Federal Funding Opportunities


Federal funding opportunities on community and economic development, housing, public safety, transportation, water and storm sewer, and other infrastructure. 


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Broadband

The Rural eConnectivity Program
The ReConnect Loan and Grant Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the fifth round of funding will open on March 22, 2024.

Potential awardees must meet a 100 Mbps symmetrical minimum service requirement in all proposed service areas. The applications are evaluated in a competitive process.

Deadline: May 21, 2024


Community, Economic Development and Housing

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

Deadline: Applications Accepted Year-Round


US Conference of Mayors Talent for Tomorrow: Digital Equity Challenge
The Talent for Tomorrow: Digital Equity Challenge will support the launch and expansion of local workforce and career readiness programs designed to grow college and career readiness, close the skills and opportunity gap, advance economic mobility, and lay the foundation for generational wealth in under-resourced communities.

This joint initiative of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Comcast’s Project UP will award a total of $1.5 million in digital equity grants to ten cities through a competitive process. Three large cities will be awarded $250,000, three medium-sized cities will be awarded $150,000, and four small cities will be awarded $75,000.

Eligibility
To be eligible, applying mayors must be members of The U.S. Conference of Mayors. If you are unsure of the membership status of the mayor, please contact The U.S. Conference of Mayors at 202-293-7330 and ask to speak to the Membership Department.

How to Apply
Part I consists of a completed entry form and 500-word executive summary outlining the application program. Award finalists will be notified and must complete Part II, which will consist of up to ten pages in response to the proposal content questions, and supporting documentation. Part II applications must be received by April 19, 2024.

Deadline: March 15, 2024


NEA Research Grants in the Arts
Research Grants in the Arts support research studies that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. The NEA welcomes research proposals that address priority topics and possible questions as outlined in the agency’s FY 2022-2026 research agenda. The priority topics are briefly listed below, but a link to the full research agenda, including a detailed description of the four topic areas and several related sample questions that may be used or adapted by applicants to the Research Grants in the Arts program are available through the “Guidelines and Application Instruction” link below. Applicants are strongly urged to consult this more detailed list while preparing their application. The four research areas are:

• The art’s impact on health, education, and the economy

• The art’s role in community transformation and healing

• Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts

• The evolving ecosystem of the arts in the U.S.

Proposals to the Research Grants in the Arts program should align with at least one of the aforementioned topics, and, if possible, address research questions identical or similar to the related sample questions in the NEA’s research agenda for FY 2022-2026.

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions

Deadline: March 25, 2024


Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program Phase 2
Subject to the availability of funds, awards made under this NOFO will seek to alleviate persistent economic distress and support long-term comprehensive economic development and job creation, in places with a high prime-age (25 to 54 years) employment gap. Through this NOFO, EDA expects to award implementation funds to 4-8 Finalists, which will include selecting approximately 3-8 projects within each. Implementation grants can support a wide range of non-construction and construction activities that aim to increase regional capacity across the following four broad categories: workforce development; business and entrepreneur development; infrastructure; and additional planning, predevelopment, or technical assistance.

Deadline: April 24, 2024


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Public Safety

Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program
Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The objectives of the AFG Program are to:

  • provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards,
  • outfit responders with compliant personal protective equipment to increase responders’ physical protection against hazards during incident response,
  • provide funding to retrofit or modify facilities to protect personnel from known health hazards,
  • acquire emergency response vehicles,
  • design and implement health, wellness and resiliency programs that prepare responders for incident response,
  • operational efficiencies,
  • foster interoperability, and
  • support community resilience.

Match

  • When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to not less than 5% of the grant awarded.
  • When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents but not more than 1 million residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to not less than 10% of the grant awarded.
  • When serving a jurisdiction of more than 1 million residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to not less than 15% of the grant awarded.

Deadline: March 8, 2024


Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking, including those that provide trauma-informed services.

Applicants are invited to apply under five purpose areas, which are:

  • Purpose Area 1: Developing Capacity to Serve Human Trafficking Victims
  • Purpose Area 2: Comprehensive Services for Human Trafficking Victims
  • Purpose Area 3: Legal Services for Victims
  • Purpose Area 4: Economic Empowerment, Education, and Employment Services for Victims
  • Purpose Area 5: Behavioral and Physical Health Services for Victims

Deadline: April 8, 2024


Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program
The 2024 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement. 

The program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective mental health and wellness strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement, and increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using peer support, training, family resources, suicide prevention, and other promising practices for wellness programs.

