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Grant Opportunities Journal

Water Infrastructure Funding — The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) provides low-interest loans and loan guarantees for large water infrastructure projects of national or regional significance, which includes projects of at least $20 million or $5 million for communities serving less than 25,000 people. The Notice of Funding Availability solicits letters of interest from prospective borrowers, outlines the process that prospective borrowers must follow to be considered for WIFIA credit assistance, and establishes relative weights for the selection criteria. EPA is hosting two webinars on Feb. 9 and March 7 for prospective borrowers. Letter of interest due April 10.

Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects — The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grant funds for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts or where applicants can point to indicators of need. The department seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access and foster self-sufficiency for individuals and low-income families. Applications are due by April 28, 2017. More information is available online.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Pooled Fund Study — Existing research programs that advance innovation, such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, cannot meet the needs for pedestrian and bicyclist research. The Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) study will supplement existing research venues and fill an important missing gap by emphasizing short turnaround research. The pooled fund will provide a mechanism for federal, state, regional, and local transportation agencies; academic institutions; foundations; private firms; and other stakeholders to collaboratively fund and implement pedestrian and bicycle research. Call for participants ends May 31. More information is available online.

EDA: Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs — Through its Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs, the U.S. Economic Development Administration works with recipients to create development plans and studies. The Planning program supports organizations with investments designed to guide the creation of high-quality jobs in economically distressed regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of organizations to undertake projects that contribute to effective economic development programs. Applications accepted on a continuing basis. More information is available online.

KRESGE Foundation art and culture grant — The Kresge Foundation is offering grants through its Arts and Culture Program for institutions in any sector that have a stake in and are located in a low-income, community, and to nonprofit community partners, nonprofit artist collaboratives and government entities. Support is provided for cross-sector/cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts and culture into local systems. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. More information is available online.

White House Smart Cities Initiative — The White House Announced more than $80 million in new federal investment and a doubling of participating communities in the Smart Cities Initiative. These new investments and collaborations will help cities of all sizes address climate issues, transportation, public safety and city services. More information is available online.

Rural broadband and economic development funding — $32 million in loans and grants that will promote economic development and provide access to broadband in rural communities across America. With this new funding, USDA is investing in 86 projects through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, Intermediary Relending Program, Rural Business Development Grant Program, and Community Connect program

The Big Jump Project — The Big Jump focuses on making bikes a key component to the places where people live, learn, work and play. Through a mix of on-the-ground infrastructure, outreach and community engagement, The Big Jump will partner with community leaders in the U.S. to identify opportunities for improvements specifically tailored to each community’s needs. The goal is also to demonstrate that if a city does all the right things, more people will ride bikes and the community will be a better place to live, work and play. The Big Jump team will select ten communities between now and 2020. More information is available online.

Missouri Main Street Connection Grants — Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of the costs — Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places, and Strategic Teams Engaging Places. These grant programs provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information about these programs.

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs — Grants made under these programs will support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), the Economic Development Administration (EDA) solicits applications from communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. The deadline is rolling.