Grants and Opportunities


MLB-MLBPA Healthy Relationships Community Grants
Two Remaining 2020 Application Deadlines: September 1 and December 1
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are launching the Healthy Relationships Community Grants initiative to address positive relationship health, with self and others. The initiative will focus on three distinct areas: supporting programs that build and improve mental health resiliency among vulnerable populations, improving relationship skills of the next generation, as well as programs designed to strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence today. MLB and MLBPA will jointly award $3 million in funding over 2020 and 2021, and U.S.-based nonprofit and global non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply.

LyftUp COVID-19 Community Grants Program
No Application Deadline
As part of Lyft’s response to COVID-19, they are piloting a new initiative called Essential Deliveries. Through this program, organizations that need delivery services for essential goods — such as groceries, medical supplies, auto parts, and home necessities — are quickly matched with Lyft drivers, who can carry the deliveries out. Additionally, in collaboration with 500+ community partners, they’re helping provide essential services — like trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, and healthcare appointments — to those in need.

Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program
Applications Due: July 15
FEMA will competitively award $10 million to eligible states and local governments to close known preparedness capability gaps, encourage innovative regional solutions to issues related to catastrophic incidents, and build on existing regional preparedness efforts, including pandemic preparedness.

Rural Cooperative Development Grant

Applications Due: August 3

 The primary objective of this program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities.

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.

Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment
Applications Due: September 15
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System is accepting proposals from non-profit, state, and local government youth and veteran serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively  to develop introductory educational experiences in natural resource careers to young people and veterans, including culturally, ethnically and economically diverse students, and underserved communities that traditionally have low participation in outdoor recreation activities through hands-on experience and mentoring at a variety of USFWS programs including but not limited to, national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, and ecological services offices.


The Climate Crisis Report in Focus
July 14, 12:00-1:30 PM ET
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on the climate action report released by the majority staff of the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30. This briefing will focus on four core areas of climate policy: climate mitigation, climate adaptation, environmental justice, and public health. Through presentations and a Q&A session, panelists will unpack the key elements of the 538-page report and highlight next steps for congressional action to address the climate crisis. 

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 101 Online Course
This Self-Paced Course is Available Now
This course is designed to help you understand the basic requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) environmental review procedures. You will learn what NEPA is; when the NEPA requirements apply to projects; the roles and responsibilities of FTA staff and project sponsors within the context of NEPA; the three different NEPA classes of action; how to determine when each class of action applies; and the different environmental review, documentation, and public involvement requirements for each.

Budget and Approprations Outlook – Rounding Out 2020
July 14, 11:00-12:00 PM ET
The six months since lawmakers and the administration reached an agreement in December on fiscal 2020 spending have been unlike any other in the history of the appropriations process. A global pandemic, a volatile economy, and a presidential election are all at play this year as the world’s biggest budget gets carved up and appropriated. Join FiscalNote and CQ Roll Call for a webinar discussion with veteran journalists and industry experts on where the money is likely to go and what it all means for you for the rest of 2020.

Rebooting the American Workforce post-COVID-19
July 16, 9:00-10:00 AM ET
Join POLITICO on Thursday, July 16, for a virtual, deep-dive conversation on the economic recovery after Covid-19. The program will explore how recovery will affect different sectors of the American workforce and what measures and policies need to be implemented to help Americans get back to work.

Tips on How to Design Charging Infrastructure that Supports Current and Future EV Deployments
July 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Learn how to work with utility and electrical contractors to ensure your utility-side and customer-side infrastructure are optimized and compatible with your EVs. Join this ACT News webinar to gain insight into:

  • Necessary factors to consider when designing an EV charging site.
  • Planning for site upgrades to support future EV deployments.
  • Common design issues to avoid that may result in delays or added costs.

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