Grant News & Information
Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program
July 2, 2018
The US EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) is accepting applications for the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. The US EDA is awarding grants to build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs. The two funding opportunities currently available:
FY18 i6 Challenge: “creation of centers for innovation and entrepreneurship that increase the rate at which innovations, ideas, intellectual property, and research are translated into products, services, viable companies, and jobs.”
FY18 Seed Fund Support Program: “funding for technical assistance to support the creation, launch, or expansion of equity-based, cluster-focused seed funds that invest regionally-managed risk capital in regionally-based startups with a potential for high growth.”
Application Deadline: August 29.
$10 Million in Grants Available to Improve Water Quality in the Barnegat Bay Watershed
May 23, 2018
The NJDEP is seeking proposals for projects to reduce the input of nutrients, primarily nitrogen, which are transported into the bay by stormwater runoff. Proposals that mitigate nutrients in stormwater in the northern and southern portions of Barnegat Bay will be prioritized. This area has poorer water flow and is more highly developed than the southern bay.
Specific nutrient reduction strategies eligible under the grant program include wetland restoration, living shorelines and other resiliency projects, stormwater infrastructure mapping, stormwater basin retrofits, nutrient and pathogen source tracking, submerged aquatic vegetation and shellfish restoration, and stewardship education projects.
Projects consistent with NJDEP's Barnegat Bay Restoration, Enhancement and Protection Strategy will also be considered, click here to view this strategy.
Watershed Quality Restoration grants are made possible through funds provided under Section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act, Natural Resource Damage settlements the state has secured with polluters, and the state's Corporate Business Tax. Additional funding is also available as low-interest and principal-forgiveness loans through the New Jersey Water Bank, administered by the NJDEP in partnership with the New Jersey Water Infrastructure Bank.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two public information sessions.
Application Deadline: August 31, 2018. Click here for more information on this program.
NJDEP Competition for Flood-Resilience Planning Grants
May 23, 2018
The NJDEP has announced a grant competition in which municipalities located in in nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy can form teams to compete for $200,000 resilience-planning grants to address coastal and river-related flooding. Resilient NJ is open to all municipalities in the nine Sandy-impacted counties as identified by HUD: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union. Teams may cross county borders.
This grant is part of Resilient NJ, a new program administered through the NJDEP's Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, to identify and implement innovative regional solutions to address coastal and river-related flooding. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing the grant funding as part of its National Disaster Resilience Competition, which works to make communities more flood resilient after major natural disasters.
As many as five regional teams will receive grants of up to $200,000. Teams must be made up of at least three contiguous municipalities and at least one community-based organization. County governments, regional planning commissions and utility authorities are also eligible to participate.
A panel of NJDEP experts will review applications submitted by each team and score them based on a set of criteria. Winning teams will be paired with multidisciplinary consulting teams of planners, engineers, ecologists, designers and other experts to participate in a comprehensive planning process to develop regional Resilience and Adaptation Action Plans and ultimately implement selected actions from those plans.
Application Deadline: Friday, July 20. Click here for more 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.
Program Fact Sheets
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.
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.
USDOT TIGER Grants
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: email@example.com 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.
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.
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:
- Improve a community's built environment to benefit people of all ages and connect to the social environment.
- Expand opportunities for all residents through volunteerism, educational opportunities and training.
- 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.