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Upcoming Municipal Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 15:08 PM

In helping municipalities set priorities among the constant barrage of requests from the community--infrastructure, better roads, water systems,safey, recreation and leisurem and many communitymore--it can help to know what kinds of funding are available. Toward that end, check out the grants below, some with September deadlines, as well as some information about an ongoing grant program that may be helpful for future planning.

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FY 2015 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency is already announcing funding for the next fiscal year’s brownfield grant program. The deadline to apply is Sept. 22, 2014. This funding is available to municipalities and non-profit organizations to conduct research, technical assistance, and/or training activities that will enable the entity to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. BF AWP-funded activities must be directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area. The maximum amount of grant funding that applicants may apply for under each proposal is $200,000. EPA anticipates selecting approximately 20 projects through this program.

State of Illinois Small Equipment Grant Program

Fire departments, fire protection districts, or township fire departments located in Illinois can now apply for funding from this grant program. Applications are due Sept. 30, 2014. These grants can be used to purchase small equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus, and other tools for firefighters. The grants may not exceed $26,000. In order for a fire department, fire protection district, or township fire department to be eligible for any grant or revolving loan offered through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM), the department must be in compliance with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of 24 months prior to the open application period.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) Program

It’s never too early to start grant planning. The National Endowment for the Humanities has already announced funding for its Fiscal Year 2016 HCRR grant program. Applications will be due July 21, 2015. Libraries, museums, and historical organizations are eligible to apply. Funding from this program aims to preserve the collections of these entities. Awards are also made to create various reference resources, as well as make these collections more widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology.

Small Grants Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers the Small Grants Program to assist with public-private partnerships that create projects for long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. The deadline for this program is November 7, 2014. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and priority is given to applicants that have not received this grant before. From the inception of the program in 1996 through March 2014, 665 projects have been funded with more than $37.2 in grant money.

Informational Grant Tidbit

Need a transportation grant? Start planning now for a successful grant application for next year’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Why so early? The demand is so high. Applications for the program this year totaled $9.5 billion, 15 times the $600 million set aside for the program. The Department received 797 eligible applications this year, compared to 585 in 2013.


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A Buffet of Upcoming Municipal Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

There are a lot of appetizing grants available for municipalities this fiscal year. We have prepared for you a hand-selected buffet of grants in a wide variety of subject areas, all with upcoming deadlines. can help facilitate rush jobs if your favorite grant seen below has a deadline only months, or weeks, away. So pull up a chair, pick your favorite “dish,” and let us help you fund your projects.

FY14 Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grant

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Fiscal Year 2014 Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grant Program. A brownfield is land previously used for industrial purposes or some commercial uses. The land may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned up.This year’s program is focusing on four areas:

  • technical assistance to environmental workforce development and job training grantees

  • technical assistance on the integration of environmental justice and equitable development for brownfields-impacted communities

  • research on the benefits of brownfields redevelopment

  • technical assistance on brownfields financing and economic development strategies to brownfields-impacted communities.

One grant will be made in each subject area, with grants totaling between $500,000-$1 million. Eligible costs include: costs for personnel, technical experts, materials, supplies, room rentals, travel, and transportation expenses. Proposals are due April 18.  

Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program

Applications are accepted on a continual basis for the Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program through the Department of Commerce. Grants can be up to $100,000, and there is a cost matching requirement. State and local governments can apply for these grants which aim to create regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. Specifically, grants should be used to develop, implement, revise, or replace Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies, which are documents that express a region’s economic goals. 

Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

Units of local governments that wish to implement or enhance an adult drug court are eligible for this grant program from the Department of Justice. This program funds drug courts that effectively integrate evidenced-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over substance-abusing offenders. These courts have been shown to reduce crime and substance abuse among high-risk, high-need offenders. Municipalities hoping to create a new drug court are eligible for a $350,000 grant, while cities wishing to enhance their already-established court are entitled to a $200,000 grant. Governments must provide a 25% non-federal portion of the total project cost. Applications are due March 18.    

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for its Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions Program. The aim of this program is to assist small to mid-sized institutions like libraries, museums, or historical societies preserve and care for humanities collections. Applications from institutions that have never received a NEH grant previously are strongly encouraged. In the last five competitions the Preservation Assistance Grants program received an average of 313 applications per year. The program made an average of 106 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 34 percent. The application deadline is May 1.

FY 2014 Economic Development Assistance Program

Municipalities hoping to better their economic development strategies should apply for this grant program through the Economic Development Administration. Grants support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, and encourage economic development. Specifically, the EDA hopes to foster job creation and spur private investment by providing these grants. There is a matching requirement for this program. The next deadline is June 13 for the last funding cycle of FY2014. The deadline for the first funding cycle of FY15 is October 17.  


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