Agency/Source Submission Deadline Additional Information
Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Funding Opportunity Dec. 1 Grants to fund Native community-based projects in the areas of: health and well-being; leadership development; art and creativity; peace, equity, and justice; sustainable communities and economies; and the rights of Mother Earth. Grant awards range from $250 to $10,000. Native American/Indigenous peoples’ initiatives or projects that work within the community, and have a majority Indigenous/Native American staff, a board of directors and leadership that is at least 80 percent Indigenous peoples, and an annual operating budget of less than $200,000 are eligible to apply. View the program website & application instructions here.
Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program Dec. 4 For more info., click here! National Institute of Food and Agriculture FY18 Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program funds two types of grants, Community Food Projects and Planning Projects. The primary goals are to:

· Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service;

· Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities;

· Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and

· Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for efficient project operation; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Eligible applicants include public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners. A webinar will be held on Oct. 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time for potential applicants. The Adobe Connect link is: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/cfp2018/. More details at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297333

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Dec. 5
This National Endowment for the Humanities helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Eligibility: US nonprofits, state & local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. More at: https://www.neh.gov/files/grants/sustaining-cultural-heritage-dec-5-2017.pdf
USDA Funding Opportunity for High Energy Cost Grants Dec. 11 The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) High Energy Cost Grants provide assistance for communities most challenged by extremely high energy costs, defined by statute as average residential home energy expenditures that are 275% or more of the national average. This type of assistance increases economic opportunity and quality of life in rural communities nationwide by maintaining a seamless electric network for all Americans, regardless of where they live. Eligible applicants include most retail or power supply providers serving eligible rural areas, incl. federally recognized tribes & tribal entities. Up to $10 million is available. Max. amount of grant funding is $3 million; Min. amount is $100,000. See the Rural Development website
FY 2018 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Dec. 15 FY 2018 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines have been posted to grants.gov. These grants are provided to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to develop environmental programs that recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of communities affected by brownfields and other environmental contaminants with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Each Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant may be funded up to $200,000 over a 3 year period.

1. Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines

2. Frequently Asked Questions

3. Grants.gov Tip Sheet for Applicants

USDA Grants, Loans, & Other Programs Jan. 2, 2018 · Application Deadline: January 2, 2018 – Solid Waste Management Grant Program

· Application Deadline: January 2, 2018 – Water & Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants

AmeriCorps State and National Grants Jan. 17, 2018

 

FUNDING USES: The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. Programs should focus on disaster services, education, environmental awareness, healthy futures, economic opportunity, or veterans and military families. ELIGIBILITY: Indian Tribes; institutions of higher education; local governments; nonprofit organizations; & states LINK TO RFP: https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2018/americorps-state-and-national-grants-fy-2018 .
EPA Clean Diesel Tribal Grants Jan. 18, 2018 EPA is soliciting proposals nationwide for tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions & diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. EPA anticipates $1.5 million will be awarded to eligible tribal applicants. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment may include school buses, Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles; marine engines; locomotives and nonroad engines; and equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining, or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps). Proposal packages must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov.
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants (USDA-RD) Open Program helps eligible rural communities recover from or prepare for emergencies that result in a decline in capacity to provide safe, reliable drinking water for households & businesses. Federally recognized Tribal lands and colonias are eligible; Privately owned wells are not eligible. • Up to $150K for repairs to breaks/leaks in existing water distribution lines, & related maintenance. • Up to $500K for construction of a new water source, intake &/or treatment facility or waterline extensions. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/emergency-community-water-assistance-grants
Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program (RCAC) Open Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program helps create, improve or expand the supply of safe drinking water, waste disposal systems and other facilities that serve rural communities. RCAC’s loan programs provide the early funds small rural communities need to determine feasibility and pay pre-development costs prior to receiving state &/or federal program funding. May also provide interim construction financing, and intermediate & long-term loans for system improvements. ELIGIBLE APPLICANT: Nonprofit organizations, public agencies and tribal governments. ELIGIBLE AREA: Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and other pacific islands, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Community size is limited to 10,000 for long-term USDA guaranteed loans and short-term loans for which USDA is the long-term lender. Eligible projects include water, wastewater, solid waste & storm water facilities. Contact Mike Carroll at mcarroll@rcac.org or visit www.rcac.org
Indian Land Tenure Foundation – Land Recovery Efforts Open The Foundation provides funding to Indian nations to support various aspects of land recovery with a focus on reacquiring alienated federal lands. Returning lands to Indian ownership and control is important to ensure that Indian people have access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations. The Foundation supports a variety of initiatives to assist tribes in the development of plans to reacquire reservation lands. More info. at: https://www.iltf.org/grants/special-initiatives/land-recovery-efforts
USDA WATER & WASTE DISPOSAL LOANS & GRANTS Open Seeking Water Applications for 2016! Program: the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides loans and grants for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas with a population of 10,000 or less. In some cases, funding may also be available for related activities such as legal and engineering fees, land acquisition, water and land rights, permits and equipment and other activities necessary to complete a project. Eligible Applicants: state and local governmental entities, private non-profits, and federally-recognized tribes who are unable to obtain commercial credit. Interest rates reduced: effective Jan. 1, 2016, interest rates are lowering by .125% as follows. Poverty: 1.875%; • Intermediate: 2.5%; • Market: 3.125%. How to Apply: apply now by using the online application tool RDApply.
Financial Literacy Funding Open Discover Foundation. Applications accepted year-round.
Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program (DOI) Open This program assists in obtaining financing from private sources to promote business development initiatives that contribute to the economy of the reservation or service area. Qualifications for this program:

· An individually enrolled member of a Federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group

· Corporation with no less than 51% ownership by Federally recognized American Indians or Alaska Natives

· A Federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group.

For more information, call 202-219-0740 or visit http://www.indianaffairs.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/IEED/DCI/index.htm

NEA “Our Town” Grant Program Open National Endowment for the Arts ‘Our Town’ grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place. Eligible lead applicants are:

· Nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organizations with a documented three-year history of programming.

· Local governments are defined as counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government.

More info. at: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction

Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDA) Open Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and 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. More info. at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290874