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



Don Presenting “Funding for Independent Documentaries in and out of Indian Country”

19 08 2015

The 75-minute workshop is a part of the 2015 Vision Maker Media Filmmaker Training in Lincoln, Neb on August 19-21.

The PowerPoint(r) is:

Funding for Independent Documentaries in and out of

For more information on the conference:

Contact: Don Chalmers, SparrowHawk Consulting, don[@]

Board Development and Strategic Planning at NPI

20 05 2015

I was honored to present this topic to a well-attended session of this year’s 25th Anniversary of Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Philanthropy Institute at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel earlier this month.  I’ve attached a PowerPoint Slide Show for those who would like to view the presentation.  You will have to click “Enter” to move through the slides.

For further information please contact: or (360) 412-1700/ (360) 280-0511  Thanks!

Board Dev and Strategic Planning – NPI 2015

Washington State Asset Building Coalition Grants: Applications due May 15

17 04 2015

The Department of Commerce seeks grant applications for activities to improve the financial health of low- and moderate-income households. Grant funds will serve to initiate, expand, and strengthen community-based Asset Building Coalitions and their services. Multi-county collaborations are encouraged, and funded activities must align with the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s Household Financial Security Framework.

Funds will be awarded by July 1, 2015, contingent upon final passage and approval of the Washington State 2015-17 operating budget.

Key Dates

  • April 20, 1 p.m. – Bidders teleconference: (360) 407-3780, PIN Code: 129745#
  • May 15 – Applications due (electronic and hard copy)
  • May 29 – Grant awards announced

To learn more go to:

For assistance:

Don Chalmers to present to the Native Philanthropy Institute

1 04 2015

Don Chalmers,  an Adjunct Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College, is presenting to the Native Philanthropy Institute to be held at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, in Prior Lake, MN May 5-6.   This year’s institute is part of the Native Americans in Philanthropy’s  25th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference.  Don will be speaking on Board Development/Training and the role of the Board in strategic planning. In addition to his teaching at Evergreen, for the past 2o years Don has served as a consultant to Tribes and tribal organizations as well as  non-profits throughout the United States through his company, SparrowHawk Consulting.

for further information on the 25th Anniversary of NAP:

for further information on SparrowHawk Consulting: or (800) 398-9048

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