Grants for Cities - May 2022

Hello from the Bell Tower team! This month the grants protect our police and support them with Community Violence Prevention Programs. There are grants to keep our beautiful cities safe from rising waters, making our roads safer and options for improving our transit system. As well as a Florida Humanities grant to help preserve our unique history in our cities and our state. Please feel free to reach out to us at the link below to schedule a call to discuss your ideas and how we can win funding for your projects.

Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program
Florida Department of Emergency Management
Due Date: May 27, 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: Up to $194,000

The proposed mitigation retrofit improvements must reduce losses or reduce the cost of rebuilding after a disaster. Additionally, Proposers must identify structures that are not in compliance with the current edition of the Florida Building Code (“FBC”). When determining the effectiveness of a particular retrofit improvement, the Division will focus on the amount of reduction in risk exposure associated with the mitigation of a structure, not the age of that structure. Eligible Activities: wind mitigation improvements, hardening of public hurricane shelters, inspection and improving tie-downs for mobile homes.

Watershed Planning Initiative Phase II
Florida Department of Emergency Management
Due Date: June 3, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $150,000 to $250,000

The Watershed Planning Initiative is funded through a $26.6 million grant under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), as approved by FDEM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with the purpose of creating standardized, cost-effective, and easily replicable Watershed Master Plans (WMP) throughout the state of Florida. According to NFIP (2019), there are 1.77 million flood insurance policies in Florida, and a 5% discount in communities with large concentrations of flood insurance policyholders would result in cumulative yearly savings far exceeding the cost of the grant award.

Community Violence Prevention
US HHS Health and Human Services
Due Date: June 4, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $500,000 to $1,500,000

Specifically, this program will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants to build and increase local Community Violence Prevention capacity and support funded recipients to establish a community-driven prevention system that works with community organizations, local communities and affected populations, and multisector partners to prevent violence.

This NOFO will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants. A community collaborative is a group of community organizations and local partners working directly in the community to prevent violence. Each community-driven collaborative would identify one lead organization (e.g., mayor’s office, non-profit, tribal org, local health department) that will apply on their behalf.

Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: June 10, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: Minimum of $500,000 per application
Eligible Florida Counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, Washington

Eligible activities include projects that demonstrably increase community resilience. The following types of infrastructure projects are encouraged:

  • Restoration of critical infrastructure
  • Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches
  • Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community
  • Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems
  • Improvements to drainage facilities
  • Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants
  • Road repair and improvement and bridge strengthening

Cops Hiring Grant
Department of Justice
Due Date: June 16, 2022
Match: amount above the grant award
Funding: $125,000 per officer

A competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. Anticipated outcomes of the CHP program awards include increased engagement in community partnerships, implementation of projects that focus on prioritized crime issues impacting communities, implementation of changes to personnel and agency management in support of community policing, and increased capacity of agencies to implement comprehensive community policing plans that build trust and reduce crime.

School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)
Department of Justice
Due Date: June 14, 2022
Match: 25%
Funding: maximum $500,000

This program provides funding to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the grantees’ jurisdictions through evidence-based school safety programs. Awards will be provided directly to eligible state, local, Tribal, and territorial partners. Recipients of SVPP funding must use the funding for the benefit of K-12, primary, and secondary schools and students. Eligible Activities: technology, communication enhancement between law enforcement, safety training, hardening of school for security purposes.

Resilient Florida Grant Program – Planning
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: June 22, 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: to be determined

The Resilient Florida program includes a selection of grants for counties, municipalities, and RREs to assess vulnerability, update existing assessments for statutory compliance, conduct adaptation planning and perform peril of flood comprehensive plan amendments, when applicable. Florida communities with an approved vulnerability study will receive preference when applying for future FDEP mitigation implementation grants.

Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 27, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: to be determined

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.

In the BVP Program, “uniquely fitted vests” means protective (ballistic or stab-resistant) armor vests that conform to the individual wearer to provide the best possible fit and coverage, through a combination of: 1) correctly-sized panels and carrier, determined through appropriate measurement, and 2) properly adjusted straps, harnesses, fasteners, flaps, or other adjustable features. The requirement that body armor be “uniquely fitted” does not necessarily require body armor that is individually manufactured based on the measurements of an individual wearer. In support of the Office of Justice Programs’ efforts to improve officer safety, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International has made available the Standard Practice for Body Armor Wearer Measurement and Fitting of Armor Personal Armor Fit Assessment checklist is excerpted from ASTM E3003.

Uniquely Fitted Armor Vest Requirement: The BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 included a provision that states that BJA may give preferential consideration to BVP recipients that provide armor vests to law enforcement officers that are uniquely fitted for such officers, including vests uniquely fitted to individual female law enforcement officers. This provision is applicable to FY 17 BVP awards moving forward. Please see the BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 amendment for reference.

Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grants
Florida Humanities Council
Due Date: July 13, 2022 (estimated)
Match: to be determined
Funding: Up to $10,000

Beginning in 2022, Florida Humanities’ Community Project Grants will double, awarding up to $10,000 to support humanities-based learning experiences! In public humanities programming funded through this grant, Floridians are encouraged to engage in thoughtful reflection, analysis, and consideration of important topics relevant to local communities, and the state at large. This funding opportunity aims to increase public participation in — and access to — the humanities by providing relevant, engaging, and meaningful humanities-based programming to all. At its core, Community Project Grants embody our mission to preserve, promote and share the history, literature, culture and personal stories that offer Floridians a better understanding of themselves, their communities and their state.

NOTE THE ELIGIBILITY: Applications will be accepted from Florida-based public agencies (including libraries, museums, schools, and tribal governments) and Florida-based nonprofit organizations constituted for nonprofit purposes. Universities and colleges are encouraged to apply through Greater Good: Humanities in Academia. Individuals, for-profit organizations and foreign governments/organizations are not eligible for funding.

On the horizon…

Bridge Investment Program
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Due Date: Expected to be available in May 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: $12,500,000,000 for the program (FY 2022 to 2026) Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program the Bridge Investment Program is to improve bridges (and culvert) condition, safety efficiency, and reliability.
Eligible projects:

  • Project to replace, rehabilitate, preserve or protect one or more bridges on the National Bridge Inventory
  • Project to replace or rehabilitate culverts to improve flood control and improve habitat connectivity for aquatic species

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: Expected to be available in May 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: $13,000,000

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, continues the competitive Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planning program, that provides funding for efforts associated with an eligible transit project for which the project sponsor will seek funding through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants Program. TOD focuses growth around transit stations to create compact, mixed-use communities with easy access to jobs and services. TOD capitalizes on public investments in transit and supports transit systems by increasing ridership and fare revenue.

