Municipal Grant Opportunities

The following grant opportunities are sent to us courtesy of the State's largest grant writing company California Consulting. LLC. For further information about any of these grant opportunities please contact California Consulting at 323-728-9002 or If you are not a California Consulting client, but would like to draft and submit any of the following grant applications for your municipal entity, please contact Steve Samuelian at


USDA Distance Learning & Tele-Medicine (DLT) Program

Deadline: July 7, 2014

Amount: Varies per applicant; $19.3 million allocated for program 

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program provides both educational and healthcare opportunities in rural communities through grants that finance advanced telecommunications technologies. The focus is on using the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect rural areas to each other and to the world, thus overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Rural areas, according to the guidelines, are those with populations between 5,000 and 10,000 people. Consortia are eligible.


USDOJ/OJJDP: FY 2014 Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs

Due: July 14, 2014

Amount: $200,000

Eligibility: Cities and counties

A growing number of communities have adopted OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model, a multi-strategy, multidisciplinary approach that has proven to be effective in reducing gang activity. The fiscal year 2014 Comprehensive Anti-gang Strategies and Programs solicitation provides funding for localities to enhance coordination of federal, state, and local resources in support of community partnerships implementing the following anti-gang programs: primary prevention, secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement.


FEMA: FY 2014 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP)-Continuing Training Grants (CTG)

Deadline: July 16, 2014

Amount: $11 million allocated

Eligibility: state and local (including rural) communities, tribes, nonprofit national associations and organizations, and nonprofit higher education institutions

The FY 2014 Continuing Training Grants (CTG) funds are available to develop and deliver innovative training programs that are national in scope and meet emerging training needs in our Nation's communities. Where possible, efforts should be made in the development and delivery of training programs to address priorities from the National Preparedness Report and Capability Estimation Process. Funding will be provided in the form of cooperative agreements directly to qualified applicants.


2014 IRWM Drought Solicitation, Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Grant

Deadline: July 21, 2014

Amount: Varies by project; $200,000,000 allocated

Funding will assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies through projects and programs that provide immediate regional drought preparedness, increase local water supply reliability and the delivery of safe drinking water, assist water suppliers and regions to implement conservation programs and measures that are not locally cost-effective, and/or reduce water quality conflicts or ecosystem conflicts created by the drought.


OJJDP FY 2014 School Justice Collaboration Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court

Deadline: July 21, 2014

Amount: Up to $2,000,000 

OJJDP is partnering with the Department of Education and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a multidisciplinary initiative to improve school climates, respond early and appropriately to student mental health and behavioral needs, avoid referring students to law enforcement and juvenile justice as a disciplinary response, and facilitate a proactive and supportive school reentry process in the rare instances in which a youth is referred.

Eligibility Notes:

This initiative includes two categories, and the eligibility differs for each component:

Category 1: Local School Justice Collaboration Program. Applicants are limited to local juvenile and family courts that can verify that they have a partnership-with a local education agency (LEA) that has applied to the Department of Education's School Climate Transformation Grants-LEA (SCTG) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Now Is the Time Project AWARE-LEA program. Additionally, applicants must partner with local law enforcement as part of their collaborative effort.

Category 2: School Justice Collaboration Program National Training and Technical Assistance.


US Department of Health and Human Services: Grants to Address Trafficking within the Child Welfare Population

Due: July 22, 2014

Amount: $250,000

Eligibility: Cities, counties, school districts, nonprofits, child welfare organizations, etc.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for 60 month projects that will address trafficking within the child welfare population by implementing existing recommendations to prevent, identify, and serve victims of trafficking. This funding is designed to continue the development of child welfare systems' response to trafficking through infrastructure building, and to create an evidence base of effective interventions and practices that promote better outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system. Funded projects will be required to use a multi-system approach and coordinate with local law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts systems, runaway and homeless youth programs, Children's Justice Act grantees, child advocacy centers, and other necessary service providers.


NEA Art Works Grant Program

Deadline: July 24, 2014

Amount: $10,000 - $100,000

Eligibility: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organizations; units of state or local government; local education agencies, and other organizations. Applicants must have a previous 3-year history of arts programming to be eligible. 

Funding is available for projects only and NEA strongly encourages innovative projects which are characterized as those that: Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art; Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field. Registration with and SAM are required to apply.


FEMA: FY 2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program

Deadline: July 25, 2014

Amount: Varies; $63 million allocated for program

Eligibility: State & tribal governments as prime applicants; Municipal and County governments are eligible as subapplicants. 

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and projects on an annual basis. The PDM program was set in place to reduce overall risk to people and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding if an actual disaster were to occur. Priorities for funding include the development and update of hazard mitigation plans as well as Cost-effective hazard mitigation projects that do not duplicate other hazard mitigation grant programs.


