Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has opened its Recycling Infrastructure grant program to assist with recycling infrastructure projects, such as public space recycling, bin-to-cart transitions, public drop-off recycling locations, and recycling site improvements.

A total of $500,000 is available for fiscal year 2019. Eligible entities include: cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities, school districts, health departments, colleges or universities, and regional planning agencies. Funding or program partners may be for-profit or non-profit organizations, but such entities are not eligible to receive grants. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

Rural Initiative Grants, Deadline Oct. 3

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education.

PRIORITY IS PLACED ON PROJECTS THAT:

Bring together a broad range of community members and institutions
Provide the opportunity for diverse community members to work together
Contain measurable short-term outcomes within the first 12 to 18 months
Include community members actively in all phases of the process
Work toward an outcome of positive change within their community

PROJECTS MUST DEMONSTRATE:

Support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions
Matching financial and/or in-kind support from the local community
Significant volunteer participation
Reasonable plans to complete the project within 18 months or less

LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY:

Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas (Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr counties only), and Wyoming may apply
The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate rural characteristics of their location

FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR:

Planning (up to $5,000) – These funds may support costs like: consultant or staff time, meeting costs, mailings, secretarial support, refreshments, local travel, childcare, etc. Note – this stage is optional and not a required phase prior to applying for or receiving an implementation grant. If an organization receives a planning grant from the Musser Fund, this in no way implies a commitment on the part of the Musser Fund to provide the organization with any subsequent implementation grant. But organizations that receive a planning grant may apply for subsequent implementation support after their planning activities are completed.

Implementation (Up to $25,000) – These funds are available to implement community based rural projects that originate in, have been planned by, and involve diverse people from the local community. The projects should result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months.

Projects will be eligible for either planning or implementation funds during any one grant period.

WHAT THE PROGRAM WILL COVER:

New programs or projects within their first three years
A planning or implementation phase

WHAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED:

Capital campaigns and large capital expenses
General operating support
Ongoing program support

WHO CAN APPLY:

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
Local units of Government

Contact us for more information about this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Rural Initiative Grants, Deadline Oct. 3

Invasive Species Control Grants, Pre-Proposals Due June 13

Grant Post May 2, 2018

Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP)
The Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development work together to address strategic issues of prevention, detection, eradication, and control for both terrestrial and aquatic invasive species in Michigan.

Projects must support the overalls goals of the MISGP:
• Prevent new invasive species introductions.
• Strengthen statewide invasive species early detection and response network.
• Limit the dispersal of recently confirmed invasive species.
• Manage and control widespread, long-established invasive species.

Eligibility:
• Local, state*, federal or tribal units of government
• Non-profit organizations
• Universities
*State agencies should contact the MISGP contact prior to preparing an application.

The minimum grant amount is $25,000 with maximum grant amounts between $60,000 and $400,000 depending on the type of project.

Reposted as a public service. Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit us at http://gfa.tc.

Invasive Species Control Grants, Pre-Proposals Due June 13

MDEQ Recycling Grants, Deadline March 9 2018

The MDEQ is offering communities grants to purchase residential recycling carts. Too often, the lack of recycling collection infrastructure prevents valuable recyclable materials from becoming new products manufactured in Michigan. A proven method for increasing recycling is ensuring that community members have convenient access to recycling opportunities. Communities in the Southeastern Oakland Resource Recovery Authority that received DEQ grants for curbside carts have seen trash volumes decrease and recycling volumes increase 30% in just the first few months after cart delivery.

To assist communities with the purchase of residential recycling carts, the DEQ is offering up to $500,000 during fiscal year 2018. Cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments and/or municipal solid waste or resource recovery authorities are all welcome to apply. Requests for funding will be accepted through March 9, 2018. For more information about the grants program, visit www.michigan.gov/mirecycles.

This information is provided as a service for our clients and communities. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

MDEQ Recycling Grants, Deadline March 9 2018

SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

The SAFER grant program is composed of two activities:
Hiring of Firefighters – Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters – Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply

Eligible Applicants
• Volunteer fire departments and combination fire departments may apply for funding under both the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Separate applications must be completed for each activity. Applicants are limited to one application per activity, per application period. If an applicant submits two applications for the same activity during a single application period, both applications will be disqualified.
• Career fire departments may only apply for funding under the Hiring of Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.
• Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments lacking the legal status to do so, such as those under the support of the municipality or district. The municipality or fire district may submit only one application for hiring per application period for each eligible fire department within the municipality or fire district.
• National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may only apply for funding under the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. Applicants are limited to one application per application period. If an applicant submits two applications, both applications will be disqualified.

Cost-share may be required. Contact us for more information about this program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

SAFER Firefighter Grants, Deadline Feb. 10

NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 12

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Eligible Applicants:
Special district governments
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
State governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
County governments
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Application deadline is Sept. 12 and potential applicants would be advised to start work early! Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 12

EDA Grant Deadlines: March 12 and June 12

Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in 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 and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

Eligible applicants:

Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
County governments
State governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

We have clients currently using this grant program! Contact us for more information.

EDA Grant Deadlines: March 12 and June 12

Farmer’s Market Promotion Program, Deadline June 20

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The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of approximately $15 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year (FY) 2014 to be awarded through the Famers Market Promotion Program. The Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3005). The FMPP is a competitive grant program administered by the Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS.

