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10 of the Most Money-Giving Private Foundations:

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

dollar sign resized 600When looking for a grant to fit your organization’s needs, consider both government grants and foundation grants.  While both types can provide the funding you need, government grants can take six months to a year for review while private foundations typically take only three months.  So, if you need a quicker turnaround, you may want to look at which private foundations are giving the most money and consider how you can appeal to those foundations’ goals.  Here are 10 foundations that are giving the most money. 


10. The PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation supports programs for education and economic development. PNC’s Grow Up Great program has funds set aside for early childhood education. Organizations supporting students in the classroom or community, teacher professional development, and family engagement are specifically targeted by this program. Additionally, the economic development grants support programs to help low-to-moderate-income communities with affordable housing, community development, community services, and community programs for revitalization, stabilization, arts, and culture. Having giving more than $50 million in grant support, the PNC program has shown a commitment to building better communities in the regions it supports.  For a closer look at these regions and an on-line application, visit the Foundation’s website.          


9. Caterpillar Foundation
The Caterpillar Foundation has given more than $55 million in grants since its launch.  This foundation supports programs for women and girls in poverty by “champion[ing] programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs.” Applications are accepted by invitation only, but the Caterpillar Foundation works with the United Way, so contacting your local United Way may be your first step in attracting the attention of the Caterpillar Foundation. This foundation has a “partnership philosophy” and does a lot of grant matching.  Therefore, if you already have some grant funding, you may be able to work with them to get more. The current list of Caterpillar Foundation partners is available on their website.   

    
8. ExxonMobil Foundation
Supporting “math and science education, economic opportunities for women, and malaria prevention,” the ExxonMobil Foundation has given more than $72 million in grant support.   $100,000 was given for the 2014-2015 school year to support STEM programs in classrooms with individual grants of up to $4,000 offered.  Teachers, last year’s application was due at the end of September and is still available for you to work from on their website. Plan some proposal writing into your summer break and be ahead of the game when the new application goes up!
 
 
7. Citi Foundation
Focusing on financial inclusion, youth economic opportunities, and urban transformations, the Citi Foundation has given more than $80 million to worthy organizations.  Although this foundation does not take unsolicited grant proposals, your program might benefit from looking into the Pathways to Progress program.  Last year alone, this program helped 24,622 youth and invested $15 million.      
 


6. The Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.
The Coca-Cola Foundation says they are committed to “women, water, and well-being.” In 2013, their grants ranged from $25,000 to over $100,000.  The Foundation takes applications via their online process year-round and reviews them as quickly as possible.  There is no deadline for submission, and no limitation on dollar amount.  A special emphasis is given to programs that support healthy communities.  The Cola-Cola Foundation has given more than $100 million dollars to programs around the world.  


5. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
According to their website, “In 2013, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $210 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 44 countries around the world.” The JPMorgan Chase Foundation supports programs providing workplace development, financial capability, small business development, and community development. In order to apply for a grant you must first submit your letter of inquiry stating your mission and explaining who and where your project serves.  Grant applications are accepted year-round and are broken down by region.   

 

4. GE Foundation
GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. Through its gift-matching program, the GE Foundation has given away more than $1 billion in the last 60 years.  Although the Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, it does work with current or former employees, as well as with The United Way.  You may want to consider whom you know when thinking about this possible grant matching program.
 
 
3. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is working for stronger neighborhoods, a better-educated workforce, and support of basic human needs by helping programs that teach financial stability and create better money habits. This Foundation has invested $2 billion over 10 years toward this goal. Currently two applications are available: Housing—community development (applications accepted April 20-May8); and Hunger—basic human services (applications accepted July 20-August 7). Act fast and submit your application on time.  

    
2. The Wal-Mart Foundation
In 2013 alone, the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in charitable donations globally. The Wal-Mart Foundation accepts proposals for small, local grants as well as for large, more comprehensive grants. The foundation’s focus areas are: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and career opportunities. Grant awards range from $250 to several thousand dollars.  Grants for 2015 are being accepted now through December 31, 2015 and will be reviewed in May, July, October, and January.  Grant applications are available on-line.       


