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.

FY 2020 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking
Applications Due: February 6
The Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking (Transitional Housing Program) supports programs that provide 6-24 months of transitional housing with support services for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing as a result of a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Capital Advance)
Applications Due: March 10
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks to fund innovative Section 811 permanent supportive housing models that will be at the forefront of design, service delivery, and efficient use of federal resources. The Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program aims to expand the supply of integrated affordable housing by providing Capital Advance funding for the development of permanent supportive rental housing for very-low-income persons age 18 years or older. These much-needed units provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to live as independently as possible within the community in an integrated environment that provides access to appropriate and voluntary supportive services.


The Everything Bubble: Political-Economic Outlook for 2020
January 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
This REMI presentation will explore the following issues:

  • What are the regional dimensions of the U.S. economy?
  • How does a liquidity-driven economy affect politics in an election year?
  • What actions can state and local policy makers take?
  • How do policy analysts engage in a populist political context?

Smart Water Innovations
January 31, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
The US Water Alliance’s One Water webinar will spotlight innovations that are being deployed at various points in the water systems to solve our most pressing water infrastructure challenges and the enabling condition that support the implementation of these new solutions. This webinar will feature a panel of One Water innovators who will discuss their experiences with smart metering, revenue and billing, leakage detection, customer engagement, network management, and more.
Walkability for All- Putting Equity into Practice
February 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
How do we move beyond talking about equity to building equitable communities? Join America Walks as they explore ways individuals and organizations are taking action to create walkable and movable communities for all people. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.