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.
Community and Economic Development
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.
Department of the Treasury – Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI)
Deadline: December 23, 2013
Funding is available for the CDFI Program, which aims to use federal resources to invest in CDFIs and to build their capacity to serve low-income people and communities that lack access to affordable financial products and services. Through the CDFI program, the CDFI Fund provides two types of monetary awards to CDFIs - Financial Assistance awards and Technical Assistance awards. More information on this opportunity is available HERE, and more information on the CDFI program is available HERE. Funding for the Native American CDFI program is also available. More information can be found HERE.
Local Sustainability Matching Fund
Deadline: January 8, 2014
The Local Sustainability Matching Fund is looking to catalyze partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations, including community foundations, and to advance important community-based sustainability initiatives. The Fund will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. Learn about grants given during prior rounds and to visit the Idea Bank, which has summaries of all the proposals submitted in prior rounds including the winning projects. The Network anticipates that the Fund will support another eight to twelve projects in Round Four.
The application deadline for the Round Four is January 8, 2014. Please visit the Local Sustainability Matching Fund webpage to download the Request for Proposals and the Proposal Form, which must be used to submit a proposal electronically in MS Word. You may also want to consult the Frequently Asked Questions for answers about definitions, the process, to find out what’s new in Round Four, and more. The Network will host a conference call to provide more information on the fund and review the selection criteria. The call will be held on December 4th, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and you may register for the call here. Register soon as space is limited. You may also hear recordings of prior calls by visiting the Local Sustainability Matching Fund webpage.
National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: January 13, 2014
The NEA Our Town Program aims to support creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life; encourage greater creative activity; foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and revitalize economic development. More information is available HERE.
Institute Without Borders
Deadline for Expression of Interest: January 13, 2014
The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) is seeking curriculum partners for Connecting Divided Places, a project that investigates social, economic, environmental and cultural divisions in cities. IwB seeks applications from municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and companies interested in working to address the problems dividing cities and regions. IwB is looking for organizations interested in collaborating on design solutions that make for more balanced, healthier and resilient city-regions of the future. Read more.
Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) grants and loans
Deadline: First come, first serve; Applications will not be reviewed prior to December 2, 2013.
As a result of new legislation, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now offering grants for stormwater and wastewater asset management plan development, stormwater management plan development, sewage collection and treatment plan development, and state-funded loans to construct projects identified in an asset management plan or stormwater management plan. $450M is allocated to provide grants and loans. $97M is available for grants/loans in fiscal year (FY) 2014. Grants are available up to $2M per municipality with match of 10 percent for the first million and 25 percent for the second million. Some municipalities may qualify for 100 percent grant.Visit the DEQ’s Web site to learn more.
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.
Wells Fargo Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Deadline: December 16, 2013
Designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment, Wells Fargo and the NFWF have launched a five-year, $15 million initiative that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million. Funding priorities for this program include supporting sustainable agricultural practices; promoting land and water conservation; facilitating investments in green infrastructure and energy efficiency; and encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation. More information is available here.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Deadline: December 16, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act. Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $2.0 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year. Successful restoration and research projects have ranged from $2,300 to $2,000,000 with the average project at $112,700. All proposals require a 25% non-federal match.
The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 16, 2013 by 8:00 PM EST. States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above. Additional details can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.
DTE Energy Foundation
Deadline: December 16, 2013
DTE Energy Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2014 Tree Planting Program. Applications are due December 16th, 2013. For more details, please see the application and information packet.
NOAA Coastal Storms Program RFP
Deadlines: PREPOSOSAL DEADLINE is December 18, 2013; PROPOSAL DEADLINE is March 21, 2014 (See the RFP for more information)
The Ohio Sea Grant College Program, as part of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, and in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Storms Program (CSP) is requesting preproposals for one- to two-year projects related to Great Lakes coastal community storm hazard resiliency. Great Lake’s universities and colleges, local and regional governments, non-profits, homeowner and community associations, business organizations, and community-university partnerships are eligible. Approximately $1,000,000 is available for projects during FY 2014-2016. Projects of up to two years in duration are acceptable and should fall into one of two categories, including indirect costs: 1) $10,000-$50,000 (will award up to 10 in this category) or 2) $50,000-$200,000 (will award 4-8 in this category). Collaborative proposals that promote partnerships and interdisciplinary solutions to address a wide range of coastal hazard challenges faced by communities are important considerations for the CSP funding. Learn more in the RFP.
Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program funding
Deadline: December 31, 2013
The Michigan Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program, within the Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of the Great Lakes, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grant projects that protect Great Lakes coastal resources by fostering the development of environmentally, economically and socially vibrant coastal communities. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2013. The RFP Application Package is available on the CZM Program Web page. Under Grants, scroll down and click on Coastal Management Program Request for Proposal Application Package.
For additional information, please contact Ms. Ginny Berry, at 517-284-5052 or email@example.com.
Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Funds Land Acquisition Projects
Deadline: January 6, 2014
Local governments are eligible to apply for approximately $800,000 in Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates this funding to be appropriated in the federal 2014 fiscal year through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The primary objective of this program is to protect and restore coastal habitats. All projects should be ‘ready-to-go’ and likely to be completed within 18 months from the start date of the award (anticipated October 14, 2014) and be held in perpetuity. The RFP Application Package is available here. For additional information, please contact Ms. Ginny Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 517-284-5052.
Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Grant
Deadline: January 22, 2014
Under this RFP, EPA is seeking proposals for Assessment Grants, only, to provide funds to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning (including cleanup planning) and community involvement related to brownfield sites. Under this announcement, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 189 assessment grants for an estimated $40 million. Please visit the grant announcement for more detailed information.
Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants
Deadline: January 22, 2014
RLF grants provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which to provide loans and subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. An individual applicant can apply for up to $1,000,000. Under this announcement, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 10 RLF grants for a total of approximately $10 million. Please visit the grant announcement for more detailed 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.
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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.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - The DNR's Grants webpage includes several resources, including a list of available grants by type.
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 class 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.