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Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities January 19, 2023

Funding Opportunities for Infrastructure 

USDA Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program to support new investments in infrastructure for food aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution to increase capacity and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain. Fact Sheet | Federal Register | FAQsApplication Deadline: Ongoing

Electric Infrastructure Loan & Loan Guarantee Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers loans and loan guarantees to finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacement required to furnish and improve electric service in rural areas, as well as demand side management, energy conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems. Check with a General Field Representative to determine whether the proposed service area qualifies. Application Deadline: Open

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Application Deadline: Open

Photo of processing facility from Gullahs FarmersRural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development provides funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Contact your local State Energy Coordinator for assistance. Federal Register. Funding includes $250 million provided by the Inflation Reduction ActApplication Deadlines: Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance 1/31/2023, Grants 3/31/2023 and Loan Guarantees are accepted year-round

The Meat and Poultry Expansion Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity and to encourage competition and sustainable growth to help improve supply chain resiliency. Application Deadline: Stay tuned, Prepare Now!

Funding Opportunities Supporting Domestic Agricultural Markets, including Local and Regional Food Systems

USDA FNS Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) designed this program to improve the quality of school meals by strengthening access to nutritious food products. Application Deadline: 2/1/2023 

Rural Business Development Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses that have fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue. Uses include project planning/feasibility study, business incubators, land acquisition, leadership and entrepreneur training. Federal Register. Contact your state to learn about local application timelines, concept paper requirements, etc. Application Deadline: 2/28/2023

Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC) Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA
 Rural Development offer this program to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers that provide technical and business development assistance to Agricultural Producers seeking to engage in developing and marketing of Value-Added Agricultural Products. Federal RegisterApplication Deadline: 3/6/2023

TEFAP Reach and Resiliency 2023 Round 2
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service offers this program to reach into remote, rural, Tribal, and/or low-income areas that are underserved by current program operations by providing TEFAP state agencies with another opportunity to work with currently participating organizations and/or new partner organizations, to reach underserved populations. Applications Due: 3/6/2023

USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development supports zero-interest loans and grants for current and former eligible Rural Utilities Service borrowers who then use the funds to help local businesses finance projects that create/retain jobs or support community facility projects. Stakeholder AnnouncementFederal RegisterApplication Deadline: To your RD State Office by 3/31/23 and 6/30/23

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development loans and grants support Microenterprise Development Organization to establish revolving loan funds. Application Deadline: To your RD State Office by 3/31/23 and 6/30/23

Intermediary Relending Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funds to local lenders or “intermediaries” that re-lend to businesses to improve economic conditions and create new opportunities in rural communities. Stakeholder AnnouncementApplication Deadline: To your RD State Office by 3/31/23 and 6/30/23

RBDG - Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve passenger transportation services and facilities. Contact your nearest USDA office for more information. Application Deadline: 4/19/2023

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities December 20, 2023

Funding Opportunities for Infrastructure 

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grants
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency grants support pre-disaster mitigation activities to build capacity to help identify mitigation actions and implement projects that reduce risks posed by natural hazards. Application Deadline: 1/27/2023

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Contact your local State Energy Coordinator for assistance. Federal Register Application Deadlines: Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance 1/31/2023, Grants 3/31/2023 and Loan Guarantees are accepted year-round

RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants: FY 2023 National Infrastructure Investments
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT offers funding to support capital investments in unmet surface transportation infrastructure needs with an emphasis on rural areas and tribal lands. Application Deadline: 2/28/2023

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
USDA Rural Development offers financial assistance to eligible service providers that will construct, improve or expand telecommunication and broadband networks in rural areas. Application Deadline: Open

Funding Opportunities for Community and Economic Development

The Fertilizer Product Expansion Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to help eligible applicants increase or otherwise expand the manufacturing and processing of fertilizer and nutrient alternatives and their availability in the United States. Webinar SlidesApplication Deadlines: 12/29/2022

Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides grant funding to intermediary lenders who finance – or plan to finance – the start-up, expansion, or operation of slaughter, or other processing of meat and poultry. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

Solid Waste Management Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development offers funds to organizations to provide technical assistance and/or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development provides funds for organizations that assist communities with water and/or wastewater operations through technical assistance and training. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development supports zero-interest loans and grants for current and former eligible Rural Utilities Service borrowers who then use the funds to help local businesses finance projects that create/retain jobs or support community facility projects. Stakeholder AnnouncementFederal RegisterApplication Deadline: To your RD State Office by 12/31/2022, 3/31/23 and 6/30/23

USDA Regional Food Business Centers
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service program serves as the cornerstone of USDA’s development of local and regional supply chains offering funds for coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building support to small and mid-sized food and farm businesses, with the goal of creating a more resilient, diverse, and competitive food system. Request for Applications & FAQs in Spanish. Application Deadline: 1/6/2023 (Extended)

Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program
Universal Service Administrative Company

Federal Communications Commission grants to support partners to conduct a wide range of innovative outreach activities to raise awareness of the program to increase viable eConnectivity. Application Deadline: 1/9/2023

The New Markets Tax Credit Program
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) helps economically distressed communities attract private capital by providing investors with a federal tax credit. Investments used to finance businesses and support neglected or underserved low-income communities. Fact Sheets: English / EspañolApplication Deadline: 1/26/2023

Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development funding to help people in rural and tribal communities access remote education and health care resources by funding real-time, interactive distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training and health care resources that are otherwise limited or unavailable. $64 million available in fiscal year 2023. $12 million is intended for projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services. Application Deadline: 1/30/2023

Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA is seeking applications from organizations with a demonstrable history of providing effective, results-oriented technical assistance to public water systems. The Agency’s priorities include maximizing funds to provide significant benefit to drinking water systems in communities of need; tackling the climate crisis; and advancing environmental justice and equity. Application Deadline: 1/31/2023

YouthBuild Grants
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
DOL’s Employment and Training Administration provides funding for pre-apprenticeship services to support education, occupational skills training and employment services for at-risk youth. Application Deadline: 2/7/2023

Rural Health Innovation and Transformation Technical Assistance
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration program to provide technical assistance to support rural health care through innovative payment models and to promote the value-based care landscape in the context of rural health care. Application Deadline: 2/7/2023

Rural Business Development Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers this very important program designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses that have fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue. Applicants are advised to view program information specific to state to learn about local application timelines, concept paper requirements, etc. Application Deadline: 2/28/2023

Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC) Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA
 Rural Development offer this program to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers that provide technical and business development assistance to Agricultural Producers seeking to engage in developing and marketing of Value-Added Agricultural Products. Application Deadline: 3/6/2023

Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program
U.S. Department of Interior (DOI)
DOI's National Park Service offers grants to states, and through states to local units of government and federally-recognized Indian tribes, for projects that will provide outdoor recreation opportunities to the public through the acquisition of lands and waters for parks and other outdoor recreation areas, as well as through the development of new, or the renovation of existing, outdoor recreation facilities. Application Deadline: 5/31/2023

Rural Health Care: Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Company
Federal Communications Commission funding for healthcare providers to support telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. Application Deadline: 4/1/2023

Rural Health Care: Healthcare Connect Fund
Universal Service Administrative Company
Federal Communications Commission funding to assist healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity. Application Deadline: 4/1/2023

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities November 21, 2021

Funding Opportunities for Infrastructure

Save America’s Treasures
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund offers this grant designed to preserve history. Application Deadline: 12/20/2022

Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPILP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides grant funding to nonprofit intermediary lenders who finance, or plan to finance, the start-up, expansion, operation of slaughter or other processing of meat and poultry. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grants
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency grants support pre-disaster mitigation activities to build capacity to help identify mitigation actions and implement projects that reduce risks posed by natural hazards. Application Deadline: 1/27/2023

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development provides funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: 3/31/2023

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
USDA Rural Development offers financial assistance to eligible service providers that will construct, improve or expand telecommunication and broadband networks in rural areas. Application Deadline: Open

Funding Opportunities for Community and Economic Development

Community Placemaking Grants
Project for Public Spaces
These grants enable select locations to address inequalities of access by working directly with stakeholders to transform underperforming public spaces or to co-create new ones. Check if your rural location is eligible hereApplication Deadline: 11/28/2022

Thriving Communities Program (TCP)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT’s Build America Bureau program facilitates the planning and development of transportation and community revitalization activities and provides tools to ensure that under-resourced communities can access the historic funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure LawLetter of Interest (Required): 12/6/2022

Historic Preservation Fund - Semiquincentennial Grants
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund grant to support the physical preservation of a broad variety of cultural resources associated with the founding of America as a nation in commemoration of the country's semiquincentennial (250th anniversary). Funded projects will preserve National Register listed, State owned, cultural resources related to the founding of the nation. Application Deadline: 12/6/2022

CommunityFood and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funds this program to link producers, communities, schools and youth in support of healthier food choices and increased knowledge of agriculture. Application Deadline: 12/8/2022