Calrecycle: Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program (FY 2014/15)

Deadline: July 31, 2014

Amount: $3,000,000 maximum award ($5,000,000 allocated for entire program)

Eligibility: Cities, counties, local/regional sanitation agencies 

The purpose of this grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California that use California-generated postconsumer recycled fiber (paper, textiles, carpet, or wood), plastic, or glass to manufacture products. Eligible Projects Include:

1.         Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities in California using California-derived recycled-content fiber, plastic, or glass in the manufacture of value-added products; this includes purchase of equipment, machinery, and real estate improvements associated with the installation thereof.

2.         A manufacturing facility may partner with another facility, including a supplier of recycled-content feedstock.


Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Admin. Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities, Ladders of Opportunity Program

Deadline: August 4, 2014

Amount: $100 Million allocated

Eligibility: ''Direct Recipients'' within the meaning of FTA's Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program. This includes states, cities, counties and eligible nonprofit entities. 

The grant makes funds available to public transportation providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities, including programs of bus and bus-related projects for assistance to sub-recipients that are public agencies, private companies engaged in public transportation, or private non-profit organizations. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project development.


Union Pacific Foundation: Community-Based Grant Program

Deadline: August 14, 2014

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or municipalities in areas served by Union Pacific Railroads 

Through the Community-Based Grant Program, the Foundation gives priority to requests that address the following categories: Community and Civic, and Health and Human Services. The majority of these grants are intended to help nonprofit organizations in the Union Pacific service area to build their capacity, increase their impact, and operate more effectively; Municipalities in the Union Pacific service area are also eligible to apply.


San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: Technology Assistance Program (TAP)

Deadline: August 15, 2014

Amount: $4 million allocated for program

SJVAPCD is currently seeking proposals under the Technology Advancement Program for projects demonstrating new and innovative emission reduction technologies that have the potential for broad applicability in the San Joaquin Valley, and will assist the District in meeting its air quality goals. In order to encourage technology development in critical areas that best serve the Valley's needs to reach attainment, the District has established this set of technology focus areas tailored for Valley businesses and sources of emissions: (1) Renewable Energy (2) Waste Solutions (3) Mobile Sources


People For Bikes Community Grant Program

Dates: LOI due August 1, 2014; Full application due October 10, 2014

Amount: $10,000 (max) 

PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as: Bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges; Mountain bike facilities; Bike parks and pump tracks; BMX facilities; End-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, & bike storage. It also funds advocacy projects, such as: Programs that transform city streets, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days; Initiatives designed to increase ridership or the investment in bicycle infrastructure. PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, we will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative.


EDA FY 2014 Economic Development Assistance Programs

Deadline: October 17, 2014 for funding cycle 1 of FY 2015.

Amount: Varies 

EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. Specifically, under the Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs.

Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. Through this program, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.


California Department of Parks and Recreation: Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) Program

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Provides funds to local entities to protect threatened species, to address wildlife corridors, to create trails, and to provide for nature interpretation programs which bring urban residents into park and wildlife areas.


FEMA: Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAGP)

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: $500,000

Eligibility: States, local and tribal governments

The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAGP) funds the mitigation, management, and control of fires on publicly or privately owned forests or grasslands, which threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The FMAGP declaration process is initiated when a State submits a request for assistance to the FEMA Regional Director at the time a "threat of major disaster" exists. The entire process is accomplished on an expedited basis and a FEMA decision is rendered in a matter of hours. FMAGP provides a 75% Federal cost share and the State pays the remaining 25% for actual costs. Eligible firefighting costs may include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.


San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Bicycle Infrastructure Incentive Component, Remove II Program

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted

Amount: Up to $150,000 

The program provides funding for construction of Class I (Bicycle Path Construction) or Class II (Bicycle Lane Striping) projects to assist with the development or expansion of a comprehensive bicycle-transportation network which will provide a viable transportation option for travel to school, work and commercial sites.


San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) Public Benefit Program New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Purchase Grant

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted; ASAP

Amount: $20,000 per vehicle (max); $100,000 per agency (max)

This component provides funding for the purchase of new alternative fueled vehicles (Electric, Plug-In Hybrid, CNG, LNG, LPG, etc). Applications for this component are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Sunlight Foundation Open Gov Grants

Deadline: Continuously accepted

Amount: $5,000 - $10,000

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; municipal governments, etc. 

If you are developing an open source tool and are looking for funds to jumpstart the project, apply now for an OpenGov Grant from the Sunlight Foundation. We are offering one-time grants in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 to help you fulfill your vision of making government more transparent and accountable. This includes technology funding for development of an open source tool, including open source software or data, civic innovation tools; apps or websites; tools that enable sharing of data; and efforts to collect municipal, state or federal data.


