Grants and Opportunities


FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
Applications Due: February 12
The AFG program provides financial assistance to help fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA); for critically needed resources to protect the public; to train emergency personnel, and to foster interoperability and support community resilience, as well as enhance through direct financial assistance, the safety of the public and to provide a continuum of support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical, and all hazard events.

INFRA Grants
Applications Due: March 5
The Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA) program provides Federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. This notice solicits applications for awards under the program’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. The competition is focused on transportation infrastructure projects that support four key objectives, each of which is discussed in greater detail in the Notice of Funding Opportunity:

  1. Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional level;
  2. Leveraging Federal funding to attract non-Federal sources of infrastructure investment;
  3. Deploying innovative technology, encouraging innovative approaches to project delivery, and incentivizing the use of innovative financing; and
  4. Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance. 

Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Applications Due: March 22
RCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas.


Efficiency & Resilience in Economic Models – Resilience Analytics in Post-COVID Societies
Thursday, February 11, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
REMI’s upcoming guest webinar features Igor Linkov, Ph.D., Risk and Decision Science Focus Area Lead for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. This guest presentation will describe why building resilience should equate to maximizing socioeconomic systems’ long-term sustainability rather than abandoning efficiency. Dr. Linkov will be evaluating a case study of resilience and efficiency in transportation networks that integrates the REMI model and resilience analytics. Also included in this presentation will be an examination of how combining resilience and efficiency would allow society to preserve or even improve living standards during current and future crises.
Early Childhood Rural Peer Learning Network: Strategies for Building the Supply of Child Care at the County-Level
Thursday, January 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Counties have made significant strides in expanding child care services for children and families, including supporting child care providers with local COVID-19 relief and applying innovative approaches for sustaining child care beyond the pandemic. Join this NACo interactive discussion among rural county leaders and national experts to explore what your county can do to build the local supply of child care for infants and toddlers and learn more about Bipartisan Policy Center’s child care gap tool. 

Fighting Food Insecurity During COVID-19 and Beyond: Key Updates for County Leaders
Friday, February 5, 2:00-3:15 PM ET
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a drastic increase in household food insecurity in the United States. As vulnerable children and families have faced new obstacles in accessing consistent, healthy meals, counties have played a critical role in providing food and nutrition assistance in cooperation with community stakeholders and our partners in state and federal government. Bolstering these efforts, the latest COVID-19 relief package provides significant new resources and flexibilities for federal nutrition programs. During this Webinar Congressional staff, county leaders, and national experts will discuss how emergency COVID-19 legislation can help counties combat food insecurity and the implications it may have for national anti-hunger policy moving forward.
Mapping and Monitoring Lakes and Reservoirs with Satellite Observations
February 9, 16, and 23
 Aside from the aesthetic and scenic value added by their presence, lakes support surrounding plant and aquatic ecosystems and wildlife. A variety of factors affect lakes and reservoirs, including climate variability and change, land use, and other watershed activities influencing surface runoff and groundwater. Therefore, monitoring the water quantity and quality of lakes and reservoirs is crucial for their sustainable management. This NASA training focuses on introducing remote sensing observations for monitoring the water level of lakes; a critical surface water component affecting the residential, economical, and recreational sectors in the area. NASA encourages federal, state, regional, and local public and private organizations involved in water resources and ecosystem management, dam and hydropower operations, and waterfront recreation and development planning to attend.