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Funding Opportunities and Updates | April 24, 2024

More than $1.2 Million for Transportation Safety Action Plans

USDOT program aims to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide a total of approximately $1.2 million for developing transportation safety action plans that spell out measures to prevent serious injuries and deaths of active transportation and mobility device users and motorists on roads and streets. Cities, towns, counties, and tribes are eligible to apply. Eligible project types include developing plans, conducting supplemental planning, or carrying out demonstration activities to support plan development. The local match requirement is 20 percent of the total project cost and in-kind contributions are allowable. Applications are due May 16, 2024, and August 29, 2024. Learn more at the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program website.


Nearly $1 Billion to Replace Heavy-Duty Vehicles with Zero-Emissions Vehicles

Grant funds vehicle replacement, supporting infrastructure, and workforce development.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing nearly $1 billion for replacement of certain polluting heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission vehicles through two subprograms: the School Bus Sub-Program (70 percent of the funding) and the Vocational Vehicles Sub-Program (30 percent of the funding). The Vocational Vehicles Sub-Program will fund replacements of fleet vehicles such as box trucks, refuse haulers, dump trucks, street sweepers, bucket and utility trucks, and delivery trucks. Funding for infrastructure to support vehicle charging and workforce training is also provided. States, local and tribal governments, school districts, and nonprofit school transportation associations are eligible to apply. As part of the Justice40 Initiative, this program will select applicants and projects that further the goal of ensuring that investments in clean energy flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution. The match requirements vary by original and replacement equipment types. Applications are due July 25, 2024. Learn more at the Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant program website.


$54 Million to Boost Network of EV Charging Stations

Program will expand access to charging for electric vehicles including light- and medium-duty fleets.

Through the Department of Energy, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation is providing $54 million to add to the network of charging stations for private e-mobility devices, electronic fleet vehicles, and managed charging systems that optimize grid usage. Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments; nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations in the U.S. The grant’s three topic areas are all structured slightly differently:

  • Solving for No-Home Charging: Expanding Charging Access for Privately Owned E-Mobility aims to support EV drivers without home access to charging. Awards will range from $250,000 to $4 million with a 20 percent match.
  • Expanding E-Mobility Solutions through Electrified Micro, Light and Medium-Duty Fleets aims to find innovative charging options for shared-ride or transit services, share vehicles, or last-mile delivery vehicles. Awards will range from $250,000 to $4 million with a 20 percent match.
  • Managed Charging for Clean Reliable Energy aims to find resources and solutions to mature the use of managed charging systems to mitigate impacts to the grid. Awards will range from $1 million to $4 million with a 20 percent match.

Don’t wait! Concept papers for each opportunity are due May 20, 2024. If the applicant’s concept is accepted, full applications are due July 16, 2024, and awards are expected the first quarter of 2025. To learn more, visit the Communities Taking Charge Accelerator page.


$1 Million Available for Assessing and Mapping Landslide Hazards

Grant program supports planning, coordination, mapping, and assessment.

The U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazards Program provides grants to support landslide hazard mapping and assessment, planning and coordination, and reduction and outreach. Eligible applicants include state, local and tribal governments, and territories. Funding per applicant will range from $10,000 to $300,000. No match is required. The grant will provide for the cost of labor and some equipment to complete the project. Applications are due June 17, 2024; funds are expected to be awarded in mid-July, and projects must start between July 15 and September 30, 2024. To learn more, visit the Landslide Hazards Program page.


$1.47 Billion Available for HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing Energy Retrofits

The program supports refitting properties with efficient utility systems and measures to improve resilience to the effects of climate change.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing funding for deep utility efficiency, renewable energy generation, carbon emissions reductions, and climate resilience in qualified multifamily housing. Owners or purchasers of properties that qualify for HUD assistance contracts with a demonstrated need of rehabilitation may apply. Eligible projects include providing more resilient alternatives to building rehabilitation, investments in renewable energy generation, projects that reduce carbon emissions, and retrofits to make buildings more climate resilient. Project scopes must be developed with HUD-provided contractor. Match requirements vary by project and are described in the notice of funding opportunity. Applications are due June 12, 2024. To learn more, visit the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program page and explore the Comprehensive program.


$316 Million Available to Improve and Expand Ferry Services

Grant program supports the use of clean energy for ferries and services for rural communities.

The Federal Transit Administration announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $51 million in competitive grants from the Passenger Ferry Grant Program, $49 million for the Low-No Ferry Program, and approximately $216 million from the Rural Ferry Program. Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments as well as eligible recipients of Section 5307 funding. Eligible projects vary slightly by program, but include capital projects for purchase or replacement of ferries and capital and planning projects for rural communities. A 20 percent match is required. Grant will provide for the cost of labor and some equipment to complete the project. Applications are due June 17, 2024. To learn more, visit the 2024 Passenger Ferry Grant Program, Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program, and Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program page.

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Funding Opportunities and Updates | March 29, 2024

Up to $780 Million Available for Transportation Projects in Rural Areas

USDOT program will fund improving or expanding transportation in rural areas that will improve safety, support economic strength, and address sustainability and climate.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide a total of up to $780 million for transportation-related improvements in rural areas. Minimum awards are anticipated to be $25 million. Matching requirements vary by area but will be approximately 20 percent of the total project cost. Eligible applicants include metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, tribal governments, and federal land management agencies. Eligible project types improve access to energy, agricultural, and commercial centers in rural areas. Example project types include highways and bridges, freight intermodal and rail facilities, highway safety improvements, intercity passenger rail facilities, public transportation infrastructure, and wildlife crossings. Applications are due May 6, 2024. Learn more at the Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program website.


$13 Million Available for Tribal Economic Development Planning

The program supports community-based projects to promote the social and economic independence of Native American communities.

The purpose of the Administration for Native Americans, an office of the Administration for Children and Families, is to promote the social and economic development of Native American communities. The Social and Economic Development Strategies grant will fund community-driven projects to grow local economies, support community businesses, and increase social development and infrastructure in Native American communities. Eligible applicants include tribes, consortia of tribes, nonprofit Native American organizations, and others. Eligible projects will include strategies for enhancing or improving community conditions and achieving community goals. A match of 20 percent is required. Applications are due May 20, 2024. To learn more, visit the Administration for Native Americans Programs page.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | February 26, 2024

$450 Million in Grants Available to Improve the Safety, Efficiency, and Reliability of Port Operations

Applications for funding for capital projects to improve port operations or an intermodal connection to a port are due by April 30.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration will make up to $450 million available to eligible applicants through its .

Eligible projects include those that improve the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port Qualifying project include those for highway or rail infrastructure, intermodal facilities, freight intelligent transportation systems, and digital infrastructure systems; loading and unloading at a marine terminal; and port improvements that improve resilience or reduce emissions. One quarter of the funding is reserved for small projects at small ports. Eligible applicants include a political subdivision of a state or local government, a special-purpose district such as a port, or a multijurisdictional group of entities. A 20 percent nonfederal project match is required. Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. eastern daylight time on April 30, 2024. The notice of funding availability and relevant forms are available at the Port Infrastructure Development program website.


