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Opportunities

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 1/21/2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Bio-based Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to help develop, construct, or retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries and to develop renewable chemicals and bio-based product manufacturing facilities. Letter of Intent (Required): March 2, 2020 

Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center Grants
USDA Rural Development provides grants to establish and operate Agricultural Innovation Centers that will provide technical assistance to help rural businesses market value-added agricultural products. Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA Rural Development provides funding to support agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy costs and consumption with by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Application Deadlines: Grants March 31, 2020. Loan Guarantees: Accepted year-round

2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
U.S. Economic Development Administration invites applications for construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Economic Development

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
USDA Rural Development offers this program to assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing renewable energy development assistance. Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

FEMA FY19 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program Funding
This program helps to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from future disasters. Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Value-Added Producer Grant
USDA Rural Development provides grants for either planning or working capital to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. Application Deadline: March 05, 2020 on grants.gov & March 10, 2020 for paper applications

Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
USDA Rural Development provides this program to make payments to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuel they produce from renewable biomass. Application Deadline: February 18, 2020 

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge
U.S. Economic Development Administration seeks to create a nationwide network that will enable and support innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to bring transformative technologies into the response and resiliency markets. Application Deadline: March 11, 2020

Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program
USDA Rural Development offers a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: As determined by the State Office or through March 31, 2020

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities, 11/12/2019

Rural Infrastructure

Smart Rural Community Grant
NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association provides funding to support the development and implementation of innovative broadband enabled solutions to support rural commerce, healthcare, public safety, economic development, education, energy, and other community-oriented initiatives. Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program
USDA grant program assists communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

Solid Waste Management Grant Program
USDA grant program assists communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipient to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Bio-based Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to help develop, construct, or retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries and to develop renewable chemicals and bio-based product manufacturing facilities. Letter of Intent (Required): March 2, 2020 

2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
U.S. Economic Development Administration solicits applications for construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Economic Development

Rural Health Network Development Program
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration program provides funding to improve access and quality of health care in rural areas through network collaboration, adapting an evidence-based service model, and promoting sustainability of rural health networks through the creation of diverse products and services. Application Deadline: November 25, 2019

AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2020
Corporation for National and Community Service seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, healthy futures, veterans and military families, rural intermediaries and faith-based organizations. Application Deadline: January 8, 2020

The Economic Opportunity Challenge
The Economic Opportunity Challenge is a public competition launched with the support of Lever for Change to award $10 million to the most scalable, transformative, and proven solution aimed to meaningfully expand economic opportunity for low-income individuals in the US. Registration Deadline: January 28, 2020

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge
U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides support for innovative approaches to disaster response and recovery. Application Deadline: March 11, 2020

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA funding supports agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Application Deadlines: Grants March 31, 2020. Loan Guarantees: Accepted year-round.

Innovation Center Funding Letter, October 15, 2019

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA funding supports agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Application Deadlines: Grants Oct 31 and March 31, 2020. Loan Guarantees: Accepted year-round

Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas
Department of Veterans Affairs grants support transportation programs in counties with fewer than seven people per square mile. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program
USDA grant program assists communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

Solid Waste Management Grant Program
USDA grant program assists communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipient to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental
U.S. Economic Development Administration assistance helps communities/regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Economic Development

New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC)
U.S. Department of Treasury program aims to break this cycle of disinvestment by attracting the private investment necessary to reinvigorate struggling local economies. NMTC Program Fact Sheet: English / Español. Introduction presentation. Application Deadline: October 28, 2019

2020 Culture of Health Prize
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognizes communities working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, and businesses that create the opportunity for better health. Application Deadline: November 4, 2019

Rural Health Network Development Program
Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration funding improves the access and quality of health care in rural areas through network collaboration, adapting an evidence-based service model, and promoting sustainability of rural health networks through the creation of diverse products and services. Application Deadline: November 25, 2019

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP)

Institute of Museum Library Services offers support for projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice with a focus on transforming school library practice, community memory and digital inclusion. Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

The Ralph K. Morris Foundation Cooperative Leadership Fund Organizational Grant
Grants provide support associated with training and educational programs for emerging cooperative leaders interested in the future of cooperatives, sustainability and environmental issues related to rural communities. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Ralph K. Morris Foundation Cooperative Leadership Fund
Funding supports costs associated with training, professional development and educational programs for rural young leaders interested in the future of cooperatives and rural communities. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Innovation Center Funding Letter, September 24, 2019

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320174">Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs invests to support transportation programs in counties with fewer than seven people per square mile. https://www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/resources/publications/IB10-760_va_HRTG_brochure_071415.pdf">Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: October 31, 2019 

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency">Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA Rural Development offers https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/USDA_SA_REAP_NOSA083019.pdf">REAP funding to support agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy costs and consumption with by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Application Deadlines: Grants - Oct 31 & March 31, 2020. https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/USDA_SA_REAP_NOSA083019.pdf">Loan Guarantees: Accepted year-round

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319126">FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental
U.S. Economic Development Administration assistance helps communities/regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies. Application Deadline: Ongoing

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306735">Economic Development Assistance Programs
U.S. Economic Development Administration solicits applications from applicants in rural areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Application Deadline: Ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP NOFO.

Economic Development

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320198">Minority Education, Workforce, And Training Program
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) workforce improvement program helps public and private organizations collaborate to increase access for underserved and rural communities in STEM and energy fields. Application Deadline: October 7, 2019

https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/submit-a-proposal.html">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pioneering Ideas
Support to explore trends for healthy living in America and apply the findings to improve conditions in work, life and play. Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/small-business-innovation-research-program-phase-i">Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers funding for projects that should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative/renewable energy projects are encouraged. Application Deadline: October 23, 2019

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315913">Rural Health Network Development Program
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration program offers funding to improve access and quality of health care in rural areas through network collaboration, adapting an evidence-based service model, and promoting sustainability of rural health networks through the creation of diverse products and services. Application Deadline: November 25, 2019

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/rcpp/">Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) 
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service invites potential partners to propose RCPP projects where NRCS and partners co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns where proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/rcpp/?cid=stelprdb1254053">critical conservation area (CCA). https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/rcpp/?cid=nrcseprd1477816">Applyhttps://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/rcpp/?cid=nrcseprd1477816">. Application Deadline: December 3, 2019

  

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