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America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC) 2022

May 19, 2022

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

In year one of the ATBC approximately $85 million will be awarded in nationwide funding to advance the America the Beautiful Initiative and its goals to connect and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend.

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Quadratec Cares 'Energize The Environment' Grant Program

May 19, 2022

Quadratec

Quadratec is offering two $3,500 environmental grants per year – one each in the spring and fall – to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit our environment.

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Canton's Roadmap for Inclusive Economic Growth

May 17, 2022

Canton's Roadmap for Success is a strategy that reviews all city decisions through the lenses of eight tenets for success. Included in these are goals to engage the city's diverse population, assist small businesses with succeeding in the regional economy, and creating great neighborhoods. City Manager Billy Peppers provided an overview of the city's efforts during the May 17, 2022, EMBRACE webinar.

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Facing Georgia’s Opioid Challenge

Cities Connect

May 17, 2022

During the May 17, 2022, Cities Connect call, Cassandra Price, Director of the Office of Addictive Diseases with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (GDBHDD), discussed the ongoing opioid epidemic in Georgia. She provided updated information on the impact of opioids in Georgia, current services being provided by DBHDD to local communities, and reviewed the opioid settlements that will have an impact across the state.

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US DOT Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program

May 16, 2022

US Department of Transportation

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) establishes the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program that will provide $5-6 billion in grants over the next 5 years. Funding supports regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.

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US DOT Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP)

May 16, 2022

US Department of Transportation

RCP funds can support planning, capital construction, and technical assistance to equitably and safely restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities that create barriers to mobility, access, or economic development.

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NTIA Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program

May 13, 2022

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

The Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Grant (MMG) Program provides funding for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure. (opens June 21, 2022)

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2022 US EDA Build to Scale Program

May 11, 2022

US Economic Development Administration

EDA’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is committed to furthering tech-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high-skill and high-wage job growth, create economic opportunity, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies.

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Lawrenceville Community Response Program

Cities Connect

May 10, 2022

In July 2021 the Lawrenceville Police Department began embedding two behavioral health clinicians into field operations. During the May 10, 2022, Cities Connect call Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington discussed the city police department’s proactive initiative to address the increasing mental health crisis its officers face in the community

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FY22 Microgrants - Community Policing Development

May 10, 2022

US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

The FY22 Microgrants - Community Policing Development Solicitation (CPD Microgrants) program funds are used to develop law enforcement’s capacity to implement community policing strategies.

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OneGeorgia Equity Fund

May 10, 2022

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The purpose of the Equity Fund is to finance activities that will assist applicants in promoting the health, welfare, safety, and economic security of the citizens of the state through the development and retention of employment opportunities in areas of greater need.

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Competition

May 6, 2022

Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

The Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally funded block grant focused on benefiting low- to moderate-income people by providing resources for livable neighborhoods, economic empowerment, and decent housing.

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NPS Underrepresented Community Grants

May 6, 2022

National Park Service

National Park Service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) works towards diversifying the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places.

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NEA Public Humanities Projects

May 6, 2022

National Endowment for the Arts

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming.

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HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

May 6, 2022

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD will select up to 25 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.

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HUD Authority to Accept Unsolicited Proposals for Research Partnerships

May 6, 2022

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD developed the Research Partnerships vehicle to allow greater flexibility in addressing important policy questions and to better utilize external innovations and effectiveness of programs affecting residents of urban, suburban, rural, and expertise in evaluating the local tribal areas.

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US DOE Battery Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing

May 6, 2022

U.S. Department of Energy

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation (BIL) goals of delivering more clean energy, create new, good-paying jobs and lowering costs for American families and workers by guiding the Nation towards a one hundred percent carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero economy by 2050.

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US DOE Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second Life Applications

May 6, 2022

U.S. Department of Energy

This FOA and any related activities are focused on the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second-Life Program which includes second-life applications for electric drive vehicle batteries that have been used to power electric drive vehicles; and technologies and processes for final recycling and disposal of the electric drive vehicle batteries.

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Fox Theatre Institute Preservation Grant Program

May 5, 2022

Fox Theatre Institute

The Fox Theatre Institute Preservation Grant Program's goal is to award funding for historic theatres in the state of Georgia. (applications open June 1, 2022)

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Georgia’s Historic Theatres: Outlooks for Arts, Education & Funding

Cities Connect

May 3, 2022

In the May 3, 2022, Cities Connect call, Leigh Burns, Director of the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), discussed Georgia’s historic theatres and their ongoing success and outlook for recovery during COVID. She also discussed virtual learning, virtual programming and funding from FTI and other agencies in the year ahead.