Nearly $6.1 Million in Federal Grants Available to Support Urban Farming and Access to Food

Applications for program planning and development are due by April 9, 2024.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make up to $6.1 million available through its Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Competitive Grants Program. Applicants may be eligible for grants of between $75,000 and $350,000 for projects that include community assessment, planning, feasibility assessment, policy development and land use planning, environmental assessment, and public education in urban areas and the suburbs. Tribes, local governments, and special district governments such as ports are eligible to apply—the program does not require a population threshold for eligibility. There is no requirement to match funding for this opportunity. For more information, the notice of funding opportunity, and descriptions of projects funded in the past, visit the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Competitive Grants Program resources page. Applications are due by April 9, 2024.


More than $1.4 Billion in Federal Funds Available for Low-to-No Emissions Buses and Bus Facilities

The Federal Transit Administration is offering two grants, both due by April 25, 2024.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing two grants for low- or no-emissions buses or bus facilities.

  • The Low or No Emission Grant Program provides funding to state and local governments for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.
  • The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program provides funding to state and local governments to support efforts to buy or modernize buses, improve bus facilities, and support workforce development

Both grants include a streamlined application process for tribes requesting less than $1 million. Eligible applicants for the Buses and Bus Facilities Program include designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed-route bus operators, states, local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and tribes.

Applicants are encouraged to attend the FTA webinars that explain the opportunities and to contact program staff at  ftalownobusnofo@dot.gov or call Kirsten Wiard-Bauer, Office of Program Management, 202-366-7052. The Low or No Emission and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Programs FY2024 program website provides more details and webinar registration information. Both grants are due April 25, 2024.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | January 29, 2024

Up to $50 Million in Pass-Through Grants Available for Environmental Justice in Summer 2024

EPA program will fund development projects in disadvantaged and rural communities affected by climate change and other environmental issues.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will make up to $50 million available for each EPA region through the Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program. Grantmakers designated by the program will announce and award subgrants starting this summer. Funding for assessment (grants of up to $150,000), planning (up to $250,000), and development (up to $350,000) will flow to applicants for projects that reduce the effects of pollution, climate change, and underinvestment in communities. Tribes, nontribal Native American organizations, local governments, and nonprofit organizations will be eligible to apply. In EPA Region 10, Philanthropy Northwest and the Climate Justice Alliance will serve as grantmakers.


$450 Million Available for Ports in 2024

The Port Infrastructure Development Program funds planning and development for port projects to make the movements of goods through U.S. ports safe, more reliable, and more efficient.

On February 16, 2023, the U.S. Department of Transportation will release up to $450 million to support the port and related freight infrastructure improvements to ensure that the transportation of goods can keep pace with anticipated growth. The Port Infrastructure Development Program funding is open to states, tribes, local governments, ports, and multijurisdictional entities. Up to $112.5 million may be awarded in any one state; there are no minimum or maximum project requirements. The program requires a 20 percent match for most projects; smaller match amounts will be available for projects at small ports or ports in rural areas. Applications will be due April 30, 2024.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | September 12, 2023

EPA Grant Makes $6 Billion Available to Nonprofit Coalitions for Clean Energy Technology Support

The program builds community leadership for clean technology investments that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide grants through the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator grant to up to seven hub nonprofit organizations to provide funding and technical assistance to public and nonprofit lenders to support the development of clean technology for homes, schools, community institutions, and small businesses. Individual nonprofits or coalitions are eligible to apply. Successful applications will channel grant funding through lending institutions for starting or expanding programs to provide low-income and disadvantaged communities with much-needed capital to deploy emissions and air pollution projects that reduce energy costs, improve health outcomes, and create good jobs. The grant is designed to help sustain the funded technology programs for years to come. The nonprofit hubs will be accountable for strategic and thorough engagement of low-income and disadvantaged community members, comprehensive equity policies and practices, and other measures to ensure that the grant funding is spent efficiently and provides the maximum possible benefits. Application packages are due October 12, 2023. For more information, visit the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator webpage or email ggrf@epa.gov.


Grant Funds Products that Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy will award between $50,000 and $500,000 for demonstration projects that reduce carbon impacts.

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is providing up to $100 million in total funding between 2023 and 2026 to reduce the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of certain products and support the nation’s transition to clean energy sources. The program seeks projects that will use commercial or industrial products derived from human-generated pollutants, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions. The projects must demonstrate a net reduction in GHGs compared to comparable products made through conventional means. Eligible project costs include those related to the procurement and evaluation of the commercial or industrial projects (and not installation, engineering, or product research and development). A percentage of the total project cost must be met through cost sharing. State and local governments as well as public utilities are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a concept paper on any date prior to submitting the application on April 30, 2024. For more information and the notice of funding opportunity, visit the Carbon Utilization Program webpage.


USDA Launches Program to Support Local Meat Processing

Grants of up to $10 million will help eligible applicants expand processing capacity.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering competitive grants of up to $10 million to help eligible applicants to improve the resilience of the meat and poultry processing industry for local processors. Funding is available for new facilities and for the renovation and expansion of existing facilities. Eligible applicants include tribes and tribal entities, for‐profit and nonprofit entities, producer-owned cooperatives and corporations, certified benefit corporations, state or local government entities, and other business types (regardless of legal structure). Applicants must engage or propose to engage in either slaughter or slaughter and further processing and operate under USDA or state‐equivalent inspection. Geography, operation size, species, ownership structure, business model, underserved communities, and climate and environmental impacts will be considered in making awards. No match or cost share is required. Applications are due by November 22, 2023. For more details and to apply, visit the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program website.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | June 9, 2023

Tech Hubs Program Supports Modernizing Manufacturing and Leveraging Innovative Research

Making place-based investments to catalyze commercial competitive regions in the U.S.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing an 80 percent match in funding of up to $400,000 for development of regional technology and innovation hubs (Tech Hubs). The program requires a regional consortium of state, tribal, or local governments working in collaboration with industry, institutions of higher education, economic development organizations, and/or labor to apply. EDA seeks to support key technologies such as artificial intelligence, computing and semiconductors, robotics, disaster prevention and mitigation, biotechnology, and others. Funding is available in two phases; successful applicants in Phase 1 will be eligible to apply for Phase 2 funding that will support implementation and may be funded between $50 and $75 million (average awards are anticipated to be $65 million). Applications for Phase 1 funding are due August 15, 2023. Contact techhubs@eda.gov for more information and visit the Tech Hubs Program website to view the notice of funding opportunity.


U.S. Department of Energy Announces $50 Million to Support Rural Clean Energy Projects

Pre-application describing solutions to benefit small rural and remote communities due July 13.

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), is providing financial investment, technical assistance, and other resources to advance clean energy demonstrations and energy solutions that benefit rural and remote communities of fewer than 10,000 people. Amounts in the Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas Fixed Award range from $500,000 up to $5 million for projects that improve the cost-effectiveness of providing energy, improve or modernize energy facilities, or increase energy efficiency, and OCED anticipates between ten and 100 recipients. Matching or cost-sharing is not required. To qualify for applying for the grant this October, submit the required pre-application, consisting of short-answer questions, by July 13, 2023. The OCED Funding page includes links to the Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas Fixed Award grant program and the notice of funding opportunity. For more information about the opportunity, contact the OCED helpdesk, OCED-exchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov.


