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Funding Opportunities Supporting Rural e-Connectivity

Broadband ReConnect Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers funding for construction, improvement or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Recorded Webinar materials (Round 4). Application Window Opens: 9/6/2022 | Closes: 11/2/2022

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) program to expand middle mile broadband infrastructure and reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. Application Deadline: 9/30/2022

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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 funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Application Deadline: 10/31/2022 and 3/31/2023

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program & Loan Guarantees
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development funding supporting access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems in eligible rural areas. Application Deadline: Ongoing

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: Ongoing

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

Funding Opportunities for Community and Economic Development

Economic Development Focus on Energy Communities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Administration for Children and Families offers Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations for CED projects that serve energy communities. Application Deadline: 8/29/2022

Advancing Equity Through Workforce Partnerships: Solar Workforce Development
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office offers funding for programs that will facilitate the rapid deployment of solar energy technologies while supporting an inclusive workforce. SETO’s workforce development programs. Letter of Intent (mandatory): 9/13/2022

Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA grants to establish technical assistance centers across the nation to communities with environmental justice concerns. Application Deadline: 10/4/2022

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Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding to plan/implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance. Application Deadline: 10/7/2022

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD program which enhances the capacity and ability of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations, Community Housing Development Organizations, rural local governments and Indian tribes to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low-and moderate-income families and persons. Application Deadline: 10/11/2022

Continuum of Care to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homeless
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families and communities by homelessness. Includes funds set aside to address homelessness in rural communities. Application Deadline: 10/20/2022   

America's Farmers Grow Communities Project
Bayer Fund
Grant to Farmers to direct to an eligible Charity to improve science, health and nutrition in communities and organizations within the county where the winning farmer farms or resides. Application Deadline: 11/1/2022

Institute of Museum and Library Services Applications for all six programs are due on November 15, 2022

SPOTLIGHT: USDA-EPA Partnership to Provide Wastewater Sanitation to Underserved Communities USDA and EPA announced the Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative to jointly leverage technical assistance resources to help historically underserved communities identify and pursue federal funding opportunities to address their wastewater needs and eliminate harmful exposure to backyard sewage.



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