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Funding Opportunities

Environmental Solutions for Communities Initiative
Thursday, November 20, 2014-- In 2012, Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. This five-year initiative is supported through a $15 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates. Additional priorities and funding guidelines may be found within the programs RFP. In addition, funding available under this new partnership will also be used to leverage resources associated with other NFWF funding opportunities. Deadline: 12/10/2014 -- (full text)

Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT)
Thursday, November 20, 2014-- The CPAT initiative, through the American Planning Association, currently holds two annual application cycles for communities seeking planning-related assistance. Communities facing a range of challenges including, but not limited to, social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design are well-suited for assistance through the program. Projects focus on localities with a demonstrated need for assistance, where planning resources and expertise may not otherwise be available. If your community has a project suitable for a CPAT, download the application and submit it during one of the open application periods. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by the application deadline. Current period deadline: December 4, 2014 -- (full text)

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program
Tuesday, November 18, 2014-- HUD will award two types of grants through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: Planning Grants and Implementation Grants. (1) Planning Grants assist communities in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. (2) Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their Transformation Plan to redevelop the neighborhood. HUD is making available approximately $76 million in assistance through the FY2014 and FY2015 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative for Implementation Grants, which is subject to increase if there is an FY2015 appropriation. Through a variety of interventions, the Ladders of Opportunity plan will help community partners rebuild neighborhoods, expand early learning opportunities, create pathways to jobs, and strengthen families. This federal partnership supports locally driven solutions for transforming distressed neighborhoods using place-based strategies to address the interconnected challenges of poor quality housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime and lack of capital. Deadline: February 9, 2015 -- (full text)

Grants Available for Stormwater Management, Habitat Restoration
Thursday, November 13, 2014-- The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E, are seeking applications for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. Approximately $2.1 million will be available in 2015, and grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000. Projects should engage diverse partners for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and habitats. Communities must provide a 1:1 match. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in preparing your proposal. -- (full text)
[Sustainable Strategies DC]

Grants Available to Meet Firefighting and Emergency Response Needs
Thursday, November 13, 2014-- The Federal Emergency Management Agencys Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) help fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations meet firefighting and emergency response needs. The AFG program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Approximately $305 million will be available in FY 2014. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in preparing your proposal. -- (full text)
[Sustainable Strategies DC]

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
Wednesday, November 12, 2014-- Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program has awarded more than $24 million in funding to over 1400 community-based organizations, and local and tribal organizations working with communities facing environmental justice issues. The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain, and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues. -- (full text)

Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)
Monday, November 03, 2014-- Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $9 million for proposals that promote innovative nationally and regionally significant public transportation workforce development models and programs that invest in Americas economic growth and help build ladders of opportunity into the middle class for American workers. Synopses and the full announcement are posted on the Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2015-001-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. -- (full text)

Request for Proposals: 2015 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants
Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding include Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). The proposal submission deadline is December 19, 2014. -- (full text)

Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grants for Rural Waste Systems
Monday, October 20, 2014-- Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grants for Rural Waste Systems support non-profit organizations that provide technical assistance and/or training to associations on a wide range of issues relating to delivery of water and waste disposal service. These associations are located in rural areas or cities and towns with a population of 10,000 or less. Grant assistance is available to qualified applicants to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems, to improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities and to assist associations in preparing applications for water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas. An applicant must file the application with the appropriate Agency office between October 1 and December 31 each fiscal year. -- (full text)
[USDA Rural Development]