Grants and Opportunities


Working with Nontraditional Stakeholders
June 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
A major part of the Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) goal is to involve everyone in the effort. Helping others understand what TZD is and how it works can bolster your champion and ambassador ranks. In this University of Minnesota webinar, you will learn strategies for engaging and communicating with nontraditional stakeholders.
EPA Webinar: Earthquake Threats, Resilience Tools, and Project Funding
June 12, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites you to join their webinar series on earthquake resilience for water and wastewater utilities. In these hour-long webinars, you will learn about earthquake risk, mitigation strategies, and resilience resources tailored to utilities. Question-and-answer periods offer participant interaction with the speakers.
Building Smart Cities and Communities at the Regional Level (NARC Speaker!)
June 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Regional teams that span jurisdictions and disciplines are working together on projects to address issues that impact an entire region such as economic development, resiliency, health, public safety, connectivity, agriculture, mobility, and more. Join BroadbandUSA to learn about these efforts and others that cross jurisdictional boundaries to create efficiencies, improve sustainability, and increase the quality of life for all residents.

FY 2019 WIFIA Assistance
Letters of Interest Due: July 5
The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program opened its third selection round, allowing prospective borrowers to submit letters of interest. The program accelerates investment in our nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. In the letter of interest, the prospective borrower provides information to demonstrate its project’s eligibility, financial creditworthiness, engineering feasibility, and alignment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policy priorities. If EPA selects the project, the prospective borrower will be invited to submit an application. The agency will only select projects it expects might reasonably proceed to closing. See the events selection below for WIFIA letter of interest-related webinars.

National Dislocated Worker Reserve: Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grants
Anticipated Publication: May 2019
Awards Made: September 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration plans to award approximately $28.5 million in demonstration grant funds to support alignment of workforce development with existing strategies and plans for economic development and diversification in rural communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions.  These grant funds, awarded in consultation with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA), will focus on rural areas hardest hit by economic transition and which have recovered slowly. Grant projects will provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers), new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and, particular to grants in the Appalachian region, individuals affected by substance use disorder.


Savings Solutions for Aging Infrastructure
June 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
With over 43 million Americans living below the poverty line, an unexpected home emergency repair can cause financial shock. What can cities do to provide affordable solutions to residents in the event of a water or sewer line break? The National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program is one tool that cities are using to help safeguard residents from monetary hardship in the face of unexpected home repairs. Learn how a West Virginia community used this program to address aging infrastructure and became one of the first cities to implement this program, how you can bring this program to your city.

FHWA-FTA TPM and PBPP Implementation Midwest Workshop
Tuesday, June 18th – Thursday, June 20th
FHWA and FTA are hosting a combined workshop discussing both Transportation Performance Management and Performance-Based Planning and Programming implementation. The workshop is the first in a series to be hosted in selected regions, bring together State DOTs, MPOs and public transit operators in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Attendees will discuss target setting, coordination, system performance reports and other requirements related to TPM and PBPP implementation.

FTA and NTI to Hold Advanced Environmental Justice Workshop
June 11-12th
FTA and the National Transit Institute are hosting an invitation-only “Advanced-Level Environmental Justice Workshop” in Forth Worth, Texas on June 11-12, 2019. The course, for staff from transit agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and state Departments of Transportation, will include case-study based discussions and activities in order to learn ways to apply environmental justice best practices in their own communities. To be considered for this workshop, fill out the application questionnaire by Monday, April 8, 2019.