Small Community Air Service Grant Program, Deadline Jul. 22

The Small Community Program  is designed to provide financial assistance to small communities in order to help them enhance their air service. The Department provides this assistance in the form of monetary grants that are disbursed on a reimbursable basis. The Department has up to $5.5 million available for FY 2015 grant awards to carry out this program. There is no limit on the amount of individual awards, and the amounts awarded will vary depending upon the features and merits of the selected proposals. In past years, the Department’s individual grant sizes have ranged from $20,000 to nearly $1.6 million.

Eligible applicants are small communities that meet the following statutory criteria:

1) As of calendar year 1997, the airport serving the community was not larger than a small hub airport, and it has insufficient air carrier service or unreasonably high air fares; and 

2) The airport serving the community presents characteristics, such as geographic diversity or unique circumstances that demonstrate the need for, and feasibility of, grant assistance from the Small Community Program.

No more than four communities or consortia of communities, or a combination thereof, from the same state may be selected to participate in the program in any fiscal year. No more than 40 communities or consortia of communities, or a combination thereof, may be selected to participate in the program in each year for which the funds are appropriated. Consortium applications: Both individual communities and consortia of communities are eligible for SCASDP funds. An application from a consortium of communities must be one that seeks to facilitate the efforts of the communities working together toward one joint grant project, with one joint objective, including the establishment of one entity to ensure that the joint objective is accomplished.

Multiple Applications: A community may file only one application for a grant, either individually or as part of a consortium.Communities without existing air service: Communities that do not currently have commercial air service are eligible for SCASDP funds. Essential Air Service communities: Small communities that meet the basic SCASDP criteria and currently receive subsidized air service under the Essential Air Service (“EAS”) program are eligible to apply for SCASDP funds. However, grant awards to EAS-subsidized communities are limited to marketing or promotion projects that support existing or newly subsidized EAS. Grant funds will not be authorized for EAS-subsidized communities to support any new competing air service. Furthermore, no funds will be authorized to support additional flights by EAS carriers or changes to those carriers’ existing schedules. These restrictions are necessary to avoid conflicts with the mandate of the EAS program.

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Small Community Air Service Grant Program, Deadline Jul. 22

Rural Development Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG), Deadline June 13

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Program Status: OPEN on May 2, 2014

Estimated Program Funding: $2.25 Million
Maximum Grant Amount: $100,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: None

Eligible applicants: Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, and rural cooperatives are eligible to apply.

Grant funds must be used for projects in rural areas and they can be used for:
– Community economic development
– Technology-based economic development
– Feasibility studies and business plans
– Leadership and entrepreneur training
– Rural business incubators
– Long-term business strategic planning

Rural Development Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG), Deadline June 13

Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) Program, Deadline Oct. 1

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On behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is accepting Part I Applications for new projects under the State of Michigan’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) program. The CDBG DIG program is designed to assist communities seeking to improve their downtown district infrastructure quality. Entitlement Communities are not eligible for DIG funding. This program is restricted to providing public infrastructure improvement funding for Low and Moderate Income Communities and Project Areas with projects that are located in a traditional downtown. Grant requests must be at least $30,000 and cannot exceed $750,000. The total amount of grant funds available for the DIG program is $4,000,000. Due to funding limitations, only one submission per community is allowed.

The project will be required to be completed by December 31, 2014. If a project’s timing cannot accommodate this requirement, an application should not be submitted. This will be strictly enforced and extensions will not be allowed. Administration costs will not be eligible as CDBG funding, but will be allowed as match funded activities. The capacity of the Unit of General Local Government (UGLG) to administer the project will also be taken into consideration. Here are some project examples.

Key elements:

  • 10% local match
  • Minimum request amount: $30,000; Maximum request amount: $750,000
  • On low-mod list with a traditional downtown
  • Property owned by local unit of government
  • Includes maintenance plan

Evaluation criteria:

  • Local match
  • Leverage funding from other sources
  • No other open grants
  • Square footage of public space being improved
  • Existing downtown development plan?
  • DDA area?
  • Redevelopment Ready Community?
  • Meets existing capital improvements plan?

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Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) Program, Deadline Oct. 1

Rural Business Opportunity Grants, Due June 24

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Estimated Program Funding: $2.6 million
Maximum Grant Amount: $100,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: None

Eligibility

Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, and rural cooperatives are eligible to apply.

Uses

Grant funds must be used for projects in rural areas and they can be used for:

  •    Community economic development
  •    Technology-based economic development
  •    Feasibility studies and business plans
  •    Leadership and entrepreneur training
  •    Rural business incubators
  •    Long-term business strategic planning

The RBOG program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs through provision of training and technical assistance for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and to assist with economic development planning.

