Happy New Year from the BellTower Team! We hope you are ready to take on 2024 with these grant opportunities. 2024 has many exciting opportunities. Our January newsletter features opportunities for alternative water supply, arts and culture, and transportation. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your project ideas. Click the “Schedule a call” button to reach us.

Advance Contemporary Visual Art Initiatives Grants
Teiger Foundation
Due Date: February 14, 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $150,000

The Teiger Foundation provides grants for US-based, curator-led initiatives in contemporary visual art. Supported initiatives may include group exhibitions, single-artist surveys, participatory and community-engaged art projects, digital exhibitions, live and virtual performance in the context of the visual arts, and as-yet-unknown curatorial forms involving contemporary visual art and artists.

Grant categories include grants of up to $150,000 for single projects led by curators at organizations of all sizes; grants of up to $150,000 for three years of programming at organizations with annual budgets of up to $3.5 million, including independent art spaces, contemporary art centers, nonprofit art institutions, kunsthalles, university galleries, and small contemporary art museums; grants of up to $75,000 for hosting exhibitions that originated elsewhere; and grants of up to $50,000 for curatorial research and development in the earliest stages of a project. 501(c)(3) institutions in the U.S. are eligible to apply.


Grants for Arts Projects
National Endowment of the Arts (NEA)
Due Date:
Grants.gov: February 15, 2024
NEA Applicant Portal: February 28, 2024
Match: 1:1
Funding: Up to $150,000

Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) provides expansive funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and culture ecosystem. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health an well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.
Grants for Arts Projects funds art projects in a variety of disciplines, including: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, and Visual Arts.
Please note that in order to be considered eligible, programming must have begun in or before February 2021.

Bridge Investment Program
Department of Transportation
Due Date:
Planning Grants: February 19, 2024;
Bridge Projects: March 19, 2024
Match: 20%
Funding: Up to $ 2,430,000,000 for FY2024

The Bridge Investment Program (BIP) provides financial assistance for a project to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, or protect one or more bridges on the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) under 23 U.S.C. 144(b). The goals of this program are to 1) improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of people and freight over bridges; 2) improve the condition of bridges in the United States by reducing the number of bridges in poor condition or in fair condition and at risk of falling into poor condition in the next three years, reducing the total person miles traveled over bridges in poor condition or in fair condition and at risk of falling into poor condition in the next three years, reducing the number of bridges that do not meet current geometric design standards or cannot meet the current load and traffic requirements typical of the regional transportation network, and reducing the total person miles traveled over bridges that do not meet current geometric design standards or cannot meet the current load and traffic requirements typical of the regional transportation network; and 3) provide financial assistance that leverages and encourages non-Federal contributions from sponsors and stakeholders involved in the planning, design, and construction of eligible projects.

Community Grants Program
Miami Dade County
Due Date: February 22, 2024
Match: 50%
Funding: Up to $15,000

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to nonprofit organizations developing small and large-scale community-based cultural (dance, theater, music, visual arts) programs, as well as projects and events such as fairs and parades, neighborhood festivals and publications with a strong artistic component. The CG Panel considers projects with strong community involvement and/or outreach component.
Please note: If you are a first time applicant, you are eligible for up to $7,500 with a dollar-for-dollar match. You also are required to attend a pre-grant workshop. Click the link to register here.
All applicants must schedule an in-person or telephone consultation with the Program Administrator to determine your eligibility for new and non-recurring projects and programs. To schedule a consultation, please contact Geraldine Toussaint at (305) 375-2536 or via email at geraldine.toussaint@miamidade.gov.

Cooperative Funding Program
South Florida Water Management District
Due Date: February 26, 2024
Match: 50%
Funding: Up to $230,000,000 total funding available

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is now accepting applications for cost-share projects to develop alternative water supplies (AWS). This initiative is part of the State of Florida’s continuing efforts to implement cost-effective strategies to conserve its precious water resources while meeting the state’s water needs. All local governments applying for this grant must have adopted an irrigation ordinance consistent with the District’s year-round Irrigation Rule in place in order to be eligible for funding consideration. All local governments must also have an approved Water Supply Facilities Work Plan per statute to be eligible for funding consideration.
Eligible projects for consideration should be construction-ready AWS projects or ready-to-implement water conservation technology projects or projects that provide the most immediate benefits.

RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) Grant Program
Department of Transportation
Due Date: February 28, 2024
Match: 20%
Funding: Up to $25,000,000

The purpose of the RAISE Grant Program is to fund eligible surface transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact that advance the Departmental priorities of safety, equity, climate and sustainability, and workforce development, job quality, and wealth creation, consistent with law, and as described in DOT’s Strategic Plan and in executive orders.

The Department seeks to fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector; incorporate evidence-based climate resilience measures and features; avoid adverse environmental impacts to air or water quality, wetlands and endangered species; and address the disproportionate environmental impacts of transportation on disadvantaged communities, consistent with Executive Order 14008 Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (86 CFR 7619).