Grants are available to assist in financing comprehensive or site-specific planning associated with eligible projects that seek to:

  • Enhance economic development, ridership, and other goals established during the project development and engineering processes
  • Facilitate multimodal connectivity and accessibility
  • Increase access to transit hubs for pedestrian and bicycle traffic
  • Enable mixed-use development
  • Identify infrastructure needs associated with the eligible project
  • Include private sector participation

Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program
Department of Transportation
Due Date: Expected to be available in May 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: $5,000,000,000

The Office of the Secretary’s Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant program provides supplemental funding to support local initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets, commonly referred to as ‘‘Vision Zero’’ or ‘‘Toward Zero Deaths’’ initiatives.

Eligible uses:

The term ‘‘eligible project’’ means a project—

  • to develop a comprehensive safety action plan;
  • to conduct planning, design, and development activities for projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan; or
  • to carry out projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan.

 

TPO SMART Demonstration Projects
Miami Dade County
Due Date: To be determined
Match: To be determined
Funding: To be determined

Partner with local agencies to identify and implement demonstration projects that advance elements of the SMART Plan including Bus Express Rapid Transit (BERT) Network.

Demonstration project should have a duration of no more than 3 years. If successful outcome, agencies accept commitment to continue projects. Encourage innovation and flexibility to help expedite demonstration projects that advance part or all of the SMART Plan corridor.

Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: Expected to be available in June 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: $1,000,000,000

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program will restore community connectivity by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development. Eligible uses:

  • Grants (≥$5 million) for capital construction projects, including the removal and replacement of eligible facilities. Planning grants (≤$2 million).
Grants for Cities - April 2022

Hello from the Bell Tower Group! This month we are taking a closer look at the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program centered around transportation as well as grants to keep an eye out for “On the Horizon”, to start planning ahead. Please feel free to reach out to us at the link below to schedule a call to discuss ideas and how we can win funding for your projects.

Buses and Bus Facilities Program
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: April 29, 2022
Match: up to 20%
Funding: $372,000,000

The Florida Department of Transportation will be applying for these on behalf of the agencies that did not get direct allocations for USDOT.

The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

Low or No Emission Grant Program
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: April 29, 2022
Match: up to 20%
Funding: $1,100,000,000

The Florida Department of Transportation will be applying for these on behalf of the agencies that did not get direct allocations for USDOT.

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

Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highways Projects Grant Program (INFRA)
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: May 23, 2022
Match: 60%
Funding: Up to $1,500,000,000 for the program
Large Projects must be at least $25,000,000; Small Projects must be at least $5,000,000

INFRA grants may be used for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or acquisition of property (including land related to the project and improvements to the land), environmental mitigation (including a project to replace or rehabilitate a culvert, or to reduce stormwater runoff for the purpose of improving habitat for aquatic species), construction contingencies, equipment acquisition, and operational improvements directly related to system performance. Statutorily, INFRA grants may also fund development phase activities, including planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting, environmental review, preliminary engineering, design, and other preconstruction activities, provided the project meets statutory requirements. However, the Department is seeking to prioritize INFRA funding for projects that result in construction; as a result, development phase activities may be less competitive under INFRA by nature of the evaluation structure.

National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program (Mega)
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: May 23, 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: Projects greater than $100,000,000

Mega grants may be used for development phase activities and costs, including planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting, alternatives analysis, data collection and analysis, environmental review and activities to support environmental review, preliminary engineering and design work, and other preconstruction activities, including the preparation of a data collection and post-construction analysis plan; and construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition of real property (including land relating to the project and improvements to that land), environmental mitigation (including projects to replace or rehabilitate culverts or reduce stormwater runoff for the purpose of improving habitat for aquatic species), construction contingencies, acquisition of equipment, protection, and operational improvements directly relating to the project.

Rural Service Transportation Grant Program
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: May 23, 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: Projects greater than $100,000,000

Rural grants may be used for development phase activities, including planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting, environmental review, preliminary engineering and design work, and other preconstruction activities; and construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition of real property (including land related to the project and improvements to the land), environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, acquisition of equipment, and operational improvements.

Watershed Planning Initiative Phase II
Florida Department of Emergency Management
Due Date: June 3, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $150,000 to $250,000

The Watershed Planning Initiative is funded through a $26.6 million grant under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), as approved by FDEM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with the purpose of creating standardized, cost-effective, and easily replicable Watershed Master Plans (WMP) throughout the state of Florida. According to NFIP (2019), there are 1.77 million flood insurance policies in Florida, and a 5% discount in communities with large concentrations of flood insurance policy holders would result in cumulative yearly savings far exceeding the cost of the grant award.

Community Violence Prevention
US HHS Health and Human Services
Due Date: June 4, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $500,000 to $1,500,000

Specifically, this program will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants to build and increase local Community Violence Prevention capacity and support funded recipients to establish a community-driven prevention system that works with community organizations, local communities and affected populations, and multisector partners to prevent violence.

This NOFO will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants. A community collaborative is a group of community organizations and local partners working directly in the community to prevent violence. Each community-driven collaborative would identify one lead organization (e.g., mayor’s office, non-profit, tribal org, local health department) that will apply on their behalf.

Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: June 10, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: Minimum of $500,000 per application
Eligible Florida Counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, Washington

Eligible activities include projects that demonstrably increase community resilience. The following types of infrastructure projects are encouraged:

  • Restoration of critical infrastructure
  • Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches
  • Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community
  • Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems
  • Improvements to drainage facilities
  • Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants
  • Road repair and improvement and bridge strengthening

 

On the horizon…

Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: June 10, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: Minimum of $500,000 per application
Eligible Florida Counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, Washington

Eligible activities include projects that demonstrably increase community resilience. The following types of infrastructure projects are encouraged:

  • Restoration of critical infrastructure
  • Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches
  • Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community
  • Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems
  • Improvements to drainage facilities
  • Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants
  • Road repair and improvement and bridge strengthening

Community Violence Prevention
US HHS Health and Human Services
Due Date: June 4, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $500,000 to $1,500,000

Specifically, this program will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants to build and increase local Community Violence Prevention capacity and support funded recipients to establish a community-driven prevention system that works with community organizations, local communities and affected populations, and multisector partners to prevent violence.

This NOFO will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants. A community collaborative is a group of community organizations and local partners working directly in the community to prevent violence. Each community-driven collaborative would identify one lead organization (e.g., mayor’s office, non-profit, tribal org, local health department) that will apply on their behalf.

Coastal Resiliency Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Due Date: June 23, 2022 estimated
Match: 1:1
Funding: normally between $250,000 and $5,000,000

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

Grants for Cities - March 2022

The start of spring is just around the corner, and so are some exciting grants focusing on the modernization of city transportation, youth programs, and resiliency planning and implementation. Please feel free to reach out to our team at Bell Tower Group by clicking on the “schedule a call” button below.