Federal Transit Administration Releases Funding to Improve Ferry Service in Urban and Rural Communities

Investing a total of $220 million in modern, reliable, and low- or zero-emissions ferry service.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing a total of $50.1 million through its Passenger Ferry Grant Program for capital spending on ferries, terminals, and related equipment. Ten percent of that total is specifically earmarked for investments in low- or zero-emissions ferries, facilities, and equipment. Another $170 million is available for planning, funding infrastructure and equipment, and operating assistance to support or expand rural ferry service. Matching from a nonfederal source is required for either program. To learn more about the Passenger Ferry Grant Program, contact Vanessa Williams at 202.366.4818; to learn about the Rural Ferry Program, contact Sarah Clements at 202.366.3062. Information about both programs and the notice of funding opportunity is available on the FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program page.


More than $161 Million Available for Support for Public Works Investments

Grants to advance economic development, equity, workforce development, and resilience.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing up to $161 million in funding along two tracks: under the Public Words Economic Development Act (121 million) and Economic Adjustment Assistance ($39.5 million). The funding supports bottom-up strategies that spur economic growth and resiliency, especially in distressed communities. EDA will make awards ranging between $150,000 and up to $5 million, depending on the type of assistance needed. Eligible projects must center on one of several priorities, including equity, resilience, workforce development, and sustainable development. EDA requires at least a 50 percent match in funding or in-kind services and may provide a greater match, depending on the level of economic distress in the region. Funding is ongoing until all funds are dispensed. Program contacts specific to each state are available on the EDA website. For more information and the notice of funding opportunity, visit EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance program page.


$92 Million in Supplemental Funds to Reach the West for Recovery from Wildfire, Flooding, and Other Natural Disasters

Areas that received a presidential disaster declaration for events in 2020 or 2021 are eligible.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing up to $483 million in Economic Adjustment Assistance among six regional offices. The Seattle regional office has been allocated $35 million for applicants in its jurisdiction and the Denver regional office has been allocated $57 million. This grant is specifically for applicants in states where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Stafford Act. The recovery funding is provided as an adaptive and flexible source to support economic recovery and face challenges from natural disasters. Eligible projects can include strategic planning, constructing or upgrading infrastructure, workforce development, capitalizing revolving loan funds, resilience planning and improvements, and technical assistance. The funding requires a matching share of either cash or in-kind contributions. Funding is ongoing, with no application deadline, until a new EDA fiscal year Disaster Supplemental notice of funding opportunity is published. Program contacts specific to each state are available on the EDA website. For more information and the notice of funding opportunity, visit EDA’s Disaster Supplemental program page.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases $12 Million for Regional Catastrophic Readiness

Program supports community preparation for catastrophes through regional capacity-building.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, is providing a total of $12 million for grants administered through ten regional offices. The grants, anticipated to range between $1 and 2.5 million, do not require matching contributions and are open to state governments in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and local governments within the most populous metropolitan statistical area in each state. This grant awards projects that incorporate equity for disadvantaged communities, particularly in improving community resilience and reducing long-term vulnerability, improving housing, and fostering climate resilience and disaster readiness. This Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program is anticipated to be competitive; applications are due July 24, 2023. For more information and the notice of funding opportunity, email the program office at FEMA-RCPGP@fema.dhs.gov or visit the FEMA’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program page.


The U.S. Department of Transportation Releases $200 Million Annually to Improve Natural Gas Infrastructure

Program provides a total of nearly $1 billion over five years to reduce natural gas distribution risks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing a total of $200 million each year for five years for the Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization grant program. The program supports improving existing municipal- and community-owned natural gas distribution systems that include high-risk, leaking, or leak-prone pipes. The program goals include providing benefits to disadvantaged or underserved urban and rural communities, preventing incidents and fatalities, avoiding economic losses caused by failure, protecting the environment, and providing sustainable infrastructure-related jobs. Awards are anticipated to range up to $125 million and do not include a cost-sharing or matching requirement. Applications are due July 24, 2023. For more information and the notice of funding opportunity, email the program office at PHMSAPipelineBILGrant@dot.gov or visit U.S. DOT’s Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grants page.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | May 10, 2023

$10 Million Available for Revitalizing Distressed Neighborhoods

Support for coordinated planning to keep people in housing and avoid displacement.

The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant targets severely distressed communities so they can create and implement strategies aimed at replacing assisted housing developments with high-quality, well-managed, mixed-income housing; improving the character of surrounding neighborhoods; and ensuring that assisted housing is accessible to those who depend on it. The grant funding supports the efforts of local and tribal governments in outreach and engagement to create revitalization strategies and document them in a Transformation Plan. Grants are available in amounts up to $500,000; cost-sharing or matching is required. Read more and find the notice of funding opportunity at the U.S. Housing and Urban Development site. Send questions about the application process to ChoiceNeighborhoods@hud.gov. Applications are due June 6, 2023.


$1 Billion in Federal Funds for Safer Streets

Support for innovative efforts to improve safety.

In its second year of funding, the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grants aim to continue gains in significantly reducing or eliminating serious injuries and fatalities to users of roadways across the nation. The program is accessible for communities at all levels of experience in administering federal funding. Funding is split between grants for planning and demonstration and grants for implementation. Planning grants assist communities (cities, towns, and metropolitan planning organizations), tribes, or coalitions of eligible entities in developing action plans, conducting safety planning to support an action plan, or conducting demonstration activities that support development or updating of an action plan.

Communities with completed action plans can apply for implementation grants to fund the projects and strategies described in the action plan. The SS4A program prioritizes safety measures to prevent death and serious injuries on roadways; low-cost, high-impact strategies; investments that specifically improve outcomes for people living in disadvantaged areas and communities; engagement with stakeholders; and alignment with federal priorities of equity, workforce development, wealth creation, resilience, and sustainability. Awards range from $100,000 to $10,000,000; however, requests under the minimum award amount will be considered. The notice of funding opportunity is available at Transportation.gov. For questions, email SS4A@dot.gov or call Paul Teicher at 202-366-4114. Applications are due on July 10, 2023.


More Than $800 Million Available to Strengthen Transportation Infrastructure

Four grant types funded by the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT).

The U.S. Department of Transportation is offering grant awards starting at $100,000 for local governments, states, tribes, and port authorities to support making surface transportation systems more resilient against climate change while also better serving disadvantaged communities. Eligible projects will be grounded in the best available understanding of climate change, support the protection of continued operation or recovery of crucial transportation infrastructure, improve public safety, and improve equity by addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities that are often most vulnerable to climate risks. Innovative and nature-based solutions that provide habitat and recreational benefits and conserve or restore riparian areas, wetlands, bioswales, dunes, parks, and urban forests are encouraged.

The funding includes planning and resilience grants. Planning grants can be used for planning, predesign, design, the development of data and modeling tools to assess risks, developing the technical capacity to conduct these activities, or for evacuation planning and preparation. Resilience grants are designed to help communities weather risks related to changing conditions from climate change. Resilience grants include three subtypes: (1) resilience improvement grants, focused on existing infrastructure; (2) community resilience and evaluation route grants, focused on improving essential evacuation routes and response communication networks; and (3) at-risk coastal infrastructure grants for infrastructure such as bridges, pedestrian and bicycle lanes, culverts, and tide gates. Applications are due on August 18, 2023. For more information, contact Robert Miller, Agreement Specialist, at PROTECTdiscretionary@dot.gov. The notice of funding opportunity is available at Grants.gov.


