(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
The 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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