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.

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Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants, Deadline Oct. 31

Through the State Farm grants, we focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.

Eligible Organizations

  • Educational institutions
  • Programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with the State Farm® charitable focus.
  • 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations
  • 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies
  • 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce
  • State Farm does not fund:
    • Individuals seeking personal help or scholarships
    • Religious programs
    • Politically partisan programs
    • Organizations outside the U.S.

Request a Grant
State Farm grant applications for 2019 are available Saturday, September 1, 2018 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Grant decisions will be communicated by end of first quarter in 2019. Nationally, we support communities through social investments and countrywide relationships. At a local level, our company grants focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.


Safety Grants
State Farm values the importance of keeping our neighbors safe.

Auto and roadway safety
Teen Driver Education
Home safety and fire prevention
Disaster preparedness
Disaster recovery


Community Development
Strong neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong society. We’re committed to maintaining the vibrancy of our communities by assisting nonprofits that support: affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development. Through community outreach and community development grants and investments, State Farm gives back to the neighborhoods it serves and helps develop stronger neighborhoods by reinvesting in the community.

Our national and local funding is directed toward:
Affordable Housing
Job training
Neighborhood Revitalization
Small business Development
Financial Literacy
First Time Homeownership


Education Grants
Nationally, our education funding is directed toward initiatives that more directly support under-served individuals, helping them obtain the skills and credentials they need to be successful in today’s workforce:


Pathways for College and Career Success
In local markets, our K-12 public education funding is directed toward:
Teacher Development
Service-Learning
Education Reform/Systemic Improvement
Applications

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State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants, Deadline Oct. 31

Recreational Soccer Grants, Deadline Oct. 5

Recreational Grant Any league or club currently affiliated with the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association may apply for a grant. The following are ideas for grant topics, but are, by no means, the only ideas that may be successful; outreach to schools to increase membership, setting up a play day or tournament, long-range-planning process, player/coach handbook, financial software, startup newsletter costs, training equipment, coaching education, web page development, computer, software, etc.

Recreational Tournament Grant Recreational Grants totaling $15,000 will be made for the purpose of enhancing existing recreational soccer tournaments within the State of Michigan. Any recreational tournament currently sanctioned by the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association may apply for a grant. Due to the limited nature of the grant monies available, the grants are designed to be small and no grant amount over $3,000 will be awarded. It is anticipated that most grants will be in the $500 range and can consist of certificates, cash or in-kind services.


MSYSA Recreational Grant Package (Recreational Leagues) Recently, the Great Lakes Soccer League, a member organization of MSYSA, ceased operation and expressed their sincerest gratitude to their members, players, parents and the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association. To continue the development and opportunities Great Lakes Soccer League once provided, they’ve donated recreational funds specific to the betterment of youth recreational soccer in Michigan. Recreational grants totaling $30,000 will be made available for the purpose of enhancing recreational soccer club and leagues within the State of Michigan. Any league or club currently affiliated with the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association may apply for a grant.


All 2019 MSYSA Recreational Grant Applications are due on or before October 5, 2018.

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Recreational Soccer Grants, Deadline Oct. 5

Open Rivers Initiative, Deadline Nov 17

The NOAA Open Rivers Initiative (ORI) provides funding and technical assistance to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven projects to remove dams and other river barriers, in order to benefit living marine and coastal resources, particularly diadromous fish. Projects funded through the Open Rivers Initiative must feature strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that foster economic, educational, and social benefits for citizens and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $6,000,000 is expected to be available for ORI Project Grants in FY 2011. The NOAA Restoration Center within the Office of Habitat Conservation will administer this grant initiative, and anticipates that typical awards will range from $200,000 to $750,000. Although a select few may fall outside of this range, project proposals requesting less than $100,000 or greater than $3,000,000 will not be accepted or reviewed.

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, industry and commercial (for profit) organizations, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments whose projects have the potential to benefit NOAA trust resources. Applications from Federal agencies or employees of Federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, national service clubs or youth corps organizations and others entities that are eligible to apply. The Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in under-served areas. The ORI encourages proposals from or involving any of the above institutions.

Open Rivers Initiative, Deadline Nov 17

Climate Showcase Communities Grant, Due July 26


The US EPA is awarding $10M in grant funding through its Climate Showcase Communities Program. This program will assist local and tribal governments in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while achieving additional environmental, economic, public health, and/or community benefits. The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community.

The Climate Showcase Communities Program provides funding for planning, demonstration and/or implementation projects designed to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The goal of this program is to implement innovative programs, projects, and approaches which demonstrate documentable reductions in GHG and are replicable elsewhere. The Office of Air and Radiation requests proposals from eligible entities, as described in Section III, which will achieve reductions of GHG emissions through actions taken by local and tribal governments.

