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Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 03/16/2021

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure

Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers low interest loans and need-based grants to construct off-farm housing for domestic year-round, migrant, seasonal, retired, and/or disabled domestic farm laborers. Pre-applications are required and must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1, 2021; Nov. 1, 2021; or Nov. 1, 2022

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio-based Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are advanced biofuelsrenewable chemicals and bio-based products. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
This funding provides capital advance and project rental subsidies for the development and ongoing operation of supportive rental housing for very low-income persons, aged 62 years or older. Application Deadline: May 26, 2021

Funding Opportunities for Community and Economic Development

Rural Community Development Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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. Online Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to rural communities with limited staff and resources to build the capacity needed to access USDA funding to support essential community facilities. Online Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

SAMHSA Rural Emergency Services Training
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is making this program available to help recruit and train emergency medical services personnel in rural areas. Application Deadline: March 30, 2021

Rural Business Development Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers this 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. Application Deadline: As determined by the State Office or through March 31, 2021

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 grant and loan/grant opportunities for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline for Loan and Grant Combinations: March 31, 2021 | Application Deadline for Loan Guarantees: Ongoing

Food Safety Outreach Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers this program to build upon the national infrastructure to develop and implement food safety training, education and technical assistance projects that address the needs of operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Rural Healthcare Connect Fund Program Fund
Universal Service Administrative Company
This program provides a 65 percent discount on eligible broadband connectivity expenses for eligible rural health care providers that may apply as an individual health care provider or as a consortium. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Evidence-Based Telehealth Network Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration offers program funding for telehealth networks to improve access to health care using telehealth technologies in rural and frontier communities. Application Deadline: April 2, 2021

Advanced Manufacturing Project
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Minority Business Development Agency supports innovative projects rendering technical and management assistance to minority business enterprises designed to defray all or part of the costs of pilot or demonstration projects designed to overcome challenges of minority businesses and generate increased financing and contract opportunities to create and retain jobs. Application Deadline: April 8, 2021

AARP Community Challenge
AARP
This opportunity provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more. Application Deadline: April 14, 2021

The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture program offers funding to support and evaluate projects intended to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by providing incentives and demonstrate and evaluate the improvement of dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, reduce food insecurity and health care usage. Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Business and Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Recorded webinars for lenders, businesses and producers. Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.

Funding Opportunities, March 1, 2021

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure

Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers low interest loans and need-based grants to construct off-farm housing for domestic year-round, migrant, seasonal, retired, and/or disabled domestic farm laborers. Pre-applications are required and must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1, 2021; Nov. 1, 2021; or Nov. 1, 2022

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are advanced biofuelsrenewable chemicals and biobased products. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This funding provides capital advance and project rental subsidies for the development and ongoing operation of supportive rental housing for very low-income persons, aged 62 years or older. Application Deadline: May 26, 2021

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development offers 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

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
U.S. Economic Development Administration

This program funds and an array of projects including infrastructure, construction, planning, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects. This includes CARES Act Funding. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Funding Opportunities for Community and Economic Development

Community Heart and Soul Seed Grant Program
Community Heart and Soul
This program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization. Application Deadline: Rolling

Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency supports grants to fund fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations directly to help them increase capacity in their communities. Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

The SNF Foundation Small Business Growth & Recovery Grant Program
Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
The initiative by SNF and supported by National Community Reinvestment Coalition, offers small businesses funding, training and mentorship to find their footing in an acutely challenging economic landscape, focusing on those owned by people of color, women, and veterans as well as those in lower-income communities. Application Deadline: March 19, 2021

Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers funding to help agricultural producers and small rural businesses develop new products from raw agricultural products or to promote new markets for established products. Electronic Application Deadline: March 16, 2021 | Paper Application Deadline: March 22, 2021

Rural Community Development Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to rural communities with limited staff and resources to build the capacity needed to access USDA funding to support essential community facilities. Funds may be used to help rural communities identify financial resources, improve the management of community facilities, and prepare reports, surveys and applications. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

The Gardens for Good Grant
The Nature’s Path
This program focuses on the community by supporting organic community gardens that support place based model and does “good” by providing food to a nonprofit feeding agency such as a food bank, soup kitchen, emergency pantry, shelter or school program. Application Deadline: March 24, 2021

Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a grant program to support in the recruitment and training of emergency medical services personnel in rural areas. Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Food Safety Outreach Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers this program to build upon the national infrastructure to develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Build to Scale program
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship offers funding for organizations that aid companies in developing the next generation of technologies that fuels tech-based economic development in regional economies with two separate competitions: The 2021 Venture Challenge and The 2021 Capital Challenge. Notice of Funding Opportunity. Application Deadline: April 29, 2021 

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 02/17/2021

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Small Shipyard Grants
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT’s Maritime Administration grants funding to support improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, and quality construction, repair, and reconfiguration. Application Deadline: Feb. 25, 2021

Small Community Air Service Development Program
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT program designed to provide financial assistance to small communities to help them enhance their air service. The Department provides this assistance in the form of grants that are disbursed on a reimbursable basis. Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers low interest loans and need-based grants to construct off-farm housing for domestic year-round, migrant, seasonal, retired, and/or disabled domestic farm laborers. Federal Register. Pre-applications are required and must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1 2021; Nov. 1 2021; or Nov. 1, 2022

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are advanced biofuelsrenewable chemicals and biobased products. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

