USDA Community Connect Grants

Rural broadband internet grants up to $3 million

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: RDRUS-CC-2021

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.863

Grant Deadline: Dec. 23, 2020

Bring broadband internet to rural communities

The Community Connect provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where service does not exist.

What this grant does for your agency

Rural areas that lack any existing broadband speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream are eligible.

Funds may be used for the construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for:

  • All residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA)
  • All participating critical community facilities (such as public schools, fire stations, and public libraries)

The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to the critical community facilities for 2 years.

Less than 10% of the grant amount or up to $150,000 may be used for the improvement, expansion, construction or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public.

Matching funds of at least 15% from non-federal sources are required and can be used for operating costs.

Agencies awarded the USDA Community Connect Grants receive $100,000 to $3,000,000 in grant funding.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. Eligible applicants include:

  • Incorporated organizations
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • State and local units of government
  • Any other legal entity, including cooperatives, private corporations, or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis

About USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Dec. 23, 2020.

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Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments only: AFG-S Round 2 Fire Grant Application Period Open Oct. 6-Nov. 13, 2020

FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID 19 Supplemental (AFG-S)

FEMA is providing a second opportunity for volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for funding under the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID 19 Supplemental (AFG-S):

  • Through this AFG-S Round 2 funding opportunity, FEMA will directly award funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
  • This includes reimbursement for applicable PPE expenditures made since Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Grants will be awarded, using a competitive process, to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG-S grant opportunity.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available for $31 million in funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) to help provide personal protective equipment to firefighters and first responders who are managing emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FEMA will begin accepting AFG-S applications at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday October 6, 2020. The application period will close at 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 13, 2020 .The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Office (AFGP) has developed tools to help potential applicants plan their AFG-S application ahead of the application period. These documents can be viewed on the AFGP website at FY 2020 AFG-S COVID-19 Guidance Documents (https://www.fema.gov/media-collection/fy-2020-assistance-firefighters-grant-program-covid-19-supplemental-afg-s) and/or downloaded to your computer.

FY 2020 AFG-S Notice of Funding Opportunity


Cost Share Calculator: This calculator will help you understand and determine your organization’s cost share for AFG-S grants

Key Questions about the FY20 AFG-S Round 2 application

Why are only volunteer and combination fire departments eligible in round 2?

By law, 25 percent of available AFG-S funds must be awarded to volunteer fire departments and another 25 percent must be awarded to combination fire departments. This second application period will be limited to those categories of fire departments to fulfill this requirement.

Can my department apply again?

Volunteer and combination fire departments are eligible to apply in the FY20 AFG-S Round 2 even if they were awarded a grant under the first application period of the FY20 AFG-S. However, such applications must support new capabilities. Departments that applied in the first application period but were unsuccessful must reapply to be considered for funding in this second application period. Applications from the first application period will not automatically carry forward to Round 2 for automatic consideration.

Application Portal

The online application is available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO) portal at https://go.fema.gov.

All users need their own FEMA GO account. Each account is specific to the authorized user and must not be shared with other personnel. A FEMA GO Account Creation User Guide can be viewed on the AFGP website or downloaded to your computer.

An application number will be assigned when the application is started. Be sure to write it down for future reference.

NOTE: When completing the Applicant Information section of the application, the “applicant name” should be the name of the fire department applying for the grant, not the name of the person who is completing the application.

FEMA GO is compatible with Internet Explorer (version 11 or higher), Firefox (version 73 or higher), or Chrome (version 80 or higher). Users who attempt to use tablet type devices or other browsers may encounter issues with using FEMA GO.

AFG-S Round 2 Webinars

Please see FEMA’s Webinar Schedule page for information on upcoming live webinars related to the AFG-S application. Webinars will be offered on various dates through the month of October. The presentations will outline important information and reminders about program priorities, eligible costs, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an AFG-S application.