Proposed activities must achieve reductions in GHG emissions by addressing one or more of the following priority areas:

  • energy performance in municipal operations (including municipal energy, water, and wastewater utilities)
  • energy performance in residential, commercial, agricultural, aqua-cultural, and/or industrial buildings
  • land use, transportation, or community master planning
  • reduction of vehicle miles traveled
  • solid waste management
  • agricultural, aqua-cultural, and natural resource management
  • use or supply of green power products, on-site renewables, and other clean energy supply options
  • heat island management
  • removal of barriers for greenhouse gas management, through the development of effective programs, policies, or outreach
  • other innovative activities which generate measurable reductions of greenhouse gases

In addition, proposals submitted for consideration should: 1) achieve ongoing GHG reductions 2) build capacity within local and tribal agencies to address GHG emissions 3) build and leverage partnerships across multiple stakeholder groups; 4) link climate change initiatives with broader environmental, economic, health, environmental justice, and social co-benefits; and 5) create models of success that are broadly replicable. Applicants will also be scored on their ability to link their proposed projects to broader climate management by describing how the project relates to “complementary activities” they have completed, in progress, or planned. Complementary activities include other policies, programs, or actions undertaken by a local or tribal government related to climate change management.

EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately 20 to 30 cooperative agreements from this announcement, ranging in value from $100,000 to $500,000, subject to availability of funds, quality of evaluated proposals, and other applicable considerations. The maximum amount available for any award is $500,000 in federal funds. Under the tribal set-aside, EPA expects to award 1-3 cooperative agreements ranging in value from approximately $100,000 to $500,000, for a total value of approximately $500,000, subject to availability of funds, quality of evaluated proposals, and other applicable considerations. Awards are subject to the availability of funds and quality of evaluated proposals. EPA reserves the right to make additional awards under this announcement, consistent with Agency policy, if additional funding becomes available. Any additional selections for awards will be made no later than six months from the date of original selection date.

Deadlines and Match
The estimated project period for awards resulting from this solicitation will begin February 1, 2011. Proposed project periods may be up to three years. A 50% match is required for this program with the exception of tribal governments and intertribal consortia that are exempt from matching requirements. The cost share and/or match can be in the form of cash or as in-kind contributions, such as use of volunteers and/or donated time, equipment, expertise, etc. All matching funds are subject to the regulations governing matching fund requirements at 40 CFR 31.24. In-kind contributions often include salaries or other verifiable costs which must be carefully documented. In the case of salaries, applicants may use either minimum wage or fair market value.

Eligibility
Local governments—a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority (including any public and Indian housing agency) school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.
Federally recognized Indian tribal governments—the governing body or a governmental agency of any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community (including Native villages) certified by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by him through the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as any organization or intertribal consortium that represents federally recognized tribes.
Intertribal Consortia— an “intertribal consortium” is defined as a partnership between two or more tribes that is authorized by the governing bodies of those tribes to apply for and receive assistance under this program. Intertribal consortia are eligible to receive grants under this program only if the consortium demonstrates that all members of the consortium meet the eligibility requirements for the grant and authorize the consortium to apply for and receive assistance by submitting to EPA documentation of (1) the existence of the partnership between Indian tribal governments, and (2) authorization of the consortium by all its members to apply for and receive the grant.

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Climate Showcase Communities Grant, Due July 26

EPA Brownfield Planning Pilots, Apps Due June 1

This notice announces the availability of EPA grant funds and direct assistance (through Agency contract support) for projects from eligible entities to facilitate community involvement in area-wide planning approaches to brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Area-wide planning grant funding and technical assistance will be directed to brownfields-impacted areas, such as a neighborhood, district, city block or corridor. The grant funding and direct assistance will result in an area-wide plan which will inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization. EPA anticipates selecting approximately 20 pilot projects through this competitive opportunity.

The maximum total amount of grant funding that applicants may apply for is $175,000 for the entire project period. Applicants may apply for project periods of up to 24 months. Applicants may apply for both grant funding and direct contract support in the same proposal but the total amount of assistance must not exceed $175,000.

The Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program is designed to assist predominantly under-served and economically disadvantaged communities. This may include low-income, minority, and/or economically distressed residents living in areas that face a disproportionate level of environmental degradation, social inequities, historic under representation, economic stagnation, and/or recent economic disruption (e.g., closure of assembly or manufacturing plants, resulting in recent and significant local job loss). As required by the Brownfields Law, EPA will ensure that there is a fair distribution of funding between urban areas such as large metropolitan areas and non-urban areas, such as rural areas, small towns and tribal communities.

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EPA Brownfield Planning Pilots, Apps Due June 1

Building Health Communities Grants, NOIs Due Friday

Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Elementary Schools and Community Partners

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is currently soliciting grant proposals from Michigan elementary schools and community partners to address the root causes of childhood obesity through prevention and collaboration. The Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Elementary Schools and Community Partners grant program will provide funding for healthy physical activity and nutrition programs during the 2010-2011 school year.

