NSDC Grants Update



Grants Update
Week of August 6, 2021
This is your weekly grant opportunities update from The National Special Districts Coalition. Special districts are either eligible to apply directly, or able to partner with a qualifying entity to apply for any of the grants listed. 
New Grant Opportunities
Department of Interior
FY 2022 WaterSMART Drought Response Program
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to develop and update comprehensive drought plans and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought. Eligible tasks include increasing the reliability of water supplies through infrastructure improvements, and improving water management through decision support tools, modeling, and measurement.
Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? States, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States, as well as nonprofit conservation organizations working in partnership with the entities listed above.
WHEN'S IT DUE? October 5, 2021
Department of Interior
FY 2022 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program funds projects which seek to conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the western United States. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? States, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States, as well as nonprofit conservation organizations working in partnership with the entities listed above.
WHEN'S IT DUE? November 3, 2021 
Department of Interior
FY 2022 WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This new category of funding supports projects focused on environmental benefits and that have been developed as part of a collaborative process to help carry out an established strategy to increase the reliability of water resources. Eligible projects include water conservation and efficiency projects that result in quantifiable and sustained water savings and benefit ecological values; water management or infrastructure improvements to mitigate drought-related impacts to ecological values; and watershed management or restoration projects benefitting ecological values that have a nexus to water resources or water resources management. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? States, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States, as well as nonprofit conservation organizations working in partnership with the entities listed above. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? December 9, 2021 
Department of Agriculture
FY 2022 Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to: 1) help microenterprises startup and grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Loan Fund, and 2) provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Non-profit organizations, tribes, and institutions of higher education 
WHEN'S IT DUE? Rolling
Department of Commerce
FY 2022 Marine Debris Removal 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program supports the development and implementation of locally driven marine debris assessment, removal, and prevention projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) trust resources. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? States, local governments, and tribal governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, or commercial (for-profit) organizations with expertise in a field related to marine debris 
WHEN'S IT DUE? September 24, 2021 
Department of Housing and Urban Development
FY 2021 Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program: Renewal 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program supports public housing authorities (PHAs) to support the salaries and training needs of FSS program coordinators who assist participating families receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV/PBV) and Public Housing (PH) programs. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Public housing authorities (PHAs) that are currently administering an FSS program and were funded in FY 2018, 2019, and/or 2020. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? August 27, 2021
Environmental Protection Agency
FY 2021 Superfund Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? The purpose of this program is to allow communities to better understand what is going on at Superfund sites, which are sites contaminated due to hazardous waste being dumped, left out in the open, or otherwise improperly managed. These sites include manufacturing facilities, processing plants, landfills, and mining sites. The program will make awards available to communities to pay for advisors who will interpret and explain site reports and conditions, as well as proposed cleanup plans and decisions. Click here for more information.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Groups incorporated for the purpose of participating in decision-making at the applicable superfund site. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? Rolling due date
Environmental Protection Agency
FY 2022 Brownfields Job Training Grants  
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program funds Brownfields Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Click here for more information.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Units of local government, land clearance authorities, state governments, regional councils, redevelopment agencies sectioned by a state, Native American Indian tribal governments, Alaskan Native Regional Corporations, and nonprofit organizations.  
WHEN'S IT DUE? October 5, 2021
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Grants Update
Week of July 30, 2021
This is your weekly grant opportunities update from The National Special Districts Coalition. Special districts are either eligible to apply directly, or able to partner with a qualifying entity to apply for any of the grants listed. 