SAM.gov Refgistration

SAM.GOV REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE GRANTS

All eligible applicants must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) before they can both begin and submit an application. Per 2 CFR § 25.205, FEMA may not make an award to an entity until the entity has complied with the requirements to provide a valid DUNS number and maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information. SAM.gov consolidates federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). To register, or validate your information, please visit: https://www.sam.gov/

Find more information on this funding opportunity at https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants

Grants $5,000+ for community safety

Apply by Oct. 31, 2020

Grant Website and Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Oct. 31, 2020

2020 Grant Application Period: Oct. 1–31, 2020

Safety, education, and community development grants

State Farm’s community grants focus on three areas that can help “build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States:”

  • Safety
  • Education
  • Community development

What this grant does for your agency

National and local funding is directed toward:

  • Auto and roadway safety
  • Teen Driver Education
  • Home safety and fire prevention
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster recovery

Agencies awarded the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants receive grants of at least $5,000.

Grant decisions will be communicated to the grant applicants via email from October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021.

Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Charitable contributions may be awarded to:

  • Educational institutions
  • Programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with the State Farm® charitable focus.
  • 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations
  • 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies
  • 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce

About State Farm

“Being a good neighbor is about more than just being there when things go completely wrong. It’s also about being there for all of life’s moments when things go perfectly right.” More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Sat., Oct. 31, 2020.

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Maine: Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation Grants

Maine-only grant to strengthen and support Maine communities

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, with rolling deadlines on April 15 and October 15 of each year.

Grants may be available for public safety agencies

The family foundation is interested in projects that address the underlying causes of social and environmental problems, as well as those that address the consequences. The Foundation has a strong interest in literacy, community services, and the arts. As community builders, the Foundation is particularly interested in organizations and projects that will affect or serve the most members of a community.

Agencies awarded the Maine: Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation Grants receive:

Grants from $500 to $50,000. Requests should not exceed $50,000. Endowment grants are rare, as are matching or challenge grants.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Any 501( c )(3) organization in the state of Maine is eligible. No applications will be considered from any organization without 501(c)(3) status, unless the applicant is a town, fire or emergency aid department or school system with tax-exempt status.

About the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation was created in 1986 to provide support for Maine communities. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due twice a year on April 15 and October 15.

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Law Enforcement: Your Checklist for the NCJRS JustGrants/ASAP transition

JustGrants

JustGrants is coming: Are you ready?

The transition to the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) and the Department of the Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) is fast approaching for OJP, OVW, and COPS Office award recipients.

JustGrants and ASAP will be available to users beginning October 15, 2020.

Award recipients should be aware of some key transition dates, as well as a number of steps required for a smooth transition. The current systems – GMS, NexGen, and GPRS – have been discontinued.

A full description of the transition timeline and the many benefits of the new systems are available at the Justice Grants website.

To support users in the transition to the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) and the Department of the Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a step-by-step checklist has been posted online that covers all of the necessary steps your entity will need to take before JustGrants launches on October 15, 2020.

Go to JustGrants

Go to ASAP

Are You Ready for JustGrants and ASAP?

Get the checklist

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Combo Fire Departments & VFDs: AFG-S COVID Response Round 2 fire grant opens Oct. 5, 2020

COVID-19 Fire Grant for combination and Volunteer Fire Departments only

Assistance to Firefighter Grant Supplemental Coronavirus Fire Grant application round opens Oct. 5, 2020 and closes Nov. 4, 2020

The Notice of Funding Opportunity will be out soon. While similar to the first Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for AFG-S Round 1, Round 2 excludes career departments. FEMA is expecting $31 million dollars for awards in the second round.

FEMA advised that a final round of awards for AFG, AFG-S, SAFER, and FP&S will happen possibly this Friday, Sept. 25. FEMA also advised all money needs to be allocated by September 30, 2020, and departments not receiving grants will soon start to get the turn-down notice.

Micro-grants will be allowed.

FEMA will allow micro-grants for AFG-S for up to $3,000 or less.

Only PPE is eligible for consideration.

Only Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on the Notice of Funding Opportunity will be awarded. FEMA will reimburse departments for PPE that has been purchased from January 1, 2020 until the grant opens.

Round 1 winners may apply again.

If you were awarded on the first round of AFG-S you can reapply.

The application process will be the same as the first round of AFG-S which is the same as the AFG application, so you will need to apply using FEMA GO.

Pay attention to cost-share requirements.

The cost share on the application advises:

  • When serving a jurisdiction of 20,000 residents or fewer, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to not less than 5 percent of the grant awarded;
  • When serving a jurisdiction of more than 20,000 residents, but not more than 1 million residents, the applicant shall agree to make available non-federal funds in an amount equal to not less than 10 percent of the grant awarded.