1. Wells Fargo Foundation 
Wells Fargo Foundation is proud of its charitable abilities, and rightly so: “In 2014, we donated more than $281 million to 17,100 nonprofits and surpassed our $1 billion philanthropy goal three years early.” Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in almost every state in the U.S. Each state has a different set of guidelines to be followed when seeking a grant, but they all have commonalities.  Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in housing, education, the arts, the environment, and civic services. In order to apply for a grant, check your state’s requirements online and contact your local Wells Fargo store for information.     


Foundations are ready to support worthy programs, so work to make your program stand out above the rest.  That’s where we can help. We work with you to find the grant that’s right for you, develop grant proposals, and more.  Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.   

 

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Grants for Swimming Pools, Water Parks

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

As summer comes to a close, TheGrantHelpers.com continues to get a great number of requests for information swimming pool grants, aquatic center grants, water park grants, and other similar types of funding.

In this blog article, we provide you a few examples of grants that might assist your municipality or non-profit organization in finding grants for the construction, rehabilitation, or running of aquatic swimming and leisure facilities. If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak to a specialist about finding additional funding for your project, please do not hesitate to contact us. After all, next summer will come around sooner than you expect, and many of these grant opportunities require some advanced planning before submitting a proposal.

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National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF)

NSPF awards grants of up to $35,000 to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. The Foundation encourages healthy living, prevention of pool and spa injury, illness, drowning, and more. NSPF does not consider “requests solely for building, equipment, educational, and/or other programs.” However, because they focus on preventing injury and the increased health benefits a pool and spa can offer, enhancements or upgrades that increase safety might be considered. 

The deadline to submit a grant request is June 1 of each year, and applications are reviewed by August 31 of each year. To learn more, download the NSPF Grant Guidelines.

 

Outdoor Recreational Grant Program

The National Park Service’s Outdoor Recreational Grant Program awards park districts and local government agencies grants to acquire, plan, and develop land for public recreational purposes. Swimming pools, bike and walking trails, tennis courts, soccer fields, restrooms, and water facilities are just some of the eligible projects for this grant. Deadlines and amount of funding given varies from year to year.

 

Community Facilities Grant Program

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Grant Program awards funding to repair facilities used for community purposes, public safety, and health care. Municipalities with fewer than 20,000 residents are eligible for this grant, but communities with fewer than 5,000 residents or with median incomes below 60% of the state’s median income receive highest priority.

 

Community Entitlement Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development supports the Community Entitlement Grants Program, which awards grants to municipalities with over 50,000 residents and counties with more than 200,000 residents. The purpose of the program is to support community projects that improve the economic development and living conditions of residents. Projects may include land acquisitions, construction and rehabilitation of facilities, and more.

 

Angles to Consider

It seems obvious that when searching for grants for swimming pools or water parks, you would look for grants that promote such types of recreation. However, as we often encourage, try to think outside the box. Ask yourself, “What, besides recreational activity, will such a pool/center/facility be able to do for the community?”

You might realize that, depending upon your location and your design for your facility, you might be able bring additional dollars to your community through avenues such as tourism, business and economic development, community development, promotion of healthy living, and more. Do not forget to examine grants in these areas as well as more traditional areas like those mentioned above.

 

As always, if you need assistance brainstorming or finding funding sources for your projects, TheGrantHelpers.com offers free initial consultations. Contact one of our experts today.

 

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Real-World Examples of How to Use a Grant

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, May 8, 2013 @ 14:05 PM
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We routinely list a selected sample of grants available to municipalities, schools, and non-profit organizations for a variety of uses. Sometimes it may be difficult to imagine how your entity could use the grants to meet your goals, or you may struggle to imagine all the ways a grant could impact your school or community. In this blog, we will revisit some of the grant opportunities we have shared with you in the past and give you real examples of how organizations  have used the specific grants. Maybe these examples will give you some ideas where external funding could make life better in your community.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation have awarded more than $175 million in grants to help to help improve communities. One recipient of the charitable efforts was the Orcas Island School District in Washington. The district received more than $50,000 in funds from the Foundation to upgrade kitchen appliances and purchase supplies for the district’s Farm to Cafeteria Program. In the program, the students harvest, prepare, and eat fresh food from nearby farms.

