Grants and Opportunities


The Federal Response to COVID-19: Supporting Care for Substance Use Disorder in Rural America June 2, 3:00-4:00 PM ET The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is hosting a call to discuss federal efforts to increase access to care for those struggling with substance use disorder in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting the Public Sector Workforce with Technology – Today and Beyond June 3, 2:00-3:00 PM ET As public sector leaders began issuing emergency orders for non-essential employees to work from home, one thing became clear: public sector organizations need to accelerate their digital transformation for the digital age to remain productive and able to efficiently serve citizens. Ceridian is partnering with Government Technology and the Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC) to discuss the technological trends that are having a significant impact on public sector operations, and how those trends are impacting the public sector workforce. Opportunity Zones: How Are They Working for Cities? June 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET Join the Boston University Initiative on Cities for an online briefing to share new research and perspectives on how the federal Opportunity Zones policy is working for cities, including how it can be used as a tool for COVID-19 economic recovery. The webinar will feature findings from the national Menino Survey of Mayors (Boston University) about mayoral perspectives on Opportunity Zones, followed by a discussion with The Rockefeller Foundation, Citi Ventures, and the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) about on-the-ground observations, new data resources, and strategies for ensuring cities, investors, and developers can deliver on the policy’s goal to improve the lives of low-income Americans. Enhancing Walkable Spaces through Public Art June 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Promoting walking in communities with noticeable disinvestment can be difficult. Public art is one way to lend to the revitalization of a neighborhood and invite people to be part of the process. This America Walks webinar will feature ways public art has been used to embrace the culture and history of a community while promoting engaging, walkable spaces. Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects Applications Due: June 12 This program helps qualified nonprofits create revolving loan funds that can provide financing to extend and improve water and waste disposal systems in rural areas. The revolving loan fund can be used for pre-development costs for water and wastewater treatment projects and short-term small capital improvement projects that are not part of the regular operations and maintenance.

EPA State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program Applications Due: June 30 In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, EPA is making $1 million in grant funding available to states to help local environmental justice communities address COVID-19 concerns faced by low-income and minority communities. EPA anticipates making five awards in amounts of up to $200,000 per award for a two-year project period. EPA encourages applicants to develop innovative plans and processes to conduct effective outreach to underserved communities during social-distancing and local stay-at-home orders, especially in places where internet access may not be readily available to all residents.


FoRRRwD on All Public Roads – Systemic Approach: Risk Factors for Roadway Departure Tuesday, June 16 – 1:00 PM Through this webinar state, local, and tribal agencies are able to discover how agencies have used different approaches to identify locations that are at high risk for roadway departure crashes in the future with varied levels of roadway data.

Disparate, but Secure: The Possibility of an Entirely Remote Workforce June 2, 1:00-2:00 PM ET Zoom bombs, fishy texts, demanding emails: COVID-19 has revealed the capabilities and infrastructure not yet in place to support a fully remote state and local government workforce. This NextGov webcast will explore how federal, state and local officials have leveraged budgets, policies, and personnel to respond quickly to cybersecurity threats during the massive shift to working from home. We’ll investigate what it’ll take to put the ransomware protections and cybersecurity infrastructure in place in order to have a secure, remote workforce.

In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration – a Conversation with Author and Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara Wednesday, June 3 – 1pm ET America Walks invites you to an intimate conversation with author Shane O’Mara on his new book, ‘In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration’. As a neuroscientist and walking advocate, O’Mara takes us on an evolutionary journey through how we started walking, the magical mechanics of it, and how we find our way around the world. It also explores walking in relation to repairing our mental and social health, sparking creativity, and how walking in concert can be coupled with critical policy change.

Administering an Election during the COVID-19 Crisis June 3, 2:00 PM ET  This NACo webinar will discuss the challenges of navigating an election in the age of COVID-19, including operating polling locations, hiring poll workers, adjusting to new election practices such as vote-by-mail and the impact COVID-19 could have on counties’ technological needs.

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Applications Due: July 29 This Announcement solicits applications for the WORC Initiative for grants serving the Appalachian and Delta regions. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure a workforce capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. Successful long-term economic growth strategies build upon bottom-up, community-led plans that promote economic resilience and maximize regional strengths. The WORC Initiative grants take a long-term view toward assisting eligible communities in diversifying their economies by investing in local strategies developed by regional partners. ETA encourages applicants to include within their applications strategies to address the employment and training needs of individuals affected by substance use disorder in their communities. NEA Our Town Grants Applications Due: August 6 Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.