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Municipal Grants

SCRCOG is proud to offer technical grant assistance and training as a regional service to our member municipalities through our partnership with consultants Juliet Burdelski and Renata Bertotti. Our partnership was created to offer assistance to each of our member municipalities as they navigate, locate, apply and ultimately execute currently available federal and state grant funding opportunities. This webpage is designed to showcase a sampling of services available at no cost for our SCRCOG member municipalities. Please explore what we are offering and contact us by using the technical assistance link provided below for further assistance.

Best Practices Checklist (BPC)

The grants administration best practices checklist (related to the establishment of general policies and procedures for management of grant related activities by a municipal entity) was prepared by SCRCOG consultants as a component of the two hybrid Municipal Grant Training Initiative sessions held in May and June of 2022. The BPC covers, in step-by-step fashion, project prioritization, grant application and management all the way through to the closing of the grant.

Access the Best Practices Checklist here

Municipal Grant Training Initiative Training Sessions 2022-2023

SCRCOG co-hosted grant training sessions throughout 2022 and will continue this effort in 2023. Past meetings featured guest speakers, best practices, and guidance for attendees. We offer recordings of these past sessions to download or view by clicking the links below.

Technical Assistance

SCRCOG consultants are available to help build local capacity for grant writing and administration through one-on- one technical assistance.  Technical assistance is offered at all levels of need from training for new staff to helping senior staff members make decisions about complex grants and funding opportunities.  Contact SCRCOG to request technical assistance.

Expertise is available in these areas and more:

  • Climate Change and Resilience
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Brownfields
  • Open Space Preservation
  • Transportation
  • Capital Projects
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Historic Preservation
  • Grant writing best practices
  • Grant application peer review
  • Federal Grants
  • State Grants
  • Foundation grants
  • Staffing Plans
  • Financial Reporting
  • Grant monitoring
  • Grant budgeting

Email Addresses:

Juliet Burdelski: [email protected]
Renata Bertotti: [email protected]
Carl Amento: [email protected]

Grant Opportunities Worksheet

Grant opportunities are abundant but determining which is appropriate for your project is often incredibly challenging. Our consultants have created the linked worksheet that includes a listing of current State and Federal grants they believe are most appropriate for the SCRCOG municipalities. The linked document provides a brief grant description, provides application deadlines, and offers a category of applicability (i.e., affordable housing, open space etc.).

Click here to explore these opportunities and download the worksheet.

Sample Documents: SCRCOG consultants have put together several sample documents that can be used as a framework for generating the necessary paperwork for supporting and processing grants. Use these to help with the administrative processing so that the grant can be executed effectively.

Select a link below to download the sample document.

Emerging Grant Opportunities

Below are emerging grant opportunities we’ve identified that may be applicable to the SCRCOG region. Please pay special attention to the requirements and application deadlines, which are highlighted. To view the full Notice of Funding Opportunity and details for each grant, please click on the hyperlinks included.

January 2024

CT Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Sub applicants for FEMA HMA and BRIC
The fiscal year 2023 funding opportunities for two FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs are now posted.  For this grant cycle, $800 million is available for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and the $1 billion is available to the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program.  The application period is open from October 16, 2023 – February 29, 2024.  Sub-applicants are encouraged to contact the state, territory, or tribal applicant as they may have earlier deadlines.

FEMA’s two competitive mitigation grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes and territories funding to address high-level future risks to natural disasters such as wildfires, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat, and increased flooding to foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster suffering.

