Federal Government Funding

Note: This list is not exhaustive; there will inevitably be things that we miss. If you know of any funding sources that we've missed, please let us know!
US Department of Agriculture
Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
Housing & Urban Development
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
US Treasury

Community Facilities Program
Community Programs, a division of the Rural Housing Service, is part of the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development mission area. Community Programs administers programs designed to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include schools, libraries, childcare, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation.

Farmland Protection Program
This program provides funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farmland in agricultural uses. Working through existing programs, USDA joins with state, tribal, or local governments to acquire conservation easements or other interests from landowners.

Rural Business Opportunity Grants (USDA/Rural Business-Cooperative Service)
This program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs.

Rural Development, Forestry, and Communities (USDA/Forest Service):
The purpose of this program is to help rural areas analyze and assess forest resource opportunities, review, and maximize their local economic potential, and diversify their economic base. Contacts: Regional or Local Office, 202-205-1657,

Water Quality Special Research Grants Program
Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, 202-401-5971
This purpose of this program is to identify and resolve agriculture-related degradation of water quality. Eligible proposals will provide watershed-based information that can be used to assess sources of water quality impairment in targeted watersheds; develop and/or recommend options for continued improvement of water quality in targeted watersheds; and evaluate the relative costs and benefits associated with cleanup to all responsible sectors (e.g., farming, processing, urban runoff, municipal waste treatments).

Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program
Natural Resources Conservation Service, 202-720-3534
This program provides technical and financial assistance to address resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis. Projects related to watershed protection, flood prevention, water supply, water quality, erosion and sediment control, wetland creation and restoration, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, and public recreation are eligible for assistance.

Wetlands Reserve Program
Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, 202-690-0848
This voluntary program provides landowners with financial incentives to restore and protect wetlands in exchange for retiring marginal agricultural land.
Army Corps of Engineers
Flood Hazard Mitigation and Riverine Ecosystem Restoration Program
Army Corps of Engineers Planning Division, 202-761-0115
Informally known as Challenge 21, this watershed-based program focuses on identifying sustainable solutions to flooding problems by examining nonstructural solutions in flood-prone areas, while retaining traditional measures where appropriate. The program will create a framework for more effective federal coordination of flood programs and will create partnerships with communities to develop solutions to flooding problems. Eligible projects will meet the dual purpose of flood hazard mitigation and riverine ecosystem restoration.
Environmental Protection Agency
Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots
Superfund Hotline, 800-424-9346
This program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and sustainable reuse brownfields.

Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Pilots
Outreach and Special Projects Staff, 202-260-4039
This initiative is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainable reuse brownfields.

Capitalization Grants for Clean Water State Revolving Funds (EPA/Office of Wastewater Management)
EPA Office of Wastewater Management, SRF Branch, Municipal Support Division, 202-260-7360
EPA awards grants to states to capitalize their Clean Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRFs). The states, through the CWSRF, make loans for high-priority water quality activities. As loan recipients make payments back into the fund, money is available for new loans to be issued to other recipients.

Climate Change and Transportation/Air Quality
This program provides assistance to tribal, state, local, and multi-state agencies to develop innovative proposals for demonstration projects that will yield measurable reductions in vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gases, and/or criteria air pollutants in a coordinated fashion at the community level.

Clean Air Transportation Communities
(734) 214-4205
This program provides funding for state, local, multi-state, and tribal agencies involved with climate change and transportation/air quality issues, for pilot projects that have a high potential to spur innovations in the reduction of transportation-related emissions and vehicle miles traveled at the local level and throughout the United States. EPA is particularly interested in projects that incorporate smart growth efforts that reduce transportation-related emissions.

Ecosystem Protection Program
Office of Ecosystem Protection, Region 8, 303-312-6312
The Ecosystems Protection Program, located in the Office of Ecosystems Protection and Remediation, seeks to integrate a variety of EPA programs. This approach is aimed at achieving ecosystem protection goals. The program stresses formation of partnerships with states, other federal agencies and communities to achieve collaborative goal setting.

