Hello from the BellTower Team! Attention law enforcement! May brings a whole host of opportunities from the Department of Justice hot off the press. Whether you are looking to hire additional officers, enhance juvenile justice system programs, or reduce violence in your community, DOJ has you covered with their various grant opportunities due from late May to mid-June. Opportunities for transportation improvements are also available for railroad safety improvements and non-motorized transportation connectivity and safety improvements. Lastly, anyone who has not received cyber security capabilities for their departments, but would like to, the deadline is fast approaching. In fact, many of the grants listed here have fast approaching deadlines. So, please click the “Schedule a call” button to schedule a call with us today and discuss your project ideas.

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: May 28, 2024
Match: 20%
Funding: Up to $2,478,391,050

The purpose of the CRISI Program is to invest in a wide range of projects within the United States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger rail and freight chokepoints to support more efficient travel and movement of goods; enhance multimodal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation corridors.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
Deployment of railroad safety technology, including positive train control (PTC) and rail integrity inspection systems
Highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects, including installation; repair; or improvement of grade separations, crossing signals, gates, etc.
Rail line relocation or improvement projects
Capital projects to improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure
Development and implementation of safety programs
Development and implementation of measures to prevent trespassing and reduce associated injuries and fatalities.


FY24 Reducing Risk for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
Department of Justice
Due Date:
Grants.gov: May 28, 2024
JustGrants: June 10, 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: $580,000 per award

The Department seeks to support communities as they develop, enhance, or expand early intervention programs and/or treatment services for girls involved in the juvenile justice system. The goal of this program is to reduce risk factors, and promote protective factors for girls who come in contact with the juvenile justice system, and place them on a path toward success, stability, and long-term contributions to society. This grant program will be broken up into two categories. Local governments are eligible for Category 1: Project Sites, which includes the following objectives: increase protective factors to prevent further delinquent behavior by girls in proposed programs and improve juvenile justice system responses for girls in contact with the juvenile justice system. Project sites should develop and implement direct service programs for girls involved in the juvenile justice system to reduce reoffending OR enhance or expand existing early intervention programs to meet the specific needs of girls at risk or involved in the juvenile justice system.


Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) Site-Based Program
Department of Justice
Due Date:
Grants.gov: May 30, 2024
JustGrants: June 10, 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $2,000,000

The Department seeks to reduce and prevent violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based community-based violence intervention and prevention programs. These programs include efforts to reduce gang and gun violence based on partnerships among community residents, local government agencies, victim-service providers, community-based organizations, law enforcement, hospitals, researchers, and other community stakeholders.

CVI is an approach that uses evidence-informed strategies to reduce violence through tailored, community-centered initiatives. These multidisciplinary strategies engage individuals and groups to prevent and disrupt cycles of violence and retaliation and establish relationships between individuals and community assets to deliver services that save lives, address trauma, provide opportunity, and improve the physical, social, and economic conditions that drive violence. CVIPI is focused on those at highest risk of violence. CVI strategies should involve holistic, coordinated interventions attending to the multiple needs of individuals at high risk of gang and gun violence. The Department is seeking applications that propose to initiate evidence-informed CVI strategies in communities, as well as applications that propose to expand or enhance the implementation of ongoing CVI strategies.


Florida Local Government Cybersecurity Grant Program
Florida Digital Service
Due Date: May 31, 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $40,000,000

The Florida Local Government Cybersecurity Grant is a competitive grant program equipping local governments with software, services, and solutions that enhance cyber security posture to protect infrastructure and Floridians’ data.


FY24 COPS Hiring Grant Program
Department of Justice
Due Date:
Grants.gov: June 6, 2024
JustGrants: June 12, 2024
Match: 25%
Funding: $6,250,000 per award

The 2024 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Anticipated outcomes of CHP awards include engagement in planned community partnerships, implementation of projects to analyze and assess problems, implementation of changes to personnel and agency management in support of community policing, and increased capacity of agency to engage in community policing activities.

Requests will be capped at 20% of actual sworn force with a maximum of 50 officers for any agency. Funding under this program will support 3 years of officer or deputy salaries within a 5-year period of performance to accommodate time needed for recruitment and hiring.


