From US Representative Val Demings of the 10th Congressional District of Florida

As your Representative in Congress, it is my privilege to deliver this newsletter with opportunities for federal grants in District 10.

Rep. Val Demings

As you may know, federal funding is extremely competitive and limited in availability. It is my hope that this newsletter will be a helpful resource for you in the grants process.

Grants are available to individuals, non-profit organizations, and state or local government entities.

For more information about getting started and the application process, please visit, or contact Erin Waldron, my Director of Economic and Community Development, at 321-388-9808.

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Recently Awarded in District 10

Orange County Public Schools Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV Prevention Grant Award – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Award: $360,000
  • Description: The adolescent years are an ideal time to develop healthy behaviors. CDC translates science into innovative programs and tools to make youth safer and healthier. These CDC funds will be used to build an education agency capacity to support local decisions based on school district burden, context and need.  The project period will last five years, from FY 2018-2023. Orange County Public Schools received $360,000 for year 1 and plans utilize the funding to:
    • Collect and report Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and School Health Profiles.
    • Implement Empower Orange to deliver enhanced and effective skills-based sexual health education (SHE); provide adolescent access to on-site and off-site sexual health services (SHS), and implement best classroom management practices, and promote positive youth development activities through safe and supportive environments (SSE).
    • Partner to provide technical assistance related to SHE, SHS, and SSE to middle and high school instructors.

Orlando International: Rehabilitate Runway – 17R/35L, Rehabilitate Runway – 18L/36R – Federal Aviation Administration

  • Award: $17,573,950
  • Description: This grant will provide federal funding to the Orlando International Airport for a project to rehabilitate 10,800 feet of Runway 17R/35L to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris. This grant funds the final phase, which includes construction of the project. Additionally, the grant funds a project to rehabilitate 12,805 feet of Runway 18L/36R to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris. This grant funds the first phase, which includes design.

SunRail FY 2017 Section 5309 New Starts Funding Grant – Federal Transit Administration

  • Award: $16,058,187
  • Description: The Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit Phase 2 South Project consists of a new, 17.2-mile extension to the existing 32-mile SunRail commuter rail transit line that provides service from Volusia County through Seminole County, Orange County, and downtown Orlando. The Project will extend along the existing railroad right of way south of Orlando through Kissimmee to Poinciana in Osceola County. The Project includes four new commuter rail stations and the construction of a Vehicle Storage and Light Maintenance Facility (VSLMF).

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program – Department of the Interior

  • Award Ceiling: $750,00
  • Application Deadline: September 14, 2018
  • Description: The National Park Service State and Local Assistance Division announces the availability of $13.3 million mainly appropriated in FY 2017 for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance grants for a nationally competitive grant program. Eligible U.S. state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving Census-delineated “urbanized areas”: places with a population of 50,000 or more people that are densely settled.
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Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program – Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Award Ceiling: $30,000,000
  • Application Deadline: September 17, 2018
  • Description: Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:
    • 1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
    • 2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and
    • 3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
    • Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.
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YouthBuild Employment and Training Program – Department of Labor

  • Award Ceiling: $1,100,000
  • Application Deadline: September 18, 2018
  • Description: Under this Funding Opportunity Announcement, the Department of Labor will award grants through a competitive process to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is the Construction Plus component, a priority in this grant competition. Eligible applicants for these grants are public or private non-profit agencies. These organizations include rural, urban, or Native American agencies that have previously served disadvantaged youth in a YouthBuild or other similar program. These agencies or organizations may include, but are not limited to:
    • Community and faith-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status;
    • An entity carrying out activities under WIOA, such as a local workforce development board or one-stop center partner program;
    • Educational institutions, including a local school board, public school district, or community college;
    • A community action agency;
    • A State or local housing development agency;
    • Any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Section 166 of WIOA, including Federally and other than Federally-Recognized Tribes, Native American non-profit organizations, and Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native organizations;
    • A community development corporation;
    • A State or local youth service conservation corps; and
    • Any other public or private non-profit entity that is eligible to provide education or employment training under a Federal program and can meet the required elements of the grant.
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TriService Nursing Research Program “A Call” – Department of Defense

  • Award Ceiling: $450,000
  • Application Deadline: October 2, 2018
  • Description: The TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNRP) was founded in 1992 and funds and supports rigorous scientific research studies and evidence-based practice (EBP) projects in the field of military nursing. TSNRP is located within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) which is authorized by 10 USC 2113(g)(1)(A) to make grants to any nonprofit entity for the purpose of carrying out cooperative enterprises in medical research, medical consultation, and medical education. Eligible TSNRP applicants are limited to Active Duty, Reserve, or retired military nurses from the United States Army, Navy, or Air Force, or National Guard Corps Officers.
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African American Civil Rights Preservation Grants – Department of the Interior

  • Award Ceiling: $500,000
  • Application Deadline: October 8, 2018
  • Description: The National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR) will document, interpret, and preserve the sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The NPS 2008 report, “Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites,” will serve as the reference document in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties. AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require a non-Federal match. There are separate funding announcements for physical preservation projects and for historical research/documentation projects. Funding announcement P18AS00485 is for physical preservation of historic sites only; P18AS00484 is for historical research/documentation projects only. This funding opportunity is for physical preservation grants.
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Again, for more information about getting started and the application process, please visit, or contact Erin Waldron, Director of Economic and Community Development, at 321-388-9808.

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