Hazard Mitigation funding in Connecticut consists mainly of federal funds administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Application Deadline: February 29, 2024.
For more information go to:  https://portal.ct.gov/DEMHS/Emergency-Management/Resources-For-Officials/Hazard-Mitigation-and-Resiliency/Hazard-Mitigation-and-Resiliency 

DECD Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup grants
DECD’s Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD) has released the Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) for Round 19/BAR Round 4 Funding. NOFAs are available for the following programs:

OBRD will hold online presentations and Walk-In Question/Answer Hours via Microsoft Teams on January 17, 2024, January 24, 2024, January 31, 2024, and February 7, 2024. Please see the Announcement of Funding Availability for Round 19/BAR Round 4 for times, topics, and how to join. Questions regarding the NOFAs should be directed to [email protected] or 1.860.500.2395 by January 31, 2024.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024 at noon.
For more information go to: Announcement-Letter_Rd19_132024.pdf (ct.gov)

CT DEEP Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program

DEEP is currently seeking proposals for the Federal LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program. DEEP encourages interested parties to reach out at their earliest opportunity to begin a dialogue to address any questions. You may contact Cameron Clegg of the Land Acquisition and Management unit ([email protected]). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: March 01, 2024.

For more information: Visit CT.gov

CT DEEP Recreational Trails Grant

CTDEEP is now accepting proposals for the State’s Recreational Trails Program Grants. Authorized in the state budget, this grant round makes $10 million available, and applications will be accepted through March 11, 2024. Any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments, and tribal governments may apply. Connecticut Recreational Trails Program funds may be requested for uses including:

  • Planning and design of trails;
  • Construction of new trails (motorized and non-motorized);
  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails;
  • Acquisition of land or easements for a trail, or for trail corridors;
  • Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as related to recreational trails;
  • Increased access to trails for underserved communities;

Application Deadline: March 11, 2024.

For more information: Visit CT Recreational Trails

USDOT Bridge Investment Program-Planning and Implementation

FHWA is accepting applications for $9.7 billion in multi-year funding to improve the nation’s bridges through the competitive Bridge Investment Program’s “Planning” and “Bridge Project” categories, which fund bridge planning, repair, and replacement projects under $100 million. FHWA has provided a Bridge Project Application Template and Planning Grant Application Templateand highly encourages applicants to use the templates for their applications. FHWA plans to conduct outreach regarding the Bridge Investment Program “Planning” and “Bridge Project” grants via a virtual recorded webinar which will be available on FHWA’s website. Technical assistance is also available to recipients who receive Bridge Investment Program grants. 

Planning Application Deadline: February 19, 2024

Bridge Project Application Deadline: March 19, 2024.

For more information: Visit FHWA.DOT.gov

DEEP Urban Forest Equity Grant Program 

Through the Inflation Reduction Act, historic funding is available to state and local government entities, federally recognized tribes, and non-profit organizations to support urban forestry projects that will increase equitable access to trees and the benefits they provide in disadvantaged communities throughout Connecticut. Eligible projects include tree planting on private lands; engaging groups in urban forest planning and planting; urban forest planning and assessment; workforce development; invasive species management; urban wood utilization; extreme heat mitigation; and urban food forests. 

An informational and grant writing guidance session will be held on February 1, 2024 from 4:30-5:30PM; request to register by contacting  [email protected]. The Urban and Community Forestry Program also offers bi-weekly virtual office hours.  Questions about the grant will be accepted through February 21, 2024 at [email protected].

Application Deadline: April 17, 2024, at 5:00 PM.

For more information: Visit CT.gov

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental & Climate Justice Community Change Grant Program offers an unprecedented $2 billion in grants which will fund community-driven projects that aim to address climate challenges and reduce pollution. There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity.

  • Track I will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million – $20 million.
  • Track II will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million – $3 million.

Grants cannot exceed 3-years in duration.

Application Deadline: November 21, 2024.
For more information go to: grants.gov/search-results-detail/351071

December 2023

UConn Municipal Technical Assistance for Brownfields (TAB)
The Spring Municipal Assistance Program RFP through TAB is now open. This program is FREE and the deadline to apply is December 15th. The program provides free technical assistance to municipalities that are interested in pursuing brownfield funding. To apply, fill out the following form: https://tab.program.uconn.edu/map-requests-for-proposals/

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023.
For more information, please visit the UConn TAB Program webpage.

