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Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities, July 7, 2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making grants available to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020, via Grants.gov

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. Application Deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements (Rural Energy for America Program)
The REAP program will provide funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: Open

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

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making funding available to build, expand and improve essential community facilities, which includes qualified equipment. Guidebook. Application Deadline: Ongoing

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

Economic Development

Capacity Building Developmental & Capacity Building Grant
This U.S. Department of Labor grant is intended to develop and conduct training and educational programs for small businesses on occupational safety. Application Deadline: July 20, 2020

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

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

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
This USDA Rural Development program is intended 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

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  

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development
This USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture program is making grants available to support professional development for agricultural literacy, training for research and extension undergraduate students, fellowships for predoctoral candidates, fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, and training for the agricultural workforce. Application Deadline: September 25, 2020

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The Economic Development Administration is providing economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs, including construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

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

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 6/23/2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Delta Regional Authority States Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)
The Delta Regional Authority offers funds to help Delta communities create jobs and improve infrastructure, broadband, and business development including entrepreneurship and workforce training. Application Deadline: June 28, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30, 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making grants available to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 via Grants.gov

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
USDA Rural Development program intended 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

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission provides 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

Single-Family Housing Grant/Repair Program
USDA Rural Development provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes, or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. Application Deadline: Open

Mutual Self-Help Housing Program
USDA Rural Development provides grants to organizations that supervise groups of very-low- and low-income individuals and families as they build their own homes. Application Deadline: Open

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The Economic Development Administration provides economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs, including construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Community Economic Development Projects
The Administration for Children and Families Office of Community Services offers grants for Community Development Corporations to support projects that will enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. Application Deadline: July 03, 2020

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities
The U.S. Department of Labor is financing projects to help rural communities align workforce development efforts with economic development plans for the Appalachian region and the Lower Mississippi Delta region. Application Deadline: July 29, 2020

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

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 6/9/2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects
USDA Rural Development helps qualified nonprofits create a revolving loan fund that can provide financing to extend and improve water and waste disposal systems in rural areas. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services. Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30, 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is making grants available to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 via Grants.gov

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission provides 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

Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Magnet Fund Program
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions is making funds available to help certified CDFIs and nonprofits develop, rehabilitate or purchase affordable housing and economic development activities. Application Deadline: June 26, 2020 via Grants.gov

Community Economic Development Projects
The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services is making grants available for Community Development Corporations to support projects that will enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. Application Deadline: July 03, 2020

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning
The Health Resources and Services Administration is making funds available to help rural communities enhance their capacity to address substance use disorder though planning activities, multi-sector consortiums and participate in the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning learning collaborative. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities
The U.S. Department of Labor is financing projects to help rural communities align workforce development efforts with economic development plans. This program serves the Appalachian region and the Lower Mississippi Delta region. Application Deadline: July 29, 2020

OUR TOWN
The National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program supports projects that integrate arts, culture and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical and/or social outcomes. Application Deadline: August 6, 2020

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The Economic Development Administration provides economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs, including construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects. Application Deadline: Ongoing

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

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities 5/26/2020

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure

HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is providing grants to promote rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services. Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants and Loan Guarantees, and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees. Specific requirements and application deadlines apply. Funds must be obligated by June 30, 2020

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
USDA Rural Development is providing grants to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020 via grants.gov

Federal Communications Commission COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Federal Communications Commission is providing funds for the adoption of a telehealth program to support healthcare providers respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Application Deadline: Open

Federal Communications Commission High Speed Broadband/Rural Opportunity Fund
The Federal Communications Commission is providing funds to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access. Application Deadline: Open

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

Economic Development

Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)
USDA Rural Development Is providing loans help rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Letter of Intent (Required) Deadline: Open

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan and Advance 
U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses which includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries. Other SBA Relief Options. Application Deadline: Open

FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs (PWEAA)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) 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

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) program to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding to rural communities to enhance capacity to address substance use disorder to conduct planning activities, engage multi-sector consortiums and participate in the RCORP-Planning learning collaborative. Application Deadline: July 13, 2020

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
USDA Rural Development program intended 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

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

  

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