Funding Opportunities Available for Broadband,Community and Economic Development, Education, Housing, Opioid Abuse Prevention, and Environmental Protection


USDA is offering funding through the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Loans and loan guarantees will provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Deadline: 9/30/2019. Click here for program guidelines and application materials.


RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing. Click here for more information.

THE PEACE DEVELOPMENT FUND is offering funding through Community Organizing Grants program that provides support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level; groups that have a genesis in Occupy, MeToo, or Movement for Black Lives; collaborative peace initiatives led by women; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. The application deadline is 12/28/2018. Visit the Fund’s website here to download the grant guidelines for the Community Organizing Grants program.

Economic Development

USDA is offering grants through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDL and REDG). The program offers loans and grants to assist in the economic development of rural areas, including funds for healthcare facilities and equipment, telecommunications networks, and job creation projects. Deadline: 12/31/2018. Click here for funding guidelines and to apply.


BIG READ is accepting grant applications for Community-Wide Reading Programs. Seventy-five grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for community-wide reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Deadline: 1/24/2019. Click here to review funding guidelines and to apply.


HUD is offering grants through The Fair Housing Initiative Program. Program areas include the Private Enforcement Initiative, the Fair Housing Organization Initiative, and the Education and Outreach Initiative. The application deadline is 12/10/2018. Click here to review funding guidelines and to apply.


FEDERAL OFFICE OF RURAL HEALTH POLICY, HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning. Planning grants designed to strengthen the capacity of multi-sector consortia to address prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder in rural counties identified to be at the highest risk. Deadline to apply: 1/15/2019. Click here to review application guidelines and to apply.

THE AMERISOURCEBERGEN FOUNDATION is offering funding through the Opioid Resource Grant Program. The Program will provide nonprofit organizations in communities across the United States with grants ranging up to $100,000 to combat the epidemic of opioid misuse. Priority will be given to organizations addressing the following three key areas of focus: safe disposal, education around prevention, and innovative solutions. (Funding requests for treatment, recovery, or treatment-related research will not be considered.) 2019 Deadlines; letters of intent will be accepted from January 1 through February 15 and July 1 through August 15. Visit the Foundation’s website here to download the Opioid Resource Grant Program guidelines.

Other Opportunities

USDA is offering funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants program that supports communities with water or wastewater systems through technical assistance or training. Supported organizations will identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in rural areas, assist other organizations in preparing applications for water and waste grants made at the state level, and improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas. Deadline: 12/31/2018. Click here to review funding guidelines.

THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) is offering funding through the FY 2019 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants (MAC Grants). Deadline: 1/31/2019. These grants are offered by the EPA Brownfields Program and may be used to address sites contaminated by, or perceived to be contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants and petroleum. Click here to review funding guidelines and to apply.

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, administered by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and funded by the National Football League Foundation, provides support for nonprofit neighborhood-based organizations and middle or high schools to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Matching Field Surface Grants of up to $250,000 are available to help finance the resurfacing of community, middle school, or high school football fields. General Field Support Grants of up to $50,000 are available for capital projects not associated with the actual field surface, such as the installation or refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, etc. All organizations applying for funds must be located within NFL Target Markets and serve low- to moderate-income areas within those markets. A list of eligible communities is included in the Request for Proposals (RFP). Deadline: 1/31/2019. Visit the LISC website here to download the RFP.

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY is offering funding through the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. The program provides support for community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Deadline: 2/15/2019. Click here to review program guidelines and to apply.

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