Environmental Education Grants Program
EPA Office of Environmental Education, 202-260-8619
The purpose of these grants is to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Projects must focus on one of the following: (1) improving environmental education teaching skills; (2) educating teachers, students, or the public about human health problems; (3) building state, local, or tribal government capacity to develop environmental education programs; (4) educating communities through community-based organization; or (5) educating the public through print, broadcast, or other media.

Environmental Justice Grants to Small Community Groups
EPA Office of Environmental Justice, 202- 564-2515
This grant program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations and tribal governments to support projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate practices, methods, or techniques related to environmental justice on the local level. Grants may be used for (1) education and awareness programs, (2) environmental justice programs (e.g., river monitoring and pollution prevention), (3) technical assistance in accessing available public information, and (4) technical assistance with gathering and interpreting existing environmental justice data.

Environmental Justice Through Pollution Prevention Grants Program
EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Pollution Prevention Division, 703-841-0483
This program provides financial assistance to low-income and people-of-color communities to implement pollution prevention activities. Projects funded under this grant program may involve public education, training, demonstration projects, and public or private partnerships, as well as approaches to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate non-regulatory strategies and technologies.

Five-Star Restoration Program
202- 260-8076
This program provides challenge grants for restoration projects that involve multiple and diverse partners, including local government agencies, elected officials, community groups, businesses, schools, and environmental organizations. Its objective is to engage five or more partners in each project to contribute funding, land, technical assistance, workforce support or other in-kind services that match the program's funding assistance.

Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants
EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Nonpoint Source Control Branch, 202-260-7100
The 319 program provides formula grants to the states and tribes to implement nonpoint source projects and programs in accordance with Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Nonpoint source pollution reduction projects can be used to protect source water areas and the general quality of water resources in a watershed.

Superfund Technical Assistance Grants for Citizen Groups at Priority Sites
Office of Emergency & Remedial Response Community Involvement & Outreach Center, 703-603-8889
This program provides funds to community groups so they can hire technical advisors who assist the groups in interpreting technical information concerning the assessment of potential hazards and selection and design of appropriate remedies at sites eligible for cleanup under the Superfund Program. Funds can be used at sites listed or proposed for the National Priorities List (NPL) where cleanup is under way.

Water Quality Cooperative Agreements
Barry Benroth, 202-260-9545
Grants are provided to support the creation of unique and new approaches to meeting stormwater, sanitary sewer, combined sewer outflows, biosolids, and pretreatment requirements, as well as enhancing state capabilities. Eligible projects include research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies related to the causes, effects, extent, and prevention of water pollution.

Watershed Assistance Grants
EPA selected the River Network to coordinate and administer the Watershed Assistance Grants Program. The purpose of this program is to provide small grants to local watershed partnerships to support their organizational development and long-term effectiveness.
Federal Highway Administration
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)
CMAQ projects focus on the connection between transportation and air quality, and allows metropolitan areas in non-attainment or maintenance status to find creative ways to simultaneously meet air quality and mobility goals, thus improving a community's livability and quality of life. Most CMAQ funds to date have been used for new and enhanced transit services and to improve traffic flow in heavily developed, congested areas.

Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot Program
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This program provides funding for planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and address the relationship between transportation and community and system preservation. States, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations are eligible for discretionary grants to plan and implement strategies that improve the efficiency of the transportation system, reduce environmental impacts of transportation, reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure investments, ensure efficient access to jobs, services and centers of trade, and examine development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development patterns which achieve these goals.

