The following list represents current grant opportunities that may apply to local governments in Southeast Michigan. It is not an exhaustive list, but a compilation of opportunities made available to SEMCOG.

SEMCOG report: Community and Economic Development Resource Guide for Local Governments

This report identifies grants and other resources available to communities for housing and neighborhood stabilization, community revitalization, and economic development. It provides a brief overview of key formula and competitive grants available to local communities from federal and state agencies generally associated with community and economic development. The guide also includes a number of technical assistance and loan programs that local communities can use to supplement other resources.

Community and Economic Development

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) - FY 2015 Economic Development Assistance Programs

Deadlines: March 12, 2015 for funding cycle 2 of FY 2015; June 12, 2015 for funding cycle 3 of FY 2015

Under this federal funding opportunity (FFO), EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

Farm to School Grant Program - U.S. Department of Agriculture

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The USDA anticipates awarding approximately $6 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. There are four eligible grant tracks: Support Service, Implementation, Planning, and Training. The grant tracks are individually awarded and are not intended to be sequential sources of funding. Award amounts range from $15,000 - $100,000. A 25% match is required but can be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs.  

Employment and Training Administration - American Apprenticeships Initiative

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the department, or we), announces the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds authorized by Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (codified at 29 USC 2916a), for the American Apprenticeship Initiative. This initiative is intended to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country’s particular economic, industry and workforce needs. American Apprenticeships (also referred to as Registered Apprenticeships) are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Approximately $100 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 25 grants. Grant awards will range from $2.5 - 5 million. Grant awards will be made only to the extent that funds are available. 

U.S. OSHA - Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

Deadline: June 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA is accepting 2015 applications for targeted-topic training grants and capacity-building training grants under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. A total of $3.5 million is available for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, tribal organizations, and colleges and universities. The grants will fund training and education for workers and employers to help them identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Assets for Independence Demonstration Program

Deadline: June 15, 2015

The Assets for Independence program is administering $11,250,000 for projects that provide individual development accounts and related services to low-income individuals to help fund assets such as a first home, a business, or post-secondary education or training. Grantees are encouraged to tailor the strategies and services they offer to the needs and opportunities in their community.

Thirty-five projects are expected to be awarded with a ceiling of $1,000,000 and a floor of $10,000. A 50% non-federal cost share is required.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - 
Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites

Deadline for Letter of Intent: May 20, 2015

Deadline for Applications: June 22, 2015

The purpose of this program is to increase responsive public health actions by promoting healthy and safe environments and preventing harmful exposures related to contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites. These projects will increase capacity to identify, address, and improve community health in revitalizing Brownfield/Land Reuse sites and communities, ensuring that particular attention is paid to identifying health issues prior to redevelopment and/or assessing changes in community health associated with reuse plans and redevelopment.

The CDC will be releasing four grants with an average award of $150,000. Cost-share is not required.

National Science Foundation - STEM + Computing Partnerships

Deadline: March 8, 2016

The STEM + Computing (STEM+C) Partnerships program seeks to advance a 21st century conceptualization of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that includes computing. The “+ Computing” notation emphasizes that computing is integral to the practice  of all  the other STEM disciplines. In this solicitation,computing refers to the whole set of fundamental concepts  and skills that will allow students to creatively apply and adapt  computation across a range of application domains, to “bend digital technology to one's needs,  purposes, and will.  

STEM+C invites creative and innovative proposals that address emerging challenges in the learning and teaching of STEM and computing. The program offers $43 million in awards for two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building.

National Resource Network - New Solutions for Cities

Deadline: Rolling

The National Resource Network (the Network) is a core component of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative. It develops and delivers innovative solutions to American cities to help address their toughest economic challenges. The Network works with local leaders to identify practical solutions, share real-world expertise and best practices, and help cities develop tools and strategies needed to grow their economies.

Funded with $10 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Network leverages the expertise, partnerships, and resources of the public and private sectors to help cities comprehensively tackle their most pressing challenges. The Network provides cities with customized tools and advice to build strategic partnerships, strengthen economic competitiveness, and marshal public and private sector resources.

