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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                           Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Emergency Food & Shelter Program Funding FY2013


Earlier this month the President sent his Budget Request to Congress for fiscal year 2013. The request recommends a further cut to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) of $20 million, which was already cut by $80 million (40%) in bother FY2011 and FY2012 - a combined loss of $160 million in funding over these two years.


Through the leadership of The Jewish Federations of North America, and with the support of AJFCA, the EFSP program's allocation increased from $153 million in FY2008 to $200 million in FY2009 and FY2010 (and received an addition $100 million within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).  Both JFNA and AJFCA are working to bolster the EFSP program in light of the slow pace of the economic recovery, and continued record poverty and unemployment around the country.


In this regard, for a second consecutive year, we are working with Representative Alcee Hasting (D-Florida), to return lost funding to EFSP. To start, Representative Hastings is circulating the attached funding letter to Appropriators and Dear Colleague letter and Dear Colleague letter requesting co-signatures to the letter that call upon Appropriators to fund EFSP at $200 million. It would be helpful and timely if you would forward this letter to your Members of Congress and request their support for this effort and signature on the letter as a co-signer. Please let Shelley know if you are able to help by forwarding this letter to your Member of Congress.

JFNA Grants Bulletin

Below is the latest edition of JFNA's Grants Bulletin. This edition includes grants related to domestic violence programs, mental health, as well as the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. For the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, it is best to read the information in the bulletin below and then if your agency is eligible to apply, please register on JFNA's technical assistance website for more information. Due to the high level of interest in the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, we would appreciate your inquiries by email only to Karen Edell Yoskowitz and/or Shelley Rood.


Government Funding


U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Program: FY 2012 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

NOTE: We are pleased to provide the following initial grant overview pertaining to the FY2012 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). You will be able to access JFNA grant guidance and more information on the JFNA Nonprofit Security Grant website. This is an access-limited webpage of the JFNA website for use by registered guests only. The site contains JFNA updates, JFNA-produced tools and materials, DHS-FEMA (Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency) guidance and a section on non-NSGP nonprofit security opportunities. The site will be updated regularly and will be the archive and clearing house of all future JFNA materials in support of FY2012 nonprofit security matters.

Deadline: April 4, 2012

Funding: $75,000 maximum grant award. There is no local match requirement. Up to five percent of a subgrant for nonprofits may be retained by the state for management and administration of the subgrants.

Eligibility: Nonprofits, also deemed "subgrantees," determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one or of the specific FY 2012 UASI-eligible urban areas must apply through the State Administration Agency. For the purposes of this grant, nonprofits are considered subgrantees. 

Past subgrantees are eligible to reapply in FY 2012. However, due to the competitive nature of the program, nonprofits that have not received prior funding will receive a modest preference in application scoring.  

Eligible subgrantees must be located in one of the 31 UASI Areas listed below. Please note, the definition of these areas is not necessarily limited to the area title; interested subgrantees must look to their local SAA's definition of these areas, which can be quite broad and flexible.

State/Territory/Urban Area                                        
Arizona - Phoenix Area

California - Anaheim/Santa Ana, Bay Area, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Riverside Area, San Diego  

Colorado - Denver Area                  

District of Columbia - National Capital Region

Florida - Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area, Orlando Area, Tampa Area

Georgia - Atlanta Area

Illinois - Chicago Area

Indiana - Indianapolis Area

Louisiana - New Orleans Area

Maryland - Baltimore Area

Massachusetts - Boston Area

Michigan - Detroit Area

Minnesota - Twin Cities Area

Missouri - Kansas City Area, St. Louis Area

Nevada - Las Vegas Area

New Jersey - Jersey City/Newark Area

New York - New York City Area

North Carolina - Charlotte Area

Oregon - Portland Area

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Area

Texas - Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area, Houston Area, San Antonio Area

Washington - Seattle Area

Description: The Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the specific FY 2012 UASI-eligible urban areas.  Funds will be allocated based on risk analysis, effectiveness and integration with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

The following criteria will be used to determine whether nonprofits are at high risk of a terrorist attack:

  • Identification and substantiation (e.g., police reports or insurance claims) of prior threats or attacks against the nonprofit organization or closely related organizations (within or outside the U.S.) by a terrorist organization, network or cell;
  • Symbolic value of the site(s) as a highly recognized national or historical institution that renders the site as possible target of terrorism;
  • Role of the applicant nonprofit organization in responding to or recovering from terrorist attacks; and
  • Findings from previously conducted risk assessments including threat or vulnerability.