Library Services and Technology Act Grants (LSTA Florida)
Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services
Due Date: April 4, 2022
Match: If under $10,000 no match required; over $10,000 1/3 of the amount requested required as a match
Funding: to be decided

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the major federal grant program for libraries. The LSTA program, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

  • Is a state-based program.
  • Has purposes which focus on information access through technology and information empowerment through special services.
  • Emphasizes public libraries but encourages interlibrary cooperation and partnerships among all types of libraries.
  • Increases emphasis on accountability and evaluation.

Electric Transit Bus Project
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: April 11, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: $59,000,000

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $59 million available for the purchase of electric transit buses to replace eligible diesel transit buses. As highlighted in the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, the department continues to focus on increasing electric vehicle infrastructure and encouraging the growth of electric vehicles as well as the related construction and manufacturing.

To be eligible, a public transit agency must purchase two electric transit buses for each bus replaced pursuant the NOFA published in the Florida Administrative Registry (FAR). An eligible public transit agency that does not meet this eligibility requirement may still participate but will be subject to a pro-rated portion of the award. 

Community Planning Technical Assistance
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: April 11, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: $75,000

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) anticipates that the Florida Legislature will appropriate funding for the Community Planning Technical Assistance (CPTA) Grant Program for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022-2023. CPTA grants provide counties, municipalities, and regional planning councils the opportunity to create innovative plans and development strategies to promote a diverse economy, vibrant rural and suburban areas, and meet statutory requirements for planning, while also protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Understanding that many Florida communities have been impacted by hurricanes, CPTA grants may also be used to assist with disaster recovery, resiliency, and economic development planning. 

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)
US Department of Transportation (DOT)
Due Date: April 14, 2022
Match: 20%
Funding: $1,000,000 – $25,000,000

Funds for the FY2022 RAISE grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. This program is referred to as the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”).

For projects located in rural areas, the minimum award amount is $1M while those in urban areas are eligible for a minimum award of $5M.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers
 Florida Department of Education
Due Date: April 15, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: $50,000 – $500,000

This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide high-yield academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing schools. The program helps students meet state student standards in core academic subjects, such as English language arts (ELA) and mathematics; offers students a broad array of high yield enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. 

Low or No Emission Grant Program
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: May 31, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: $1,100,000,000

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

Webinars area available one focused on Zero Emission Fleet Transition Plans and another combined NOFO.

Buses and Bus Facilities Program
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: May 31, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: $372,000,000

The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

Webinars area available one focused on Zero Emission Fleet Transition Plans and another combined NOFO.

On the horizon…

Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: June 10, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: Minimum of $500,000 per application
Eligible Florida Counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, Washington

Eligible activities include projects that demonstrably increase community resilience. The following types of infrastructure projects are encouraged:

  • Restoration of critical infrastructure
  • Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches
  • Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community
  • Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems
  • Improvements to drainage facilities
  • Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants
  • Road repair and improvement and bridge strengthening

Community Violence Prevention
US HHS Health and Human Services
Due Date: June 4, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $500,000 to $1,500,000

Specifically, this program will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants to build and increase local Community Violence Prevention capacity and support funded recipients to establish a community-driven prevention system that works with community organizations, local communities and affected populations, and multisector partners to prevent violence.

This NOFO will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants. A community collaborative is a group of community organizations and local partners working directly in the community to prevent violence. Each community-driven collaborative would identify one lead organization (e.g., mayor’s office, non-profit, tribal org, local health department) that will apply on their behalf.

Coastal Resiliency Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Due Date: June 23, 2022 estimated
Match: 1:1
Funding: normally between $250,000 and $5,000,000

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

Grants for Cities - February 2022

Family and Neighborhood Support Partnership
Children’s Trust
Due Date: February 2022 Release Date
Match: Not Available
Funding: $13,500,000

FNSPs offer comprehensive and individualized supports for children, youth and their families who are experiencing challenges that limit them from realizing their full health, social, educational and economic potential. FNSP’s aim to amplify strengths and build resilience through individualized wraparound service supports. Our belief is that if we promote positive childhood experiences, build family and youth strengths and relationships, as well as support basic needs, then children, youth and families will achieve better outcomes.

Specific populations intended to be served through this funding include any of the following:

  • Children and youth residing in neighborhoods affected by poverty, crime, unemployment, community violence or trauma
  • Children exposed to family conflict and domestic violence
  • Children of incarcerated parents
  • Youth involved in and/or transitioning out of the child welfare system
  • Families and/or youth experiencing homelessness or chronic housing instability
  • Youth affected by sexual abuse and/or human trafficking
  • Youth experiencing immigration challenges and/or in need of legal advocacy
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth
  • Families living with significant disabilities
  • High-ability or gifted students who lack enrichment opportunities and economic resources
  • Applicants may also propose to serve other high-need groups by presenting a clear description and justification of needs

RTP Recreation Trails Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: March 1, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: $400,000 to $1,000,000

The federally funded Recreational Trails Program of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides competitive, matching-grant funds to renovate, develop, or maintain recreationally motorized, nonmotorized, and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

Innovation Fund
Children’s Trust
Pre Application Due Date: March 11, 2022
Due Date:March 25, 2022
Match: Not available
Funding: Up to $100,000 per award

The Innovation Fund will fund innovative ideas and program designs that address existing community needs and have not previously been implemented in our community. Proposals should demonstrate the potential through research, education or program innovation to improve: a) Conditions in which children, families or communities live, work, play or learn, and/or b) Provision and/or coordination of services for children, families or communities. All proposed projects should demonstrate how they will benefit families with children within Miami-Dade County.

2022 AARP Community Challenge
AARP
Due Date: March 22, 2022
Match: not applicable
Funding: Average Grant $11,500

AARP will prioritize projects that support residents age 50 or over, are inclusive, address disparities, directly engage volunteers and aim to achieve one or more of the following outcome areas:

  • Create vibrant Public Places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities
  • Deliver a range of Transportation and Mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements
  • Support a range of Housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices
  • Ensure a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion while improving the Built and Social Environment of a community
  • Support communities’ efforts to Build Engagement and Leverage Funding available under new federal programs through laws including the American Rescue Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and more
  • Increase Civic Engagement with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion
  • Other community improvements, including Health Services, Community Development, and Coronavirus Pandemic Recovery

Waterways Assistance Program
Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND)
Due Date: March 28, 2022
Match: 25% to 50% depending on the project
Funding: Average total is $10,000,000 – $12,000,000

The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to local governments by way of reimbursement to perform  waterways improvement projects. Eligible projects include public navigation, public waterway access facilities, waterfront parks, environmental education, and boating safety directly related to the waterways, The District also provides grants for land acquisition, which also includes opportunities for waterway access. Generally, ineligible costs include project maintenance, landscaping, in-house staff, and reoccurring fees.

Applications must be discussed with your local FIND commissioner by March 4, 2022, and the application must be initiated by the Commissioner prior to the March 28, 2022 deadline.

