Local Leaders

SHARE:    facebook icon twitter icon share icon

The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council has identified in excess of 180 Federal programs whereby targeting, preference, or additional support can be provided to Opportunity Zones.

 
 
 

Local leaders play a key role in ensuring the success of the Opportunity Zones initiative. Community residents, faith leaders, small business owners, and elected officials all have unique knowledge and input to share. For this reason, it is essential that local Opportunity Zone strategies engage all stakeholders to attract revitalizing investments.

The Opportunity Zone tax incentives provide a tremendous way to bring investments, jobs, business expansion, and new business development to your community. In order to amplify the impact of this tax incentive, the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council has identified more than 180 Federal programs whereby targeting, preference, or additional support can be provided to Opportunity Zones. The Council has already taken action on more than 160 items across the Council member agencies, all of which can be seen below (according to work stream). These action items should be considered by local leaders as additional tools to revitalize their Opportunity Zones.

Economic Development

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ACTION COMPLETED GRANT/PROGRAM INFO AGENCY

Farm to School Grant Program

This program is designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools; grants can help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. Grants are intended as one-time infusions of funds to help grantees accomplish farm to school objectives that will be sustained in the long term. Funds support a wide range of activities from training, planning, and developing partnerships, to creating new menu items, establishing supply chains, offering taste tests to children, purchasing equipment, planting school gardens, and organizing field trips to agricultural operations.

Priority points have been added to the 2020 Notice of Funding Availability to applicants with projects located in or targeting Opportunity Zones.

USDA-FNS-F2S-2020 / Grant posted on 10/8/19; closing date on 12/13/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321407

Department of Agriculture

Project Rental Assistance Program Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

This program seeks to identify, stimulate, and support sustainable state approaches that will transform the provision of housing for persons with disabilities while providing access to appropriate supports and services. This program will provide project-based rental assistance funding to housing agencies. These funds are available to be used as project-based rental assistance for housing units integrated within multifamily properties that are set-aside for extremely low-income persons with disabilities who are eligible for community-based long-term care services and supports provided under a State Medicaid Program or other comparable long-term services program.

The FY 2019 NOFA seeks to identify eligible applicants that will be able to align their Project Rental Assistance Program with state or local initiatives that will increase the supply of permanent supportive housing for persons with disabilities. The NOFA encourages grantees to consider placing units in Opportunity Zones.

FR-6300-N-53 / Grant posted on 10/9/19; closing date 2/10/20; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy19_section811_rentalasssitance

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Capital Advance)

This program aims to expand the supply of integrated affordable housing by providing Capital Advance funding for the development of permanent supportive rental housing for very-low-income persons age 18 years or older. In addition to support for construction, Capital Advance awards provide operating subsidies in the form of a Project Rental Assistance Contract (“PRAC”) to maintain ongoing affordability over the next forty years. These much-needed units provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to live as independently as possible within the community in an integrated environment that provides access to appropriate and voluntary supportive services.

Preference Points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability

FR-6300-N-49 / Grant posted on 10/9/19 closing date 2/10/20; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy2019_section811_capadvance

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program

The program assists in funding capital projects within the United States to repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible projects include those that replace existing assets in-kind; replace existing assets with assets that increase capacity or provide a higher level of service; ensure that service can be maintained while existing assets are brought to a state of good repair; and bring existing assets into a state of good repair.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FR-FSP-19-002 / Grant posted on 10/8/19; closing date on 12/9/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1175

Department of Transportation

Magnetic Levitation Technology Deployment Program (Maglev Grants Program)

This program provides funding for eligible project costs for eligible Maglev projects. Eligible project costs are: 1) The capital cost of the fixed guideway infrastructure of a Maglev project including land, piers, guideways, propulsion equipment and other components attached to guideways, power distribution facilities (including substations), control and communications facilities, access roads, and storage, repair, and maintenance facilities and 2) preconstruction planning activities. Eligible project costs exclude new stations and rolling stock, as well as costs incurred solely for land acquisition pursuant to securing operation right-of-way.

Language stating that projects that support public transportation service in a Qualified Opportunity Zone may be considered in FRA's award decisions is included in the Federal Register notice.

FR-MPS-20-001 / Grant posted on 11/5/19; closing date 12/29/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1184

Department of Transportation

Mobility for All Pilot Program

This program provides funding to improve mobility options through employing innovative coordination of transportation strategies and building partnerships to enhance mobility and access to vital community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people of low income. As required by Federal public transportation law, funds will be awarded competitively to finance innovative capital projects that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FTA-2020-001-TPM / Grant posted on 11/1/19; closing date 1/6/20; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/applying/notices-funding/mobility-all-pilot-program-grants-fy2020-notice-funding

Department of Transportation

Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program

This provides funds to conduct law enforcement activities at hot spots within their respective jurisdictions on Federal Railroad Administration regulated track, such as investigating incidents of trespassing, as well as providing warnings and citations to the trespassers they observe in the act of trespassing.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FR-LEL-20-001 / Grant posted on 10/22/19; closing date 12/23/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1176

Department of Transportation

Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA) – Financial Assistance Application

NACA Financial Assistance awards are available to certifiable and certified CDFIs that demonstrate that at least 50 percent of past activities were in one or more Native Communities and must describe how it will target lending/investing activities to one or more Native Communities. Financial Assistance Awards promote economic and community development through investment in, and assistance to, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which include community development banks, credit unions, loan funds, and venture capital funds. Native CDFIs use Financial Assistance (FA) awards to expand the availability of financial services and affordable credit to underserved populations.

Opportunity Zones are a policy objective review step under the application evaluation process.

Application opened April 4, 2019; closing date June 6, 2019 (Closed); grant on CDFI website at https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/native-initiatives/Pages/default.aspx. Also posted as CDFI-2019-NACA / Grant posted on 4/4/19; closing date 5/3/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov

Department of the Treasury

OpportunityZones.gov website

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development developed the "OpportunityZones.gov" website that provides information about the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council along with information for investors, local leaders and entrepreneurs with resources and news stories about Opportunity Zones and the Council actions.

The "OpportunityZones.gov" website was announced and released at a press conference by the HUD Secretary.

OpportunityZones.gov website released on October 1, 2019 https://opportunityzones.hud.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form

HUD has drafted a proposed grant certification form. This form will certify that valuable HUD resources are in fact being targeted to and expended in America's most economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones. Additionally, it will enable HUD to gather and analyze the most accurate data regarding the use of taxpayer funds; specifically, how they are being utilized by HUD's grantee partners to support the President's mission of revitalizing distressed communities. The collection of this information will help to guide the Department through future grant awards and inform HUD's strategy to maximize non-profit and private sector investment. It is also anticipated that other Federal agencies will also implement this form for their grants offering benefits to Opportunity Zones or distressed communities.

The official 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection for the Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form was published on October 10th, 2019 in the Federal Register. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/10/2019-22135/60-day-notice-of-proposed-information-collection-opportunity-zone-grant-certification-form

FR-7022-N-01 (Federal Register Notice iD HUD-2019-22135) / Posted on 10/10/19; comments due by 12/9/19; notice on regulations.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1

This document provides a roadmap to help communities plan for potential investments in Opportunity Zones by understanding local needs, aligning community assets, establishing regulatory tools and financing incentives to support investments and forming partnerships toward equitable and inclusive community development. This roadmap serves as an introductory guide for local jurisdictions to plan for economic development within Opportunity Zones. It summarizes core components of a comprehensive, forthcoming Opportunity Zone toolkit as well as resources on OpportunityZones.gov that explore these components in greater detail.

The "Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1" was published on the "Opportunity Now" website under the "Local Resources" section of the website.

The Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1 was published on October 1, 2019 and is located at https://opportunityzones.hud.gov/sites/opportunityzones.hud.gov/files/documents/Opportunity_Zones_Toolkit_Roadmap_FINAL_Edited_092319.pdf.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Disaster Relief Act 2019 Grant Funds for Community Facilities

As part of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019, the Rural Housing Service's Community Facilities Program (CF) received supplemental grant funding available for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricanes Michael and Florence and wildfires occurring in calendar year 2018, tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019, and other natural disasters, to remain available until expended. The authority for the Agency to administer the Community Facilities Grant Program is provided in the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONAct). The grant funds will be administered in accordance with this notice of funds availability.

To leverage investments in rural property, the Agency also encourages projects located in rural Opportunity Zones where projects should provide measurable results in helping communities build robust and sustainable economies.

Applications will be submitted to a processing office as designated by the USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the applicant's project is located. Agency state office contact information is available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/offices/stateoffices. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/10/2019-19552/announcement-of-the-availability-of-disaster-relief-act-2019-grant-funds-for-community-facilities

Department of Agriculture

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

This notice pertains to the closeout of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which was established under the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA). The NSP provided grants on a formula basis to all states and selected local governments. Additional NSP funding, including technical assistance, was authorized under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the form of competitive grants to states, localities, nonprofits, and a consortium of nonprofit entities. In 2010, a third round of NSP grants was authorized on a formula basis to all states and select units of general local governments. The purpose of these funds was to stabilize neighborhoods negatively affected by residential properties foreclosed upon or abandoned. Because NSP has expended 98% of the $8.639 billion in grant funds and program income and grantees have largely served their identified areas of greatest need, HUD is eager to hasten the expenditure of remaining grant funds and close out all open NSP grants. Specifically HUD supports the ability of grantees to use their NSP funds in Opportunity Zones. HUD encourages grantees to explore whether Opportunity Zones could also qualify as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs).

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to this notice, including the encouragement of grantees to leverage Qualified Opportunity Fund capital with NSP funds.

HUD Notice: CPD Docket No. FR-6170-N-01 / Posted on 9/12/19. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/12/2019-19708/notice-of-neighborhood-stabilization-program-changes-to-closeout-requirements-related-to-program

Department of Housing and Urban Development

New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC)

The New Market Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program) aims to break a cycle of disinvestment by attracting the private investment necessary to reinvigorate struggling local economies. The NMTC Program attracts private capital into lowincome communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries called Community Development Entities (CDEs).

Although the CDFI Fund does not give preference to NMTC Applicants proposing to target Opportunity Zones, an Applicant that identifies it will be working in an eligible Opportunity Zone or other defined areas of higher distress will generally be scored more favorably. (Note that not all Opportunity Zones are eligible for New Market Tax Credits.)

