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Workforce Investment Act – Limited English Proficiency and Hispanic Worker Initiative
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration announces the availability of approximately $5 million in demonstration grant funds to test unique and innovative training strategies for services to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (those who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English) and Hispanic Americans—specifically, those who lack basic and occupational skills needed by high-growth occupations. Application deadline: August 15, 2005.

Youthbuild Program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announces funding for the Youthbuild program, the purpose of which is to assist disadvantaged young adults ages 16-24 in distressed communities to: 1) Complete their high school education; 2) provide on-site construction training experiences which result in the rehabilitation or construction of housing for homeless persons and low- and very low-income families; 3) foster leadership skills; 4) further opportunities for placement in apprenticeship programs; and 5) promote economic self-sufficiency for program participants. Eligible applicants are public or private nonprofit organizations including grassroots community-based organizations inclusive of faith-based organizations. Proposal submission deadline: June 21, 2005.

National Science Foundation Teacher Professional Continuum
The National Science Foundation Teacher Professional Continuum Program addresses the recruitment, preparation, induction, retention, and professional development of K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Its goals are to improve the quality and coherence of teacher learning experiences across the continuum through research that informs teaching practice and the development of innovative professional development resources. The program also supports conferences and symposia. Eligible applicants are state and local agencies, school districts, professional societies, research laboratories, informal science education centers, private foundations, or other public and private organizations whether for-profit or not-for-profit. Application deadline: May 31, 2005.

Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities: Community Parent Resource Centers
U.S. Department of Education’s Community Parent Resource Centers work to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. The maximum award is $100,000. Eligible applicants are local parent organizations which have as their mission serving parents of children with disabilities from that community who are ages birth through 26 and represent the full range of disabilities as defined in section 602(3) of IDEA. Application deadline: May 20, 2005.

Workforce Investment Act of 1998; Notice of Incentive Funding Availability for Program Year 2003 Performance
Contributed by the Department of Education from appropriations for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, these funds are available to 19 states through June 30, 2007, to support innovative workforce development and education activities that are authorized under Title I (Workforce Investment Systems) or Title II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of WIA, or under the Perkins Act. Application deadline: June 13, 2005.

Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems Grants
The Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems Program, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education will provide funds to increase student access to high-quality mental health care by developing innovative approaches that link school systems with local mental health systems. Eligible applications include state educational agencies, local educational agencies, and Indian tribes. Project period: up to 18 months. Maximum Award: $350,000. Application Deadline: May 16, 2005.

Comprehensive School Reform Quality Initiatives Program
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is offering two categories of grants relating to major school reform: 1) providing technical assistance in approving or selecting providers of comprehensive school reform, and 2) expanding successful reform or promoting financial stability. Application deadline: April 5, 2005.

Social and Economic Development Strategies for Native Americans Program
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), Administration for Children and Families, announces the availability of over 110 funding awards totaling $18 million for new community-based projects under ANA's Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) for Native Americans program. ANA's FY 2005 SEDS goals and areas of interest are focused on strengthening children, families, and communities through community-based organizations, tribes, and Village governments. Application deadline: April 19, 2005.

National Center on Secondary, Transition, and Postsecondary School Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
The purpose of this program is to produce and advance the use of knowledge to improve the results of education and early intervention for infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. Application deadline: July 19, 2004.

Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
This priority supports research to improve results for infants, toddlers, children, or youth with disabilities through early intervention, education, transition, postsecondary, or related services. Proposals for three types of research will be accepted for this competition: (1) Innovation Research, (2) Model Development, and (3) Replication and Scale-up. Application deadline: July 9, 2004.

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