Federal, Corporate, Foundation, and State Grant Programs
This section of the Network website provides information on federal, corporate, foundation, and state grant programs of interest to local climate programs.
Federal Grant Programs
Federal Transit Administration Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Research Demonstrations – $29 million available
Application Due: December 2, 2013
Eligible Entities: State and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government including Federal laboratories; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges
The FTA announces the availability of funds for cooperative agreements to engage in the demonstration of innovative technologies, methods, practices, and techniques in three areas: (1) Operational safety, (2) infrastructure or equipment resiliency, and (3) all-hazards emergency response and recovery methods. Example demonstration projects include building resiliency of transit systems to flooding and high temperatures. For more information, visit the grant opportunity synopsis.
Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps State and National Grants – Total funding available TBD
Notice of Intent Due: December 11, 2013
Application Due: January 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities within states or territories; Tribes; public or private nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia
The AmeriCorps State and National Grants provide funding to engage AmeriCorps members in service interventions to strengthen communities. Focus areas for the grants include: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. Grants may be used to provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems. For more information, visit the AmeriCorps Grants webpage.
National Endowment for the Arts FY 2014 Our Town Initiative – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each
Application Due: January 13, 2014
Eligible Entities: All applications must involve two primary partners: a local government entity and a nonprofit organization. Local governments include 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.
The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The Our Town initiative will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. For more information, visit the grant opportunity webpage.
U.S. Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 million available Application Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations, and non-profits who are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.
The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education. For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis.
EPA Indoor Air and Climate Change Research Grants – $4.5 million available
Application Due: January 23, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S.
As part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the EPA is seeking applications proposing research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. EPA is interested in supporting research that will explore the anticipated effects of climate change on indoor air quality directly through a variety of mechanisms, and indirectly through adaptations in building use and design. For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
Corporate and Foundation Grant Programs
Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for
Communities Grants Program – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each
Application Due: December 16, 2013
Eligible Entities: State, tribal, and local governments; educational institutions; and non-profit
Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities
through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link
economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.
Funding priorities include ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water
management and flood control, urban forestry, and education and training of community leaders on
sustainable practices. For more information, visit the request for proposals.
Georgetown Climate Center In-kind Legal and Policy Support for Adaptation Projects
Application Due: January 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Government entities, NGOs working with government entities
The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) has released an application to provide in-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects. GCC provides assistance to state and local communities that are preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change. GCC is seeking projects that meet certain criteria, including projects: that address impacts or sectors including coastal, urban heat, transportation, water supply, water quality, and/or stormwater and wastewater management; with high likelihood of being implemented; and with high transferability of findings. Examples of previous GCC projects include model codes, analyses of legal authority, toolkits, and more. This assistance is made possible by the support of the Kresge Foundation. For more information, visit the application webpage.