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Direct Technical Assistance

Due Date: February 29, 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: N/A

The BRIC Direct Technical Assistance (DTA) Program provides tailored support to communities and tribal nations that may not have the resources to begin climate resilience planning and project solution design on their own. Through process-oriented, hand-in-hand assistance, BRIC DTA will partner with communities interested in enhancing their capability and capacity to design holistic, equitable hazard mitigation solutions that advance community-driven objectives.

FEMA will offer wide-ranging, non-financial support to BRIC DTA communities, including climate risk assessments, community engagement, partnership-building, and mitigation and climate adaptation planning. Support for BRIC DTA communities can range from pre-application activities to grant-closeout.

Waterways Assistance Program

Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND)
Due Date: April 1, 2024
Match: Up to 50%
Funding: Up to $12,000,000

The Waterways Assistance Program (WAP) is a grant program established by the Florida Legislature and the District for the purpose of financially cooperating with local governments to increase public access associated with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and associated waterways within the District. Waterway related projects must be located on natural, navigable waterways within the District.

Eligible waterway related projects include navigation channel dredging, channel markers, navigation signs or buoys, boat ramps, docking facilities, fishing and viewing piers, waterfront boardwalks, inlet management, environmental education, marine law enforcement equipment, boating safety programs, beach re-nourishment, dredge material management, environmental mitigation, and shoreline stabilization.

Applicants must meet with their local FIND commissioner for a review of the project prior to March 4th, 2024 for their project to be considered. Please see page 5 at the link provided to locate your local FIND commissioner’s contact information.

Please watch this short video explaining Waterways Assistance Program

On the horizon…

Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
Federal Highway Administration
Due Date: To be released January 2024
Match: 20% minimum
Funding: Up to $2,000,000 depending on project type

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered at the state level by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. RTP provides financial assistance for the development of recreational trails, trailheads, and trailside facilities.


Low and No Emissions and Buses and Bus Facilities Programs
Department of Transportation
Due Date: To be released January 2024
Match: TBD
Funding: TBD

The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet for the lowest polluting and most energy-efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emissions and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

Safe Streets for All (SS4ALL)
Department of Transportation
Due Date: To be released January 2024
Match: 20% minimum
Funding: Up to $1,000,000,000

The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to support planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roadways, involving all road users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation, personal conveyance, and micro mobility users; motorists and commercial vehicle operators. Funding supports the development of tools to help strengthen a community’s approach to roadway safety and save lives and is designed to meet the needs of diverse local, Tribal, and regional communities that differ dramatically in size, location, and experience administering federal funding.

Priorities for this grant program include: promoting safety to prevent death and serious injuries on public roadways; employing low-cost, high-impact strategies that can improve safety over a wide geographic area; ensuring equitable investment in underserved communities, including both urban and rural communities; incorporating evidence-based  projects and strategies and adopting innovative technologies and strategies; demonstrating engagement with a variety of public and private stakeholders; aligning with the Department’s mission and Strategic Goals, such as safety, climate change, sustainability, equity and Justice40, and workforce development, job quality, and wealth creation.

Grants are separated into two main types: Planning and Demonstration Grants for comprehensive safety action plans, including supplemental safety planning, and/or safety demonstration activities; and Implementation Grants

Please note applications must be submitted through Valid Eval, not Grants.gov.

Section 5310 Grant Program

FDOT District Six
Due Date: TBD
Match: TBD
Funding: TBD

The Florida Department (FDOT) District Six anticipates the availability of Federal and State Capital and Operational Assistance for agencies based in Miami-Dade County for Federal Fiscal Year 24-State Fiscal Year 25 of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 49 U.S.C. Section 5310 Program. This program aims to improve mobility for older adults and people with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding transportation mobility options.

Funding can be used for both “traditional” projects such as paratransit services or public transportation alternatives designed to assist older adults and people with disabilities and “nontraditional” projects that go beyond the scope of simply adhering to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with these types of traditional services.

Eligible traditional activities include: buses and vans: wheelchair lifts and ramps, and securement devices; transit-related information technology systems, including scheduling/routing/one-call systems; mobility management programs; acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement. Nontraditional project examples include: travel training; volunteer driver programs; construction of an accessible path to a bus stop, including curb-cuts, sidewalks, accessible pedestrian signals or other accessible features; improvements to signage and way-finding technology; purchase of vehicles to support new accessible taxis and ridesharing services.

Florida Boating Improvement Program

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Due Date: To be released in February
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $1,500,000

The Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) provides funding through competitive grants for boating access projects and other boating-related activities benefitting motorized vessels in Florida.

Eligible uses of program funds include:

  • Boat ramps; lifts, and hoists; marine railways; and other public launching facilities.
  • Piers; docks; other mooring facilities
  • Recreational channel marking and other uniform waterway markers
  • Derelict vessel removal
  • Boating education

Florida Local Government Cybersecurity Grant Program

Florida Local Government
Due Date: To be released in 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $40,000,000

The Florida Local Government Cybersecurity Grant is a competitive grant program to provide cybersecurity technical assistance and capabilities to Florida’s local governments to improve their cybersecurity posture and resiliency.

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