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Funding Opportunities, September 1, 2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Business and Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA B&I CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Webinar for Lenders and Webinar for Businesses and Producers. Application Deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.

State infrastructure financing authority Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers a new program for low-interest loans to state water infrastructure programs (e.g., the State Revolving Funds) to help finance needed water infrastructure projects in local communities. Letter of Interest Deadline: September 15, 2020

2020 National Fish Passage Program
Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service provides direct technical and financial assistance to partners to restore fish passage and to support the modernization infrastructure such as road culverts, bridges, dam removals and the installation of fishways. Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers funding for programs to accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure through long-term, low cost, supplemental credit assistance under customized terms to creditworthy water and wastewater projects of national and regional significance. This program prioritizes construction-ready projects in three areas: updating aging infrastructure; reducing exposure to contaminants; and water reuse and recycling. Letter of Interest Deadline: October 15, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

USDA Agricultural Workforce Training Grants Program 
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is making funds available to help create a technology and data-savvy workforce ready for the field and industrial jobs within the food and agricultural sciences. Application Deadline: September 24, 2020

Strengthening Community Colleges
U.S. Department of Labor is making funding available to build capacity in community colleges by collaborating with employers and the public workforce to meet labor market demands by increasing capacity, developing skills and mitigating challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Application Deadline: October 8, 2020

Multipurpose, Cleanup and Assessment Brownfield Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides grants to carry out a wide range of eligible assessment, cleanup, planning and community involvement activities to support community health within an eligible area, such as a neighborhood, town, district or census tract. Application Deadline: October 28, 2020

Capacity Building Program for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is making grants available to assist in maintaining and expanding capacity to conduct education, research, and outreach/extension activities related to food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. Application Deadline: October 28, 2020

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is making grants available to help plan and develop integrated rural healthcare networks to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development:

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Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Business and Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA B&I CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Webinar for Lenders and Webinar for Businesses and Producers. Application Deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.

FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission is providing funding to bring high-speed, fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access. Application Deadline: October 22, 2020

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance
FEMA’s two mitigation grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes and territories funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness by reducing disaster losses and protecting life and property from future disaster damages. Application Deadline: January 29, 2021

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

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs The Economic Development Administration is providing resources to economically distressed communities and regions to help finance construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency offers workforce grants and encourages applicants to develop their brownfield cleanup curricula to be based on local labor market assessments and employers’ hiring needs while delivering comprehensive training that results in graduates securing multiple certifications to enter the workforce. Application Deadline: September 22, 2020

The Cooperative Education Fund
The Cooperative Development Foundation offers support for cooperative development with educational resources, sponsors research, and educational programs to strengthen and expand cooperatively owned businesses. Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

HRSA Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children
The Health Resources and Services Administration will fund innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities. Application Deadline: October 6, 2020

The Rural Tech Project
U.S. Department of Education offers funding and a challenge to advance high-quality technology instruction in rural communities specific to supporting high schools and local educational agencies to develop competency-based distance learning programs. Application Deadline: October 8, 2020

Strengthening Community Colleges
U.S. Department of Labor program designed to build capacity in community colleges by collaborating with employers and the public workforce to meet labor market demands by increasing capacity, developing skills and mitigating challenges associated with the COVID-19 that necessitate social distancing practices and expanding online learning. Application Deadline: October 8, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development:

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Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
USDA Rural Development program intends to increase significantly the sale and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. Application Deadline: August 13, 2020

Business and Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA B&I CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Webinar for Lenders and Webinar for Businesses and Producers. Application Deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.

FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission is providing funding to bring high-speed, fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access. Application Deadline: October 22, 2020

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements (REAP)
USDA Rural Development provides funds to support agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: Open

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The Economic Development Administration is providing resources to economically distressed communities and regions to help finance construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making $3 million in grants available to help socially disadvantaged groups develop business and strategic plans in rural areas. Application Deadline: August 10, 2020

Delta Health Care Service Grant Program
USDA Rural Development grant funds for the development of health care services, health education programs, health care job training programs, or the development and expansion of public health-related facilities in the Delta Region. Application Deadline: August 24, 2020

Centers of Community Prosperity
USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement offers funding to leverage partnering entities to assist persistent poverty communities with socially disadvantaged and/or veteran farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers to improve, restore and maintain natural resources and growth in their communities focusing on fostering hope, opportunity, asset building and wealth creation. Application Deadline: August 24, 2020

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers
USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement offers grants to support socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers through education, training, farming demonstrations, and conferences on farming and agri-business, and by increasing access to USDA’s programs and services. Application Deadline: August 26, 2020

Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is accepting proposals from non-profit, state, and local government youth and veteran serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the USFWS to develop introductory educational experiences in natural resource careers to young people and veterans in underserved communities that traditionally have low participation in outdoor recreation activities through hands-on experience and mentoring. Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency offers workforce grants and encourages applicants to develop their brownfield cleanup curricula to be based on local labor market assessments and employers’ hiring needs while delivering comprehensive training that results in graduates securing multiple certifications to enter the workforce. Application Deadline: September 22, 2020

 

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Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Business and Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA B&I CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Webinar for Lenders and Webinar for Businesses and Producers. Application Deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements (REAP)
USDA Rural Development funds to support agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: Open

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The Economic Development Administration is providing resources to economically distressed communities and regions to help finance construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Mobility on Demand Projects
Community Transportation Association of America is providing competitive grants to weave together inclusive transportation planning, development, and implementation with grassroots-driven mobility on demand solutions. Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
USDA Rural Development program intends to increase significantly the sale and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. Application Deadline: August 13, 2020

FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission is providing funding to bring high-speed, fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access. Application Deadline: October 22, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources Related to Rural Infrastructure:

Economic Development

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making grants available to help start, expand or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses in rural America. Application Deadline: August 3, 2020  

Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making $3 million in grants available to help socially disadvantaged groups develop business and strategic plans in rural areas. Application Deadline: August 10, 2020

Delta Health Care Service Grant Program
USDA Rural Development grant funds for the development of healthcare services, health education programs, healthcare job training programs, or the development and expansion of public health-related facilities in the Delta Region. Application Deadline: August 24, 2020

Centers of Community Prosperity
USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) offers funding to leverage partnering entities to assist persistent poverty communities with socially disadvantaged and/or veteran farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers to improve, restore and maintain natural resources and growth in their communities focusing on fostering hope, opportunity, asset building and wealth creation. Application Deadline: August 24, 2020

Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Corporation for National and Community Service program funding which engages people ages 55 and over in a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience and create community capacity. Application Deadline: September 1, 2020 

Strengthening Community Colleges
U.S. Department of Labor program designed to build capacity in community colleges by collaborating with employers and the public workforce to meet labor market demands by increasing capacity, developing skills and mitigating challenges associated with the COVID-19 that necessitate social distancing practices and expanding online learning. Application Deadline: October 8, 2020

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources to Support Rural Economic Development:

  

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