Application opened September 4, 2019; closing date October 28, 2019; information on CDFI website at https://www.cdfifund.gov/programstraining/Programs/newmarkets-taxcredit/Pages/default.aspx

Department of the Treasury

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning

The Pilot Program for TOD Planning provides funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning in new fixed guideway and core capacity transit project corridors. Any comprehensive planning funded through the pilot program must examine ways to improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FTA-2019-010-TPE / Grant posted on 9/18/19; closing date 11/18/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-18/pdf/2019-20192.pdf

Department of Transportation

Rental Assistance Demonstration – Final Implementation, Revision 4

The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) gives public housing authorities (PHAs) a powerful tool to preserve and improve public housing properties and address the nationwide backlog of deferred maintenance. RAD also gives owners of three HUD "legacy" program (Rent Supplement, Rental Assistance Payment, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation) the opportunity to enter into long-term contracts that facilitate the financing of improvements. In an effort to preserve and improve critically needed affordable housing for low-income seniors, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a significant expansion of its RAD to facilitate capital investment in senior housing developments assisted through HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC).

Other changes to RAD include: extending and expands on the stringent resident rights protections built into RAD; allowing a limited contract rent increase for certain converting public housing properties located in Opportunity Zones to help owners access capital for high-impact new construction and substantial rehabilitation investments; and prioritizing conversion of public housing properties located in Opportunity Zones if there is a waiting list for the limited RAD participation authority.

Notice: H-2019-09 PIH- 2019-23 (HA) posted on 9/5/19; in effect until amended, superseded, or rescinded. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Housing/documents/H-2019-09-PIH-2019-23_RAD_Notice Rev4_20190905.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Review of DOC Policy in Opportunity Zones

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) intends to maximize the beneficial impact of investment in Opportunity Zones. The DOC has been charged with leading the Economic Development subcommittee (“work stream”) on Opportunity Zones. To inform that work, DOC is reviewing economic development programs policies, practices, planned actions, regulations, and guidance across the entire Federal Government and within its own programs. Through this notice, DOC seeks input and recommendations from the public to help spur economic development in qualified Opportunity Zones and other distressed areas across the country.

The official Request for Information was published on September 3, 2019 in the Federal Register.

Federal Register Notice Document Number 2019-18947. Posted on 9/3/19; comments due by 10/18/19; notice on regulations.gov at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/03/2019-18947/review-of-docpolicy-in-opportunityzones

Department of Commerce

Rural Business Development Grants

This is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that match median household income criteria. Priorities are given according to trauma, economic distress, long-term poverty, population decline, and unemployment.

Priority points have been added to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability to applicants with projects located in Opportunity Zones.

Application submitted directly to USDA. Application deadline: Contact Local Area or State office. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants

Department of Agriculture

Rural Housing Preservation Grant

The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, which may include but not be limited to, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.

Rural Development is encouraging applications for projects that will support rural areas with persistent poverty and in opportunity zones.

USDA-RD-HCFP-HPG-2019 / Grant posted on 5/24/19; closing date on 7/8/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/housing-preservation-grants

Department of Agriculture

Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans for Off-Farm Housing

The loans are for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of non-FLH property. The intended purpose of the loans is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers.

To encourage investments in rural properties, points will be awarded to projects located in rural Opportunity Zones where projects should provide measurable results in helping communities build robust and sustainable economies.

Federal Register Notice published on 7/8/19 (Document Number 2019-14390, Page 23404-32413). Application period ended August 30, 2019. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-08/pdf/2019-14390.pdf

Department of Agriculture

Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing

The grants are for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of non-FLH property. The intended purpose of the grants is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers.

To encourage investments in rural properties, points will be awarded to projects located in rural Opportunity Zones where projects should provide measurable results in helping communities build robust and sustainable economies.

Federal Register Notice published on 7/8/19 (Document Number 2019-14390, Page 23404-32413). Application period ended August 30, 2019 (Closed). https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-08/pdf/2019-14390.pdf

Department of Agriculture

Solid Waste Management Technical Assistance Grants

This program reduces or eliminates pollution of water resources by providing funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites.

Priority points have been added to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability to applicants with projects intended to serve Opportunity Zones.

Application submitted directly to USDA. Application period ended 12/3/18 (Closed). https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/solid-waste-management-grants

Department of Agriculture

Special Transportation Circumstances Projects

This program provides directed grant funding under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program and the Restoration and Enhancement Grant Program to certain states that lack intercity passenger rail service or are not connected to the national rail system.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FR-CRS-19-002 / Grant posted on 9/10/19; closing date on 11/12/19; grant on Grants.gov

Department of Transportation

Technical Assistance and Training for Rural Water Systems

This program helps qualified, private nonprofits provide technical assistance and training to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; helps applicants prepare applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and helps associations improve the operation and maintenance of water and waste facilities in eligible rural areas.

Priority points have been added to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability to applicants with projects intended to serve Opportunity Zones.

Application submitted directly to USDA. Application period ended 12/3/18 (Closed). https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/water-waste-disposal-technical-assistance-training-grants

Department of Agriculture

Economic Adjustment Assistance Program - Disaster Supplemental

The Economic Development Administration provides this investment assistance will help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects, as appropriate, to address economic challenges in areas where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and of wildfires and other natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2017.

Grant applications must include at least one of EDA's investment priorities; the investment priorities include Opportunity Zones.

EDA-2018-DISASTER / NOFA published on 8/13/18; there are no submission deadlines; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/

Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration – Economic Development Assistance Programs

The Economic Development Administration provides strategic investments through competitive grants that foster job creation and attract private investment to support development in economically distressed areas of the United States. Applications are accepted from communities to provide investments that support economic development through a wide variety of assistance types that include construction and non-construction programs.

In 2018, EDA made Opportunity Zones eligible for funding through its Special Needs category. In 2019, EDA added Opportunity Zones as an Investment Priority. This Investment Priority will significantly increase the number of catalytic Opportunity Zone-related projects that EDA can fund to spur greater public investment in these areas. In September 2019, EDA launched a front-facing EDA Opportunity Zone Web page for economic development stakeholders and others to use as a resource to further help foster job creation and attract private investment to support development in economically distressed areas across the United States. The website tracks and provides details on EDA awarded projects that support Opportunity Zones. See https://www.eda.gov/opportunity-zones/

EDAP2018 / Grant posted on 7/2/18; there are no submission deadlines; grant on Grants.gov

Department of Commerce

Community Economic Development Focus on Social Enterprises

This program awards funds to experienced Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for well planned, financially viable, and innovative projects sponsoring social enterprise incubators. These incubators will develop new products, services, and commercial activities that result in new positions for individuals with low incomes, while also addressing a local unmet need or solution to social problems for the community’s constituents and its stakeholders. Projects also address the personal and community barriers that must be overcome to help individuals with low incomes become self-sufficient. (e.g., transportation, childcare, education/training, language, etc.) Projects can use funds for costs associated with social enterprise start-up or expansion activities, as well as technical assistance and incubator services to these businesses. Projects must be located in geographic areas with a demonstrated need for social enterprise, such as a county designated as having persistent poverty.

Bonus points will be provided to projects located in designated Opportunity Zones.

HHS-2019-ACF-OCS-EE-1580 / Grant posted on 6/27/17; closing date 7/29/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OCS-EE-1580_1.pdf

Department of Health and Human Services

Community Economic Development Projects

The program awards funding for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low income. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit individuals with low income to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and to ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects, however, short-term construction jobs associated with preparing for business startup or expansion are not counted when determining the number of jobs created under the CED program as they are designed to be temporary in nature.

Bonus points will be provided to projects located in designated Opportunity Zones.

HHS-2017-ACF-OCS-EE-1213 / Grant posted on 6/17/17 (updated 4/25/19); closing date 6/3/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocs/2017_foa_qa_72417_508.pdf

Department of Health and Human Services

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals: 1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood; 2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and 3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

Preference points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6300-N-34 / Grant posted 8/5/19; closing date 11/4/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19ChoiceNeighborhoodImplementtionGrantProgram.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program

This is an annual competitive grant program that leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by redeveloping severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools.

Preference points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6300-N-38 / Grant posted 4/10/19; closing date 6/10/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19CNPGP-NOFA.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program

The purpose of HUD’s Housing Counseling Grant Program is to provide funds that shall be used for providing counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners, both current and prospective, with respect to property maintenance, financial management and literacy, and such other matters as may be appropriate to assist program clients in improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership. Funding provided under this NOFA is intended to support HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to respond flexibly to the needs of residents and neighborhoods, and deliver a wide variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and the homeless.

Preference points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6300-N-33 / Grant posted 5/24/19; closing date 7/1/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/CFO/images/6.3.19_Housing_Counseling.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Distressed Cities Technical Assistance

The purpose of the technical assistance is to provide critically needed technical assistance to distressed communities with populations under 40,000, including those with designated Opportunity Zones and communities recovering from natural disasters.

This technical assistance will help smaller distressed communities improve financial management practices, build up administrative capacity, and improve their knowledge of federal resources, including leveraging of Opportunity Zone investment.

Information about HUD’s Distressed Cities Technical Assistance Program is located at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/distressed-cities/ Communities may begin requesting assistance under this program beginning September 16, 2019. Additional information on requesting assistance through this program available on the HUD Exchange website. Closing date September 16, 2109 (Closed).

Department of Housing and Urban Development

HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program

The purpose of the HOPE VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district, or “Main Street” area, by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to: Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas); Preserve Historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and Provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Main Street grant funds can be used to build new affordable housing or reconfigure obsolete or surplus commercial space (or extremely substandard, vacant housing) into affordable housing units.

Preference Points have been added to the program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6200-N-03 / Grant posted on 5/14/19; closing date 7/30/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY18-19_MainStreetGrantProgram_NOFA.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Incentives for FHA Mortgage Insurance for Properties Located in Opportunity Zones

FHA has introduced incentives for property owners applying for certain multifamily loans insured by FHA for properties located in a qualified opportunity zone census tract.

Two benefits: 1) Processing by Designated HUD Underwriters; 2) Reduced FHA Mortgage Insurance Application Fee

Notice: H 2019-07 posted on 5/9/19; in effect until amended, revoked or superseded. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/2019-07hsgn.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program

This program is for eligible Indian tribes and tribally-designated housing entities (TDHEs) who may receive grants to carry out a range of affordable housing activities. Grant funds may be used to develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations and in other Indian areas, and carry out other affordable housing activities. Grant funds must be used to primarily benefit low-income Indian families.

