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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                        Thursday, April 11, 2013  

President Obama's budget: 5 Takeaways
President Obama may not get to implement any of these policies, but he'd like everyone to know he wants to buy better education and infrastructure with money raised by taxing millionaires, cigarettes and oil, gas and coal companies, at higher rates. Continue reading here.
The Battle Over the 2014 Budget
For the first time in nearly a century, a presidential budget request has landed on the steps of the Capitol after the House and Senate approved their own competing visions. See how President Obama's proposal stacks up with the House and Senate blueprints, as well as those floated by the more liberal and conservative wings of both parties. Continue reading here.
Seniors Living Jewishly
Do you know about an innovative program that helps seniors live Jewishly? How are seniors connected to Jewish culture, religious services, community services, or Jewish learning in your community? If you know if a program that is particularly creative or innovative, please email Shelley with a few sentence description.
Senate Opens Debate on Gun Bill
The Senate voted 68 to 31 to proceed to debate on legislation to curb gun violence, beginning what observers expect to be weeks of argument on the most consequential congressional action on firearm regulations since the 1990s.

Sixteen Republicans joined 52 Democrats to approve a motion to proceed. Two Democrats joined 29 Republicans in opposing the motion. Continue reading here.
Grants Bulletin
The Beverly Foundation
2013 STAR Awards for Senior Transportation
DESCRIPTION: Awards of $5,000 will be given to organizations across the nation that provide supplemental senior transportation services.  Sponsored by the Beverly Foundation, the STAR Awards program is meant to recognize outstanding organizations that utilize volunteer drivers.  
DEADLINE: April 1 through 15, 2013  
Click here to review past winners and reports.
CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have questions about the application process, please email Cora Potter.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Empowering Youth with Disabilities in the Workforce
DESCRIPTION: The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation's (MEAF) National Grants program provides support for innovative model projects of national scope focused on the foundation's mission of helping youth with disabilities lead productive lives through increased employment.
The program seeks to fund innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment.  MEAF defines youth from birth through college (about 26 years of age).  The foundation will also consider projects to create tools that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans with disabilities.
ELIGIBILITY: Grants will be provided to nonprofit organizations in the United States with 501(c)(3) status for projects that present an innovative approach leading to measurable employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.  Projects should:
*         be national in scope or have a definite plan for national dissemination and replication
*         promote the full-inclusion of youth with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities
*         promote inclusive competitive employment practices
Preference is given to projects that take place in Mitsubishi Electric community locations or involve Mitsubishi Electric Employee Volunteers.  Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $75,000 per year, for one to three years.  Six to twelve grants are awarded each year.
DEADLINE: January 1 to June 1 to be considered for the following year's funding.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: For complete program guidelines, application procedures, and the eligibility quiz, visit the MEAF Web site.
Youth Running Programs
DESCRIPTION: The program provides a minimum of fifty grants of up to $2,500 each for schools to establish a running program or expand an existing one for children in grades K-8. The program is designed to fight childhood obesity and improve the self-esteem, school performance, and overall well-being of children in grades K-8.
DEADLINE: May 15, 2013
APPLICATION INFORMATION: http://www.orangelaces.com/site/index/get_your_school_involved
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Marketplace Navigator Grants
DESCRIPTION: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of new funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The "Navigator" program will help consumers understand new coverage options as they enroll in new Marketplaces. The new funding opportunity provides up to $54 million in total funding.

Starting October 1, 2013, consumers in all states will be able to choose new affordable health insurance options through a new Health Insurance Marketplace. Some states are setting up a State-based Marketplace, other states will work with the federal government in a State Partnership Marketplace and the remaining states will have a Federally-facilitated Marketplace. No matter what state they live in, consumers can get help as they apply for and choose new insurance options. You can help provide that assistance in a number of different ways: by becoming Navigators, in-person assistance personnel, or certified application counselors. In addition, agents and brokers can also help consumers enroll in new insurance options. What is a Navigator?: Navigators' most important role is to help consumers prepare electronic and paper applications to establish eligibility and enroll in coverage through the Marketplaces and potentially qualify for an insurance affordability program.  They will also provide outreach and education to raise awareness about the Marketplace, and will refer consumers to health insurance ombudsman and consumer assistance programs when necessary.  Navigators will play a role in all types of Marketplaces, be funded through state and federal grant programs, and must complete comprehensive training. ELIGIBILITY: Jewish Family Service Agencies may be eligible to apply as Navigators. The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible self-employed individuals and private and public entities applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace.
DEADLINE: June 7, 2013
CONFERENCE CALL: CMS will also hold two pre-application conference calls for potential applicants.
First call: Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. EDT
Toll-free teleconference phone number: 877-267-1577; ID: 5119
Second call: Friday, April 19, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. EDT
Toll-free teleconference phone number: 877-267-1577; ID: 2917

APPLICATION INFORMATION: To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit: http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.750. For more information about Navigators, including continuing updates, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/exchanges/assistance.html
U.S. Department of Labor
Face Forward Serving Juvenile Offenders Grants
DESCRIPTION: Grants to fund youthful re-entry diversion and job skills training, along with similar strategies to improve the long-term labor market outcomes for adjudicated youth.
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit and public agencies
MAX GRANT SIZE: $1,000,000
DEADLINE: May 10, 2013
Application INFORMATION: http://tinyurl.com/ceaghsm
Contact Information: Mamie Williams, Grants Management Specialist  (202) 693-3341
U.S. Department of Labor
Urban and Non-Urban Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)
DESCRIPTION: Grants to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit and public agencies, including Workforce Investment Boards
MAX GRANT SIZE: $300,000
DEADLINE: May 3, 2013
CONTACT INFORMATION: http://www.grants.gov/search/downloadAttachment.do?attId=184865&filename=py2013%20urban%20non-urban%20hvrp%20sga.pdf&mimeType=application/pdf