Safe Routes to School Mini Grants, Deadline March 2, 2018

The Safe Routes to School program offers mini grants as a way to explore applying the program to your school district. Mini Grants are an excellent way to ease into the Safe Routes to School movement, and start building a culture of walking, biking, and rolling at your school. These grants allow schools and communities to create programs that educate and encourage students to stay healthy and active, and to reduce traffic around schools. Up to $5,000 per school is available, and up $25,000 per school district.

As of this writing the 2018 RFP is not yet available, but if you are planning an application now is a good time to start getting your information in order. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Safe Routes to School Mini Grants, Deadline March 2, 2018

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

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

Safe Routes to School Mini Grants, Due April 7

National Center for Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School Mini-grants

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants include: Faculty, staff, or parent volunteers at elementary or middle schools; Adult-supervised elementary or middle school groups or clubs; Adult-supervised high school groups/clubs that wish to partner with a nearby elementary or middle school; Local governments; Tribal governments; and/or Community-based or private non-profit organizations engaged in improving safety for and increasing the number of children who safely walk or ride a bicycle to school.

Purpose:
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for up to 35 mini-grants of $1,000 each to support the goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, which is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments. The aim of the mini-grants is to use student creativity and leadership skills to increase safe walking and bicycling to school. Successful applications will focus on either (a) increasing safe walking and/or bicycling to school, or (b) improving the safety of students already walking and/or bicycling to school. Activities funded by the mini-grants must be part of a broader walking and/or bicycling to school effort.

Deadline: April 07, 2010

Maximum Award: $1000

Number Of Awards: 35

Period: One year.

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Safe Routes to School Mini Grants, Due April 7

Safe Routes Mini Grants, Due Oct 30

Mini-grants encourage student creativity in SafeRoutes to School

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is awarding 20 mini-grants of up to $1,000 each to encourage student creativity in new or existing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. The goal of SRTS programs is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments.

“Communities across the country have been creative and successful in finding ways to make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school,” says Lauren Marchetti, Director of the National Center. “We want to use these mini-grants to support young people with good ideas who can help create a culture of walking and bicycling in their communities.”
Successful applications will include one or more of the following: student-led activities, concern for the environment, and/or promotion of physical activity. Funded activities must be part of a new or existing Safe Routes to School program. They must occur at elementary or middle schools and activities must have the potential to have long-term impacts on safe walking or bicycling in the school community.

Mini-grant applications are due October 30, 2009, and award winners will be announced by December 1, 2009. To obtain the mini-grant application, go to www.saferoutesinfo.org/minigrants.

Since its creation in 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School has assisted communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center offers training and resources to assist communities in successful SRTS program development, and funding the mini-grants extends that mission.
The National Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. For additional information about the National Center for Safe Routes to School, go to www.saferoutesinfo.org.

Safe Routes Mini Grants, Due Oct 30