Resources & Grants for Local & State Governments

The federal government has many opportunities for local and state governments ranging from agriculture to education.

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Agriculture

Farmers Market Promotion Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Farmers Market Promotion Program grants are designed to increase marketing opportunities for farmers to sell directly to consumers through farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, retail markets, and other direct marketing initiatives. These grants can go to nonprofits, agricultural cooperatives or producer associations, local governments, economic development corporations, regional farmers’ market authorities, public benefit corporations, and tribal governments.

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Civil Rights & Conflicts

Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

 

Criminal Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual’s civil rights.

 

Family and Youth Services Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The Family and Youth Services Bureau provides a number of programs addressing youth and family issues, including programs for runaway and homeless youths, teen pregnancy prevention, and family violence prevention and services

 

Federal Coordination and Compliance Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) ensures that all federal agencies consistently and effectively enforce civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities.

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Economics

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service“The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) promotes the economic and social well-being of America’s most vulnerable populations and communities. ACF’s programs (ACF Directory of Program Services) are focused on individuals and families with low income, refugees, people with developmental disabilities, and others.

 

Community Assistance Programs

U.S. Department of Interior

The National Park Service assists community groups and the public with historic preservation, recreation and improved access to public lands, natural resource conservation, and education and stewardship. Community assistance programs of the National Park Service empower local organizations to advance preservation and conservation work in rural and urban communities across the country.

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Education

Environmental Education (EE) Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

 

Office of Science Funding Opportunity Announcements

U.S. Department of Energy

Through the Office of Science, DOE offers research grants and contracts for universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit commercial organizations, state and local governments, and unaffiliated individuals.

 

The Brownfields Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Brownfields Program provides a variety of competitive grants in the areas of Brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training.

 

The Office of Insular Affairs

U.S. Department of Interior

The Office of Insular Affairs has federal programs and funds that local governments in the territories of America Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands can apply for.

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Environment

Environmental Education (EE) Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

 

Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Management Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This competitive grant program assists communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified organizations will receive Solid Waste Management grant funds to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.

 

Source Reduction Assistance

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Source Reduction Assistance awards support pollution prevention through source reduction and resource conservation work.

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Health

Administration of Aging

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the primary agency designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Programs and services that are administered include: home-delivered meals and other nutrition-related services, transportation, adult day care, legal assistance, and health promotion.

 

Family and Youth Services Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The Family and Youth Services Bureau provides a number of programs addressing youth and family issues, including programs for runaway and homeless youths, teen pregnancy prevention, and family violence prevention and services

 

National Network to Eliminate Dispaities in Behavioral Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

SAMHSA’s National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health, provides grants to build a national network of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual minority communities and organizations to promote policies, practices, standards, and research to eliminate behavioral health disparities.

 

Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD’s lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

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Housing

Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Grants to national intermediaries to develop the capacity and ability of community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low income families.

 

Community Development Block Grant Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

 

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

 

Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD’s lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

 

 

Rural Development Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Rural Development Agency (RD) has various grant and loan programs to help develop housing, community facilities, and businesses in small towns and rural communities (with exact definition of “rural” varying depending on program).

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Low Income

Bureau of Primary Health Care

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) funds health centers in underserved communities that provide access to high-quality, family-oriented, and comprehensive primary and preventive health care for people who are low-income, uninsured, or face other obstacles to getting health care.

Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Grants to national intermediaries to develop the capacity and ability of community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low income families.

 

Community Development Block Grant Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

 

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

 

Office of Community Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Community Services provides a range of human and economic development services and activities, intended to ameliorate the causes and characteristics of poverty and otherwise assist persons in need including.

 

Office of Family Assistance

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Family Assistance administers Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs, time-limited assistance to needy families with children to promote work, responsibility, and self-sufficiency.

 

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program awards grants to states, U.S. territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for certain foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.

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Seniors

Administration of Aging

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the primary agency designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Programs and services that are administered include: home-delivered meals and other nutrition-related services, transportation, adult day care, legal assistance, and health promotion.

 

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program awards grants to states, U.S. territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for certain foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.

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Women

STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program

U.S. Department of Justice

The STOP Formula Grant Program awarded to states and territories, enhances the capacity of local communities to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.

 

Women, Infants, Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk. Currently, about 9 million individuals participate in this nutrition assistance program.

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Youth

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) promotes the economic and social well-being of America’s most vulnerable populations and communities. ACF’s programs (ACF Directory of Program Services) are focused on individuals and families with low income, refugees, people with developmental disabilities, and others.

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Other

Volunteer Generation Fund

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The Volunteer Generation Fund supports voluntary organizations and state service commissions in boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs.

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