Grants and Opportunities


USDA to Make $550 Million in Funding Available in 2020 to Deploy High-Speed Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Rural America
Applications Expected to Open: January 31, 2020
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the availability of a second round of $550 million in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Reconnect Pilot Program funding. USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. These grants, loans, and combination funds enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service.

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.

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Applications Due: February 1
These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Priority is given to applicants that address the following funding priorities from a holistic perspective: protect Earth’s beauty and bounty; create a robust, healthy food system; increase opportunities for outdoor activity;
reduce environmental health hazards; and build stronger communities.

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.


Walking into the New Year
January 8, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Walking and moving is a great way to change the health and wellness of an individual and a community with a single step. This America Walks webinar will explore programs and partnerships that help to get community members moving, improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of all. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

New NG911 Self-Assessment Tool and Statewide NG911 Operations Center Case Study Webinar
January 14, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
A newly released tool helps 911 agencies evaluate the current level of NG911 readiness and clarify next steps toward implementation. The easy-to-use assessment resource guides users through a series of questions and categorizes the information into one of six identified NG911 maturity states.
Learn how the tool can work for you from a member of the SAFECOM-NCSWIC NG911 Working Group who has actually used it. Then, learn how North Carolina is ensuring that its service runs at peak performance at all times. The new North Carolina Network Monitoring and Assistant Center (NMAC) immediately troubleshoots network issues and quickly reroutes calls to other PSAPs.

The Benefits of Smart Building Technology
January 15, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Smart buildings are quickly becoming the building blocks of smart cities, providing benefits to both the building owners and tenants. They provide greater energy efficiency, improved use of building resources, and increased productivity of the occupants. Developing smart buildings can lead to an exponentially positive impact on the surrounding community. This Broadband USA panel will discuss smart buildings use cases, the foundational technologies that support them, and the benefits reaped.

Data Sharing Governance Guidebook: 8 Weeks to Building Good Data Sharing Habits
January 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Whether intended or unintended, cities are finding themselves in situations where they have to share data either as the originator or recipient of data. Natalie Harris of Georgetown University and BrightHive has developed a guidebook with a panel of experts to walk elected officials, city staff, and other policy makers through the complex process.

Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement: How Counties Can Prepare for their New Role
January 9, 3:30-4:30 PM ET
On September 26, the White House issued an executive order (EO) that gives states and localities increased decision making authority over federal refugee resettlement. Since the EO was issued, the administration released guidance that requires states and localities to provide written consent to refugee resettlement agencies by January 21, 2020. In response to the guidance, county leaders may want to familiarize themselves with this new consent process and other requirements instituted under the EO. Join NACo for a webinar with federal officials and national experts explaining the EO’s changes to the requirements for refugee resettlement and how counties can prepare for their new role in the process.
Promoting Better Communities for Older People: Building Economic Security using the Elder Index
January 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
What is the true cost of living for older adults? Join Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health for a conversation about the Elder Index, a tool that measures the income older people need to meet necessary expenses for housing, health care, food, transportation, and other essentials, while staying independent in their own homes. The tool is calculated for every county and state in the United States. Presenters will show how the Elder Index sheds new light on levels and patterns of economic insecurity experienced in locations throughout the U.S. This webinar will stimulate funders, advocates, and service providers to consider ways to use the Elder Index on behalf of older people.