FY24 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Due Date: June 10, 2024
Match: 20%
Funding: $44,500,000

The Choice Neighborhoods Program focuses on the redevelopment of severely distressed public housing and/or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Choice Neighborhood funds are used to leverage significant public and private dollars to support locally-driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods. To this end, the program is focused on three core goals:
1. Housing: Replacing severely distressed public housing and/or HUD-assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is responsive to the needs of residents and/or appropriate for the surrounding neighborhood;
2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to income and employment, health and education; and
3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary to attract long-term public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods, which will promote economic development and result in increased/improved amenities, services, and job opportunities for residents.
Grant funds should be used to develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or a “Transformation Plan.”


FY24 STOP School Violence Program
Department of Justice
Due Date:
Grants.gov: June 12, 2024
JustGrants: June 20, 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $1,000,000

BJA seeks to increase school safety by implementing solutions that will improve school climate, school-based behavioral threat assessments, and/or intervention teams to identify school violence risks among students, technological innovations shown to increase school safety such as anonymous reporting technology, and other school safety strategies that assist in preventing violence. The goal of the STOP School Violence Program is to improve school safety by providing teachers and students with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. Some objectives of the program include the training of school personnel and school-based law enforcement personnel, the development and implementation of threat assessments and/or intervention teams to identify risks and implement strategies to mitigate those risks, and the implementation of technological solutions to improve school safety such as anonymous reporting app.


Renew America’s Schools Prize
Department of Energy
Due Date: June 13, 2024
Match: Up to 25% depending on project phase
Funding: $180,000,000 total funding available

The U.S. Department of Energy is excited to announce applications are now open for its second round of funding for the Renew America’s Schools Program. This $180 million investment will fund energy assessments and building improvements at K-12 schools across America.

Competitive submissions will demonstrate a need for energy improvements and financing across a portfolio of 10 or more schools and/or school facilities; demonstrate overall team capacity to manage projects across the portfolio; propose a replicable comprehensive plan to implement energy auditing and design activities; and establish strategic partnerships. Projects should improve student, teacher, and occupant health and enhance learning environments. This program is broken into three phases: Phase 1: Portfolio Development; Phase 2: Energy Auditing and Design; and Phase 3: Implementation.


Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP)
Department of Transportation
Due Date: June 17, 2024
Match: 20%
Funding: $44,500,000

Section 11529 of BIL established AIITP to provide discretionary grants to eligible entities to plan, design, and construct eligible projects that provide safe and connected active transportation infrastructure in an active transportation network or active transportation spine. Active transportation includes mobility options powered primarily by human energy. These include bicycling, walking, and may including scooting, skating, and wheelchairs. AIITP projects will improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks and communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on-and off-road active transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities through the delivery of active transportation networks and expand mobility opportunities.

The AIITP grants will allow communities to identify, prioritize, and implement improvements to the largest barriers to safe, accessible, and equitable pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity through the development of infrastructure that will provide substantial additional opportunities for walking and bicycling. Projects will create plans or implement active transportation networks that connect destinations within or between communities or create plans or implement an active transportation spine connecting two or more communities, metropolitan regions, or States. The AIITP also provides an opportunity to enhance a community’s overall transportation network by integrating active transportation facilities with transit services, where available, to improve access to public transportation.


Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grants
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: July 25, 2024
Match: Yes
Funding: Up to $60,000,000 per award

The EPA is accepting applications to incentivize and accelerate the replacement of existing non-zero-emission (ZE) Class 6 and 7 heavy duty vehicles with ZE vehicles. Funding will be distributed across two sub-programs: The School Bus Sub-Program to replace school buses and the Vocational Vehicles Sub-Program to replace non-school bus Class 6/7 vehicles. Eligible activities under these sub-programs include:
the replacement of existing ICE school buses and other Class 6 and Class 7 vehicles with ZE school buses and heavy duty vehicles;
Purchasing, installing, operating, and maintaining infrastructure needed to charge, fuel, or maintain ZE vehicles; and
Workforce development and training to support the maintenance, charging, fueling, and operation of ZE vehicles


NEA Our Town
National Endowment of the Arts
Due Date: August 1, 2024
Match: TBD
Funding: Up to $150,000 per award

The purpose of this program is to support activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities over the long term. Applicants must have completed at least 3 years of arts programming prior to the application deadline.


Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) Program
National Renewable Energy Library
Due Date: Rolling
Match: N/A
Funding: N/A

The Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) Program reduces barriers to zero-emission bus deployment by providing school and transit bus fleets with free technical assistance to develop comprehensive and customized fleet electrification. Fleets also have the adoption of free deployment assistance from NREL at the completion of their plan.