All local, state, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: April 23, 2024


Grants to Improve the Criminal Justice Response
The Grants to Improve the Criminal Justice Response Program (ICJR) assists local governments to improve the criminal justice response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law, and to seek safety and autonomy for victims. 

Deadline: April 30, 2024


Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime: Money Laundering, Firearms, and Human Trafficking
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding rigorous applied research on drugs and crime to inform the development of evidence-based tools, practices, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The goals of this solicitation are to better understand drug crime organizations and networks and to develop effective approaches to disrupt them by targeting drug-related money laundering, firearms, and human trafficking.

Deadline: May 1, 2024


Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program
The Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program provides funding for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; nonprofits; and institutions of higher education with funds to establish or enhance capabilities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.

This program, administered by CP3 and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is the only federal grant program solely dedicated to helping local communities develop and strengthen their capabilities in this area. 

The FY23 TVTP Grant Program has the following priorities:

  • Implementing Prevention Capabilities in Small and Mid-Sized Communities;
  • Advancing Equity in Awards and Engaging Underserved Communities in Prevention; 
  • Addressing Online Aspects of Targeted Violence and Terrorism;
  • Preventing Domestic Violent Extremism; and 
  • Enhancing Local Threat Assessment and Management Capabilities.

The Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) TVTP Application Guidance has been released! View the forecasted opportunity and download the application guidance.

Deadline: May 2, 2024


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks applications for funding programs that support cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders (MHDs) or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (MHSUDs).

BJA provides grant funding to help organizations prepare, create, or expand comprehensive plans and then implement these collaborative projects to target people who qualify.

The program will focus on pretrial, prosecution, courts, probation/parole, and addressing the needs directly related to the criminal activity of adults with mental health conditions, living in homelessness or marginalized communities with minimal access to treatment, needing wrap around services, in the criminal justice system and leaving incarceration.

Match
This funding opportunity requires an escalating percentage cash or in-kind match. “Match” means the portion of project costs not paid by Federal funds or contributions (unless otherwise authorized by Federal statute). For years one and two, a 20 percent match is required. For year three, a 40 percent match is required. 

Deadline: May 14, 2024


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Transportation

Bridge Investment Program
The Bridge Investment Program is a competitive, discretionary program that focuses on existing bridges to reduce the overall number of bridges in poor condition, or in fair condition at risk of falling into poor condition. It also expands applicant eligibilities to create opportunity for all levels of government to be direct recipients of program funds. Alongside states and federal lands management agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and local and tribal governments can also apply directly to FHWA, making it easier to advance projects at the local level that meet community needs.

On December 20, 2023, the FHWA opened a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for up to $9.62 billion in FYs 2023 through 2026 Bridge Project grant applications and $80 million in FYs 2023 through FY 2026 Planning Project grant applications under the Bridge Investment Program. Bridge Project Grants under the Bridge Investment Program are available for bridges with total eligible project costs up to $100 million, with minimum grant awards of $2.5 million, and maximum grant awards of 80 percent of the total eligible project costs. Planning Project grant applications are available for bridges with maximum grant awards of 80 percent of the total eligible project costs.

Bridge Project Application Deadline: March 19, 2024


Buses and Bus Facilities Program
The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

The FTA also announced the Low or No Emission Grant Program. The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

Match
The federal share of eligible capital costs is 80 percent of the net capital project cost, unless the grant recipient requests a lower percentage. The Federal share may exceed 80 percent for certain projects related to the ADA and the Clean Air Act. All low-no emission projects are attributable to compliance with the Clean Air Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore, the Federal share of the cost of leasing or purchasing a low or no emission transit bus is not to exceed 85 percent of the total transit bus cost.

The federal share in the cost of leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities is 90 percent of the net project cost. Applicants must identify these specific activities in their application to receive this increased federal share.

Deadline: April 25, 2024


Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program
The SS4A program supports the development of a comprehensive safety action plan (referred to as an “Action Plan”) that identifies the most significant roadway safety concerns in a community and the implementation of projects and strategies to address roadway safety issues. Action Plans are the foundation of the SS4A grant program.

SS4A requires an eligible Action Plan be in place before applying to implement projects and strategies.

The SS4A program provides funding for two types of grants: Planning and Demonstration Grants and Implementation Grants.

Planning and Demonstration Grants 
Provide Federal funds to develop, complete, or supplement an Action Plan. The goal of an Action Plan is to develop a holistic, well-defined strategy to prevent roadway fatalities and serious injuries in a locality, Tribal area, or region.

