Grant Opportunities

- Updated June 2023

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




Broadband Infrastructure

Broadband Technical Assistance Program *NEW*
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers this program to support technical assistance projects such as conducting feasibility studies, completing network designs and developing broadband financial assistance applications. Funding is also available to help organizations access federal resources, and to conduct data collection and reporting. Read the full news releaseDeadline: June 20, 2023

Community Connect Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funding to construct broadband networks in rural areas that do not currently have broadband service. Deadline: June 20, 2023


Community, Economic Development, and Housing

Housing Preservation Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funding to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of applicable housing. *New* Funding may also be available to help repair homes damaged during a calendar year 2022 Presidentially declared disaster area. Federal Register. Deadline: June 5, 2023

STEM Talent Challenge

EDA is now accepting applications for its $4.5 million Stem Talent Challengeto support programs to train science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent and fuel regional innovation economies across the nation.  Read more >>Deadline: June 12, 2023

Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funds to start, improve or expand rural cooperatives and other mutually owned businesses that help improve economic conditions in rural areas. Federal Register. Deadline: 6/26/2023

Lead Hazard Control Capacity Building
The purpose of the Lead Hazard Control Capacity Building Grant Program is to assist states, Federally-recognized Native American Tribes (that have an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-authorized lead abatement certification program), cities, counties/parishes, or other units of local government which have not received a HUD lead hazard control grant or been a sub-recipient of such a grant since January 1, 2010 in developing the infrastructure necessary to undertake comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately owned rental or owner-occupied housing. 
Deadline: June 27, 2023

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development funding supports eligible applicants to provide technical assistance and training to help grantees identify and plan for community facility needs in their area. Application Deadline: 6/15/2023 via 

USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development supports zero-interest loans and grants for current and former eligible Rural Utilities Service borrowers who then use the funds to help local businesses finance projects that create/retain jobs or support community facility projects. Stakeholder AnnouncementFederal Register. Deadline: To your RD State Office by 6/30/2023

Intermediary Relending Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funds to local lenders or “intermediaries” that re-lend to businesses to improve economic conditions and create new opportunities in rural communities. Stakeholder AnnouncementApplication Deadline: To your RD State Office by 6/30/23

Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funds to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development. Application Deadline: 6/28/2023 via | Paper Applications: 7/3/2023

History of Equal Rights- Preservation Grants
The National Park Service’s (NPS) History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER) will preserve sites related to the struggle of all Americans to achieve equal rights. HER grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.
Deadline: July 11, 2023

Underrepresented Communities Grants
The National Park Service’s (NPS) Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC) is intended to diversify the nominations listed in the National Register of Historic Places to include communities that are currently underrepresented. URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and nominations of historic sites associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register. Every URC project MUST result in at least one new or amended nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Deadline: July 18, 2023

Our Town FY 2024
Our Town is the NEA’s creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities over the long term. 
All applications are submitted by one organization (the eligible applicant) and require one partner organization (the required partner). The applicant/partner pair must include 1) a nonprofit organization and 2) a local government or quasi-government entity. The pair will provide leadership for the project. Additional partners across all sectors are encouraged.
Deadline: August 3, 2023

Single Family Housing Rural Disaster Home Repair Grants *NEW*
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development grants to very-low and low-income homeowners to repair homes damaged in a Calendar Year 2022 Presidentially Declared Disaster Area. To determine your eligibility, review the list of Presidentially Declared Disasters by State and County. How do I get started? Contact a USDA home loan specialist in your area Deadline: Open

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
Deadline: Ongoing

SEARCH - Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development funding for financially distressed rural communities of less than 2,500 people to assist with feasibility studies, design assistance and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects. Deadline: Open

Tech Hubs Phase 1 Notice of Funding
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers funding to drive regional technology and innovation-centric growth by strengthening a region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize and deploy critical technologies.  Deadline: 8/15/2023



Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (Competitive). 
Concept Paper Due Date: June 5, 2023
Apply Here >

Empowering Rural America Program (New ERA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program helps rural Americans transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy by reducing air and water pollution. Funding improves health outcomes and lower energy costs for people in rural communities. Federal Register NoticeLetter of Interest (Required): Due between 7/31/2023 and 8/31/2023.

