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Grant / Funding Opportunities

January 11, 2017

EPA Office of Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

Closing Date is January 31, 2017

The EPA Office of Environmental Justice is offering grants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. Grants will be awarded to programs that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded $30,000 each.

View the EPA OEJ Small Grants website here.

October 13, 2016

FY17 EPA Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Guidelines

Closing Date is December 20, 2016

The EPA has released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY17 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants. This RFP solicits proposals from eligible entities to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

View the FY17 EPA Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grant RFP here.

June 9, 2016

FY17 EPA Area Wide Planning Grant

Closing Date is August 10, 2016

The USEPA has released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY17 Area Wide Planning Grant. This RFP solicits proposals from eligible entities to conduct research and/or technical assistance activities that culminate in an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. Grant-funded activities must be directed to one or more catalyst, high priority brownfield site(s) located within a specific project area, such as a neighborhood, downtown, business or arts district, a local commercial or industrial corridor, a community waterfront, one or more city blocks, etc. Each recipient that receives a grant under this funding opportunity must develop an area-wide plan for the brownfield(s) within the project area, and include in that plan specific implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up and reusing the brownfield(s) and related project area revitalization strategies.

View the EPA Area Wide Planning Grant RFP here.

April 6, 2016

FY16 ARC POWER Initiative Grants

There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity.

The POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. In FY 2016, the Appalachian Regional Commission is providing POWER implementation grants and technical assistance grants for activities that address the challenges facing coal-impacted communities in the Appalachian Region. ARC’s POWER assistance will also include tools and resources such as technical and capacity-building support.

View the ARC POWER Initiative Grants opportunity here.

April 6, 2016

Affordable Housing Program

The application deadline is 5:00 PM (EST) on August 11, 2016

The 2016 funding round of the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will open on Monday, June 6, with approximately $23 million in funding available. FHLBank members and project sponsors interested in a detailed discussion of the AHP process, including key scoring and feasibility issues, can participate in an AHP 101 webinar from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, to learn more. Register for the webinar here or click the link below for more info on the AHP.

View the Affordable Housing Program opportunity here.

January 19, 2016

American Hiking Society National Trails Fund

The application deadline is 4:00 PM (EST) on February 19, 2016

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Fund (NTF) offers “hiking trail improvement” grants to active member organizations of our Hiking Alliance. Once a year, Alliance Members have the opportunity to apply for a grant (value between $500 and $5,000) in order to improve hiking access or hiker safety on a particular trail. If your organization is interested in applying, but is not yet an Alliance member, please follow this link to sign up.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Fund is the only privately funded, national grants program dedicated solely to building and protecting hiking trails. Created in response to the growing backlog of trail maintenance projects, the National Trails Fund has helped hundreds of grassroots organizations acquire the resources needed to protect America’s cherished hiking trails. To date, American Hiking Society has funded 199 trail projects by awarding over $609,000 in National Trails Fund grants.

View the National Trails Fund opportunity here.

January 19, 2016

National Creative Placemaking Fund

The registration deadline is February 16, 2016
The proposal submission deadline is March 2, 2016

The National Creative Placemaking Fund invests in planning and development projects where arts and culture play a central role. ArtPlace actively seeks to build a portfolio of funded projects that is a microcosm of the varied creative placemaking strategies used across the United States through this program. Since 2011, the National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested in 227 projects across 152 communities of all sizes in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

ArtPlace will be hosting webinars where they’ll talk through the application process and field any questions that you may have. Click on the date you would like to attend to register:

January 22, 2016 at 4:30PM EST
February 2, 2016 at 8:00AM EST
February 2, 2016 at 12:30PM EST
February 3, 2016 at 5:00PM EST

View the National Creative Placemaking Fund opportunity here.

November 20, 2015

EPA Releases FY16 EWDJT Funding Opportunities

The proposal submission deadline is January 14, 2016

The EPA has released the Request for Proposals and guidelines for their FY 2016 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Funding Opportunities. In addition to Brownfields hazardous waste training, grantees may use grant funds for solid waste management or cleanup training, superfund site cleanup training, including innovative and alternative treatments, wastewater treatment and/or stormwater management training, emergency response training, enhanced environmental health and safety and/or chemical safety trianing and integrated pest management training.

To learn more visit the FY16 EPA EWDJT Funding Opportunities homepage by clicking here.

In December, the EPA will be conducting two EWDJT grant writing webinars to assist applicants with understanding the EWDJT application guidelines. The webinars will also provide an opportunity for applicants to pose questions to the EPA. If you plan to submit an EWDJT proposal this year, it is highly recommended that you attend at least one of these webinars, especially if you have questions or need clarification on any of this year’s guidelines.

For more information on the webinars click here.

October 29, 2015

EDA Announces Funding Opportunity under Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

No Submission Deadline

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced on October 26 it is soliciting applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

EDA is employing a new two-phase review process for proposals/applications submitted under this FFO. There are no submission deadlines. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP FFO. Proposals will be reviewed by EDA within 30 days of receipt; and following the proposal review, full applications will be reviewed within 60 days of receipt.

Competitive applications will be responsive to the evaluation criteria listed in Section V.A.2 of this FFO, and will align with at least one of the following investment priorities:

1. Collaborative Regional Innovation Projects
2. Public/private partnerships projects
3. National Strategic Priorities Projects
4. Global Competitiveness Projects
5. Environmentally-Sustainable Development Projects
6. Underserved Communities Projects

View the EDA grant opportunity on

October 21, 2015

EPA Releases FY16 Brownfields Funding Opportunities

The proposal submission deadline is December 18, 2015.

The EPA has released the Request for Proposals and guidelines for their FY 2016 Brownfields Funding Opportunities. These brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows:

Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years)

Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years)

Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years).

Visit the FY16 EPA Brownfields Funding Opportunities homepage.

October 14, 2015

EPA Urban Waters Small Grant Program is Requesting Proposals

The proposal submission deadline is November 20, 2015.

The EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website.

The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million. EPA expects each award to range from $40,000 to $60,000. EPA Regional Offices will award the cooperative agreements resulting from this announcement. It is anticipated that each EPA Regional Office will award approximately two to three cooperative agreements. Funding is contingent upon Agency funding levels, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations.

Visit the Urban Waters Small Grants website to learn more about the program and how to submit a proposal.