Bus and Bus Facilities Grants

The city of Driggs, ID, will construct a 1,500-square-foot passenger facility and a portion of 110-space Park and Ride lot thanks to assistance provided through the Bus and Bus Facilities Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city received an $830,000 grant in 2012. This grant is available to local governments and state transit systems to purchase new buses as well as upgrade or build new bus facilities.

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facility Grants

In March 2011, Palestine, IL, lost its grocery store, leaving only the gas station as the destination to buy the basics of milk and eggs. The village already had a successful farmer’s market where local vendors sold produce and homemade goods. Additionally, the village had built a shell of a building in their downtown two years earlier. Village officials thought that if improvements could be made to that building, the farmer’s market could be held more frequently and for an extended period of time. The village received a $30,750 community facility grant to finish the interior of the building as well as to add accessible bathrooms, heating, and air conditioning. Now the farmer’s market is open in the early spring to late fall, giving the residents of the small village a reliable place to purchase needed produce, baked goods, and wares.

Walmart Giving Programs

The Walmart Foundation aims to meet four core areas: 1) hunger relief & healthy eating; 2) sustainability; 3) women's economic empowerment; and 4) career opportunity with its local, state, and national giving programs. In 2012, Action for Healthy Kids was one organization that received a piece of $9.5 million in grants to organizations with a shared mission of promoting healthy eating habits. Action for Healthy Kids was granted $1.5 million to help increase access to healthy food, and to improve nutrition education at 400 schools nationwide. The program expects to increase access to nutrition programs to 160,000 school-age children.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Educated Kids Grant Program

The YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity received a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2013 through the Foundation’s focus on educated kids. The YMCA is using the grant to help improve the quality and quantity of affordable, accessible child care for low-income families in its coverage area. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year.

The Mary Kay Foundation Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program

The Mary Kay Foundation awarded Alice’s Place in Winslow, Ariz., a $20,000 grant in 2012. Alice’s Place planned to use the grant to help support its recently opened shelter, Laura’s House. The grant will help cover operational expenses and develop programs to aid people in the domestic violence recovery process. Shelter Grant Applications for 2013 are available from now until April 30, 2013.

Whether your vision is for a new community facility or money to enhance an ongoing educational program, we are here to assist you in locating and applying for the proper grant. See a complete list of all of our services or contact one of our grant experts to get started.

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Municipal Economic and Community Development Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 @ 09:04 AM

In our previous blog, "Municipal Water and Wastewater Grants," we outlined several grants available to municipalities that will aid in water and wastewater grants and tradevelopmentining.  In this blog, we detail several grants available to those municipalities hoping to improve economic and community development. These grants fund everything from community facilities to planning efforts to bus programs. There are many more of these types of grants available so let us help you find the optimal ones for your needs. Contact us for your free initial consultation.

Investments for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities

The U.S. Department of Commerce administers this grant program, which aims to support the construction or rehabilitation of integral public infrastructure and facilities. Projects covered under this agenda include business parks, industrial access roads, brownfield redevelopment, telecommunications, and broadband infrastructure improvements, as well as many others. Projects awarded grants must be necessary for business creation, retention, or expansion.

Economic Development_Support for Planning Organizations

Those municipalities aiming to create an economic development plan can look into this grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This program provides assistance to eligible recipients to create a regional economic development plans. These plans should identify and leverage the unique asset of each region, including those that help create and retain higher-skill and higher-wage jobs. These grants applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awards are announced throughout the year.

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program Planning Grant

There is an estimated $45 million available for this grant program in fiscal year 2013. Municipalities eligible for these grants must be developing programs that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments. This grant program puts an emphasis on partnerships, including non-traditional partnerships such as arts and culture, public education, or food systems.

