External Grants and Opportunities

External Grants and Opportunities

Below you will find grants and other funding opportunities from outside agencies and organizations across the country. The listings have been broken out into Federal Opportunities and External Opportunities. Annual opportunities that have yet to open or opportunities that do not yet have deadlines are listed as TBA. Have an opportunity you think should be listed here? Email us at info@nc4mm.org!

Federal Opportunities

US DOT Navigator

The DOT Navigator is a new resource to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants, and to plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services. Whether it’s the first time you’re applying for a DOT grant or you’re looking for more technical details and guidance, the DOT Navigator can help get you started. 

This site will evolve over time. Its pages provide general information to develop grant applications and understand frequently required documents, contacts to DOT regional and field offices, and a searchable menu of technical assistance resources available to help new and repeat grantees to realize their communities’ vision for moving goods and people safely, efficiently, sustainable, and equitably. 

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program
Application closes: October 10, 2023
The SMART program was established to provide grants to eligible public sector agencies to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety. 

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
Deadline: October 10
Earlier this month, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $13 million in grants that can help communities address homelessness through transit planning. The Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning aims to improve public transportation by providing funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning with a new fixed guideway or core capacity transit capital investment.

Thriving Communities Program
LOIs due: November 15, 2023
TCP provides technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support to teams of community partners that may lack the staffing or technical expertise to scope, fund, and develop infrastructure projects that advance broader community goals. TCP will provide 2 years of deep-dive assistance and 3 years of facilitated peer learning support to selected communities to help them plan and develop a pipeline of comprehensive transportation, housing, and community revitalization activities. There is no cost to receive this support. Interested applicants must identify community partners and together submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) via DOT webform by 4:59 p.m. (ET) November 15, 2023, to be considered for selection.

USDA Rural Economic Development Loan/Grant Program
Deadline: Quarterly
The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA. USDA provides grants to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish Revolving Loan Funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan fund to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA.

External Opportunities

Funding local health equity solutions in Houston and California
Application closes: October 19 (Calif.) and October 20 (Houston) 2023
These funds exist to accelerate access to capital for evidenced-based, sustainable, entrepreneurial solutions within communities that help people live longer, healthier lives. Local organizations actively working to break down social and economic barriers to health equity including economic empowerment, healthy food access, housing, recidivism, access to quality healthcare, transportation and educational opportunities are encouraged to apply for funding.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
Application closes: October 20, 2023
The Toyota Mobility Foundation is seeking cities who wish to host City Challenges in 2024 – 2025. They will select ten shortlisted cities that will receive a range of capacity building support to help them understand the issue they want to solve and attract innovators to provide solutions. By Februrary 2024, they will select three of the ten shortlisted cities to host City Challenges to find solutions for local mobility challenges. Register for the August 29 webinar to learn more about their three types of grants. 


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