Funding Opportunities

Community Connects Grant

This U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program funds broadband deployment funds broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. Applications due March 13.


NACo 2017 Achievement Awards/Counties Matter Challenge

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recognizes innovative programs in county government through the Achievement Awards Program – an opportunity for counties to promote successes and share best practices. By applying for the 2017 Achievement Awards, entries will also be in the running for NACo’s Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas at Work. Applications due March 27.


Request for Applications: Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. AMS announced the request for applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which includes Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). These programs are helping to revitalize rural America by supporting local and regional food stakeholders.

AMS will host a webinar for potential FMPP and LFPP grant applicants on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and a teleconference for potential FSMIP grant applicants on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

For more information about FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP, click here.  Applications are due March 27.


Center for Sharing Public Health Services Small Grants

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is offering up to five small grants to organizations that wish to explore, plan, implement or improve some aspects of cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) in public health. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 31, or until all five small grants are awarded, whichever comes first.


USDA Grants and Loans that Support Farm to School Activities
Funding from the US Department of Agriculture is available to assist farms, schools, and every link in between in feeding kids healthy local meals; teaching them about food, farming and nutrition; and supporting local agricultural economies. While the programs listed below provide a good starting point for those looking to bolster farm to school efforts, other USDA grant and loan programs support local food systems work as well. Visit www.usda.gov/knowyourfarmer and www.usda.gov/farmtoschool for more information.


The Grantsmanship Center Half-Scholarships
The Grantsmanship Center provides a limited number of half-scholarships for every Grantsmanship Training Program and Essential Grant Skills training they offer to the public. The recipients must be working with nonprofit organizations that have 501(c)(3) IRS designation and budgets of $750,000 or less. Submit an application onlineThis funding opportunity is open.


Transit-Oriented Development: Funding and Financing Opportunities
Funding and financing are a challenge for many TOD projects. This page provides an overview of the most commonly used federal programs. For more detail on these and information about many other funding programs and financing tools for TOD, see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s resource Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development. Additional details on each funding opportunity are available on the website. This funding opportunity is open.


Evidence for Action; Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
This program from RWJF aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action. It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes. Approximately $2.2 million will be awarded annually. This funding opportunity is open.


Rural Business Development Grants
This competitive grant is designed to support targeted technical assistance training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities. Generally, grants range from $10,000 to $500,000 and there is no cost sharing requirement. This funding opportunity is open.


Presidential Youth Fitness Program
The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition provides an annual opportunity for schools and school districts nationwide to receive supplemental items, including FitnessGram® software, virtual and in-person training’s, supporting texts, and student recognition items. Visit the website for eligibility requirements and funding parameters. This funding opportunity is open.


New Connections from RWJF
New Connections is a career development program for early- and mid-career researchers and consultants from underrepresented groups. We provide support to our funded scholars and non-funded members of our network of eligible scholars. Through grantmaking, networking opportunities, and career development, we enhance the research capacity of our funded scholars and network members. Visit the website to learn more. This funding opportunity is open.