Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Solid Waste Management Grants
USDA Rural Development program helps to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources by funding organizations to provide technical assistance or training to improve the management of solid waste sites. Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2020

Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program
USDA Rural Development program is making grants available to provide technical assistance and/or training to help recipients support rural water or wastewater systems. Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2020

Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Program
USDA Forest Service requests proposals for projects to install a thermally-led community wood energy system or to build an innovative wood product facility. This program is intended to support forest health and stimulate local economies by expanding renewable wood energy use and innovative wood products manufacturing capacity. Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2021

NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
The National Park Service is accepting applications for technical assistance to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

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Economic Development

Farm to School Program
USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems offers grants to assist eligible entities implement farm-to-school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. Application Deadline: Jan. 8, 2021

HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’ Health Resources and Services Administration offers funding to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services. Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2021

Forest Service Cross-Boundary Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Request for Applications 2021
This request for applications will support projects for cross‐boundary wildfire hazard mitigation on non-federal lands; wildfire risk reduction, and wildfire response. Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
USDA Rural Development offers grants and loan/grant opportunities for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Loan guarantees may be used to purchase new energy efficiency equipment. As of Oct. 1, 2020, loan guarantees for this program are now streamlined under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. Application Deadline: Grants - Feb. 1, 2021 | Loan & Grant Combinations - March 31, 2021 | Loan Guarantees - Ongoing

Administration for Community Living Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living offers funding for research and/or development to help individuals with disabilities to perform activities inclusive of health and employment related with a program emphasis on socially/economically disadvantaged individuals and applicants from underrepresented or rural areas. Applications Due: Feb. 2, 2021

Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
USDA is making grants available to from utilities to help rural families and small businesses make cost-saving energy efficiency improvements. A letter of intent is required. Application Deadline: Open until funds are expended or until further notice.