Grants & Awards
Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration
The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017. EDA disaster grants are made by its Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program (PDF), which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation. There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated.
Leavitt AMP Music Series
The Levitt AMP Music Series was created in 2014 by the Levitt Foundation, as a pioneer in the creative placemaking movement. The foundation has issued a Call for Applications for its Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 in matching funds will be awarded to a minimum of fifteen U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, to present a minimum of ten free outdoor concerts presented over ten consecutive weeks between May 1 and November 15, 2019. Link to Complete RFP . Online applications for the 2019 Levitt AMP grants program will open July 17 and close September 25, 2018
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program attracts private capital into low-income/rural communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries called Community Development Entities (CDEs). The credit totals 39 percent of the original investment amount and is claimed over a period of seven years. Deadline for application is Jun 28, 2018
The Wildhorse Foundation serves the tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla) located in the area now known as northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. Each year, the foundation makes grants to eligible organizations in that homeland area. In 20018, grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in the areas of arts and cultural activities; education; environmental protection; gambling addiction prevention, education and treatment; historic preservation; public health; public safety; and salmon restoration. Link to Complete RFP. The next grant deadline is July 1, 2018 at 5pm.
BUILD Discretionary Grants
U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD Discretionary Grants provides grants for capital investments in unmet surface transportation infrastructure needs with an emphasis on rural areas and tribal lands. The Department of Transportation’s priorities include growing rural economies, facilitating freight movement, improving access to reliable and affordable transportation options, and enhancing health access and safety for residents. Application Deadline: Jul 19, 2018
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) provides funding to help nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Recipients and beneficiaries of the funding, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or less. Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2018
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds organizations that infuse creativity into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Local Systems focus area. Kresge accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency’s primary creative placemaking grants program. The Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Link to Complete RFP. Applications dues July 19, 2018
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program provides support to modify or rehabilitate veterans’ primary residences or to provide organizations with technical, administrative, and training support in connection with those services. HUD will award up to $13,700,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals. Grants will be competitively awarded up to $1 million each to selected applicant. The application deadline is June 25, 2018.
Department of Agriculture Community Development Initiative
Home Depot Foundation: Veteran Housing Grants Program
Waterfront Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant Programs
Oregon Community Foundation
Communities Thrive Challenge
Humanities Washington Stories Fund Grants
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants
USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement
Community Connect Grant Program
Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant
Walmart Community Grant Program
Charlotte Martin Foundation
NewSchools Venture Fund
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program
Strong Local Economies Program
Surdna Foundation: The goal of the Strong Local Economies Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs. We aim to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. Letters of Inquiry are accepted throughout the year.
#Girlboss Foundation Grant
The #Girlboss Foundation will award a single $15,000 grant in 2017 to a female entrepreneur pursuing a creative endeavor. In addition to the cash grant, the recipient will receive exposure through #GIRLBOSS® digital channels. See the #Girlboss Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Through it, the EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches in distressed communities. The estimated total program funding is between the award ceiling of $3 million and award floor of $100,000. Additional information on this funding opportunity and eligibility can be accessed here.
Washington Foundation for the Environment
USDA Small Business Loans and Grants
USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs and increase economic opportunities in rural communities. Funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs. Application forms may be obtained from any USDA Rural Development State Office.