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.


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

Community Challenge Planning Grants, Deadline Sept. 9

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Challenge Planning Grant Program fosters reform and reduces barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. This Program also supports the development of affordable housing through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities to support planning implementation. There is a cost-sharing requirement.

Eligible Applicants

State and local governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multijurisdictional groupings.

Contact us for more information!

Community Challenge Planning Grants, Deadline Sept. 9

People’s Garden Grant Program, Deadline August 26

The National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) announces the availability of grant funds and requests applications for the People’s Garden Grant Program (PGGP) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to facilitate the creation of produce, recreation, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for science-based informal education. This program is a joint initiative supported by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Nutritional Service, Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, in addition to NIFA. Successful applicants will provide micro-subgrant support to smaller local projects. This notice identifies the objectives for PGGP projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for a PGGP grant. NIFA additionally requests stakeholder input from any interested party for use in the development of the next RFA for this program. In addition, in order to answer questions that you may have concerning this RFA and the pending project, NIFA will host a teleconference on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). For those unable to participate in the call, NIFA will post a summary of the questions and the information provided to our website, http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/peoples_garden/peoples_garden.html. To participate in the teleconference, please call toll-free (888) 858-2144; the access code is 1059897.

Estimated Total Program Funding:    $725,000
Award Ceiling:    $150,000
Award Floor:
CFDA Number(s):    10.500  —  Cooperative Extension Service
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    Yes

  Eligible Applicants

  •     Independent school districts
  •     Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  •     Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  •     Private institutions of higher education
  •     Individuals
  •     For profit organizations other than small businesses
  •     Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research or education institutions and organizations, Federal and private agencies and organizations, non-profit organizations, individuals, and any other contractor or recipient. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the implementation of the project. An applicant’s failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of an application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

People’s Garden Grant Program, Deadline August 26

Grants to Improve Shore-based Fishing, Deadline August 25

Access to the Great Lakes Fishery


The goal of the GLFT’s Access to the Great Lakes Fishery grant category is to improve or create opportunities for shore-based access to fishing for Great Lakes species for use by tribal and/or recreational users.

How This Goal is Achieved

The GLFT funds projects that create or enhance shore-based access to fishing, which includes construction or improvement of boardwalks and fishing piers with adjacent amenities such as parking and walkways.

Application Information

To submit an application, please download and follow the 2011 Access to the Great Lakes Fishery Application Guidance document, which will provide you with proposal requirements, submission and award dates, and instructions on submitting an application. Please use these instructions to complete the standard and required budget form for your proposal and to review budget definitions for access grants.

Applications are due by August 25, 2011, at 3:00 PM EST. Funding decisions will be made by the GLFT’s Board of Trustees on November 8, 2011. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by November 23, 2011.

Do not use this application if your project involves the acquisition of property. For more information about land acquisition projects, click here.

Further Information

If you have questions about the project you are proposing, contact Jonathon Beard. If you have technical questions about submitting your application and/or the proposal process, contact Amy Rittenhouse. Both can be reached at (517) 371-7468 or glft@glft.org.

To review previous grants made in this category, please visit the Resource Library.

Grants to Improve Shore-based Fishing, Deadline August 25

Rural Development Business Opportunity Grants, Deadline Aug. 1

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.

Who is eligible?
Rural public bodies, rural nonprofit corporations, rural Indian tribes, and cooperatives with primarily rural members that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the membership are eligible provided they have sufficient financial strength and expertise to carry out the activity to be funded.

How much money is available?
Expected Number of Awards:     27
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $2,500,000
Award Ceiling:     $150,000

What is the maximum grant amount?
The maximum grant amount may vary from year to year, depending on availability of funds. The best way to know the maximum amount is to check the annual Notice of Funds Availability (see link at the top of the page for the current Notice).

What does rural mean?
A rural area is any area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 and any urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town according to the latest decennial census. However, the 2008 Farm Bill created some additional exclusionary language, so if you are not sure if an area meets the definition of rural, you should check with your local Rural Development office

What types of projects are eligible?
The RBOG program is primarily a training and technical assistance program. Funds may be provided for development of export markets; feasibility studies; development of long term trade strategies; community economic development planning; business training and business based technical assistance for rural entrepreneurs and business managers; establishment of rural business incubators; and assistance with technology based economic development. The types of projects that may be funded might include identification/ analysis of business opportunities that will utilize local material and human resources; provision of leadership development training to existing or prospective rural entrepreneurs and managers; business support centers; centers for training, technology and export trade; and, economic development planning;

Rural Development Business Opportunity Grants, Deadline Aug. 1