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

USDA Rural Development provides funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities which includes qualified equipment. Application Guidebook. Transportation Guide. Loan Guarantees. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Community and Economic Development

Booker T. Washington Fellowship Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA is making the fellowship opportunity available for faculty and staff at an accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and secondary education superintendents; principals; agricultural and/or district level teachers working for 1890 Land-Grant University feeder high schools in two fellowship categories: Education and High School Education and Science. Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers funding to help agricultural producers and small rural businesses develop new products from raw agricultural products or to promote new markets for established products. Electronic Application Deadline: March 16, 2021 | Paper Application Deadline: March 22, 2021

Rural Community Development Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to rural communities with limited staff and resources to build the capacity needed to access USDA funding to support essential community facilities. Funds may be used to help rural communities identify financial resources, improve the management of community facilities, and prepare reports, surveys and applications. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides grants to support education, mentoring and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers. Application Deadline: March 25, 2021

Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA is soliciting applications from eligible nonprofits and other eligible applicants to (1) assist in the development and use of innovative activities relating to water workforce development and career opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector, and (2) expand public awareness about drinking water and wastewater utilities and to connect individuals to careers in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector. Application Deadline: March 26, 2021

Rural Business Development Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers this 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. Application Deadline: As determined by the State Office or through March 31, 2021

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support strategic regional economic and community development planning. Covered programs reserving SECD funds in Fiscal Year 2021 are: Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program; Community Facilities Loan Guaranteed Program; Water and Waste Disposal Program Loan and Grant Program; Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees; Business & Industry Loan Guarantees; Rural Business Development Grants; and Community Connect Grants. Obligation Deadlines: June 30, 2021, for all programs except the Rural Business Development Grant Program which has a July 31, 2021 obligation deadline.

Food Safety Outreach Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers this program to build upon the national infrastructure to develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Company

The Telecom Program provides reduced rates to rural health care providers for telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. Eligible services are discounted at the difference in cost between urban and rural areas in your state. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

1890 Institution Teaching, Research & Extension Capacity Building Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture program strengthens teaching, research and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. Application Deadline: Sept. 10, 2021

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 02042021

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

EPA Grants to Support Water Systems Rural and Small Communities
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Grants for technical assistance and training providers to support small drinking water and wastewater systems in rural communities to improve public health and environmental protection by helping to ensure that drinking water in these communities is safe and that wastewater is treated before it is responsibly returned to the environment. Application Deadline: Feb. 12, 2021

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are advanced biofuelsrenewable chemicals and biobased products. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Company

The Telecom Program provides reduced rates to rural health care providers for telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. Eligible services are discounted at the difference in cost between urban and rural areas in your state. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Community and Economic Development

Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funding to support rural EMS agencies to recruit and train personnel and purchase equipment and supplies including naloxone. Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2021

Booker T. Washington Fellowship Program
USDA is making the fellowship opportunity available for faculty and staff at an accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and secondary education superintendents; principals; agricultural and/or district level teachers working for 1890 Land-Grant University feeder high schools in two fellowship categories. The categories are Education and High School Education Fellowships and Science Fellowships. Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization in Coal-Affected Appalachia (POWER)
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

This funding is for workforce and economic revitalization activities in communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations and coal-related supply chain industries. Priorities include strengthening the health care sector, educational attainment, substance abuse response and broadband. Letter of Intent (Required): March 5, 2021

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design
National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with The Housing Assistance Council
This funding supports downtown revitalization, heritage preservation of land or buildings, and creating public or civic spaces for local identity and active recreation offering two avenues for engagement: (1) Design Workshop communities to receive technical assistance and a stipend towards a community-engaged design workshops, and (2) Design Learning Cohort to join a national network of peers to engage with online learning. Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers funding to help agricultural producers and small rural businesses develop new products from raw agricultural products or to promote new markets for established products. Electronic Application Deadline: March 16, 2021 | Paper Application Deadline: March 22, 2021

Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA is soliciting applications to assist in the development and use of innovative activities related to water workforce development and career opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector, and to expand public awareness about drinking water and wastewater utilities and to connect individuals to careers in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector. Application Deadline: March 26, 2021 

Rural Community Development Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to rural communities with limited staff and resources to build the capacity needed to access USDA funding to support essential community facilities. Funds may be used to help rural communities identify financial resources, improve the management of community facilities, and prepare reports, surveys and applications. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 on Grants.gov | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

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 is making grant and loan/grant opportunities available for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. REAP loan guarantees are streamlined under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. Loan & Grant Combination - March 31, 2021 | Loan Guarantees – Ongoing

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development offers loans and grants to establish revolving loan funds to provide loans to rural microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs, or to provide training and technical assistance to micro entrepreneurs. Application Deadline: March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021 to the RD State Office.

Intermediary Relending Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development invites applications under this Intermediary Relending Program for fiscal year FY 2021, subject to availability of funding. Application Deadline: March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021 to the RD State Office.

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support strategic regional economic and community development planning. Covered programs reserving SECD funds in Fiscal Year 2021 are: Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program; Community Facilities Loan Guaranteed Program; Water and Waste Disposal Program Loan and Grant Program; Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees; Business & Industry Loan Guarantees; Rural Business Development Grants; and Community Connect Grants. Obligation Deadlines: June 30, 2021, for all programs except the Rural Business Development Grant Program which has a July 31, 2021, obligation deadline.

  

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