$7.5 Million in Federal Funding for Achieving Health Equity

Taking direct aim at systems to improve social determinants of health.

The Centers for Disease Control announced its Addressing Conditions to improve population health (ACTion) funding to reduce disparities in the rates of chronic disease, especially for communities that have been historically disadvantaged. Local, state, and tribal governments are eligible to compete for awards that average $500,000, subject to funding availability. Proposals can include solutions that address conditions in the built environment; strengthening connections to care; or improving food security and social connectedness at the policy, system, or environmental level. An implementation plan to carry out the proposed project is required. Cost-sharing or matching funding is not required. Optional letters of intent are due May 31, 2023, and applications are due June 30, 2023. See the notice of funding opportunity for more information about the project, to attend the webinar on May 11, 2023, and to submit questions about the grant. The program includes workforce training, tools, and implementation support. The notice of funding opportunity is estimated to be released in October 2023.


$1 Billion in Federal Funding for Updating Building Energy Codes

Significant support for greening state and local building codes.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced its Technical Assistance for the Adoption of Building Energy Codes funding of $1 billion to support state and local governments in adopting updated building energy codes or standards for commercial and residential buildings. This unprecedented commitment of funding aims to support capacity-building at the state and local level to develop, adopt, and enforce model codes. The program includes workforce training, tools, and implementation support. The notice of funding opportunity is estimated to be released in October 2023. Program information is available at Energy.gov or email IRACodes@hq.doe.gov with questions.


Anticipated EPA Grant for Water Systems Serving Small or Disadvantaged Communities

EPA funding to level the playing field for addressing emerging contaminants such as “forever chemicals”.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon be releasing $2 billion for its Emerging Contaminants in Small or Disadvantaged Communities grant program. The program provides small, rural, and disadvantaged communities with funding for assessing source water and improving public water system infrastructure to address emerging contaminants including “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Grants will be awarded noncompetitively and neither cost-sharing nor a match is required. The notice of funding opportunity is anticipated to be released in the fall of 2023. EPA’s program website provides more information including an allocation formula, definitions of small and disadvantaged communities, details about eligible project types, and more.

The notice of funding opportunity is anticipated to be released in the fall of 2023.

For more information on the program, contact Lida Daly, daly.lida@epa.gov, or Yvonne Gonzalez, gonzalez.yvonne@epa.gov.


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Funding Opportunities and Updates | February 17, 2023

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Its Anticipated 2023 Dates for Multiple Grant Programs

This is what it looks like when Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding hits the ground.

U.S. DOT has shared the anticipated release dates for multiple competitive transportation grant programs. Take a look, and get these dates on your calendar today!

 Opening Date

NOFO Operating Administration/Office
Winter 2023 Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Federal Highway Administration
March–April 2023 Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Program Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
April 2023 Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program Office of the Secretary
April 2023 Ferry Programs: Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Program; Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program; Passenger Ferry Boat Program Federal Transit Administration
May 2023 Transit-Oriented Development Pilot Program Federal Transit Administration
Spring 2023 Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity (MegaINFRA, and Rural) Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Spring 2023 Thriving Communities Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Late Spring 2023 Reconnecting Communities Program and Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program Office of the Secretary/Federal Highway Administration
Late Spring/Early Summer 2023 Fueling Aviation’s Sustainable Transition through Sustainable Aviation Fuels (FAST-SAF) and Technology (FAST-Tech) Programs Federal Aviation Administration
July 2023 All Stations Accessibility Program Federal Transit Administration
July 2023 Rail Vehicle Replacement Program Federal Transit Administration
Summer 2023 Bridge Investment Program Federal Highway Administration
Summer 2023 Railroad Crossing Elimination Program Federal Railroad Administration
Fall 2023 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements Grant Program Federal Railroad Administration
Fall 2023 Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Winter 2023–2024 National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grants Federal Highway Administration


$100 Million Available in Federal Environmental Justice Grants

Applications due April 10

Funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, EPA is offering $100 million in environmental justice (EJ) grants. These include the EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving Program and the EJ Government-to-Government Program. Grants range from $150,000 to $1 million. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on climate change, disaster resilience, health impact assessments and rural areas.

EPA defines EJ as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” EJ is a rapidly evolving area of public policy, and addresses a wide range of concerns, from emergency preparedness to air quality. Historically, EPA EJ grants have been smaller. The awards being offered this year are larger due to the Inflation Reduction Act. Learn more at this website.


Federal Transit Administration Areas of Persistent Poverty Program

Applications due March 10

$20 million is available to support transit improvements in targeted areas.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is offering $20 million in grants to support transit improvements in what FTA terms “Areas of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Communities.” Curious about whether your community qualifies? Check out FTA’s map. The minimum federal share for successful projects is not less than 90%, meaning local match is 10% or less. For more specifics, check out the program’s website.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | October 4, 2022

They’re Here! 2023 EPA Brownfields Program Grant Applications

Due November 22, 2022

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened its 2023 brownfields grant competition, and applications are due November 22 for the first of five years of elevated funding. For a quick overview of what’s on tap, see this handy table. For grant guidelines, visit EPA’s website featuring Solicitations for Brownfield Grants.

BLUF (bottom line up front):

  • Due to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, an unprecedented amount of funding is available this year through federal fiscal year 2026.
  • Brownfield grants are competitive—start early (and if you haven’t started, early means now). If this isn’t your year, next year could very well be.
  • Reach out, make friends, ask questions! Your best ally is someone who has been there, done that. Writing a grant is like learning a foreign language—each funding source has different requirements and institutional preferences.


FEMA BRIC Grants and FMA Funds

Applications opened September 30, 2022, and will close January 27, 2023

Up to $2.295 billion is available in Building Resilience Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grants that support states, Tribal, and territorial governments as they reduce risks from disasters and natural hazards. Local governments, nonprofits, and special districts can apply as subapplicants. For more information, contact your state hazard mitigation office.

For this year’s BRIC competition, FEMA is prioritizing capacity building activities that enhance the ability of the workforce to expand or improve mitigation assistance. Targeted subcategories are listed below:

  • Building codes
  • Partnerships
  • Project scoping
  • Hazard mitigation planning and planning-related activities

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program offers support for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program. These can include project scoping, technical assistance, community flood mitigation projects, or structure and property-specific flood mitigation projects.

For more information, visit FEMA’s website featuring hazard mitigation opportunities, and make sure to look at the “before you apply” page for both FMA and BRIC funds.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | August 29, 2022

Dispatches from the 2022 National Brownfields Training Conference in OKC

Bottom line: Brownfield redevelopment amid climate change and shifting economic development needs requires attention to increased complexity.

