Rural Energy Grants, Small Grant Deadline Oct. 31

Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Who may apply?

  • Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
  • Small businesses in eligible rural areas.
    NOTE: Agricultural producers and small businesses must have no outstanding delinquent federal taxes, debt, judgment or debarment.

What is an eligible area?

  • Businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town. Check eligible business addresses.
  • Agricultural producers may be in rural or non-rural areas.

How may the funds be used?
Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as:

    • Biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels)
    • Geothermal for electric generation or direct use
    • Hydropower below 30 megawatts
    • Hydrogen
    • Small and large wind generation
    • Small and large solar generation
    • Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation

Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as:

  • High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Cooling or refrigeration units
  • Doors and windows
  • Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots
  • Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor
  • Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment

What funding is available?
Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs
Grants for up to 25% of total eligible project costs
Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs

What are the grant terms?
Renewable Energy System Grants:
$2,500 minimum; $500,000 maximum

Energy Efficiency Grants:
$1,500 minimum; $250,000 maximum

Are there additional requirements?

  • Applicants must provide at least 75% of the project cost if applying for a grant only.
  • Applicants must provide at least 25% of the project cost if applying for loan, or loan and grant combination.
  • Projects greater than $200,000 require a technical report.
  • Energy efficiency projects require an energy audit or assessment.

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Rural Energy Grants, Small Grant Deadline Oct. 31

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
Education Reform/Systemic Improvement

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

Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) has established the Community Forestry Grants program. Federal funding is provided by the USFS, State and Private Forestry, UCF Program (CFDA 10.664).

Cost-share funds will be available to communities and organizations on a competitive basis for UCF projects in Michigan. A total of up to $100,000 may be granted to eligible projects. This is a 1:1 cost share match program. Federal funds may not be used as part of the required match. Projects must be completed by September 1, 2019.

The purpose and objectives of this program include:

  •  providing financial assistance to communities and organizations to support UCF projects,
  • building local community capacity to manage and care for trees through education and technical assistance,
  • developing long-term street/park and community forestry plans and policies,
  • promoting projects that assist communities in developing sustainable local tree management programs and policies,
  • improving public awareness and understanding of the benefits of preserving and expanding community tree cover,
  • promoting volunteerism and partnership between public, private and nonprofit organizations for public tree care,
  • supporting innovative projects and partnerships that address UCF issues in Michigan,
  • enhancing the technical skills of people involved in planning, managing or maintaining urban and community forests and,
  • Promoting and celebrating Arbor Day, Tree City USA and related events.

Based on the total pool of applications received, up to $100,000 in available funding may be distributed according to the following breakdown:

  • Management, Planning and Innovation projects 50%
  • Education and Training projects 20%
  • Arbor Day Celebration projects 5%

This is a reimbursement grant program. Federal grant monies awarded under this program will be paid only upon evidence of completion of approved projects.

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Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 1

MDNR Aquatic Habitat Grant Program, Deadline Aug. 27 (Pre-Proposals)

Projects that focus on affecting key processes, as opposed to treating symptoms, will be given priority. Key processes include hydrology, connectivity, material recruitment and movement, geomorphology, and water quality.

Eligibility: Any local, state, federal, or tribal units of government, or non-profit groups.

Application Process:

  • Submittal of a pre-proposal
  • Evaluation by DNR staff
  • Submittal of a full grant application (invitation based)
  • Evaluation by DNR staff
  • Final approval of grant awards by the DNR Director

Invitation to submit full applications begins late September
Full applications due mid-November
Awards announced by mid-April
Project period begins upon execution of grant agreement
Project periods are one and a half years (two construction seasons)

Grant Limits:

Minimum grant request amount: $25,000
Maximum grant request amount: Amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year, typically around $1.25 million
Minimum match of 10% is required


MDNR Aquatic Habitat Grant Program, Deadline Aug. 27 (Pre-Proposals)

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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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

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Rural Initiative Grants, Deadline Oct. 3

Shore-based Fishing Improvement Grants, Deadline Aug. 23

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust’s Access to the Great Lakes Fishery grant category focuses on significantly increasing access to the Great Lakes fishery for shore-based angling and tribal commercial fishing, in Michigan.

Up to $500,000 is available for access projects in 2018.

The GLFT supports its access goals through a combination of competitive and funder-directed grantmaking. Supported activities may include:
1. Construction of new access sites
2. Upgrades and renovations to existing access sites
3. Engineering and feasibility studies for proposed access sites
4. Land acquisition to support subsequent access site development

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Shore-based Fishing Improvement Grants, Deadline Aug. 23

Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

The purpose of the recreational and snowmobile trail grant program is to provide financial assistance to local units of government and incorporated nonprofit groups for the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails. Funds are allocated and paid to the grantees on a reimbursement basis through a formal grant agreement between the grantee and the Department. Funds are available for development of new snowmobile trails; maintenance of existing trails including grooming, signing and brushing of the trails; leases, easements or permits for public snowmobile trails on private lands; comprehensive/collision insurance for grooming equipment and trail liability insurance.

PROGRAM GOALS: STATEWIDE TRAILS INITIATIVE The Michigan snowmobile trail program began as a small, loop trail system, with the goal of tying these loops together into an interconnected system of trails. Now, the primary long-term goal of the Michigan snowmobile program is the development of an interconnected network of groomed snowmobile trails from the Michigan-Indiana border to the Mackinac Bridge and from the Mackinac Bridge to Ironwood. Acquisition, establishment, and use of abandoned railroad corridors are critical to accomplishing this goal.

A second long-term goal is to establish a system of permanent, public land trails throughout the State. Many trails were required to be rerouted as private lands changed ownership, and even trails on public lands have been relocated. The Department continues to seek conversion of abandoned railroad grades and other corridors throughout the State, as well as establishing permanent trail corridors on public lands through acquisition of land or rights in land.


  • Counties
  • Townships
  • Cities
  • Villages
  • Non-profits, including clubs


  • Trail Grooming
  • Lease Payments
  • Off season Maintenance
  • New Trail Development
  • Liability Insurance Premiums
  • Installation of signs
  • Equipment

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Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

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.

• 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.

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Invasive Species Control Grants, Pre-Proposals Due June 13

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