“Going green” is a buzzword trending among everyone from eco-conscious individuals to building contractors. Municipalities are getting into the mix by starting green building programs, retrofitting lighting with energy efficiency alternatives, replacing standard stop lights with Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) that can ease traffic delays and reduce emissions, and pursuing many other options as well. In 2007, 93 American cities with populations of 50,000 or more had green building programs. These measures can save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. Of course, all of these green steps require finances. There are a number of grants available to municipalities for assistance.
Almost every government entity, from the U.S. Department of Commerce to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state government departments, has grant money available annually to help fund economic development projects. Millions of dollars are available for both economic development training and projects. Below is a selected list of such opportunities.
Not long ago, we did a series on government funding and how the new fiscal habits have changed the face of grant funding. Now more than ever, many organizations are being forced to rely on non-government funds as a source of funding. In this blog, part one of a two-part series, we discuss some of the differences in funding sources (information from the United States Department of Agriculture’s “A Guide to Funding Resources” as well as some of the questions to consider when beginning your funding search. In part two of this series, we will go into more depth regarding those same questions and provide some examples of finding good matches.