Grant funding opportunities identified by OSI (but not necessarily representing all grant opportunities currently available.)
Grant Funding Opportunities
Enterprise Communities Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge Grant Applications Due February 19, 2020
Enterprise Community Partners in partnership with Wells Fargo have teamed up to create the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, an initiative designed to spark innovations that transform creative housing affordability ideas into real solutions. The Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge invites innovators to participate in a competitive application process with an opportunity to receive a $2 million grant to further scalable housing affordability solutions that specifically address up to two of the challenge’s three focus areas: housing construction, housing financing, and resident services and support. The Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge will award grants of more than $2 million to six entities as well as provide technical assistance over a two-year period from a support team of Enterprise staff and other leaders in affordable housing and community development to help turn concepts into action. The first-round RFP will be made available on January 15, 2020, with applications due February 19, 2020. The six chosen grant recipients will be announced on July 31, 2020. Enterprise and Wells Fargo will co-host two optional informational webinars for potential applicants on January 7, 2020 at 2 PM and January 16, 2020 at 2 PM.
2020 Census New Hampshire Complete Count Mini Grant Program Applications Due March 6, 2020
Granite United Way, with funding from the New Hampshire Funders Forum is accepting applications for the New Hampshire Complete Count 2020 Mini Grant Program on a rolling basis until March 6, 2020. The short term program is designed to assist non-profit organizations, including local complete count committees, across New Hampshire in their outreach and organizing efforts to attain the highest 2020 Census count possible. 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for a funding award of $500 to $1,500. Priority will be given to applications that prioritize outreach too hard to count populations (HTC populations) at greatest risk of an undercount in New Hampshire including low-income communities in targeted geographic areas (e.g., Manchester, Nashua, Concord, North Country, Claremont); rural areas with limited broadband or cell phone access; college students; immigrants and refugees, young children, and older adults. The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (NHOSI) has created a resource page on its 2020 census website which has a wide range of flyers, links to videos, logos, fact sheets, and other tools for outreach to HTC populations.
USDA Rural Development Grant Applications for the Broadband Reconnect Program Due March 16, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it will fund another round of the Broadband Reconnect Program, an initiative that offers unique federal financing and funding options in the form of loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that don’t currently have sufficient access to broadband, defined by the law as 10 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. The USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. Applications for this new round of funding will be accepted beginning January 31, 2020. All applications will be due no later than March 16, 2020. To learn more visit the USDA Broadband Reconnect Program website.
AARP 2020 Community Challenge Grant Applications Due April 1, 2020
AARP has created the 2020 Community Challenge, an initiative that provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications of any amount are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement and more. Grants can be used to support permanent physical improvements in the community; temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change; and/or new, innovative programming or services. Applications are due April 1, 2020 at midnight and are open to nonprofits and government entities. To learn more and apply visit the AARP 2020 Community Challenge website.