Library Services and Technology Act Grants (LSTA Florida)
Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services
Due Date: April 4, 2022
Match: 20% if under $10,000 no match required; over $10,000 1/3 of the amount requested required as a match
Funding: to be decided

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the major federal grant program for libraries. The LSTA program, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

  • Is a state-based program.
  • Has purposes which focus on information access through technology and information empowerment through special services.
  • Emphasizes public libraries but encourages interlibrary cooperation and partnerships among all types of libraries.
  • Increases emphasis on accountability and evaluation.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)
US Department of Transportation (DOT)
Due Date: April 14, 2022
Match: 20%
Funding: $1,000,000 – $25,000,000

Funds for the FY2022 RAISE grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. This program is referred to as the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”).

For projects located in rural areas, the minimum award amount is $1M while those in urban areas are eligible for a minimum award of $5M.

The DOT intends to amend this notice on or before January 30, 2022.

On the horizon…

Community Violence Prevention
US HHS Health and Human Services
Due Date: June 4, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $500,000 to $1,500,000

Specifically, this program will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants to build and increase local Community Violence Prevention capacity and support funded recipients to establish a community-driven prevention system that works with community organizations, local communities and affected populations, and multisector partners to prevent violence. 

This NOFO will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants. A community collaborative is a group of community organizations and local partners working directly in the community to prevent violence. Each community-driven collaborative would identify one lead organization (e.g., mayor’s office, non-profit, tribal org, local health department) that will apply on their behalf.

Coastal Resiliency Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Due Date: June 23, 2022 estimated
Match: 1:1
Funding: normally between $250,000 and $5,000,000

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

 

Grants for Cities - January 2022

I hope your new year is off to a great start. At the beginning of January, we took a moment to reflect on our 2021 accomplishments. You kept us busy, and we appreciate every moment. Can you believe that this year resulted in $23,148,666.91 in grant awards! Projects ranged from transformative water treatment improvements to youth services to purchasing AED machines for policing units. No project was too big or too small. Check out our year in review video.  

The first quarter of 2022 will be busy. Here is a lineup of grant opportunities for your consideration. We look forward to another amazing year!

5310 Program
Florida Department of Transportation
Due Date: February 11, 2022
Match: 50:50
Funding: To be determined

The 5310 Program provides capital and operation transportation funding to non-profit agencies and government agencies meeting the transportation needs of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and the disadvantaged where public services are unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate. Funding may be used to purchase ADA-accessible transportation, equipment, and the operation of transportation services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Resilient Communities Program
Bank of America and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: February 7, 2022
Funding: $3,000,000 in a year total

Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. This $3 million per year program aims to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests, and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level rise, floods, droughts, fires, and more.

Transportation Alternatives Program
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Due Date: February 18, 2022
Match: 20%
Funding: up to $1,000,000

The TA program is a reimbursement grant program that provides funding for all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP. A variety of small-scale non-motorized transportation projects are eligible, including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, safe routes for non-drivers, safe route to school projects, railroad conversion for nonmotorized use, community improvements such as vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to storm water and habitat connectivity.

Agencies are invited to submit applications for projects that can be developed for FY2028.

This is a 5-year work plan; new projects are typically programmed in the fifth year of the Department’s Tentative Work Program (FY2028). However, funding is subject to the availability of TA Funds and an annual spending authority approved by the Florida Legislature.

Innovation Fund
Children’s Trust
Due Date: February 2022 Release Date
Match: Not available
Funding: up to $100,000 per award

This solicitation will fund multiple entities, for up to $1,000,000, for innovative ideas and program designs that address existing community needs and have not previously been implemented in our community. Proposals should demonstrate the potential through research, education or program innovation to improve: a) Conditions in which children, families or communities live, work, play or learn, and/or b) Provision and/or coordination of services for children, families or communities. All proposed projects should demonstrate how they will benefit families with children within Miami-Dade County.

Family and Neighborhood Support Partnership (FNSP)
Children’s Trust
Due Date: February 2022
Match: Not available
Funding: $13,500,000

FNSPs offer comprehensive and individualized supports for children, youth and their families who are experiencing challenges that limit them from realizing their full health, social, educational and economic potential. FNSP’s aim to amplify strengths and build resilience through individualized wraparound service supports. Our belief is that if we promote positive childhood experiences, build family and youth strengths and relationships, as well as support basic needs, then children, youth and families will achieve better outcomes.

Specific populations intended to be served through this funding include any of the following:

  • Children and youth residing in neighborhoods affected by poverty, crime, unemployment, community violence or trauma
  • Children exposed to family conflict and domestic violence
  • Children of incarcerated parents
  • Youth involved in and/or transitioning out of the child welfare system
  • Families and/or youth experiencing homelessness or chronic housing instability
  • Youth affected by sexual abuse and/or human trafficking
  • Youth experiencing immigration challenges and/or in need of legal advocacy
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth
  • Families living with significant disabilities
  • High-ability or gifted students who lack enrichment opportunities and economic resources
  • Applicants may also propose to serve other high-need groups by presenting a clear description and justification of needs

RTP Recreation Trails Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: March 1, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: $400,000 to $1,000,000

The federally funded Recreational Trails Program of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides competitive, matching-grant funds to renovate, develop, or maintain recreationally motorized, nonmotorized, and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

A recreational trail is a thoroughfare or track across land or water, used for recreational purposes such as bicycling, hiking/jogging/running or similar activities, equestrian activities, overnight and long-distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, non-motorized aquatic or water activities including canoeing and kayaking, and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all-terrain, off-road vehicles, or dune buggies.

Waterways Assistance Program
Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND)
Due Date: March 28, 2022
Match: 25% to 50% depending on the project
Funding: Average total is $10,000,000 – $12,000,000

The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to local governments by way of reimbursement to perform waterway improve waterways improvement projects. Eligible projects include public navigation, public waterway access facilities, waterfront parks, environmental education, and boating safety directly related to the waterways, The District also provides grants for land acquisition, which also includes opportunities for waterway access. Generally, ineligible costs include project maintenance, landscaping, in-house staff, and reoccurring fees.

Applications must be discussed with your local FIND commissioner by March 4, 2022, and the application must be initiated by the Commissioner prior to the March 28, 2022 deadline.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)
US Department of Transportation (DOT)
Due Date: April 14, 2022
Match: 20%
Funding: $1,000,000 – $25,000,000

Funds for the FY2022 RAISE grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. This program is referred to as the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”).

For projects located in rural areas, the minimum award amount is $1M while those in urban areas are eligible for a minimum award of $5M.

The DOT intends to amend this notice on or before January 30, 2022.

On the horizon…

Community Violence Prevention
US HHS Health and Human Services
Due Date: June 4, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $500,000 to $1,500,000

Specifically, this program will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants to build and increase local CV capacity and support funded recipients to establish a community-driven prevention system that works with community organizations, local communities and affected populations, and multisector partners to prevent violence.