Preference Points have been added to the program's 2019 Notice of Funding Availability;

FR-6300-N-48 / Grant posted on 5/7/19; closing date 8/8/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6300-N-48-IHBG_NOFA_Final.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program

The purpose of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LHR) grant program is to maximize the number of children under the age of six years protected from lead poisoning by assisting states, cities, counties/parishes, Native American Tribes or other units of local government in undertaking comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned target housing.

Preference points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6300-N-13 / Grant posted on 6/25/19; closing date 8/9/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_LeadHazardReductionGrantProgram.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Office of Housing “New Pilot”

The New Pilot streamlines FHA mortgage insurance applications for eligible projects with equity from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and covers New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation projects under Section 221(d)(4) and Section 220 of the National Housing Act.

Each participating New Pilot Office will be designating a senior underwriter to serve as the designated pilot underwriter for projects in Opportunity Zones.

HUD Notice H2019-03 / Notice issued 2/21/19. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/LIHTCPilotNotice022119.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Request for Information – Opportunity Zones

HUD has determined that—in light of Executive Order 13853 “Establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council”— it should undertake a substantive review of existing policies, practices, planned actions, regulations and guidance regarding HUD-administered programs. The purpose is to identify actions HUD can take to encourage beneficial investment in urban and economically distressed communities, including Opportunity Zones. In conducting this review, HUD believes that it would benefit from information and perspectives among State, local and tribal officials, experts in relevant disciplines, affected stakeholders in the private sector, and the public as a whole. HUD is, therefore, requesting information to guide and enhance this review.

The official Request for Information was published on April 17th, 2019 in the Federal Register.

FR-6155-N-01 (Federal Register Notice iD HUD-2019-0016-0258) / Posted on 4/17/19; comments due by 6/17/19 (Closed); notice on regulations.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/17/2019-07682/review-of-hud-policy-in-opportunity-zones

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB)

The is an annual competitive program that enhances the capacity and ability of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes (eligible beneficiaries) to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low- and moderate-income families and persons.

Preference Points have been added to the program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6200-N-08 / Grant posted on 4/8/19; closing date 6/11/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6200-N-08RCB-NOFA.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

This program provides Capital Advance funding for the development and operation of supportive rental housing for very-low-income persons aged 62 years or older. This program provides very-low-income elderly persons with the opportunity to live independently, but with important voluntary support services such as nutritional, transportation, continuing education, and/or health-related services. Capital Advance funds must be used to finance construction, reconstruction, moderate or substantial rehabilitation, or acquisition of a structure with or without rehabilitation.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability, as project sponsors are encouraged to consider sites in Opportunity Zones.

FR-6200-N-52 / Grant posted on 4/4/19; closing date 8/28/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY2018-Section202-NOFA.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Section 220 (Mortgage Insurance for Rental Housing)

Section 220 insures mortgages for the new construction or substantial rehabilitation of mixed-use housing projects in urban renewal areas, code enforcement areas, and other areas where local governments have undertaken designated revitalization activities.

All Opportunity Zone census tracts are now automatically eligible areas under Section 220 of the National Housing Act.

Memorandum issued July 26, 2019 (visit HUD.gov). https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_19_120

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP)

This program provides funds to eligible national and regional non-profit organizations and consortia to purchase home sites and develop or improve the infrastructure needed to set the state for sweat equity and volunteer-based homeownership programs for low-income persons and families.

Preference Points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability

FR-6300-N-19 / Grant posted on 7/9/19 closing date 9/10/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_SHOP_NOFA_7.9.19.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program

A number of America’s disabled low-income veterans are in need of adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development intends to address these challenges in accordance with the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113-291, enacted December 19, 2014) by awarding competitive grants to nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans and/or low-income individuals. The grants may be used to modify or to support grantees’ partners in providing those services.

Preference Points have been added to the program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6300-N-39 / Grant posted on 4/25/19; closing date 5/22/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY2019_VeteransNOFA.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative

This program provides funds to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

693JJ319NF00003 / Grant posted on 6/6/19; closing date on 8/5/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/advtranscongmgmtfs.cfm

Department of Transportation

America's Marine Highway Grant Program

The purpose of this grant program is to create new marine highway services or to expand existing marine highway services. Only projects or their components, including planning studies, that the Secretary has previously designated as Marine Highway Projects are eligible for this round of grant funding, to develop and expand marine highway service options and facilitate their further integration into the current U.S. surface transportation system, especially where water-based transport is the most efficient, effective and sustainable option.

Special consideration is given to projects located in or that support a marine highway service in a qualified Opportunity Zone.

693JF719R000025 / Grant posted on 7/23/19; closing date on 9/20/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.maritime.dot.gov/grants/marine-highways/marine-highway

Department of Transportation

Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training Grants

This program provides funds for national nonprofit fire service organizations for Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant funds. The foundation of the ALERT Grants focuses on incident response activities related to the transportation of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail. ALERT grant funding will be awarded to nonprofit organizations to train individuals with statutory responsibility to respond to accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

693JJ319NF0010 / Grant posted on 6/12/19; closing date on 7/12/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316959

Department of Transportation

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI)

The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program provides funds to assist projects that improve passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones in the agencies departmental objectives includes projects located in or that support transportation service in a qualified Opportunity Zone.

FR-CRS-19-001 / Grant posted on 8/19/19; closing date on 10/18/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/details/L20482

Department of Transportation

Federal Transit Administration: Low or No Emission Grant Program

This program provides funds for the purchase or lease of vehicles that use advanced technologies for transit operations, including related equipment or facilities.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FTA-2019-001-TPM-LOWNO / Grant posted on 3/18/19; closing date on 5/14/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/applying/notices-funding/low-or-no-emission-low-no-program-fy-2019-notice-funding

Department of Transportation

Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program – 49 U.S.C. 5339(a) and (b)

The program provides resources to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FTA-2019-003-TPM / Grant posted on 5/15/19; closing date 6/21/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/applying/notices-funding/buses-and-bus-facilities-program-fy-2019-notice-funding

Department of Transportation

Innovations in Transit Public Safety

This program provides funding to improve safety infrastructure related to public transit operations.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

FTA-2019-006-TSO / Grant posted on 3/29/19; closing date on 5/28/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/applying/notices-funding/innovations-transit-public-safety-fy-2019-notice-funding

Department of Transportation

Integrated Mobility Innovation Demonstration Program

This program provides funding to projects that demonstrate innovative, effective approaches, practices, partnerships, and technologies to enhance public transportation effectiveness, increase efficiency, expand quality, promote safety, and improve the traveler’s experience. This NOFO integrates three distinct areas of inquiry: Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Sandbox demonstrations; FTA’s Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR); and Mobility Payment Integration (MPI) to allow applicants to comprehensively plan multiple areas of mobility research.

Language stating that projects that support public transportation service in a qualified opportunity zone may be considered in FTA's award decisions is included in the Federal Register notice.

FTA-2019-006-TSO / Grant posted on 5/8/19; closing date on 8/6/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/applying/notices-funding/integrated-mobility-innovation-demonstration-program-notice-funding

Department of Transportation

National Infrastructure Investments

This program provides funds for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

DTOS59-19-RA-BUILD / Grant posted on 4/16/19; closing date on 7/15/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/subdoc/391/fy-2019-build-nofo-fr.pdf

Department of Transportation

Port Infrastructure Development Program

The program provides funds that will improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a coastal seaport, as well as the unloading and loading of cargo at a coastal seaport.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

693JF7-19-BAA-002 / Grant posted on 6/12/19; closing date on 9/16/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/18/2019-12871/notice-of-funding-opportunity-for-department-of-transportations-port-infrastructure-development

Department of Transportation

CDFI Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) Program

Through the Capital Magnet Fund, the CDFI Fund provides financial assistance grants to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and to qualified Nonprofit Organizations that have the development or management of affordable housing as one of their principal purposes.

Language was added to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability that applications will be scored more favorably to the extent that it commits to: financing and/or supporting Economic Development Activities in Low-Income Areas only (if proposing to use CMF for Economic Development Activities), and financing and/or supporting a higher percentage of units located in Areas of Economic Distress, to include Opportunity Zones.

CDFI-2019-CMF / Grant posted 6/25/19; closing date 7/26/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/CMF%20NOFA%202019-13667.pdf

Department of the Treasury

CDFI Financial Assistance (FA) Program - Financial Assistance Application

Financial Assistance Awards promote economic and community development through investment in, and assistance to, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which include community development banks, credit unions, loan funds, and venture capital funds. CDFIs use Financing Assistance (FA) awards to expand the availability of financial services and affordable credit to underserved populations.

 Opportunity Zones are a policy objective review step under the application evaluation process.

Application opened April 4, 2019; closing dated June 6, 2019 (Closed); grant on CDFI website at https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-program/Pages/default.aspx. Also posted as CDFI-2019-FATA / Grant posted on 4/4/19; closing dated 5/3/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov

Department of the Treasury

CDFI Financial Assistance (FA) Program - Technical Assistance Application

Financial Assistance Awards promote economic and community development through investment in, and assistance to, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which include community development banks, credit unions, loan funds, and venture capital funds. CDFIs use Financing Assistance (FA) awards to expand the availability of financial services and affordable credit to underserved populations.

Opportunity Zones are a policy objective review step under the application evaluation process.

Application opened April 4, 2019; closing dated June 6, 2019 (Closed); grant on CDFI website at https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-program/Pages/default.aspx. Also posted as CDFI-2019-FATA / Grant posted on 4/4/19; closing dated 5/3/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov

Department of the Treasury

Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act Demonstration Projects (SIPPRA)

SIPPRA is a standing fund that makes outcome payments in social impact partnership projects and to fund selected feasibility studies. These funds are available for state and local governments that are implementing programs that produce defined and rigorously-measured outcomes and cost savings.

Language was added to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability for the consideration of qualified Opportunity Zones.

UST-SIPPRA-2019-001 / Grant posted 2/15/19; closing date 5/22/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/226/SIPPRA-NOFA-Feb-22-2019-FINAL.pdf

Department of the Treasury

Lease Acquisition Circular

This Lease Acquisition Circular (LAC) issues revisions to the Leasing Desk Guide, which contains authorities, policies, technical and procedural guides, and administrative limitations governing the acquisition by lease of real property.

GSA issued revisions to the Leasing Desk Guide, Chapter 1, Requirements Development, to implement Executive Order 13853, establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, to encourage public and private investment in urban and economically distressed areas, including opportunity zones.