The State Administrative Agency is responsible for managing the process locally.  Coordinating bodies within the community, such as the Federation, Jewish Community Relations Council or state association, should be the conduit of information for technical assistance and troubleshooting between the SAA and the applicants under their umbrellas in order to ensure that potential applicants within a community are on the same page and to avoid overwhelming the SAA by minimizing the number of agencies seeking their guidance or asking redundant questions. Local SAAs and designated points of contact may be found using FEMA's locator.  

Please note that the information on the locator site is subject to change and requires interested nonprofits and coordinating bodies to be patient, diligent and persistent to ensure that the right contacts are made. In addition, each state, or even each UASI within each state, will move at its own pace and provide varying information. It is important to follow the direction and timeline of community-specific SAAs or designated points of contact. Because each state and possibly each UASI will administer the application in their own ways, subgrant applicants should wait until the local guidance is available. Applicants are discouraged from using FEMA application materials and downloads and are encouraged to seek state authority for direction and templates.

Grants may be used for:

  • Physical Security: This refers to the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization, specifically in prevention of and/or protection against the risk of a terrorist attack. This equipment is limited to Physical Security Enhancement Equipment and Inspection, and Screening Services.
  • Training: This includes funds to attend security-related training courses and programs within the United States. Allowable training-related costs are limited to attendance fees for training, and related expenses, such as materials, supplies and/or equipment. Allowable training topics are limited to the protection of critical infrastructure key resources, including physical and cyber security, target hardening and terrorism awareness/employee preparedness. Training must address a specific threat and/or vulnerability, as identified in the nonprofit's application.

More detailed grant guidance may be found on JFNA's Nonprofit Security Grant website.

Contact InformationKaren Yoskowitz


U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women

Program: Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant Program (Disability Grant Program)

Deadline: March 26, 2012

Funding: $5.5 million for 10 awards ranging from $400,000 to $600,000 each

Eligibility: Governments and nonprofits with or without 501 (c)(3) status (Applicants must offer a multidisciplinary partnership that provides an array of services for disabled women)

Description: The Disability Grant Program focuses on ensuring effective services are available for women with disabilities and deaf women who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Grantees must: establish and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborative relationships; increase organizational capacity to provide safe, accessible and responsive services to women with disabilities and deaf women who are victims of violence and abuse; identify needs within the grantee's service area; and develop a plan to address those identified needs.

Click here for grant guidance.

OVW will hold a pre-application audio conference on March 1, from 2-4 pm.   

Click here for general information on OVW grant programs.

Contact InformationQuestions, (202) 307-6026

May be of interest to Jewish Family Service agencies


U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence against Women

Program: Grants to Enhance Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program

Deadline: March 26, 2012

Funding: 20 awards of up to $300,000 each

Eligibility: Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status

Description: Nonprofits use these funds to provide culturally and linguistically relevant services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration during the review process:

  • The development and/or enhancement of culturally specific services for victims of sexual violence; and
  • The development and/or enhancement of culturally specific services to victims from under served African-American communities

Click here for grant guidance.

OVW will hold pre-application audio conferences on March 8 and March 13, from 1-3 pm each day.

Click here for general information on OVW grant programs.

Contact InformationQuestions, (202) 307-6026

May be of interest to Jewish Family Service agencies


Corporation for National and Community Service

Program: Social Innovation Fund (SIF)

Deadline: March 27, 2012

Funding: $10 million for five awards ranging from $1 million to $5 million each

Eligibility: Existing grant making institutions

Description: SIF funds help existing grant-making institutions support innovative community-based nonprofits working in low-income communities. These institutions match every federal dollar of the grant award in cash. They then identify and invest at least 80 percent of their federal funds (plus identified cash matching funds) in promising nonprofits working in one or more of the following categories:

1. Youth Development;
2. Economic Opportunity; and
3. Healthy Futures

Click here for grant guidance.