2014 IRWM Drought Solicitation, Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Grant

Deadline: TBA, Draft Application is complete

Amount: $200 million allocated 

On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown proclaimed a Drought State of Emergency and on March 1, 2014, Governor Brown signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies. The Governor and Legislature have directed DWR to expedite the solicitation and award of $200 million (of the $472.5 million) in IRWM funding to support projects and programs that provide immediate regional drought preparedness, increase local water supply reliability and the delivery of safe drinking water, assist water suppliers and regions to implement conservation programs and measures that are not locally cost-effective, and/or reduce water quality conflicts or ecosystem conflicts created by the drought.


State Water Resources Control Board (Drought Funding Act)

Deadline: December 2, 2014

Amount: $800 million allocated 

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) this week approved new low-interest financing terms for water recycling projects to help California produce an additional 150,000 acre-feet of recycled water annually, one of several actions Governor Brown called for in his Drought State of Emergency.


PetSmart Charities: Targeted Spay/Neuter Program

Deadline: Open/continuous

Amount: Up to $200,000

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits in good financial standing; government, law-enforcement, tribal entities, or educational institutions with a budget for animal care/control. 

The Targeted Spay/Neuter Program is intended to provide funding and mentoring for high-impact spay/neuter projects that focus on owned pets in areas where there is a critical need. Target areas may include all or part of a county, city, township, ZIP code, census tract, neighborhood, mobile home park, or other location.


PetSmart Charities: Free-Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program

Deadline: Open/continuous

Amount: Up to $200,000

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits in good financial standing; government, law-enforcement, tribal entities, or educational institutions with a budget for animal care/control. 

The Free-Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program is intended to provide funding and mentoring for high-impact trap-neuter-return projects. The goal is to stabilize and ultimately reduce the free-roaming cat population within a specific geographic area. Target areas may include all or part of a county, city, township, ZIP code, census tract, neighborhood, mobile home park, or other location.


Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SDWSRF)

Deadline: Pre-application, requires annual invitation

Grant Size: $ 500,000-$5,000,000

This program provides support to engage in the demonstration of innovative technologies, methods, practices, and techniques in three areas: operational safety, infrastructure or equipment resiliency, and all-hazards emergency response and recovery methods.


USDA Rural Development: Community Facilities Grants & Loans

Deadline: Rolling 

Community Facilities Programs provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants. Grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments.


Baseball Tomorrow Fund: Offers Support for Youth Baseball and Softball Programs

Deadline: Rolling

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball around the world by funding programs, fields, coaches' training, uniforms, and equipment. Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund supports projects that meet the following evaluation criteria: increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs.


FedEx EarthSmart Outreach Programs

Deadline: Rolling

FedEx offers this grant program focusing on sustainable transportation solutions that reduce emissions and congestion and/or enhance safety and expand accessibility. A municipality would need to partner with a nonprofit organization to apply, and only specific program needs will be funded. Applications are accepted year round and are available online.


The Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program

Deadline: February 1-August 15, 2014

Amount: $5,000 

Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. As such- priority will be placed on volunteer projects that fit the following criteria: projects that serve veterans and their families, whether that's repairing homes or improving facilities; projects that involve veterans volunteering to help other veterans in the communities where they live.


EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Programs

Deadline: TBD - Grants released October 2014

These programs support communities seeking solutions to local environmental and public health issues. Building partnerships, such as municipalities pairing with a local transit agency or a nonprofit organization, is a key in this program. In the past, these grants have helped communities deal with greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, energy efficiency, and renewable energy-all major components of transportation projects.



FireFighters Charitable Foundation

Assists fire and disaster victims; and supports Volunteer Fire Departments.


Fireman's Fund Heritage Program 

Funding promotes public safety and fire prevention.


HelpAmerica Foundation 

Funding promotes equity.


Valero Energy Foundation

Increases housing affordability.


California Farmland Conservancy Program 

Promotes infill and compact development.


Wildlife Conservation Board

Revitalize urban and community centers.


Surdna Foundation: Environmental Grants Program

Reduce automobile usage and fuel consumption.


Finish Line Youth Foundation

Award amount:$1,000 - $5,000

Improve infrastructure systems.


FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

Award amount:    $2500-$5000

Funding promotes water conservation.     


The Energy Partnership Program

Award amount: $20,000 of a consultant's costs, awarded agency pays for costs above $20,000

Funding promotes energy efficiency and conservation.


Fire Fighters Support Foundation, Inc.

Deadline: No date, Reviewed Quarterly

Amount: $5-10,000

The focus of the grant is on funding equipment that is critical to emergency scene life and safety (as opposed, for example, to expanding service areas).