This NOFO will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants A community collaborative is a group of community organizations and local partners working directly in the community to prevent violence. Each community-driven collaborative would identify one lead organization (e.g., mayor’s office, non-profit, tribal org, local health department) that will apply on their behalf.

Coastal Resiliency Program
Miami Dade County National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Due Date: June 23, 2022 estimated
Match: 1:1
Funding: normally between $250,000 and $5,000,000

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

Grants for Cities - December 2021

The Bell Tower Team wishes you and yours a joyous holiday season! We want to bring to your attention, Miami Dade County’s GREEN Grant formerly know as the Street Tree Matching Grant which has a quick turnaround time with a due date of December 31, 2021. There are lots of grant opportunities to look forward to in 2022 from transportation to restoration and support for our children and families with the Children’s Trust. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your project ideas. Click the “Schedule a call” button to reach us.

Growing Roots for Environmentally Equitable Neighborhoods (GREEN)
Miami Dade County
Due Date: December 31, 2021
Match: Applicants with less than 10% urban canopy require 25% match;  those with more than 10% urban canopy coverage require 50% match
Funding: $5,000 to $50,000

In an attempt to reach the Million Trees Miami goal of achieving a 30 percent tree canopy for Miami-Dade County, Neat Streets Miami created the Growing Roots for Environmentally Equitable Neighborhoods (GREEN) Miami-Dade County Matching Grant, formerly known as the Street Tree Matching Grant. Funded by Miami-Dade County, this grant engages municipalities, agencies, non-profits, foundations, and community groups in planting native or Florida-friendly trees on public land, including corridors, gateways, bus stops, libraries, schools, and parks. The goal of this program is to leverage the County’s Tree Trust Fund by encouraging investments on public land. GREEN Miami-Dade County Matching Grants will be awarded to Applicants that can demonstrate the greatest benefits for residents, employers, and visitors, and are able to provide a stewardship plan to help secure our joint investment.

 

Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: January 28, 2022
Match: 1:1
Funding: $20,000 to $50,000

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seek to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education, and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring, and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation.

5310 Program
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Due Date: February 11, 2022
Match: 50:50
Funding: To be determined

The 5310 Program provides capital and operation transportation funding to non-profit agencies and government agencies meeting the transportation needs of seniors, individuals with disabilities and the disadvantaged where public services are unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate.

Resilient Communities Program
Bank of America and National Fish and Wildlife Federation
Due Date: February 17, 2022
Funding: $3,000,000 a year in total

Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. This $3 million per year program aims to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests, and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level rise, floods, droughts, fires, and more.

Innovation Fund
Children’s Trust
Due Date: February 2022
Match: Not available
Funding: No more than $100,000 per award 

This solicitation will fund multiple entities, for up to $1,000,000, for innovative ideas and program designs that address existing community needs and have not previously been implemented in our community. Proposals should demonstrate the potential through research, education or program innovation to improve: a) Conditions in which children, families or communities live, work, play or learn, and/or b) Provision and/or coordination of services for children, families or communities. All proposed projects should demonstrate how they will benefit families with children within Miami-Dade County.

Family and Neighborhood Support Partnership (FNSP)
Children’s Trust
Due Date: February 2022
Match: Not available
Funding: $13,500,000

FNSPs offer comprehensive and individualized supports for children, youth and their families who are experiencing challenges that limit them from realizing their full health, social, educational and economic potential. FNSP’s aim to amplify strengths and build resilience through individualized wraparound service supports. Our belief is that if we promote positive childhood experiences, build family and youth strengths and relationships, as well as support basic needs, then children, youth and families will achieve better outcomes.

Specific populations intended to be served through this funding include any of the following:

  • Children and youth residing in neighborhoods affected by poverty, crime, unemployment, community violence or trauma
  • Children exposed to family conflict and domestic violence
  • Children of incarcerated parents
  • Youth involved in and/or transitioning out of the child welfare system
  • Families and/or youth experiencing homelessness or chronic housing instability
  • Youth affected by sexual abuse and/or human trafficking
  • Youth experiencing immigration challenges and/or in need of legal advocacy
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth
  • Families living with significant disabilities
  • High-ability or gifted students who lack enrichment opportunities and economic resources
  • Applicants may also propose to serve other high-need groups by presenting a clear description and justification of needs

RTP Recreation Trails Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: March 1, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: $400,000 to $1,000,000

The federally funded Recreational Trails Program of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides competitive, matching-grant funds to renovate, develop, or maintain recreationally motorized, nonmotorized, and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

A recreational trail is a thoroughfare or track across land or water, used for recreational purposes such as bicycling, hiking/jogging/running or similar activities, equestrian activities, overnight and long-distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, non-motorized aquatic or water activities including canoeing and kayaking, and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all-terrain, off-road vehicles, or dune buggies.

Grants for Cities - November 2021

The Bell Tower Team wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are grateful that you entrust us to keep a watchful eye on grant opportunities to enhance services in your community. December will be busy, and the first quarter of 2022 does not show signs of slowing down. Please take note of the opportunities available through the US Environmental Protection Agency for Brownfield Assessments and Clean Up and the Florida Department of Emergency Management for the Hazard Mitigation Program. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your project ideas. Click the “Schedule a call” button to reach us.

FY 22-23 FIBRS Implementation Assistance Program
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Due Date: November 30, 2021
Match: not indicated
Funding: $6,000,000 available to the State of Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) received authority to administer an estimated $6 million to Florida law enforcement agencies to assist in the financial burden of transitioning to the technological requirements of the Florida Incident-Based Reporting Project. Funds under this program may be used for activities related to implementing incident-based reporting at your agency. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Overtime for project staff;
  • Equipment or supplies required for system upgrades;
  • Training; and/or
  • Procurement contracts for services such as data migration, system configuration, and/or consulting

Brownfield Assessment Grant
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $200,000 – $500,000

Funding is available for Community-Wide Assessments (up to $500K) or Site-Specific Assessments (up to $200K). The Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program provides funds to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. For the purposes of EPA’s Brownfields Program CERCLA, § 101(39) defines, a “brownfield site” as “…real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” In order to be eligible for Brownfield Grant funding, the site(s) covered by your application must meet the definition of a brownfield site

Brownfield Cleanup Grant FY2022
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: 20% cost share
Funding: Up to $500,000
Cleanup Grants provide funding for eligible entities to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. An applicant must own the site for which it is requesting funding. The performance period for these grants is three years. An applicant may request up to $500,000 to address one brownfield site, or multiple brownfield sites, contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum), and/or petroleum.

Community Grants (CG) Program
Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Due Date: December 9, 2021
Match: $1:$1
Funding: $7500 for a single event and $10,000 to $15,000 for annual recurring events

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to not-for-profit organizations developing small and large-scale community-based cultural (dance, theater, music, visual arts) programs, as well as projects and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals and publications that have a strong artistic component.

