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Grant Opportunities

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.

New 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. View the report.  

Community and Economic Development

Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Housing Resource Fund Grants
Deadlines: April 4, 2014 (housing component), April 25 (blight component)

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently announced the Housing Resource Fund (HRF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which consists of up to $7 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and up to $4 million in HOME Investment Partnership Act funding. Projects of interest include:

  • Encouragement of the social and economic investments of time, money and energy in existing neighborhoods to keep current residents and attract new ones;
  • Contribution to quality affordable housing production for low and moderate income households in vibrant, diverse, sustainable and walkable neighborhoods; and
  • Promotion of Placemaking -- a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of neighborhood components - building types, spaces, uses, and activities - with public engagement and direction. 

Eligible applicants are Non-Entitlement Local Units of Government (either individually or via a lead applicant/consortium arrangement), Nonprofits, as well as Nonprofit Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). Note: Regional collaborations are encouraged.
Details of the NOFA are available in this PDF document

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Benefit of Homeless Individuals
Deadline: April 25, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH). The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation and community infrastructures that integrate treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for the following: veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness, and other individuals (non-veterans) who experience chronic homelessness. Eligible applicants include:

  • Local governments,
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations,
  • Urban Indian organizations,
  • Public or private universities and colleges, and
  • Community- and faith-based organizations.

There is $9,981,470 of anticipated total available funding. With up to 25 anticipated number of awards, the anticipated award amount is up to $400,000 per year for up to three years. Match is not required. For more information, please visit the SAMHSA website.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
Deadline: May 7, 2014 and July 14, 2014

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) requests applications for grants to administer projects for the national Assets for Independence (AFI) demonstration of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and related services. Grantees use the AFI grants to administer projects that provide IDAs and related services to individuals and families with low incomes. Participants open an IDA and save earned income in the account regularly with the goal of purchasing a first home, capitalizing or expanding a business for self-employment, or attending higher education or training. Eligible applicants include:

  • Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status;
  • State, local, and tribal government agencies;
  • Financial institutions that are designated as a low-income credit unions or community development financial institutions.

Note: The AFI Act specifies that government entities are eligible to apply for an AFI grant only if they submit an application jointly with a non-profit organization that has a 501(c)(3)

There is $12,500,000 of anticipated total available funding. With up to 50 anticipated number of awards, the anticipated award amount is between $10,000 - $1,000,000 per project period with an average of $350,000. Project and budget periods are for five years. Match is required - the federal AFI grant must comprise no more than 50 percent of the total project budget. Please visit the Administration for Children and Families website for more information.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse
Deadline: May 12, 2014

The Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) in U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy is soliciting proposals for a funding opportunity entitled Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse. Under this solicitation, EPA intends to fund further development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth. This clearinghouse will be designed to support communities by providing timely information that supports local decision-making that delivers better environmental and public health outcomes from growth and development. The clearinghouse will function as a "one stop shop" for the best information currently available on effective smart growth approaches that can help communities ensure that their development choices deliver environmental, economic, and quality of life benefits.

EPA expects to award one cooperative agreement under this announcement with an initial award of $100,000. A ceiling of approximately $700,000 for a five year agreement is anticipated. Eligible applicants are States and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, Indian Tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the US, including the District of Columbia; public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions. For-profit organizations and individuals are not eligible. Please review the formal grant announcement here.

Department of Homeland Security Preparedness Grants
Deadline: May 23, 2014

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2014 guidance for preparedness grants. For FY14, DHS shifted away from identifying program-specific priorities and instead directs grantees to prioritize grant funds to increase a jurisdiction’s capabilities based on the grantees’ capability targets set through the annual Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and capability gaps identified through the annual State Preparedness Report. Grantees are encouraged to utilize grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment. New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts. All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal. Please visit the FEMA website for more details. 


U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm to School Program
Deadline: April 30, 2014

The USDA Farm to School Grant Program assists eligible entities (including schools and local governments) in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. New in FY 2015, USDA will make approximately an additional $500,000 available to eligible entities to support conferences, trainings, and events focused on farm to school program development. In this funding round, USDA is soliciting applications for four types of grants:

  1. Planning grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations.
  2. Implementation grants are intended for school districts or schools to help scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
  3. Support Service grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with school districts or schools to further develop existing farm to school initiatives and to provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.
  4. Conference/Event grants are open to all interested parties. They are intended to support conferences, events and trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains, or conferences, events and trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education and integration of agriculture‐based curriculum.

Please visit USDA’s Farm to School webpage for more information.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Wetland Development Program
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Wetland Program Development Grants provide an opportunity for local governments (along with other eligible applicants) to develop or refine local wetland programs to help protect and restore U.S. wetlands. These grants allow for the opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Activities eligible for funding include wetland monitoring and wetland mapping. 

There is $1,500,000 of total program funding, with an estimated number of 10 awarded applicants with an award ceiling of $500,000. For more information, please visit the EPA grants page.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program
Deadline: September 30, 2014

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Estimated total program funding is $6 million with an individual award ceiling of $500,000. Closing date for applications is September 30, 2014. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the regional Coastal Program office prior to submitting an application for funding.


SEMCOG Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Funding Available/Call for Projects
Deadline: April 21, 2014

SEMCOG has issued a call for projects for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Projects can be submitted now through April 21, 2014, at 5 p.m. through SEMCOG's TAP Web page.

U.S. Department of Transportation – TIGER Grants
Deadline: April 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER Discretionary Grant program) has up to $600 million available for capital projects related to highways, bridges, public transportation, rail, ports, and intermodal projects. A primary selection criterion specifically mentions addressing stormwater through natural means, avoiding impacts to water quality, and providing benefits like groundwater recharge, brownfield redevelopment, and stormwater mitigation including green infrastructure. Of this funding, $35 million is available for project and regional-level planning that include factors like stormwater and future risks and vulnerabilities like extreme weather and climate change. Eligible applicants are State, local, and tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a lead applicant. Find additional details at

Ongoing grant opportunities

Allstate Foundation

Funding programs at the national, regional, and local levels. Learn more

Competitive Grant Assistance Program
Deadlines: December 31 and June 30 of each year

The purpose of the grant program is to provide incentive-based grants to stimulate smaller, more efficient government and encourage mergers, consolidations, and cooperations between two or more qualified jurisdictions. The grants are to offset the costs associated with mergers, interlocal agreements, and cooperative efforts for cities, villages, townships, counties, authorities, school districts, intermediate school districts, public community colleges, and public universities that elect to combine government operations.

The program is focused on stimulating projects between two or more qualified jurisdictions that are creating new mergers, consolidations, and/or cooperative efforts/collaborations of existing services.


All Michigan cities, villages, townships, counties, authorities, school districts, intermediate school districts, public community colleges, and public universities are eligible. For an authority, school district, intermediate school district, public community college, or public university to qualify for grant funding under this program, the authority, school district, intermediate school district, public community college, or public university must combine operations with a city, village, township, or county.

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CVS Caremark Community Grants

This program provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that provide various services in communities including health care access, wellness, and prevention programs.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

In FY 2011, SEMCOG was awarded a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As a result, the entire Southeast Michigan region has been designated with Preferred Sustainability Status (PSS), meaning applicants for certain other HUD discretionary grants can be awarded 2 bonus points on their applications. Interested applicants should visit SEMCOG’s PSS webpage.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The DNR's Grants webpage includes 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.

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.

View a list of previous grant-funded projects within SEMCOG's AgileGov database.