Mar 31, 2023 | Uncategorized

Grant opportunities for Fayetteville and Cumberland County, North Carolina:


Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program Request for Applications (March 31, 2023)
The USDA, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This competitive grant program in which local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through the fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. Interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit applications to the State Forester. Tribal applicants must submit applications to the appropriate Tribal government officials. All applications, either hardcopy or electronic, must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments by March 31, 2023.

Kubota Hometown Proud Community Revitalization Grant (March 31, 2023)
Kubota Hometown Proud community revitalization grant program opens March 1, 2023. Kubota again invest in FIVE $100,000 community grants, assisting local organizations in positively impacting their own communities. Each of the five grant winners will have the opportunity for an additional $100,000 Kubota Community Choice Award chosen via public vote this summer!

Fiscal Year 2023 Grants to Improve the Criminal Justice Response – Solicitation (April 20, 2023)
The Grants to Improve the Criminal Justice Response Program (ICJR Program) (CFDA# 16.590) encourages state, local, and tribal governments, and courts to improve criminal justice response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious criminal law violations, and to seek autonomy and safety for victims, by requiring coordination through the entire criminal justice system. A Coordinated Community Response (CCR) is the foundation of the ICJR Program. A CCR brings diverse community partners together to work to address the widespread impact of these crimes.

Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities – Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) – Renew America’s Schools (April 21, 2023)
The activities to be funded under this FOA support BIL section 40541 and the broader government-wide approach to support projects that enable replicable and scalable impacts, create innovative, sustaining partnerships, leverage funding and economies of scale, focus on disadvantaged communities, improve student, teacher, and occupant health, enrich learning and growth, assist schools that serve as community assets (e.g., neighborhood cooling centers or disaster recovery shelters), and are crafted thoughtfully within the context of public school facilities (e.g., procurement restraints, construction windows, etc.).

Strengthening ICAC Technological Investigative Capacity Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (April 26, 2023)
OJP is dedicated to supporting work that advances civil rights and racial equity, increases justice access, supports those affected by the justice system and victims of crime, enhances community safety, and guards the public from evolving threats and crime, and builds trust between the community and law enforcement. The guiding philosophy of the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention is to improve the welfare of America’s youth and widen their opportunities for a brighter future. To put this into action, OJJDP is spearheading efforts to remodel the juvenile justice system.

The Smart Policing Initiative Grant Program (May 1, 2023)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance has several programs geared toward the enhancement of law enforcement’s ability to respond to crime using data and technology like the National Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Initiative. BJA’s Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) is the focus of this funding opportunity. This initiative provides law enforcement agencies with funding to improve their policing practices, data, and technology based on evidence. BJA plans to use this solicitation to support actions which apply and test new ideas which aid with common law enforcement challenges and assist law enforcement agencies in community violence prevention and intervention within their jurisdiction.  This solicitation will also be used to develop, implement, and test new technologies that foster data transparency and information sharing.

STOP School Violence Training and Technical Assistance (STOP TTA) Program (May 1)
With this solicitation, BJA aims to carry on the work of the National Center for School Safety, which was funded in 2019 to give training and technical assistance to “BJA STOP School Violence Program” and the “COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).” The purpose of this was to establish a knowledge base and technical assistance delivery model for communities looking to improve school safety.

Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program (May 2, 2023)
The grant program Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LHR) aims to protect the maximum number of children under 6 from lead poisoning. They do this by providing states, cities, counties/parishes, Native American Tribes, or other units of local government assistance in implementing comprehensive programs for control and identification of lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned rental or owner-occupied housing populations. There is also Healthy Homes Supplemental funding available that is meant to improve the lead-based paint hazard control activities by comprehensively identifying and addressing other housing hazards that affect the health of occupants.

Enhancing School Capacity to Address Youth Violence Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (May 3, 2023)
The guiding philosophy of the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention is to improve the welfare of America’s youth and widen their opportunities for a brighter future. To put this into action, OJJDP is spearheading efforts to remodel the juvenile justice system. OJJDP encourages all prospective applicants that work with youth to highlight how their program aligns with these priorities.

Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives (May 3, 2023)
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may focus on broad movements in U.S. history, such as law, politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or on the papers of an individual or figures in American history. Collections that center the voices and document the history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are especially welcome.

Southern Area State Fire Capacity Hazard Mitigation (May 14, 2023)
All non-State Forestry Agency applications (except Tribes) must have a letter of support from the State Forestry Agency when submitting in
The USDA Forest Service State Fire Capacity (SFC) Hazard Mitigation priorities coincide with those of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. (, as specifically listed below.

  1. “Restore and Maintain Landscapes: Landscapes across all jurisdictions are resilient to fire-related disturbances, in accordance with management objectives.”
  2. “Create Fire Adapted Communities: Human populations and infrastructure can withstand a wildfire without loss of life or property.”

Small Community Air Service Development Program (May 17, 2023)
The purpose of this program is to assist small communities financially to improve their air service. The Department helps in this way through grants that are disbursed on a reimbursable basis.

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI) (May 30, 2023)
This new a new program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and valued at $2.5 billion (over five years). Its purpose is to strategically place public EV charging and alternative fueling stations in urban and rural areas where people live and work, along with designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). The overall CFI has two funding categories:

1. Community Charging and Fueling Grants (Community Program); and
2. Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program)

Digital Projects for the Public (June 14, 2023)
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for the Digital Projects for the Public program. This program provides support for projects that evaluate humanities subject matter in primarily digital formats and platforms.

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs (Ongoing)
The EDA provides support for the development of economically distressed areas within the U.S. They do this through the promotion of job creation and private investment attraction.
Under this Notice of Funding Opportunity, EDA collects applications to support investments surrounding construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA program (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities, Nuclear Closure Communities, and Biomass Closure Communities). Grants and cooperative agreements created via these programs use the regions existing assets to support the application of economic development strategies that promote new ideas and creative approaches to increase economic prosperity for communities in distress, including those negatively affected by the coal economy changes and nuclear power plant closures.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife FY23 (Rolling, until September 30, 2023)
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. The PFW Program is delivered through more than 250 full-time staff, active in all 50 States and territories. Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas define where the program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species.

Community Heart and Soul Seed Grant (Ongoing)
The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (Rolling, first-in, first-out basis)
Eligible entities may be live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theatre operators, and talent representatives, per the Economic Aid Act. Additionally, entities of these types owned by state or local governments (for example, museums or historic homes) are eligible to apply if the governmentally owned entity also acts solely as a venue operator, museum, etc. and not also include other types of entities. For example, a city parks and recreation department that operated a bandstand in a public square along with running various nature parks would not qualify as an eligible entity for an SVOG. Finally, each subsidiary business owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements on its own rights will qualify as an eligible entity.

Building Reuse – State Rural Grants (Ongoing)
Develop older buildings in your community into assets to attract new or expanding businesses with the state’s Building Reuse Program. This program provides grants to local governments, using three categories of funding for:

  • The renovation of vacant buildings
  • The renovation or expansion of a building occupied by an existing North Carolina company wishing to expand in their current location
  • The renovation, expansion or construction of health care entities that will lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs.

Demolition – State Rural Grants (Ongoing)
The Demolition Grant Program provides grants to local governments to support the demolition of a vacant building to encourage site rehabilitation and site availability for economic development purposes. Eligible applicants are units of local government located in either a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county, or a rural census tract in a Tier 3 county. You can find more about the state’s tier designations elsewhere on our site. In Tier 1 or Tier 2 counties, priority will be given to towns or communities with populations less than 5,000.

Demolition – Federal CDBG (Ongoing)
Under the authority of Title I of the U. S. Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (as amended), the CDBG demolition program in North Carolina is designed to demolish vacant dilapidated industrial buildings and properties under the elimination of slums and blight national objective. The demolition activity is expected to create a site at which it can reasonably be expected new jobs and private sector investment will locate. Since the demolition activity is qualified under the slums and blight national objective, new job creation with a private employer does not require a legally binding contract. Jobs creation during the demolition phase of the grant should be collected for CDBG reporting purposes.

