Grants and Opportunities

Grants

Agriculture Innovation Center Grant Program
Applications Due: March 20, 2020
The Agriculture Innovation Center Program makes grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers that then provide technical and business development assistance to agricultural producers seeking to engage in making or producing Value-Added agricultural products.

ReConnect Pilot Program
Applications Due: March 16
The ReConnect Program provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. In facilitating the expansion of broadband services and infrastructure, the pilot will fuel long-term rural economic development and opportunities in rural America. Beginning on January 31, 2020, applications can be submitted through the Rural Utilities Service online application portal until 6:00 PM ET on March 16, 2020.

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Capital Advance)
Applications Due: March 10
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks to fund innovative Section 811 permanent supportive housing models that will be at the forefront of design, service delivery, and efficient use of federal resources. The Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program aims to expand the supply of integrated affordable housing by providing Capital Advance funding for the development of permanent supportive rental housing for very-low-income persons age 18 years or older. These much-needed units provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to live as independently as possible within the community in an integrated environment that provides access to appropriate and voluntary supportive services.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 DHS Preparedness Grants
Applications Due: April 15
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the release of FY 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.
 
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America
Applications Due: April 9
The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application using relevant statistics and anecdotal information. Proposals should detail the efforts made to reach the identified underserved population. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Opportunities

National Cooperative Highway Research Program MPO Survey
A lot has changed since the institution of MPOs in the mid-1970s but little research or action has been taken to evaluate 21st-century challenges brought about by trending changes in financing, technology, demographic, resiliency, and other major shifts taking place in the MPO planning world. As a part of NCHRP 08-122 introduced at AMPO and NARC conferences late last year, Metro Analytics has partnered with PublicInput.com to conduct a national survey to position MPOs for future-proof success. Feedback will be used to create a comprehensive resource for addressing issues facing MPOs throughout the U.S. as they continue to evolve and meet the needs of stakeholders.

EPA: Port and Goods Movement Emission Inventories
Tuesday, February 25 – 2:00 PM EST
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a public webinar to provide a background on a new draft document that has been released; Methodologies for Estimating Port-Related and Goods Movement Mobile Source Emission Inventories. The webinar will detail the work leading to this document, approach and scope, and updated methodologies by mobile source sector. This document describes the latest, state-of-the-science methodologies for preparing a port-related emissions inventory for six mobile source sectors.

It’s Almost Super Tuesday. Races to Watch with Greg Giroux
February 25, 3:00 PM ET
The next webinar in the Races to Watch series is all about Super Tuesday. As we count down to the start of the primaries and the official start of the 2020 election season, BGOV analysts are pulling together the data and identifying races to watch. With the primaries around the corner this webinar will discuss the current state of Congress, the pre-election landscape in Washington, and more. Join Bloomberg Government senior reporter and resident election guru, Greg Giroux, for a look ahead to Super Tuesday, the 2020 elections and its surrounding implications.

New York City Department of Transportation Freight Mobility Survey
The New York City Department of Transportation’s Freight Mobility Unit is seeking input of a national survey of state/city/local agencies dealing with bridge strikes as part a federally funded planning study through the UPWP program their unit is leading. The goal of the program is to develop a Bridge Strike Reduction Resource Guide. The brief web-based survey seeks input from city agencies on experiences and best practices of local and state agencies to identify the extent of common challenges and the full range of solutions in reducing bridge strikes in the US. Questions focus on four key areas: mitigating bridge strikes data collection and management, policies (i.e. designation of restricted roadways or truck routes), and education and outreach.