#FundingFriday: Federal Grants Supporting Community Development Projects

This week’s edition of Funding Friday highlights a batch of federal grant opportunities designated for community development – from historic land preservation to housing and homelessness. Click here for a full list of new opportunities across all categories.

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Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant- American Battlefield Protection Program

Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Current Closing Date for Applications: June 30, 2019

The National Park Service (NPS) makes available funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to help States and local communities acquire and preserve threatened Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War Battlefields. The Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants (BLAG) are administered by the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) and awarded through a competitive process. Each grant requires a dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match. Grants are available to purchase 1) land in fee simple or 2) permanent, protective interests in land (easements) at battlefields listed in the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission’s (CWSAC) 1993 Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields or the 2007 Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States (Reports).


Veterans Cemetery Grants Program

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA National Cemetery Administration

Current Closing Date for Applications: July 1, 2019 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Cemetery Grants Program was established in 1978 to complement VA’s National Cemetery Administration. The program assists states, territories and federally recognized tribal governments in providing gravesites for Veterans in those areas where VA’s national cemeteries cannot fully satisfy their burial needs. Grants may be used only for the purpose of establishing, expanding or improving Veterans cemeteries that are owned and operated by a state, federally recognized tribal government, or U.S. territory.


Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Current Closing Date for Applications: January 7, 2019

The purpose of the ICDBG program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low and moderate incomes as defined in 24 CFR 1003.4.


AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY2019

Corporation for National and Community Service

Current Closing Date for Applications: January 30, 2019 

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.


Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Homeless Management Information System Capacity Building Project

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Current Closing Date for Applications: January 31, 2019

This NOFA makes available [$5,000,000] for competitive grants to existing Continuum of Care (CoC) Program recipients to improve their CoCs’ Homeless Management Information Systems. A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is the information system designated by the Continuum of Care (CoC) to comply with the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11301 et seq.) (the McKinney-Vento Act), and 24 CFR part 578. HMIS is used to record, analyze, and transmit client and activity data for purposes of providing shelter, housing, and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.