Congressman John Lewis announces $6.4 million in grants to 5th District

Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants.  This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications.  This announcement details about $6,431,352 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District.
What is the funding process for federal grants?
There are two basic ways the federal government awards funds, through mandatory funding or discretionary funding.  Members of Congress vote on “authorizing” legislation that funds the mandatory commitments of the federal government for programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and SNAP.  Also every year, levels of discretionary funding are determined during the Congressional appropriations process.  Rep. Lewis and all other members of Congress work to ensure that federal programs which provide key services within their districts are funded at levels requested by local government authorities and constituents they represent.
The federal grants announced by this release fall mainly in the discretionary category.  The money appropriated by Congress is sent to the federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which then disburse it directly to the states and local governmentsSometimes federal agencies issue requests for proposals which place states, cities, and local organizations in competition with others around the country for the opportunity to gain federal support for a local project.  This is where the efficacy of city and state organizations are tested to determine whether they can compete effectively to receive those funds. Rep. Lewis often meets with and advises city, state or local agencies to help them strategize effective methods of engaging the federal agencies throughout the grant process.
Pell Grants, Byrne Justice Assistance, veterans’ services, LIHEAP home heating support, early education, COPS, YouthBuild, Jobs Corps, the CDC, minority health programs, TIGER, critical disease research initiatives, tenant and fair housing assistance all stem from Congressional discretionary funding.  Recent successful discretionary grant efforts from the 5th Congressional District of Georgia include the Atlanta Streetcar, the Multimodal Passenger Terminal, the Atlanta BeltLine, and the UTC.  Through his District Office, Rep. Lewis offers grants assistance and workshops to explain the federal grants process.  Please call 404-659-0116 if you are interested in participating in one of these workshops.
Following is the list of the most recently granted federal funds to the 5th Congressional District. If you are seeking more information about any one of these federal grants, please consult the granting information for more details on their selection process. Grants over $500,000 are highlighted.
This is to inform you that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the National Endowment for the Arts will be announcing the following grant award(s) to recipient(s) within your Congressional district and state
Grant Notifications
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  
Grant Recipient: Egleston Children`s Hospital at Emory University, Inc.
Grant Project Title: Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program
Amount: $1,847,683
Additional Details:
Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to the HHS Press office at (202) 690-6343.


