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Opportunities

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 3/13/2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA Rural Development offers 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 - Ongoing

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to help increase access to education, training and health care resources in rural communities. Application Guide. Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

High Energy Cost Grants
USDA Rural Development provides grants to help state and local governments and nonprofit agencies acquire, construct, extend, upgrade or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities. Application Deadline: April 27, 2020

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
USDA is making $7.5 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters. Electronic Application Deadline: April 30, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 5, 2020

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act
USDA is making $7.5 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters. Electronic Application Deadline: April 30, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 5, 2020

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects (Revolving Fund Program)
USDA Rural Development offers this program to qualified government and nonprofit agencies to create revolving loan funds that can provide financing to extend and improve water and waste disposal systems in rural areas. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

Economic Development

Build to Scale (B2S)
U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship manages a portfolio of grant competitions that further technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies. 2020 Concept Proposal Template. Application Deadline: March 24, 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

Department of Treasury Support for Rural Community Development
The U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund provides grants to finance affordable housing and community revitalization efforts that benefit low-income people and communities. Pre-Application Materials Deadline (Required): March 23, 2020

Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Program
USDA Rural Development offers grants to qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility or economic development projects in rural areas. Electronic Application Deadline: May 13, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 18, 2020

Rural Business Development Grant Program - Transportation Systems
USDA Rural Development offers grants to improve rural transportation systems for intermediaries seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities Application Deadline: May 14, 2020

Innovation Matters, Funding letter, February 28. 2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to help increase access to education, training and health care resources in rural communities. Application Guide. Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
USDA Rural Development is accepting Fiscal Year 2020 applications for grants to help rural communities expand their capacity to access financial resources for economic development. Electronic Application Deadline: April 30, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 5, 2020

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act
USDA is making $7.5 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters. Electronic Application Deadline: April 30, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: May 5, 2020

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA Rural Development offers 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 - Ongoing

Rural Healthcare Connect Fund
Universal Service Administrative Company provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65 percent. Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Economic Development

Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center Grants
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to help 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

Build to Scale (B2S)

U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship manages a portfolio of grant competitions that further technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies. 2020 Concept Proposal Template. Application Deadline: March 24, 2020

Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to support technical assistance, training, and other activities to help develop and expand small and emerging private rural businesses. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: As determined by the state office or by March 31, 2020

Rural Business Development Grant Program - Transportation Systems
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to improve rural transportation systems for intermediaries seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. Application Deadline: May 14, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications to support projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees and Rural Business Development Grants.

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to provide microloans for microenterprise startups and growth through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and Provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities February 11, 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 | Application Deadline: April 1, 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 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

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Company provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for telemedicine and telehealth. Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Rural Healthcare Connect Fund
Universal Service Administrative Company provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65 percent. Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program
USDA Rural Development provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Economic Development

Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
USDA Rural Development offers 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

Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)
The Federal Appalachian Regional Commission provides funds to support workforce and economic revitalization activities in communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in the coal industry. This program gives priority to projects related to broadband and substance abuse. Letter of Intent Deadline: February 28, 2020

The Value-Added Producer Grant
USDA Rural Development offers two types of grants, Planning and Working Capital, to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. Electronic Application Deadline: March 5, 2020 via grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 10, 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

Challenge America
National Endowment for the Arts provides grants to support projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in communities that reach underserved populations. Application Deadline: April 9, 2020

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 1/28/2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Research on PFAS Impacts in Rural Communities and Agricultural Operations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides grants for research on the impacts of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances on water quality and availability in rural communities and agricultural operations. Application Deadline: February 11, 2020

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 Deadline: March 2, 2020 | Application Deadline: April 1, 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

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program
USDA Rural Development provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: Ongoing

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

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
USDA Rural Development provides funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities which includes qualified equipment. Review the Guidebook for Applicants to learn how to apply. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
U.S. Health and Human Services provides the SBIR program to stimulate innovation and improve the lives of people with disabilities through research, or research and development products generated by small businesses. Application Deadline: February 18, 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

Value-Added Producer Grants
USDA Rural Development provides grants for planning and working capital to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. Application Deadline: Electronic Applications - March 5, 2020  | Paper Applications - March 10, 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

  

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