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September 11, 2017:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $500 million in discretionary grant funding. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) are now available to communities interested in creating trails and trail connections. The focus is on major transportation projects, but trail advocates might be able to find a way to help projects become truly multimodal projects, complete missing trail links, and bring communities together with trail connections. Questions may be directed to Federal Highway Administration TIGER program staff (Ryan Brumfield or Sam Snead).

The Department of Transportation will hold public webinars on September 13 and 19 regarding “How to Compete for TIGER Grants” and on September 18 regarding “Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis,”; click here to register.


August 8, 2017:
RE: New Jersey Healthy Communities Network 2018 Community Grants Program

The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network is seeking Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2018 Community Grants Program. The deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) is September 13, 2017 by 5 pm ET.  Submit LOI via email to: with subject line: 2018 NJHCN LOI. Click here for the full LOI instructions.

This initiative will fund up to 60 organizations. Grants of up to $20,000 for twenty-four months will be awarded. The aim of the initiative is to prevent chronic disease and improve health by advancing environment, policy, and system change; and enhancing the built environment to support healthy eating and active living.  Supported projects are creating a culture of health by increasing food access and opportunities for physical activity in communities, schools, places of worship, early care and education, neighborhoods, and municipalities.

The online application opens September 18, 2017, and those who submitted an LOI will receive a link to the online application form for submission of final applications. The online application closes October 20, 2017.

For more information and details click here.


July 5, 2017
RE: Bloomberg Announces $200 Million 'American Cities Initiative'

Click here to read Bloomberg Philanthropies' full press release.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a $200 million initiative designed to spur innovation in city hall issues across the country.

The American Cities Initiative will focus on three areas — promoting bold leadership and effective problem solving in city halls; advancing critical policies and legislation in areas ranging from education to climate change to opioid abuse; and empowering citizens to solve problems and strengthen social cohesion.

The 2017 Mayors Challenge is a competition aimed at helping cities with at least thirty thousand residents develop, test, and implement bold solutions to urgent challenges. The first three hundred cities to sign up will receive one-day training sessions in idea development, with as many as thirty-five cities receiving up to $100,000 each to test and refine their ideas. From that pool, five Mayors Challenge winners will be selected, with one city receiving a $5 million grand prize and four runners-up receiving $1 million implementation grants.

To learn more about the American Cities Initiative, visit To learn more about the Mayors Challenge, visit


June 12, 2017
RE: AARP Community Challenge; Grants to make communities livable for people of all ages

The AARP Community Challenge 2017 is dedicated to making communities livable for people of all ages. Projects need to deliver on one or all of the following:
  1. Improve a community's built environment to benefit people of all ages and connect to the social environment.
  2. Expand opportunities for all residents through volunteerism, educational opportunities and training.
  3. Drive community engagement across diverse residents through efforts in culture and art, public spaces, sports, education, well-being and healthy living. 

Projects can range from short-term activities costing a few hundred dollars to sizable efforts that might need thousands.

Applications are due Friday June 30, 2017.

Click here to learn more.


February 24, 2017
RE: Recent funding announcements & upcoming grant related webinars

  • USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector (deadline March 27, 2017). The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of funding for projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses: Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).  Click here to view the press release.
  • Webinar: Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders (February 28, 2017). This webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Endowment for the Arts to leverage brownfield funding. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. Register for the webinar here.
  • NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program (deadline March 15, 2017). Funding is available to implement projects that build resilient U.S. coastal communities, economies and ecosystems. Two categories of activities will be supported: (1) Strengthening Coastal Communities: activities that improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from, and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards; or (2) Habitat Restoration: activities that restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards.  Click here for information.
  • FWS Coastal Program (deadline September 30, 2017). The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Click here for information.
  • USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (Pre-Applications due April 21, 2017). The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.  Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. The NRCS national office will host multiple webinars about the pre-application and full project application processes. Click here for information.
  • EPA Accepting Letters of Interest under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) (deadline April 10, 2017). This program will make up to $1 billion in credit assistance loans available to state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; partnerships; and State Revolving Fund programs for large infrastructure projects such as drinking water and wastewater treatment, improved energy efficiency, and drought mitigation. Click here for information.


January 27, 2017
RE: BPU Grants for Microgrid Studies

The BPU is opening the first 60-day application window for the Town Center Distributed Energy Resources Microgrid Feasibility Study Incentive Program and inviting qualified state or local government entities to apply for incentives of up to $200,000 to cover the expense of a feasibility study. Town Center Distributed Energy Resources (TCDER) microgrids are capable of providing on-site power to connected critical facilities within a local area or town center setting during electric grid outages. To view the application click here. To view the full Microgrid Report please visit NJBPU Microgrid Report.

For more information about this grant program contact BPU through Susanne LaFrankie 609-292-0701 and Greg Reinert 609-777-3305.


January 24, 2017
RE: NJDOT Issues Two Notices of Grant Fund Availability

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has issued two notices of grant fund availability. The first grant fund is for Pedestrian Safety, Enforcement and Education and will amount to $400,000 on a statewide basis in state fiscal year 2018. The second grant fund is to support projects that implement the State Highway Safety Plan and will amount to $15,000,000 on a statewide basis in federal fiscal year 2018. For more information please click on a copy of the notices in the NJ Register here.