CT Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security: FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs
The fiscal year 2023 Notices of Funding Opportunities for two Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants are now available. For this grant cycle, $800 million is available for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and the $1 billion is available to the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program. The application period is open from October 16, 2023 to February 29, 2024. Sub-applicants are encouraged to contact the state,
as territory or tribal applicant may have earlier deadlines. FEMA’s two competitive mitigation grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes
and territories funding to address high-level future risks to natural disasters such as wildfires, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat, and increased flooding to foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster suffering.

Application Deadline: February 29, 2024.
For more information visit the CT DEMHS webpage.

November 2023

AID Demonstration Program

Are you looking to deploy an innovation on a highway project and need funding to offset the costs?  The Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration provides incentive funds to eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation. AID Demonstration funds can be used in any phase of a highway transportation project between project planning and project delivery, including planning, finance, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction.

This is a multi-year NOFO, and the first solicitation period (for “FY 23”) is now open from October 24, 2023 to January 23, 2024.  The “FY 24” solicitation period will quickly follow—from February 27, 2024 to May 28, 2024.  The NOFO will also cover FY 25 and FY 26. The 2023-2026 AID Demonstration will make up to $10 million in grants in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 and $12.5 million FYs 2024 through FY 2026. The FHWA will host an external webinar to overview the program on November 20, 2023 from 3 – 4 PM ET. You can register here: https://events.gcc.teams.microsoft.com/event/8ef5041e-98fd-4935-9059-da51457af215@c4cd245b-44f0-4395-a1aa-3848d258f78b

Application Deadline: January 23, 2024.

For more information, please visit the FHWA Innovation Grants webpage.

CT DECD Community Investment Fund (CIF) Grants (Round 4)

The Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) is administrating the fourth round of the Community Investment Fund 2030. CIF provides funding for a variety of capital improvement and small business support projects. Eligible projects can be viewed in the Notice of Funding Availability.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023 at Noon.

More information can be found on the Community Investment Fund 2030 webpage.

Clean School Bus Program Rebates

The EPA is offering a Clean School Bus Rebate Program to eligible entities to subsidize the purchase of a zero-emission (ZE) or clean school bus, eligible infrastructure, and other costs, including workforce training, that meet the requirements of the program. Rebates allow selectees to receive awarded funds before purchasing the buses and associated infrastructure listed in their application. Eligible entities include public school districts and third parties.

The EPA plans to award at least $500 million through this rebate competition. For more information, please visit https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/clean-school-bus-program-rebates

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024, before 4 PM.

Indoor Air Quality Grant Program

Make sure your school district doesn’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for the HVAC Indoor Air Quality Grant Program administered by the Department of Administrative Services. Below are links to a few resources to support your school districts in applying for the grant program:

October 2023

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced the availability of approximately $13.4 million in competitive grant funds through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. The funding will support local planning and investment near transit hubs to promote sustainable, livable, and equitable communities.

The Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning will help fund comprehensive or site-specific planning efforts that advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals to lower costs for American families, combat climate change, and promote equitable delivery of benefits to underserved communities. Special consideration will be given to applications that improve air quality, advance environmental justice, support unhoused populations, and promote housing affordability. This year, applications for areas with a lower population density or lower average income compared to surrounding areas will receive a higher federal funding share. Additionally, applications with a substantial focus on affordable housing may receive up to 100% federal cost share support.

Application Deadline: October 10, 2023.

More information can be found on the Federal Transit Administration’s webpage.

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is accepting applications for the second years of its SMART Grants Program. This SMART Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will accept applications for Stage 1 Planning and Prototyping grants. During Stage 1, the SMART program seeks to fund innovation aimed at solving real-world transportation problems and focused on building data and technology capacity and experience for State, local, and Tribal governments. The program also recognizes that many public sector transportation agencies face challenges finding the resources and personnel to leverage new technologies; so, the program builds in the time and support to enable successful deployment.