MFA’s senior planner, Seth Otto, attended the National Brownfields Training Conference in Oklahoma City August 16–19. This is the largest, most comprehensive conference for brownfields redevelopment practitioners in the U.S. Seth sent a dispatch, fresh from the front lines:

  • Brownfields grants are coming! US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brownfields grant guidelines for multipurpose, assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants are anticipated to be released in mid-September and due in mid-November. Mark your calendars and get started now.
  • New priorities in this year’s grant competition. EPA has set aside several million dollars for community wide assessment grants for communities that are first-time grantees. Solar and electric vehicle charging stations may also receive renewed attention as reuse objectives.
  • Shovel-ready certification. Cleanup grants will require a shovel-ready letter from the applicant’s state agency indicating that the site is eligible to enter (or has entered) into the state’s voluntary cleanup program and that sufficient characterization has been completed.
  • More funding, more grants. EPA has more funding to award this year due to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. See this website for details. MFA Senior Planner Sarah Sieloff is available to brainstorm, discuss, and address questions.
  • Hot topics. Planning and community engagement received ample airtime at this year’s National Brownfields Training Conference. EPA recognizes these as critical elements in any brownfield redevelopment project and expects to see more of these in work plans. Among other changes, look for forthcoming guidance from EPA about direct payment to community stakeholders to support engagement in outreach activities. This is likely to be seen as part of meeting environmental justice objectives under the brownfields program.
  • Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). A great deal of regulatory uncertainty continues to surround PFAS, and it was a hot topic at this year’s conference with several sessions focused on mitigating risk and taking advantage of cost recovery opportunities.
  • Heading to Detroit in 2023. The global pandemic delayed this year’s National Brownfields Training Conference by two years, but EPA is back in the saddle, and the conference is headed to Detroit in 2023. Mark your calendars, and we’ll see you there!
Funding Opportunities and Updates | August 1, 2022

NOAA Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants, Due September 6

$85 million is available in fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022) via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support habitat restoration and coastal resilience.  Priorities of this program include the following:

  • Rebuilding productive, sustainable fisheries
  • Promoting the recovery and conservation of threatened or endangered species
  • Using natural infrastructure to reduce flood and storm damage
  • Promoting resilient ecosystems and communities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will prioritize habitat-based approaches that strengthen ecosystems and community resilience.  Funding is available to nonprofits; commercial (for-profit) organizations; and Tribal, state, local, and territorial governments.  Institutions of higher education are also eligible to apply.

Award amounts range from $1 million to $15 million, with an implementation period of three years. For more information, check out the Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants program webpage.


NOAA Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities, Due September 30

$10 million in funding is available to support habitat restoration and resilience awards for underserved communities.  NOAA will accept proposals between $75,000 and $1 million to support capacity building and implementation activities over a three year period.  Through this program, NOAA seeks to build the ability of underserved communities to engage in habitat restoration activities that promote resilient ecosystems and communities.

For more information, check out the Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity.


USDOT Opens Applications for New Safe Streets and Roads for All Program, Due September 15

Safe Streets and Roads for All is a new federal program funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  With $1 billion available this year and another $4 billion available over the next four years, this program offers planning and implementation grants that support metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, Tribes, and multijurisdictional groups comprised of these entities in:

  • Developing or updating a comprehensive safety action plan
  • Conducting planning, design, or development activities in support of an action plan
  • Implementing projects and strategies identified in an action plan

An action planning grant could include the following:

  • Safety analyses of existing conditions and historical trends
  • Developing a planning structure, such as a task force or implementation group to oversee action plan development, implementation, and monitoring
  • Updating policies and processes to identify opportunities to improve transportation safety
  • Strategy and project selection

An implementation grant could include the following:

  • Transforming a roadway corridor with safety improvements
  • Installing pedestrian safety enhancements
  • Conducting public outreach and engagement to identify problem areas
  • Implementing speed management strategies

Applications are due September 15, 2022.  For more details and a link to the Notice of Funding Opportunity, check out the Safe Streets and Roads for All program webpage.


USDOT Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program, Applications Due October 4

Still more funding is available via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law!  In fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022), the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $573 million to support projects that improve railroad crossings.  Funding will be available at roughly this level through fiscal year 2026; eligible applicants include states, local governments, Tribes, ports, metropolitan planning organizations, and multijurisdictional groups comprised of these entities.

These funds can support track relocation; improvement or installation of signals, signs, and other safety devices; overpasses or underpasses; and planning, design, and environmental review for eligible projects.  At least 20 percent of available funding will go to rural and Tribal areas.

For more information and the Notice of Funding Opportunity, see the Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program webpage.


USDOT Now Accepting Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program Applications, Due October 13

This exciting new program, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides funds for planning and construction to mitigate physical and functional divisions in communities that are caused by highways, roads, railroad tracks, pipelines, airports, and other infrastructure.  Read more about this grant in our June 27, 2022, update.

Applications are due October 13.  For more information and the Notice of Funding Opportunity, check out the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program website.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | June 27, 2022

Look Ahead: USDOT Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program

This summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will launch its Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. This program will provide funding for planning and capital construction to mitigate physical and functional divisions within communities that are caused by highways, roads, railroad tracks, pipelines, airports, and other infrastructure. Funds can be used to investigate the feasibility or proceed with the construction of efforts to remove, retrofit, or mitigate an existing barrier that divides a community and creates barriers to connectivity, mobility, access, or economic development.

Planning efforts might include:

  • Studies of traffic patterns and the surrounding street network
  • Studies of the capacity of existing transportation networks to maintain mobility needs
  • An analysis of alternative roadway designs or other uses for the right-of-way
  • Effect of removal, retrofit, or mitigation on safety, and/or the mobility of freight and people
  • The anticipated economic impact and any economic development opportunities that would be created by removal, retrofit, or mitigation
  • The environmental impacts of retaining or reconstructing the facility and the anticipated effect of the proposed alternative use or roadway design

Capital construction grants can be used for projects for which all necessary studies and planning activities have been completed in preparation to remove, retrofit, mitigate, or replace an existing facility. Replacement projects will focus on developing new facilities that enhance mobility and promote economic development and access.

How much funding is available?

The pilot is funded for the next five years, with $50 million available per year to support planning efforts (grants can fund up to 80 percent of project costs and maximum award amounts are $2 million per recipient), and $145 to 155 million is available to support construction (grants can fund up to 50 percent of project costs, and no less than $5 million per project).

Technical assistance is also available for economically disadvantaged communities. This is not a grant; this is focused help for building organizational or community capacity to engage in transportation planning and identify innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges. Technical assistance is a great way to prepare your community or organization to apply for these funds next year.

Who is eligible to apply?


  • States
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Tribes
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Nonprofits

Partnerships between any of the above and the owner of the infrastructure or facility at the heart of the grant (which can be a private party) are also eligible to apply.


Owners of infrastructure or facilities, which may include private sector actors, are eligible to apply.

For both planning and construction applications, USDOT is encouraging applicants to form partnerships. Here are some examples of what a partnership and project could look like:

  • A state DOT, city government, and local community foundation propose construction to remove a section of aging interstate highway and redesign the space for a new boulevard.
  • A federally recognized Tribal government, several community-based organizations, and a county DOT seek funds to address limited transportation options.
  • A metropolitan planning organization, local government, and public transportation provider apply for funds to construct accessible pedestrian bridges or a major thoroughfare to enable access to transit stops and stations.
  • A county DOT, a town, and several nonprofits apply for planning funds to reconfigure a state highway that bifurcates the town.

These are only examples, but they illustrate the depth and breadth of partnerships that will help make an application competitive.

What are my next steps?

Sign up to receive USDOT email updates so that you know when an application becomes available.