Chapter 1 revisions issued on June 7, 2019 to the Leasing Desk Guide. https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/Real_Estate_Acquisitions/LAC-2019-02_-_Revisions_to_LDG_Chapter_1-_Requirements_Development.pdf

General Services Administration

Site Acquisition Policy Letter

The Site Acquisition Policy Letter (SAPL) explains the requirements, processes and procedures for ensuring place-based directives are followed in Federal site selection.

Outlines GSA’s policy for promoting efficiency, economic development, and sustainability in location planning decisions in support of Opportunity Zones.

Memorandum and Letter dated June 21, 2019 (SAPL-2019-01)

General Services Administration

Growth Accelerator Fund Prizes

This prize competition, pursuant to the America COMPETES Act, recognizes the nation's most innovative accelerators and awards them cash prizes that they may use to fund their operations costs focused towards helping entrepreneurs apply for government R&D funding. SBA will award up to 60 prizes of $50,000 each for a total of $3 million in prizes.

Participants in this competition must target at least 60% of the Growth Accelerator's effort under the funding opportunity to entrepreneurs in one of four specified groups. One of the targeted groups is: "Entrepreneurs that live in an Opportunity Zone, or whose businesses are located in and operate out of an Opportunity Zone." The competition begins on June 10, 2019 and ends June 20, 2019.

https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ooi/spotlight

Small Business Administration

Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

The MaTCH Pilot Competition, pursuant to the America COMPETES Act, seeks to address the job skills and placement gap faced by U.S. businesses by providing funding to create or expand programs within existing makerspaces that offer job-specific and soft skills training. The Competition will award up to $1 million in total prizes, based on a tiered approach. Up to $25,000 will be awarded in seed small workforce development programs; up to $100,000 will be awarded to grow programs with a proven history of training and/or workforce development; and up to $200,000 will be awarded to capacity building of successful existing programs with a strong history of training and/or workforce development.

Additional factors may be considered in the application review, such as, but not limited to whether the Makerspace and/or jobs filled are located in an Opportunity Zone.

Competition opened on 5/21/19 and applications are due on 7/8/19 (Closed); competition posted on SBA's website at https//www.sba.gov/match

Small Business Administration

Local Foods, Local Places

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. The program was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Northern Border Regional Commission. Local Foods, Local Places aims to support projects that do all of the following: create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods; boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses; and improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations. The program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization.

Communities with projects located in federally designated Opportunity Zones will receive special consideration this round. Highest consideration will be given to those communities who can identify how Local Foods, Local Places assistance will leverage the Opportunity Zone designation to support implementation of the resulting action plan.

See website for information. Applications closed on 9/30/19 at 5 PM EST. https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-2019-2020-application#eligibility

Environmental Protection Agency

Coal Impacted Communities Initiative (POWER)

Invests into Appalachia's coal-impacted communities to build a competitive workforce, enhance access to and use of broadband services, foster entrepreneurial activities, develop industry clusters in communities, and strengthen substance abuse responses.

The 2019 grant guidelines include an “other factor” to serve as a potential tie-breaker for projects located in Opportunity Zones.

The FY 2020 POWER FPP has not yet been released. It will be released in the first quarter of 2020. https://www.arc.gov/opportunityzonesinappalachia.asp

Appalachian Regional Commission

State’s Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

SEDAP makes strategic investments into economic and community development projects across the Mississippi River Delta region. Seventy-five percent of these funds are invested in economically distressed counties/parishes and fifty percent of these funds are invested into basic public infrastructure and transportation improvements with the remaining being directed to workforce development and business development/entrepreneurship.

DRA closed the SEDAP funding cycle on May 31, 2019 (will reopen in 2020) and is allowing up to 10% of each state’s SEDAP allocation to provide grants for rural and economically distressed communities to develop Opportunity Zone investment prospectuses.

See DRA announcement made on 4/19/19: https://dra.gov/newsroom/press-release/chairman-caldwell-meets-with-president-trump-white-house-opportunity-and-re/ and SEDAP Guidelines: https://dra.gov/images/uploads/content_files/2019_SEDAP_Manual.pdf

Delta Regional Authority

State Economic and Infrastructure Development Grants

This program awards grants to programs and projects that improve the local economy through public infrastructure, job training, downtown improvements or other locally driven initiatives.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

Application due date is 5/10/19 (Closed). Applications submitted directly to the NBRC. http://www.nbrc.gov/content/2019-eid-investments and the Application Manual at: ://www.nbrc.gov/uploads/2019ApplicationManual%20copy.pdf

Northern Border Regional Commission

Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones Challenge

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is co-leading (along with the Council of Economic Advisers) the U.S. Census Bureau’s “The Opportunity Project (TOP)” challenge entitled “Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones.” TOP is an accelerator program that matches technology companies, universities government, and communities together to create useful digital products for the public.

The challenge’s purpose is to create digital tools and resources to connect investors with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and workers of the nation’s Opportunity Zones. The challenge began on June 25, 2019.

The challenge closed on September 27, 2019 and the teams participating in the challenge will present their tools in December 2019.

Department of Commerce

Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans

This notice provides varying instructions and guidance to grantees/participating jurisdictions under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs at it relates to Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Plans and Action Plans.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to this notice, including the encouragement of grantees to consider the use of CDBG, HOME, HTF, ESG, and HOPWA funds for eligible activities in Opportunity Zones when developing their Consolidated Plans. Also, grantees are encouraged to explore whether their Opportunity Zones would qualify as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs)—certain CDBG requirements can be streamlined through the designation of NRSAs that may make it more feasible for grantees and their partners to leverage CDBG and Section 108 funds more quickly in Opportunity Zones.

HUD Notice: CPD-19-01 posted on 2/13/19; in effect until 9/30/19. https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Notice-CPD-1901-Guidance-on-Submitting-Consolidated-Plans-Annual-Action-Plans-for-FY-2019.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Education and Workforce Development

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ACTION COMPLETED GRANT/PROGRAM INFO AGENCY

Creation and Expansion of High-Quality Public Charter Schools Initiative

This new initiative is focused on promoting the creation and expansion of high-quality public charter schools in Opportunity Zones, specifically through the use of Qualified Opportunity Funds to meet school facility needs.

The Department awarded a new contract to a firm to disseminate information and provide expert assistance on how charter school developers can use Qualified Opportunity Funds to acquire or construct charter school facilities and how investors can establish Qualified Opportunity Funds for the purpose of supporting charter school facility needs.

The new initiative was announced in a press released on October 10, 2019 as follows: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-education-betsy-devos-announces-new-initiative-support-opening-and-expanding-charter-schools-opportunity-zones?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Department of Education

Job Corps Scholars Program

This grant is for accredited, two-year, public community colleges; accredited, public two- and four-year historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs); and accredited tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCUs). Grantees must enroll Job Corps eligible youth and provide those enrolled with intensive counseling services to support and facilitate each student’s employment and career success.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement / Notice of Available Funding

FOA-ETA-20-03 / Grant posted on 10/23/19; closing date 1/8/20; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-20-03.pdf

Department of Labor

OpportunityZones.gov website

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development developed the "OpportunityZones.gov" website that provides information about the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council along with information for investors, local leaders and entrepreneurs with resources and news stories about Opportunity Zones and the Council actions.

The "OpportunityZones.gov" website was announced and released at a press conference by the HUD Secretary.

OpportunityZones.gov website released on October 1, 2019 https://opportunityzones.hud.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form

HUD has drafted a proposed grant certification form. This form will certify that valuable HUD resources are in fact being targeted to and expended in America's most economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones. Additionally, it will enable HUD to gather and analyze the most accurate data regarding the use of taxpayer funds; specifically, how they are being utilized by HUD's grantee partners to support the President's mission of revitalizing distressed communities. The collection of this information will help to guide the Department through future grant awards and inform HUD's strategy to maximize non-profit and private sector investment. It is also anticipated that other Federal agencies will also implement this form for their grants offering benefits to Opportunity Zones or distressed communities.

The official 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection for the Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form was published on October 10th, 2019 in the Federal Register. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/10/2019-22135/60-day-notice-of-proposed-information-collection-opportunity-zone-grant-certification-form

FR-7022-N-01 (Federal Register Notice iD HUD-2019-22135) / Posted on 10/10/19; comments due by 12/9/19; notice on regulations.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1

This document provides a roadmap to help communities plan for potential investments in Opportunity Zones by understanding local needs, aligning community assets, establishing regulatory tools and financing incentives to support investments and forming partnerships toward equitable and inclusive community development. This roadmap serves as an introductory guide for local jurisdictions to plan for economic development within Opportunity Zones. It summarizes core components of a comprehensive, forthcoming Opportunity Zone toolkit as well as resources on OpportunityZones.gov that explore these components in greater detail.

The "Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1" was published on the "Opportunity Now" website under the "Local Resources" section of the website.

The Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1 was published on October 1, 2019 and is located at https://opportunityzones.hud.gov/sites/opportunityzones.hud.gov/files/documents/Opportunity_Zones_Toolkit_Roadmap_FINAL_Edited_092319.pdf.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones Challenge

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is co-leading (along with the Council of Economic Advisers) the U.S. Census Bureau’s “The Opportunity Project (TOP)” challenge entitled “Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones.” TOP is an accelerator program that matches technology companies, universities government, and communities together to create useful digital products for the public.

The challenge’s purpose is to create digital tools and resources to connect investors with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and workers of the nation’s Opportunity Zones. The challenge began on June 25, 2019.

The challenge closed on September 27, 2019 and the teams participating in the challenge will present their tools in December 2019. https://opportunity.census.gov/

Department of Commerce

Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans

This notice provides varying instructions and guidance to grantees/participating jurisdictions under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs at it relates to Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Plans and Action Plans.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to this notice, including the encouragement of grantees to consider the use of CDBG, HOME, HTF, ESG, and HOPWA funds for eligible activities in Opportunity Zones when developing their Consolidated Plans. Also, grantees are encouraged to explore whether their Opportunity Zones would qualify as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs)—certain CDBG requirements can be streamlined through the designation of NRSAs that may make it more feasible for grantees and their partners to leverage CDBG and Section 108 funds more quickly in Opportunity Zones.

HUD Notice: CPD-19-01 posted on 2/13/19; in effect until 9/30/19. https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Notice-CPD-1901-Guidance-on-Submitting-Consolidated-Plans-Annual-Action-Plans-for-FY-2019.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Charter Schools Program Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

These grants are intended to support charter schools that serve early childhood, elementary school, or secondary school students by providing grant funds to eligible applicants for the opening of new charter schools and for the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools.