The National Resource Network has an open request for applications (RFA) for technical assistance.
View the National Resource Network's Grant Opportunities page.

U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund

Deadline: Rolling

Rural communities looking to make investments on infrastructure projects now have an option for private-sector funding. In an effort to revitalize economies across rural America, CoBank has partnered with Capitol Peak Asset Management to set up the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. Community leaders are encouraged to submit basic project proposals to be considered for financing through CoBank’s initial $10 billion investment in the fund. With CoBank’s upfront funding as a stamp of approval for projects, additional private-sector investors are encouraged to participate. Projects of any size are eligible and criteria for selection may vary.



Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Community Tree Planting Grants

Deadline: June 5, 2015

The DTE Energy Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are partnering once again to fund tree-planting projects across Michigan. A total of $175,000 is available in matching grants of up to $4,000 each, to be awarded on a competitive basis.

Eligible applicants include local units of government, nonprofit organizations, tribes and schools and must be located within the service territory of DTE Energy. Tree-planting projects must occur on public property such as parks, street rights-of-way and school grounds. All grants require a 1-to-1 match, which can be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Development's Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program

Deadline: Rolling

The purpose of the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment, and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. This purpose is achieved by bolstering the existing private credit structure through the guarantee of quality loans which will provide lasting community benefits. A borrower may be a cooperative organization, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity organized and operated on a profit or nonprofit basis; an Indian tribe on a federal or state reservation or other federally recognized tribal group; a public body; or an individual.

For more information, please visit the USDA Business Assistance website.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Great Lakes habitat restoration through Sustain Our Great Lakes

Pre-Proposal Deadline: February 18, 2014
Full Proposal Deadline: April 28, 2015

The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is soliciting pre-proposals to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The program will award grants for on-the-ground habitat improvements, with a focus on improving the quality and connectivity of streams, riparian zones and coastal wetlands. Approximately $5–7 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2015. To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within the Great Lakes basin. Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.


U.S. DOT TIGER 2015 

Pre-Application deadline - May 4, 2015
Final Application deadline - June 5, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $500 Million in Seventh Round of TIGER Funding.

For more information, please visit

U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration- Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)

Deadline: April 22, 2015

Technical Assistance Grants are being provided to local communities and organizations for technical assistance related to pipeline safety issues, including engineering or other scientific analyses, or to promote public participation in official proceedings pertaining to pipeline safety.

 Applications are now being accepted for an estimated total program funding of $1,500,000 with an award ceiling of $100,000.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Port Security Grant Program

Deadline: May 19, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. The FY 2015 PSGP’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas, with specific focus on addressing the security needs of our Nation’s maritime ports. 

All entities subject to an Area Maritime Transportation Security Plan (AMSP) may apply for funding. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to: port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Transit Security Grant Program

Deadline: May 19, 2015

The Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) provides funds to eligible publicly owned
operators of public transportation (which include intra-city bus, commuter bus, ferries,
and all forms of passenger rail) to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

$87,000,000 is available nationally for this award with no cost-share required.

Ongoing grant opportunities

Find, apply for, and track federal grants at

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

MDEQ's Grants and Loans page provides information on grants and loans administered my MDEQ.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The DNR's Grants webpage has several resources, including a list of available grants by type. 

MiRecGrants is Michigan DNR's homebase for local units of government applying for Michigan Recreation Grants. It hosts the creation, management, submission, tracking, and amending of grant applications and awarded grants.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

MEDC's Community Development and Assistance page provides an extensive list of resources and opportunities.

Michigan Department of Transportation

MDOT's Grant Programs page lists a number of ongoing funding programs.

Grant writing resources

American Grant Writers' Association - find information on hiring a Certified Grant Writer.

Grant Writing USA provides grant writing and grant management workshops through the United States.

SEMCOG members may request a scholarship for a two-day workshop on grant writing or grant management. The grant writing covers how to write grant proposals start to finish and how to locate and track relevant grant opportunities. Federal, state, local and non-governmental, private sector grants are covered. You'll learn everything you need to know to get started writing grants. Contact: Susan Stefanski for more information.


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