The goals of FMPP grants are to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The minimum FY2014 FMPP award per grant is $15,000 and the maximum is $100,000. An applicant is limited to no more than one grant in a grant-funding year. FMPP funding will be available for use beginning in October 2014. Project work should begin in October 2014 and end not later than October 2016. Matching funds are not required.

Eligible applicants:

  1. Agricultural Business. A business entity that provides, holds, delivers, transports, offers, or sells agricultural products or services.
  2. Agricultural Cooperative. A group-owned or member-owned entity or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services for the mutual benefit of the members thereof.
  3. Producer Network. A producer group- or member-owned organization or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services through a common distribution system for the mutual benefit of the members thereof.
  4. Producer Associations. An organization or other business that assists or serves, represents, or serves producers or a producer network.
  5. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network. A formal group of farms that work collectively to offer consumers regular (usually weekly) deliveries of locally-grown farm products during one or more harvest season(s), often on a subscription or membership basis. Customers have access to a selected share or range of farm products offered by the group of farmers based on partial or total advance payment of a subscription or membership fee.
  6. CSA Associations. An organization or other business that assists or serves, represents, or services CSAs or CSA networks.
  7. Local Government. Any unit of government within a State, including a county, borough, municipality, city, town, township, parish, local public authority, special district, school district, intrastate district, council of governments, or other instrumentalities of local government.
  8. Nonprofit Corporation. Any organization or institution, including nonprofits with State or IRS 501 (c) status and accredited institutions of higher education, where no part of the net earnings of which inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
  9. Public Benefit Corporation. A corporation organized to construct or operate a public improvement, the profits from which inure to the benefit of a State(s) or to the people thereof.
  10. Economic Development Corporation. An organization whose mission is the improvement, maintenance, development and/or marketing or promotion of a specific geographic area.
  11. Regional Famers Market Authority. An entity that establishes and enforces regional, State, or county policies and jurisdiction over State, regional, or county farmers markets.
  12. Tribal Government. A governing body or a governmental agency of any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community (including any native village as defined in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 85 Stat. 688 (43 U.S.C. § 1602)) certified by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Contact us for more details!

Farmer’s Market Promotion Program, Deadline June 20

Rural Development Capacity Initiative Grants, Deadline Nov. 12

This Notice announces the availability of $5,676,077 for competitive grant funds for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area herein referred to as the Agency. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. This Notice lists the information needed to submit an application for these funds.

Congress initially created the RCDI in Fiscal Year (FY) 2000 to develop the capacity and ability of nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas.

Low-income rural community—An authority, district, economic development authority, regional council, or unit of government representing an incorporated city, town, village, county, township, parish, or borough whose income is at or below 80 percent of either the state or national Median Household Income as measured by the 2010 Census.

Regional Collaboration—Multi-jurisdictional areas typically within a State, territory, or Federally-designated Tribal land but which can cross State, territory, or Tribal boundaries.

The Regional Collaboration approach is intended to combine the resources of the Agency with those of State and local governments, educational institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors to implement regional economic and community development strategies, including the enhancement of community-based philanthropic endowments.

Rural and rural area—Any area other than (i) a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and (ii) the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town.

Matching funds are cash or confirmed funding commitments and must be at least equal to the grant amount and committed for a period of not less than the grant performance period. These funds can only be used for eligible RCDI activities. Matching funds must be used to support the overall purpose of the RCDI program.

In-kind contributions such as salaries, donated time and effort, real and nonexpendable personal property and goods and services cannot be used as matching funds.

Grant funds and matching funds must be used in equal proportions. This does not mean funds have to be used equally by line item.

Fund uses must be consistent with the RCDI purpose. A nonexclusive list of eligible grant uses includes the following:

1. Provide technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development, e.g., the intermediary hires a staff person to provide technical assistance to the recipient or the recipient hires a staff person, under the supervision of the intermediary, to carry out the technical assistance provided by the intermediary.

2. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs, e.g., homeownership education or training for business entrepreneurs.

3. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development.

4. Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing.

5. Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects.

6. Assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal.

7. Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and information technology.

8. Purchase of computers, software, and printers, limited to $10,000 per award, at the recipient level when directly related to the technical assistance program being undertaken by the intermediary.Show citation box

9. Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs and training expenses related to RCDI.

Construction costs are not eligible.

Rural Development Capacity Initiative Grants, Deadline Nov. 12

Assistance to Firefighters Grants – Pre-App Webinar

FY 2013 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE
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FEMA is currently providing technical assistance to help organizations prepare for the upcoming FY 2013 application period schedule to run later this fall. Workshops are designed to provide valuable information and insights to potential applicants understand the FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and its funding priorities. The schedule is dynamic and workshops will be added, repeated and varied in day and time to allow for the widest possible participation and anticipated demand.

Presentation topics will include:
•    Programmatic changes since FY 2012
•    Funding priorities
•    AFG funding opportunities
•    Application evaluation criteria
•    SAM.gov registration

MICHIGAN REGION FIVE SCHEDULE
Conference Call with Webinar Workshops
•    Registration is required to participate
•    Each workshop is approximately 1 – 2 hours in length
•    Selected workshops will also offer visual material via your web browser (Webinar).

9/17/2013    To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755# Webinar will be Central Time
  • FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/18/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       1:00 pm

9/18/2013   To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/19/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/21/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       9:00 am

9/23/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       1:00 pm

9/24/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/25/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       1:00 pm

9/26/2013    To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm
Assistance to Firefighters Grants – Pre-App Webinar