The Notice of Final Priorities, for Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality published July 3, 2019. This notice finalizes a priority to encourage the opening of new charter schools and the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools in Opportunity Zones, and to encourage charter school developers that are partnering with an Opportunity Fund, especially for the purpose of acquiring or constructing school facilities. Concurrent with the Notice of Final Priorities, the Department published a Notice Inviting Applications for this program on July 3, 2019 that includes a competitive preference priority worth 10 points for applicants proposing to open a new charter school or to replicate or expand a high-quality charter school in a qualified opportunity zone.

Please see Notice of Final Priorities: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/03/2019-14263/final-priorities-requirements-definitions-and-selection-criteria-expanding-opportunity-through Please see Notice Inviting Applications: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/03/2019-14267/applications-for-new-awards-expanding-opportunity-through-quality-charter-schools-program-csp-grants

Department of Education

Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program

This grant program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. Funds are used to support or establish campus-based child care programs primarily serving the needs of low-income students enrolled in IHEs. Grants may be used for before- and after-school services. In addition, grants may be used to serve the child care needs of the community served by the institution.

The 2019 Notice Inviting Applications includes a new invitational priority for spurring investment in Opportunity Zones, under which an applicant must: (1) Propose to serve children or students who reside, or attend elementary or secondary schools or institutions of higher education, in a Qualified Opportunity Zone; or (2) Provide evidence that it has received, or will receive, financial assistance from a Qualified Opportunity Fund for a purpose directly related to its proposed project.

ED-GRANTS-041619-001 / Grant posted on 4/16/19; closing date on 5/31/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov; See federal register notice: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-16/pdf/2019-07579.pdf

Department of Education

Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools

The major purposes of the CSP are to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend charter schools and meet challenging State academic standards; provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools; increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the United States; evaluate the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families, and communities; share best practices between charter schools and other public schools; encourage States to provide facilities support to charter schools; and support efforts to strengthen the charter school authorizing process.

The application instructions include a Competitive Preference Priority for "Spurring Investment in Opportunity Zones) for 10 points.

ED-GRANTS-070319-001 / Grant posted on 7/3/19; closing date on 8/2/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/03/2019-14267/applications-for-new-awards-expanding-opportunity-through-quality-charter-schools-program-csp-grants

Department of Education

Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to Charter School Developers for the Replication and expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

The major purposes of the CSP are to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend charter schools and meet challenging State academic standards; provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools; increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the United States; evaluate the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families, and communities; share best practices between charter schools and other public schools; encourage States to provide facilities support to charter schools; and support efforts to strengthen the charter school authorizing process.

The application instructions include a Competitive Preference Priority for "Spurring Investment in Opportunity Zones) for 10 points.

ED-GRANTS-070319-002 / Grant posted on 7/3/19; closing date on 8/2/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/03/2019-14267/applications-for-new-awards-expanding-opportunity-through-quality-charter-schools-program-csp-grants

Department of Education

Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities

The Credit Enhancement program provides grants to eligible entities to demonstrate innovative methods of helping charter schools to address the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities by enhancing the availability of loans and bond financing.

The Notice Inviting Applications includes invitational priority for applicants proposing to target services in one or more qualified opportunity zones; or partner with one or more qualified opportunity funds.

ED-GRANTS-041619-001 / Grant posted on 6/5/19; closing date on 7/19/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/05/2019-11725/applications-for-new-awards-expanding-opportunity-through-quality-charter-schools-program-csp-grants

Department of Education

Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI)—Federal Work Study (FWS) Program

Under the ESI authority, the Department has invited FWS-participating institutions of higher education to participate in an experiment to test how changes to the FWS program will increase partnerships between institutions and industry, improve student retention and completion, reduce student debt levels, and yield strong post-graduation employment outcomes.

The Notice Inviting Institutions indicates that, if the Department needs to limit participation among applicant institutions, priority will be given to institutions that identify work-and-learn opportunities in qualified opportunity zones, among other factors.

Please see Notice Inviting Institutions: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/23/2019-10811/notice-inviting-postsecondary-educational-institutions-to-participate-in-experiments-under-the

Department of Education

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs-State Grants (GEAR UP)

GEAR UP-State grants provide funding to States to provide early support and maintain a commitment to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma and preparing for and succeeding in postsecondary education. Grantees provide financial aid information for postsecondary education, encourage enrollment in rigorous and challenging coursework, and provide scholarships.

The Notice Inviting Applications includes a new invitational priority for spurring investment in Opportunity Zones. An applicant that addresses the priority must: (1) Propose to serve children or students in a Qualified Opportunity Zone; or (2) Demonstrate that it has received, or will receive, financial assistance from a Qualified Opportunity Fund for a purpose directly related to its proposed project.

Grant posted on 7/8/19; closing date on 8/7/19 (Closed). Please see Notice Inviting Applications: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/08/2019-14370/applications-for-new-awards-gaining-early-awareness-and-readiness-for-undergraduate-programs-state

Department of Education

Minority Education, Workforce, and Training Program (MEWT)

The MEWT Program is designed to foster collaboration amongst MSIs, MBEs, DOE program offices, industry, state and local government agencies and other federal agencies to increase engagement and capabilities of underserved communities within STEM and energy fields.

Applicants must show that their programs are targeted towards economically distressed communities, to include Qualified Opportunity Zones.

DE-FOA-0002042 / Grant posted on 9/3/19; closing date 10/7/19; grant on Grants.gov

Department of Energy

Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth

ED (designated lead agency), DOL, HHS, CNCS, IMLS, DOJ, HUD, and related agencies can annually enter into up to 10 Performance Partnership agreements with states, regions, localities, or tribal communities that give them additional flexibility in using discretionary funds across multiple Federal programs. Pilot sites will commit to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth in educational, employment, and other key outcomes in exchange for this new flexibility.

Preference points in competition to be designated a Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth will be granted to projects designed to increase educational opportunities by reducing academic or nonacademic barriers to economic mobility by aligning Federal, State, or local funding streams to promote economic mobility of low-income individuals, such as applicants in Opportunity Zones

Federal Register Document Number: 2019-00200. Posted on 1/29/19; Notice of Intent to Apply due on 3/14/19 (Closed); Deadline for Transmittal of Applications on 4/29/19 (Closed). Please see federal register notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/01/28/2019-00200/applications-for-selection-as-a-performance-partnership-pilot-performance-partnership-pilots-for

Department of Education

Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program

This grant program seeks to identify, support, and rigorously evaluate evidence-based and innovative strategies and activities to improve and modernize career and technical education and align workforce skills with labor market needs.

Preference points have been added to 2019 Notice of Inviting Applications for projects serving students residing or attending CTE programs in Qualified Opportunity Zones. The notice also includes a new invitational priority for Spurring Investment in CTE from Qualified Opportunity Funds, under which an applicant must provide evidence that it has received or will receive financial assistance from a Qualified Opportunity Fund for a purpose directly related to its proposed project, especially for property including needed equipment and technology.

ED-GRANTS-041519-001 / Grant posted on 4/15/19; closing date on 6/14/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov; Please see federal register notice: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-15/pdf/2019-07456.pdf

Department of Education

Secretary's Proposed Priority for Discretionary Grant

The Secretary of Education proposes to establish a priority for discretionary grant programs that would align the Department of Education's (the Department's) discretionary grant investments with the Administration's Opportunity Zones initiative, which aims to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities.

Through this proposed priority, the agency seeks to expand and improve the opportunities available to individuals in Qualified Opportunity Zones by (1) encouraging applicants to plan projects in Qualified Opportunity Zones; (2) soliciting applications from eligible entities who are located in Qualified Opportunity Zones; or (3) soliciting applications from eligible entities that have received investments, including accessing real estate that has received investment from Qualified Opportunity Funds for a purpose directly related to their proposed projects.

Federal Register Document Number: ED-2019-OPEPD-0019. Posted on 7/29/19; Deadline for Transmittal of Comments was 8/28/19 (Closed). Please see federal register notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/29/2019-16062/secretarys-proposed-priority-for-discretionary-grant-programs

Department of Education

School Climate Transformation Grant Program: Local Educational Agency

The School Climate Transformation Grant Program—Local Educational Agency Grants (SCTG-LEA) provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support, for improving school climate.

The 2019 Notice of Inviting Applications includes four absolute priorities. One of the absolute priorities is: Absolute Priority 3 "LEAs that include a Qualified Opportunity Zone".

ED-GRANTS-061019-001 / Grant posted on 6/10/19; closing date on 7/22/19; (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/10/2019-12101/applications-for-new-awards-school-climate-transformation-grant-program-local-educational-agency

Department of Education

State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program

The State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program provides grants to eligible States to help them establish or enhance, and administer, a per-pupil facilities aid program for charter schools in the State, that is specified in State law, and provides annual financing, on a per-pupil basis, for charter school facilities.

The 2019 Notice of Inviting Applications includes three competitive preference priorities. One of the competitive preference priorities includes Spurring Investment in Opportunity Zones (up to 5 points).

ED-GRANTS-060419-006 / Grant posted on 6/4/19; closing date on 7/19/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/04/2019-11517/applications-for-new-awards-expanding-opportunity-through-quality-charter-schools-program-csp-state

Department of Education

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)

The Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

The 2019 Notice of Inviting Applications includes a new invitational priority for spurring investment in Opportunity Zones, under which an applicant must: (1) Propose to serve children or students who reside, or attend elementary or secondary schools or institutions of higher education, in a Qualified Opportunity Zone; or (2) Provide evidence in its application that it has received or will receive financial assistance from a qualified opportunity fund.

ED-GRANTS-061919-002 / Grant posted on 6/19/19; closing date on 7/19/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/19/2019-13010/applications-for-new-awards-strengthening-institutions-program

Department of Education

Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program

These grants aim to increase student achievement by improving the quality of new prospective teachers by enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and the professional development activities for current teachers; holding teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing talented, certified or licensed and effective teachers; and recruiting effective individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.

The 2019 Notice of Inviting Applications includes a new invitational priority for spurring investment in Opportunity Zones, under which an applicant must: (1) Propose to serve children or students who reside, or attend TQP project schools, in a Qualified Opportunity Zone; or (2) Demonstrate that it has received, or will receive, financial assistance from a Qualified Opportunity Fund for a purpose directly related to its proposed project.