We have developed a “toolbox” of proven resources and activities that promote awareness of good nutrition and the benefits of physical activity. Using the toolbox, schools and community partners can help students become more physically active and healthier.

The toolbox consists of seven elements. Four of the elements are mandatory. They must be must included in any proposal that we consider for funding. You can also increase your chances for funding by including one or more of the optional elements in your proposal.

Schools also may propose to engage parents and community partners through either or both:
Parent education to complement student learning
Community assessments
Communities that have completed a Promoting Active Communities assessment between January 2007 and February 2010 may propose to implement one recommendation from the assessment.

Grant details, forms and applications
E-mail our Social Mission staff with questions you have about the grant elements or application process. Include your contact information.
Applicants must meet all requirements in the request for proposals (PDF).
The required Building Healthy Communities grant applications and forms are available below. You can type the required information into the applications.
School application (PDF)
Community application (PDF)
Conditions of grant (PDF) Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered for funding.
Complete the Notice of Intent to Apply form no later than Feb. 12, 2010. Submitting the form by the deadline is a condition of funding eligibility, but does not obligate your organization to apply for a grant.

Submit complete proposal. To be eligible for consideration, your proposal must meet all RFP requirements and the following deadlines. Sunday, March 14, 2010: Full grant proposal must be submitted online by midnight. All completed forms and attachments must be sent in a single e-mail to our Social Mission staff at buildhealth2010@bcbsm.com. Monday, March 15, 2010: A hard copy of the proposal must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2010 and sent to:
Building Healthy Communities Grant Program — MC B718Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan600 E. Lafayette Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226-2998

Building Health Communities Grants, NOIs Due Friday

Brownfield Assessment Grants, Due Oct 16

Assessment grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, and conducting site assessments and cleanup planning related to brownfield sites. Assessment grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanups. Assessment grants for individual applicants can be either community-wide or site-specific. Community-wide proposals are appropriate when a specific site is not identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on more than one brownfield in its community. Site-specific proposals are appropriate when a specific site has been identified and the applicant plans tospend grant funds on this one site only. The performance period for assessment grants is three years.

Additionally, assessment proposals may be submitted by coalitions of eligible entities to pool their grant funds (see section III.A. for a list of entities eligible to apply for an assessment grant; existing grantees are eligible entities). A coalition is a group of three or more eligible entities that submits one grant proposal under the name of one of the coalition participants who will be the grant recipient, if selected. Coalition members may not have the same jurisdiction (for example, different departments in the same county) unless they are separate legal entities (for example, a city and a redevelopment agency). The grant recipient must administer the grant, be accountable to EPA for proper expenditure of the funds, and be the point of contact for the other coalition members. Assessment coalitions may submit only one proposal up to $1,000,000. All coalition assessment grant proposals must be community-wide proposals; therefore, the applicant does not need to respond to the site eligibility threshold criteria in section III.C.3. Site eligibility will be determined after grant award and prior to expending grant funds at any site. Coalitions will be required to assess a minimum of five sites. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) documenting the coalition’s site selection process must be in place prior to the expenditure of any funds that have been awarded to the coalition. The purpose of the MOA is for coalition members to agree internally about the distribution of funds and the mechanisms for implementing the assessment work. MOAs do not need to be included as part of your proposal. Coalition members are not eligible as applicants for additional community-wide or site-specific assessment grants. A coalition member wishing to apply as a separate applicant must withdraw from the coalition to be eligible for individual assessment funds.

The total estimated funding available under the national competition for assessment, cleanup, and RLF grants is estimated at $79.4 million. Separate announcements are posted for the RLF and cleanup competitions. EPA must expend 25 percent of the amount appropriated for brownfields grants on sites contaminated with petroleum. EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 341 grants among all three grant types. Under this announcement, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 171 assessment grants for approximately $37.3 million. In addition, EPA reserves the right to award additional grants under this competition should additional funding become available. Any additional selections for awards will be made no later than six months from the date of the original selection decision. EPA reserves the right to reject all proposals and make no awards under this announcement or make fewer awards than anticipated. In appropriate circumstances, EPA reserves the right to partially fund proposals by funding discrete portions or phases of proposed projects. To maintain the integrity of the competition and selection process, EPA, if it decides to partially fund a proposal, will do so in a manner that does not prejudice any applicants or affect the basis upon which the proposal, or portion thereof, was evaluated and selected for award.

The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for an assessment grant. Nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply for an assessment grant.
• General Purpose Unit of Local Government. (For purposes of the brownfields grant program, EPA defines general purpose unit of local government as a “local government” as defined under 40 CFR Part 31.)
• Land Clearance Authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government.
• Government Entity Created by State Legislature.
• Regional Council or group of General Purpose Units of Local Government.
• Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.
• State.
• Indian Tribe

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Brownfield Assessment Grants, Due Oct 16