Arts & Culture Grants, Deadline Aug. 2

The DTE Energy Foundation has several grant opportunities coming up:

Arts & Culture, Human Needs

Application period: July 22 – August 2, 2019; Decision made: September, 2019

We seek to build strong, healthy cities by advancing the integration of arts and culture into community revitalization. The arts enrich our lives by encouraging self-expression and awakening curiosity, creativity and the desire for knowledge – which promotes vibrant and diverse communities. By supporting cultural institutions and community organizations, the DTE Energy Foundation is strengthening the economic vitality of cities across Michigan – helping draw visitors, showcase local businesses, and further grow communities.

Priority will be given to organizations or initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate the positive quantifiable economic impact of their arts and cultural programming
  • Serve a diverse population of community members through their arts and culture programming

Environment

Application period: October 21 – November 1,  2019; Decision made: December, 2019

The DTE Energy Foundation believes in sustaining and protecting Michigan’s treasured natural resources – and to help build the state’s future. We aim to educate and assist our communities in achieving leading environmental outcomes through our support of environmental leadership that emphasize water quality, wildlife, air and recycling waste. The DTE Energy Foundation partners with organizations seeking similar goals in supporting sustainability efforts that make communities stronger, more desirable and more resilient.

Priority will be given to organizations or initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate the impact of their sustainability programming

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

Arts & Culture Grants, Deadline Aug. 2

Roadwork Grants for Small Communities, Deadline April 5

MDOT has announced a new grant program – TEDF Category B, or the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The CIF provides grants to selected cities and villages with populations less than 10,000 for road improvements. Eligible projects include reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation and capital preventive maintenance of city or village streets. The maximum annual grant is $250,000 – at least a 50% match is required.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Geographic distribution will be used as one of the criteria for grant selection. Eligible agencies may apply for a grant in consecutive fiscal years.
  • Grant applications for roadwork associated with other infrastructure projects, such as water and sewer projects, will be given additional consideration during review. However, the costs associated with the other infrastructure work are not eligible for Category B funding.
  • Applications for projects that are multi-jurisdictional in nature, even if the other jurisdiction is not using nor is eligible for Category B funding, will be given extra consideration during review.
  • Applications for projects on roadways that are not eligible for funding through the Federal Highway Administration or TEDF Category D will be given additional consideration.
  • Finally, for this round, additional consideration will be given to applications for projects that can be completed by the end of the 2019 construction season.

Applications are now being accepted for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020. Contact us for more information! To learn more about GFA please visit our website – http://gfa.tc.

Roadwork Grants for Small Communities, Deadline April 5

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.

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

Recycling Grants, Deadline March 19

Scrap Tire Grants, Deadlines Sept. 28 & Oct. 19

MDEQ grant program is open! Scrap tires pose a fire risk and a human health risk as mosquito breeding grounds. Through grants, scrap tires can be processed and used in paving products for roads, manufactured products and energy production.  

The Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant is available for property owners to clean up old or abandoned scrap tire piles. The MDEQ will give priority to collection sites where tires were accumulated prior to January 1, 1991, as well as collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare or the environment. Local units of government and non-profit organizations are also eligible for funding for cleanup days and roadside cleanup grants.  

The Market Development Grants are available to fund up to 50 percent of total eligible costs for projects that demonstrate new or increased uses of scrap tires in manufactured products. The MDEQ will prioritize proposals based on the amount of scrap tire material being used in developing the project or product, demonstration of a new use of scrap tire material and demonstration of a viable market for a proposed product.

The Scrap Tire Law Enforcement Grants are available to the law enforcement community for the purchase, installation and implementation of surveillance equipment used to reduce or eliminate instances of illegal dumping of scrap tires.  

The MDEQ will accept Cleanup Grant Applications with all supporting documentation received on or before Friday, September 28, 2018. Market Development and Law Enforcement Grant Applications will be accepted with all supporting documentation on or before Friday, October 19, 2018. 

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

Scrap Tire Grants, Deadlines Sept. 28 & Oct. 19

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.

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

Rural Energy Grants, Small Grant Deadline Oct. 31

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

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.

WHO CAN APPLY?

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

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE FOR GRANT FUNDING?

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

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

 

Snowmobile Trail Grants, Deadline July 1

Community Broadband Grants, Deadline May 14

Grant Update – This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service.

Who may apply?
Eligible applicants include:

  • Most State and local governments
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits
  • For-profit corporations

What is an eligible area?
Rural areas that lack any existing broadband speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream is eligible.

  • The Application Guide provides guidance on rural areas currently eligible for Community Connect Grants

How may the funds be used?

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for:
    • all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA)
    • all participating critical community facilities (such as public schools, fire stations, and public libraries)
  • The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to the critical community facilities for 2 years
  • Less than 10% of the grant amount or up to $150,000 may be used for the improvement, expansion, construction or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public

Are there other grant requirements?

  • Buildings constructed with grant funds must be located on property owned by the awardee
  • Leasing expenses will only be covered through the advance of funds period included in the award documents
  • Grantees must have legal authority to provide, construct, operate and maintain the proposed facilities or services
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and non-profit entities are encouraged
  • For additional detail see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 1739

Are there any other grant requirements?

  • Matching funds of at least 15% from non-federal sources are required and can be used for operating costs

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

Community Broadband Grants, Deadline May 14

Equestrian Trail Grants, Deadline Apr. 18

The Michigan Horse Council has reinstated trail grants and they are available to any Michigan Horse Council member groups. These groups need to be non-profit, non-motorized equestrian trail advocacy organizations that support, expand or improve a public trail or campground open to equestrian use. Additional grants are also allowed by special requests, such as pledges to match projects in partnership with the DNR if it is approved by the DNR.

The purposes of these grants are to assist in the cost of an expansion or improvement of any public trail or campground that is open to equestrian use.

The deadline for this application is April 18, 2018. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Equestrian Trail Grants, Deadline Apr. 18