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Find up-to-date links to federal, state, and local grants and funding opportunities. Projects range from agriculture and broadband to infrastructure and workforce development. 


Funding Opportunities

Funding AgencyProgram Title & Website LinkFunding CategoryFunding Program DescriptionMaximum Grant AwardClose Date
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan ProgramAgricultureThe Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program provides financial support to qualified lenders whose loan applicants want to start or expand middle of the food supply chain activities such as aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesale, or distribution of food. The program’s goal is to increase capacity and help create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain.Guarantees loans of up to $40MOngoing
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Electric Infrastructure Loan & Loan Guarantee ProgramInfrastructureThe electric program makes insured loans and loan guarantees to nonprofit and cooperative associations, public bodies, and other utilities. Insured loans primarily finance the construction of electric distribution facilities in rural areas. The guaranteed loan program has been expanded and is now available to finance generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. The loans and loan guarantees finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacement required to furnish and improve electric service in rural areas, as well as demand side management, energy conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems.Loan Guarantees up to 100% allow the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) to extend credit to qualified borrowers in rural areas. 100% of the construction work plan can be financed. Hardship Loans may be used, at the sole discretion of the Rural Utilities Service, to assist applicants in rural areas that are either economically distressed or recovering from an unavoidable event, such as a natural disasterOpen
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant ProgramInfrastructureThis program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.Both loans and grants are availableOpen
California Energy CommissionUltra-Low-Carbon Fuel: Demonstration- and Commercial-Scale Production Facilities Utilizing Forest BiomassEnergyThe California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) announces the availability of up to $9.0 million to support ultra-low-carbon fuel in two funding categories: demonstration-scale and commercial-scale production facilities utilizing forest biomass.Total Funding Available: $9M05/18/23
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)Grants for Arts ProjectsArtsGrants for Arts Projects is our largest grants program for organizations, providing comprehensive and expansive funding opportunities for communities. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.$100K07/06/23
Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED)Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas Funding OpportunityEnergyThe Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), authorizes DOE to invest $1 billion in energy improvements in rural or remote areas. DOE’s Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) Program will provide financial investment, technical assistance, and other resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions that are replicable and scalable. ERA aims to fund clean energy projects with three specific goals: 1. Deliver measurable benefits to energy customers in rural or remote areas by funding replicable energy projects that lower energy costs, improve energy access and resilience, and/or reduce environmental harm; 2. Demonstrate new rural or remote energy system models using climate-resilient technologies, business structures that promote economic resilience, new financing mechanisms, and/or new community engagement best practices; and 3. Build clean energy knowledge, capacity, and self-reliance in rural America.$100M06/28/23
National Forest FoundationMatching Awards ProgramEnvironment/ClimateThrough the Matching Awards Program, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) provides funds for projects that directly benefit U.S. National Forests and Grasslands. Reflecting recent program changes, the focus is now on projects that inspire participants to get personally involved in caring for their public lands. Program goals are to create lasting change that will allow all communities, especially underserved communities, opportunities to benefit from activities on National Forest System lands or adjacent public lands. While community engagement, defined as in-person involvement of the public, must be the primary focus of every project, some stewardship activities are also required. Projects must take place on U.S. National Forests or Grasslands or adjacent public lands, and demonstrate benefit to National Forest System lands. Nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and organizations, and universities are eligible to apply, and a 1:1 cash match of non-federal funds is requiredRecommended Request Amount: $35K or less06/07/23
Department of Forestry & Fire ProtectionVolunteer Fire Capacity GrantsDisaster PreventionThe Volunteer Fire Capacity (VFC) Program is a Federally-funded grant program that allows California to provide local and rural fire departments with minor firefighting, training, communications and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters. The VFC Program is not intended for major equipment (fire engines, vehicles, etc) or Capital repairs. The VFC Program has a 50/50 match requirement which means that the applying department must be able to meet the intended grant award, dollar for dollar. Awards for departments are set at a minimum of $500 with a maximum of $20,000. Amounts may be adjusted based on the grant funding available.$20KOngoing
Strategic Growth CouncilTransformative Climate Communities Round 5 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT GrantEnvironment/ClimateThe Project Development Grants support disadvantaged communities by funding pre-development and basic infrastructure activities that advance the communities’ climate and community resilience goals and prepare them for future funding opportunities aligned with the TCC Program Objectives. Project Development Grants should respond to previous community planning efforts that identified priority projects and need additional project development and basic infrastructure support funding to get ready for future resilience funding. SGC developed this pilot grant type for Round 5 TCC in response to the expressed support gap between Planning and Implementation Grant funding and to meet communities where they are in their climate resilience efforts. Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities (DUCs), Tribal Communities, Planning Grant Grantees, and Previous Implementation Grant Applicants will be prioritized for Project Development Grants, with DUCs given the most priority.$5M08/01/23
Strategic Growth CouncilTransformative Climate Communities Round 5 PLANNING GrantEnvironment/ClimateThe Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC), established by AB 2722 (Burke, 2016), invests in community-led climate resilience projects in the state’s most overburdened communities. The program objectives are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health and the environment, and support economic opportunity and shared prosperity. The Planning Grants intend to support planning activities to prepare disadvantaged communities for future funding opportunities in programs that align with the TCC Program’s objectives. Planning activities should focus on responding to planning issues or priorities that directly benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities. TCC Planning Grants support planning activities to advance community-led goals and projects.$300K08/01/23