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US DOE Better Buildings Challenge

May 3, 2022

U.S. Department of Energy

The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks leading CEOs and executives of U.S. commercial and manufacturing companies, universities, school districts, multifamily residential organizations, data centers, and state and local governments to make a public commitment to energy efficiency.

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Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC)

May 2, 2022

U.S. Department of Labor

The Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative, managed by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and individuals affected by substance use disorder returning to work in the Appalachian and Delta regions.

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Community Climate Resilience

Cities Connect

April 26, 2022

In the April 26, 2022, Cities Connect call, Kait Morano, Senior Planner at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, discussed the main components of community resilience to counter Georgia’s changing climate as well as the cost-efficient strategies local governments can take to improve the resiliency of their communities.

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A Guide to Workforce Relevance

April 19, 2022

The April 19, 2022, EMBRACE webinar featured Teaa Allston-Bing, HR Director for the City of Douglasville. In it she provides insight into the art and science of upskilling, the importance of investing in yourself, and remaining relevant in the workforce.

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Lessons Learned from the 2021 Newnan Tornado

Cities Connect

April 19, 2022

It’s been a little over year since Newnan was struck by an EF-4 tornado, the strongest tornado in the state in over a decade. In the April 19, 2022, Cities Connect call with city officials, Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips discussed the impact of the storm on the city, how the city responded, what worked, what didn’t, lessons learned and what the city is doing to recover.

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Take the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit Survey

April 19, 2022

The American Rescue Plan Act expanded both the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. Take this brief National League of Cities survey to share how your city connected more residents to these federal tax credits before and after ARPA funds became available. 

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How to Best Leverage Your Municipality’s Social Media Accounts

CitySmart by VC3

April 18, 2022

Miranda Hampton, Marketing Coordinator, VC3

Whether you haven’t posted to your municipality’s page in a few years or are looking to improve your social media process that’s already in place, these tactics can help you make the best use of your social media accounts. 

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Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program (CHP)

April 16, 2022

US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

The 2022 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

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Youth Civic Engagement: The Future Started Yesterday

Cities Connect

April 12, 2022

During GMA's April 12, 2022, Cities Connect call, Dr. Randell E. Trammell, CEO of the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement (GCCE), shared key data points on youth and civic engagement, how cities and officials can get youth engaged now, and a how GCCE engages with Georgia students to increase positive civic outcomes.

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Rural Downtown Redevelopment Grant Program

April 12, 2022

GA Department of Community Affairs

DCA’s commitment is to provide communities with financial resources to help implement those transformative downtown projects that would not take place at this time without state assistance.

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What to Know About Challenging Your 2020 Census Count

April 7, 2022

GMA invited Matthew Frates, Chief of the Count Question Resolution Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau, to present a webinar on CQR – the official process for local elected officials to request a review of their 2020 Census population counts.

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Shift to the Suburbs Not Your Grandfather’s Sprawl

Public Square

April 5, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Core cities are losing population to the suburbs, but the 2020s will not repeat the last half of the 20th Century. The suburbs are bound to urbanize.

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BJA FY 22 Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program

April 4, 2022

U.S. DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance

Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to support law enforcement-behavioral health cross-system collaboration to improve public health and safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

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BJA FY22 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

April 4, 2022

U.S. DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance

Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to support cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.

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Extreme Heat in Georgia: Local Impact Research and Resolutions

Cities Connect

March 30, 2022

Dr. Evan Mallen with the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech spoke to Georgia city officials on Tuesday, March 29, about the significant threats to human health that extreme heat poses and how urban planners and public health practitioners are beginning to turn to data-driven decision support tools to design efficient, effective, and equitable response strategies to reduce the risk of extreme heat in our cities and homes.

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ARPA Funds Available for Immediate Investment in Cybersecurity

March 28, 2022

By Alison Earles, Senior Associate General Counsel CIPP/US

Federal guidance is clear that cities may use American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to pay for cybersecurity measures.

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US DOT Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant (MPDG)

March 23, 2022

US Department of Transportation

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established two new programs and reauthorized one preexisting program which are being solicited together using this NOFO known as the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) Opportunity.

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The Unique Advantage of Multi-Level Collaboration

Cities Connect

March 22, 2022

During the March 22, 2022, Cities Connect call, Elizabeth Turner and Rebecca Rice shared how the Georgia Family Connection Partnership applies multi-sector collaboration at the local and state levels to help improve outcomes for our state’s most vulnerable residents. They also discussed how all 159 Family Connection Collaboratives in Georgia are partnering with cities and other public and private partners to tackle some of our state’s toughest challenges—from mental health to early learning, literacy, maternal and infant health, and civic engagement.

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Are Data Backups and Data Archiving the Same? No—and You Need Both!

CitySmart by VC3

March 22, 2022

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

For electronic data, you need both backups and archives because they serve two different purposes.

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