Start thinking about potential projects and partnerships. USDOT offers helpful tips on this page.

USDOT’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) is targeted at smaller applicants but is a great resource for anyone. Check out ROUTES resources and a matrix of USDOT funding sources at this link.


Look Ahead: FY23 Brownfield Grant Applications Anticipated This Fall

In just a few months, EPA will gear up to accept applications for its next round of brownfield grants. Expect a call for applications in September, with proposals due after 60 days, and awards made in spring 2023. If your community could benefit from a brownfield grant, the time to start planning is now.

The $1.2-trillion infrastructure bill that passed in November 2021 provides $1.5 billion for brownfield grants and loans under EPA’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants over the next five years ($300 million per year, fiscal year 2022–2027). This is in addition to and a significant increase over the funding Congress appropriates annually. The anticipated amount per award is yet to be announced, pending EPA policy decisions. For more details, see this flyer from EPA.

These increased grant resources present a generational opportunity to advance environmental cleanup, local economic development, housing, parks, and more.

What are my next steps?

Start thinking about your existing needs and which grants might offer a fit. Because there is so much more funding available, it is likely that this year’s grants will be larger. Demonstrating the capacity to manage a grant is always a key component of any application. With larger grants, capacity is going to be even more critical to making applications competitive. Therefore, it’s valuable to consider applying with partners. For example, if you’re a city or town, consider working with your county or regional development organization. Think about how you can benefit from these funds without necessarily serving as the lead applicant. Do you have questions about how to approach this, or about any other aspect of these grants? We’re happy to answer questions and connect people with resources. Get in touch with MFA Senior Planner Sarah Sieloff to learn more.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | May 31, 2022

EPA Announces Additional Brownfield Resources in Washington and Oregon

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Business Oregon and the Washington State Department of Commerce each received $3.9 million in additional funds to bolster their brownfield revolving loan fund programs. This is exciting, because brownfield revolving loans are available to private and public borrowers. To learn more, check out our Washington page.

In addition, EPA announced grant awards totaling over $8 million through its Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants to 14 brownfield redevelopment projects in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Maul, Foster & Alongi, Inc., was honored to assist the City of Lincoln City with its successful community-wide assessment grant application. To learn more about the projects receiving grants, check out the project fact sheets. Congratulations to all the awardees!


Active People, Healthy Nation Champions Institute—Applications Due June 10, 2022

Smart Growth America is accepting applications for its third round of the Active People, Healthy Nation Champions Institute. This technical assistance and peer learning program is designed to help local elected officials become effective champions for downtown revitalization, transportation planning that supports safe access for all road users, and other local initiatives.

Participants will be selected in July 2022, and the program will launch in September. It will include six virtual two-hour learning sessions between September and December 2022, with up to one hour of reading between sessions. From January to June 2023, participants will each plan and begin to implement a local initiative based on what they’ve learned. This second phase will include two virtual 90-minute discussion sessions, as well as a brief final written report summarizing challenges, successes, and next steps.

Applications are due June 10, 2022. For more information, visit this site.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | April 28, 2022

USDOT Releases Anticipated Dates for Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFO)

Applications for different kinds of transportation grants will open throughout 2022.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently updated its list of anticipated release dates for NOFOs, some of which come as early as May. Via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, USDOT controls $200 billion in grant funds. Ben McMakin at Crossroads Strategies notes that “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds transportation projects at historically high levels through 2026, and with DOT’s anticipated NOFO release dates in hand, now is the time for communities to start planning their applications to bring this funding home. Every community has mobility and transportation challenges, so every community can find a use for this funding.” If your community is considering applying for USDOT grants, now is the time to begin planning. Get in touch with us to see how we can help.

NOFO Release Dates

Month NOFO Agency
May Transit-Oriented Development Pilot Program Federal Transit Administration
May Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program Office of the Secretary of Transportation
May Bridge Investment Program Federal Highway Administration
June Railroad Crossing Elimination Program Federal Railroad Administration
June Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program Office of the Secretary of Transportation
July All Stations Accessibility Program Federal Transit Administration
July Rail Vehicle Replacement Program Federal Transit Administration
Summer National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program Federal Highway Administration
August Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements Grant Program Federal Railroad Administration
September Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program Office of the Secretary of Transportation


Brownfield Redevelopment and Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF)

Treasury offers clarity around use of these funds to support brownfield redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization.

The U.S. Treasury’s final rule governing use of COVID recovery funds came into effect on April 1, 2022. The rule allows for use of SLFRF to support environmental remediation, greening, and conversion of brownfields to affordable housing. With some limits, demolition is also a permissible expense.

Read more


Port Infrastructure Development Program

The USDOT’s Maritime Administration is competitively awarding funding to support the safety, efficiency, or reliability of goods to, from, and within ports. Following passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, funding in FY2022 is almost double previous levels. Applications are due May 16, 2022.

The Port Infrastructure Development Program funds competitive grants at coastal seaports and inland river ports. Competitive applications should align with USDOT’s seven strategic goals, which were updated in 2021 and include equity, as well as climate and sustainability.  This shift in DOT’s priorities is reflective of greater federal emphasis on social and economic equity, as well as climate change. Not sure how to link these to your project?  Multiple tools are available. Contact us for additional information.

More information about Port Infrastructure Development Program grants is available at this link.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | August 20, 2021

EDA Announces $3 Billion in Grants Under the American Rescue Plan

Funds can support infrastructure, planning, workforce development, and more.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently released $3 billion in grants under the American Rescue Plan. These funds can support infrastructure planning and development, workforce development, and regional economic collaboration and are divided into six programs aimed at assisting tribes, states, local governments, special purpose districts, universities, and nonprofits:

1.     Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks ($90 million): Build networks that support stakeholders working on EDA’s investment priorities (applications due October 31, 2021)

2.     Build Back Better Regional Challenge ($1 billion): Build regional economic clusters (potentially involving several industries) (Phase 1 due October 19, 2021, Phase 2 due March 15, 2022)

3.     Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation ($750 million): Accelerate recovery in communities that rely on tourism and related industries (due March 15, 2022)

4.     Economic Adjustment Assistance ($500 million): Support infrastructure, public works, and planning projects (due March 15, 2022)

5.     Indigenous Communities ($100 million): Facilitate recovery in indigenous communities (due March 15, 2022)

6.     Good Jobs Challenge ($500 million): Strengthen workforce development systems and partnerships (due January 26, 2022)

Who’s eligible to apply? Public sector organizations, tribes, universities, quasi-public and nonprofit entities are eligible to apply for most of these grants.

What about match? Most grants do not require a match, although a match can make applications more competitive. EDA programs are usually flexible about in-kind matches. For more information, see the specific notices of funding opportunities.

Some of these deadlines are coming up quickly. Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc., has been gathering information about these programs and can help advise about their potential fit for your organization. If you would like to learn more about these programs or are interested in applying, please contact Sarah Sieloff, senior planner.

