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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

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.

  

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