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& Grants

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)Rural Energy for America (REAP)InfrastructureThe program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. Eligible applicants include agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of their gross income coming from agricultural operations & small businesses in eligible rural areas.Loan guarantees on loans up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs; Grants for up to 25 percent of total eligible project costs; Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs.03/31/23
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
Department of Health & Human Services (DHSS)Native American Language Preservation and MaintenanceTribal CommunitiesThis program provides funding for projects to support assessments of the status of the native languages in an established community, as well as the planning, designing, restoration, and implementing of native language curriculum and education projects to support a community’s language preservation goals. Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.$100K-$300K04/30/23
Department of Health & Human Services (DHSS)Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance-Esther Martinez ImmersionTribal CommunitiesThe program provides funding for community-based projects that ensure continuing vitality of Native languages through immersion-based instruction. Programs funded under the EMI notice of funding opportunity must meet the requirements for either a Native American Language Nest, or a Native American Survival School. As defined by Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act (42 U.S.C. § 2991b-3(b)(7)), Language Nests are “site-based educational programs that- (i) provide instruction and child care through the use of a Native American language for at least 5 children under the age of 7 for an average of at least 500 hours per year per student,” and Native American Survival Schools are “site-based educational programs for school-age students that- (i) provide an average of at least 500 hours of instruction through the use of 1 or more Native American languages for at least 10 students for whom a Native American language survival school is their principal place of instruction.”$100K-$300K03/31/23
Department of Health & Human Services (DHSS)Social and Economic Development StrategiesTribal CommunitiesThe program prioritizes funding for applications seeking assistance for the following: (1) the development of a tribal code or courts system for purposes of economic development, including commercial codes, training for court personnel, and the development of non-profit subsidiaries or other tribal business structures; (2) the development of a Native community development financial institution, including training and administrative expenses; and (3) the development of a tribal master plan for community and economic development and infrastructure. The economic development legislative priorities will be incorporated into new program areas of interest for the SEDS NOFO. Ten bonus points will be awarded to applications that address one or more of these priority areas.$100K-$400K03/31/23
Department of Health & Human Services (DHSS)Environmental Regulatory EnhancementTribal CommunitiesFunds for community-based projects for the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE) program. The ERE program provides funding for the costs of planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the capability of tribal governing bodies to regulate environmental quality pursuant to federal and tribal environmental laws.$100K-$300K04/30/23
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)Climate Adaptation Planning GrantEnvironment/ClimateThe APGP provides funding to help fill planning needs, provides communities the resources to identify climate resilience priorities, and supports the development of climate resilient projects across the state. The key priorities of ICARP’s APGP are the following: (1) Help communities plan for and respond to multiple climate risks by supporting an all-risk approach to adaptation planning. These grants allow communities to conduct integrated planning activities. As California experiences accelerated impacts of climate change, many communities are faced with planning for and responding to cascading and compound impacts (e.g., flooding and landslides following wildfires, or riverine flood and sea level rise). (2) Support equitable outcomes and wide geographic and economic diversity in applicants. (3) Support much-needed integrated infrastructure planning to achieve community resilience. The program provides flexible funding to meet multi-sector/issue planning needs that intersect with climate risks, including but not limited to land use, transportation, housing, natural resource management, public infrastructure, and hazard mitigation issues. (4) Build community planning and capacity by supporting peer-to-peer learning, information sharing, and publishing replicable case studies in the State Adaptation Clearinghouse.$150K-$650K03/31/23
U.S. Department of EnergyRenew America’s SchoolsInfrastructureThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced first-of-its-kind investments to make clean energy improvements at K-12 public schools. Funds will position school districts to make upgrades that will lower facilities’ energy costs and foster healthier learning environments for students. Schools can now apply for the first round of the Renew America’s Schools grant, up to $80 million of the $500 million program, to make energy improvements, especially in the highest-need districts across the country. The Energy Champions Leading the Advancement of Sustainable Schools Prize (Energy CLASS Prize) program is also accepting applications for up to 25 local education agencies to receive $100,000 to staff and train select administration and facilities personnel as energy managers.Total Funding Available: $500MConcept Paper Due 1/25/23; Full Proposal Due 4/21/23. Submitting a concept paper is required for submitting an eligible, full application
CA Department of TransportationSustainable Communities Competitive GrantsTransportationSustainable Communities Competitive Grants are available on an annual basis and through a competitive application process. Grants are for transportation planning activities such as planning for active transportation, safe routes to schools, transit services, vision zero, complete streets, freight corridors, social equity, integrated land use and transportation planning.$50K-$700K03/09/23