Implementation Grants 
Provide Federal funds to implement projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan to address a roadway safety problem. Eligible projects and strategies can be infrastructural, behavioral, and/or operational activities.

The program has 3 deadlines defined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, which is dependent on the grant type, they are:

  • Planning and Demonstration Grants (first deadline): April 4, 2024
  • Implementation Grants: May 16, 2024
  • Planning and Demonstration Grants (second deadline): August 29, 2024

Clean Ports Program
The EPA’s Clean Ports Program will fund climate and air quality planning activities at United States ports – including emissions inventories, strategy analysis, community engagement, and resiliency measure identification – that will build the capacity of port stakeholders to continue to reduce pollution and transition to zero-emissions (ZE) operations over time.

The Clean Ports Program will also fund ZE port equipment and infrastructure as part of a separate NOFO to reduce mobile source emissions (criteria pollutants, air toxics, and/or greenhouse gases) at United States ports, delivering cleaner air for communities across the country.

EPA has announced two separate Notices of Funding Opportunities to disburse the allocated $3 billion – the Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition AND the Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition

Eligibility

  • Port authority
  • State, regional, local, or Tribal agency that has jurisdiction over a port authority or port
  • Air pollution control agency
  • Private entity that:
    • Applies in partnership with an eligible entity above, and
    • Owns, operates, or uses facilities, cargo-handling equipment, transportation equipment, or related technology of a port.

Match

  • Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition: There is a 10-20% local match requirement depending on the amount of funding requested.
  • Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition: No cost sharing/matching funds or leveraged resources are required as a condition of eligibility under this competition. 

Deadline: May 28, 2024


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Water, Sewer, Storm Sewer, Electrical Infrastructure and Water Resources

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants
This program helps prevent damage or restore households and businesses’ access to clean, reliable drinking water in eligible rural areas and towns following natural disasters. Funding can improve the natural environment and encourage manufacturers and other businesses to locate or expand operations.

Deadline: Applications Accepted Year-Round


US Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Programs
Programs range from studies only that are 100% federally funded to construction projects with a project limit of up to $10M of federal funding on a 65/35 cost share. Programs include:

  • Commercial Navigation
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Emergency Response
  • Recreation
  • Federal Real Estate Management
  • Regulatory Program and Permit

Deadline: Applications Accepted Year-Round


Rural Energy for America (REAP) Technical Assistance Grants
The purpose of the REAP TAG Program is to enable Applicants to provide technical assistance to Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses applying to REAP, with priority for applications assisting at least two or more of the following types of REAP Applicants: (a) Agricultural Producers, (b) REAP applicants pursuing projects located in disadvantaged or distressed communities, (c) Tribal entities, (d) REAP Applicants pursuing projects using Underutilized Technologies, and (e) REAP Applicants pursuing projects under $20,000. To meet this purpose, the Agency will make grants to eligible entities to provide services to assist potential REAP Applicants in submitting Complete Applications.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Assisting Agricultural Producers or Rural Small Businesses to apply for assistance under REAP for Energy Efficiency Improvements, or Renewable Energy Systems.
  2. Providing information on how to improve the energy efficiency of the operations and to use Renewable Energy technologies and resources in their operations.
  3. Conducting and promoting Energy Assessments and audits as defined in 7 CFR 4280.103. 
  4. Preparing a technical report in accordance with 7 CFR 4280.110(g). 
  5. Assisting with filing for System Award Management (SAM) and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) registrations. 
  6. Assisting with completing a REAP grant application in accordance with 7 CFR 4280.116. 
  7. Assisting with planning construction and development in accordance with 7 CFR 4280.125. 
  8. Assisting with completion of environmental reports and/or documentation required for submittal of applications.

Funds may NOT be used for:

  1. Payment for any construction-related activities. 
  2. Purchase or lease of equipment. 
  3. Payment of any judgment or debt owed to the United States.
  4. Any goods or services provided by a Person or entity who has a conflict of interest as provided in 7 CFR 4280.106.
  5. Any costs of preparing the application package for funding under this notice.
  6. Funding of political or lobbying activities; and 
  7. Payment or waiver of student tuition.

Deadline: March 15, 2024


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Other Opportunities


Climate Pollution Reduction Implementation Grants
The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program provides $5 billion in grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement ambitious plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. To allow for efficient management of the competitive process, EPA requests submittal of an informal Notice of Intent (NOI) to Apply by February 1, 2024 to CPRG@epa.gov. Please include in the body of the email the dollar amount of the anticipated funding request and one to two sentences about the scope and sector(s) of the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures likely to be included in the potential implementation grant application. 

