December Grants Newsletter

This month, Arizona cities, departments, and universities were awarded over $2 million dollars in grants to reduce crime, advance public safety, and improve and repair Arizona highways and roads.


Congratulations to this month’s grant recipients!


Available grant opportunities include efforts to combat domestic violence, reduce over-screening for certain types of cancers, and monitor the effects of drug use on older adults.


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Grants Awarded in CD 9 and Arizona


U.S. Department of Justice; Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Flagstaff Police Department and Town of Sahuarita awarded $250,000 each for the 2017 COPS Hiring Program

The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) works to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing financial support to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHP funding supports the hiring of career law enforcement officers to increase an agency's community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.  


U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) awarded $1,606,586for repair and reconstruction

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded ADOT a substantial grant to enable the repair and reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands that “have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failures from an external cause.” Eligible work includes repairs to help the flow of essential traffic, minimize damage, protect remaining facilities and facilitate essential repairs. 


National Endowment for the Arts

Flagstaff’s Jane Armstrong awarded $25,000 NEA Literature Creative Writing (Prose) Fellowship

The NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, which alternates yearly between poetry and prose, totals $25,000 and is awarded to a diverse group of Americans through a highly competitive process. The fellowships help give writers the freedom to “create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers.” Many acclaimed authors and poets received the NEA fellowship early in their careers.


National Endowment for the Arts

Scottsdale’s Todd Fredson awarded $12,500 NEA Literary Translation Fellowship

Through their fellowships, the NEA helps facilitate the new translation of “fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama into English.” Mr. Fredson will be translating Ivory Coast writer Tanella Boni’s poetry collection The future has an appointment with the dawn from French into English. One of the “most prominent poets, novelists, essayists, and philosophers of francophone Africa,” only a few of her works are now available in English.



Grant Opportunities

Office on Violence Against Women

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) FY 2018 Justice for Families Program Solicitation

This grant, awarded in amounts between $550,000 and $700,000, supports projects that improve the response of the entirety of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of “domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.” Specifically, the program supports court-based and court-related programs; supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents; training and technical assistance for people who work with families in the court system; civil legal services; provision of resources in juvenile court matters, and development or promotion of legislation, model codes, policies, and best practices.


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National Institutes of Health

Marijuana, Prescription Opioid, or Prescription Benzodiazepine Drug Use Among Older Adults

This grant, awarded in amounts up to $200,000, seeks to support innovative research that examines aspects of marijuana, prescription opioid, and benzodiazepine use in older adults. Specifically, the grant encourages research into determinants of these types of drug use and the resulting alterations in neurobiological functions, behaviors, and public health consequences. The initiative focuses on two groups: older adults with an earlier onset of drug use and older adults who initiated drug use after the age of 50.


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National Institutes of Health

Reducing Overscreening for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancers among Older Adults

This funding aims to promote research on interventions, based in healthcare settings, designed to reduce overscreening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers among average-risk older adults. While efforts to promote screening have been successful, there is growing concern that these tests may be overused. Overscreening adults may be driven by factors at the individual, healthcare team, healthcare system, and community organization levels. Because of this, extensive research is needed to understand the actors that drive overuse and to develop and test interventions that will reduce overuse.


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National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Selection of Modified Ribosomes Using Novel Puromycins

The long term goals of this research include altering the 23S RNA in ribosomes to enable the in vitro preparation of proteins containing a broad variety of unnatural amino acids other than alpha-L-amino acids in quantities sufficient for routine biochemical studies.

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