Community Housing Grants: Neighborhood Revitalization – Federal CDBG (Ongoing)
The North Carolina Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NC Neighborhood) will offer a non-entitlement municipality or county the opportunity to tailor a project to meet the community development needs specific and most critical to their locality, primarily for their low- and moderate-income residents. The NC Neighborhood Program incorporates several previous Rural Economic Development Division (REDD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs and activities such as Scattered Site Housing and Supportive Housing. North Carolina received approximately $45 million in CDBG funds for 2018. Of this amount, approximately $10 million will be made available for the NC Neighborhood Program. The state makes these funds available by awarding grants to non-entitlement governments throughout North Carolina. The NC Neighborhood Program will support the three livability principles that help guide sustainability and resiliency throughout areas that receive funding. Regardless of the program activity that local governments pursue, NC Neighborhood Program projects must incorporate at least one of the following three livability principles as an area of focus:

  • Promote equitable, affordable housing. Expand location and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.
  • Support existing communities. Target federal funding toward existing communities – through strategies like transit-oriented, mixed-use development, and land recycling – to increase community revitalization and the efficiency of public works investments and safeguard rural landscapes.
  • Value communities and neighborhoods. Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods – rural, urban, or suburban.

Community Housing Grants: Neighborhood Stabilization – Federal CDBG (Ongoing)
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $3.92 billion to all states and particularly hard-hit areas trying to respond to the effects of high foreclosures. HUD’s new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) will provide targeted emergency assistance through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA). These targeted funds will be used to purchase foreclosed homes at a discount and to rehabilitate or redevelop them in order to respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values. Neighborhood stabilization funds may be used for activities that include, but are not limited to:

  • acquiring land and property
  • demolishing or rehabilitating abandoned properties
  • offering down-payment and closing-cost assistance to low- to moderate-income homebuyers
  • creating “land banks” to assemble, temporarily manage, and dispose of vacant land for the purpose of stabilizing neighborhoods and encouraging re-use or redevelopment of urban property
  • Eligible entities include entitlement cities and non-entitlement counties in target areas, non-profits, community development corporations, councils of government, public housing authorities, and public finance agencies.

Infrastructure – State Rural Grants (Ongoing)
The Economic Infrastructure Program provides grants to local governments to assist with infrastructure projects that will lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs. Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Upgrades or repair of public drinking water or wastewater treatment plants
  • Upgrades, extensions, or repair of public water or sewer lines
  • Extensions of publicly owned natural gas line (with an executed Pipeline Construction, Operating and Resale Agreement
  • Installation or extension of public broadband infrastructure
  • Construction of publicly owned access roads not funded or owned by the NC Department of Transportation
  • Construction of public rail spur improvements.Eligible applicants are units of local government with priority given to the counties that have the 80 highest rankings under N.C.G.S.143B-437.08. The rankings can be found on the county tier designations page.

Rail Industrial Access Program (Ongoing)
As part of a statewide effort to attract new industry to North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Industrial Access Program uses state funds to help build or refurbish railroad tracks that a new or expanding industry needs. This funding helps ensure that companies have safer, modernized railroad tracks so freight can deliver their goods and services more effectively and efficiently. Funding for the projects is contingent upon application approval prior to the industry making its decision to locate or expand a facility in North Carolina, and matching funds from private and or local sources. Local governments, community development agencies, railroad companies, and industries are eligible to apply. Approval of requests is based on the project’s economic benefits, including the number of potential new jobs, the amount of capital investment, rail use, and the area’s economic conditions.

Golden LEAF Open Grants Program (Ongoing)
The Open Grants Program is designed to make it easier for applicants to submit a proposal to Golden LEAF and to make funding opportunities available throughout the year. Eligible applicants are governmental entities and 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations. This program is for Economic Development projects in the priority areas of Job Creation and Economic Investment; Workforce Preparedness; Agriculture; and Community Competitiveness, Capacity, and Vitality. Golden LEAF accepts applications from all communities in North Carolina; however, funded projects must benefit tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities. Applicants can strengthen their proposals by identifying the direct positive effect(s) the project will have on those target communities.

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program (Ongoing)
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings.