Design & Construction Grant Opportunities


NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.

Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for design and construction funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for design and construction grants, please fill out the form to the right.

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.

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.

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.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that two grants not to exceed $929,111 have been appropriated for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. The two grants provide technical assistance to rural transportation (RT) projects, which could greatly help transportation projects in downtown areas. To be eligible, towns and cities must have a population under 50,000.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grants to help communities that have been hit hard by foreclosures and abandonment. Grantees of this program can develop their own funding priorities as long as 25 percent of the funds are appropriated for the purchase and redevelopment of abandoned or foreclosed homes. These homes must be used to house individuals or families whose incomes do not exceed 50 percent of the area median income. Use the website to find your your local HUD representative for more information on applying for this program.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the Community Facilities Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to low-income areas with less than 20,000 residents to develop facilities that are necessary to the community. Grants are used to construct facilities that are used for public safety, public services, community services and health care. Funds are also used to buy equipment that is needed to run the facilities. Grant amounts are formula-based with areas having the lowest income and population levels getting higher financial considerations. Eligible applicants include municipalities, counties, districts, tribal government agencies and non-profit organizations.

These grants from HUD would be perfect for towns focused on rejuvenating their downtown area with new residential projects. Main Street area revitalization efforts seek to rejuvenate older, downtown business districts by taking obsolete commercial or business buildings and converting them to rent producing affordable housing. Local governments with a population of 50,000 or less, and 100 or less physical public housing units are eligible for this grant program.