Contact Information:  Questions, (202) 606-3223  

May be of interest to Large City Federations


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

Program: Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Deadline: March 13, 2012

Funding: $2 million for 15 awards 

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations that serve refugees and are ethnically-based community organizations or faith-based ethnic organizations

Description: The Ethnic Community Self Help Program provides support for activities designed to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations. The program is designed to build bridges between refugee communities and community resources in order to enhance services to refugees. Proposed activities will address community building; facilitate cultural adjustment and integration of refugees and deliver mutually supportive functions such as information exchange, civic participation, resource enhancement and orientation and support to newly arriving refugees, and public education to the larger community on the background, needs and potential of refugees.

Click here for grant guidance.

Contact InformationProgram Office, Tabassum Siraj, (202) 401-4689

Office of Grants Management, Daphne Weeden,(202) 401-5513

May be of interest to Jewish Family Service agencies


U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

NOTE: In anticipation of this grant announcement sometime this spring it might be useful for interested agencies to refer to past grant guidance to get a head start.

Program: Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO)

Deadline (Tentative): Late March (announcement), May (deadline)

Funding: $1.8 million for six awards

Eligibility: Community-based organizations (Applicants must be part of a consortium that includes a registered apprenticeship program sponsor and a local one-stop employment center with demonstrated experience in providing services to women for non-traditional occupations.)

Description: The WANTO program funds organizations providing preparatory education to help women obtain job readiness skills and industry-specific training. Grantees must provide technical assistance to help employers and labor unions recruit, place and retain women in registered apprenticeship programs that lead to non-traditional occupations.

Grant funds may be used to offset the cost of equipment, tools, child care and transportation services for apprentices.

Click here for more information on the program.

May be of interest to Jewish Vocational Service agencies



Foundation Funding


Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Program: Mental Health and Well-Being

Deadline: Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by April 13, 2012

Eligibility: Tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code

Description: The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation works to reduce health disparities by strengthening community-based healthcare worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities. The Foundation's Mental Health and Well-Being initiative leverages public and private sector partners in the community and outside the clinic to increase disease awareness, educate patients about effective self-management of their illness, reduce stigma and provide emotional support.

Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following issues:

  • the mental health needs of returning military service members, veterans and their families; or
  • the overrepresentation of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system.

Click here for the Letter of Inquiry form. Click here for more information on applying for Bristol-Myers Squibb grants.

Contact Information:  Catharine Grimes, (212) 546-4196

Christine Newman, (609) 252-4726

May be of interest to Jewish Family Service agencies


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (for U.S. and Canadian nonprofits)

Program: Quality of Life Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2012

Funding: Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 for one year. Applications should demonstrate that the program is sustainable beyond Neilsen Foundation funding.

Eligibility: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the U.S., equivalent organizations in Canada

Description: The Quality of Life Grants Program provides support for innovative rehabilitation and recreation programs as well as independent living and educational opportunities intended to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States and Canada.

May be of interest to Jewish organizations that deliver programs to those living with spinal cord injuries

State Advocate Experiences and Engagement in Duals Integration

Approximately 9 million low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (often referred to as "duals"). 


At least 37 states and the District of Columbia are pursuing efforts to better coordinate care and potentially lower costs for this population, including 15 states that were awarded design contracts. Meaningful stakeholder engagement from aging and disability advocates is essential to the success of duals integration efforts. 


This webinar will highlight the experiences of advocates in two states that are among the first to move forward: Massachusetts and California. 


Advocates will share insights, strategies, and examples of their focused advocacy in such key areas as enrollment and consumer choice, network adequacy, accessibility, care coordination, oversight and monitoring, appeals and grievances, and access to home and community-based services.          


  • Bill Henning, Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Dennis Heaphy, Disability Policy Consortium-Massachusetts
  • Deborah Doctor, Disability Rights California
  • Laurel Mildred, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
  • Karen Keeslar, California Association of Public Authorities   

The webinar will be recorded and posted online.

State Advocate Experiences and Engagement in Duals Integration  

Friday, March 9th, 2:00pm-3:30pm ET