Rural Development is participating in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), which is a new Administration-wide initiative that will accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and help cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country. The IMCP is designed to reward communities that demonstrate best practices in attracting and expanding manufacturing by using long-term planning that integrates targeted investments in workforce training, infrastructure, research, and other key assets.

The IMCP is being initiated in FY 2013 as EDA, USDA, SBA and EPA each provide funding for regional implementation strategy grants. The agencies will allocate funding through existing programs to advance this critical national priority. Strategies developed by these grants, as well as existing strategies and those otherwise under development, will enhance regions’ efforts to compete for future proposed large scale IMCP grants (10 to 100 times the size of the implementation strategy grants). These grants will be given to communities with the best strategies for attracting private investment. IMCP partner agencies will coordinate funding across agencies in order to leverage complementary activities while also preventing duplication of efforts.

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Rural Business Opportunity Grants, Due June 24

MEDC Downtown Development Grants, Deadline April 26

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The CDBG Downtown Development Planning Grant program is designed to identify activities that the Unit of General Local Government (UGLG) could undertake to increase the viability/accessibility of economic opportunities that will revitalize and stimulate job creation within the downtown area. Planning projects will only be considered if the UGLG can demonstrate that the planning grant will likely lead to an eligible implementation project. The planning study must be building or area specific, with identified goals and outcomes. Planning studies must be completed within one year of grant agreement sign date.

Ineligible activities for this initiative include activities that create, update, or provide information solely for an UGLG to meet legislatively mandated requirements (i.e. Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and Master Plans) and/or engineering and design for specific projects.

Proposed projects are expected to meet the national objective of likelihood for near term position creation where at least 51 percent of the jobs are held by Low/Moderate Income persons.

Funding priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a majority of the following:

  •     Located in a DDA or other like district
  •     Located in a Main Street or Redevelopment Ready Community
  •     Located in a community that does not have any open grants that have not been drawn down
  •     Likely potential for 51% low/mod job creation and private investment
  •     Involves a multi-story building
  •     Will lead to the rehabilitation of a historic resource and/or address brownfield condition; and address an underutilized downtown theater

Funding priorities will also be given to communities with a higher percentage of matching funds (committed funds only), but a cash match equal to the awarded CDBG funds is required.

The maximum grant award will not exceed $100,000. The total amount of grant funds available is $500,000 for the Downtown Development Planning Grant program. Due to funding limitations, only one submission per UGLG is allowed.

Administration costs will not be eligible as CDBG or match funded activities. The capacity of the UGLG to administer the project will also be taken into consideration.

The selection of award recipients is at the complete discretion of the MSF Board of Directors and is based competitively on a 75 point scale. Part I Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a competitive basis. Projects must meet a minimum quality threshold of 45 points in order to be considered. Award decisions are not subject to appeal. Awards are subject to applicable state and federal policies, procedures and regulatory requirements. Award announcements are anticipated in June 2013.

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MEDC Downtown Development Grants, Deadline April 26

Economic Development Assistance (EDA), 2013 Deadlines

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To be considered during a particular funding cycle, completed applications must be validated and time-stamped at Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the applicable funding cycle deadline. Alternatively, paper applications may be delivered to the applicable regional office. Paper applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. local time in the applicable regional office on the funding cycle deadline and the applicant must use a delivery confirmation service from their selected carrier. If your application is received after the deadline, it will be considered late and will not be reviewed by EDA for that funding cycle. EDA will not accept facsimile or email transmissions of applications.

The next funding cycle deadlines are:

March 13, 2013 for funding cycle 3 of FY 2013;

June 13, 2013 for funding cycle 4 of FY 2013 ; and

September 13, 2013 for funding cycle 1 of FY 2014.

The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA’s) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills this mission through strategic investments and partnerships that create the regional economic ecosystems required to foster globally competitive regions throughout the United States. EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. Specifically, under the Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP FFO, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Eligible Applicants

State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Pursuant to EDA’s authorizing statute, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (PWEDA), eligible applicants for and eligible recipients of EDA investment assistance include a(n): (i) District Organization; (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. See section 3 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. § 3122) and 13 C.F.R. § 300.3. EDA is not authorized to provide grants directly to individuals or to for-profit entities seeking to start or expand a private business. Such requests may be referred to State or local agencies, or to non-profit economic development organizations serving the region in which the project will be located.

EDA provides strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment to support development in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from both rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

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Brownfield Area Planning Grants, Deadline Nov. 30

This notice announces the availability of EPA grant funds for projects from eligible entities to facilitate community involvement and conduct research, training and technical assistance necessary to develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies to facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Brownfields area-wide planning grant funding must be directed to specific areas affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, city block or local commercial corridor. The grant funding will result in an area-wide plan, including implementation strategies, for the brownfields-affected area. The brownfields area-wide plan will inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization.

