Grant News & Information

US. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of three grant funding opportunities

April 27, 2018

  • Community Policing Development (CPD) Program
    A competitive grant designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, field-directed law enforcement microgrants, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources that address the continuing and emerging needs of those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing. Deadline: June 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT

  • COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program
    A competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids. AHTF funds shall be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. Deadline: June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

  • COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)
    A competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Deadline: June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

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EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Funding Announced

April 16, 2018

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). $5.5 billion in WIFIA loans are available. The WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program aiming to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure through long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects, including:

  • Drinking water treatment and distribution projects;
  • Wastewater conveyance and treatment projects;
  • Enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities;
  • Desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply and water recycling projects;
  • Drought prevention, reduction or mitigation projects.

Click here to visit the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) website,

EPA Program Provides Funding for Water Projects

April 5, 2018

Senator Cory Booker has asked us to remind municipal officials the EPA will be announcing the availability of a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects under the EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. EPA is seeking Letters of Interest from prospective borrowers by July 6, 2018. The WIFIA program accelerates investment in our nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. Click here for more information.


September 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $500 million in discretionary grant funding. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) are now available to communities interested in creating trails and trail connections. The focus is on major transportation projects, but trail advocates might be able to find a way to help projects become truly multimodal projects, complete missing trail links, and bring communities together with trail connections. Questions may be directed to Federal Highway Administration TIGER program staff (Ryan Brumfield or Sam Snead).

The Department of Transportation will hold public webinars on September 13 and 19 regarding “How to Compete for TIGER Grants” and on September 18 regarding “Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis,”; click here to register

New Jersey Healthy Communities Network 2018 Community Grants Program

August 8, 2017

The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network is seeking Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2018 Community Grants Program. The deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) is September 13, 2017 by 5 pm ET.  Submit LOI via email to: with subject line: 2018 NJHCN LOI. Click here for the full LOI instructions.

This initiative will fund up to 60 organizations. Grants of up to $20,000 for twenty-four months will be awarded. The aim of the initiative is to prevent chronic disease and improve health by advancing environment, policy, and system change; and enhancing the built environment to support healthy eating and active living.  Supported projects are creating a culture of health by increasing food access and opportunities for physical activity in communities, schools, places of worship, early care and education, neighborhoods, and municipalities.

The online application opens September 18, 2017, and those who submitted an LOI will receive a link to the online application form for submission of final applications. The online application closes October 20, 2017.

For more information and details click here.

Bloomberg Announces $200 Million 'American Cities Initiative'

July 5, 2017

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a $200 million initiative designed to spur innovation in city hall issues across the country.

The American Cities Initiative will focus on three areas — promoting bold leadership and effective problem solving in city halls; advancing critical policies and legislation in areas ranging from education to climate change to opioid abuse; and empowering citizens to solve problems and strengthen social cohesion.

The 2017 Mayors Challenge is a competition aimed at helping cities with at least thirty thousand residents develop, test, and implement bold solutions to urgent challenges. The first three hundred cities to sign up will receive one-day training sessions in idea development, with as many as thirty-five cities receiving up to $100,000 each to test and refine their ideas. From that pool, five Mayors Challenge winners will be selected, with one city receiving a $5 million grand prize and four runners-up receiving $1 million implementation grants.

Click here to learn more about the American Cities Initiative. Click here to learn more about the Mayors Challenge.

AARP Community Challenge; Grants to make communities livable for people of all ages

July 5, 2017

The AARP Community Challenge 2017 is dedicated to making communities livable for people of all ages. Projects need to deliver on one or all of the following:

  1. Improve a community's built environment to benefit people of all ages and connect to the social environment.
  2. Expand opportunities for all residents through volunteerism, educational opportunities and training.
  3. Drive community engagement across diverse residents through efforts in culture and art, public spaces, sports, education, well-being and healthy living. 

Projects can range from short-term activities costing a few hundred dollars to sizable efforts that might need thousands.

Applications are due Friday June 30, 2017.

Click here to learn more.