Grants and Opportunities

Department of Health and Human Services: The Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services—Community Research initiative (Deadline: May 24, 2021) This opportunity supports research and documentation of innovative and promising practices, including those that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, that have the potential to enhance the quality, effectiveness, and proven outcomes of nutrition services programs within the aging services network. Project goals and outcomes must relate to reducing hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition; promoting socialization; and promoting health and well-being by delaying the onset of adverse health conditions through the provision of meals and associated nutrition services to vulnerable older adults who are in greatest social and economic need.

Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation: Small Grants Program. (Deadline: May 31, 2021)  The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of Maine children's health. The Foundation's Small Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that promote the health of children in Maine, with general priority given to programs that address the state's poorest and most underserved populations, e.g., low-income, rural, etc. Successful applicants typically have strong track records and take approaches that are creative but well grounded. The Foundation strongly prefers to fund organizations with budgets under $5 million. Grants generally range from $3,000 to $15,000.

Indigenous Communities Fellowship, administered by MIT Solve (Deadline: June 1, 2021) This opportunity serves to provide Native innovators throughout the United States with the support and resources they need to advance their work. For 2021, Solve welcomes Native-led solutions that 1) increase access to community wealth, including through access to new economic sectors and diverse forms of capital; 2) support culturally-grounded K-16 education, including language, cultural revitalization, and non-traditional learners; 3) provide greater access to healthy and sovereign food, sustainable energy, and safe water; or 4) improve healthcare access and outcomes, including around telehealth, health systems infrastructure, and availability of traditional and Western medicines. A $10,000 grant will be provided to each selected Fellow.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to advance pathways to economic mobility in order to build thriving communities. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that serve specific states and regions in the United States. In 2021, the Foundation will receive requests for proposals that address The Economic Mobility Focused on the Needs of the Community. These grants will  support for affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and small businesses. Applications will be accepted from May 31 through June 25, 2021.

USDA Rural Business Development Grant program (Deadline: June 30, 2021) The USDA has released a series of funding for eligible applicant organizations seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. USDA does not provide funding directly to individuals under this program. Applications will be scored, reviewed, and selected on a competitive basis. Applications must be submitted to the applicant’s nearest USDA office by June 30, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. local time.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans (Deadline: July 6, 2021). The DP21-2111 grant will fund approximately 20 state, local, tribal or territorial jurisdictions to develop an implementation-ready social determinants of health (SDOH) accelerator plan. Starting with the five domains of Healthy People 2030, CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has developed an integrated framework to addressing SDOH with significant potential to impact health outcomes related to chronic disease. The five (5) priority areas include: 1) Built Environment 2) Community-Clinical Linkages, 3) Food and Nutrition Security, 4) Social Connectedness, and 5) Tobacco-Free Policy . Recipients will convene and coordinate a Leadership Team consisting of multisectoral partners, including sectors such as housing, transportation, and social services, to plan and develop an SDOH accelerator plan to fast-track improvements in health and social outcomes related to chronic health conditions among population groups experiencing health disparities and inequity. Informational call May 19, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) (, Meeting ID: 160 121 3142 Passcode: 5XRp^@u4, One tap mobile +16692545252,,1601213142#,,,,*54843091# US (San Jose) +16468287666,,1601213142#,,,,*54843091# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose) +1 646 828 7666 US (New York) +1 551 285 1373 US +1 669 216 1590 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 160 121 3142 Passcode: 54843091)

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.

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.