The CG panel considers projects with strong community involvement and/or outreach component. The CG Program is particularly sensitive to the needs of indigenous cultural neighborhood activities and projects encouraging the preservation of heritage, traditions and culture, as well as social service organizations and cultural groups developing collaborative intervention projects using the arts.

Hazard Mitigation Program
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Due Date: December 21, 2021
Match: 25%
Funding: to be determined

State and local governments who have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) in accordance with 44 CFR §201.6, prior to receipt of HMGP subgrant funding for projects; can apply for the following type of eligible activities:

Activities include mitigation projects that will result in the protection of public or private property from natural hazards. Activities for which implementation has already been initiated or completed are not eligible for funding. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acquisition or relocation of hazard-prone structures;
  • Retrofitting of existing buildings and facilities that will result in increased protection from hazards;
  • Elevation of flood-prone structures;
  • Infrastructure protection measures;
  • Stormwater management improvements;
  • Minor structure flood control;
  • Flood diversion and storage;
  • Aquifer storage and recovery;
  • Floodplain and stream restoration;
  • Residential and community safe room construction; and/or
  • Generators for a critical facility, provided they are cost-effective, contribute to a long term solution to the problem that they are intended to address, and meet other project eligibility criteria as required by 44 CFR §206.434(c); or generators that are an integral part of a larger eligible project.

RTP Recreation Trails Program Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: January 28, 2022
Match: 1:1
Funding: $20,000 to $50,000

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seek to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education, and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring, and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation.

Resilient Communities Program
Bank of America and National Fish and Wildlife Federation
Due Date: February 17, 2022
Funding: $3,000,000 a year in total

Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. This $3 million per year program aims to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests, and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level rise, floods, droughts, fires, and more.

RTP Recreation Trails Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: March 1, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: $400,000 to $1,000,000

The federally funded Recreational Trails Program of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides competitive, matching-grant funds to renovate, develop, or maintain recreationally motorized, nonmotorized, and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

A recreational trail is a thoroughfare or track across land or water, used for recreational purposes such as bicycling, hiking/jogging/running or similar activities, equestrian activities, overnight and long-distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, non-motorized aquatic or water activities including canoeing and kayaking, and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all-terrain, off-road vehicles, or dune buggies.

Grants for Cities - October 2021

FIBRS Implementation Assistance Program
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Due Date: October 31, 2021
Match: not indicated
Funding: $6,000,000 available to the State of Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) received authority to administer an estimated $6 million to Florida law enforcement agencies to assist in the financial burden of transitioning to the technological requirements of the Florida Incident-Based Reporting Project. Funds under this program may be used for activities related to implementing incident-based reporting at your agency. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Overtime for project staff;
  • Equipment or supplies required for system upgrades;
  • Training; and/or
  • Procurement contracts for services such as data migration, system configuration, and/or consulting

Florida Communities Trust Stand Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: November 1, 2021
Match: Small local governments with a population of 10,000 or less qualify for 100% funding; all others require a local match
Funding: To be determined

The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program funds will be used to acquire a parcel(s) of land directly used for the purposes of the commercial harvest of marine organisms or saltwater products by state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities, including piers, wharves, docks, or other facilities operated to provide waterfront access to licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $900,000 per sub-application

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 for the state

FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for the following activities: (1) Capability and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities, which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following subcategories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities; (2) Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change

Brownfield Assessment Grant
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $2,000,000

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Brownfield Cleanup Grant FY2022
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: Yes
Funding: Up to $650,000

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Community Grants (CG) Program
Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Due Date: December 9, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $7500 for a single event and $10,000 to $15,000 for annual recurring events

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to not-for-profit organizations developing small and large-scale community-based cultural (dance, theater, music, visual arts) programs, as well as projects and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals and publications that have a strong artistic component.

The CG panel considers projects with strong community involvement and/or outreach component. The CG Program is particularly sensitive to the needs of indigenous cultural neighborhood activities and projects encouraging the preservation of heritage, traditions and culture, as well as social service organizations and cultural groups developing collaborative intervention projects using the arts.

Hazard Mitigation Program
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Due Date: December 21, 2021
Match: 25%
Funding: to be determined

State and local governments who have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) in accordance with 44 CFR §201.6, prior to receipt of HMGP subgrant funding for projects; can apply for the following type of eligible activities:

Activities include mitigation projects that will result in protection of public or private property from natural hazards. Activities for which implementation has already been initiated or completed are not eligible for funding. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acquisition or relocation of hazard-prone structures;
  • Retrofitting of existing buildings and facilities that will result in increased protection from hazards; • Elevation of flood-prone structures; •
  • Infrastructure protection measures;
  • Stormwater management improvements;
  • Minor structure flood control;
  • Flood diversion and storage;
  • Aquifer storage and recovery;
  • Floodplain and stream restoration;
  • Residential and community safe room construction; and/or
  • Generators for a critical facility, provided they are cost-effective, contribute to a long term solution to the problem that they are intended to address, and meet other project eligibility criteria as required by 44 CFR §206.434(c); or generators that are an integral part of a larger eligible project.

 

Grants for Cities - September 2021

The Bell Tower Team wants to bring your attention to some of the new grants from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for purchasing land for outdoor recreation or land to support working waterfronts listed below for your review and consideration. Those grants have a quick turnaround time, so reach out to us ASAP to discuss your project idea. Click the “Schedule a call” button to reach us.

JAGD Grant
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Due Date: October 14, 2021
Match: None
Funding: Allocated by city

JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice in any one or more of the following purpose areas:

Law enforcement programs
Prosecution and court programs
Prevention and education programs
Corrections and community corrections programs
Drug treatment and enforcement programs
Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.

Florida Coastal Management Initiative CPI Funding Opportunity FY 22-23
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: October 15, 2021
Match: 1:1 cash or in-kind
Funding: $10,000 minimum; Up to $60,000 for construction; up to $30,000 for planning and design

There are four priority areas to this grant: Resilient Communities, Coastal; Resource Stewardship, Access to Coastal Resources and Working Waterfronts see description below:

The CPI was developed to promote the protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four specific priority areas:

Resilient Communities: The goal of this priority area is to help coastal communities prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change, natural hazards and disasters. Project examples include conducting vulnerability analyses and risk assessments; developing post-disaster redevelopment plans and strategies; restoring coastal wetlands; developing energy strategies; and improving community resiliency to coastal hazards.

Coastal Resource Stewardship: To promote stewardship and appreciation of fragile coastal resources, applicants may request funds for community-based projects that involve the public, volunteers, and the local government. Project examples include dune and wetland restoration; exotic plant control; coastal cleanups; and environmental awareness initiatives, events, and field trips.

