Broadband Grants, Deadline Aug. 30

Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) Grant Program

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) is providing a grant opportunity to extend broadband service into unserved areas in Michigan. The grant funds are available to projects that demonstrate collaboration to achieve community investment and economic development goals of the area impacted.

The state has appropriated $20M for this grant program. Contact us for more information! To learn more about GFA please visit our website at https://gfa.tc.

Broadband Grants, Deadline Aug. 30

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

Community Foundation Grants, Deadline Oct. 1

The Grand Traverse Community Foundation’s fall grant cycle is open. Application are due by Oct. 1.

Genuine Leelanau Charitable Endowment

  • The Genuine Leelanau Charitable Endowment provides support to nonprofit organizations or groups that work to enhance the life and culture of women, children and families in Leelanau County.

Joan Rajkovich McGarry Family Education Endowment

  • The Joan Rajkovich McGarry Family Education Endowment supports programs and services to benefit Grand Traverse and/or Leelanau Counties. The grantmaking focus is on nutrition and, in particular, on school aged children and obesity issues. $5,000 will be available to grant in 2017.

Traverse City Track Club Endowment

  • The TC Track Club Endowment supports running related activities including; Cross Country Programs, Track and Field Programs, Summer Camp Activities, Running/Walking Programs and Charitable Giving Related to Running. The TC Track Club Endowment is both a Spring and Fall Grant Cycle Opportunity

Youth Endowment

  • The Community Foundation Youth Endowment grants are available to nonprofit, educational or governmental organizations serving youth in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties.

Note: This is a very local program, limited to northwest Michigan, that we publicize as a public service. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Community Foundation Grants, Deadline Oct. 1

EPA Brownfield Assessment & Cleanup Grants, Deadline Dec. 20

The total funding available under the national competitions for Assessment and Cleanup Grants is estimated at $54 million subject to the availability of funds and other applicable considerations. EPA may expend up to 25 percent of the amount  appropriated for Brownfields Grants on sites contaminated with petroleum. EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 294 grants among assessment and cleanup grant types. Under this competitive opportunity, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 60 Cleanup Grants for an estimated $12 million.

Proposals will be evaluated based, among other factors, on the extent to which the applicant demonstrates: economic and environmental needs of the target communities; a vision for the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield sites and the capability to achieve that vision; reasonable and eligible tasks and use of grant funding; incorporation of equitable and sustainable approaches; community engagement, partnerships and leveraged resources to complete the project; and economic, environmental, health, and social benefits associated with the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield sites.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at specific brownfield sites owned by the applicant. An applicant can apply for up to $200,000 per brownfield site and can submit up to three site-specific cleanup proposals. Applicants that exceed the maximum number of proposals allowable for Cleanup Grants will be contacted, prior to review of any of the proposals by EPA, to determine which proposals the applicant will withdraw from the competition. A separate proposal must be submitted for each site.

An applicant must be the sole owner of the site that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant proposal and must own the site by December 20, 2016, in order to be eligible to receive a cleanup grant. The Brownfields Law requires applicants to provide a 20 percent cost share for Cleanup Grants.

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

EPA Brownfield Assessment & Cleanup Grants, Deadline Dec. 20

Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

Eligible Applicants

Fire Departments: Fire departments operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A Fire Department is an agency or organization having a formally recognized arrangement with a state, territory, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression to a population within a geographically fixed primary first due response area. Nonaffiliated EMS organizations: Nonaffiliated EMS organizations operating in any of the 56 states, which include any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; or, any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization are eligible applicants. A nonaffiliated EMS organization is an agency or organization that is a public or private nonprofit emergency medical services entity providing medical transport, that is not affiliated with a hospital and does not serve a geographic area in which emergency medical services are adequately provided by a fire department.

Eligibility Criteria

AFG has three activities: • Operations and Safety • Vehicle Acquisition • Regional Projects

Cost Share

Recipient cost sharing is generally required as described below. In general, eligible applicant shall agree to make available in non-federal funds, an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant awarded, except for entities serving small communities:

• When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded.

• When serving a jurisdiction of more than 1,000,000 residents, the applicant shall agree to
provide non-federal funds in an amount equal to and not less than 15 percent of the grant
awarded.
The cost share for SFTAs will be based on the total population of the State.

Narrative Evaluation Criteria

1. Financial Need (25%) Applicants should describe their financial need and how consistent it is with the intent of the AFG Program. This statement should include details describing the applicant’s financial distress, summarizing budget constraints, unsuccessful attempts to secure other funding, and proving the financial distress is out of their control.

2. Project Description and Budget (25%) This statement should clearly explain the applicant’s project objectives and its relationship to the applicant’s budget and risk analysis. The applicant should describe the various activities applied for with respect to any program priority or facility modifications, making sure they are consistent with project objectives, the applicant’s mission and national, state, and/or local requirements. Applicants should link the proposed expenses to operations and safety, as well as the completion of the project goals.

3. Operations and Safety/Cost Benefit (25%) Applicants should describe how they plan to address the operations and personal safety needs of their organization, including cost effectiveness and sharing assets. This statement should also include details about gaining the maximum benefits from grant funding by citing reasonable or required costs, like specific overhead and administrative costs. The applicant’s request should also be consistent with their mission and identify how funding will benefit their organization and affected personnel.

4. Statement of Effect/Impact on Daily Operations (25% ) This statement should explain how this funding request will enhance an organization’s overall effectiveness. It should address how this request will improve daily operations and reduce an organization’s common risk(s). Applicants should include how frequently the requested item(s) will be used and in what capacity. Applicants should also indicate how the requested item(s) will help the community and increase an organization’s ability to save additional lives and property.

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

Assistance to Firefighters, Deadline Jan. 15

Grants for Non-Profits, Deadline June 1

Bay Harbor Foundation Requests 2011 Grant Applications

Bay Harbor, MI – The Bay Harbor Foundation is requesting letters of intent for 2011 projects of local nonprofit organizations. Organizations in Northern Lower Michigan with 501(c)(3) nonprofit designations may request grant funds for programs that support the arts, education, environment and health & human services.

The deadline for letters of intent is Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Letters of intent should include:

1. The purpose of the project for which funds are required.

2. The community/regional impact of the project.

3. Preliminary budget and schedule of the project.

Preference will be given to proposals that will use Bay Harbor Foundation grant funds to match other charitable donations and for non-personnel related items.

Bay Harbor Foundation Program and Grant Committee will review letters of intent and will invite selected organizations by August 5, 2011 to submit application forms. Organizations invited to submit application forms will have until September 10, 2011 to complete the process. Grant award winners will be announced December 19, 2011.

Letters of intent may be e-mailed to info@bayharborfoundation.org or mailed to the Bay Harbor Foundation, 750 Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor, MI 49770.

Grants for Non-Profits, Deadline June 1

Do Something Grants for Community Service Projects

American Express and dosomething.org have teamed up to provide youth with seed money to get some great ideas off the ground.

What is a Do Something Grant?

Did you recently create a sustainable community action project, program or organization or have a great idea for helping your community? Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program or turn your idea into reality? If you answered, “YES!”, you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Grant.

Grant Details
How much?: $500

How many are you giving out?: One a week!

Deadline: None! Apply now! You will be notified withen 2-3 months after submission if you won.

Steps to Apply:
1. Create a Project Posting for your existing project.
2. Check out our Judging Criteria for help with your application
3. Fill out an Online Application
4. Check out the FAQ if you have more questions

Required
A budget detailing how the $500 will be used
A recommendation from a non-family member

Optional (but recommended)
Photos and video of your project
Your project’s website

Do Something Grants for Community Service Projects