New Grant Opportunities
Department of Commerce
FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA)
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? District Organizations of an EDA-designated Economic Development District, Native American tribes, states, units of local government, institutions of higher education, and public or private non-profit organizations or associations 
WHEN'S IT DUE? March 31, 2021
Department of Commerce
FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program assists communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic by helping regional growth clusters develop transformational economic development strategies and funding the implementation of those strategies to create and grow regional economies. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? District Organizations of an EDA-designated Economic Development District, state and local governments, Native American tribal governments, institutions of higher education, and public or private nonprofits
WHEN'S IT DUE? October 19, 2021 (Concept Proposals) 
Department of Commerce
FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Good Jobs Challenge
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program aims to get Americans back to work and increase wage growth, as well as develop demand-driven systems that will continue to support Americans in securing and retaining quality jobs by (1) developing and strengthening regional workforce training systems that support sectoral partnerships, (2) designing sectoral partnerships, and (3) implementing sectoral partnerships that will lead to high-quality jobs. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? District Organizations of an EDA-designated Economic Development District, state and local governments, Native American tribal governments, nonprofit institutions of higher education, public or private nonprofits, and associations including labor unions 
WHEN'S IT DUE? January 26, 2022
Department of Commerce
FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program will assist communities and regions in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic’s significant negative impact on the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors. Program funds will be delivered through two components: State Tourism Block Grants and EDA Competitive Tourism Grants. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? District Organizations of an EDA-designated Economic Development District, Native American tribal governments, states, units of local government, institutions of higher education, and public or private nonprofit organizations
WHEN'S IT DUE? Rolling due date
Department of Commerce
FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? Under this program, Research and Communities of Practice awards will fund data, tools, and institutional capacity for evaluating and scaling evidence-based economic development efforts and for creating Communities of Practice to connect and provide technical assistance to existing EDA grantees. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? States, units of local government, Native American tribal governments, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations
WHEN'S IT DUE? October 31, 2021
Department of Transportation
FY 2021 Areas of Persistent Poverty Program 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program support the planning, engineering, and development of technical or financing plans for transit projects that assist areas of persistent poverty in order to encourage racial equity in planning and policies related to racial equity and barriers to opportunity, as well as in engineering or development of technical or financing plans for project investments. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? State, local, and Native American tribal governments 
WHEN'S IT DUE? August 30, 2021
Department of Transportation
FY 2021 Equity and Accessibility: Transportation Planning Grant Program
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program supports planning innovations that address transportation equity and accessibility in order to identify and remove barriers and challenges, and expand mobility options, transportation accessibility, and opportunities for all older adults and people with disabilities living in the community. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Local and regional governments or nonprofit organizations including public transit agencies, councils of governments, metropolitan planning organizations, Native American tribal agencies, area agencies on aging, community action agencies, centers for independent living, intellectual disability service organizations, and other community organizations
WHEN'S IT DUE? August 6, 2021 (Letter of intent) 
Department of Agriculture
FY 2022 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): Energy Audit (EA) and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) Grants
WHAT DOES IT FUND? The purpose of this program is to allow recipients to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? State, local, and Native American tribal governments, institutions of higher education, rural electric cooperatives, public power entities, and councils, as defined in 16 U.S.S. 3451
WHEN'S IT DUE? January 31, 2022
Department of Housing and Urban Development
FY 2021 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program
WHAT DOES IT FUND? The purpose of this program is to enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing and supportive services by combining HUD housing choice voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Public housing agencies 
WHEN'S IT DUE? August 31, 2021
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Grants Update
Week of July 23, 2021
This is your weekly grant opportunities update from The National Special Districts Coalition. Special districts are either eligible to apply directly, or able to partner with a qualifying entity to apply for any of the grants listed. 
New Grant Opportunities
Department of Health and Human Services
FY 2022 Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program funds planning, development, operation, and/or participation in health professions and nursing training activities using evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies with the goal of reducing and addressing burnout, suicide, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders; and to promote resiliency, among the health workforce in rural and medically underserved communities. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? State, local, and tribal governments, health professions schools, academic health centers, and nonprofits. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? August 31, 2021
Department of Housing and Urban Development
FY 2021 Eviction Protection Grant Program 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program supports experienced legal service providers in providing legal assistance at no cost to low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction in areas with high rates of evictions or prospective evictions, including rural areas. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, public defenders associations, state bar associations, and legal services and legal aid providers. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? September 8, 2021
Department of Housing and Urban Development
FY 2021 Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program provides funding to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and links them to training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum and progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Native American tribal governments, public housing authorities, Indian housing authorities, and nonprofits. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? September 17, 2021
Environmental Protection Agency
FY 2021 Children's Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program funds school- and/or child care center-based capacity-building projects that help school communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues that affect children. Projects should address disproportionate children's environmental health harms and risk in schools and/or child care settings in, or that primarily serve, low-income and/or minority communities. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? States, local governments, tribal governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals, laboratories, and nonprofits organizations.
WHEN'S IT DUE? September 10, 2021
National Science Foundation 
FY 2022 Advanced Technological Education 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program promotes improvements in the education of science and engineering technicians at both the undergraduate and secondary school levels in order to produce more qualified science and engineering technicians to meet workforce demands. Projects may target specialized technology courses or core science, mathematics, and technology courses that serve as immediate prerequisites or co-requisites for specialized technology courses. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, state and local governments including state educational offices and local school districts. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? October 14, 2021
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Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) numbers now assigned to registered System for Award Management (SAM) users