ED-GRANTS-040319-001 / Grant posted on 4/3/19; closing date on 5/20/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov; https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/03/2019-06493/applications-for-new-awards-teacher-quality-partnership-grant-program

Department of Education

Child Support Intergovernmental Case Processing Innovation Demonstration

This program competitively awards funding for the purpose of testing how child support agencies can improve intergovernmental case processing and collections.

Bonus points will be provided to projects located in designated Opportunity Zones.

HHS-2019-ACF-OCSE-FD-1541; Grant posted on 5/22/19; Grant closing date is 7/17/2019 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2019-ACF-OCSE-FD-1541

Department of Health and Human Services

Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants

This program competitively awards funding for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive early learning services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families through traditional Early Head Start programs or through partnerships between Early Head Start programs and child care providers.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement for the third round of funding for this grant program was updated to include language that reserved the right for the prioritization of funding for qualified applicants who propose services in Opportunity Zones.

HHS-2019-ACF-OHS-HP-1386 / Grant posted on 10/29/18; closing date on 11/30/18 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OHS-HP-1386_0.pdf

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Center Program Service Area Competition (SAC)

The Health Center Program supports nearly 1,400 organizations that operate approximately 12,000 health care delivery sites across the nation serving more than 28 million people. Each year, approximately one-third of the grants are re-competed to ensure continued services in existing service areas. Additionally, when funding is available, new organizations may also compete for funding to establish health centers in new areas.

The application requires the applicant to identify if the service area is located in an Opportunity Zone. Opportunity Zones are included in the objective review criteria in the FY 19 and upcoming FY 20 NOFOs that establish new or compete existing service areas.

 

 

  • FY20 SAC round 6 of 6: HRSA-20-020 / Grant posted on 9/26/19; closing date 12/2/19; grant on Grants.gov
  • FY20 SAC Round 5 of 6: HRSA-20-019 / Grant posted on 8/22/19; closing date 10/21/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov
  • FY20 SAC Round 4 of 6: HRSA-20-018 / Grant posted on 8/1/19; closing date 9/30/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov
  • FY20 SAC Round 3 of 6: HRSA-20-017 / Grant posted on 6/27/19; closing date 8/26/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov
  • FY20 SAC Round 2 of 6: HRSA-20-016 / Grant posted on 6/6/19; closing dated 8/5/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov
  • FY20 SAC Round 1 of 6: HRSA-20-015 / Grant posted on 5/16/19; closing date 7/15/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov

Department of Health and Human Services

Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)

The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas. YES Initiative applicants should address unhealthy physical activity and nutrition behaviors in racial/ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged youth, including specifically girls, and provide opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. The YES Initiative intends to identify effective collaborations and/or existing community organizational partnerships that aim to improve physical activity and nutrition by increasing sports participation of racial/ethnic minority and/or socio-economically disadvantaged youth, including specifically girls.

Preference will be provided to projects located in designated Opportunity Zones. Funding decisions expected summer 2019.

MP-CPI-19-002 / Grant posted on 3/28/19; closing date 5/31/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314361

Department of Health and Human Services

Jobs Plus Initiative

The Jobs Plus program develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working residents and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling.

Preference points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6300-N-14 / Grant posted on 8/5/19; closing date 10/1/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_JobsPlusInitiative_FR-6300-N-14.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency Program

The program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is an individual’s ability to support their household by maintaining financial, housing, and personal/family stability. To achieve self-sufficiency, an individual moves along a continuum towards economic independence and stability; such movement is facilitated by the achievement of personal goals. Under Public Housing assistance, this program utilizes a service coordination model to ensure resident are linked to supportive services and resident empowerment activities by leveraging public and private resources.

Preference points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6300-N-05 / Grant posted on 8/14/19; closing date 10/15/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_ROSS_Final_08.22.19.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap

The grant program has the following overarching goals: 1) to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to new industry sectors and occupations, such as cybersecurity and those involving artificial intelligence; (2) to promote the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships across the nation to a range of employers, including small- and medium-sized employers; and (3) to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.

Preference points for Opportunity Zone applicants have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

FOA-ODEP-19-09 / Grant posted on 6/24/19; closing date was 9/24/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-19-09.pdf

Department of Labor

Capacity Building Developmental and Capacity Building Pilot

The grant program offers opportunities for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and educational programs for small business employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement / Notice of Available Funding

SHTG-FY-19-03 / Grant posted on 5/3/19; closing date 7/2/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/SHTG-FY-19-03CapacityBuildingDev_or_Pilot.pdf

Department of Labor

Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program

This is an annual competitive grant program that serves homeless veterans by providing occupational skills training, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training, in addition to job search and placement services.

Preference points for Opportunity Zone applicants have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

FOA-VETS-19-01 / Grant posted on 3/27/19; closing date 4/26/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/VETS/legacy/files/FOA-VETS-19-01.pdf

Department of Labor

National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities

This solicitation is a re-competition of an existing cooperative agreement. The work done under the new Center will build upon the prior work of ODEP’s Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). The new Center, which will retain the name EARN, will continue to conduct research; engage with the business community; identify effective policies and practices that support business needs; and provide resources, technical assistance, and training to help public and private sector employers (including Federal contractors) recruit, hire, retain, and advance individuals with disabilities.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement / Notice of Available Funding

FOA-ODEP-19-01 / Grant posted on 4/22/19; closing date 6/24/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/odep/odep20190422

Department of Labor

National Policy Development Center for Preparing Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities for Employment

This grant has a critical focus for the Center that will be supporting the development, implementation, and integration of evidence-based effective practices and policies for improving transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. The Center will use the Guideposts for Success as a transition framework and recognize that youth, families, educators, workforce professionals, and other stakeholders must work together to increase employment expectations for youth with disabilities. The Center will build capacity within and across both general and disability-specific youth service delivery systems to improve employment and post-secondary education outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Preference points for Opportunity Zone applicants have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

FOA-ODEP-19-02 / Grant posted on 6/20/19; closing date 7/23/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/odep/odep20190620

Department of Labor

Re-Employment Support and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic, RESTORE Grant Program

These grants will directly address the employment needs of women affected by the opioid crisis and combat its impact in some of the hardest hit areas of the country. Applicants will establish and/or build on cooperative relationships among service providers and key stakeholders in order to train and employ women workers who have been adversely affected by the opioid crisis. Applicants may propose to serve women workers in communities impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. The grants are intended to provide employment training, career services, and supportive services to women who have been directly or indirectly affected by the opioid crisis in order to support positive outcomes for women participants.

Preference points for Opportunity Zone applicants have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

FOA-WB-19-02 / Grant posted on 7/24/19; closing date 8/23/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/wb/wb20190724

Department of Labor

Reentry Projects (RP-3) -Adults

This program awards funding to enhance reentry strategies through collaboration with the field to identify and respond to emerging or chronic reentry challenges. This initiative intends to assist communities in planning and implementing comprehensive reentry programs to help formerly incarcerated adults who have been involved in the adult justice system make successful transitions back to the community.

Preference points for Opportunity Zone applicants have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

FOA-ETA-19-01-A (Adults) / Grant posted on 3/25/19; closing date 4/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-19-01.pdf

Department of Labor

Reentry Projects (RP-3) - Young Adults

This program awards funding to enhance reentry strategies through collaboration with the field to identify and respond to emerging or chronic reentry challenges. This initiative intends to assist communities in planning and implementing comprehensive reentry programs to help young adults who have been involved in the juvenile justice system make successful transitions back to the community.

Preference points for Opportunity Zone applicants have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

FOA-ETA-19-01-YA (Young Adults) / Grant posted on 3/25/19; closing date 4/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-19-01.pdf

Department of Labor

Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grants

The grant program offers opportunities for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop and conduct training and educational programs for small business employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSHAct.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement / Notice of Available Funding

SHTG-FY-19-01 / Grant posted on 5/3/19; closing date 7/2/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/03/2019-09091/susan-harwood-training-grant-program-fy-2019

Department of Labor

Susan Harwood Training and Educational Materials Development

The grant program offers opportunities for nonprofit organizations to compete annually for funding so they may develop classroom quality occupational safety and health training for workers and employers on one of the OSHA-specified topics.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement / Notice of Available Funding

SHTG-FY-19-02 / Grant posted on 5/3/19; closing date 7/2/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/03/2019-09091/susan-harwood-training-grant-program-fy-2019

Department of Labor

Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations ("WANTO") Technical Assistance Grant Program

These grants will provide technical assistance (TA) to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in apprenticeable occupations and nontraditional occupations (A/NTO), specifically by: Developing (establishing, expanding, and/or enhancing) pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or other nontraditional skills training programs designed to prepare women for careers in A/NTO; Providing ongoing orientations or other resources for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women in A/NTO; and/or Setting up support groups, facilitating networks, and/or providing supportive services for women in A/NTO to improve their retention.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement / Notice of Available Funding

FOA-WB 19-01 / Grant posted on 6/6/19; closing date 7/8/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.dol.gov/wb/media/wantogrants.htm

Department of Labor

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC): A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions

These grants will enable eligible applicants within the Appalachian and Delta regions to expand the impact of existing workforce development initiatives, as well as provide valuable career, training, and support services to eligible individuals in counties and parishes and/or areas currently underserved by other resources. These grants support workforce development activities that prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a regional or community economic development strategy.

Applicants must demonstrate at least one census tract in the service area is classified as an Opportunity Zone and will receive full amount of points.

FOA-ETA-19-08 / Grant posted on 5/15/19; closing date 7/15/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-19-08.pdf

Department of Labor

YouthBuild

These grants are to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is the Construction Plus component, a priority in this grant competition.

Preference points for projects located in Opportunity Zones have been added to the program’s 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement / Notice of Available Funding

FOA-ETA-19-04 / Grant posted on 6/6/19; closing date 8/6/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-19-04.pdf

Department of Labor

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training

This program awards funds to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. While Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants require training in brownfield assessment and/or cleanup activities, these grants also require that Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training be provided to all individuals being trained. EPA encourages applicants to develop their curricula based on local labor market assessments and employers' hiring needs, while also delivering comprehensive training that results in graduates securing multiple certifications.

The 2019 grant guidelines include an “other factor” to serve as a potential tie-breaker for projects located in Opportunity Zones.

