EDA Funding Opportunities:
Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
EDA is now accepting grant applications to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Click here for more information and with instructions on how to apply.
EPA Funding Opportunities:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Funds, and Cleanup Grants. Click here for further information, frequently asked questions, and application instructions. The deadline for applications is December 18.
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applicants for a total of $1.2 million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreements to be awarded in 2016. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations seeking to address environmental and/or public health concerns in their communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as state and local governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations. Organizations are encouraged to have a connection between the proposed project activities and applicable neighborhood, local, city, or regional land use planning efforts. Proposals due February 12, 2016. Click here to learn more and apply.
HHS Funding Opportunities:
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now accepting applications for the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP). The purpose of the SHIP is to help small rural hospitals of 49 beds or less, do any or all of the following: 1) enable the purchase of equipment and/or training to help hospitals attain value-based purchasing provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA); 2) aid small rural hospitals in joining or becoming accountable care organizations, or create shared savings programs per the ACA; and 3) enable small rural hospitals to purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling. Click here for more information and with instructions on how to apply.
Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues Funding Opportunity:
Request for Proposals for Funding and Design Assistance
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities interested in applying for funding to host a community design workshop in either 2016 or 2017. CIRD offers annual competitive funding to six small towns or rural communities to host a two-and-a-half day community development and design workshop. With assistance from a wide range of design, planning, and creative placemaking professionals, the workshops are intended to bring together local leaders from non-profits, community organizations, and government agencies to develop actionable solutions to the communities’ pressing development challenges. The communities will receive additional support through webinars, conference calls, and web-based resources on www.rural-design.org.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm ET. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 stipend (that must be matched one-to-one) in addition to in-kind professional design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. Click here to view the full request for proposals. Selected communities will be announced in March of 2016 and workshops will be held during the fall of 2016 through the spring of 2017.