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Federal Grant Opportunities

Please note that you are on the FEDERAL grants page. The grants listed below are by category. You can search these by hitting "Control" and "F" on your keyboard and entering a search word or phrase.


TIGER Grants
Municipalities can apply for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. The 2016 TIGER grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural. The TIGER grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects. These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, ports, and transit agencies. For more information, click here. Application period is closed.


Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
This program, through the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities and improve the quality of life in rural areas with no more than 20,000 residents. Funds may be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, as well as purchase equipment and pay related project expenses. Examples of projects include computer, technology upgrades; construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of facilities; street, parking, and paving improvements; maintenance equipment; emergency generators; and training equipment. Click here for more information. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Section 504 Home Repair Program
Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants, also known as the Section 504 Home Repair Program, aims to provide loans for very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes. A 504 loan can reach a maximum of $20,000 at a fixed interest rate of 1 percent. The 504 Program also provides grants, which can be worth a maximum of $7,500 and may only be issued to eligible seniors aged 62 and older, and may only be used for the removal of health and safety hazards. In order to qualify for a 504 loan, an applicant must be the homeowner and occupy the house, be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere, and have a family income below 50 percent of the area’s median income. For grants, the only qualification is that an applicant must be 62 years of age or older and must be unable to repay a repair loan. For more information, call 717-237-2266. Applications for this program are taken year-round.

Local Foods, Local Places Federal Assistance for Sustainable Communities
This program aims to help rural communities integrate strategies for local food efforts into their economic action plans. Eligible rural projects should help revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers' markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and local food enterprises. Deadline to apply is Nov. 6, 2016.

USDA Grant Program
The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet. Application period is closed.


Clean Diesel Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds projects to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines, including for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority for funding will be given to projects that engage and benefit local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Applications are expected to open in February 2017.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund's Technical Assistance Program
This program allows groups to receive technical services with an approved vendor. Technical services can be engineering, planning, social marketing, etc. The beneficiary only receives the technical services, not any direct grant funding. Therefore, organizations should consider the project and amount of involvement required.  Application period is closed.

Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Guidelines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests proposals for three types of brownfields grants: (1) Brownfields Assessment Grants to provide funds to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning (including cleanup planning), and community involvement related to brownfield sites; (2) Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants to provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving fund and to make loans and provide subgrants to conduct cleanup activities at brownfield sites; and (3) Brownfields Cleanup Grants to provides funds to conduct cleanup activities at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant. The maximum grant award will be $600,000.  Application period is closed.

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant

EPA is authorized to fund research, technical assistance and/or training activities that facilitate the inventory of brownfields, site assessments, remediation of brownfields sites, community involvement, or site preparation. This request for proposals (RFP) solicits proposals from eligible entities to conduct research and/or technical assistance activities that culminate in an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. Grant-funded activities must be directed to one or more catalyst, high priority brownfield site(s) located within a specific project area, such as a neighborhood, downtown, business or arts district, a local commercial or industrial corridor, a community waterfront, one or more city blocks, etc. Click here for more information. Application period is closed.

Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance
Contact your regional office to see what technical assistance and partnerships are available. Click here for more information.

NPS Chesapeake Bay Financial Assistance Awards
The proposed project site(s) must be within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and create new or enhanced access; the proposed project must develop one or more of the following types of public water access facilities: boat-related, swimming, fishing, viewing, wildlife, and shoreline areas. No current funding available.

Public Safety

COPS Hiring Program

The COPS Hiring Program, funded through the U.S. Dept. of Justice, provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Click here for more information. Application period is closed.

Community Policing Development Program
The Community Policing Development Program, through the U.S. Department of Justice, advances community policing through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topics. Click here for more information. Applicant must register at Application period is closed.

Small Agency Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program
This program, funded through the U.S. Dept. of Justice, will support the implementation, including the purchase, deployment, maintenance, data storage, and policy development of a body worn camera program, and the necessary policies for law enforcement agencies. For more information, click here. Application deadline is closed.

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)
The goal of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, and assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. For more information, click here. Application period is closed.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program
This program enhances the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. Must meet NIMS requirements.
Application period is now open through 5 p.m. on Nov. 18.

Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program
The purpose of the RAED Grant Program is to develop community partnerships to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide defibrillator and basic life support training, and place the AEDs in rural communities with local organizations, such as libraries. Contact Regional Office on website for availability of funds.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Safety and Prevention Grants
The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. Application period is closed.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grants 
Provides grants for bulletproof vests for local law enforcement agencies. Application period is closed.

STOP Violence Against Women Grant
The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program provides support to encourage governments and courts to treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system and community-based victim service organizations. Formula/Discretionary.

Flood and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants
FEMA announced funding available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These two grant programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in strengthening our nation’s ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and their citizens. Both announcements can be found at FEMA's HMA grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. Further information on these grant programs is available here. Applications for mitigation projects are encouraged as soon as possible after the disaster occurs so that opportunities to do mitigation are not lost during reconstruction. The state will set a deadline for application submittal. You should contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer for specific application dates. In PA, call 717-651-2726 or email Tom Hughes at

HOPE VI Main Street Program
HUD will provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or "Main Street" area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to (1) redevelop Main Street areas; (2) preserve historic or traditional central business district or Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; (3) enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and (4) provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Application period is closed.

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced funding to leverage investments in public schools and education programs, early learning programs and services, crime prevention strategies, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs. Eligible projects should incorporate sustainable development into their proposals, such as energy efficiency, green building, renewable energy, and public transportation. Application period is closed.