Grant and Funding Opportunities

A community project often requires multiple sources of funding to make it a reality. MVRPC has staff experience and resources to help members find opportunities for these alternate funding sources.

  • MVRPC can help identify potential partnerships, funding approaches and opportunities to support your project and achieve a successful outcome.  
  • MVRPC can help analyze funding requirements and award trends, identify factors critical in winning competitive funding, connect organizations where collaboration would be beneficial, help refine project scopes to increase competitiveness, and help identify positive regional impacts.
  • MVRPC can provide data, mapping, and planning services for the application process and the project itself.

If you have specific needs or questions about funding opportunities, please contact: Martin Kim, Director of Regional Planning.

Current Funding Opportunities

On a monthly basis MVRPC will highlight several funding opportunities that could benefit communities in the Region. Click on the grant titles listed below to view more details including links to the granting agency webpage.

Lowe’s Community Partners Grants
Due: August 24, 2017

Lowe’s Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.

Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000, with most projects falling between $10,000 and $25,000. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program is another opportunity for support, which Lowe’s can provide to some grant recipients to help supplement the labor of projects. Lowe’s encourage applicants to speak to their local store manager to see if this is a possibility before applying.

The Foundation provides funding only to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation requires that all applicants take an eligibility test.

Grants can only be applied for during the cycle dates. It is during this time that a link for the application will be available.

Deadline: The Community Partners 2017 cycle dates are: Fall Cycle: July 2, 2017 – August 24, 2017

Contact: Community Relations, 704.758.2917, email: Community@Lowes.com

See more at: https://newsroom.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/

National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town Grant
Due: Step 1, Sept. 11, 2017; Step 2,Sept. 18, 2017

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

·Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. 

·Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking: These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts intends to achieve the following objective: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts. See "Livability" for more details.

Deadlines:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov by September 11, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (Register online/renew by at least August 21 and Submit by at least September 1)

Step 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal by 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time September 18, 2017 to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on September 25, 2017

You are required to use Grants.gov. Go online to learn how to register, prepare and submit an application at: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/how-to-prepare-and-submit-an-application

Contact information:

If you have questions about how to complete your application, please contact the staff at OT@arts.gov with your question or to set up a time to speak to staff. Due to the high volume of interest in Our Town, please allow 24 to 48 hours for staff to return your e-mail or call.

See more at: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Program Competition (CoC Program)
Due Sept. 28, 2017

The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. Eligible project applicants for the CoC Program Competition are nonprofit organizations, States, local governments, and instrumentalities of State and local governments, and public housing agencies. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be sub recipients of grant funds. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. Applicants must complete and submit their applications in e-snaps at www.hud.gov/esnaps.

  • Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6100-N-25
  • Opportunity Title: Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (Section 4)

Deadline: September 28, 2017

Contact: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications. Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to the contact email address provided.

https://www.hudexchange.info/program-support/my-question/

See more at: https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy17CoCProgramComp

FY 2016 – FY 2019 Economic Development Administration’s Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program
Due: Ongoing

Through its Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs, EDA assists eligible recipients in developing economic development plans and studies designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. The Planning program helps support organizations, including District Organizations, Indian Tribes, and other eligible recipients, with Short Term and State Planning investments designed to guide the eventual creation and retention of high-quality jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility studies and impact analyses.

Please see the Federal Funding Opportunity for full information on how to apply. Also note that any applicants who are in the process of developing an application under the previous FFO will need to apply under the new FFO and use the associated new forms.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. This Planning and Local Technical Assistance opportunity will remain in effect until superseded by a future announcement.

Contacts:

Jeannette P. Tamayo, Regional Director, 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312-353-8143, email: jtamayo@eda.gov
Darrin Fleener, Economic Development Representative , 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312‐789‐9753, email: dfleener@eda.gov

See more at:

https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280447

U.S. Economic Development Assistance (EDA) Programs ­ Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
Due: Ongoing

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills this mission through strategic investments and partnerships that create the regional economic ecosystems required to foster globally competitive regions throughout the United States. EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. Specifically, under the Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the EDAP NOFA, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

Award Ceiling: $3,000,000

Award Floor: $100,000

Please access this opportunity, “EDAP-2017” on Grants.gov that supersedes the previously published “EDAP2017” opportunity. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=294771

Deadline: There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP NOFA.

Contact Information for Indiana/Ohio Region: Kyle Darton, 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280, Chicago, IL 60604-1512, phone: 312-789-9752, email: kdarton@eda.gov

See more at: https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA)
Due: Ongoing

The Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program provides property assessment services at no cost to eligible applicants. SABR utilizes either in-house field staff or contractors to perform the requested assistance and the applicant receives a written report of the work performed.

Typical services include Phase I environmental site assessment, asbestos surveys, geophysical surveys, and limited or supplemental phase II property assessment. TBA staff will work with applicants to provide the appropriate services to meet their needs.

New services available through TBA include those required for participation in the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup program administered by Ohio Development Services Agency. The program includes certain perquisites for eligibility including a Phase I assessment to Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program (VAP) standards, Class C designated release by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and former use of the property as a gas station or service station. TBA can assist with preparatory activities including Phase I assessment, determining if underground storage tanks (USTs) are present, determining if there was a release from UST’s, tank closure assessment and completing the BUSTR Class C release form. For more information about the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup program click here.

Eligible applicants: Eligibility for the TBA program requires the following:

  • Applicant is a local government or quasi-governmental entity
  • Applicant is not a potentially responsible party
  • If applicants do not own the property, access to the site has been granted
  • Property must be a brownfield (former industrial/commercial use or residential if more than 4 units)
  • Property is not subject to federal CERCLA orders or on the National Priorities List.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Martin Smith, VAP/SABR Manager, email: martin.smith@epa.ohio.gov, phone: (614) 644-4829

See more at: http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/SABR/Grant_Assistance.aspx

Valuable Resources for Finding Funding Opportunities

Below are MVRPC’s top picks to search for Federal and State funding opportunities.

GRANTS.GOV (www.grants.gov)

Grants.gov is your place to find and apply for grants for all Federal Agencies. You can sign up for a subscription to receive email updates on grant opportunities. There are also many resources to help you in the ‘Grants Learning Center’ at www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants.html.

PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) is an interagency parnership between HUD, DOT and EPA that works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. This website lists grants, assistance and programs at https://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/partnership-resources.

US ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORY

This directory provides links to critical local resources including: EDA regional office contacts, state government contacts, and EDD, TAAC, RLF, University Centers, and Tribal planning organization sites. https://www.eda.gov/resources/economic-development-directory/states/oh.htm

OHIO COMMUNITY GRANTS, LOANS, BONDS, AND TAX CREDITS

The Ohio Development Services Agency has a variety of bonds, grants, loans, and tax credits that can assist Ohio communities as they build an environment for economic development. More information on the various programs is listed at http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_grantsloansbonds.htm.

OHIO BUSINESS GRANTS, LOANS AND TAX CREDITS

The Ohio Development Services Agency has a variety of bonds, grants, loans and tax credits that can assist Ohio companies as they grow and create jobs in Ohio. More information on the various programs is listed at http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_busgrantsloans.htm.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES GRANTS

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers several grants to entities and individuals to help further resource management and enjoyment. A description of the grants can be found at http://ohiodnr.gov/grants.

OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The link below takes you directly to Ohio’s resources, which has a valuable spreadsheet of funding sources and a list of contacts by agency. http://epa.ohio.gov/DoBusiness/GetHelp/FinancialAssistance.aspx