National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: CAREER: SentientCache: Rethinking the Cache Abstraction
Amount: $536,539
Additional Details:
Grant Recipient: Carbice Nanotechnologies, Inc.
Grant Project Title: SBIR Phase I: A Novel Heat Dissipation Product for Chip Testing and Internet of Things
Amount: $149,313
Amount: $477,878
Additional Details:
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Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: Perspectives on integral geometry
Amount: $38,000
Additional Details:
Grant Recipient: Spelman College
Grant Project Title: Conference: A Strategic Planning Workshop to Explore Quantitative Biology as a Vehicle for Broadening Participation to be held at Spelman College on March 11 and 12, 2016
Amount: $40,939
Additional Details:
Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: Ordered Algebraic Structures and Related Topics
Amount: $24,000
Additional Details:    
Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at (703) 292-8070.
Department of Energy (DOE)
Grant Recipient: ProsumerGrid, Inc.
Grant Project Title: Distribution System Operator Simulation Studio
Amount: $3,000,000 (ARPA-E Funding)
Additional Details: ProsumerGrid, Inc. will develop a highly specialized and interactive software tool capable of simulating the operation of emerging Distribution System Operators (DSOs). The software will utilize powerful, decentralized optimization and decision-making algorithms that would allow grid managers and market actors to evaluate the effect of new distributed energy resources (DER), market rules, and business processes at the distribution system level and beyond. The team’s software will enable the development of DER scheduling logic, DSO market rules, and energy service transactions.
Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to the Office of Public Affairs division of the DOE at (202) 586-4940.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Grant Recipient: Atlanta Ballet, Inc
Details: To support the creation and presentation of a new work by Andrea Miller, founder, artistic director, and choreographer of New York-based Gallim Dance. Miller will create a three-part study on the concept of fall and recovery, a movement theory pioneered by choreographer Doris Humphrey (1895-1958). Performances will take place at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and include lecture-demonstrations for high school students, and at Atlanta Ballet’s College Dance Partner program, Kennesaw State University.
Amount: $30,000
Grant Recipient: Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Details: To support a temporary site-specific public art installation as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival.
Amount: $12,000
Grant Recipient: Atlanta Opera
Details: To support a new production of “Silent Night” by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell. Based on the film “Joyeux Noel” by Christian Carion, and winner of a 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. A co-production with Wexford Festival Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, as many as four Atlanta performances will occur at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in the fall of 2016.
Amount: $ 25,000
Grant Recipient: City of Atlanta, Georgia
Details: To support the exhibition series Freedom Now and related activities, an Imagine Your Parks initiative. The series will honor the heroines of the civil and human rights movements. The primary project component will be a series of glass arches and mandalas by artist Xenobia Bailey. The art works will be installed throughout Freedom Park, a 200-acre municipal park located in the center of the civil rights district in Atlanta, adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site. In addition, the city will commission the work of local artists and present a series of public engagement activities. A speaker series will explore 21st-century interpretations of freedom and the contributions that women have made in the worldwide struggle for freedom.
Amount: $50,000
Grant Recipient: Flux Projects, Inc.
Details: To support the Flux Night Festival. The downtown street festival will present an array of art events, including media projections, music and dance performances, and sound and light installations. Artists also will engage with community members through artist talks, and other informal gatherings in the months leading up to the event.
Amount: $10,000
Grant Recipient: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Inc.
Details: To support The Working Artist Project. This residency program provides Georgia artists with a stipend, a studio apprentice, a solo exhibition, and a full-color catalogue. Part of the residency program includes a one-year mentoring program of a younger artist designed to create partnerships in which both mentors and mentees can collaborate and benefit from sharing knowledge, skills, ideas, experience, and networks.
Amount: $20,000
Grant Recipient: Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc.
Details: To support Alliance Theatre’s National Graduate Playwriting Competition. The program provides an artistic home for emerging playwrights to develop new work and transition into the world of professional theater. The 2016 winner, “Start Down” by Eleanor Burgess, explores the concepts of education reform, creativity, and the competitive world of start-up technology companies.
Amount: $40,000
Grant Recipient: Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc.
Details: To support the exhibition “Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At?,” and an accompanying catalogue. The exhibition, featuring the work of the late American artist Al Taylor (1948-99), will include approximately 100 objects, drawings, and prints, many made of commonplace materials such ashangers, broomsticks, and plastic bottles. Educational programming for all ages will complement the exhibition. Docent-guided tours and workshops for middle and high school students, public lectures, an interactive interpretative mobile application for use in the galleries, and a teacher professional learning seminar will complement the exhibition.
Amount: $50,000
Grant Recipient: Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc.
Details: To support a commissioning and performance project by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. American composer Mark Grey will create a new orchestral composition inspired by the writings of English novelist Mary Shelley, tentatively titled “Frankenstein Symphony.” Project activities will include pre-concert talks with Ken Meltzer, the orchestra’s Insider and Program Annotator. Performances will be presented at Symphony Hall in Atlanta and broadcast through WABE-FM, the local public radio station.
Amount: $35,000
Grant Recipient: Seven Stages, Inc.
Details: To support the development and production of “Spectrum” by Michael Haverty and Erwin Maas. Inspired by technological advancements in autism research and the misconceived notions about the scientific effects of autism, the work will explore the life of a young man on the autistic spectrum and his obsession with the world of cinema. Characters will be played by performers and bunraku-style puppets implanted with live-feed wireless cameras, allowing for the simultaneous projections of the world as it appears to individuals with and without autism.
Amount: $10,000
Grant Recipient: Synchronicity Performance Group, Inc.
Details: To support the world premiere of “Beyond Reasonable Doubt: the Troy Davis Project,” by Lee Nowell. The new work will engage the community in multifaceted discussions about race, justice, and the death penalty. The play also will encourage audiences to consider what motivates their beliefs by exploring many points of view. The theater plans to collaborate with Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University’s Ethics and the Arts Program, and the Southern Center for Human Rights to offer education and outreach activities, including curriculum-based service projects with local high school and college students.
Amount: $10,000
Grant Recipient: True Colors Theatre Company, Inc.
Details: To support a production of “American Buffalo” by David Mamet. The play will be produced with a diverse cast and directed by John Dillon. Set in an urban junk shop, the play tells the story of three small-time crooks who make plans to rob a man of his coin collection, including what they believe to be an extremely valuable Buffalo nickel. The play explores what we are willing to give, take, and destroy for financial gain. In conjunction with the production, the theater will host community conversations and post-show talkbacks with the cast, director, and community leaders.
Amount: $25,000
Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to the Grants & Contracts division of the NEA at (202) 682-5403.

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