April Resource Bulletin

Funding & Technical Assistance
AARP Community Challenge Grant Program 
Deadline: April 17 – more info here
AARP is now accepting applications for its Community Challenge grant program. In 2019 the grant program will provide funds for community-based “quick-action” projects related to housing, transportation, smart cities, and public spaces. The goal is to spark change and build momentum to improve livability for people of all ages. Applications are due by April 17, 2019  and projects must be completed by November 4, 2019. More information and applications can be found here.
Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Funding
For FY 2019, $85 million is available for projects relating to the purchase of zero or low emission transit vehicles and the facilities needed to support those vehicles. Prior rounds of funding have included non-metro projects.  FTA grant recipients are eligible to apply by May 14, 2019. The agency will hold a webinar on April 11, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Mtn Time. Webinar registration is available here.
USDA Funding to Spur Economic Development in Rural Communities
Deadline: June 5 – more info here
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities. The grants are being made available through USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Program in order to strengthen the rural economy. Qualified intermediary organizations receiving RCDI grants will provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility, or economic development projects. USDA also encourages applications that will support efforts to combat substance use disorders, including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities by strengthening their capacity to address prevention, treatment, and/or recovery needs.
Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling
Funding Available to offset international business development and marketing costs
These grants are for current and aspiring Colorado exporters in the Advanced Industries who are looking to offset international business development and marketing costs. Grants are available for up to $15,000 for eligible costs for small and medium-sized AI businesses in aerospace, infrastructure engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy and natural resources, bioscience, electronics, and technology and information.  Grants can be used to help cover the costs of trade missions and trade shows, translation services for a contract or official document, intellectual property protection, conducting due diligence or credit reviews on potential buyers or distributors, and production and design of international marketing materials. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. First year grant applicants will be given preference during the application review process. Projects and/or activities must be finished by June 1, 2019. More info here. 
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EPA Office of Community Revitalization’s Strategies for Food Systems,
Health, and Economic Development. EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization has developed strategies and programs that assist communities’ efforts to take stock of their assets, identify visions for growth that supports a better environment and healthy living. Through this webinar you’ll hear how EPA collaborates with communities to grow their economies and improve the environment.
Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Preference will be given to projects that achieve more than one of the following program priorities: conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and recreation. Pre-proposals are due April 17, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 27, 2019. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2019 Request for Proposals.
Support grant program is available for local law enforcement agencies to engage mental health professionals who can provide on-scene response services to support peace officers’ handling of persons with mental health disorders, and counseling services to peace officers. Applications will be reviewed in the order of receipt with a date and time stamp on each application. Deadline: April 30. For more information on the program, Click Here.