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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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