Federal Grants & Rules: Week Ending October 2, 2015

Department of Agriculture

Utilities Programs

Solid Waste Management Grant Program FY16

Deadline: Dec 31, 2015

Award Size: 30 Awards

Program Funding: $4,000,000

Publication Date: 10/1

Summary: Funds may be used to: Evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the maintenance and operation of active landfills in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to help associations reduce the solid waste stream; and provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills in rural areas which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development/implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements.


Department of Education

Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Education Research: Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions

Deadline: Jan 12, 2016

Award Size: Program Funding: $1,000,000

Award Ceiling: $250,000

Publication Date: 9/28

Summary: The purpose of these grant programs is to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions implemented by SEAs and LEAs that have important implications for improving student education outcomes.


Department of Energy – Office of Science

Office of Science

FY 2016 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016

Award Size: $500,000

Publication Date: 10/1

Summary: The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.


Department of Energy – Office of Science

Office of Science

Atmospheric System Research Program

Deadline: Apr 20, 2016

Award Size: Award Ceiling: $300,000

Award Floor: $50,000

Publication Date: 10/2

Summary: The goal of the ASR program is to improve the scientific understanding and treatment of clouds, aerosols, and radiative transfer processes in atmospheric models, that in turn are combined with ocean, terrestrial, and ice sheet models to make projections of climate change.


Department of Energy – Office of Science

Office of Science

Atmospheric System Research Program – New Data Products

Deadline: Jan 13, 2016

Award Size: Award Ceiling: $250,000

Award Floor: $75,000

Publication Date: 10/2

Summary: The ASR program hereby announces its interest in research grant applications to develop new proof-of-concept data products from ARM site instruments, such that new data products represent novel and improved information involving geophysical variables that in turn are utilized by regional and global climate models.


Department of the Interior

Office of Surface Mining

Not-for-profit AMD Reclamation (WCAP)

Deadline: Oct 1, 2015  Applications are accepted throughout the fiscal year.

Award Size: 13 Awards with cost sharing

Program Funding: $1,500,000

Award Ceiling: $100,000

Publication Date: 9/30

Summary: Funding is available to assist local qualified not-for-profit organizations to begin actual construction projects to improve the water quality of streams impacted by acid mine drainage (AMD). NOTICE: Currently, no funds have specifically been earmarked for projects in 2016 but OSM will accept applications. Should funds become available, OSM will award funds based on qualified applications.


Department of Transportation

DOT Federal Highway Administration

Ladders of Opportunity Initiative: Pilot On-the-Job-Training Supportive Services Program

Deadline: Dec 23, 2015

Award Size: 6 Awards

Program Funding: $3,000,000

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Publication Date: 9/30

Summary: The FHWA seeks to award discretionary grants to State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs), or to other State agencies or local governments applying through their State DOTs as subrecipients. This NOFA solicits proposals that promote innovative, nationally and regionally significant, highway construction workforce development programs that invest in America’s economic growth and build ladders of opportunity into the middle class for American workers.


National Science Foundation

Dimensions of Biodiversity

Deadline: Mar 17, 2016

Award Size: 12 Awards

Program Funding: $20,000,000

Award Ceiling: $2,000,000

Award Floor: $750,000

Publication Date: 9/30

Summary: This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth.  Investigators wishing to inquire about the suitability of potential projects for Dimensions of Biodiversity are encouraged to email a brief summary and contact information to Dimensions@nsf.gov.

NOTICES

Department of Agriculture

Rural Utilities Service

New Equipment Contract for Telecommunications and Broadband Borrowers

Type of Notice: Proposed Rule

Deadline: Comments by November 30, 2015

Publication Date: 10/1

Summary: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is requesting public comments on streamlining the Agency’s contractual process for equipment procurement by replacing type-specific Equipment Contracts.


Department of Health and Human Services

Food and Drug Administration

Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers; Small Entity Compliance Guide; Guidance for Industry; Availability

Type of Notice: Rule

Deadline: Submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time.

Publication Date: 9/30

Summary: The purpose of this document is to describe the Veterinary Feed Directive requirements for veterinarians, feed manufacturers and other distributors, animal producers, and other parties involved in the distribution or use of medicated feed containing a Veterinary Feed Directive drug (VFD feed).


Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Greater Phoenix Mine Project, Lander County, NV

Type of Notice: Notice

Deadline: Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until October 29, 2015.

Publication Date: 9/29

Summary: BLM Mount Lewis Field Office, Battle Mountain, Nevada, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.


Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management

Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of Oil

Type of Notice: Proposed Rule

Deadline: Comments by November 30, 2015.

Publication Date: 9/30

Summary: The changes contemplated as part of this proposed rule would strengthen the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) policies governing production accountability by updating its minimum standards for oil measurement to reflect the considerable changes in technology and industry practices that have occurred in the 25 years since Order 4 was issued.


Department of the Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as an Endangered or Threatened Species

Type of Notice: Proposed Rule

Deadline: N/A

Publication Date: 10/2

Summary: The Columbia Basin population does not qualify as a distinct population segment. In addition, we find that listing the greater sage-grouse is not warranted at this time.


Department of Transportation

Federal Aviation Administration

Notice To Amend Federal Grant Assurance Obligations at Elko Regional Airport (EKO), Elko, Nevada

Type of Notice: Notice

Deadline: Comments by November 2, 2015

Publication Date: 10/2

Summary: The 12.2 acres of airport land is identified as “future commercial” on the FAA conditionally approved Airport Layout Plan (ALP).