Legislative Updates

The Infrastructure Bill passed by the U.S. Senate on August 10 authorizes significant funding for a variety of sectors and project types, including:

  • $110 billion for roads and bridges
  • $11 billion for safety
  • $39.2 billion for public transit
  • $65 billion for broadband
  • $17.3 billion for ports and waterways
  • $25 billion for airports
  • $55 billion for water infrastructure
  • $73 billion for energy and grid
  • $46 billion for resilience
  • $66 billion for rail

The bill also authorizes significant funding for brownfield redevelopment, including $1.5 billion for brownfields over 5 years ($300 million annually) from 2022 to 2026. That total includes $1.2 billion for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield grants, and $300 million for grants to states (also known as CERCLA 128(a) grants).

If funded, this authorization could significantly increase the size of EPA Brownfield grants. The legislation specifies:

  • Cleanup grants up to $5 million each (currently, these are capped at $500,000 per site)
  • Multipurpose grants up to $10 million each (currently capped at $800,000 per grant)
  • $10 million each for Community-Wide Assessment grants with no limitation on cost per individual site assessment (currently capped at $300,000 per grant)
  • $10 million each for capitalizing Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds (currently capped at $1 million)
  • $1 million each for Environmental Workforce grants

Details are available on pages 2,594–2,597 of the bill’s text.

What’s next for the Infrastructure Bill? The bill now heads to the House, and both chambers will begin working toward budget reconciliation, a process that could take months. The process of getting dollars to federal agencies, and eventually to local governments, will also take time. While the Infrastructure Bill authorizes substantial investments, actual funding must come via a separate appropriations bill.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | May 12, 2021

“Build Back Better”: the Biden Administration’s Agenda to Rescue, Recover, and Rebuild the Country

When the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, it represented the third COVID-19-related federal law (following on the heels of the CARES Act of March 2020 and the Coronavirus Relief and Supplemental Appropriations Act of December 2020), adding $1.9 trillion in relief to individuals, businesses, and government entities. It was also the first step in President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, intended to provide relief and economic support, implement steps to contain the COVID-19 virus, and start the country on a path toward economic recovery. In addition to providing $195 billion to state governments, the ARP included $130 billion for local governments, an additional $10 billion for state and local government capital projects, and an additional $3 billion for the Federal Economic Development Administration (FEDA). FEDA’s role is to provide grants to economically distressed communities to generate new jobs and stimulate industrial and commercial growth and development. As a result of the passage of the ARP, many local governments now have the chance to begin building back their economies after devastating losses caused by the pandemic.

The next step in the Build Back Better plan is the American Jobs Plan, introduced by President Biden on March 31. This plan is intended to make significant investment in America by creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure, and positioning the country to become more competitive in the global marketplace. One focus area of the plan is investment in infrastructure, from highways, bridges, ports, and airports to water, electric, and high-speed broadband. For counties, cities, ports, and other local governments, this plan could make available significant additional funding to help update, improve, and develop infrastructure systems necessary to sustain and improve our communities. As the political negotiations swirl around the fate of this proposed law over the course of the next several months, local entities can use this time to evaluate their capital improvement programs, identifying and positioning their infrastructure projects to take advantage of this funding, should it become available.

A third significant component of the Build Back Better plan is the American Families Plan. This plan is geared toward investment in education, health care, and childcare, with the aim of improving inclusivity, quality of life, and economic possibilities for middle-class families across the U.S. The three main initiatives of the American Families Plan are to increase access to and make education more affordable; provide economic security for families through expanded childcare benefits; and expand tax provisions that benefit workers and families, such as the Child and Dependent Care and Earned Income Tax Credit.

Information on all three aspects of the administration’s Build Back Better plan is available at www.whitehouse.gov/american-jobs-plan.

MFA offers free economic stimulus webinar May 27

Learn how to position your agency and community to receive stimulus funding: attend a quick, informative webinar presented by Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc., in partnership with Crossroads Strategies, LLC. Our multidisciplinary team will show you how to navigate the competitive grant funding and financing processes to help push your infrastructure improvement plans forward.

This virtual webinar will be hosted via Zoom on Thursday, May 27, from noon to 1 p.m. Join us to learn about:

  • Positioning your agency and community to receive funding through federal stimulus programs
  • What it means to get your project “shovel ready”
  • How federal funds may be funneled through existing state funding programs
  • Possible funding availability and timing
  • Eligibility for specific grant programs
  • Capital projects likely to have economic and job growth outcomes
  • Capital project readiness and prioritization for competitive funding

The webinar is free to all attendees. You must register at https://www.maulfoster.com/the-2021-economic-stimulus-webinar to attend.

USDA seeks grant applications to expand distance learning and telemedicine access for rural areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to improve access to distance learning and telemedicine in rural areas. Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov no later than June 4, 2021.

Up to $44.5 million is available nationwide this year through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program. The grants can be used to finance telecommunications equipment, computer networks, and advanced technologies to support virtual job training, academic instruction, or access to specialized medical care in rural areas.

Most state and local government entities, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, for-profit businesses, or consortia of these are eligible to apply. Find more information on this grant and the application process.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | October 20, 2020

Crossroads Strategies 2021 Policy Outlook

As the 2020 campaign season enters its waning days, Crossroads Strategies has provided this broad overview of policy issues in the next Congress and how the outcomes of the upcoming elections might impact their consideration. CRS will provide additional in-depth analysis of more specific policy issues in the weeks following November 3rd. Read the report.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | September 10, 2020

Vote on “Skinny” COVID-19 Relief Bill Blocked

Senate Republicans’ targeted COVID-19 relief package that was introduced last Monday failed on a mostly party line vote on Thursday. The legislation included liability protections for businesses and schools; $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits through December 27, 2020; an additional round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program; funding for schools across the country; and $10 billion for the United States Postal Service.

The vote was mostly along party lines. Democrats said the measure shortchanged many pressing needs and objected to reductions previously approved by Republicans. It is anyone’s guess as to whether the two parties will return to the negotiating table before the election. Meanwhile, the $300 jobless benefit from the Trump administration is running out with unemployment increasing because of health issues and an economy that is still struggling.


2021 Federal Stimulus Likely to Focus on “Shovel Ready” Infrastructure Projects

Maul Foster & Alongi’s Washington, D.C.-based partner, Crossroads Strategies, tells us that not much is likely to happen in Congress this fall, but we should all be prepared for federal stimulus programs and grants in early 2021. These programs and grants could look markedly different depending on the outcomes of federal elections, so we are encouraged to remain flexible as we plan for a new round of funding next year.

Projects that will be successfully funded will likely be those that are “shovel ready,” meaning projects that have advanced into their design and permitting processes and are poised for construction. Therefore, it may be prudent for public entities to move their critical projects to this phase as quickly as possible.

Future grants will likely focus on traditional infrastructure investment such as roads, marine facilities, and utilities. Depending on outcomes of the 2020 elections, there may also be a strong emphasis on environmental protection and projects that address the impacts of climate change.

We recommend monitoring the potential reinstatement of federal environmental regulations, either via Congress or executive action.

The federal programs and grants we are monitoring include:

Funding Opportunities and Updates | July 14, 2020

Congress to Begin Negotiations on Next COVID Relief Package

Senate Republicans are expected to propose a new COVID-19 relief package soon. Early indications are that this bill will contain between $1 and $2 trillion in new funding—at least $1 trillion less than the House’s proposed package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.

