Development Projects 6/3/2019.  Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $13.1 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low income. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. OCS is encouraging applications from CDCs to target hurricane disaster areas, rural areas, and underserved areas: 21 states and territories that do not have active CED projects:  Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Federated States of Micronesia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Iowa, Marshall Islands, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. 


RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (HRSA-19-102) Deadline: 6/11/2019 The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative called RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (HRSA-19-102). HRSA plans to invest approximately $8 million in rural communities as part of this funding opportunity. Successful RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (MAT Expansion) award recipients will receive up to $725,000 for a three-year period of performance to establish or expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in eligible hospitals, health clinics, or tribal organizations located in high-risk rural communities. View the funding opportunity here:  FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 12-1:30 p.m., ET

HHS – ACF Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families  Deadline: 6/11/2019  The purpose of this funding opportunity is to fund cooperative agreements that support the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies that prevent child maltreatment, reduce entry into the public child welfare system, and enhance the overall well-being outcomes of children and families. Funding will be used to improve the safety and stability of all families and reinforce supportive, nurturing relationships by: enhancing the capacity of communities to offer broad-based family supports; using data to inform and align strategies across sectors to address site specific barriers; supporting strategic collaborations with traditional family serving agencies and non-traditional partners; and coordinating, monitoring, and reporting on strategies and outcomes across multi-sector partners. The project period is for 5 years.

USDA-AMS Farmers Market Promotion Program Deadline:  6/18/2018.  USDA Agriculture Marketing Service is offering grants for projects that assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community‐supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer‐to‐consumer market opportunities.  .  Click here to review application guidelines.

Dept. of Transportation BUILD Discretionary Grants  – Deadline: 7/15/2019  DOT has announced that the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available for its competitive grant program known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD, formerly known as TIGER). A total of $900 million was appropriated for this program in FY 2019. The application is currently available online at The application deadline is July 15, 2019. To provide technical assistance to a broad array of stakeholders, DOT is hosting a series of webinars during the FY 2019 BUILD grant application process. Details and registration information regarding these webinars will be made available Please note that 2 of the 14 projects in the last round went to rural communities. There is a rural webinar tomorrow that the communities can tune into and learn more.  See below: 

  • How to Compete for BUILD Transportation Grants – Tribal and Rural Applicants -Thursday, May 2nd 2:00-4:00 EDT –
  • Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a BUILD Application –All Applicants Tuesday, May 7th 2:00-4:00 EDT
  • How to Compete for BUILD Transportation Grants – All Applicants -Thursday, May 9th, 2:00-4:00 EDT
  • Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a BUILD Application – All Applicants -Tuesday, May 14th 3:00-5:00 EDT

HUD Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants Deadline:  6/11/2019. HUD is offering Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants that provide Financial Assistance or Technical Assistance grants to build the capacity of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations, Community Housing Development Organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low- and moderate-income families and persons.   Click here to review program guidelines.

CDC National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance and Syringe Services Program (SSP) Deadline: 6/26/2019. This three year program will strengthen the capacity and improve the performance of harm reduction programs throughout the United States; and implement a monitoring and evaluation of syringe services programs. The purpose of this project is to strengthen harm reduction programs in order to prevent infectious disease resulting from injection drug use, and improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs, including strengthening linkage to medication-assisted treatment. It is comprised of two components: technical assistance, and monitoring and evaluation, and two one-year demonstration projects. Activities will include: providing technical assistance to SSPs, developing a national training network; and implementing a SSP monitoring and evaluation program. To learn more:

BJA FY 19 Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Interdiction Assistance Grants  Deadline: 7/2/2019. The BJA Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Violent Crime Reduction Initiative is an innovative new program that seeks to provide resources, training, and technical assistance to rural law enforcement agencies along the Southwest Border to assist with the reduction of violent crime, including drugs and human traffickers. The initiative will include two areas of funding; (1) field based initiatives, and (2) a TTA initiative. The eligible applicants for this solicitation are limited to the following entities within California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas: County sheriff’s offices of any size; Rural law enforcement agencies (excluding county sheriff’s offices) serving jurisdictions with populations of fewer than 100,000; and, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) Priority consideration will be given to applicants that represent jurisdictions located within 25 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico.

