CDFA is now accepting applications for the second round of 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing and Public Facilities funds. Approximately $1.9 million in CDBG funds is estimated to be available for this round, pending receipt of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding agreement for 2016.
All applications for CDBG Housing and Public Facilities grants must be received by CDFA by 4:00 PM on Monday, July 25, 2016.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a Rural Development funding opportunity authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill called Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD). SECD supports rural communities engaged in regional planning efforts. Many federal agencies have regional planning programs and SECD can provide funds for implementation. SECD prioritizes projects that support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans by setting aside up to 10 percent of annual appropriations for these purposes under the Community Facilities Program, Water and Waste Disposal Program, Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and Rural Business Development Grant Program. In FY 2016, SECD set-asides total over $300 million. SECD set-asides must be obligated by June 30th of each fiscal year. Visit the SECD website for complete information. The goal of SECD is to support communities who are working across jurisdictions to align resources, develop long-term community and economic growth strategies and engage federal, state and local partners. By promoting this regional focus, USDA resources across Rural Development agencies and programs can be more effectively utilized and have a larger impact on rural capacity building and wealth creation. The USDA Community Economic Development National Contact List has regional and state staff contact information that can assist with questions on SECD.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2016
USDA is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect program. Community Connect is administered by USDA's Rural Utilities Service and helps to fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to provide service. USDA plans to award up to $11.7 million in grants through the Community Connect grant program. The grants fund broadband infrastructure to help foster economic growth by delivering connectivity to the global marketplace. The grants also fund broadband for community centers and public institutions. The minimum grant is $100,000 for FY 2016. The maximum award is $3 million. USDA announced new rules in 2013 to better target Community Connect grants to areas where they are needed the most.
Submission deadline: June 17, 2016
HUD is soliciting applications for the FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants program. The maximum grant award is $30 million. The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:
Deadline: Applications are due on June 28, 2016
The National Park Service will be offering technical assistance to a selection of community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects in 2017. This support is made possible through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Technical assistance through this program can take place in the form of creating new parks or greenways, planning for conservation of lands, planning for and implementing public engagement, providing visioning exercises, and other efforts.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2016.
The Program is designed to help communities move their economic development agenda forward by learning how to support existing businesses and give them a platform for growth within the community. Cooperative Extension staff will work with local communities to research, prioritize and implement a BR&E program and will train community leaders and volunteers. The long-term outcome is job retention, business expansion, local leadership development and a stronger sense of community. If your community is interested or you would like more information please contact André Garron, Regional Economic Development Specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension at [email protected] or call 862-5171.
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