FY 2013 Economic Development Assistance Programs

Both rural and urban towns can apply for this grant program from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). This program supports the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. There are two deadlines remaining for this program: June 13, 2013 for funding cycle four of fiscal year 2013, and September 13, 2013 for funding cycle one of fiscal year 2014.

Bus and Bus Facilities Grants

Local governments who operate a bus transportation system can receive assistance for their programs through the Bus and Bus Facilities Grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Eligible expenses covered under this program include the purchase of new buses, bus maintenance, mobile radio units, park-and-ride stations, shop and garage equipment, passenger shelters, and more.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

There are several different headings under this U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development grant program. The CDBG Entitlement Community Grant allows larger cities to apply for funding to create affordable housing and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, particularly for low to moderate income individuals. The Small Cities CDBG Program, administered by individual states, assists local governments to carry out community development programs. Each state develops funding priorities annually. Also, different states have different mechanisms for distributing HUD funds, so procedures and deadlines vary from state to state. Through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, HUD awards grants to communities hardest hit by foreclosures and delinquencies to purchase, renovate, or redevelop homes and stabilize neighborhoods.

Contact information to determine deadlines are on each grant’s website listing.

We want to help you in your pursuit of grants. See a complete list of all of our services and determine how best we can help you meet your goals.

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Grant-Giving Corporations are Making an Impact on Communities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 @ 14:03 PM

cashAs pointed out in our previous two-part blog, “Trends and Projections for U.S. Federal Government Grant Funding,” the availability of federal grant money is waning. Organizations that have once relied heavily on federal grant funding for their programs will likely need to look for other funding opportunities. Those opportunities could be from the hundreds of grant-giving corporations across the country. Corporations such as Bank of America and Walmart do more than provide banking services and discount products. These corporations, and hundreds of others like them, work to make a difference in their communities by providing grants to non-profit organizations in a variety of subject areas. Below we will detail a few of the grant-making corporations as well as their funding areas and any specific grant opportunities. There are countless other corporations looking for exceptional programs to fund so why not let us help you find several good matches for you? Contact a grant helper today to get your grant search started.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

In June 2012, Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded over $22 million in grants to more than 650 nonprofits. These funds were estimated to impact more than 31 million individuals. Nonprofit organizations in Bank of America communities have two opportunities for grants this year. Community development grants focus on nonprofit organizations helping with foreclosure counseling and mitigation, real-estate owned disposition, and affordable housing. Bank of America Charitable Foundation will issue a community development Request for Proposals (RFP) on April 15 and will accept applications through May 10. Additionally, nonprofits focused on helping with basic human needs, such as food, shelter, and benefits access can apply for a Bank of America critical needs grant. A critical needs RFP will begin on July 8 and applications will be accepted through August 2.

Walmart Giving Programs

The Walmart Foundation aims to meet four core areas: 1) hunger relief & healthy eating; 2) sustainability; 3) women's economic empowerment; and 4) career opportunity with its local, state, and national giving programs. Through the local giving program, nonprofits, government entities, schools, or faith-based organizations located in Walmart communities can apply for $250-$2,500 grants that will benefit the facility’s service area in one of the four core areas. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2013. Walmart also operates a state-giving program, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations that operate on a regional or state level or affiliates of larger organizations that operate on a state level. The application period for the state-giving program begins in June and ends in August. Also, nonprofit entities that operate on a national scale may apply for grants through Walmart’s national-giving program, which awards grants of $250,000 or more. Program ideas should be submitted using the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) format only. Unsolicited proposals or promotional materials are not accepted.

Cigna Foundation

Charitable organizations that aim to promote wellness, expand health opportunities, promote personal and professional growth, or find unique approaches to issues of local and global concern, could look toward the Cigna Foundation for grant funding. The Cigna Foundation judges grant proposals according to the following four qualities: responsive, creative, achievable, and beneficial. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

As a global financial institution, JPMorgan Chase aims to give back to its communities through its grant-giving Foundation. In 2011, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $200 million through grants and sponsorships. This Foundation supports nonprofit entities that promote community development, including programming that addresses workforce development, asset building, and financial literacy as well as those programs that encourage economic development and affordable housing. Also, the Foundation awards grants to K-12 education systems that increase economically disadvantaged children’s access to quality education. Finally, JPMorgan Chase supports organizations that encourage arts and culture in both schools and communities. To receive grant support for any such program, a potential grantee must first submit an online letter of inquiry.

If any of the above opportunities seem to fit your grant needs, let us help you by requesting a free quote to get started, or feel free to browse our list of services.

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Let’s Play - Grants for Community Recreation and Outdoor Spaces

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 @ 13:03 PM
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As the winter weather continues to take its toll on the nation, thoughts of green grass and outside recreational activities can help ease those winter blues. There are several opportunities for entities such as municipalities, counties, and non-profit organizations to apply for grants to help fund facilities, parks, and other recreational opportunities. In this blog post we will review some of these grant opportunities. There are thousands more. As always, we are here to help you get those grant dollars.  So if you have any questions about how to apply, feel free to contact us anytime. And remember, the initial consultation is ALWAYS FREE.

 

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facility Grants

This grant program assists in the development of essential community facilities, primarily in rural communities with a population under 20,000. Funds from this program can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. Funds can also provide for the purchase of equipment required for a facility's operation. Public entities such as municipalities, counties, non-profit corporations, and tribal governments are eligible to apply.

National Park Service Land & Water Conservation Fund

States and local governments are eligible to apply for matching grants to fund public outdoor recreation and areas and facilities. O’Fallon, Illinois used a $750,000 LWCF grant to acquire land for a variety of playing fields for baseball, softball, soccer, football, and more.

Let’s Play Initiative

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has made a three-year, $15 million commitment, as part of KaBOOM!’s Let’s Play Initiative, to help construct and improve playground areas. Municipalities and non-profit organizations with a playground or outdoor recreational space that is currently unsafe for children can apply for construction grants. Hurry, that deadline is April 2013. The Initiative also offers Let’s Play Completion Grants, which can be used toward the completion or improvement of an existing playground. This grant program has an ongoing deadline. In addition, there are also opportunities for communities to partner with school districts to apply for Joint Use Grants to open school recreation facilities to the public during non-school hours.

2013 Midwest Garden Grant

The National Gardening Association has sponsored this grant for four years, aiming to support community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Priority is given to programs that have these components: educational focus or curricular/program, integration to reinforce academics, life skills, instruction, (e.g. nutrition, growing one’s own food, learning to be responsible) developing environmental stewardship, and encouraging students to make positive choices for themselves and the planet. As the title implies, grants are available to states in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Applications are due April 26, 2013.

Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants

May 2013 will be the next opportunity for charities and state or local agencies to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants. The focus of this program is to facilitate and encourage the design, development, construction, and operation of new skatepark facilities, primarily located in low-income communities in the United States.

 

We want to help you improve your recreational facilities and programs designed to get people outside and moving! Join our Grant Helpers Watch List and we will let you know when more of these recreational funding programs are announced.

 

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Homelessness Grant Opportunities and Resources

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 21:11 PM

The Grant Helpers is here to help you obtain more funding so that you can meet your organization’s goals. So, when we come across great funding opportunities, we like to share those opportunities with you. In this blog article, we highlight some opportunities for homelessness assistance grants. We can help find more opportunities, develop a proposal, provide strategic advice – whatever steps of the process where we can help you most. Contact a grant expert if you have any questions or would like assistance.

 

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsors the ESG Program, which replaced the Emergency Shelter Grants program. The ESG program makes grant funds available for assisting individuals and families to regain housing stability after experiencing a housing crisis. Grants are awarded to state governments, large cities, urban counties, and U.S. territories, which then make the funds available to subrecipients. Therefore, if an organization is interested in receiving homeless assistance funds, it needs to apply to a HUD-funded governing body, not directly to HUD itself.

Five program components are eligible to receive funding: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

For more information on each of these five components and on ESG funding in general, visit the ESG webpage.

Deadline to apply: depends on funded government body 

US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Program

Homeless GrantsHUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange offers the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The current round of funding opened on November 9, 2012, and will close at 7:59 pm EST on January 18, 2013.  According to the CoC’s webpage, “The CoC program is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability.”

The program is also meant to promote community-wide use of resources that address homelessness, improve data collection and performance measurement, etc. For a full description of the program and for additional information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the CoC Program webpage.

Deadline to apply: 7:59 pm EST on January 18, 2013

See the U.S. HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs webpage for additional programs, resources, and funding opportunities for homeless assistance.

 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Grant and Per Diem Program

The VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually to provide funding to community agencies that provide services to homeless veterans, which includes building and providing housing, increasing veterans’ skill levels and/or income, helping homeless veterans get residential stability, and helping veterans have greater self-determination.

Only programs with supportive housing or service centers are eligible for this funding, and there are two levels of funding: the Grant Component and Per Diem Component.

The Grant Component: This funding is used for costs of acquiring, constructing, or renovating buildings for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless veterans. Only 65% of the costs can be funded by these grants, leaving the other 35% to be matched by other funding sources.

The Per Diem Component: This funding can be used to pay for operational costs, including salaries. The maximum amount payable is $41.90 per day per veteran housed for supportive housing.

The 2013 application dates have not yet been announced, but in 2012, applications were open on March 1 and closed on May 30. For additional information on the rules and eligibility requirements for the Grant and Per Diem Program, visit their webpage.

 

 

Remember, we are here to help you in any way that we can. It’s always free to ask one of our grant experts a question, or you can contact us for a free consultation on how we can help you secure more grant funding.

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Have "Facility Envy?" — Develop Your Community with Municipality Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 @ 14:11 PM

(written by Rebecca Motley, Grant Helper)

 

Do you find yourself enviously looking at a neighboring town that just got a new pool, town hall, or water system? Are you located in a small community with a population of less than 20,000 and wish you had enough money to upgrade your public facilities? There are several federal and state programs that can fund these types of improvements without tax increases or budget crunches. Below are a select few of these opportunities, and there are many more available. The Grant Helpers has experts who can find additional grants that fit your funding needs and help you make your best case for funding. We can help you in any and all aspects of the grant development processes. Contact us today for a free consultation with a municipality grant expert.

 

Community Facilities Grant Program

Recreation CenterThe Community Facilities Grant program is funded by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). This program provides grants to communities with fewer than 20,000 residents to construct and renovate facilities used for public service, health care, recreation, community service and public safety. Funds are also used to purchase equipment that is needed to operate the facilities. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, municipalities, towns, districts and tribal government agencies. Areas with the lowest population and income levels receive higher grant considerations. Up to 75 percent of the project costs are covered by the grant. The amount of funding is dependent on the median income and population of the applicant entity. For more information, check out the Community Facilities Grant website, or read about the latest news at the Housing and Community Facilities Programs National Office.

 

Outdoor Recreational Grant Program

The National Park Service (NPS) sponsors the Outdoor Recreational Grant program through the Land & Water Conservation Fund. Grants are used to acquire land and plan and develop recreational areas such as playgrounds, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and boat-launching ramps. Funds are also used to build restrooms, water systems, and other support facilities for the general public. States, cities, counties, and park districts are eligible to apply for these grants, and over the course of NPS’s history, more than $5 billion has been awarded for preservation and recreation grants. Funds are allocated as matching with state grants. For more information, visit the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund website.

 

Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsors the state-administered Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Grants from this program are used to acquire real estate property for public use, demolish blighted structures, and construct and renovate public service facilities, recreational facilities, and public and private buildings. Funds are also used to support economic development activities including assisting micro-enterprises. Grants are administered by states to cities and counties with fewer than 50,000 and 200,000 residents respectively. Up to 3 percent of the grant can be allocated to cover technical assistance and administrative expense. For more information, visit the CDBG website.

 

There are numerous additional funding opportunities available for various aspects of community development and improvement, and many of these grants have stringent eligibility requirements and guidelines. We have municipality grant experts who can help you find, research, and write grants. We also offer a variety of other services that can guide you through the process of managing your grant after money has been awarded. For a free consultation with a grant expert, contact us today.

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