USDA Rural Development Seeks Applications for RBDG Grant Program

11 01 2016

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG), which is a competitive grant program designed to develop and expand rural small and emerging private business enterprises. Individual businesses themselves are
not eligible to apply. Public Bodies, Nonprofit Entities, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grant funds to support the development and
expansion of small and emerging private business enterprises in their rural areas. For a Tribe to apply to assist a tribal business enterprise, the governing board must be independent from the tribal government.

Grant funds may be used for targeted technical assistance, training and other activities to support the development of small, private business enterprises in rural areas. In Washington State, it is anticipated that approximately $353,000 will be available for the RBDG program this fiscal year. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 29, 2016 to be considered for this fiscal year’s anticipated funding. Applications from Native American tribes must be sent by March 31, 2016.

For Washington state: all applications must be sent to the USDA Rural Development Washington State Office, 1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite B, Olympia, WA 98512, and must be received in the office by 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time., For more information on the RBDG program in Washington state, please contact Carlotta Donisi by calling (360) 704-7724 or email her at

For assistance in preparing a competitive RBDG please contact us at


Want to get a jump on grant deadlines?

6 01 2016

For Health and Human Services you can use their Forecasting website to get advance estimates of grant programs, their allocation of funds, number of awards and deadlines.  Go to: to start your search.

We ran a search on upcoming Administration for Children and Families (ACF) program estimates for grants likely due between now and early April 2016 including Administration for Native Americans grants.  For a copy of the results just drop a note to



SAMHSA: $325.2 Million Available in Grant Opportunities

9 02 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced several grant opportunities that might be of interest:

Up to $163.2 Million Available in Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration GrantsThe purpose of this program is to provide coordinated and integrated services by co-locating primary and specialty care medical services in community-based mental and behavioral health settings.

Up to $140 Million Available in Strategic Prevention Framework Grants

The program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among people aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among people aged 12 to 25.

Up to $18.6 Million Available To Enhance and Support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement of up to $18.6 million to manage, enhance, and strengthen the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as well as the Disaster Distress Helpline (Helpline) over 3 years.

Up to $1.4 Million Available in Statewide Family Network Program Grants

The purpose of this program is to enhance state capacity and infrastructure to be more oriented to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Nearly $2 Million Available in Statewide Consumer Network Grants

The purpose of this program is to improve mental health service delivery to people with serious mental illnesses by enhancing statewide mental health consumer-run and controlled organizations.

For further information:

For assistance in completing a competitive grant:  Don Chalmers, or (800) 398-9048

Department of Justice Announces $101.5 million in 2012 CTAS grants

20 01 2012

Deadline: April 18, 2012 9 PM EST

Tribes and Tribal Consortia are eligible to apply for funding under the Consolidated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for a variety of 10 justice and safety programs or purpose areas.  As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Department is a leader in an effort to bring several, related programs together in a single application that encourages Tribal programs to coordinate and collaborate in preparing and implementing their projects. This year’s purpose areas are:

FY 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Purpose Areas

1. Public safety and community policing (COPS Tribal Resources Hiring Grant Program and Tribal Resources Grant Equipment/Training), CFDA #16.710
2. Comprehensive Planning Demonstration Project, (OJP/BJA), CFDA #16.608
3. Justice systems, and alcohol and substance abuse (OJP/BJA—Tribal Courts Assistance Program and Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program), CFDA #16.608
4. Corrections and correctional alternatives (OJP/BJA—Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands Program), CFDA #16.596
5. Violence Against Women (OVW- Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program- TSASP), CFDA#16.587
6. Violence Against Women (OVW—Tribal Governments Program – Tribal Governments Program), CFDA #16.587
7. Victims of Crime (OJP/OVC—Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities), CFDA #16.582
8. Victims of Crime (OJP/OVC- Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program), CFDA#16.528
9. Juvenile Justice (OJP/OJJDP—Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Program), CFDA #16.731
10. Tribal Youth Program (OJP/OJJDP—Tribal Youth Program – TYP), CFDA #16.731

2012 Changes in the Program

“What changes were made to CTAS for Fiscal Year 2012?

The Department made several major changes based on Tribal leaders and Tribal organizations input:
• Incorporating a question-and-answer template into the solicitation to make the document more user-friendly;
• Adding a new strategic planning pilot program;
• Adjusting Purpose Areas to address Tribes’ concerns and to allow for greater flexibility in funding requests;
• Using a demographics form instead of relying on a general narrative to better illustrate the unique characteristics of each Tribe;
• Requiring Tribes to submit legal Tribal documentation authorizing application for grant funding. This documentation must be submitted at the time of application, but is defined more broadly than in 2011, which specifically required a Tribal Resolution.” (CTAS Fact Sheet)

For further information: contact us at SparrowHawk Consulting Company–we’ve helped one Tribe secure over $4.6 million in CTAS funding in the last two years!  Don Chalmers

or visit the DOJ website at: