Grants and Opportunities


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.

#MadeToMove Grant Program
Applications Due: May 31
The #MadeToMove Grant Program from Unilever’s Degree Deodorant and Blue Zones is a competitive funding opportunity to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation, and supporting policies. With the goal of promoting more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly environments for all ages, incomes and abilities, this funding opportunity will be awarded to five mid-sized communities (100,000 – 300,000) in the United States. Each winning community will receive $100,000 total towards the grant: $10,000 for planning efforts and $90,000 for implementation, in addition to technical assistance from the Blue Zones Built Environment team. The awarded communities will receive program orientation, training, coaching and program building support from Dan Burden and Mark Fenton (among others), two of the nation’s top specialists in helping communities become more livable, walkable and bicycle friendly.
Recreation Economy for Rural Communities
Applications Due: May 31
Recreation Economy for Rural Communities is a EPA new planning assistance program to help communities develop strategies and an action plan to revitalize their Main Streets through outdoor recreation. Partner communities are encouraged to pursue activities that foster environmentally-friendly community development and Main Street revitalization through the conservation and sustainable use of public or private forests or other natural resources. T he planning assistance process will take place over a period of four to six months, with a focal point being a two-day, facilitated community workshop. Participants will work together to identify a vision, goals, and specific actions to realize the locally set goals.

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.


ReConnect Program: Ask the Expert
May 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
This webinar will provide ReConnect applicants an opportunity to ask questions of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) experts about the ReConnect application process. The ReConnect program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP): Critical Issues and Needed Reforms
May 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
This Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) briefing will provide a basic understanding of NFIP, its history, its challenges, and reforms needed. The panel will provide important background and highlight new strategies for improving NFIP’s financial stability and for reducing the impacts of future floods on vulnerable populations and communities.

National Performance Management Research Data Set Users Quarterly Technical Webinar
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 – 1:00 PM ET
The National Performance Management Research Data Set provides passenger and freight analysis data that FHWA will give to states and MPOs in support of national transportation performance measures. During this webinar FHWA will provide an overview of NPRMDS, demonstrate data applications and respond to any technical assistance questions.

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.

NTI’s State and Metropolitan Transportation Programming Course
Monday, May 13th – Wednesday May 15th, 2019
The National Transit Institute is sponsoring a course in Baltimore on state and metropolitan transportation programming aimed at helping planners advance their approaches to the multimodal nature of programming processes. The concepts presented will address legal, political, and local constraints as well as providing insights and tools to improve planning and programming activities

Let’s Talk Performance: Results from the National TPM Implementation Review Survey
Tuesday, May 14th – 3:30 PM ET
In this webinar the Federal Highway Administration will analyze the results of the National TPM Implementation Review Survey, discuss future FHWA activities, and also ask participants to share their own experiences with TPM. The event is open to staff from FHWA, State DOTs, SHSOs, MPOs, and other stakeholder agencies.

EPA’s Role in Building Critical Infrastructure
May 16, 10:00-11:30 AM ET
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does far more than write and enforce regulations. States and local communities use EPA programs—like WIFIA financing and the State Revolving Funds—to make critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure investments. Without this assistance, many systems would struggle to secure the $743 billion in improvements needed over the next 20 years. EPA approves federal environmental reviews and permits, affecting how quickly major infrastructure projects can get built. It also provides technical assistance and guidance on infrastructure development. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center during Infrastructure Week 2019 to hear from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on the vital but often overlooked role EPA plays in building infrastructure systems for the future.

Savings Solutions for Aging Infrastructure
June 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
With over 43 million Americans living below the poverty line, an unexpected home emergency repair can cause financial shock. What can cities do to provide affordable solutions to residents in the event of a water or sewer line break? The National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program is one tool that cities are using to help safeguard residents from monetary hardship in the face of unexpected home repairs. Learn how a West Virginia community used this program to address aging infrastructure and became one of the first cities to implement this program, how you can bring this program to your city.

FHWA-FTA TPM and PBPP Implementation Midwest Workshop
Tuesday, June 18th – Thursday, June 20th
FHWA and FTA are hosting a combined workshop discussing both Transportation Performance Management and Performance-Based Planning and Programming implementation. The workshop is the first in a series to be hosted in selected regions, bring together State DOTs, MPOs and public transit operators in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Attendees will discuss target setting, coordination, system performance reports and other requirements related to TPM and PBPP implementation.

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.