Briefings: Available Grants

Funding programs operated by state and federal partners

The grant listings below are provided as a service to our member governments and are updated weekly.

To add a new grant listing, go to Briefings: New Available Grants Form to submit it online or email by 12:00 PM on Thursday for inclusion in that week’s edition.

Federal Railroad Administration

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements – Application deadline: May 28, 2024
Up to $2.5 billion is available through the Federal Railroad Administration’s CRISI program. Funds can be used to relocate or improve rails, crossings, lighting, and signage, develop or implement regional rail safety programs, research rail safety, train railroad employees, or reduce railroad emissions. Eligible applicants include political subdivisions, railroad companies and organizations, and universities engaged in rail research. The encouraged minimum request is $1 million. For more information.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Equitable Energy Futures Grant Program – Application deadline: June 30, 2024
This program provides seed funding and pre-development funding opportunities to eligible contractors to support the development of renewal energy and energy efficiency projects benefitting businesses, community organizations, and the workforce in historicallydisadvantaged communities. Grants are designed to remove barriers to project, community, and business development caused by a lack of capital. For more information.

Community Solar Energy Sovereignty Grant Program – Application deadline: July 1, 2024
This program will provide grants to organizations to plan, develop, and execute community solar projects throughout Illinois. The program provides upfront capital to support the development of community solar projects and provides seed capital and pre-development funding to support community ownership of renewable energy projects. For more information.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR)

Missouri Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants – Application deadline: May 1, 2024
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering subgrants intended to help restore and protect waters that are impaired or threatened by nonpoint source pollution. The purpose of the funding is to support planning for and implementing on-the-ground practices that control, reduce or manage nonpoint source pollution as described in the Missouri Nonpoint Source Management Plan. For more information.

Missouri Department of Public Safety

Nonprofit Security Grant Program – Application deadline: May 10, 2024
The Missouri Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security is accepting applications for funding for physical and cyber security enhancements and other security related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack.

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

Missouri Bridge Engineering Assistance Program – Application deadline: Rolling
MoDOT is accepting applications for Bridge Engineering Assistance Program (BEAP) grants. BEAP grants provide funding to municipalities that do not have an engineering staff. Funding can be used to conduct a single study of the conditions of a bridge on roads not part of the MoDOT system. These services are intended to evaluate the operational or structural conditions on an existing bridge and are not intended for the development of detailed plans for new bridges. MoDOT provides a list of pre-qualified consultants to complete the study. Sponsors will be required to provide consultants with traffic control and equipment for load testing. For more information.

U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant – Application deadline: April 30, 2024
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program provides nearly $300 million in flexible formula funding to 1,878 eligible local governments, for clean energy and energy efficiency projects and programs. Example activities include: upgrading buildings to be more energy efficient, installing renewable energy infrastructure, and developing climate and clean energy plans. For more information.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Inflation Reduction Act Community Change Grant – Application deadline: Rolling
This grant supports environmental and climate justice activities to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges. These place-based investments will be focused on community-driven initiatives to be responsive to community and stakeholder input. Local governments, non-profits, and institutes of higher learning are eligible. For more information.

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)

Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) – Application deadline: May 6, 2024
Approximately $2.7 billion is available in INFRA program grants to fund highway, multimodal freight, and rail projects. The program aims to improve safety, generate economic benefits, reduce congestion, enhance resiliency, and hold the greatest promise to eliminate supply chain bottlenecks and improve critical freight movements. For more information.

Rural Surface Transportation Grant (RURAL) – Application deadline: May 6, 2024
Approximately $780 million is available for U.S. Department of Transportation RURAL program grants to support projects that improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life. Eligible projects for RURAL grants include highway, bridge, and tunnel projects that help improve freight, safety, and provide or increase access to an agricultural, commercial, energy, or transportation facilities that support the economy of a rural area.For more information.

Safe Streets for All Opportunity – Application deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT) and Thursday, August 29, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT) *
These SS4A grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to support planning and demonstration activities, as well as projects and strategies to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micromobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators. Municipal governments, independent school districts, counties, special districts, and public or state-controlled institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. For more information.
*Program has multiple deadlines.

Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Funding – Application deadline: May 26, 2024
Up to $12.5 million is available through the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT )Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Funding. Eligible applicants include state DOTs and local governments applying through their state DOTs. The goal of AID is to provide funding for innovative transportation technology. Examples of projects include roundabouts, hot in-place recycling treatments, and slide-in bridge replacements. The amount of funding awarded is based off the cost of innovative technology, not based off the total project cost. For more information.