Senate Republicans are expected to include the following in their proposed COVID-19 relief package:

  • Additional individual assistance: Senate Republicans have indicated a second round of direct payments to individuals is under consideration. The Senate bill may be similar to the HEROES Act language, with direct payment of $1,200 per person and up to $5,000 per family.
  • Extended unemployment benefits: Senate Republicans may propose extended federal unemployment benefits through January 2021, though potentially at a level below the current $600 per week in additional benefits adopted in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senate Republicans are also discussing a “Return to Work” bonus to encourage individuals to resume available jobs.
  • Assistance to states and local governments: With many states in fiscal duress, Senate Republicans are expected to propose additional assistance to states and local governments below the House-proposed level of nearly $1 trillion for states, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Technical changes, eligibility expansions, and additional funding are under consideration. One proposal apparently gaining traction is a bipartisan effort to aid the restaurant industry through the PPP.
  • Healthcare: Senate COVID-19 legislation will provide additional funding to support testing for the virus and provide funds for hospitals.
  • Education: Senate Republicans will emphasize opening schools in the fall, with additional funding to aid local schools.
  • Defense: Senate Republicans are likely to provide significant funding for Section 3610 of the CARES Act to address problems with numerous Department of Defense (DoD) contracts and with the industrial base related to COVID. It is speculated that the DoD has identified a need for approximately $40 billion to address COVID-related program challenges.

Despite the anticipated struggle to reach agreement on the next COVID relief package in July and early August, members of Congress in both bodies seem to desire agreement and outcomes that are beneficial for the nation. Many members are looking for a bipartisan outcome like the CARES Act, which was widely viewed as Congress at its best, coming together for the country. That same spirit should result in a bipartisan COVID relief bill that President Trump will sign as Congress breaks for August, the political conventions, and approaching national election.


Paycheck Protection Program Extended to Aug. 8

On July 4, President Trump signed legislation that extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) until August 8, 2020. The legislation passed by unanimous consent in both the House and the Senate. The program, which is administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration, has over $100 billion available for use.


Funding Opportunities and Updates | June 2, 2020

McConnell: Additional Federal Relief Package Likely

On May 26, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Congress will likely have to pass an additional coronavirus relief package in the coming weeks, though he did not commit to a hard timeline.

Leader McConnell said the potential relief package will have a narrower scope than the recently passed House package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The HEROES Act approves about $3 trillion in new federal spending, including a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks; $200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers; six additional months of COVID-19 unemployment; funding for state, local, and tribal governments, and food and housing assistance.

The Majority Leader stated he believes an additional relief package will include liability protections for doctors and businesses across the country, additional funding for state and local governments that have seen expenses increase and revenues decline as a result of COVID-19, and an extension of  unemployment insurance that is funded for as long as needed.


Ports and Federal Recovery Legislation

The status of ports under this funding plan and under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in general is unclear. Port supporters have lobbied to have ports, as local governments, explicitly named as eligible funding recipients. However, the references to population in the CARES Act suggest that the bill’s authors view “municipalities” as cities and towns. Ports could be eligible to receive funding through states, counties, and cities. This will be an important point of clarification as legislation and regulations are developed.


HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant Funds Available

The CARES Act provides for up to $100 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic for emergencies that constitute imminent threats to health and safety. These funds will be administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and provided as grants to eligible Indian tribes.

There is no application deadline. Click here for more information on these funds and the grant application process.


USDA Business and Industry CARES Act Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the pandemic. Entities that may be eligible for these guarantees include for-profit businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, federally recognized tribes, and public bodies.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2021, or until funds are expended. Learn more and apply at www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-and-industry-cares-act-program.

Attend an upcoming Business and Industry CARES Act program webinar:

Register Now| Wednesday, June 3, 2 p.m. Eastern Time


USDA Funds Available for Strategic Economic and Community Development

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support regional economic and community development planning. Funding is authorized through a Farm Bill provision for applications submitted through Community Facilities Loans, Grants, and Loan Guarantees; Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants, and Loan Guarantees; and Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees.

Funds must be obligated by June 30, 2020.

For more information on requirements and application deadlines, visit www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/strategic-economic-and-community-development. Information is available in English and Spanish.


National League of Cities Kicks Off Federal Funding Advocacy Campaign

The National League of Cities (NLC) is advocating for at least $500 million in federal funding to help cities, towns, and villages get direct federal dollars that will facilitate our country’s reopening and help restart the local and national economies.

Find more information on NLC’s advocacy, take action, and discover municipal tools and resources at https://covid19.nlc.org/cities-are-essential/.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | May 14, 2020

Department of Commerce Announces Economic Development Assistance Program

On May 7, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the creation of the CARES Act economic development assistance program.

The program will be administered through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) at Commerce, which received $1.5 billion in economic assistance grant funding under the CARES Act. Grants will be made through the EDA’s Economic Adjustment Assistance program, which will assess the needs of local and regional stakeholders.

The grants are expected to support a range of construction and nonconstruction projects in communities across the country.

Visit the EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance page for more information and application requirements.

America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020

On April 21, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tom Carper (D-DE) released drafts of two pieces of water infrastructure legislation. The bills include draft water resources development legislation, titled America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, and draft drinking water legislation, titled the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. Both draft bills build on the bipartisan success of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which passed Congress and was signed into law by President Trump.

The bills were scheduled for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in late April. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) serves as a minority member on the committee.

Relevant bill sections include:

  • Section 1058. Report on barriers to infrastructure development at United States ports. This section requires the Secretary, within 180 days of enactment of this Act and in consultation with all relevant federal agencies, to submit a report on the barriers to infrastructure and capital improvement projects faced by ports and port authorities. The report must also examine the impact those barriers have on the strategic competitiveness of ports of the United States and provide recommendations to reduce those barriers.
  • Section 3002. Grants to ports to reduce emissions from waterborne vessels. This section authorizes the USEPA to spend $20 million for each fiscal year 2021 and 2022 for grants to reduce emissions coming from waterborne vessels docked at U.S. ports.

Northwest States Receive Fisheries Assistance

On May 7, the Department of Commerce announced the allocation of $300 million for assistance to fishery participants for individual states, tribes, and territories. The Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation advocated strenuously for funding, and the West Coast secured more than one-third of available funding.

  • Alaska: $50 million
  • California: $18.35 million
  • Oregon: $15.98 million
  • Washington: $50 million
  • Federally recognized tribes on the West Coast: $5.09 million
  • Federally recognized tribes in Alaska: $1 million

Unfortunately, the State of Idaho did not meet the threshold for assistance.

These allocations will be used to address direct or indirect fishery-related losses as well as subsistence, cultural, or ceremonial impacts related to COVID-19.

California Borrows Money from Federal Government Amid Rising Unemployment Claims

California has become the first state to borrow money from the federal government as it struggles to continue paying out unemployment benefits. The state borrowed $348 million from the Treasury Department last week and received approval to borrow up to a total of $10 billion through the end of July. The money is to be used solely for unemployment benefits.

Other states have received approval for loans but have not yet borrowed. Illinois has been approved for $12.6 billion and Connecticut for $1.1 billion. Both states will use the money for their unemployment insurance funds.

If unemployment claims continue to rise, additional states are expected to follow suit. At least 20 states and jurisdictions do not currently have enough money in their unemployment coffers to pay benefits through a one-year recession.