External Grants and Opportunities

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Community Innovations for Racial Equity 2022 (deadline: March 18).  This initiative builds on Build Healthy Places Network's (BHPN) first round of Community Innovations from 2019 to 2020. BHPN will award $40,000 over an 18-month period to build awardee internal capacity to successfully engage healthcare in advancing racial equity and build community ownership models. Funds can be used to support existing staff or to hire a consultant to support development of partnerships with healthcare.  Awardees will also have an option to use part of their funds to hire additional support from a list of BHPN-trained consultants who can provide further in-depth capacity building for clarifying priorities in their local communities, identifying community and organizational strengths and assets, and discussing power dynamics and inequities within their communities.

AARP Community Challenge (deadline: March 22). The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation and civic engagement; support diversity, equity and inclusion; build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and pursue innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older. In the past, grants have ranged from several hundred dollars for smaller, short-term activities to tens of thousands of dollars for larger projects. Since 2017, our average grant amount is $11,500 and 76 percent of grants have been under $15,000.

Transit Tech Lab’s Recovery and Sustainability challenge (deadline: March 25). The Recovery Challenge calls for technologies and approaches that help make transit more responsive to the changing needs of New Yorkers while ensuring customers and staff feel safe. The Sustainability Challenge calls for technologies that help make public transportation more responsive to extreme weather events and that reduce greenhouse emissions. The Transit Innovation Partnership is a public-private initiative launched by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Partnership for New York City with the mission to make New York the global leader in public transit.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program (deadline: April 14, 2022). RAISE Grants are for capital investments in surface transportation that will have a significant local or regional impact. Per the BIL, in addition to capital awards, DOT will award at least $75 million for eligible planning, preparation or design of projects eligible for RAISE Grants that do not result in construction with FY2022 RAISE funding. In addition, DOT will award at least $15 million for projects located in areas of persistent poverty or historically disadvantaged communities.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) – Behavioral Health Care Support (deadline April 19, 2022) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of $13 million in funding to increase access to behavioral health care services and address health inequities in rural America, including through evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment for substance use disorder.

USDA Renewable Energy Infrastructure in Rural Towns Program (deadline: April 19, 2022). USDA is making up to $10 million available to help people living in rural towns develop community renewable energy projects that will help them cut their energy costs and contribute to the nationwide effort to reduce pollution that contributes to climate change. These funds will be targeted to help people who live in communities that have been historically underinvested and disinvested. USDA will make up to $10 million in grants available to particularly underserved rural communities. The funds can be used to deploy community-scale renewable energy technologies and innovations to reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. These technologies include solar, wind, geothermal, micro-hydroelectric and biomass/bioenergy. Up to 20% of awarded funds may also be used for community energy planning, capacity building, technical assistance, energy efficiency and weatherization.

Rural Community Development Initiative Grants (deadline: April 19, 2022). RCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Funds may be used for these areas: home-ownership education; minority business entrepreneur education; strategic plan development; accessing alternative funding sources; board training; developing successful child care facilities; creating training tools, such as videos, workbooks, and reference guides; effective fundraising techniques.

FTA Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program (deadline: May 31, 2022). This grant program makes funding available to help transit agencies purchase or lease U.S.-built low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies, including related equipment or facilities, for transit revenue operations. The  Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $5.5 billion over five years for the Low-No Program—more than 10 times greater than the previous five years of funding. For Fiscal Year 2022, approximately $1.1 billion will be available for grants under this program. Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FTA Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (deadline: May 31, 2022). This grant program makes funding available to help transit agencies purchase and rehabilitate buses, vans, and related equipment, and build bus facilities. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides nearly $2 billion over five years for the Bus and Bus Facilities Program.  For Fiscal Year 2022, approximately $372 million for grants will be available under this program. Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FTA.  Bus Exportable Power Systems    (Deadline: June 13, 2022.).  This grant provides an opportunity to apply for a total of $1,000,000 of the Fiscal Year 2021 Technical Assistance and Workforce Development Program funds for projects that develop interoperable standards.

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.


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