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Municipal Economic and Community Development Grants

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

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.

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