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) GrantsWorkforceThe Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program provides grants for job accelerator partnerships that will serve people in low-income and underserved rural communities. For fiscal year 2023, the RISE program is making $2 million available to consortiums of local governments, investors, industry, institutions of higher education, and other public and private entities in rural areas. The funding may be used to support innovation centers and job accelerator programs that improve the ability of distressed rural communities to create high-wage jobs, form new businesses, and identify and maximize local assets.$500K-$2M04/20/23
Cal OESHomeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) for Federally-Recognized Tribes in CaliforniaTribal CommunitiesTo support building or sustaining security enhancement projects that fall within the parameters of the Cal OES HSGP. Funds awarded under HSGP must be used to support statewide preparedness activities. The enhancement project must address high-priority preparedness gaps, and contribute to the tribe’s capability to prevent, protect, mitigate against, respond to, or recover from acts of terrorism.Total Funding Available: $650K4/17/23
Department of ConservationMultibenefit Land Repurposing Program (MLRP) ProgramAgricultureThis program funds groundwater sustainability projects that reduce groundwater use, repurpose irrigated agricultural land, and provide wildlife habitat. Grants up to $8.89 million each will be awarded as block grants to regional or basin-scale organizations to develop and implement land repurposing programs. Block grant recipients will then award subgrants and contract to achieve the program deliverables. The Department reserves the right to increase grant awards above $8.89 million as funding allows.Total Funding Available: $40M3/29/23
California Department of EducationElementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Summer GrantEducationThe purpose of the Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Summer Grant Program is to implement evidence-based summer enrichment programs, and ensure such programs respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the corona-virus on the student populations, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care. Sites awarded in the first round are not eligible to apply for any additional funding from this grant.$60K-100K04/03/23
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)Research Grants in the ArtsArtsResearch Grants in the Arts support research studies that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.$100K3/27/23
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)NEA Research LabsArtsThe NEA Research Labs program funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. The NEA Research Labs program offers grant funding for longer-term research agendas. These agendas will include multiple research studies and activities that build and inform the field throughout the life of an NEA Research Lab. Applicants seeking grant funding for a specific and discrete research study should refer to the Research Grants in the Arts program guidelines.$150K03/27/23
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)Challenge AmericaArtsChallenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved.$10K04/27/23
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
FEMAStaffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantNatural ResourcesSAFER grants provide financial assistance to help fire departments increase frontline firefighters. SAFER offers grants to support activities in two activities: Hiring of Firefighters and Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters.Total Funding Available: $560M03/17/23
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
EPAEnvironmental Justice Collatoborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement ProgramEnvironment/ClimateEPA is issuing this solicitation to request applications for projects supporting community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) in their efforts to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issue(s) in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks. These projects will help transform disadvantaged and underserved communities into healthy, thriving communities capable of addressing the environmental and public health challenges they have historically faced, as well as current and future challenges.$500K04/14/23
National Park ServiceHistoric Preservation Fund – Tribal Heritage GrantsTribal CommunitiesThe National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to federally recognized Tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions. From the beginning, the program has been shaped by Indian tribes. It focuses on what they are most concerned about protecting: Traditional skills, oral history, plant and animal species important in tradition, sacred and historic places, and the establishment of tribal historic preservation offices.$75K03/29/23
California Creative CorpsCA Creative CorpsArts1) Individual Artists and Culture Bearers working solo or in small groups, having no affiliation with an agency or formal organization. 2) Community Residencies ensuring collaborative efforts in building awareness and engagement processes. Arts organizations, social service organizations and units of government, including Tribal authorities, who wish to employ artists and culture bearers are invited to apply. Multiple agencies collaborating is encouraged. 3) Regional or Multi-County Coalitions that create systems and processes with a high sustainability quotient. Deep engagement with government agencies or departments should be an essential feature of programs at this level. Matching funds are encouraged but not required.$5K-$250K04/14/23
NEA &Citizens Institute for Rural Design ProgramArtsThe Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council. Focusing on communities with populations of 50,000 or less, CIRD’s goal is to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of rural America through planning, design, and creative placemaking. Rural communities are invited to submit applications to receive design support and technical assistance to host an on-site Local Design Workshop or participate in the Design Learning Cohort. 1) Local Design Workshops, where at least four communities, working closely with design, arts, and planning professionals, will do a deep dive into a pressing design challenge that is impacting their community. 2) Design Learning Cohort, where at least 15 communities will participate in peer-to-peer engagement and virtual training in design, planning, community engagement, and facilitation techniques. Resources will include technical assistance, one-on-one coaching, and optional in-person gatherings.$6K04/21/23

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