Access to Coastal Resources: Communities are encouraged to accommodate public access to coastal and marine resources while protecting fragile and overused environments. Access projects could include developing plans for land acquisition and management; developing site plans for nature trails; developing recreational surface water use policies; removing exotic species and restoring native species; and small-scale capital improvements such as dune walkovers, boardwalks, and canoe/kayak launches.

Working Waterfronts: Waterfront communities may wish to revitalize, renew and promote interest in their waterfront districts. Examples of projects include developing and implementing a vision plan for a waterfront district; developing architectural standards for waterfront areas; small construction projects such as a boardwalk, observation platform, welcome center, or information kiosk; restoring shorelines and wetlands; or implementing other measures that mitigate the effects of natural hazards.

Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: October 15, 2021
Match: To be determined
Funding: $200,000 maximum

The Land and Recreation Grants staff administers grants to local governments through the Floria Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). This competitive, reimbursement grant program provides financial assistance for the acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation.

Florida Communities Trust Stand Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: November 1, 2021
Match: Small local governments with a population of 10,000 or less qualify for 100% funding; all others require a local match
Funding: To be determined

The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program funds will be used to acquire a parcel(s) of land directly used for the purposes of the commercial harvest of marine organisms or saltwater products by state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities, including piers, wharves, docks, or other facilities operated to provide waterfront access to licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $900,000 per sub-application

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 for the state

FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for the following activities: (1) Capability and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities, which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following subcategories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities; (2) Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change.

Grants for Cities - August 2021

The Bell Tower Team wants to bring your attention to some of the Resiliency grants below for your review and consideration. We, in South Florida, have been lucky so far but we are still in hurricane season and want our cities to be prepared for this season and the next. Please let us know if you have any questions by just hitting the “Schedule a call” button below.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reductions Act Grant
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: September 27, 2021
Match: Reimbursements up to 25% of the total cost of a marine vessel replacement or up to 40% of a marine diesel engine replacement
Funding: To be determined

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reductions Act provides funding to help replace marine vessels or marine diesel engines with new vessels and diesel engines that meet current emission standards. DEP can fund several marine vessel and diesel engine replacement projects.

Florida Coastal Management Initiative CPI Funding Opportunity FY 22-23
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: October 15 , 2021
Match: 1:1 cash or in kind
Funding: $10,000 minimum; Up to $60,000 for construction; up to 30,000 for planning and design

The Florida Coastal Management Initiative eligible entities may apply for grants for community projects such as habitat restoration, park planning and improvements, waterfront revitalization and improving communities’ resiliency to coastal hazards.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $900,000 per sub-application

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 for the state

FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for the following activities: (1) Capability and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities, which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following subcategories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities; (2) Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change.

Grant for Cities - July 2021

The Bell Tower Team hopes that you have been enjoying your summer! The Resilient Florida Grant is part 2 of the Protecting Florida Together Program for your review and we have repeated the Rebuild Florida Mitigation Infrastructure Program – Round 2 to make sure you do not miss the opportunity. Check out the video below for key tips on “How to win a Rebuild Florida Grant”. Please let us know if you have questions by just hitting the “Schedule a call” button below.

Small, Rural and Tribal Body-Worn Camera Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: August 31, 2021
Required Match: to be determined
Funding: $2,000 per camera

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is releasing $7.65 million in a competitive microgrant grant solicitation that will fund body-worn cameras (BWCs) to any law enforcement department with 50 or fewer full-time sworn personnel, rural agencies (those agencies within non-urban or non-metro counties); and federally-recognized Tribal agencies.

Resilient Florida
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: September 1, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: to be determined

The Resilient Florida program includes a selection of grants available to counties, municipalities, water management districts, flood control districts, and regional resilience entities. To effectively address the impacts of flooding and sea-level rise that the state faces, eligible applicants may receive funding assistance to analyze and plan for vulnerabilities, as well as implement projects for adaptation and mitigation.

Rebuild Florida Mitigation Infrastructure Program Funding Round 2
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Due Date: September 17, 2021
Match: Not Required
Funding: Minimum $2 Million

The GIP program is designed to provide funding to implement innovative, collaborative, multi-jurisdictional, or large-scale mitigation activities that reduce previously identified hazard risks for local communities to withstand emergency-related challenges better. These regional investments include, but are not limited to, restoration of critical infrastructure (ex: water and sewer facilities, streets, removal of debris, drainage, bridges, etc.), re-nourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches, building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community, rehabilitation or construction of storm-water management systems, and road repair improvement and bridge strengthening. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list but rather one to get you started as you think through large-scale, regional projects and identifying key partnerships that will positively impact your communities.

Grant for Cities - June 2021

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: July 26, 2021
Required Match: 1:1
Funding: up to $2,000 per camera

The purpose of the FY 2021 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) is to fund the purchase of body-worn cameras (BWCs) implemented of comprehensive BWC programs. Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using body-worn cameras as a promising tool to improve law enforcement interactions with the public. Some preliminary evidence indicates that the presence of BWCs helps strengthen accountability and transparency and can assist in de-escalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community. Funding can be used to support pilot BWC programs, establish new BWC implementation, or expand existing programs. Note: Registration is required in advance of the due date by July 12, 2021.

Community Policing Development: Accreditation
COPS-US Department of Justice
Due Date: July 22, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $150,000 Maximum

The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by guiding promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. Note: Registration is required in advance of the due date by July 21, 2021.

Protecting Florida Together
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Due Date: July 15, 2021
Required Match: 50% for Wastewater Grants
Funding: Varies by each of the three grants

1)Wastewater Grants
This grant program is provided to governmental entities for projects that reduce excess nutrient pollution within a basin management action plan (BMAP), alternative restoration plan adopted by final order, or rural area of opportunity. The program is subject to appropriation and requires a 50% local match of funds, which DEP may waive for rural areas of opportunity. Eligible projects include onsite sewage treatment, and disposal systems (OSTDS) upgrades to enhanced nutrient-reducing systems; projects to construct, upgrade or expand facilities to provide advanced waste treatment; and septic to sewer connections. Florida’s statutory provisions prioritize septic to sewer connections. Funding $616,000,000 ( $116,000,000 State funds and $500,000,000 Federal funds).

2) Innovative Technology Grants
This grant program is available to local governmental entities for projects that evaluate and implement innovative technologies and short-term solutions to combat algal blooms and nutrient enrichment; restore and preserve Florida waterbodies, and implement certain water quality treatment technologies. Project proposals must prevent, mitigate or clean up harmful algal blooms, emphasizing those that prevent blooms through nutrient reductions. Projects that improve the ability to predict and monitor harmful algal blooms will also be considered for funding. Funding $10,000,000.

3) Water Quality Improvement Grants
Biscayne Bay $20 Million Fund, Springs Coast Watershed, and Peace River Basin, $20 Million Fund
For FY 2021-22, funds will specifically target water quality improvements in the Springs Coast Watershed (North Central Florida West Coast area), Peace River Basin (Central Florida to SW Central Florida area), and Biscayne Bay. These grant programs continue the state’s partnership with local governmental entities to address water quality challenges in these important watersheds.