Expected Number of Awards:     20
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $4,000,000
Award Ceiling:     $200,000
Award Floor:     $200,000

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Brownfield Area Planning Grants, Deadline Nov. 30

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline June 18

The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.

Eligibility

The following entities are eligble for funding::

      • Incorporated Organizations
      • Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(b) and (c).
      • State or local units of government, or
      • Cooperative, private corporations or limited liability companies, organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis

 

    Eligible areas include:

    • A single community with a population less than 20,000 which does not have Broadband Transmission Service

Applications

Applications for the 2012 Fiscal Year are now being accepted. Completed applications must be postmarked, hand delivered, or submitted through www.grants.gov by June 18, 2012 in order to be considered for funding.

Fund Uses

Funds may be used to build broadband infrastructure and establish a community center which offers free public access to broadband for two years.

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Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline June 18

Value Added Producer Grants, Deadline Aug. 29

These USDA Rural Development grants may be used for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy. Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures. Awards may be made for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000. Rural Development is encouraging applications that will support communities in urban or rural areas, with limited access to healthy foods and with a high poverty and hunger rate.

Ten percent of available funds are reserved to fund applications submitted by Beginning Farmers or Ranchers and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers or Ranchers as defined at 7 CFR 4284.902. An additional 10 percent of available funds are reserved to fund Mid-Tier Value Chain projects (both collectively referred to as ‘‘reserved funds’’). Grants made to Majority Controlled Producer-Based Business Ventures may not exceed 10 percent of the total funds obligated for the program in the fiscal year.

This program has a $37M budget and is anticipating approximately 250 awards.

Value Added Producer Grants, Deadline Aug. 29

Local Community Grants Program, Deadline Sept. 2

The Grand Vision is a citizen-led vision for the future of land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental stewardship in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Wexford Counties.  The ultimate goal of the Grand Vision is to create prosperity by making this region an even better place to live, work and play. In support of the Grand Vision the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, with generous support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, is offering the New Designs for Growth Community Growth Grants Program. This program will work to move the Grand Vision into action by providing direct financial support to communities for leadership, planning, collaboration, local decision-making and action-oriented projects that will enhance our communities’ sense of place and build the foundation for a stronger regional economy.

Grants of up to $10,000 (provided as cash or as direct technical assistance) will be made available on a competitive basis to city, village, township, and county governments from the six-county Grand Vision region.

Purpose

The New Designs for Growth Community Growth Grants Program is intended to strengthen our region by removing barriers and creating incentives for greater public and private sector investment in our region.  Successful projects will create a framework for sustainable and efficient growth and development by implementing strategies that are consistent with the Grand Vision (www.thegrandvision.org) and New Designs for Growth (www.newdesignsforgrowth.org) principles.

Project Application and Selection

All city, township, village, and county governments in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Wexford Counties are eligible to apply.  The application can be for direct technical assistance and/or cash assistance.

The NWMCOG is accepting applications in the form of clear and concise proposals of no more than 5 pages.  Proposals must contain all of the following:

• Purpose Statement. Summarize the purpose of the project.

• Background and Need. What has led you to apply for this grant? What is the need for this activity?

• Project Goals and Activities. In a brief statement, please identify the project goals. What do you hope to achieve? What activities will be completed to meet the community’s needs? Who will complete the work?

• Participant Information. Describe your community’s organizational structure, including staff capacity and leadership. Who are the partners and how will they participate in the project?

• Project Area. Please provide a brief description and/or map.

• Project Commitment. The proposal must include a commitment to provide either cash or in-kind match within one month of project start-up, as well as a commitment to participate in the Grand Vision Growth and Investment Working group.

• Innovation. Does your program/project incorporate a new approach, technique or methodology?

• Community impact. What will be different in the community if your project is successful? How will the outcomes of the project have a long-term community benefit?

• Performance Measures and Accountability. How are the impacts of this activity measurable? What is the plan to show accountability in reaching the defined project goals?

An application review committee of the Grand Vision Growth and Investment Working Group will evaluate all applications received. The success of an application will be determined by its completeness and clarity of purpose, the likelihood of project success, and the level of commitment offered by participants.

Please note that grant recipients will be required to provide a representative to participate monthly in the Grand Vision Growth and Investment Area Working Group.  Also, the NWMCOG will provide communication support to all projects selected through the New Designs for Growth Community Growth Grants Program.  Grant recipients will be asked to attend the September 27, 2011 Grand Vision event in Traverse City.

To apply:

Grant applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on September 2, 2011. Please submit applications as Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents (preferred method), to mccauley@nwm.cog.mi.us or mail to:

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Attn: Matt McCauley, Director of Regional Planning

600 E. Front St., Suite 104

PO Box 506

Traverse City, MI 49685

Local Community Grants Program, Deadline Sept. 2