Transportation Enhancements Program
Transportation enhancements are transportation-related activities that are designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the Nation's intermodal transportation system. The transportation enhancements program provides for the implementation of a variety of non-traditional projects, with examples ranging from the restoration of historic transportation facilities, to bike and pedestrian facilities, to landscaping and scenic beautification, and to the mitigation of water pollution from highway runoff.
Federal Transit Administration
Joint Development Policy and Funding Opportunities
FTA grantees may use FTA financial assistance for joint development projects that are physically or functionally related to transit or that increase transit ridership in a transportation corridor. Such projects may include disposing of land for nearby real estate development, preparing land for development, providing enhanced access, and developing on-site community services such as dependent care, health care, public safety, or commercial conveniences.

New Starts
The purpose of this program is to increase the capacity of public transportation systems. Projects eligible for FTA Section 5309 New Starts funding include any fixed guideway system that uses and occupies a separate right-of-way, or rail line, for the exclusive use of mass transportation and other high occupancy vehicles, or uses a fixed catenary system and a right-of-way usable by other forms of transportation. This includes, but is not limited to, rapid rail, light rail, commuter rail, automated guideway transit, people movers, and exclusive facilities for buses (such as bus rapid transit) and other high occupancy vehicles.

Transit Capital Investment Grants
This programs funds: (1) new rail or bus systems; (2) improvements to, or maintenance of, existing rail and other fixed guideway systems; and (3) bus system upgrading.

Urbanized and Non-Urbanized Area Formula Grants
The Urbanized Area Formula Grants Program provides funding for transit capital projects, such as buses, and for operating expenses to urbanized areas with a population of 50,000 or more. Funds are apportioned by a formula based on population, population density, and other factors associated with transit service and ridership.
Housing & Urban Development
Community Development Block Grant Program
The purpose of this program is to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to vulnerable populations, and to create jobs and expand business opportunities. CDBG is an important tool to help local governments tackle the most serious challenges facing their communities.

Empowerment Zones Program
This initiative assists inner city residents and businesses to address local issues. The program encourages the transformation of vacant lots or abandoned buildings into new business complexes and affordable housing.
Coastal Program (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
This program focuses efforts in bays, estuaries, and watersheds around the US coastline. The purpose of the program is to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats to support healthy coastal ecosystems. The Service provides funding through the program to 15 high-priority coastal ecosystems.

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act Program (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
The purpose of this program is to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands of coastal states and the Trust Territories.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants to States
Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Recreation Programs, 202-565-1200
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) uses offshore oil leasing revenues to support the creation of state and local park and recreation areas that guarantee perpetual public outdoor recreation opportunities. LWCF grant funds may be used for state planning and for the acquisition and development of state and local facilities that provide active and/or passive recreation opportunities.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Program (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
Department of the Interior, 703-358-2201
This program, through partnerships with conservation groups and federal/state/tribal/local government agencies, provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in voluntarily restoring or otherwise improving native habitats for fish and wildlife on their lands. In addition, the program focuses on restoring former and degraded wetlands, native grasslands, stream and riparian areas, and other habitats to conditions as natural as feasible.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Coastal Services Center Cooperative Agreements or
To help in building capabilities throughout the nation to address pressing issues of coastal health and change by conserving coastal environments and promoting efficient and sustainable commercial and residential development.

Coastal Zone Management Administration/Implementation Awards
301-713-3155, ext. 195
This program assists states in implementing and enhancing Coastal Zone Management (CZM) programs that have been approved by the Secretary of Commerce. Funds are available for projects in areas such as coastal wetlands management and protection, natural hazards management, public access improvements, reduction of marine debris, assessment of impacts of coastal growth and development, special area management planning, regional management issues, and demonstration projects with potential to improve coastal zone management.
Bank Enterprise Award Program
The purpose of this program is to encourage insured depository institutions to increase their level of community development activities in the form of loans, investments, services and technical assistance within distressed communities and to provide assistance to community development financial institution's through grants, stock purchases, loans, deposits, and other forms of financial and technical assistance. The program rewards participating insured depository institutions for increasing their activities in economically distressed communities and investing in community development financial institutions.