FEDERAL FUNDING RESOURCES
The Equitable Transportation Fund maintains and regularly updates a list of relevant federal funding opportunities- most of which are programs resulting from the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This list focuses on initiatives being prioritized by the federal government. The hope is this can guide our grantees to leverage funding within their communities. For more information about each opportunity, click the grant website link.
Federal Funding Opportunities - Open
Proposal Close Date
National Clean Investment Fund
NOFO under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund competition to finance clean technology deployment nationally; a $6 billion Clean Communities Investment Accelerator competition to finance clean technology deployment in low-income and disadvantaged communities while simultaneously building the capacity of community lenders that serve those communities; and a $7 billion Solar for All competition to spur adoption of clean distributed solar energy that lowers energy bills for millions of Americans in low-income and disadvantaged communities. The overarching objectives of the Fund are to 1) reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants; 2) deliver benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities; and 3) mobilize financing and private capital to stimulate additional deployment of greenhouse gas and air pollution reducing projects.
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)
This notice announces the availability of funds under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program and solicits applications from eligible entities to incentivize and accelerate the upgrading or retirement of the nation’s legacy diesel engine fleet. Eligible activities include the retrofit or replacement of existing diesel engines, vehicles, and equipment with EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified engine configurations and verified retrofit and idle reduction technologies. EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately $115 million under this NOFO: $58 million in FY 2022 funding and $57 million in FY 2023 funding; it is anticipated that approximately 4-10 cooperative agreements will be made per each of EPA’s ten regions subject to the availability of funds, the quantity and quality of applications received, and other considerations.
States, Tribes, localities, transportation providers, nonprofits
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
U.S. Department of Energy State and Community Energy Program Office
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is designed to assist states, local governments, and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use, to reduce fossil fuel emissions, and to improve energy efficiency.
State government, local government
Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula Program
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
The purpose of the PROTECT Formula and Discretionary Grant programs is to plan for and strengthen surface transportation to be more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters through formula and competitive discretionary grants. FHWA issued guidance for the formula portion of PROTECT in July 2022. This NOFO is for the discretionary portion of PROTECT. It will result in the distribution of up to $848 million for the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program through a competitive discretionary grant process
Rural Surface Transportation Grant Progam
Department of Transportation
The Department is combining three major discretionary grant programs into one Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant (MPDG) opportunity to reduce the burden for state and local applicants and increase the pipeline of “shovel-worthy” projects that are now possible because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These investments will create good-paying jobs, grow the economy, reduce emissions, improve safety, make our transportation more sustainable and resilient, and expand transportation options in rural America and other underserved communities. Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this funding will help enable more communities to build vital infrastructure projects that also strengthen supply chains and reduce costs for American families.
(1) a State; (2) a regional transportation planning organization; (3) a unit of local government; (4) a tribal government or a consortium of tribal governments; or (5) a multijurisdictional group of entities above. For Rural, States are defined to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment (2022)
Department Of Interior (DOI)
The Service operates a variety of programs that promote wildlife conservation and public land management under the Public Lands Corps Act (PLC, FWS Youth Corps) through engagement, employment, and education of our nation’s diverse youth and veterans. The purpose of Service PLC Programs is to provide work and education opportunities for youth (defined as ages 16-30 inclusive, and up to age 35 for veterans) participants in the areas of natural and cultural resource conservation, development, and scientific research. The purpose of this NOFO is not to establish new partnerships. Partners must be designated as an official member of the FWS Youth Corps (formerly 21CSC Youth Corps) in order to certify Participants. The Service operates many PLC programs under the FWS Youth Corps that offer the possibility of non-competitive hiring authority status. Programs such as: Public Lands Transportation Fellows Program, Youth Conservation Corps, Career Discovery Internship Program, The Indian Youth Service Corps Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Program, and Resource Assistant Programs. Perform, in a cost-effective manner, appropriate conservation projects on eligible lands; Assist governments and Indian tribes in performing research and public education tasks; Expose young people to public service.
Private institutions of higher education, County governments City or township governments, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification) Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) State governments Special district governments Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program
U.S. Department of Transportation
It is the first-ever Federal program dedicated to reconnecting communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. Funding supports planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities.
the Facility Owner or Eligible applicants to Planning Grants may submit the application for a Capital Construction Grant, as long as the Owner of the eligible transportation facility is a joint applicant, with evidence of endorsing the application
EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Implementation Grants
Opportunity to support the implementation of climate action plans amongst regional councils of governments and included communities, as well as those communities not served directly by regional COGS, etc. Anticipated # of Awards: TBD Total Funding: $4.6 billion
"States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico: $3 million Metropolitan Statistical Areas: $1 million to 67 most populous Territories: $500,000 Tribes: $25 million set-aside"
March 2024 - Opens Jan 2024
Smart Growth Technical Assistance Programs (several TA prorgams)
EPA offers the following technical assistance to help communities learn about and implement smart growth approaches:
View website for eligibilities
New opportunities to apply for technical assistance are announced on our home page. To receive announcements by email, subscribe to our listserv by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research and National Technical Assistance
US Department of Commerce
Provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support research and technical assistance projects under EDA’s R&E and NTA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA reserves the right to determine if an award will be structured as a grant or a cooperative agreement
States, Tribes, Localities, Nonprofits
No deadline - applications accepted on a rolling basis
Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance
US Dept of Commerce
Through this NOFO (Notice of Federal Opportunity) EDA intends to advance general economic development in accordance with EDA’s investment priorities, but also to pursue projects that, where practicable, incorporate specific priorities related to equity, workforce development, and climate change resiliency so that investments can benefit everyone for decades to come. Build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities; construction and non-construction such as sectoral partnerships for workforce training, design and engineering, technical assistance, economic recovery strategies, and (re)capitalization. Each project funded under this NOFO must be consistent with at least one of EDA’s Investment Priorities: 1. Equity 2. Recovery & Resilience 3. Workforce Development 4. Manufacturing 5. Technology-Based Economic Development 6. Environmentally-Sustainable Development 7. Exports & Foreign Direct Investment
Local government;State government;Nonprofit;Institution of higher education
No deadline - applications accepted on rolling basis
Provides opportunities to create healthier and safer environments, community development and placemaking, workforce development, etc. Anticipated # of Awards: 250 Total Funding: $150 million
November 2023 - opens September 2023