External Grants and Opportunities

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Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative (Deadline: July 21, 2021). An opportunity from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Dept. of Labor. Awards grants to promote the training and employment of individuals in the economically distressed Appalachian and Delta regions by implementing workforce development projects. Supports locally developed strategies to prepare workers for good quality jobs in high-demand occupations. Seeks to address the impact of the opioid crisis on communities' workforce and align workforce activities with regional or community economic development strategies to strengthen employment opportunities and promote long-term economic success. Among the eligible activities: Innovative, sustainable service delivery strategies addressing issues impacting the economy and workforce within each region; Participant support services that enable individuals to participate in career and training services and to gain or retain employment. Award ceiling: $1,500,000 per year. Project period: Up to 36 months. Estimated number of awards: 30. Applicants must demonstrate they will serve residents living in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and/or Delta Regional Authority (DRC) regions.

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program FY 2021 Notice of Funding (Deadline: August 25, 2021) The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $10 million in competitive grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations (Tribal Transit) Program. As required by Federal public transportation law, funds will be awarded competitively for any purpose eligible under FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program, 49 U.S.C. 5311, including planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services in rural areas. FTA may award additional funding that is made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.

Areas of Persistent Poverty Program 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (Deadline: August 30) The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $16.3 million in competitive grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. This program supports projects that will improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, technical studies, or financial plans for projects. Applicants are encouraged to work with non-profits or other entities of their choosing to develop an eligible project.The Areas of Persistent Poverty Program is intended to; support the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals of advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities and protecting public health and the environment; support transportation planning to improve transit service in areas experiencing long-term economic distress; improve transit access for environmental justice populations, provide equity-focused community outreach in underserved communities, and remove barriers to opportunity; and increase access to jobs and healthcare through enhanced transit options and improved facilities.

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.