The funding opportunity is open to public sector entities seeking to carry out transportation projects that demonstrate at least one of the following technology areas:

  • Coordinated automation
  • Connected vehicles
  • Sensors
  • Systems integration
  • Delivery/logistics
  • Innovative aviation
  • Smart grid
  • Traffic signals

Application Deadline: October 10, 2023.

More information can be found on the SMART Grants Program website.

Exploring Office-to-Residential Conversions

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has announced a new funding opportunity to study recent efforts to convert downtown office buildings to properties with residential units since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vacant office buildings coupled with a crisis of affordable housing have recently spurred efforts among city leaders to jointly address these issues through incentives and flexibilities that allow for the conversion of vacant office buildings for residential use. Research supported by this NOFO will compile case studies of conversion projects that have taken place since the start of the pandemic, improve understanding of the financing limitations associated with conversions and the policy reforms and subsidies that can make projects more economically viable, propose metrics to evaluate conversions on housing affordability and other outcomes, and develop a guide for local leaders and practitioners.

HUD will award up to $860,000 under this NOFO. Submitted research proposals must describe how the knowledge generated under the proposed project will contribute to understanding the federal, state, or local policies and programs designed to address office-to-residential conversions.

Application Deadline: October 12, 2023.

More information can be found on Grants.gov.

Do we want to include grants that are very specific to only some municipalities? I.e., “2022-2023 Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) National Grants”? Deadline is 12/1/23

HVAC Indoor Air Quality Grants for Public Schools

In 2022, Governor Lamont signed legislation establishing a new grant program to encourage public school districts to install, replace, or upgrade, their heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This program addresses school facilities’ needs and repairs for improved ventilation and indoor air quality to support healthy learning environments in districts and schools. The application for FY24 grants is open now. Eligible applicants include local boards of education, regional boards of education, and regional education service centers.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023.

More information can be found on CT.gov

NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

Approximately $575 million is available for projects that build the resilience of coastal communities to extreme weather (e.g., hurricanes and storm surge) and other impacts of climate change, including sea level rise and drought. Funding was made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act, a historic, federal government-wide investment that is advancing NOAA’s efforts to build Climate-Ready CoastsThe focus of this grant program is on collaborative approaches to achieving resilience in coastal regions. Proposed projects should address risk reduction, regional collaboration, and equity, and build enduring capacity for adaptation.

Full Application Deadline: February 13, 2024.

More information can be found on NOAA’s website.

CPRG Implementation Grants

The EPA has announced two competitions for CPRG implementation grants – a general competition for applications from states, municipalities, tribes, tribal consortia, and territories, and a competition only for tribes, tribal consortia, and territories. These competitions are open to entities that received planning grants to develop Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) under phase 1 of the CPRG program, as well as entities that did not directly receive a planning grant that are applying for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP. Eligible applicants may only apply for funding to implement measures contained in an applicable PCAP. An optional Notice of Intent to Apply is due to [email protected] by February 1, 2024.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024.

More information and the Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found on the EPA’s website.

Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services

ADS has been awarded $10 million in funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that will be used to support upgrades and enhancements at senior centers statewide in Connecticut.  The state is designating $9 million of this funding to be distributed to municipalities. The municipalities can use the funding to support upgrades at their local senior centers through:

  • Facility improvements, which can cover a variety of capital improvements, including air and HVAC systems, lighting, accessibility features, vehicle acquisition, maintenance, and repurposing; and
  • Programming, which can include the acquisition of program registration software, web design renovation capability, extended senior center hours, special or focused entertainment or programming, while also encompassing expanded staff hours to support those programs, when applicable.

To obtain funding, municipalities must develop a plan and submit it, along with an application, to the Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services’ Unit on Aging.

Application Deadline: June 2024

More information for municipal officials is available online at portal.ct.gov/ADS-SeniorCenterARPA.