Deadline: April 1, 2024


Pipeline Emergency Response Grant (PERG)
PERG focuses on incidents response activities related to the transportation of gas or hazardous liquids by pipeline in high consequence areas. PERG funding will be awarded to eligible states, counties and local governments to train individuals in areas with statutory responsibility to respond to pipeline incidents.

Deadline: April 5, 2024


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Technical Assistance Grant
Pipeline safety and associated environmental protection are a shared responsibility and informed communities play a vital role in the safety and reliability of pipeline operations. The Pipeline Safety Information Grants to Communities: Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program provides funding to local communities and groups of individuals for technical assistance related to pipeline safety. The program also provides opportunities that strengthen the depth and quality of public participation in the safe operation of pipelines in and around communities. Technical assistance is defined as engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues.

Deadline: April 10, 2024


Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest and Zero Building Energy Codes
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) provides up to $1 billion for States and units of local government with the authority to adopt building energy codes to adopt and implement the latest building energy codes, zero energy building codes, or equivalent codes or standards. An energy code is one of several types of building codes that help contribute to the overall health, safety, efficiency, and long-term resilience of buildings. Energy codes can be adopted directly as a standalone code, such as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is commonly adopted by States and local governments. Moreover, energy codes are also fundamental components of certain more broadly adopted building codes, including the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC), which are referenced in the United States as “parental” codes. Energy codes are often described as a subset of these broader building codes, representing distinct chapters of the IBC and IRC alongside other commonly recognized provisions, such as those pertaining to structural, plumbing, or electrical requirements, and other basic aspects of building design and construction. Adoption and implementation of such codes supports the decarbonization of new and existing residential and commercial buildings. This opportunity assists eligible entities in further decarbonizing their buildings through the adoption of the latest national model building energy codes, zero energy codes, other codes that deliver equivalent or greater energy savings, including innovative approaches to decarbonize existing buildings through certain measurable and enforceable requirements. The IRA is unprecedented in its opportunity to support sustainable change at the State and local level with respect to advancing the energy efficiency of new, renovated, and existing buildings. DOE is particularly interested in supporting States and local governments in implementing local capacity building, multi-year investments in workforce and education, and long-term improvements in building energy codes through multi-cycle adoption and building performance standards (BPS).

Deadline: April 30, 2024


Inflation Reduction Act Forest Landowner Support
The Inflation Reduction Act Forest Landowner Support programming provides financial assistance grants for projects that support underserved and small-acreage forest landowner participation in emerging private markets for climate mitigation and forest resilience. The Inflation Reduction Act provides the Forest Service $450 million for Forest Landowner Support opportunities to:

  • Provide cost share payments to underserved forest landowners for implementing climate mitigation or forest resilience practices on their land.
  • Support the participation of underserved forest landowners in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience.
  • Support the participation of forest landowners who own less than 2,500 acres of forest land in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience.
  • Provide payments to private forest landowners in priority landscapes for implementing key forestry practices that measurably increase carbon sequestration and storage.

There are three tracks based on proposed budgets for this program which are:

  • Track A: Budgets greater than or equal to $2 million and less than $25 million
  • Track B: Budgets less than $2 million
  • Track C: Budgets greater than $5 million and less than $50 million

Deadline: August 21, 2024


Environment and Climate Justice Community Change Grants
The EPA’s new Community Change Grants program (Community Change Grants) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for approximately $2 billion dollars in Inflation Reduction Act funds to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

These place-based investments will be focused on community-driven initiatives to be responsive to community and stakeholder input.

Local governments are eligible to apply as part of a partnership with a community-based non-profit organization (CBO).

There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity. Track I will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million – $20 million. Track II will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million – $3 million. Grants cannot exceed 3-years in duration.

Match
No cost-sharing or matching is required as a condition of eligibility under this NOFO. 

Tips on How to Apply
View the recording of the December 7, 2023 webinar

Deadline: November 21, 2024


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Grant Resources

Local Infrastructure Hub
The Local Infrastructure Hub is a national program that was created to inform cities of federal infrastructure funding opportunities along with other resources to help cities successfully apply for funding.

GRANTS.GOV
Grants.gov is a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. In addition, the website currently handles grant application submissions to many federal agencies.

GrantFinder
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