Rebuild Florida Mitigation Infrastructure Program Funding Round 2
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Due Date: September 17, 2021
Match: To be determined
Funding: Minimum $2 Million

The GIP program is designed to provide funding to implement innovative, collaborative, multi-jurisdictional, or large-scale mitigation activities that reduce previously identified hazard risks for local communities to withstand emergency-related challenges better. These regional investments include, but are not limited to, restoration of critical infrastructure (ex: water and sewer facilities, streets, removal of debris, drainage, bridges, etc.), re-nourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches, building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community, rehabilitation or construction of storm-water management systems, and road repair improvement and bridge strengthening. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list but rather one to get you started as you think through large-scale, regional projects and identifying key partnerships that will positively impact your communities.

Grant for Cities - May 2021

Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 14, 2021
Required Match: TBD
Funding: not specified

The Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.
ONE MILLION VESTS: Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $522 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,441,013) as of November 2020.

COPS Hiring Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 22, 2021
Match: 75:25 based on entry-level salary and benefits over a three year period
Funding: Maximum Max per officer is $125,000 over a three year period

The 2021 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 agencies to engage in community policing activities.

School Violence Prevention Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 22, 2021
Required Match: 75:25
Funding: Max of $500,000 over a three year period

The 2021 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs. Up to $53 million is available for this program.

DOJ BJA FY21 Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 30, 2021
Required Match: none
Funding: Max of $700,000

The Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative, administered by BJA in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is a competitive grant program that provides funding to state, local, and tribal government entities that are experiencing precipitous increases in gun-related violent crime. The purpose of this initiative is to support local and tribal jurisdictions’ capacity to work with their ATF partners to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify unlawfully used firearms and their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.

FY2021 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI)
US Department of Justice
Due Date: SF-4224 and SF-LLL are due June 22,2021 and the application is due July 6, 2021
Required Match: none
Funding: Category 2 up to $800,00 over a period of three years.

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program supports Department priorities to reduce serious and violent crime, including gun violence; dismantle gang activity; and strengthen local capacity to combat drug abuse.
A critical pillar of the BCJI Program is neighborhood empowerment. Community-oriented approaches build trust, facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources, enhance the community’s perception of the fairness and effectiveness of policies and interventions, and increase the willingness of the community and those in the criminal justice system to comply with the social mores in the community. Implementing these approaches without strong community collaboration will likely be unsuccessful and may overlook a community or neighborhood’s unique needs and challenges as well as the ability to develop and implement sustainable change. Community leaders and residents are often in the best position to motivate, implement, and sustain change over time; therefore, applications should be developed in collaboration with community members to build community support for community needs as they evolve over time and indicate how community residents will be involved as full partners throughout the project.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant for Arts Projects 2 FY2022
National Endowment for the Arts
Due Date: July 8, 2021
Required Match: yes
Funding: $10,000 to $150,000

“The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States” * The arts are a powerful and important part of what unites us as Americans. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. The Arts Endowment encourages applications from a variety of eligible organizations, e.g., with small, medium, or large budgets, and from rural to urban communities. Similarly, projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

DOJ BJA FY21 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: SF-4224 and SF-LLL are due July 12, 2021 and the application is due July 26, 2021 
Required Match: 1:1
Funding: $2,000 per camera; Funding may not exceed $2,000,000

The purpose of the FY 2021 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) is to fund the purchase of body-worn cameras (BWCs) that are implemented as part of comprehensive BWC programs. Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using body-worn cameras as a promising tool to improve law enforcement interactions with the public. Some preliminary evidence indicates that the presence of BWCs helps strengthen accountability and transparency, and can assist in deescalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community. Funding can be used to support pilot BWC programs, establish new BWC implementation, or expand existing programs.

National Infrastructure Investments-RAISE
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: July 12, 2021 
Required Match: yes
Funding: $25,000,00

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 provided $1 billion for National Infrastructure Investments. As with previous rounds, funds for the FY 2021 RAISE Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 also allows DOT to use a small portion of the $1 billion for oversight and administration of grants. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 states that not more than $30,000,000 will be used for planning, preparation, or design of projects eligible for funding, of which at least $10,000,000 will be awarded to projects located in or directly benefit areas of persistent poverty
Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $8.9 billion for twelve rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

 

 

Grant for Cities - April 2021

Community Technical Planning Assistance (CPTA) Grants
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: May 18, 2021
Required Match: TBD
Funding: $35,000 to $50,000

The CPTA Grants provide counties, municipalities, and regional planning councils the opportunity to create innovative plans and development strategies to promote a diverse economy, vibrant rural and suburban areas, and meeting statutory requirements for planning while protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Understanding that hurricanes have impacted many Florida communities, CPTA grants may also be used for planning for disaster recovery or resiliency planning and economic development planning.

Transit Funding Programs
US Department of Justice Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Due Date: May 21, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: To be determined based on the project

The FDOT is funding three different Transit Programs.

  • Public Transit Service Development Program
    • Application of projects involving the use of new: vehicles, technologies, equipment, services, routes, vehicle frequencies, purchase of Special Transportation Services, or other technologies for increasing service to the riding public.
  • Transit Corridor Program
  • Funds may be used for capital or operations expenses and identified in a Transit Development
    • Plan, Congestion System Plan, or another formal study done by a public agency.
  • Park and Ride Lot Program
    • A project that provides safe parking for vehicles constantly congregating on roadsides and encourages the use of transit, carpools, vanpools, or other high occupancy modes.

Library Construction Grant
Florida Library and Information Services
Due Date: June 7, 2021
Required Match: 1:1
Funding: Max of $500,000 over a three year period Funds available based on Legislative appropriations

Library Construction Grants are awarded to local and county governments for the construction of public libraries. This includes constructing new buildings and the acquisition, expansion, or remodeling of existing buildings to be used for public library service. Eligibility: County governments, incorporated municipalities, special districts, and special tax districts that establish or maintain a public library and provide free public library services may apply for a Public Library Construction grant.

On the horizon…

Community Grants Program
Miami County Cultural Affairs
Due Date: June 24, 2021
Required Match: Not applicable
Funding: $7,500 for a one time event or $10,000 to $15,000 for a recurring event

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive quarterly to not-for-profit organizations developing small and large-scale community-based cultural (dance, theater, music, visual arts) programs, as well as projects and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals, and publications that have a strong artistic component.

The CG panel considers projects with strong community involvement and/or outreach component. The CG Program is particularly sensitive to the needs of indigenous cultural neighborhood activities and projects encouraging the preservation of heritage, traditions, culture, and social service organizations and cultural groups developing collaborative intervention projects using the arts. Note, there is a mandatory Workshop attendance on May 26th.

 

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