Grants Strengthen Grassroots Social Change in Georgia and the Carolinas

Fund for Southern Communities

The Fund for Southern Communities supports nonprofit organizations working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. The Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to progressive grassroots groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that address social change issues, such as workers’ rights, environmental justice, economic justice, non-traditional arts and media, etc. The Fund provides seed grants to new projects, and general or project support to small organizations (with a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less). The application deadline is September 7, 2018. Visit the Fund’s website to review the grant application information.

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Grant Opportunities for Buses and Bus Facilities


Federal Transit Administration

Fiscal Year 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity; Grants for Buses and Bus

Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of funding opportunity (NOFO).

SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $366.3 million in fiscal year (FY) 2018 funds under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (CFDA#20.526). As required by federal transit law and subject to funding availability, funds will be awarded competitively to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses. FTA may award additional funds if they are made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.

DATES: Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 6, 2018. Prospective applicants should initiate the process by promptly registering on the GRANTS.GOV website to ensure completion of the application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s website at and in the “FIND” module of GRANTS.GOV. TheGRANTS.GOV funding opportunity ID is FTA-2018-005-TPM. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Bathrick, FTA Office of Program Management, 202-366-9955, or

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Workshop to be Held on Small Business Grants

For Immediate Release

July 9, 2018

South Carolina Office of Innovation plans workshop series as part of 3Phase initiative

Events to assist South Carolina businesses successfully acquire federal grant awards

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As part of its new 3Phase initiative, the Office of Innovation at the S.C. Department of Commerce today announced a workshop series aimed at educating attendees on how to write grant applications for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. Taking place on Monday, July 23 in North Charleston, S.C., the inaugural workshop will include a networking lunch and individualized 30-minute consulting sessions.

Announced earlier this year, 3Phase is a new resource for South Carolina companies. The SBIR and STTR programs require eligible governmental agencies to set aside a percentage of their budgets toward small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, which displace established technologies and shake up the industry. The aim of the SBIR and STTR programs is to get these discoveries out of the lab and into the market. 3Phase will provide training and workshops throughout the state on how South Carolina companies can successfully take advantage of these grant programs. 3Phase will also manage the application process for a portfolio of firms. Both of these services are provided at no cost to participants.

“At S.C. Commerce, our job is to support business growth in South Carolina. A critical component of this effort is connecting in-state companies and entrepreneurs with resources that will help them succeed,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “The 3Phase initiative, and these workshops specifically, will help us do just that.”

Those looking to register for the July 23 workshop should click here. The next workshop event has been scheduled for October 9 at the NEXT Innovation Center in Greenville, S.C. Additional details on that event, as well as future workshop dates, will be provided in the months ahead. For more information on 3Phase, visit

S.C. Department of Commerce

(803) 737-0400

1201 Main Street, Suite 1600

Columbia SC 29201

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