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
Economic Development Administration
Deadline: March 14, 2014
The EDA has announced Phase II of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership where communities will have an opportunity to compete for a special designation that will elevate them in consideration for $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from 10 cabinet departments/agencies. These communities could also potentially receive catalytic additional federal investments to further support their economic development strategies. The IMCP is a critical component of the Department of Commerce’s “Open for Business Agenda,” which prioritizes trade and investment. More information can be found on EDA’s website.
U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration
Deadlines: March 14 for funding cycle 3 of FY 2014; June 13 for funding cycle 4 of FY 2014
EDA is soliciting 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. EDA provides competitive, merit-based investments that support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. The full announcement is available here.
Center for Community Progress
Deadline: March 24, 2014
The Center for Community Progress is seeking applications from public and nonprofit partners for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program, which serves communities in need of technical assistance to assess, reform, develop and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their respective communities. The Technical Assistance Scholarship Program is focused on the following areas:
Data and Information Systems,
Tax Collection and Enforcement Reform,
Strategic Code Enforcement,
Land Bank and Land Banking Program Evaluation, and
Vacant Land Maintenance and Reuse Strategies.
Eligible entities for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program include local units of government, nonprofit organizations and regional consortiums (i.e. councils of government; multiple units of government; government, nonprofit and other entities) in the United States. Community Progress will select up to three applicants to commit up to 200 hours of technical assistance to and request a financial commitment from the scholarship recipient in the amount of $5,000 - $10,000, depending on the scope of the technical assistance. Please visit the Center for Community Progress website for more details.
Healing Our Waters (HOW)– Two Grant Opportunities, New in 2014
Deadline: First come, first serve
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition seeks to clean up sewage and toxic sediments, to restore damaged habitat, to protect high quality habitat, and to control and prevent the introduction of invasive species, each of which is an essential component of restoring the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The funding offered for the following two grants will help to accomplish these goals. Eligible applicants include any community working to restore aquatic habitats, who have received, or will be applying for, funding under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) RFP or other federal funding sources. Other eligibility requirements and additional grant details can be found on the Healing Our Waters grants webpage.
Federal Program Support
The goal of this program is to provide financial support that will aid in the development and implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other Federal proposals or projects with awards up to $15,000. Sample activities that could be funded include assistance with the development of a GLRI proposal such as grant writing or project development assistance; Research needed as part of a GLRI restoration proposal or project, such as water or soil testing; or Specialist services needed as part of a GLRI restoration proposal or project.
Community Engagement Grants Program
The goal of this program is to provide financial support to give groups the capacity to engage in federally funded, government led restoration activities occurring or being planned in their community. We are seeking to ensure groups with on-the-ground knowledge and commitment to aquatic resources in their community have the capacity to be an effective stakeholder with project decision makers and help engage additional key community members with awards up to $5,000. Sample activities that could be funded include facilitating the development of a collaborative GLRI proposal between multiple organizations working in the same geographic areas; assistance with implementing a secured GLRI proposal through activities such as project management training, collaboration building, match development, development of specific technical capabilities.
EPA – Regional Pollution Prevention Program
Deadline: March 11, 2014
Funding is available for Source Reduction Assistance Grants for projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. Funded projects will reduce greenhouse gases; reduce hazardous materials; increase resource conservation; promote efficient business practices; and support pollution prevention integration. EPA anticipates awards will be issued in the range of $10,000 – $147,000. A 5% match is required, however the match may be issued in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions, e.g., donated services, charges for real property and/or equipment or the value of other goods or services directly benefiting the EPA-funded project. More information on the grant can be found here.
Michigan DNR’s New Aquatic Habitat Grant Program
Deadline: March 15, 2014
This new $1 million grant program will emphasize protecting intact and rehabilitating degraded aquatic resources throughout the state; developing self-sustaining aquatic communities that provide for continuing recreational opportunities and natural resource-based economies; and developing strong relationships and partnerships along with new expertise with respect to aquatic habitat protection and recovery. This new grant program will be funded by new revenues from the increased fishing and hunting license fees.
There is a $25,000 minimum grant request and a 10% match required, which can be cash, in-kind, or donated time or materials. The detailed program handbook and application are available.
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
Deadline: March 28, 2014
The LCC is responsible for identifying, prioritizing and supporting research projects that address gaps in scientific knowledge and can inform effective conservation and management across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Broad-scale stressors impacting this landscape include climate change, urban expansion and habitat loss.
Up to $250,000 may be available to fund projects. The LCC encourages broad participation from groups and individuals concerned with natural and cultural resource issues in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Individuals from federal, state, tribal, local, commercial, non-profit and educational organizations are eligible for funding as investigators or cooperators. Cost share or in-kind match is encouraged but not required.
Interested applicants should visit this LCC page 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:
Planning grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations.
Implementation grants are intended for school districts or schools to help scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
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.
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. 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.
To learn more about this program and how to apply, please attend the March 12 SEMCOG University: $5 million available through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). There, applicants interested in applying for TAP funds will learn about:
successful 2013-14 projects;
eligibility and competitiveness criteria;
submitting a TAP application through MDOT's MGS system;
project selection process; and
best practices and guidance for implementing projects.
Registration is required for this SEMCOG University. Please register here.
Contact: Kevin Vettraino, SEMCOG Plan Implementation.
Ongoing grant opportunities
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.
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
Grant writing 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.
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.