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. TheGranthelpers.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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