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This Week in Federal Grants: $3.3 Billion for Health, Energy, Self-Driving Cars, and Refugee Aid

Welcome to this week's edition of The GrantExec Federal, where we bring you the most recent and noteworthy federal grant opportunities. Our team of experts constantly monitors and compiles data on new grants, ensuring our clients stay informed and prepared to capitalize on these opportunities. Today, we're featuring grants that focus on protecting maternal health, pioneering clean energy on mining land, preserving Pacific fish and waterways, establishing a center of excellence on automated vehicles, and supporting refugee aid programs in Central America.

This week, federal agencies released 135 grants for 1,457 awardees, totaling $3,294,841,357 in new funding opportunities.

This week, the federal government posted 135 grant opportunities for an estimated 1,457 future recipients, totaling $3,294,841,357 in new funding up for grabs.

Our team of experts selected five grants to highlight:

1. Empowering Maternal Health: Mental Health and Recovery Services Expansion

4/3/23: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the FY 2023 Screening and Treatment for Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (MMHSUD) program, aimed at expanding the capacity of healthcare providers to better serve pregnant and postpartum individuals. This $8.75 million funding opportunity seeks to establish and improve statewide or regional networks that provide real-time psychiatric consultation, care coordination support services, and culturally and linguistically appropriate training to maternity care providers and clinical practices.

The MMHSUD program aims to increase routine behavioral health screening, detection, assessment, intervention, treatment, and referral of maternal mental health conditions using evidence-based practices, as well as boost access to community-based, culturally appropriate treatment and recovery support services that may be provided in-person or via telehealth. More information here.

Who should apply? State governments, Native American tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply for this federal funding opportunity, with 14 awards of up to $750,000 each available. To be competitive, applicants should demonstrate a comprehensive approach to addressing maternal mental health and substance use disorders, incorporating equity and respectful, culturally responsive care in their proposals. While the funding opportunity announcement outlines many program requirements and expectations, potential applicants should be aware of the program's long-term goals and objectives, which must be achieved by 2028. These objectives include increasing the number of providers using the program for consultations, care coordination support services, and referrals, as well as expanding the number of provider trainings that address equity and respectful, culturally responsive care.

2. Pioneering Clean Energy Demonstrations on Mining Land

4/4/23: The Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement for clean energy demonstration projects on current and former mine lands. This initiative, backed by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, aims to demonstrate scalable clean energy projects that address critical barriers to the commercial adoption of such energy systems. By focusing on mine lands, the Clean Energy on Current and Former Mine Land Program seeks to leverage the unique advantages offered by these lands, including proximity to critical infrastructure, skilled workforce, and suitability for various clean energy technologies.

The awards will range from $10 million to $150 million in federal funds, and each award will require a minimum of 50% non-federal cost share. The DOE plans to fund up to five projects with a period of performance spanning 4-7 years. More information here.

Who should apply? Eligible applicants include state, county, city or township governments, special district governments, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, tribal organizations, nonprofits (with or without 501(c)(3) status), private institutions of higher education, and for-profit organizations other than small businesses. To be competitive, applicants must submit all concept papers and full applications through the OCED Exchange platform, and demonstrate their ability to provide a 50% non-federal cost share, which is a key factor in determining a project's financial viability and competitiveness.

3. Making a Splash: Pacific Fish and Waterways Conservation Efforts

4/6/23: The Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act (FRIMA) has announced funding for Fiscal Year 2023, aimed at reducing fish mortality associated with water withdrawal for irrigation and decreasing the incidence of fish entering water supply systems. The program targets Pacific Ocean drainage areas of California, Idaho, western Montana, Oregon, and Washington, supporting projects such as fish screens, fish passage devices, and related inventories.

The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) will provide $5 million for the implementation of FRIMA, focusing on the development, improvement, or installation of fish screens, fish passage devices, and related features to mitigate the impact on fisheries associated with irrigation water system diversions in the specified regions. More information here.

Who should apply? Eligible applicants include state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, public housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, and both 501(c)(3) and non-501(c)(3) nonprofits. Applicants must ensure their projects are located in areas draining into the Pacific Ocean, have 35% non-federal cost share, and fulfill other requirements stated in the funding announcement. Awards will range from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $1,000,000. Interested organizations should collaborate with local Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program staff to ensure that their project meets the conservation needs of the Service.

4. Paving the Future: Center of Excellence on New Mobility and Automated Vehicles

4/4/23: A new funding opportunity has been announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish the Mobility Center of Excellence. This initiative will focus on researching the effects of new mobility and highly automated vehicles on various sectors such as land use, urban design, transportation, real estate, equity, and municipal budgets. New mobility refers to transportation network companies like Uber or Lyft, docked and dockless bikes, and docked and dockless scooters. The government plans to award one grant under this notice, with an award floor of $1,500,000 and a ceiling of $7,500,000. More information here.

Who should apply? Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, public research entities, and private research entities. The competition is open to all eligible parties and their partnering organizations. Partnering is encouraged due to the cross-disciplinary nature of the research and the need for various expertise. To be a competitive applicant, organizations should demonstrate a strong background in the relevant fields, propose innovative and impactful research projects, and showcase the potential for collaboration with other experts in the domain. Contact Angela Jones at or 202-366-4255 for further inquiries.

5. Strengthening Refugee Aid Programs in Central America

4/3/23: This opportunity aims to support non-governmental organizations that primarily assist refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. The program prioritizes proposals that center on women and girls while addressing the needs of all genders in the specified sectors. To be eligible for funding, programs must have a target participant base consisting of at least 50% refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants. Proposals should focus on locations where other humanitarian actors are not already present or where unmet needs remain, filling gaps in support. More information here.

Who should apply? Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Competitive applicants should demonstrate a clear understanding of the needs of refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants in the targeted regions, and should develop programs that prioritize the unique challenges faced by women and girls while being inclusive of all genders.


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