Strategic Growth CouncilTransformative Climate Communities Round 5 IMPLEMENTATION GrantEnvironment/ClimateTCC Implementation Grants support an integrated set of projects within a neighborhood project area of approximately five to ten square miles. Projects must reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly over time, leverage additional funding sources, and provide health, environmental and economic benefits to the community.$29.5M08/01/23
Sonoma Clean PowerCalpine Community Benefits Grant ProgramEnvironment/ClimateThe Calpine Community Benefits Grant Program, a partnership with Calpine Energy Solutions and SCP, provides grant funding to organizations in the communities that SCP serves to help advance clean energy, green jobs, environmental education and stewardship, and equity and diversity. Qualifying projects must fall within the outlined priority focus areas: Advancement of renewable energy research and planning; Energy and environmental education; Clean energy in disadvantaged communities; Green workforce development$5K-$20K05/12/23
The Music Man FoundationStrengthening the Sector GrantsArtsThe Music Man Foundation empowers organizations that use music to catalyze enduring change in learning and well-being. The Foundation’s Strengthening the Sector grants support organizations working to create positive changes in the arts through advocacy and research efforts. Nonprofit organizations that focus on music within their efforts and operate nationally, in the state of California, or in Los Angeles County, CA, are eligible to apply. Grants will support activities such as research and policy analyses that promote the need for arts (specifically music) to change and improve circumstances, cross-sector initiatives that cultivate allies and build bridges between the arts and other interest groups, advocacy training and tools that build the capacity of arts and cultural leaders to understand and proactively influence issues impacting the arts and community vitality, and designing solutions that shift the circumstances within a system to promote efficiency and sustainability.N/ARolling Deadlines: 3/31/23 & 9/15/23
Firehouse Subs Public Safety FoundationPublic Safety GrantsDisaster PreventionThe mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to impact the life-saving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities. Support for public safety organizations in the communities served by Firehouse Subs restaurants across the country. Foundation’s areas of interest include: Life-Saving Equipment, Disaster Relief, Prevention Education, Military and Local Heroes and Scholarships and Continued Education.$15K-$25KRolling Deadlines: 4/13/23 & 7/13/23 (600 applications are accepted each quarter. Once they reach 600, the application window for that specific quarter closes)
Tribal Solar Accelerator FundFacility and Residential Project Grant ProgramTribal CommunitiesThe Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF) catalyzes the growth of solar energy and expands solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the United States. TSAF’s Tribal Facility and Residential Grant Program provides grants of up to $200,000 for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems. Facility funding can support rooftop, carport, or ground-mount solar installations that meet the energy needs of the tribal community, while residential funding is designated for solar energy installed on a single-family home or small multi-family complex to significantly reduce the burden of electricity costs.$200K05/31/23
Department of TransportationClean California Local Grant ProgramInfrastructureThe CA Department of Transportation developed the Clean California Local Grant Program through which funds will go to local communities to beautify and improve local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers. Through the combination of adding beautification measures and art in public spaces along with the removal of litter and debris, this effort will enhance communities and improve spaces for walking and recreation.$5MOngoing
Department of Financial Protection and InnovationCalMoneySmart 2023-24MultipleThe CalMoneySmart grant program awards up to $2 million per year to eligible nonprofit organizations with a maximum grant award to $200,000 per fiscal year in funding to design, develop, or offer free financial education and empowerment content, provide free financial coaching, or design and develop free financial products or services for unbanked or underbanked households. Black and Hispanic households, single-mothers, working-age households with a disability, and immigrants are also disproportionately represented among the unbanked. Grant funds may only be used for the following financial education and financial empowerment programs and services for the targeted at-risk unbanked and underbanked populations.$200K05/26/23
Board of State and Community CorrectionsMissing and Murdered Indigenous People Grant ProgramTribal CommunitiesThe State Budget Act of 2022 (Senate Bill 154, Chapter 43, Statutes of 2022) established the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Grant Program. Funding is available to federally recognized Indian tribes in California to support efforts to identify, collect caselevel data, publicize, and investigate and solve cases involving missing and murdered indigenous people.$1M06/23/23
California Arts CouncilState-Local PartnersArtsThe State-Local Partnership program provides general operating support and technical assistance for county-designated local arts agencies. The purpose of the program is to foster cultural development on the local level through a partnership between the State and the counties of California. The nature of this partnership includes funding, information exchange, cooperative activities, and leadership.$75K06/06/23
California Arts CouncilImapct ProjectsArtsThe Impact Projects grant program intends to support collaborative projects that center artists and artistic practice in responding to issues experienced by historically and systemically under-resourced communities in California at this time, including, but not limited to, social, political, and economic inequalities.$25K06/06/23
California Arts CouncilArts & Cultural Organizations General Operating ReliefArtsThis grant supports the well-being of California’s cultural vitality by helping sustain a robust and diverse arts workforce and infrastructure. Funds may be used to support any eligible expenses associated with the general operations of an arts or cultural organization, including but not limited to rent, utilities, and staff salaries. Applying for this grant does not restrict an organization from applying for other CAC project-based grants. General Operating grants are intended to support the applicant organization in carrying out its mission. Funding is not intended to support a specific project.$30K06/06/23
FM GlobalFM Global Fire Prevention Grant ProgramDisaster PreventionThrough its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global supports organizations in the United States working to combat fire. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local, and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts, including pre-incident planning, fire prevention education and training, and arson prevention or fire investigation. Applicants must be a governmental unit or a nonprofit organization.$2,500.00Rolling Deadlines: 6/30/23, 9/30/23, and 12/31/23

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