Open funding opportunities – see what’s new this week!

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This post is updated weekly. To find additional OPEN opportunities, which may have tight deadlines, or to see past funding announcements, visit the Funding Opportunities thread in the Forum [members only].

  • New! EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants to support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants (5 per EPA region) of up to $30,000 each. These grants are for one-year projects. Read more on the FY2019 EJ Small Grants RFP webpage.
  • New! Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages: A funding opportunity (FR-6200-N-23) from the Office of Native American Programs for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages. The ICDBG program’s purpose is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and creating economic opportunities, primarily for persons with low and moderate incomes. A total of 75 awards will be made for a minimum of $500K, and a maximum of $4M.  View additional info, the ONAP Codetalk website, and the national training/webinarApply here. Applications are due January 7, 2019.
  • Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Technical Assistance and Grant Program: The This program will provide tailored technical assistance for eleven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans. Grantee communities will work closely with staff at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership from February through September 2019 to develop action plans aimed at improving safe, equitable access to local parks in their communities. Read more in the forum and grant website. Deadline: December 10, 2018.
  • The KidsGardening Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities since 1982. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. KidsGardening education specialists will select 25 programs based on program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will receive award packages valued at $2100, and 20 programs will receive awards valued at $500. Deadline: December 17, 2018. Read more and apply here.
  • New! The Food and Farm Core Grants Program is the central offering of the Food and Farm Communications Fund, awarding targeted communications support to community-based nonprofit organizations and grassroots networks working to advance systemic and cultural change across our food and farm systems. We’ve set our sights on building power and shifting narratives, and are looking to support organizations vested in the long view, with equity and resilience as central pillars of their vision. Deadline for Letters of Interest: December 28, 2018 at 5pm CT. Read more and apply here.
  • The Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. Cities of Service knows that many cities are involving citizens in creative and effective ways, including civic tech, data analysis, impact volunteering, and more. These cities are combining the reach of City Hall with the on-the-ground knowledge of citizens to solve public problems. The Engaged Cities Award is open to cities with populations of 30,000+ in the Americas and Europe. Cities of Service, along with an esteemed group of experts, will choose three winning cities. Each winner will receive a minimum of $50,000 and be announced as part of the Engaged Cities Award Summit in fall 2019. Read about rules and eligibility and more info on the grant website. Deadline: January 18, 2019.
  • Carton 2 Garden Contest: Evergreen Packaging and are proud to present their fifth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Entries due March 25, 2019. For more information about award packages and to find out how to get started, click here.
  • Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) Grants: To assist states in helping schools and child care programs address lead in drinking water, Congress appropriated $20 million for fiscal year 2018.  The funding priority of this grant is to provide grants to states to help assist schools and child care programs to test for lead contamination in drinking water, utilizing the EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools guidance, or equivalent program. Submit letters of intent to EPA by January 11, 2019. Detailed information sheet is attached. Also, click here to learn more.
  • TSET Healthy Incentive Grants – This program promotes wellness by offering grants to schools, school districts and local communities that adopt health-promoting policies and strategies. They are designed to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles. Read more here about program parameters.
  • Shade Structure Grant Program: The American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. Since its launch in 2000, the program has awarded 368 shade structure grants. The structures supported by the program provide shade for more than 880,000 individuals each day. No Deadline. For more information, click here.

If you know of an open funding opportunity that may be of interest to the OK In the Know community, tell us about it! Post a comment below, add it to the Funding Opportunities thread in the Forum [members only] or contact us.


  1. Since the funding opportunities thread is no longer receiving new posts, here is one:

    2017 Community Change Micro Grants
    Deadline: Applications are due by November 10th at 5pm Eastern

    America Walks is “extending a round of community change micro grants to individuals and communities interested in improving the public sphere for walking or helping to make walking more commonplace. The program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking.”


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