Personal Protective Equipment is allowed on this grant

Your AFG-S Round 2 application should focus on PPE, but some PPE is consideration a higher priority than other gear, equipment, or supplies:

High Priority for funding

  • Eye Protection: Appropriately fitted, indirectly vented goggles or single use disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face.
  • Isolation Gowns: Nonsterile, single use fluid-resistant and impermeable disposable patient isolation gown.
  • Protective Coveralls: 360-degree protection of the whole body, including the back, lower legs and feet.
  • Gloves: Single-use, disposable patient examination gloves.
  • Footwear Covers: Single-use, disposable medical footwear covers.
  • Respirators: Any NIOSH-approved particulate respirator (i.e., N-95 or higher level respirator). Includes the purchase of filters appropriate for use.
  • Surgical-Type Face Masks: Loose-fitting, single-use disposable physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer to allow fire and EMS personnel to meet. Must meet CDC recommendations and/or state mandates for face covering when in a public setting other than direct patient contact.

Low priority for funding

Other supplies are also eligible, however they will be considered a lower priority than items listed above. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Decontamination supplies and services for PPE, station-quarters, and vehicles.
  • Replacement High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters and other types of disposable filtration supplies used on EMS respiratory and/or ventilator equipment.
  • Personally-issued antiseptic hand washes, antiseptic hand rubs such as alcohol based hand sanitizers, foams or gels, and reasonable refill supply.

Grant writer fees may be reimbursed from the grant

FEMA will allow the grant writer fee to be reimbursed on this grant up to $1,500 if you have not been awarded the grant writer fee this year.

Combination and volunteer fire departments of sizes nationwide may be able to benefit from this second round of FEMA AFG coronavirus fire grant funding.

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Grants up to $5K for your local area

Apply for Walmart Community Grants by Dec. 31, 2020

The Walmart Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 through each of their facilities (Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics Facilities).

Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Apply by Dec. 31, 2020

Learn more and apply

Gearing up for 2021 COPS Grants?

6 steps to prepare

From hiring programs to anti-drugs programs, mental health to community policing, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) helps connect Law Enforcement Agencies nationwide with billions in policing grants.

More COPS programs are expected to open in 2021… but will you be ready?

Here are 6 steps to take now, so you can be ready for COPS opportunities whenever they come along:

STEP 1: Obtain a valid ORI number. If you do not have an ORI, go to https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/ORIRequest.aspx

STEP 2: Get a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number by calling 866-705-5711 or visiting https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/

STEP 3: Ensure active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database (registration must be updated or renewed annually to maintain an active status). You must submit a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator before your registration will be activated. This requirement now applies to both new and existing entities.

STEP 4: Register at Grants.gov and complete form SF-424

STEP 5: Sign-up for notifications on COPS Office funding opportunities and activities

STEP 6: If applicable, update agency contacts and users in the Agency Portal.

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FEMA announces second AFG-COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) Application Period for Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments this Fall

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA is providing an additional chance for volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for funding under the FY 2020 AFG-S. Through this funding opportunity, FEMA will directly award funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies to support COVID-19 response. This includes reimbursement for expenditures made since Jan. 1, 2020. Grants will be awarded, using a competitive process, to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of AFG-S.

FEMA will provide more information on the application period soon.

Why are only volunteer and combination fire departments eligible?

By law, 25 percent of available AFG-S funds must be awarded to volunteer fire departments and another 25 percent must be awarded to combination fire departments. This second application period will be limited to those categories of fire departments to fulfill this requirement.

Can I apply again?

Volunteer and combination fire departments are eligible to apply in this round even if they had a successful application in the first round. However, applications must support new capabilities. Departments that applied in the first round but were unsuccessful must reapply to be considered for funding in this round. Applications from the first round will not automatically carry forward to this round for consideration.

Find more information on this funding opportunity at https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters

Webinars will start on Aug. 18, 2020, and run three times a week for three weeks. Please see our Webinar Schedule page in the days ahead for information on upcoming webinars.

Need help with your AFG-S application?

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GRANT ALERT! Last chance for JAG

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) closes Aug. 10!

Through this opportunity, BJA is seeking applications to fund a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider that will provide law enforcement agencies with information and expertise from multiple organizations or consortia via a one-stop, dedicated response center.

Apply by Aug. 10, 2020

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