31 Aug 2023

Grants & Funding Opportunities | September 2023

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The Economic & Community Development Office at ECG has put together a selection of grants and funding opportunities to assist communities in obtaining essential resources for advancing current industries and attracting new businesses. We have compiled a list of funding options that are tailored to your specific requirements, which you can find below. Our featured opportunities this month are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development

Deadline: December 7, 2023

Type: Grant

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI’s Education and Workforce Development program areas to support:.

Only projects that fall into one or more of the below categories will be eligible for award:

  • Professional development opportunities for K-14 educational professionals
  • Non-formal education that cultivates food and agricultural interest in youth
  • Workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges
  • Training of undergraduate students in research and extension
  • Fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

PRO Housing: Pathways to Removing Obstacles

Deadline: October 31, 2023

Type: Grant

Communities nationwide are suffering from a lack of affordable housing, and housing production is not meeting the increasing demand for accessible and available units in many urban and rural areas, particularly areas of high opportunity.

Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing (PRO Housing) supports communities that are actively taking steps to remove barriers to affordable housing, such as:

  • Barriers caused by outdated zoning, land use policies, or regulations;
  • Inefficient procedures;
  • Gaps in available resources for development;
  • Deteriorating or inadequate infrastructure;
  • Lack of neighborhood amenities; or
  • Challenges to preserving existing housing stock such as increasing threats from natural hazards, redevelopment pressures, or expiration or affordability requirements.

Grantees may use awards to further develop, evaluate, and implement housing policy plans, improve housing strategies, and facilitate affordable housing production and preservation. Eligible applicants are local and state governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and multijurisdictional entities.


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