Grants and Opportunities


AARP Community Challenge
Applications Due: April 17, 2019
As part of its Livable Communities efforts, AARP invites you to submit applications for quick-action projects that can help YOUR community become more livable and age-friendly. Applications are now being accepted for small grants to improve housing, transportation, public space, smart cities, and other community elements that support great places for people of all ages. Last year, AARP funded 129 projects representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit to learn more and apply.

Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program
Applications Due: April 26
The purpose of this program is to provide services to reintegrate homeless veterans into the labor force by placing them into meaningful employment and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. Meaningful employment is defined as open and competitive paid employment, in line with the homeless veteran’s aspirations, talents, and abilities. Ideally, the employment should provide a family sustaining wage or, in other words, at least the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet his or her basic financial needs. 

Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment
Applications Due: May 17
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for FY 2019 Transforming Lives through Supported Employment grants. The purpose of the program is to support state and community efforts to refine, implement, and sustain evidence-based supported employment programs and mutually compatible and supportive evidence-based practices for transition-aged youth/young adults (ages 16-25) with serious emotional disturbance and adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 DHS Preparedness Grants
Applications Due: May 29
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of FY 2019 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.7 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. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.
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.


How Will Emerging Technologies Affect the Future of Work?
April 12, 10:00-11:00 AM ET
The Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution will host a discussion featuring experts on the future of work. Panelists will talk about trends in emerging technologies and how robots, AI, and automation will affect the workforce.

#SaveLifeline: a Digital Briefing about the Lifeline Program and How to Save it
April 16, 8:00 PM ET
Lifeline is the only federal program that helps people living below the poverty line stay connected to phone and at-home internet service. This essential program allows people to access life-saving medical information, search for jobs, pursue educational opportunities, and so much more. Join a digital briefing hosted by Free Press and the Center for Media Justice to learn more about this program and how you can get involved in the fight to save it.

WIFIA Letter of Interest Submission and Selection Process for All Eligible Prospective Borrowers
April 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
April 30, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
The EPA WIFIA program hosts webinars and information sessions for prospective borrowers to foster a greater understanding of the WIFIA program requirements and pave the way for successful applications to the program. Learn about how to submit a WIFIA Letter of Interest (due July 5) and how EPA will select projects this funding round.


Money Matters: Resources for Youth in Financial Preparedness
April 17, 4:00-4:30 PM ET
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council members and stakeholders will discuss saving strategies and tips.

Deploying ITS Standards Using USDOT Testing Tools
Wednesday, April 17th – 1:00 P.M. ET
The USDOT will host a discussion the deployment of interoperable transportation systems using ITS Standards. This webinar will introduce the USDOT testing tools and discuss their benefits while describing the real-world experiences and projects of current users.

TMIP Webinar: ARC Session II: Data and Planning Programs with RTP
Thursday, April 18th – 2:00 P.M ET
This session will provide attendees with a better understanding on how the travel demand model and other types of data are used to develop and evaluate regional long-range transportation plans. The webinar will also provide insights on quantitative applications for planning topics such as pedestrian safety, regional truck parking challenges and sketch planning transit.

Managing Tomorrow’s Intelligent Transportation Network
April 23, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Technology is transforming the way state and local transportation officials manage the nation’s infrastructure. New invents such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and drones offer novel ways to track, inspect, and upgrade transportation systems while advances in analytics allow agencies to internally operate more efficiently and save money. Through use cases and discussions with state and local transportation leaders, Cisco will share the best practices for managing our increasingly connected infrastructure in innovative ways.

Advancing Mobility Management Course
April 23rd – 24th
The National Transit Institute is hosting an Advancing Mobility Management course in Des Moines, IA which aims to improve coordination between transit and non-traditional stakeholders. The course is free for public transit and government agencies and will help community professionals to implement and improve mobility management strategies through conversations on promising practices in the field. The course will also be offered in Charleston, WV on May 8-9, 2019 and Anchorage, AK on June 11-12, 2019.

FTA Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Webinars:
Contractors and Other External Service Providers
Wednesday, April 24th – 2:00 P.M. ET

Alzheimer’s Facts, Figures and Resources: Connecting People to the Help they Need
April 25, 1:00-2:30 PM ET
This National Association of Area Agencies on Aging webinar, held in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, explores critical findings from the newly released 2019 Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures Report. Webinar attendees will receive an overview of the current prevalence and impact of the disease on American families, risk factors, the impact on caregivers and national cost of care. This includes significant findings and attitudes toward annual cognitive assessments among seniors and primary care physicians. Participants will learn how to access tools and resources support families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Equitable Development: Back to Basics
Monday, April 29th – 2:00 P.M. ET
Join America Walks for a free training on the practice of Equitable Development, and explore how community improvements can create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places for all. Hear from experts on the ground and learn ways to create inclusive plans that reflect community priorities and safe-guard local culture and affordability.

Performance Based Planning, Transit Asset Management, and Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans
Tuesday, April 30th – 2:00 P.M. ET
The Federal Transit Administration is hosting a webinar series to provide technical assistance to transit agencies on the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Rule.

Content-as-a-Service and the Next Generation of Local Government Websites
May 8, 2:00 PM ET
Whether they’re trying to find the nearest government office or simply learn about the next council meeting, today’s citizens want to consume and interact with government information across multiple digital channels. Join Governing as they explore new ways local governments can create and distribute content across a range of delivery channels using Content as a Service (CaaS) to increase the impact of government content across the evolving citizen experience.

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.