External Grants and Opportunities

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All Stations Accessibility Program (Deadline: September 30). The main purpose of the ASAP Program is to providing funding to States (including territories and Washington, D.C.) and local governmental authorities to help finance capital projects to upgrade the accessibility of legacy rail fixed guideway public transportation systems (e.g., subway, commuter rail, light rail) for persons with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs, by increasing the number of existing stations or facilities, such as outdoor light-rail boarding and alighting areas, that are fully accessible.

Life’s Good grants (Deadline: October 10, 2022). LG Electronics (LG) announces that its first LIFE’S GOOD AWARD is now under way. The entry period is open from Sept. 6 through Oct. 10. Announced at CES® 2022, the LIFE’S GOOD AWARD seeks to uncover innovative solutions aligned with LG’s goal of creating a Better Life for AllA total of USD 1 million will be granted to help accelerate the development of the winning submissions. LIFE’S GOOD AWARD is an open innovation challenge that pursues environmental and social values, and aims to spread and share LG Electronics’ LIFE’S GOOD vision and values widely by discovering and supporting innovative solutions for the environment and people.

Mobility, Access, & Transportation Insecurity: Creating Links to Opportunity Demonstration Research Program (Deadline: October 11, 2o22). This program will seek to amplify public transportation with an emphasis to explore interventions to address transportation insecurity and evaluate outcomes and impacts upon individuals and communities.  Transportation insecurity is the condition in which people are unable to regularly and reliably satisfy the travel necessary to meet the needs of daily life.  Nationally, there are well-established policies and programs that aim to address food insecurity and housing insecurity, but not transportation insecurity.  A growing body of research indicates that transportation insecurity is a significant factor in persistent poverty.  This program will develop and implement demonstrations that augment public transportation to mitigate transportation insecurity, and subsequently evaluate outcomes and effectiveness.  This program will also document the impacts and potential strategies to address transportation insecurity.

Reconnecting Communities Pilot (Deadline: October 13, 2022). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) discretionary grant program, funded with $1 billion over the next 5 years.  It is the first-ever program to help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. Funding supports planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities.

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program (Deadline: November 18). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) discretionary grant program with $100 million appropriated annually for fiscal years (FY) 2022-2026. The SMART program was established to provide grants to eligible public sector agencies to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety. A SMART grant may be used to carry out a project that demonstrates at least one of the following:  coordinated automation, connected vehicles, systems integration, delivery/logistics, smart grid, among other topics.

FTA Announces $6.5 MillionFunding Opportunity For Innovative Projects That Improve Bus Safety.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability of $6.5 million in research funding for innovative transit bus automation demonstration projects that will improve safety and efficiency. Examples of bus automation projects might include strategies for avoiding collisions with pedestrians, improved emergency braking, and precision movement for bus fueling, charging and maintenance.

Under the Notice of Funding Opportunity, FTA is making $5 million available for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for transit buses to help improve bus operator safety and efficiency. Another $1.5 million is available for automated transit bus maintenance operations to improve efficiency and safety in maintenance facilities.  As part of its commitment to helping transit workers prepare for technological industry advancements, FTA will look at potential impacts on the workforce as a result of applications submitted through this funding opportunity.

Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by November 21, 2022.

Funding with Rolling Deadlines

National Center for Farmworker Health Demonstration Project Grants (Deadline: rolling). For projects to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on farmworker families. Nonprofit organizations, agricultural employers, and others are encouraged to apply to support programming around COVID-19 vaccination, testing, treatment and prevention. Proposals that focus on harder-to-reach populations, such as communities of indigenous farmworkers, H-2A guest workers, and farmworkers living in congregate housing and/or working in extremely remote rural areas will be prioritized for funding. Awards go up to $100,000 with the majority of recipients receiving $50,000 or less. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis with an expected project period beginning as early April 16, 2021 through September 29, 2021.

MUFG Union Bank Foundation – Community Recovery Program (Deadline: open year round). The MUFG Union Bank Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities where the Bank has operations in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that expand access to economic opportunity in low- and moderate-income communities, specifically in the following areas: Affordable Housing, Economic Development, and Stewardship and Sustainability.

CIGNA World of Difference Grant Program: Community Health Navigation Grant (Deadline: open year round). Offers grants between $50,000-$150,000 with the goal of providing an opportunity for everyone to achieve the best possible health. All organizations are eligible to apply; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

USDA: Rural Business Development Grants (Deadline: varies by state). This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue. Who may apply for this program? Rural public entities.

USDA: Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program (Deadline: open year round). The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA. USDA provides grants to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish Revolving Loan Funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA.

USDA: Economic Impact Initiative Grants (Deadline: open year round). This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression. An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

USDA: Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant (Deadline: open year round). The Agency will make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations, (such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations) to provide associations Technical Assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs.  The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area.  Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs.

FTA Announces $6.5 Million Funding Opportunity for Innovative Projects That Improve Bus Safety.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability of $6.5 million in research funding for innovative transit bus automation demonstration projects that will improve safety and efficiency. Examples of bus automation projects might include strategies for avoiding collisions with pedestrians, improved emergency braking, and precision movement for bus fueling, charging and maintenance.

Under the Notice of Funding Opportunity, FTA is making $5 million available for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for transit buses to help improve bus operator safety and efficiency. Another $1.5 million is available for automated transit bus maintenance operations to improve efficiency and safety in maintenance facilities.  As part of its commitment to helping transit workers prepare for technological industry advancements, FTA will look at potential impacts on the workforce as a result of applications submitted through this funding opportunity.

Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by November 21, 2022.

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