External Grants and Opportunities

External Grants and Opportunities

Below you will find grants and other funding opportunities from outside agencies and organizations across the country. The listings have been broken out into Federal Opportunities and External Opportunities. Annual opportunities that have yet to open or opportunities that do not yet have deadlines are listed as TBA. Have an opportunity you think should be listed here? Email us at info@nc4mm.org!

Federal Opportunities

US DOT Navigator

The DOT Navigator is a new resource to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants, and to plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services. Whether it’s the first time you’re applying for a DOT grant or you’re looking for more technical details and guidance, the DOT Navigator can help get you started. 

This site will evolve over time. Its pages provide general information to develop grant applications and understand frequently required documents, contacts to DOT regional and field offices, and a searchable menu of technical assistance resources available to help new and repeat grantees to realize their communities’ vision for moving goods and people safely, efficiently, sustainable, and equitably. 

Mobility, Access, and Transportation Insecurity Program
Deadline: Mar. 15 expression of interest, Feb. 13, 2024 full application deadline
The Mobility, Access, and Transportation Insecurity (MATI) program, funded by the Federal Transit Administration and managed by the University of Minnesota, seeks to support the planning and development of community-shaped, innovative demonstration projects that can help address issues of transportation insecurity. Transportation insecurity, an emerging concept in transportation, is experienced when a person cannot access needed services or destinations comfortably, conveniently, and affordably. It is a goal of this program to include non-traditional groups such as community-based organizations or nonprofits as leads or key applicant team partners in order to incorporate the ideas and expertise of these groups into the shaping of solutions.

Watch the informational webinar on February 8. Applicants must complete a basic expression of interest form by 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time on March 15, 2024. Access the form

Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants
Deadline: Feb. 13, 2024
The main purpose of the ICAM Program is to improve access to public transportation by building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers. This program provides competitive funding to support innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services (NEMT) for older adults, people with disabilities, and people of low-income. In the FY 2024 program, FTA intends to target funding for regional and statewide mobility management capital projects that support coordination and enable comprehensive community access, including access to NEMT, for underserved groups.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2024
The goal of the RAISE program is to fund eligible surface transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact that advance the Departmental priorities of safety, equity, climate and sustainability, and workforce development, job quality, and wealth creation, consistent with law, and as described in the Department’s Strategic Plan4 and in executive orders. The Department seeks to fund projects under the RAISE program that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector; incorporate evidence-based climate resilience measures and features; avoid adverse environmental impacts to air or water quality, wetlands, and endangered species; and address the disproportionate negative environmental impacts of transportation on disadvantaged communities, consistent with Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (86 FR 7619).

USDA Rural Economic Development Loan/Grant Program
Deadline: Quarterly
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 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 fund to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA.

External Opportunities

2024 AARP Community Challenge
Application closes: March 6, 2024
The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. In 2024, the AARP Community Challenge will be accepting applications for three different grant opportunities, each described below in the “Grant Opportunities” section.


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