National Health Emergency Phase Two: Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis Deadline: September 30, 2019 Reminder that the U.S. Department of Labor is offering funding to address the opioid crisis through the Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants program. The purpose of these grants is to enable eligible applicants to create disaster-relief employment to alleviate the effects of the opioid crisis in affected communities, as well as to provide employment and training activities, including supportive services, to address economic and workforce impacts related to widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. You can learn more here: Eligible Applicants for these awards are: States; Outlying areas; and Indian tribal governments as defined by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(6)). Issue Date: September 18, 2018 – Closing Date: September 30, 2019

RURAL LISC Grants to help develop and improve  essential Community Facilities in Rural Communities Deadline: Ongoing.  Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Click here for more information.


National Regional Transportation Conference June 17 – 19, 2019, Columbus OH.  Plan now to attend the 2019 National Regional Transportation Peer Learning Conference, which will occur June 17 – 19, 2019 in Columbus, OH. This conference emphasizes peer learning for regional planning practitioners and their partners. The conference agenda features workshops on RTPO models, public involvement, and regional agency roles in responding to substance use disorder, with several plenary and concurrent sessions on topics such as transportation safety, mobility, bicycle/pedestrian, data analysis, transportation and economic development, and more!  All attendees are invited to the RPO America business meeting for an update and discussion on transportation policy issues. 

Presented at Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM)

19 10 2018

Thanks to ATALM for the privilege of presenting to their International Conference for Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums held at the Mystic Lake Casino, Hotel and Conference Center.  And thanks to the dozens of participants that joined in our presentation on Successful Fundraising for Tribal Libraries and Museums.   We covered a number of tips shown to help several Tribes successfully secure millions of dollars to build culturally-appropriate facilities on their reservations.  If you’d like a copy of the materials we shared, just drop me a note at

Great News on Funding for Health Care in Indian Country!

27 09 2018

We’re excited to hear from the National Indian Health Board that Congress has increased funding for various health programs in Indian Country.  We’re also happy to announce a large grant ($600,000+) to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes that our company, ThunderHawk LLC helped prepare.  A Native-owned firm, ThunderHawk enjoys the services of one of our principles, Dr. Alex Thundercloud, MD, who was the key member of our team on that project.  For further information contact us at

Special Events Evaluation Tool

13 10 2016

With so many special events happening this time of year we thought it would be a good idea to share a special events evaluation tool. Just click the link below! It can be used to help evaluate a recent event or plan for the next one.  We’re happy to offer this copyrighted tool for your use.  If you duplicate it please attribute it in a good way by leaving the footer in place.  Thanks and good luck with your special events as an important part of your overall fundraising strategy.

Don Chalmers, SparrowHawk Consulting


Trainers needed to present 4 course offerings

5 09 2016

Hello, we have a contract pending with WSDOT OEO DBE Support Services to provide trainings this fall. I am recruiting Subject Matter Experts to teach one or more of the 4 initial, six-hour course offerings listed below:

“3. Develop and deliver curriculum, one class per month beginning as soon as possible. Training delivery should be done by a subject matter expert secured by the consultant.

a. Class 1: General Estimating
i. Determine if project includes company work classifications
ii. Where to find info related to company expertise
iii. Quantifying deliverables, identifying estimating coefficients

b. Class 2: Overview of Project Labor Agreements
i. Considerations to include in a proposal
ii. Added steps to address  iii. Prevailing wage rates

c. Class 3: High-level view of scheduling and workflow
i. When to mobilize and cost of [doing so]
ii. How to keep work packages on schedule
iii. How to plan materials deliveries

d. Class 4: Administrative considerations for bidding
i. Understanding contract language
ii. What to include in a proposal
iii. How to protect yourself, reasonable exclusions”

Would you or a member of your staff be interested in teaching one of these programs? They will be offered in Bellingham, Vancouver, Spokane and Tri-Cities and video-recorded.

