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Grant Opportunities Journal

U.S. Soccer Foundation: Safe Place to Play Grants — Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: synthetic turf, lighting, irrigation, and sport court. Multi-sport field projects are eligible for funding, but such fields must be used a majority of the time for soccer. The U.S. Soccer Foundation can award grants for either indoor or outdoor field projects. Safe Places to Play grantees have between 12 and 18 months from the date of the award announcement to use their funding. Letter of interest is due by Feb. 3. Community organizations can also apply for the summer or fall grant cycle. More information is available online.

National Creative Placemaking Fund Grants — ArtPlace America has $9.5 million available for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. Applicants will need to register in the ArtPlace Fluxx system by Feb. 14 and then submit their project by Feb. 22. More information is available online.

CommunityWINS Grant Program — The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation, has announced a call for nominations for the 2017 CommunityWINS grant program. This program focuses on accelerating neighborhood revitalization, economic development and job creation in municipalities across the country. USCM member cities can nominate up to three eligible nonprofit initiatives to address neighborhood stabilization, economic development or job creation. Applications are due by March 17, 2017. More information is available online.

Water Infrastructure Funding — The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) provides low-interest loans and loan guarantees for large water infrastructure projects of national or regional significance, which includes projects of at least $20 million or $5 million for communities serving less than 25,000 people. The Notice of Funding Availability solicits letters of interest from prospective borrowers, outlines the process that prospective borrowers must follow to be considered for WIFIA credit assistance, and establishes relative weights for the selection criteria. EPA is hosting two webinars on Feb. 9 and March 7 for prospective borrowers. Letter of interest due April 10.

Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects — The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grant funds for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts or where applicants can point to indicators of need. The department seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access and foster self-sufficiency for individuals and low-income families. Applications are due by April 28, 2017. More information is available online.

EDA: Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs — Through its Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs, the U.S. Economic Development Administration works with recipients to create development plans and studies. The Planning program supports organizations with investments designed to guide the creation of high-quality jobs in economically distressed regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of organizations to undertake projects that contribute to effective economic development programs. Applications accepted on a continuing basis. More information is available online.

KRESGE Foundation art and culture grant — The Kresge Foundation is offering grants through its Arts and Culture Program for institutions in any sector that have a stake in and are located in a low-income, community, and to nonprofit community partners, nonprofit artist collaboratives and government entities. Support is provided for cross-sector/cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts and culture into local systems. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. More information is available online.

White House Smart Cities Initiative — The White House Announced more than $80 million in new federal investment and a doubling of participating communities in the Smart Cities Initiative. These new investments and collaborations will help cities of all sizes address climate issues, transportation, public safety and city services. More information is available online.

Rural broadband and economic development funding — $32 million in loans and grants that will promote economic development and provide access to broadband in rural communities across America. With this new funding, USDA is investing in 86 projects through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, Intermediary Relending Program, Rural Business Development Grant Program, and Community Connect program

The Big Jump Project — The Big Jump focuses on making bikes a key component to the places where people live, learn, work and play. Through a mix of on-the-ground infrastructure, outreach and community engagement, The Big Jump will partner with community leaders in the U.S. to identify opportunities for improvements specifically tailored to each community’s needs. The goal is also to demonstrate that if a city does all the right things, more people will ride bikes and the community will be a better place to live, work and play. The Big Jump team will select ten communities between now and 2020. More information is available online.

Missouri Main Street Connection Grants — Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of the costs — Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places, and Strategic Teams Engaging Places. These grant programs provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information about these programs.

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs — Grants made under these programs will 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 the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), the Economic Development Administration (EDA) solicits applications from communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. The deadline is rolling.