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Opportunities

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities May 19, 2022

 

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure Opportunities

Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant Opportunity
U.S. Department of Transportation
Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program offers a combined Notice of Funding Opportunity on funding for major infrastructure projects to make transportation more sustainable and expand transportation options in rural America and underserved communities. Application Deadline: 5/23/2022

Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grants – Round 2
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service funding supporting improvements to expand existing facilities, modernizing equipment and food safety requirements. Press Release. Application Deadline: 5/24/2022

Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure & No or Low Emissions Programs
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration offers two programs to support infrastructure and eliminate/reduce bus emissions. Application Deadlines: 5/31/2022

NTIA Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration  program that builds high-speed internet infrastructure where needed, supports job training, provides the equipment needed, and drives partnerships to get everyone online. Notice of Funding Opportunity. Letters of Intent Required: 7/18/2022

NTIA Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration program to expand middle mile infrastructure and reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. Application Timelines: Opens 6/21/2022 | Closes 7/30/2022

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. Application Deadline: Open

Community and Economic Development Opportunities

Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Program: Entrepreneurship Programs
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency funding to develop and implement entrepreneurship programs at Minority Serving Institutions, which include Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, and Alaska Native Serving Institutions. Application Deadline: 5/25/2022

NIFA’s American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports the equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs and services among underserved farmers, ranchers, forest land owners and operators through the organizational delivery of technical assistance projects and establishment of technical assistance networks. Application Deadline: 6/1/2022 

MBDA Business Center Grant Competition
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency funding to operate MBDA Business Centers in six new locations: Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin to provide high quality, technical assistance to minority business enterprises. Application Deadline: 6/2/2022

Access to Capital: Innovative Finance
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency program to market solutions to the barriers of access to capital that acknowledge lack of traditional collateral/assets as an impediment for minority business enterprises. The projects can utilize technical assistance models, pilot innovative solutions, leverage technology, advance research and data, or provide education to non-traditional lenders. Application Deadline: 6/5/2022

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program improves the economic condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 6/6/2022

Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development technical assistance funds to support socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas with feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training. Application Deadline: 6/13/2022

EDA’s 2022 Build to Scale Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is soliciting applications under two funding tiers, the Venture Challenge and Capital Challenge, to strengthen regional innovation initiatives and invest in local business startups. Application Deadline: 6/13/2022

Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grant Program
U.S. Department of Labor 
Employment and Training Administration and Women’s Bureau funding to target industries where they are underrepresented such as manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and healthcare to support community-based organizations in their efforts to recruit, train, and retain. Application Deadline: 6/20/2022

NTIA Digital Equity Act Programs
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration offers three programs that promote digital inclusion and advance equity for all to ensure all communities have affordable access and can use the internet to improve their lives. Planning Application or Letter of Intent Due: 7/12/2022

Delta Health Care Services Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers 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: 7/12/2022

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program to assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing renewable energy development. Application Deadline: 1/31/2023

Innovation Matter, April 27, 2022

 

Funding Opportunities

Rural Infrastructure Opportunities

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities 
National Endowment for the Humanities' Office of Challenge Grants offers both Capital Project and Digital Infrastructure funding supporting the design, purchase, construction, restoration or renovation of facilities for humanities activities. Application Deadline: 5/17/2022

Environmental Small Grants Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of tribal governments, low-income communities, and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice. Application Deadline: 5/20/2022

Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects
U.S. Department of Transportation
This program is competitive funding for projects of national or regional significance, including infrastructure in rural areas and to support access to broadband or projects that affect public health. Application Deadline: 5/23/2022

States Economic Development Assistance Program 
Delta Regional Authority
This funding within the eight states served by the federal Delta Regional Authority may apply for grants supporting job creation and infrastructure at the community level. Program Manual. Application Deadline: 6/5/2022

Community and Economic Development Opportunities

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Service funds will develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Application Deadline: 5/16/2022

USDA Regional Food System Partnerships
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Service program to support partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. Application Deadline: 5/16/2022

Community Economic Development Focus on Energy Communities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS’s Administration for Children and Families offers support for Community Economic Development work, to Community Development Corporations, for projects in energy communities. Application Deadline: 5/19/2022

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development grants to provide technical assistance and training to help grantees identify and plan for community facility needs in their area. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 5/23/2022 on Grants.gov | Paper applications to the State Office by 5/26/2022

Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service program to support the production and  marketing of climate-smart commodities via a set of pilot projects lasting one to five years. Press Release. Proposals Due: 5/27/2022

Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development technical assistance funds to support socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas with feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training. Application Deadline: 6/13/2022

EDA’s 2022 Build to Scale Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is soliciting applications under two funding tiers, the Venture Challenge and Capital Challenge, to strengthen regional innovation initiatives and invest in local business startups. Press Release. Application Deadline: 6/13/2022

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities April 20, 2022

 

Funding Opportunities

USDA Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees up to $250 million to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for: advanced biofuelsrenewable chemicals and biobased products. Stakeholder Forum Video: Webcast. Required Letter of Intent Required: Open

Biofuel Producer Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program that authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to U.S. based producers of advanced, cellulosic, or conventional biofuel, biomass-based diesel or renewable fuel to offset unexpected market losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Register. Application Deadline: Open 

Rural Energy Savings Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program provides loans to entities who provide energy efficiency services in rural areas that agree to make affordable loans to help consumers implement cost effective, energy efficiency measures. Application Deadline: Open

Distributed Generation Energy Project Financing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development loans and loan guarantees to energy project developers for distributed energy projects including renewables that provide wholesale or retail electricity to existing Electric Program borrowers or to rural communities served by other utilities. Application Deadline: Open

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program provides funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Contact your State Energy Coordinator. Application Deadline: Guaranteed Loans-Open | Grants/Technical Assistance-Published annually in the Federal Register

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program to assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing renewable energy development assistance. Application Deadline: 1/31/2023

EnergyElectric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development finances the construction of electric distribution facilities plus supports financing generation, transmission and distribution facilities which include services supporting energy conservation programs and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems.
Letter of Intent: Ongoing

USDA Rural Development offers many Energy Programs and Electric Programs

waterWater & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program 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: Open

Click here to review all of USDA Rural Development’s Water & Environmental Programs.

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development grants to provide technical assistance and training to help grantees identify and plan for community facility needs in their area. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 5/23/2022 on Grants.gov | Paper applications to the State Office by 5/26/2022

Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service program to support the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities via a set of pilot projects lasting one to five years. Proposals Due: 5/27/2022

Environmental Quality Incentives Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offers a program to support Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Mitigation Practices with a focus on Climate-Smart Forestry and Agriculture and Drought Resilience management practices. Application Deadline: Open

Other Federal Climate-Smart Funding Opportunities

Energy Efficiency Improvements and Renewable Improvements at Public School Facilities
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers competitive grants to make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicle upgrades and improvements at public schools. Application Deadline: Open

Weatherization Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE offers funding to support the improvement of heating and cooling of dwellings by the installation of weatherization materials for efficiency modifications. Grantees may receive formula-based allocations and can perform weatherization retrofits. YouTube. Press Release. Energy Saver Tools. Application Deadline: Open

Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office provides capitalization grants to States to establish a revolving loan fund under which the State shall provide loans and grants for energy efficiency audits, upgrades, and retrofits to increase energy efficiency and improve the comfort of buildings. Application Deadline: Open until funds are expended

American Made Challenges: Perovskite Startup Prize
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office is looking for entrepreneurs to accelerate the development and manufacturing of perovskite solar cells. Assemble your team and apply by: 4/28/2022. 

Search the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange for more DOE opportunities! 

WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
Department of the Interior (DOI)
DOI’s Bureau of Reclamation funding for small-scale water efficiency projects. Application Deadline: 4/28/2022

Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing community-engaged research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. Application Deadline: 4/28/2022

For more DOI Energy Funding Opportunities click HERE. For additional EPA Grant Opportunities click HERE.

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities, 3/16/2022

Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program which provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations to help microenterprises startup/grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs. RMAP FY22 Funding Announcement. Application Deadline: Open

Community Innovations for Racial Equity Initiative
Build Healthy Places Network
Build Healthy Places Network, with funding from The Kresge Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, offer support to programs that address barriers within community development and health partnerships to effectively propel racial equity. Application Deadline: 3/18/2022

AARP Community Challenge
AARP
This small grant funds quick-action projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation and civic engagement. Deadline: 3/22/2022

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: 3/31/2022

EDA’s Coal Communities Commitment
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers this commitment by allocating funding in their Build Back Better Regional Challenge grants and their Economic Adjustment Assistance grants to support coal communities. Application Deadline: 3/31/2022

Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Program
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT’s Federal Transit Administration offers grants to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing, or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing, or leasing bus-related facilities. Rural area earmarks apply. Application Deadline: 3/31/2022

Rural Health Care Connect Fund and Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Co.
Both programs support discounts for rural eligible applicants on eligible broadband connectivity expenses. Application Deadlines: 4/1/2022

USDA Local Food Purchase Assistance Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service builds non-competitive cooperative agreements with state and tribal governments and awards money for purchasing food from historically underserved farmers and ranchers. Application Deadline: 4/5/2022

Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service program for the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities. Application Deadlines: 5/6/2022 & 6/10/2022

Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development invests in rural transportation, through the Rural Business Development Grant, to build opportunity for prosperity for organizations seeking to improve passenger services and facilities. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/14/2022

Technical Assistance for Remote and Island Communities
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project offers assistance to remote and island communities to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience. Application Deadline: 4/15/2022

Rural Community Development Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development support for qualified intermediaries to improve housing and community facilities, and to implement community and economic development projects in rural areas. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/19/2022

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development encourages a regional, innovation-driven approach to economic development by funding job accelerator partnerships in low-income rural communities. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/19/2022

Rural Energy Pilot Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development offers this new program to support underserved communities deploy community-scale renewable energy technologies and innovations to reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Federal Register. Letter of Intent Required by: 4/19/2022 

NEA Challenge America, FY2023
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
NEA offers funding to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Application Deadline: 4/21/2022

Apprenticeship Building America Grant Program
Department of Labor (DOL)
DOL’s Employment and Training Administration moves to strengthen, modernize and expand their programs by funding viable activities that will diversify the industries that utilize their services and increase services to underserved communities. Application Deadline: 4/25/2022

Value-Added Producer Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/25/2022 on Grants.gov | Paper applications to the State Office by 5/2/2022

  

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