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

Nonpoint Source Grants for Tribal Entities, Deadline Jan. 15

This RFP is issued pursuant to section 319(h) of the CWA. Section 319 of the CWA authorizes EPA to award grants to eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to implement approved NPS management programs developed pursuant to section 319(b). The primary goal of a NPS management program is to control NPS pollution through implementation of management measures and practices. These management practices should be directed at reducing polluted runoff from subcategories of NPSs identified in the tribe’s NPS assessment report developed pursuant to section 319(a).

After allocations for base grant work plans are made, EPA will allocate the remaining section 319 funds to eligible entities to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and implement on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving NPS impairments on a watershed-wide basis under the competitive procedures in this RFP. Though proposals are not required to include development and/or implementation of a watershed-based plan in order to be considered for funding, eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and restore NPS-impaired waters.

EPA is soliciting proposals pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving Nonpoint Source (NPS) impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and/or restore NPS-impaired waters. Eligible tribes and intertribal consortia may apply for competitive funding by submitting a proposal for up to a maximum budget of $100,000 of federal CWA section 319 funding (plus the additional required 40% match of the total project cost).

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Nonpoint Source Grants for Tribal Entities, Deadline Jan. 15

Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, Deadline Aug. 12


The Department of Natural Resources today announced that it will accept Wildlife Habitat Grant Program applications through Aug. 12, 2014. Projects featuring habitat enhancement for game species will be given highest priority.

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP) began in October 2013 and will be funded with a portion of the revenue from hunting and fishing licenses sold each year. The DNR administers the WHGP through a cooperative effort between its Wildlife Division and Grants Management Section.

The main objective of the WHGP is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of a specific goal from the Wildlife Division’s strategic plan, The GPS. This goal is:

  • GPS Goal 2 – Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations in a changing environment

“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with others in the state to increase the habitat available for game species in Michigan and to enhance the existing habitat for the benefit of hunters, trappers and wildlife viewers,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason.

Funding is available for local, state, federal and tribal governments, profit and nonprofit groups, and individuals through an open, competitive process. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $15,000, with the maximum being the amount of funds available for that grant cycle. The 2015 overall available grant amount is approximately $1 million.

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program application period began July 1and will end at the close of business Aug. 12. Successful grant applications will be announced by Oct. 1. The detailed program handbook and application are available at Prospective applicants should review those materials when deciding whether to apply.

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Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, Deadline Aug. 12

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline July 7


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications from Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses for funding the installation of Renewable Energy Systems or to make Energy Efficiency Improvements. Rural Small Business projects must be located in a rural area with a population of 50,000 or less, while Agricultural Producer projects have no rural limitations. For this funding round, USDA plans to award up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in guaranteed loans. Additional REAP funds provided by the 2014 Farm Bill will be made available with a subsequent notice.

Applications will be accepted for grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and guaranteed loans for the development and construction of Renewable Energy Systems and for the installation of Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. Grants can cover up to 25 percent of total eligible costs, while Guaranteed loans can cover up to 75 percent of total eligible cost.

Eligible projects in the accepted technology areas include: Anaerobic Digesters, Biomass / Biofuels, Geothermal (including electric generation and direct use), Hydropower projects (30 megawatts or less), Hydrogen, Solar (small and large), Wind (small and large), and Energy Efficiency Improvements.

Examples of Energy Efficiency Improvement projects include, but are not limited to: the installation and replacement to more energy efficient motors, pumps, fans, blowers, compressors, grain dryers, irrigation projects, refrigeration units, ventilation systems, windows, insulation, heating systems, lighting systems, and energy shade curtains.
Grant applications & combined grant and guaranteed loan applications are due to the USDA Rural Development State Office or Area Offices, on or before July 7, 2014.

Guaranteed loan only applications will be accepted on a continual basis, but must be submitted by July 31, 2014 to compete for FY2014 funding.

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline July 7

Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 15

The Department of Natural Resources has announced its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The second year of this grant opportunity will provide $350,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure through the funding of dam removals and critical repair/maintenance.

The DNR’s Dam Management Grant Program is focused on the growing issue of abandoned, unused or hazardous dams in Michigan. The purpose of the program is to provide funding and technical assistance to local and state units of government, non-profit groups and individuals to manage dam removals or repair/major maintenance projects that will enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities, and also to reduce infrastructure costs and improve public safety in Michigan.

There were six recipients as part of the Dam Management Grant Program’s first year, when $2.35 million was granted.

Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 15

GLRI Grants, Deadline Aug. 14


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a Request for Applications soliciting applications from states, tribes, local governments, universities, nonprofit organizations, and other eligible organizations for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants and cooperative agreements to be awarded as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,

EPA will award approximately $9.5 million under this request for applications for about 20 projects, contingent on the availability of appropriations, the quality of applications received and other applicable considerations. This RFA is EPA’s major competitive grant funding opportunity under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for fiscal year 2013. It is one of several funding opportunities available through federal agencies under GLRI. Applications are requested for projects within the following four categories:

  • Reducing exposure to toxic substances from fish consumption
  • Invasive species prevention and control
  • Lake Erie Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative
  • Facilitation of Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) stakeholder forums

A webinar explaining the grant application process will be held at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, July 30.  Register for the webinar:

GLRI Grants, Deadline Aug. 14

New program on the horizon: WIFIA

Senate Committee approves WIFIA; AWWA hails pivotal moment for water infrastructure
March 20, 2013

A US Senate Committee today passed legislation that would create a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority, a development the American Water Works Association hailed as pivotal in confronting America’s trillion-dollar water infrastructure challenge.