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-19-01 / Grant posted on 4/15/19; closing date on 6/10/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-04/documents/epa-olem-oblr-19-01.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency

Entrepreneurship

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ACTION COMPLETED GRANT/PROGRAM INFO AGENCY

OpportunityZones.gov website

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development developed the "OpportunityZones.gov" website that provides information about the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council along with information for investors, local leaders and entrepreneurs with resources and news stories about Opportunity Zones and the Council actions.

The "OpportunityZones.gov" website was announced and released at a press conference by the HUD Secretary.

OpportunityZones.gov website released on October 1, 2019 https://opportunityzones.hud.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form

HUD has drafted a proposed grant certification form. This form will certify that valuable HUD resources are in fact being targeted to and expended in America's most economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones. Additionally, it will enable HUD to gather and analyze the most accurate data regarding the use of taxpayer funds; specifically, how they are being utilized by HUD's grantee partners to support the President's mission of revitalizing distressed communities. The collection of this information will help to guide the Department through future grant awards and inform HUD's strategy to maximize non-profit and private sector investment. It is also anticipated that other Federal agencies will also implement this form for their grants offering benefits to Opportunity Zones or distressed communities.

The official 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection for the Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form was published on October 10th, 2019 in the Federal Register. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/10/2019-22135/60-day-notice-of-proposed-information-collection-opportunity-zone-grant-certification-form

FR-7022-N-01 (Federal Register Notice iD HUD-2019-22135) / Posted on 10/10/19; comments due by 12/9/19; notice on regulations.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1

This document provides a roadmap to help communities plan for potential investments in Opportunity Zones by understanding local needs, aligning community assets, establishing regulatory tools and financing incentives to support investments and forming partnerships toward equitable and inclusive community development. This roadmap serves as an introductory guide for local jurisdictions to plan for economic development within Opportunity Zones. It summarizes core components of a comprehensive, forthcoming Opportunity Zone toolkit as well as resources on OpportunityZones.gov that explore these components in greater detail.

The "Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1" was published on the "Opportunity Now" website under the "Local Resources" section of the website.

The Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1 was published on October 1, 2019 and is located at https://opportunityzones.hud.gov/sites/opportunityzones.hud.gov/files/documents/Opportunity_Zones_Toolkit_Roadmap_FINAL_Edited_092319.pdf.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

504 Loan Program (CDC)

This program fuels economic growth and job creation by providing small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing to acquire fixed assets (e.g., real estate, buildings, machinery).

On November 2, 2018 via Federal Register Notice, SBA designated Opportunity Zones as additional areas where our 504 Program’s job creation or retention requirements will be more relaxed, to incentivize lending by Certified Development Companies (CDCs) and Third-Party Lenders in these areas. Opposed to a requirement to create or preserve one job for every $75,000 guaranteed by SBA, the requirement for specially-designated areas (which now includes Opportunity Zones) is now $85,000 per job created or preserved if the project is in an Opportunity Zone.

Federal Register Document Number: 2018-24033; Posted on 11/2/18. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/02/2018-24033/development-company-loan-program-job-creation-and-retention-requirements-additional-areas-for-higher

Small Business Administration

7(a) Loan Program

SBA’s flagship loan program provides small businesses with access to capital to finance a wide variety of business activities, including purchasing machinery, furniture, fixtures, supplies and materials, improvements to land and buildings, and working capital.

For FY2019, 7(a) loans in the amount of $150,000 or less made to small businesses where the physical address of the operating concern is located in a rural area or a historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone), both of which overlap significantly with Opportunity Zones: (a) the annual service fee paid by lenders will be zero (b) the upfront guaranty fee typically paid by the small business applicant will be lowered significantly to 0.6667% (66.67 basis points) of the guaranteed portion of the loan.

 

Small Business Administration

Community Advantage Loan Pilot Program

The Community Advantage (CA) Pilot program is intended to expand small business access to capital in underserved markets by allowing mission-focused, community-based lenders to make 7(a) loans to small business with an SBA guarantee as high as 85% for loans up to $250,000.

Effective October 1, 2018, SBA expanded the Pilot Program definition of “underserved markets” to include Opportunity Zones. CA lenders are required to make at least 60% of their CA loans in underserved markets.

Federal Register Document Number: 2018-19885; Posted on 9/12/18. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/12/2018-19885/community-advantage-pilot-program

Small Business Administration

Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans

This notice provides varying instructions and guidance to grantees/participating jurisdictions under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs at it relates to Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Plans and Action Plans.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to this notice, including the encouragement of grantees to consider the use of CDBG, HOME, HTF, ESG, and HOPWA funds for eligible activities in Opportunity Zones when developing their Consolidated Plans. Also, grantees are encouraged to explore whether their Opportunity Zones would qualify as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs)—certain CDBG requirements can be streamlined through the designation of NRSAs that may make it more feasible for grantees and their partners to leverage CDBG and Section 108 funds more quickly in Opportunity Zones.

HUD Notice: CPD-19-01 posted on 2/13/19; in effect until 9/30/19. https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Notice-CPD-1901-Guidance-on-Submitting-Consolidated-Plans-Annual-Action-Plans-for-FY-2019.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME)

The SBA’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME) provides grants to organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs who lack sufficient training and education to gain access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses. SBA expects to make approximately 25 awards for a total of $5 million.

The SBA will give additional consideration to those applicants that (1) provide training and technical assistance to economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in rural areas; and (2) training and technical assistance to support entrepreneurship in Hub Zones and Opportunity Zones.

PRIME-2019-01 / Grant posted on 5/10/19; closing dated 6/10/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.newportchamber.com/blog/chamber-chatter-4719/post/funding-alert-sba-prime-grant-applications-open-today-19424

Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Centers

The SBDC program is the SBA’s largest matching grant, funding a service delivery network to provide high quality business and economic development assistance to small businesses and nascent entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement. The SBDCs, in partnership with SBA’s Office of Small Business Development Centers (OSBDC) and SBA District Offices, develop programs and provide business management and other services that enhance the economic development goals and objectives of SBA and their other respective state and local funding partners. The SBDC program is a broad-based system of assistance for the small business community that links the resources of Federal, state, and local governments with those of the educational community and the private sector.

SBDCs, in conjunction with the SBA Regional Administrator and SBA District Office, will coordinate with their state, local and tribal economic development officials, chambers of commerce, lenders and other public and private entities to maximize business development in their respective Opportunity Zones. Each SBDC is required to develop an annual strategic plan, in conjunction with their respective SBA Regional Administrator and District Office, to craft programs and outreach in their respective Opportunity Zones.

OSBDC-2020-01 / Grant posted on 8/2/19; closing date 9/3/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/resources_articles/2020_SBDC_Funding_Opportunity.pdf

Small Business Administration

Women's Business Center (WBC) - Renewal Grant

The mission of the WBC Program is to act as the catalyst for providing in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs, both nascent and established businesses, a representative number of which are socially and economically disadvantaged. This mission is accomplished through the award of financial assistance to private, 501(c)- certified non-profit organizations to enable them to affect substantial economic impact in their communities, measured by outcomes such as successful business start-ups and capital infusion. There are currently over 100 centers in the WBC network.

SBA recognizes the importance of ensuring access to capital to Opportunity Zones so for the first time, WBCs will now be required to develop detailed outreach plans focusing on how they will encourage business development in Opportunity Zones. These plans should be developed in conjunction with the appropriate SBA Regional Administrator and SBA District Office and coordinated with state, local and tribal economic development officials, chambers of commerce, lenders and other public and private entities. Relatedly, in both their Semiannual and Final reports, each WBC must discuss how their outreach and business development efforts in Opportunity Zones helped the WBC achieve its performance metrics. The Final Report should also discuss the impact of Opportunity Zone partnership efforts on new business starts and capital infusion outcomes.

OWBO-2019-02 / Grant posted on 9/9/19; closing dated 9/27/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov

Small Business Administration

Safe Neighborhoods

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION ACTION COMPLETED GRANT/PROGRAM INFO AGENCY

Guidelines for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants

The program awards funds to capitalize on the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) that provides loans and subgrants to eligible entities to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum.

In order to receive the maximum points for a section of the proposal, the 2020 grant guidelines require the proposed project to either be in an Opportunity Zones or the proposed project / revitalization plan will help spur economic growth within an Opportunity Zone. The FY 2020 grant proposal guidelines have been released and include language that would give additional ranking points to applications for site specific locations in Opportunity Zones or that would directly spur redevelopment in an Opportunity Zone.

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-19-06 / Grant posted on 10/10/19; closing date 12/3/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.epa.gov/grants/fy20-guidelines-brownfield-revolving-loan-fund-grants

Environmental Protection Agency

OpportunityZones.gov website

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development developed the "OpportunityZones.gov" website that provides information about the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council along with information for investors, local leaders and entrepreneurs with resources and news stories about Opportunity Zones and the Council actions.

The "OpportunityZones.gov" website was announced and released at a press conference by the HUD Secretary.

OpportunityZones.gov website released on October 1, 2019 https://opportunityzones.hud.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form

HUD has drafted a proposed grant certification form. This form will certify that valuable HUD resources are in fact being targeted to and expended in America's most economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones. Additionally, it will enable HUD to gather and analyze the most accurate data regarding the use of taxpayer funds; specifically, how they are being utilized by HUD's grantee partners to support the President's mission of revitalizing distressed communities. The collection of this information will help to guide the Department through future grant awards and inform HUD's strategy to maximize non-profit and private sector investment. It is also anticipated that other Federal agencies will also implement this form for their grants offering benefits to Opportunity Zones or distressed communities.

The official 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection for the Opportunity Zone Grant Certification Form was published on October 10th, 2019 in the Federal Register. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/10/2019-22135/60-day-notice-of-proposed-information-collection-opportunity-zone-grant-certification-form

FR-7022-N-01 (Federal Register Notice iD HUD-2019-22135) / Posted on 10/10/19; comments due by 12/9/19; notice on regulations.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1

This document provides a roadmap to help communities plan for potential investments in Opportunity Zones by understanding local needs, aligning community assets, establishing regulatory tools and financing incentives to support investments and forming partnerships toward equitable and inclusive community development. This roadmap serves as an introductory guide for local jurisdictions to plan for economic development within Opportunity Zones. It summarizes core components of a comprehensive, forthcoming Opportunity Zone toolkit as well as resources on OpportunityZones.gov that explore these components in greater detail.

The "Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1" was published on the "Opportunity Now" website under the "Local Resources" section of the website.