Please note: CBPA is not an incentive program, and fleets do not receive direct funding–rather selected applicants will be allocated technical assistance resources by NREL.


Inflation Reduction Act Community Change Grants
US Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: November 21, 2024
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $2,000,000,000

EPA is accepting applications on a rolling basis for $2 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funding available to support community-driven projects that build capacity for communities to tackle environmental and climate justice challenges, strengthen their climate resilience, and advance clean energy.

This competition is being launched in order to meet the goals and objectives of two Executive Orders: EO 14008 and EO 13985 issued by the Biden Administration that demonstrate the EPA’s and Administration’s commitment to achieving environmental justice and embedding environmental justice into Agency programs.

Please note: This program requires a collaboration with a Community-Based Organization.

On the horizon…

National Coastal Resilience Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: To be released in Spring 2024
Match: TBD
Funding: TBD

The National Coastal Resilience fund supports the implementation of nature-based solutions to enhance the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems, minimizing impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events. Eligible conservation projects that serve to reduce these impacts include coastal marshes, wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and floodplains, and barrier islands.


Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Grant Program
US Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: Typically opens in Summer
Match: TBD
Funding: Up to $19,000,000 allocated for FY2022-2026

Under the authorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA established the Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Grant Program to assist underserved, small, and disadvantaged communities for the purpose of increasing drinking water facility resilience to natural hazards. Eligible applicants include public water systems, water systems located on areas governed by Tribes, and States on behalf of underserved communities.

EPA seeks to support these communities at the drinking water system level to overcome challenges caused by operational, environmental, and financial resource issues they face. This funding aims to increase sustainability of drinking water systems throughout the country and ensure that clean drinking water is accessible to all.

Eligible projects include water conservation/water use efficiency; modification or relocation of existing drinking water system infrastructure; design or construction of desalination facilities; water supply enhancement; drinking water infrastructure resiliency measures against natural hazards; elevating, relocating, or floodproofing instrumentation; retrofitting occupied utility buildings to prevent collapse; designing new facilities, control rooms, and offices that can withstand high winds.

Coastal Partnership Initiative Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: To be released in Summer/Fall 2024
Match: 1:1
Funding: TBD

Through the Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI), the Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP) makes federal-specifically the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-funds available on a competitive basis to Florida’s 35 coastal counties and all municipalities within the counties’ boundaries that are required to use a coastal element in their comprehensive plan.

The CPI Program was developed to promote the protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four specific priority areas: Resilient Communities; Coastal Resource Stewardship; Access to Coastal Resources; and Working Waterfronts.

Midsize and Large Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Grant Program
US Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: To be released in late 2024
Match: TBD
Funding: Up to $5,000,000 allocated for FY2022-2026

Under the authorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA established the Midsize and Large Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Grant Program to assist medium and large public water systems with protecting drinking water sources from natural hazards, extreme weather events, and cybersecurity threats.

Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program
US Department of Agriculture
Due Date: Rolling deadline
Match: TBD
Funding: TBD

The WFPO Program provides technical and financial assistance to states, local governments, and tribal organizations to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects for the purpose of: Flood Prevention; Watershed Protection; Public Recreation; Public Fish and Wildlife; Agricultural Water Management; Municipal and Industrial Water Supply; and Water Quality Management.

Please note: All Watershed Management Projects must have a local sponsor that will serve as the fiscal agent, provide project management and oversight throughout each different phase of construction, implementation, and project lifespan. The project sponsor will initiate a request for assistance from their local Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) Office to develop a preliminary feasibility study to help communities consider sustainable climate resilient solutions to address watershed resource concerns. A watershed plan must be approved and in place prior to the initiation of any corrective land treatment or structural solutions.

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
Economic Development Administration
Due Date: TBD
Match: Yes
Funding: Up to $5,000,000 per applicant

The EDA has authority to meet the full range of communities’ and regions’ economic and development needs from planning and technical assistance to construction of infrastructure. EDA funds community or regionally generated ideas and assists communities to advance to the next level of economic development. It supports bottom-up strategies that build on regional assets to spur economic growth and resiliency and encourages its grantees throughout the country to develop initiatives that present new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

Each funded project must be consistent with one of EDA’s Investment Priorities: 1) Equity; 2) Recovery and Resilience; 3) Workforce Development; 4) Manufacturing; 5) Technology-Based Economic Development; 6) Environmentally Sustainable Economic Development; and 7) Exports and Foreign Direct Investment.

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