Grant Opportunities

- Updated March 2023

Below are upcoming funding opportunities for federal grants -- including those through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Check back monthly for future updates!


Transportation Opportunities

Safe Streets and Roads for All - anticipated April 2023

The Transportation Department announced a historic $800 million in grant awards to improve the safety of local streets and roads through the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program. This is likely the first of five rounds of funding, which total $5 billion. Applications for the next round of funding — $1.1 billion — are expected to open in April.  The list of awardees includes dozens of California cities and counties

The program funds planning projects and infrastructure projects, making it an ideal program for almost any city. Action plan grants assist communities that do not currently have a roadway safety plan in place to reduce roadway fatalities. Implementation grants provide funding for communities to implement strategies and projects that will reduce or eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries. 

Several resources are available for cities, including information on implementation, action plan development, and safety strategies. The National League of Cities also launched a related Safety First Challenge to help cities increase road safety. The challenge is part of a national campaign calling upon private and public stakeholders to take specific actions that reduce roadway injuries and deaths.



EPA Environmental Justice Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for an environmental justice grant program. The program funds cross-organizational partnerships that help overburdened and underserved communities address environmental and public health challenges — past, present, and future. The goal of the program is to fund projects that are measurable, community-based, and can be easily replicated.

Approximately $20 million in funding for partnerships between local governments and community-based organizations is anticipated. Local government projects must address one of five broad categories to be eligible for funding, such as urban heat island mitigation or indoor air pollution reduction. The money was appropriated through the Inflation Reduction Act and will fund approximately 20 projects.

Applications are Deadline: April 10 >>.. Additional resources, including previously funded projects, are available online. 

EPA Clean Air Act Grants
Deadline: April 15, 2023

EPA has announced the availability of $25 million for air pollution control agencies in Clean Air Act Grants under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).  These IRA Clean Air Act grants will be stand-alone grants awarded non-competitively to eligible state, local and Tribal air agencies.  No cost share is required.

The IRA Clean Air Act funds are intended to supplement regular annual funding to air agencies and can be used for any activity authorized under Section 103 of the Clean Air Act. Such activities may include work to plan and prepare for implementation of other IRA provisions, including the recruitment and training of new staff. Eligibility is limited to those air agencies currently receiving Clean Air Act grants under Section 105 of the Clean Air Act and funds will be allocated using the Section 105 allocation formula and process.  Learn more >>.

Separately, EPA has announced that it will issue an additional Request for Information (RFI) in April 2023 related to Clean Ports and Heavy-Duty Vehicles in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the current and near-term commercial availability of zero-emission products and required infrastructure for ports and other heavy duty vehicle applications.  Additional information can be found here >>.

Community, Economic Development, and Housing

HUD Lead Hazard Reduction Grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) that will make homes healthier and safer for low-income families. 

Over $403 million in grants is available to state and local governments for improving health and safety in privately-owned older (pre-1978) homes of low-income families under HUD’s Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program – one of the largest health and safety investments to date for privately-owned housing. These funds will allow for evaluating and mitigating threats from lead-based paint hazards, with almost $10 million from HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding supporting grantees’ controlling additional housing-related health and safety hazards in those homes.

Deadline: March 14, 2023. Learn more and apply >>


Agriculture Innovation Center Program

The purpose of this program is to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers (Centers) that provide technical and business development assistance to Agricultural Producers seeking to engage in developing and marketing of Value-Added Agricultural Products.
Deadline: March 6, 2023


Public Safety

Byrne-JAG Local Law Enforcement Grant

Byrne-JAG grants are generally utilized by state and local agencies in Iowa to improve the criminal justice system. The program places emphasis on breaking the cycle of substance abuse and crime, combating violence, holding offenders accountable, enhancing law enforcement initiatives, and supporting adjudication.
Deadline: TBD


Water, Sewer, Storm Sewer and Electrical Infrastructure


Other Opportunities

USDA Rural Energy for America Program

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides loans and grants to expand renewable energy and support energy-efficiency projects for people living in rural America. Local governments are eligible applicants for grants to conduct energy audits and provide development assistance.
Deadline: March 31, 2023


Grant Resources

UD IPA Grant Assistance Program

The Grant Assistance Program (GAP) at the University of Delaware (UD) Institute for Public Administration (IPA)is a state-funded initiative that provides free technical grant assistance to local governments for infrastructure initiatives and other competitive and formula grant opportunities.

While we work with all local governments in Delaware, outreach and support are especially focused on local governments that typically lack the resources and capacity to compete for large-scale infrastructure funding opportunities including rural or underserved communities.


Local Infrastructure Hub

The Local Infrastructure Hub is a national program that was created to inform cities of federal infrastructure funding opportunities along with other resources to help cities successfully apply for funding.


GRANTS.GOV is a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. In addition, the website currently handles grant application submissions to many federal agencies.