Powering Affordable Clean Energy Program (PACE)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program provides loans that may be forgiven by up to 40% of the loan amount. The maximum loan amount is $100M. Federal Register NoticeLetters of Interest (Required): 6/30/2023, on a rolling basis until 9/29/2023

Rural Energy Savings Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides loans to entities that agree to make affordable loans to help consumers implement cost-effective, energy efficiency measures to lower energy bills for rural families and businesses and reduce barriers to investment in energy efficiency projects or activities. Deadline: Open


Public Safety

Department of Justice - COPS Blue Alert Program.
Closing Date: 6/21/2023
Apply Here >

Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership
The Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) reimburses states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes, for up to 50 percent of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers.
Deadline: June 26, 2023

Rural and Small Department Violent Crime Reduction Program
OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community.
Deadline: June 13, 2023

Byrne-JAG Local Law Enforcement Grant

Byrne-JAG grants are generally utilized by state and local agencies 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

Transportation Opportunities

Safe Streets and Roads for All                                               

The fiscal year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants is live on and open for applications. For details, more information, and applicant guidance:

Deadline: July 10, 2023Award announcements are expected to be made by late 2023. 

Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost Saving Transportation (PROTECT) 


Deadline: August 23, 2023


Water, Sewer, Stormwater and Electrical Infrastructure

Rural Decentralized Water Systems Grant Program 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development funding up to $15,000 in loans and sub-grant funds to homeowners. Applicants to the Revolving Funds for Financing Water and Wastewater Projects program may provide up to $200,000 in loans to finance water and wastewater projects. Deadline: 6/10/2023

Water and Waste Disposal Pre-development Planning Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to help low-income, rural communities with the initial planning and development of applications for their Water and Waste Disposal loan/grant and loan guarantee programs.  Deadline: Ongoing

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Deadline: Ongoing

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development grants for eligible communities to prepare for or recover from an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.  Deadline: Ongoing

US Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Programs
Programs range from studies only that are 100% federally funded to construction projects with a project limit of up to $10M of federal funding on a 65/35 cost share. Programs include:

  • Commercial Navigation
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Emergency Response
  • Recreation
  • Federal Real Estate Management
  • Regulatory Program and Permit

Deadline: Ongoing


Other Opportunities

Bloomberg’s Asphalt Art Initiative

Deadline: June 12, 2023

This grant program is designed to fund visual art on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in cities. Typically, the projects are painted murals, organized in collaboration between city governments and local communities. Primary goals are to:

  • Improve street and pedestrian safety,
  • Revitalize and activate underutilized public space,
  • Promote collaboration and civic engagement in local communities.

Thriving Communities Technical Assistance

Federal agencies are accepting requests for technical assistance through the $5 million Thriving Communities Program. The interagency initiative is designed to support the coordination and integration of transportation and housing in infrastructure planning and implementation.

Cities should request technical assistance through the program if they will receive federal transportation funding, want to address housing needs in disadvantaged communities, are committed to community engagement, and are active in one of the program’s topic areas. Priority will be given to jurisdictions with populations of less than 250,000 people. Requests will be reviewed as they are received, on a rolling basis. Deadline: Rolling


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 IPA works 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. 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.   

Rural Partners Network

Rural Partners Network helps rural communities build prosperity through job creation, infrastructure development, and community improvement. Browse funding opportunities, technical assistance, and other programs supporting a broad range of rural community and economic development activities here >>.

U.S. DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard 

The U.S. DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard provides communities with an overview of discretionary grant opportunities that can help meet their transportation infrastructure needs.  Learn More »