USDA Regional Food Business Centers
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service program serves as the cornerstone of USDA’s development of local and regional supply chains offering funds for coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building support to small and mid-sized food and farm businesses, with the goal of creating a more resilient, diverse, and competitive food system. Request for Applications & FAQs in Spanish. Application Deadline: 12/15/2022 (Extended)

The Fertilizer Product Expansion Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to help eligible applicants increase or otherwise expand the manufacturing and processing of fertilizer and nutrient alternatives and their availability in the United States. Webinar SlidesApplication Deadlines: 12/29/2022

Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides grant funding to intermediary lenders who finance – or plan to finance – the start-up, expansion, or operation of slaughter, or other processing of meat and poultry. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

Colorful food photoSolid Waste Management Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development offers funds to organizations to provide technical assistance and/or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development provides funds for organizations that assist communities with water and/or wastewater operations through technical assistance and training. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program
The Walmart foundation offers grants to support local needs in their service area. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

AmeriCorps State and National Grants
AmeriCorps
Funding for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Application Deadline: 1/4/2023

The New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program)
U.S. Treasury
Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) helps economically distressed communities attract private capital by providing investors with a Federal tax credit. Investments used to finance businesses, breathing new life into neglected, underserved low-income communities. Fact Sheets: English / EspañolNMTC Program presentationApplication Deadline: 1/25/2023

Food photoHealthy Meals Incentives Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture
 USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service designed this program to improve the quality of school meals by strengthening access to nutritious food products. The grants will support schools’ ability to access a wider variety of healthy, appealing products and promote innovation by food producers and suppliers, including local producers and small and disadvantaged businesses. Application Deadline: 2/1/2023.

AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Senior Demonstration Program
AmeriCorps
Funding for demonstration projects that engage adults ages 55 and older, using service opportunities, certification, training, and mentoring as the avenue that will lead to employment in skilled, professional, and/or para-professional career employment. Public health is a focus area, and rural communities are a priority. Application Deadline: 2/1/2023

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities October 21, 2022

Funding Opportunities Supporting Infrastructure 

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development offers financial assistance to eligible service providers that will construct, improve or expand telecommunication and broadband networks in rural areas. Application Deadline: Open

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development provides funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: 10/31/2022 (set aside) and 3/31/2023

Broadband ReConnect Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers funding for construction, improvement or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: 11/2/2022

The Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD offers funds to facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities on a national, geographically diverse basis through the provision of self-help homeownership housing programs. Applicants must propose to use a significant amount grant funds in at least two states. Application Deadline: 11/7/2022

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers program funding designed to increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. Stakeholder Announcement. Application Deadline: 11/21/2022

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted

Funding Opportunities for Community and Economic Development

Water and Environmental Programs Manufactured Homes Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers funds to support expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training related to manufactured homes. Specific requirements apply. Full announcementApplication Deadline: 11/13/2022

The Fertilizer Product Expansion Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to help eligible applicants increase or otherwise expand the manufacturing and processing of fertilizer and nutrient alternatives and their availability in the United States. Application Deadlines: 11/14/2022 and 12/29/2022

EPA Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA’s Brownfield Grants may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants and petroleum. Tipos de financiación con subvenciones para terrenos baldíos de la EPAApplication Deadlines: 11/22/2022

Community Mobility Ready-to-Launch Grants
Federal Transit Administration
National Center for Mobility Management offers these grants to support communities implement transportation solutions to help underserved residents become fully engaged in economic opportunities to become more integrated into their community. Application Deadline: 11/23/2022

Thriving Communities Program (TCP)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT’s Build America Bureau program facilitates the planning and development of transportation and community revitalization activities and provides tools to ensure that under-resourced communities can access the historic funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure LawLetter of Interest (Required): 12/6/2022

USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development supports zero-interest loans and grants for current and former eligible Rural Utilities Service borrowers who then use the funds to help local businesses finance projects that create/retain jobs or support community facility projects. Stakeholder AnnouncementFederal RegisterApplication Deadline: To your RD State Office by 12/31/2022, 3/31/23 and 6/30/23

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development loans and grants support Microenterprise Development Organization to establish revolving loan funds. Application Deadline: To your RD State Office by 12/31/2022, 3/31/23 and 6/30/23

Intermediary Relending Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funds to local lenders or “intermediaries” that re-lend to businesses to improve economic conditions and create new opportunities in rural communities. Stakeholder AnnouncementApplication Deadline: To your RD State Office by 12/31/2022, 3/31/23 and 6/30/23

Solid Waste Management Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development offers funds to organizations to provide technical assistance and/or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development provides funds for organizations that assist communities with water and/or wastewater operations through technical assistance and training. Application Deadline: 12/31/2022

  

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