Grants and Opportunities Board


2021 AARP Community Challenge
Applications Due: April 14
The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more. 

USDA Forest Service USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry 2021 Challenge Cost Share Grant Program
Applications Due: April 16
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program restores, sustains, and manages more than 140 million acres of urban and community forest lands for the benefit of communities in the United States. Increasingly, our urban and community forests are facing threats such as insects, diseases, extreme weather events and other hazards. Additionally, the lack of investment in urban forest disaster mitigation is contributing to community disasters such as urban flooding and human heat deaths in our cities – disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations. New systemic solutions are needed to create and enhance green infrastructure in the right place and at the right scale and encompass pressing social, economic, and ecological and historic factors holistically. The USDA Forest Service seeks innovative (new, cutting-edge or builds upon existing studies) grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address urban and community forest resilience and aligns with one or more applicable goals in the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026).  

Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis
The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization. Learn more about the Community Heart & Soul model here.

USDA Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants Program
Applications Due: April 29
The purpose of the SNAP E&T Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants is to support the development of State SNAP E&T data collection and reporting systems. The entities eligible to receive grants under this competition are State and local agencies that administer SNAP. State or local agencies without the internal capacity to develop SNAP E&T outcomes reporting systems may choose to partner with an external entity (such as a research university or a State workforce development agency) to develop, maintain, and use such data systems.

2021 Build to Scale Program
Applications Due: April 29
The Build to Scale Program invites organizations who are aiding companies in developing the next generation of technologies to apply for funding. These organizations may be operating initiatives to unlock investment capital across a region or sector, operating programs to accelerate company growth, empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs, and/or enabling technology commercialization. Under the Build to Scale Program, EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions:

  1. The Venture Challenge,
  2. The Capital Challenge

Applicants must provide a matching share from non-Federal sources of at least 50 percent of the total project cost; i.e., applicants must match each Federal dollar requested with at least one dollar of local match.

Older Adult Homes Modification Program
Applications Due: May 4
The overall purpose of the Older Adult Home Modification Program (OAHMP) is to assist experienced nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities in undertaking comprehensive programs that make safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs to meet the needs of low-income elderly homeowners. The goal of the home modification program is to enable low-income elderly persons to remain in their homes through low-cost, low barrier, high impact home modifications to reduce older adults’ risk of falling, improve general safety, increase accessibility, and to improve their functional abilities in their home. This will enable older adults to remain in their homes, that is, to “age in place,” rather than move to nursing homes or other assisted care facilities.

GPD Special Need Grant
Applications Due: May 5
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million per year for 3 years in new special need grants to eligible entities for per diem payments to facilitate housing stabilization for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who are in one of the special need populations (i.e., chronically mentally ill, frail elderly, individuals who care for minor dependents, terminally ill or women). This funding will help cover operational costs including costs that would not otherwise be incurred, but for the fact that the recipient is providing supportive housing beds in private rooms with private bathrooms for a homeless Veteran population with special needs. VA expects to award per diem for approximately 135 beds across approximately 10-15 grants with this Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FY 2020 Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
Applications Due: May 26
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing Capital Advance funding and project rental subsidies for the development and ongoing operation of supportive rental housing for very low-income persons, aged 62 years or older. This funding, leveraged with other financing sources, will expand affordable housing opportunities that are physically designed and that have a robust set of services that will allow seniors to live independently and age in community.

Rural Business Development Grants
Application Deadlines Vary by State
This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small, rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants
Applications Due: June 4
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.


The Future of the Flexible Workplace
Wednesday, April 14, 12:30-1:00 PM ET
Join Axios for a virtual event on the future of the flexible workplace. They will unpack how employers are rapidly reimagining their workforce for a post-COVID-19 world. Guest speakers include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Twitch Chief People Officer Lenke Taylor.
Rethinking Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Policies and Programs to Address Waste
Tuesday, April 20, 12:00-1:30 PM ET
The United States generates nearly 300 million tons of municipal solid waste per year—or almost one ton of waste per person, the most per capita in the world. About half of this waste ends up in landfills, which account for 15 percent of human-caused domestic methane emissions and threaten local water sources with toxic liquid. Meanwhile, recycling has become uneconomic and requires new approaches to be a viable, cost-effective waste management strategy. Creative solutions are needed to stem the deluge of waste, and public and private sector innovators are leading the charge. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on local, state, and federal policies and programs as well as new technologies that will make you rethink waste management, who is responsible for waste, and whether waste is worthless.
Supporting Small Child Care Businesses During COVID-19 Roundtable Discussion
Friday, April 23, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center for a roundtable discussion focused on supporting small child care businesses. Many of these are women-owned and forced to operate on small budgets and slim profit margins. The work of these small businesses is essential to keeping their communities working, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The roundtable discussion will address:

  • How small child care businesses have fared during the pandemic;
  • What financial resources were—or were not—accessible to them;
  • How ongoing stressors have impacted the behavioral health of their employees and the children and families being served; and
  • Solutions that can support child care as a small business in this country.  

Tele-town Hall: Understanding EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule and Financing Opportunities
Wednesday, May 12, 2:30-4:00 PM ET
Join the National League of Cities and the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative for a tele-town hall for local officials to dig deeper into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revision to the Lead and Copper Rule published in the Federal Register January 15, 2021. Participants will learn about rule requirements, share best practices among peers, learn about funding and financing opportunities for lead service line replacement, ask questions of experts and obtain other critical information necessary to set your city on the path toward compliance. This town hall will focus specifically on the rule requirements and financing options for cities to create their replacement plan and begin replacement.