If enacted into law, WIFIA would make low-interest federal loans available to address large water infrastructure projects in communities across the United States. AWWA, a chief proponent for the creation of WIFIA for several years, is urging water utilities and businesses across the water sector to actively support the bill as it heads to the full Senate.

“Today represents a pivotal moment in assuring America’s water infrastructure challenge is no longer buried,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “WIFIA would help communities repair more critical water infrastructure at a lower cost. Ultimately, WIFIA would benefit everyone who pays a water bill.”

Based on a successful financing tool in the transportation sector, WIFIA would aid communities with pipe replacement, new or upgraded treatment plants, wastewater, reuse and desalination projects, and new water supply projects. The provision is part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, which is expected to reach the Senate floor by May of 2013.

Press release – AWWA

New program on the horizon: WIFIA

MEDC Downtown Development Grants, Deadline April 26

by Heather Brady

The CDBG Downtown Development Planning Grant program is designed to identify activities that the Unit of General Local Government (UGLG) could undertake to increase the viability/accessibility of economic opportunities that will revitalize and stimulate job creation within the downtown area. Planning projects will only be considered if the UGLG can demonstrate that the planning grant will likely lead to an eligible implementation project. The planning study must be building or area specific, with identified goals and outcomes. Planning studies must be completed within one year of grant agreement sign date.

Ineligible activities for this initiative include activities that create, update, or provide information solely for an UGLG to meet legislatively mandated requirements (i.e. Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and Master Plans) and/or engineering and design for specific projects.

Proposed projects are expected to meet the national objective of likelihood for near term position creation where at least 51 percent of the jobs are held by Low/Moderate Income persons.

Funding priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a majority of the following:

  •     Located in a DDA or other like district
  •     Located in a Main Street or Redevelopment Ready Community
  •     Located in a community that does not have any open grants that have not been drawn down
  •     Likely potential for 51% low/mod job creation and private investment
  •     Involves a multi-story building
  •     Will lead to the rehabilitation of a historic resource and/or address brownfield condition; and address an underutilized downtown theater

Funding priorities will also be given to communities with a higher percentage of matching funds (committed funds only), but a cash match equal to the awarded CDBG funds is required.

The maximum grant award will not exceed $100,000. The total amount of grant funds available is $500,000 for the Downtown Development Planning Grant program. Due to funding limitations, only one submission per UGLG is allowed.

Administration costs will not be eligible as CDBG or match funded activities. The capacity of the UGLG to administer the project will also be taken into consideration.

The selection of award recipients is at the complete discretion of the MSF Board of Directors and is based competitively on a 75 point scale. Part I Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a competitive basis. Projects must meet a minimum quality threshold of 45 points in order to be considered. Award decisions are not subject to appeal. Awards are subject to applicable state and federal policies, procedures and regulatory requirements. Award announcements are anticipated in June 2013.

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MEDC Downtown Development Grants, Deadline April 26

NEH Challenge Grants, Deadline May 1

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.

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NEH Challenge Grants, Deadline May 1

Dow Community Grants, Deadline March 31

Community Grants

Grant Timeline

  • 2nd Cycle
    • Application Deadline – march 31, 2013
    • Notification Date – May 1, 2013

by Heather Brady

The Community Grants category includes yearly grants for Community projects.

The companyGIVES Community Grant Program provides funding for projects that contribute to the success of local communities with the objective of making them better places to live and work. Grants are given to one-time projects that have the potential to provide visible, long-term, sustainable benefits for community members.

Applicants must be charitable or non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Faith-based non-profit organizations may qualify, provided their proposed project is for the benefit of the community as a whole rather than just the members of their congregation or organization.

Projects must be initiated by the non-profit organization and contribute to Dow’s global community success and local quality of life impact in at least one of the following areas:

Science – Enhancing understanding of the roles of chemicals and plastics in the chemical industry or having the potential to increase interest in careers and opportunities linked to chemistry, engineering, technology and other sciences
Community Success – Promotes job creation, meets community defined needs, provides permanent improvement to the social infrastructure of a disadvantaged or underprivileged section of the community or provides funding for materials or tools which will be widely available within a community or will offer long-term benefit to the community
Sustainability and Innovation – Enhances or protects the natural environment or raises awareness among a broad public audience of environmental issues and relationship to social and economic consideration

Projects should also align to local Community Success goals. To meet Dow’s goals for Community Success, requests for funding should also show how a proposed project will impact community residents and include details about how the community will learn of Dow’s involvement.

A selection committee will review grant applications and choose grant recipients.

  • Applicants should request only the amount needed to fund the project
  • Funding cannot be used for operating expenses, personal computers, travel expenses, dues, advertising, fund raising events, giveaways or prizes, individual scholarships, dues and memberships or lobbying expenses
  • If additional funding is required to complete the project, the funding sources must be secured and confirmed prior to applying for a Dow Community Grant
  • Application should not exceed 4 pages in length, including the project description and itemized budget.
  • Applications must be signed by the organization’s Executive Director or equivalent

What kinds of projects do not apply?

  • Those submitted by for-profit businesses, religious organizations for the sole benefit of the organization, individual sports teams, political organizations or candidates, labor unions, homeowners’ associations or individuals

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Dow Community Grants, Deadline March 31