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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 - MiNeighborhood
Deadline: March 27, 2015

The MiNeighborhood Program works with neighborhood, local, and statewide organizations to identify and address neighborhood needs based on the premise of the Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The program connects existing and emerging opportunities to leverage resources in support of neighborhood revitalization. Learn more. 

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. Learn more.

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, and develops and delivers innovative solutions to American cities to help them 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 the tools and strategies they need to grow their economies.

Funded with $10 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Network is a new program that 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 their economic competitiveness, and marshal public and private sector resources.

The National Resource Network has an open request for applications (RFA) for technical assistance. Learn more about the RFA.
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 a new 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 through 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 will be encouraged to participate. Projects of any size are eligible and criteria for selection may vary.


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.

Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2015
Deadline: February 3, 2015

The Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration, urban wildlife conservation, stormwater management as well as outreach, education and stewardship. Projects should focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program. Learn more here.

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. Learn more here.

NOAA: Great Lakes habitat restoration in Great Lakes Areas of Concern
Deadline: March 3, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Restoration Center announces a federal funding opportunity (FFO) for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The FFO is available here. The closing date is March 3, 2015.

Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern with funds provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. NOAA anticipates that up to $15 million may be available for Great Lakes habitat restoration over the next three years to maintain selected awards, dependent upon the level of funding made available by Congress. Award options will include

  • One year requests for habitat implementation proposals: typical awards for one-year requests for habitat restoration implementation are expected to range between $500,000 and $2 million. NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $500,000 or more than $6 million of federal funds.
  • One year requests for engineering and design proposals: typical awards for engineering and design are expected to range between $100,000 and $350,000. NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $75,000 or more than $350,000.

Contact: Julie Sims, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator.

Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS): Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Federal Funding Opportunity
Pre-proposal deadline: March 31, 2015
Informational webinar: February 4, 2015

GLOS anticipates including 4 to 10 pre-proposals in the full proposal to IOOS. Based on final funding amounts from IOOS, the collaborative proposal will become the basis for the GLOS/IOOS 5 year Cooperative Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which provides funding for GLOS operations and through GLOS, provides funding to other organizations to support the enhancement of observing technologies and improved data availability for meeting policy and management needs in the Great Lakes region. Pre-proposals must be received by 5:00 PM ET on March 31, 2015 and are to be submitted in PDF format via the web form. All questions regarding this request, whether technical or procedural in nature, must be directed to Kelli Paige via email only (kpaige AT by 1:00 pm ET on February 13, 2015. Responses will be posted to the GLOS website by February 17, 2015. Download the full document here. A webinar will be hosted to provide more information and answer any questions.

Wednesday February 4, 2015, 1:00 PM ET
Call in: 1-877-594-8353  Participant Code: 80500967
Participant Code: 80500967


Check back soon for future opportunities.

Ongoing grant opportunities

Allstate Foundation

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

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.