February 19, 2024

Grant Watch: Week Ending in 2/16/2024

The Grant Plant routinely reviews funder websites and notices and is pleased to share some upcoming opportunities with you.

US Department Of Transportation’s RAISE Grant, February 28, 2024 11:59  PM ET

Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, per statute, for planning or constructing surface transportation infrastructure projects that will improve safety; environmental sustainability; quality of life; mobility and community connectivity; economic competitiveness and opportunity including tourism; state of good repair; partnership and collaboration; and innovation. Eligible Entities include states, local government, public agency or publicly chartered authority, a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority, federally recognized Tribal Entities, transit agencies. Note, the RAISE program can only fund the surface transportation infrastructure elements of a project that may also include housing, employment opportunities, and economic development strategies. Awards range from $5 million in urban development and $1 million in rural developmental areas.   


Department of Agriculture Indigenous Food in Schools, March 18, 2024

The Supporting the Use of Traditional Indigenous Foods in the Child Nutrition Programs initiative provides regionally focused training and technical assistance to school nutrition professionals on procurement, preparation, and crediting of traditional Indigenous foods, including the use of cooperator and Food and Nutrition Service-developed resources and tools. Funds may be used to provide training, technical assistance, and nutrition education to support the use of traditional Indigenous foods in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, Seamless Summer Option, or Child and Adult Care Food Program At-Risk Afterschool Meals. Awards are a portion of $2 million in total funding with up to four (4) organizations, approximately $500,000 per organization. 


Santa Fe Community Foundation Spring Grant Cycle 2024, March 22, 2024

Santa Fe Community Foundation welcomes grant proposals from organizations in our funding region (Mora, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, and Santa Fe counties) that are engaged in direct service, policy advocacy, and/or collaborative efforts to improve outcomes in either Civic or Economic Opportunities or Health and Human Services. WIthin the civic and economic opportunities, via direct service policy advocacy or collaboration efforts, strategies must address improving employment opportunities, career counseling for low wage earners, financial literacy training, increasing community involvement, or supporting civic engagement and public information in order to strengthen local economies. Health and human services through direct service policy advocacy or collaboration efforts, strategies must address affordable housing, access high quality food, safety for vulnerable populations, access to health services, building healthy communications and infrastructure, providing senior well-being services or systems change within community organizing or public information. Awards range from $5,000 – $15,000 per organization.  


USDA Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, May 14, 2024 

The GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program presents the opportunity to bring together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems to foster understanding of how they might improve the health and nutrition status of participating households. The goal of the program is to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by providing incentives at point of purchase among SNAP recipients in all 50 states. Applicants for the program may be governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Awards are available from $10,000 to $15 million with a total award funding available of $36 million. 


US Department of the Interior’s Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects, March 29, 2024 4:00 p.m. MDT

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (Department) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program provides a framework for Federal leadership and assistance to stretch and secure water supplies for future generations in support of the Department’s priorities.Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) leverages Federal and non-Federal funding to support stakeholder efforts to stretch scarce water supplies and avoid conflicts over water. Planning, design, and construction activities for water recycling projects that have a total project cost greater than or equal to $500 million are eligible. Eligible Entities are states, Indian Tribes, municipalities, irrigation districts, water districts, wastewater districts; and any state, regional, or other organization with water or power delivery authority,state, regional, or local authorities, the members of which include one or more organizations with water or power delivery authority. 75% Match Required. There are 2-8 awards being chosen with $180 million in funds available. 


WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, Application Period 2: Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 4:00 p.m. MDT

The objective of this NOFO is to invite States, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies. Proposed projects that are supported by an existing water management and conservation plan, System Optimization Review, or other planning effort led by the applicant are prioritized. This prioritization will help ensure that projects funded under this NOFO are well thought out, have public support, and have been identified as the best way to address water management concerns. Reclamation has simplified the evaluation criteria and streamlined the application process for this category of WaterSMART Grants to ensure that the process works for smaller entities. Simplified evaluation criteria are intended to provide each applicant with an opportunity to succinctly explain how the proposed project would meet a defined need identified through a prior planning effort.


Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program, Applications are reviewed monthly 

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns with populations under 30,000 throughout the United States to start the Community Heart & Soul model. Community Heart & Soul efforts must be planned and led by at least five residents who are directly affiliated with and reside in the community, and must have a lead organization that is a local government, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or an informal resident-led group with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization. 



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