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New GIS Funding Opportunities for Spring 2016

March 15, 2016

Some great new spring funding opportunities in the GIS world were just published on the Grants.gov website. We republished a few of them here, so feel free to take a look and share with your colleagues. If you know of any new opportunities you’d like to share with our readers, send us a message at info@fulcrumapp.com.


U.S. Transportation Announces $500 Million in Eighth Round of TIGER Funding, April 29, 2016 — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. More information can be found here

Department of Homeland Security Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Preparedness Grants — Secretary of Homeland Security announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Notices of Funding Opportunity for ten DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on implementation of an all-of-nation, whole-community approach to the building, sustainment, and delivery of those core capabilities essential to achieving a secure and resilient nation. More information about the announcement and Funding Announcements can be found on the DHS website.

Water Resources

Watershed Funding Resources from EPA — The Environmental Protection Agency has created a website to provide tools, databases, and information about sources of funding for practitioners to protect watersheds. Go here to check out the opportunity.

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, March 14, 2016 — EPA has awarded the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. $3.75 million over six years to support the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. The program’s focus is to accelerate the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. The Endowment is matching EPA’s award dollar-for-dollar and will seek to engage other public and private partners in the Consortium. See the Opportunities and Grants section for information on how to apply under the new Healthy Watersheds Grants RFP that runs until March 14. View the website here.


2016 TRI University Challenge, March 27, 2016 — EPA is challenging the academic community to find innovative ways to use Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities, manufacturers, and government. Both students and professors are eligible to submit project ideas ranging from one semester to multi-year research projects or coursework. The goal is to increase the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data and related information, and how they can be used to advance environmental and public health protection. Partners will receive direct non-monetary support from EPA’s TRI staff experts, and, depending on the outcome of their project, may receive national recognition for their project as well as speaking opportunities at conferences and events. Sample project ideas and evaluation criteria are posted on the 2016 TRI University Challenge website. Submit your TRI University Challenge application by March 27, 2016.


DOE State Energy Program 2016 Competitive Awards, $5 million, March 31, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a funding opportunity announcement designed to increase funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, communications and outreach activities, and access to new partnerships and resources. DOE is seeking projects involved in state energy planning, opportunities for innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy practices, and technical assistance to advance clean energy activities. For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA 2016 Environmental Education Grants Program, April 8, 2016 — EPA is looking to support locally-focused environmental education (EE) projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. Projects should promote environmental stewardship and help develop informed, knowledgeable and responsible citizens in the community(ies) in which the project is located. From this Request for Proposals (RFP), EPA expects to award up to three grants from each of the EPA ‘s 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. The award amount for each of these grants will be approximately, but no more than, $91,000. More information can be found from the full announcement


WCS Climate Adaptation Fund 2016 Request For Proposals, April 8, 2016 — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to announce the next round of grantmaking through the Climate Adaptation Fund. Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. To apply: Read the 2016 Request for Proposals, review the Applicant Guidance Document and submit a completed WCS Pre-proposal Application using the online application form.

Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services, Due April 21, 2016 — EPA through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for collaborative, community-based research that will foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being. Specifically, this research should examine how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices. It should also develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems. See here for more information.

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, April 18, 2016 — The U.S. Department of the Treasury ‘s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) opened the fiscal year 2016 funding round for the Community Development Financial Institutions Program. The deadline for submission of the CDFI Program applications in AMIS is Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET. The CDFI Fund strongly encourages all materials to be submitted at least three days before each corresponding deadline (Grants.gov and AMIS). The last day the CDFI Fund will be answering questions about the FY 2016 application round is Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm ET.

Fish, Wildlife, and Forestry

2017 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program, June 17, 2016 — The U.S. Forest service has announced the 2017 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP). The Request for Proposals addresses the following priority issues: Developing a National Urban Forestry Funding Assessment and Methodology and Understand Urban Forest Ecosystem/Ecological Services. More information can be found at the National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council website.

FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, $17 million, June 29, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced funding to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal states through competitive matching grants to state agencies. Ranking criteria for proposals include describing how the proposed project addresses climate change concerns, how it will be affected by climate change impacts, and references to any relevant plans and models. For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


Community Engineering Corps Can Assist with Underserved Community Needs — The Community Engineering Corps® (CE Corps) combines the strengths of three allied organizations — American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders USA — to assist underserved communities in meeting their infrastructure needs and improving the quality of life for each of the communities ‘ members. To get a project started: 1. Visit the CE Corps website for FAQs, application instructions, and additional information; 2. Complete and submit the Community Application here.