Other Grant Opportunities

Below is a list of grant and loan program opportunities that may be beneficial to your community and projects you are working on.   Other grant programs that NCICG works with regularly can be found on our website under the Grants tab.  Please contact NCICG at info@ncicg.org  or 815-433-5830 if your community needs assistance applying for these programs.   

Grant Opportunities
Environmental Justice Grants - USEPA 
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice invites Requests for Proposals to receive funds that will help communities address environmental issues.  The intent of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) program is to help communities, through a collaborative process with stakeholders, address local environmental and other public health issues.  Grants of up to $120,000 will be awarded in the form of cooperative agreements. Non-for-profit organizations, tribal governments, and Native American Organizations are eligible to apply.  For more information visit: http://www3.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-cps-grants.html.
Application deadline: February 12, 2016
Walmart Foundation - State Giving Program
The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program works to create opportunities to help people live better.  Organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply.  Organizations requesting funds must be serving low-income and underserved populations.  Funds are available to support hunger relief and healthy eating, career opportunity, disaster preparedness, and other programs that assist underserved low-income populations.  For more information visit: http://corporate.walmart.com/_foundation_/apply-for-grants/state-giving-program.
Application Deadline: Varies by state and program funding request. Please visit their website.
Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is seeking applications for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program.  The program's goal is to accelerate the protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds.  Grants will be awarded to fund key protection projects, build sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and for projects that will advance watershed protection.  A webinar will be held on January 26, 206 to learn about the program.  For more information visit: http://www.usendowment.org/images/2016_HWC_Webinar.pdf.
Application Deadline: March 14, 2016
Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health services Administration offers grants through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.  Grants are awarded to community-based coalitions that are working to address youth substance abuse.  Other entities, organizations, and state and local governments are eligible to apply.  Grant requests must not exceed $125,000.  For more information visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/Drug-Free-Communities-Support-Program.
Application Deadline: March 18, 2016
National Trust Preservation Funds
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking applications for grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to USA member nonprofit organizations to support planning and educational preservation efforts.  Project priority areas include building sustainable communities, re-imagining historic sites, promoting diversity and place, and protecting historic places on public lands.  Grants are for planning and educational activities only and cannot be used for construction activities.  For more information visit: http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/preservation-funds-guidelines-eligibility.html#Application.
Application Deadline: February 2, 2016
Gro1000 Grassroots Grants
Scotts Miracle-Gro provides grants of up to $1,500 to nonprofit organizations, universities, government agencies, and school districts to plant public greenspaces, edible gardens, and to pollinator habitats in neighborhoods throughout the US.  For more information visit: http://scottsmiraclegro.com/corporate-responsibility/gro1000/.
  Application Deadline: February 22, 2016  

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program: Application Period Opens December 7, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) award grants to fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations across the U.S. annually. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program offers grants for equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources.  The application period will begin on December 7, 2015 and end on January 15, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. EST. Be ready to apply by reviewing the grant application guidelines and checklist now available on FEMA’s website.  To find out if your project is eligible and to find out more about the program, please visit: Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. EST 
Project Orange Thumb Garden Grant 
Fiskars Brands, Inc. is providing grants of $3,500 ($1,500 in-kind) to schools, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations to help communities beautify neighborhoods, strengthen community collaboration, and create sustainable food sources.  Grants are provided to plant new gardens and to expand existing gardens in new space.  For more information, please visit: Project Orange Thumb
Application Deadline: October 28, 2016 (Note: There is a pre-application that must be filed). 
Kars4Kids Grants 
Kars4Kids, the nonprofit organization with the catchy jingle “1-877 Kars4Kids,” supports educational initiatives around the world through the Kars4Kids Small Grant Program.  The organization offers grants ranging from $500 - $2,000 to USA and Canada nonprofits to support educational and youth development.  Grants have been provided to support youth mentorship, cultural events, extracurricular programs, etc.  Only 501(c)(3) nonprofits are eligible to apply. For more information, please visit: Kars4Kids Grants
Application Deadline: Ongoing

 U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering grants to eligible applicants (states, communities, tribes, and non-profits) to “prevent, inventory, assess, clean up and reuse brownfield sites.”  Three (3) types of grants will be funded under the agency’s Brownfields Program including: Brownfields Assessment Grants, Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants, and Brownfields Cleanup Grants.  The amount of funding that can be requested varies by grant.   For more information about these grant opportunities, visit http://www2.epa.gov/brownfields/new-request-proposals-fy-2016-brownfields-assessment-revolving-loan-fund-and-cleanup.
Application Deadline (for all three (3) grants) is December 18, 2015.