SparrowHawk and Associates is a multi-firm team that provides outstanding communication and public involvement services to clients including the Washington State Department of Transportation.  SparrowHawk Consulting Company, Inc. serves as the prime contractor on this project.

If interested please email us at  Include a brief statement of qualifications and experience for each course you propose to present.  Thanks for your consideration.


New SAMHSA Grants Due in June!

11 04 2016

New Grant Opportunities

Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care Pilot (MAI-CoC) Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)

Application Due Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $82,500 per year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), announce the availability of supplemental funding to enable grantees funded under the Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care (MAI-CoC) program to expand/enhance grant activities required under the Request for Application (RFA), TI-14-013.

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma

Application Due Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Short Title: ReCAST Program) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs.

For assistance in applying for these and other grant opportunities contact us at SparrowHawk Consulting:

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SparrowHawk Consulting Welcomes New Client: Omaha Nation Community Response Team

15 12 2015

We’re honored and pleased to welcome the Team to the family of SparrowHawk Consulting clients.  The Omaha Nation Community Response Team (ONCRT) is a private, non-profit organization that serves the residents of the Omaha Reservation in Northeastern Nebraska.  As a community-based organization, the Team strives to provide quality prevention, intervention, and community mobilization services and activities, emphasizing the inclusion of Omaha culture as the primary protective factor in bringing about positive changes in the community.  The ONCRT works at the grass root level, creating partnerships with tribal programs, the State of Nebraska, local organizations, and community stakeholders concerning a variety of youth issues.

We’ll be engaged to help ONCRT design, implement and facilitate a strategic planning process early in 2016 that will help them chart a course for the next 3-5 years and create context for future funding requests. Welcome ONCRT!

Integrated Service Delivery Systems

23 11 2015

At SparrowHawk Consulting we are fortunate to work with such a variety of clients and we’re able to see patterns or trends. For example, integration of services, also known as wraparound services, has been an approach we’ve seen in a number of diverse settings. We’ve helped Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, which serves 5 SW Washington counties,  convene and facilitate a series of conversations with workforce providers to integrate intake, recordkeeping, assessment, client service plans and evaluation of services. The goal was more effective and efficient services to job seekers and employers.

Similarly, we helped Tribes assess their comprehensive justice systems. Our follow-up planning process with each Tribe recommended wraparound justice system services creating teams of providers focused on each client and his or her family. Finally, we’ve started a conversation with the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College. And one of the underlying themes: an integrated approach to sustainable infrastructure including highways and bridges!

Our take: wraparound or integrated service delivery or planning models are more efficient, effective and consistent with sustainable values.

Don Chalmers, President

SparrowHawk Consulting

SparrowHawk Helps Alaskan Tribe Prepare Competitive ICDBG Grant Application

26 10 2015

We are proud to have been selected by an Alaskan Tribe to help them prepare  their 2015 HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant.  The proposal will renovate and upgrade their community center making it even more a community hub for the Tribe, its members and its neighbors.  We appreciate the help we received from staff members in preparing this grant through this team effort!

Don Chalmers, President

USDA Announces $1.97 Million for New Community Center on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

22 06 2015

“Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD, June 22, 2015 – Today, Leslie Wheelock, Director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Tribal Relations joined other federal, state, and Tribal leaders to announce $1.97 million to Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC) for a community center serving the Oglala Lakota community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The announcement was made at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Regenerative Community which plans to build additional housing, a small farm, an aquaponics greenhouse, a grocery store, powwow grounds and a youth center on the Reservation. Today’s funding announcement is for Phase One of the project.”

For more information, visit the USDA Rural Development website at

For expert assistance in community development funding projects: