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Opportunities

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities, February 15, 2022

Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development

Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
U.S Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers this flexible American Rescue Plan Act grants to support job creation/retention through construction, non-construction planning, workforce development, and entrepreneurship and recreation economy support. Application Deadline: Rolling | Contact your local Economic Development Representative

EDA’s Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Program
U.S Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration (EDA) is available to qualified applicants to accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: Rolling, until funding is exhausted

Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Funds support research that expands the evidence needed to build a culture of health, with an explicit emphasis on advancing racial equity. Application Deadline: Open

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities: A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions
U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration grant to support workforce in the Appalachian and Delta Regions. Application Deadline: 3/8/2022

Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants 
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to improve the daily lives of people with paralysis and their families. Application Deadline: 3/9/2022

Farm and Food Worker Relief Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Services program to supporting farmworkers and meatpacking workers. Application Deadline: 3/10/2022 

Garden Grant Program
Whole Kids Foundation
This program grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden located at either a K–12 School or non-profit organization that serves children in K-12 grades. Application Deadline: 3/11/2022 

Women’s’ Business Center (WBC) Grant: Supporting Minority Serving Institutions
Small Business Administration
WBC funding for qualified organizations (private and public) that support Minority Serving Institutions with entrepreneurial development services to women, with an emphasis on socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Application Deadline: 3/14/2022  

CDFI Program and NACA Program Application Round
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) offer awards to support Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that provide affordable financing and related services to low-income communities and populations that lack access to credit, capital and financial services. Application Deadline: 3/14/2022

Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program
Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration funding to establish community health networks for sustainable placement opportunities and integrate newly trained public health professionals into quality organizations and care teams to support the provision of health care services in rural communities. Application Deadline: 3/18/2022

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grants for scholarship programs leading to degrees within the Food and Agricultural sciences or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine to educate students in national need areas of the food and agricultural sciences and in rural economic, community and business development. Application Deadline: 3/23/2022

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 

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: on Grants.gov 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: 4/19/2022

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD) in high-risk rural communities and improve to and quality of SUD and other behavioral health care services in rural communities. Application Deadline: 4/19/2022

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure

Broadband ReConnect Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that currently do not have sufficient access to broadband. Application Deadline: 2/22/2022

Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development partners with lenders to guarantee loans to help eligible entities expand meat and poultry processing capacity and finance other food supply chain infrastructure. Fact Sheet. Federal Register. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted

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

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
U.S Department of Homeland Security
This program offers funding for hazard mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to those hazards. Application Deadline: 2/25/2022 

WaterSMART: Desalination Construction Projects Under the WIIN Act 
U.S. Department of the Interior 
The Bureau of Reclamation leverages Federal and non-Federal funding to support stakeholder efforts to stretch scarce water supplies and avoid conflicts over water. Application Deadline: 3/15/2022 

EPA - Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring for Communities 
Environmental Protection Agency
This program offers funds to conduct ambient air monitoring of pollutants of greatest concern in communities with environmental and health outcome disparities stemming from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic. Application Deadline: 3/25/2022 

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical & Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased productsApplication Deadline: 4/1/2022

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities, 1/25/2022

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure

Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development partners with lenders to guarantee loans to help eligible entities expand meat and poultry processing capacity and finance other food supply chain infrastructure. Fact Sheet. Federal Register. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted

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

Broadband ReConnect Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that currently do not have sufficient access to broadband. Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2022 

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical & Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased productsApplication Deadline: April 1, 2022 

Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development

Food & Agriculture Service Learning Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Food and Nutrition Service program increases the capacity for food, garden and nutrition education within host organizations or entities while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2022

Grants for Arts Projects
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
NEA’s principal grants program offers project-based funding supporting public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2022

Good Jobs Challenge
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Economic Development Administration has funding available for projects that will strengthen regional workforce training systems to help workers find quality jobs. Application Deadline (Extended) Feb. 10, 2022

Biofuel Producer Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers this NEW program 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. Application Deadline: Feb. 11, 2022

USDA Farm and Food Worker Relief Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Services program to supporting farmworkers and meatpacking workers. Application Deadline: March 10, 2022.

Coal Communities Commitment
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Economic Development Administration 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: March 31, 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: April 14, 2022 

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) 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: April 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 April 19, 2022.

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure

Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development partners with lenders to guarantee loans to help eligible entities expand meat and poultry processing capacity and finance other food supply chain infrastructure. Fact Sheet. Federal Register. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted

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

Broadband ReConnect Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that currently do not have sufficient access to broadband. Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2022 

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical & Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased productsApplication Deadline: April 1, 2022 

Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development

Food & Agriculture Service Learning Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Food and Nutrition Service program increases the capacity for food, garden and nutrition education within host organizations or entities while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2022

Grants for Arts Projects
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
NEA’s principal grants program offers project-based funding supporting public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2022

Good Jobs Challenge
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Economic Development Administration has funding available for projects that will strengthen regional workforce training systems to help workers find quality jobs. Application Deadline (Extended) Feb. 10, 2022

Biofuel Producer Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers this NEW program 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. Application Deadline: Feb. 11, 2022

USDA Farm and Food Worker Relief Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Agricultural Marketing Services program to supporting farmworkers and meatpacking workers. Application Deadline: March 10, 2022.

Coal Communities Commitment
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Economic Development Administration 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: March 31, 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: April 14, 2022 

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) 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: April 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 April 19, 2022.

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities December 15, 2021

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure

Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantee Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development helps private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems in rural areas. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Broadband ReConnect Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that currently do not have sufficient access to broadband. Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2022

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased productsApplication Deadline: April 1, 2022 

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development  loans and loan guarantees for the construction, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development

Biofuel Producer Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers this NEW program 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. Specific requirements apply. Federal Register. Read the full stakeholder announcement here. Application Deadline: Feb. 11, 2022, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
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: To the RD State Office no later than 4:30 p.m. (local time): Dec. 31, 2021, March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022

Economic Mobility Corps
AmeriCorps
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund teams up with AmeriCorps to place service members in CDFIs to enhance their capacity to provide financial literacy, planning, budgeting and other counseling activities. Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2022

Farm to School Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Food and Nutrition Service offers this grant to plan, establish, and/or sustain a “Farm to School” program that improves access to local foods and nutrition/agriculture resources in schools. Farm to School Grant Applicant Resources Page. Planning Tool-kit. Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Institute of Museum and Library Services and The National Endowment for the Humanities
Joint agency grant to support innovative, experimental and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Application Deadline: January 14, 2022

YouthBuild Grants
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
DOL’s Employment and Training Administration offers funding to organizations to support apprenticeship services for education, occupational skills training and employment services for at-risk youth while performing meaningful work for their communities. Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2022

Multi-Family Housing Non-Profit Transfer Technical Assistance Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to qualified nonprofits and public housing authorities to provide technical assistance to qualified borrowers and applicants to facilitate the acquisition of properties. Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2022

Innovation Matters, Funding Opportunities November 24, 2021

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program
The U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration investment in grants to expand broadband internet access in minority communities. Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2021

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased productsApplication Deadline: April 1, 2022 

EDA American Rescue Plan Funding Programs
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers grants to support a wide array of programs supporting community-led economic development to accelerate economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies benefiting underserved communities, including Indigenous communities and rural areas. EDA American Rescue Plan Programs Overview and Resources. Application Deadlines: Please check the website 

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Emergency Rural Health Care Grants are designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Application Deadline: Until all funds are exhausted

Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development

Brownfield Cleanup, Brownfield Revolving Loan, and Brownfield Assessment Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Grants to carry out activities at specific brownfield sites, resulting in better community environmental health. Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2021

Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA grants for nonprofit organizations to provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems, onsite/decentralized wastewater systems, and private well owners located in urban, rural and tribal communities. Application Deadline: Dec. 3, 2021

Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development is partnering with the Reinvestment Fund, the National Fund Manager, to provide funding to qualified grantees, include grocery stores and food distributors, that are working to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas. Letter of Interest is Required by: Dec. 7, 2021

Save America's Treasures Collection Grants
U.S. Department of the Interior
The National Park Service offers these funds to provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Deadline: Dec. 14, 2021

Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP)
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
DOE offer this Pilot funding that aims to facilitate sustained community-wide economic and environmental benefits primarily through DOE’s clean energy deployment work. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2021

Assistance to Firefighters Grants
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency offers funding for fire departments and EMS organizations or fire academies and equipment, training, personnel wellness programs, capital funding, and collaboration/regional communication efforts. Application Deadline: Dec. 17, 2021

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers this grant to support the planning and implementation of food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income. Application Deadline: Dec. 20, 2021

USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers two types of grant streams in this program: Community Food Projects (CFP) and Planning Projects (PP). CFP supports the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. PP supports planning for an improvement of community food security. Deadline: Dec. 20, 2021

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
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: To the RD State Office no later than 4:30 p.m. (local time): Dec. 31, 2021, March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022

Farm to School Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Food and Nutrition Service offers this grant to plan, establish, and/or sustain a “Farm to School” program that improves access to local foods and nutrition/agriculture resources in schools. Farm to School Grant Applicant Resources Page. Planning Tool-kit. Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022

New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program
U.S. Department of Treasury
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund offers tax incentives for investments in business and economic development projects in distressed rural areas. Application Deadline: Jan. 13, 2022

Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service provides funding to support the Wood Innovations Grant Program and the 2022 Community Wood Grant Program to develop and expand the use of wood products and strengthen emerging wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, particularly in areas of high wildfire risk. Application Deadlines: Jan. 19, 2022

  

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