Municipal Greenscapes Grants
Scotts Miracle-Gro and the United States Conference of Mayors are promoting the addition and expansion of greenscapes across the country.  To that end, the organizations have developed Gro1000, a program to provide municipalities funding to add or expand a public garden, edible garden, or other green space in their community.  Focus areas of the program include Outdoor Play, Urban Revitalization, Nature Gardens, and Food Deserts.  Four (4) communities will be awarded $40,000 in funds and Miracle-Gro products over three (3) years.  For more information, visit http://scottsmiraclegro.com/corporate-responsibility/gro1000/.
Application Deadline: November 23, 2015

Rural Community Design Workshops
Rural communities with populations under 50,000 are eligible to apply for the Citizen’s Institute of Rural Design (CIRD) to host a community workshop to build their design capacity.  Six (6) small towns or rural communities will receive 2.5 day workshop valued at $35,000.  For more information, visit http://www.rural-design.org/apply.
Application Deadline: January 12, 2016

Spirit of Blue Foundation Safety Equipment and Training Grants
The Spirit of Blue Foundation is dedicated to protecting law enforcement agencies on all levels by ensuring access to equipment and training.  By working with corporate sponsors, the foundation has provided grants that have served a variety of law enforcement needs including, but not limited to trauma kits, ballistic vests and helmets, the purchase of a new K9, and dialogue training to aid officers in interacting with minority youth.  For more information about the foundation and this grant, please visit http://www.spiritofblue.com/.
Application Deadline: Ongoing

Illinois Buffer Partnership
Trees Forever is a non-profit environmental group that connects people to the environment through volunteer planting events of trees, prairies, and natural areas.  The organization works with local landowners who are willing to plant strips of native trees and plant species on their land to improve water quality.  Plantings stabilize the soil, reduce erosion, improve permeability, reduce the ability of invasive species from establishing a foothold, and provide critical habitat for wildlife.  Landowners with a stream or body of water on their property are eligible to apply.  For landowners and farmers that participate in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the Illinois Buffer Partnership provides reimbursement of costs up to 2,000 or 50% of the remaining costs after CRP or other federal, state, or local funding has been provided.  All other applicants must have a minimum total project cost of $4,000.  For more information visit http://www.treesforever.org/Illinois_Buffer_Partnership.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2015. 

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program: Application Opening Soon!
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) award grants to fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations across the U.S. annually. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program offers grants for equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources.  The application period is expected to open soon.  Be ready to apply by reviewing the grant application guidelines and checklist now available on FEMA’s website.  To find out if your project is eligible and to find out more about the program, please visit: Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Application Deadline: TBA

Grants for Outdoor Music Series
Levitt Pavilions is a national non-for-profit organization that provides free concert series across America.  The organization is providing 10 grants in the amount of $25,000 to put on concerts between April – November 2016 in 10 lucky cities.  Municipalities must partner with a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to apply.  All concerts are to be outdoors at an accessible location without fixed seating.  Concerts are to be free to the public.  There is a $20,000 match required to receive the grant.  $10,000 may be considered an in-kind match.  The municipality must have a track record of hosting professional quality concerts or community events.  For more information, visit https://www.levittpavilions.org/
Application Deadline: October 15, 2015 

Capacity Building Grants for Volunteer Non-Profits that Care for Public Lands 
Public Lands Every Day: A National Environmental Education Foundation Program with support from Toyota is offering up to twenty-five (25) $5,000 grants to strengthen the capacity of 501(c)3 organizations who have a mission to serve public lands.  The organization must have an established relationship with the public land site (federal, state, regional, county, city, or other public land areas) for at least one year.  For more information, visit http://www.publiclandseveryday.org/grants/capacity-building-grants
Application Deadline: October 30, 2015

Grants to Plant a Community Orchard 
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation offers grants to non-profit organization, non-governmental organizations, public schools, and government entities to partner with the Foundation to plant fruit trees and plants where produced fruits will best serve the community.  Trees, shrubs, equipment, and expertise will be provided by the Foundation. An educational component will also take part on planting day.  The recipient must be committed to the long-term care of the orchard and fulfill its charitable mission.  The site must be horticulturally appropriate to host the orchard.  For more information, visit http://www.ftpf.org/apply.htm
Application Deadline: Ongoing 
Grants to Promote Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability 
The Cornell Douglas Foundation is a non-profit foundation established in 2006 to provide small grants to organizations that advocate for the care, health, stewardship, and sustainability of the environment.  The Foundation offers $10,000 grants to 501(c)3 organizations that believe in these causes.  For more information, visit http://www.cornelldouglas.org/about
Application Deadline: Ongoing 

Firefighters Charitable Foundation 

The Firefighters Charitable Foundation offers grants used to assist victims of fires and disasters, for fire prevention education, fire department equipment, and community safety programs. Most grants awarded are under $1,000. Grants are available for implementing an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) program, for the purchase of fire department equipment, for implementing a smoke detector/battery replacement program in a community, and for starting up a program for the prevention and intervention of setting fires by juveniles. To apply visit: http://www.ffcf.org/phpforms/grantform.php and contact NCICG (815) 433-5830. 
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. 

The OSLAD program provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and /or development of land for public parks and open space. 
Eligible Activities include:
Acquisition of land for new park sites or park expansion, water frontage, nature study, and natural resource preservation. 

Development/Renovation of:

• picnic and playground facilities;

• outdoor nature interpretive facilities;

• sports courts and play fields;

• swimming pools, beaches and bathhouses;

• campgrounds and fishing piers;

• winter sports facilities;

• park roads and paths, parking, utilities and restrooms; and

• architectural/engineering (A/E) services necessary for proper design and construction of 
approved project components.

What are the funding limits? 
Maximum grant funding for an approved acquisition project is limited to $750,000 and approved development projects are limited to $400,000. The OSLAD program will cover up to 50% of approved project costs. It is a reimbursable grant program. The community must be able to fund the entire project and be reimbursed upon project completion.

How can I receive more information regarding the OSLAD grant program?
Contact NCICG at (815) 433-5830 or
By contacting DNR’s Division of Grant Administration: (217) 782-7481, or e-mail:
On the web at: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newoslad1.htm

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