July 11, 2016
EPA Announces Availability of Funding for Brownfields Planning Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting proposals from eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. The proposal submission deadline is August 10.
This funding is for research and/or technical assistance activities directed to one or more brownfield sites located in a specific area. Proposals must include an area-wide plan that consists of specific implementation strategies. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 projects in total, funded at up to $200,000 each. For more information and to apply for funding, click here.


May 11, 2016
RE:2016 COPS Community Policing Development Program (CPD) Deadline Approaching

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently announced the availability of funding opportunities under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 COPS Community Policing Development Program (CPD).

Application Deadline: 7:59 PM EDT, Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Applications must be submitted in two parts: online via (to complete the SF-424, a government-wide standard form required for competitive grant application packages). Once submitted, applicants will receive an e-mail with instructions on completing the second part through the COPS Office Online Application System.

For important program materials and other information on how to apply, please visit the CPD Program Page.

Contact: COPS Office Response Center, (800) 421-6770,


April 27, 2016
RE: Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

The Aetna Foundation, in partnership with the American Public Health Association, the National Association of Counties, and CEOs for Cities, is accepting applications from small to mid-sized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes in the U.S. working to improve the health of their residents.

The goal of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge is to develop practical, evidence-based strategies that improve measurable health outcomes and promote health and wellness, equity, and social interaction. Through the challenge, the foundation will award more than $1.5 million in grants in support of community-based efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play, and pray; recognize excellence in achieving a measurable impact as a result of these efforts; and identify models of effective collaboration that can be sustained and replicated across the United States.

The lead applicant must be a representative of any small- to medium-sized city or county government, federally recognized tribal leader, nongovernmental organization, academic institution, local business, or private sector organization that can effectively engage with all relevant partners. Prospective applicants from a single city, county, or federally recognized tribe are encouraged to collaborate and submit a joint application in the appropriate tier with a single lead entity identified.

Phase 1 applications must be received no later than May 31, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will move on to Phase 2 of the challenge. At the beginning of Phase 2, all cities, counties or federally recognized tribes selected as finalists will receive a community seed grant of $10,000 to help move their project, program, or policy forward. In addition, several midterm progress awards will be made during
Phase 2. Community seed grants and progress awards can be used in Phase 2 to support staff or other infrastructure identified as essential to the program. One grand prize and four runners-up prizes will be awarded within each of two tiers, based on population, with Tier 1 comprising cities or counties with a population of 65,000 to 250,000 population, and Tier 2 comprising cities or counties with a population of 250,001 to 600,000. The Tier 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $250,000, with the Runners Up receiving $25,000 each, while the Tier 2 Grand Prize winner will receive $500,000, with the Runners Up receiving $50,000 each.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge website.

Link to Complete RFP.


April 18, 2016
RE: $100,000 Smart City Technologies Grant Announced

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a grant program for local governments participating in the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC). The new program is called the "Replicable Smart City Technologies" (RSCT) Cooperative Agreement Program. Under the RSCT funding opportunity, three local U.S. governments participating in the GCTC will each receive $100,000. The application deadline is May 12, 2016. Click here for more information.


March 18, 2016
RE: 2016 FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) has announced that 2016 FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants application period will begin March 15, 2016.  Applicants must apply for either grant via the Mitigation eGrants system located on the FEMA portal: FEMA Portal.

All complete applications are due to NJOEM (through e-grants) by COB May 13, 2016. NJOEM Mitigation Unit staff must review, revise and coordinate with other State agencies before submitting final complete application packages through the Attorney General’s office prior to the June 15, 2016 FEMA deadline. We encourage all applicants to submit applications through e-grants as early as possible due to the short timeframe and turnaround of applications.

For FY 2016 the total amount of funds distributed under the FMA Grant Program will be $199 million and $90 million for PDM Grant Program.

If you have any questions, please contact the NJOEM Mitigation Unit at (609) 963-6900 ext. 6208 or


March 18, 2016
RE: Free League Webinar to Discuss How GrantStation Can Help Your Municipality Find Funding

Date: April 19, 11am-11:45am
Location: Your Computer

The NJLM has many services available to our members. This webinar will discuss one of these services- GrantStation. GrantStation is a subscription service that aides in the finding of funding sources. Through a partnership with GrantStation the League is able to provide this service at a discounted rate to its members.

Click here for the Agenda and Registration Form

Click here for information on a GrantStation membership.


March 15, 2016
RE: NJDEP Recreational Trails Program

Application deadline: May 15, 2016.

The NJDEP has announced that funding is available under the Recreational Trails Program. There are new application instructions, please review the 2016 Application Instructions document in its entirety.

Due to limited funds and an overwhelming amount of annual applicants, the program can only approve funding to approximately 30% of an applicant’s proposed projects.

Please visit NJDEP’s website for the Application Cover Letter, 2016 Application Instructions, 2016 RTP Grant Application, Program Requirements, Recreational Trails Program project evaluating factors, NEPA_NHPA Compliance Certification Form and RTP NEPA Environmental Evaluation Form.

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