The Opportunity Zone Toolkit Volume 1 was published on October 1, 2019 and is located at https://opportunityzones.hud.gov/sites/opportunityzones.hud.gov/files/documents/Opportunity_Zones_Toolkit_Roadmap_FINAL_Edited_092319.pdf.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans

This notice provides varying instructions and guidance to grantees/participating jurisdictions under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs at it relates to Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Plans and Action Plans.

Language supporting Opportunity Zones has been added to this notice, including the encouragement of grantees to consider the use of CDBG, HOME, HTF, ESG, and HOPWA funds for eligible activities in Opportunity Zones when developing their Consolidated Plans. Also, grantees are encouraged to explore whether their Opportunity Zones would qualify as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs)—certain CDBG requirements can be streamlined through the designation of NRSAs that may make it more feasible for grantees and their partners to leverage CDBG and Section 108 funds more quickly in Opportunity Zones.

HUD Notice: CPD-19-01 posted on 2/13/19; in effect until 9/30/19. https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Notice-CPD-1901-Guidance-on-Submitting-Consolidated-Plans-Annual-Action-Plans-for-FY-2019.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing

The purpose of the HHP program is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments identify and remediate housing related health and safety hazards. This program will assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to develop comprehensive programs to identify and remediate housing issues that contribute to health and safety issues in urban, tribal communities.

Preference points have been added to the program’s 2019 Notice of Funding Availability.

FR-6200-N-44 / Grant posted on 6/25/19; closing date 8/9/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_HHPGrantProgramforTribalHousingNOFA.pdf

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Incentives for FHA Mortgage Insurance for Properties Located in Opportunity Zones

FHA has introduced incentives for residential care / nursing home facilitiesand hospitals owners applying for certain loans insured by FHA for properties located in a qualified Opportunity Zone census tract.

Two benefits: 1) Processing by Designated HUD Underwriters; 2) Reduced FHA Mortgage Insurance Application Fee

Notice: H 2019-10 posted on 9/27/19; in effect until amended, revoked or superseded

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Solicitation of Proposals for Economic Development Feasibility Study Funding from the Native American Business Development Institute

Proposals from federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska federally recognized Tribal entities for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities. These feasibility studies will empower American Indian Tribes/Alaska federally recognized Tribal entities and Tribal businesses to make informed decisions regarding their economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the viability of an economic development project or business or the practicality of a technology a Tribe or entity may choose to pursue. Grant selection priority will be given to applicants whose proposals focus on businesses and projects located in Opportunity Zones.

Preference Points have been added to the program’s Solicitation.

BIA-NABDI-2019-0001 / Grant posted on 4/1/19; closing date 7/1/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bia.gov/as-ia/ieed/division-economic-development/nabdi

Department of Interior

Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program

The Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions with developing and enhancing programs designed to implement the requirements of SORNA.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

SMART-2019-14905 / Grant posted on 2/15/19; closing date on 4/18/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.smart.gov/pdfs/SMARTFY19AWA.pdf

Department of Justice

Artificial Intelligence Research and Development to Support Community Supervision

This program awards grants to proposals for innovative, investigator-initiated technology research and development projects to apply advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote the successful reentry of offenders under community supervision.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15287 / Grant posted on 2/15/19; closing date on 5/13/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15287.pdf

Department of Justice

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program

This program awards funding In response to the opioid epidemic. The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program is designed to support our nations first responders and provide for the needs of crime victims; support diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs for non-violent individuals who come in contact with the justice system as a result of the abuse of illicit and prescription opioids; implement and enhance prescription drug monitoring programs; promote cross-system planning and coordination of service delivery; and reduce the incidence of fatal overdoses associated with opioid use. Effective responses must be comprehensive and address the needs of the individual who is abusing drugs, as well as any children and loved ones who may be experiencing trauma, violence, and victimization.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15111 / Grant posted on 4/5/19; closing date on 6/5/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/COAP19.pdf

Department of Justice

Comprehensive School-based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization Prevention, Intervention and Accountability

This program will support a comprehensive effort to address youth violence and victimization through implementing prevention, intervention and accountability efforts in a school-based setting.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-14964 / Grant posted on 3/21/19; closing date on 5/20/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/CYVP.pdf

Department of Justice

Enhancements to Juvenile Indigent Defense Systems

This program will support states and localities in developing and implementing strategies to ensure that youth involved with the juvenile justice system have fair and equal access to quality legal representation; ensure that offenders involved with the juvenile justice system have resources that address the collateral consequences of justice system involvement; and/or provide training for the juvenile indigent defense bar, including public defenders and court-appointed counsel working on behalf of juvenile indigent defendants.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-14927 / Grant posted on 3/6/19; closing date on 5/8/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/EJIDS.pdf

Department of Justice

Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

The program awards funds to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as the result of the opioid crisis. OVC anticipates that this solicitation will support service providers in expanding their current scope and expertise to ensure that children and youth, most vulnerable victims impacted by the opioid crises are supported as they heal from the impact of crime and substance abuse.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OVC-2019-15644 / Grant posted on 5/28/19; closing date 7/11/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/Opioids_FY-2019-CompetitiveSolicitation.pdf

Department of Justice

Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services

This program awards funding to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization. Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OVC-2019-15654 / Grant posted on 4/26/19; closing date 6/26/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-EASP-Solicitation-508.pdf

Department of Justice

Evaluation of Juvenile Corrections Executive Leadership Training

This program will award funding for a single evaluation project to examine the implementation and effectiveness of a juvenile corrections executive leadership training. The OJJDP-funded training will assist juvenile facility superintendents and other juvenile corrections personnel in their efforts to develop and implement effective facility practices and strategies for youth in their custody.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-16193 / Grant posted on 6/11/19; closing date on 8/12/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-16193.pdf

Department of Justice

Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods

This program will award funding a multi-site evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15403 / Grant posted on 2/13/19; closing date on 5/1/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15403.pdf

Department of Justice

Evaluations of Services for Victims of Crime

This program awards funding for rigorous evaluations of programs that provide services for victims of crime.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15443 / Grant posted on 2/26/19; closing date on 5/6/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15443.pdf

Department of Justice

Evaluation of Street Law Programs

This program awards funds to conduct a single evaluation project that measures the effectiveness of two programs administered by Street Law, Inc. (Street Law), as they are implemented in a two-year expansion of these programs that the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is funding.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-16109 / Grant posted on 6/12/19; closing date on 8/12/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-16109.pdf

Department of Justice

Family Drug Court Program

These are competitive grant awards for communities to implement or enhance Family Drug Courts.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-15026 / Grant posted on 3/27/19; closing date on 3/19/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/FDCP.pdf

Department of Justice

Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

This program awards funding to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims. Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OVC-2019-15655 / Grant posted on 4/29/19; closing date 6/27/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/OVC-FY19-FGI-solicitation-508.pdf

Department of Justice

Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

The program awards funding to improve access to and delivery of services to offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness when they leave incarceration to reenter the community. The focus of the Program is to provide standardized screening and assessment; collaborative comprehensive case management; and pre- and post-release programming that address criminogenic risk and needs, including mental illness and substance abuse. The expectation is that jail or prison systems will develop or refine a standardized screening process for all people in the correctional facility. Further, community-based treatment providers must coordinate with corrections, correctional health, parole, and probation, as applicable, to develop collaborative comprehensive case plans to aid in the reentry process.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15183 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/CSAMI19.pdf

Department of Justice

Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program

This program awards funding to focus on high crime communities with concentrated distress and hot spots of crime and directly supports the Department's priorities to reduce violent crime (sometimes associated with gang activity), assist communities struggling with drug abuse, and support law enforcement officers by integrating officers and enforcement strategies into community-based crime reduction efforts.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15364 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/24/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/CBCR19.pdf

Department of Justice

Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities

This program awards funding to provide state and local community corrections agencies with information, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) on ways to improve supervision capacity and partnerships with other justice agencies to prevent recidivism and reduce crime in their jurisdictions. The Innovations in Supervision Initiative provides opportunities to increase community corrections agencies ability to reduce crimes committed by those supervised in the community.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15226 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/ISI19.pdf

Department of Justice

Innovative Reentry Initiatives: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism

The program awards funding to Reduce Recidivism is to provide state and local jurisdictions and Indian tribes with the resources and training and technical assistance (TTA) necessary to identify assets and gaps in their reentry systems and to develop capacity and partnerships to provide services that prevent recidivism, reduce crime, and improve public safety in their jurisdictions.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15250 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/IRI19.pdf

Department of Justice

Innovative Responses to Behavior in the Community: Swift, Certain, and Fair Supervision

The program awards funding to provide state and local parole and probation agencies with information, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) to improve responses to offender behavior in accordance with the principles of swiftness, certainty, and fairness, in order to prevent recidivism and reduce crime in their jurisdictions. Through this grant announcement, BJA will select multiple applicants to develop, implement, or enhance an SCF Program model.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15224 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/SCF19.pdf

Department of Justice

Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearm Violence

This program provides grants for research and program evaluation projects that inform efforts to prevent and reduce intentional, interpersonal firearm violence and public mass shootings in the United States.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15288 / Grant posted on 2/26/19; closing date on 4/29/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15288.pdf

Department of Justice

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

The program awards funding to support cross-system collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the justice system. This program supports officer and public safety and violence reduction through social service and other partnerships that will enhance and increase law enforcement responses to people with MI and CMISA.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15099 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/JMHCP19.pdf

Department of Justice

Juvenile Drug Court Program

These are competitive grant awards for communities to implement or enhance Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-15032 / Grant posted on 3/29/19; closing date on 5/30/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/JDTC.pdf

Department of Justice

Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program

This program awards funding to support direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim service programs, better coordinate services, and develop partnerships with community-based programs to address the needs of crime victims. A strong focus will be placed on reaching victims in high-crime areas and improving services to these crime victims.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OVC-2019-15600 / Grant posted on 5/28/19; closing date on 7/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19_Law-Enforcement-Based-Victim-Specialist-Program.pdf

Department of Justice

Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative

The program awards funding to state and local government entities that are experiencing precipitous increases in gun crime to implement comprehensive and holistic models to reduce violent crime and illegal firearms within their jurisdictions by enabling them to integrate with their local ATF Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGICs). The purpose of this initiative is to encourage local jurisdictions to work with their ATF partners to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify firearms used unlawfully and their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15053 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/11/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/CGIC19.pdf

Department of Justice

Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Instrument Development

This program awards funding to develop a tool for use by victim service providers, relevant government entities, and victim service-provider funding administrators to assess the effectiveness of victim service programming.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15594 / Grant posted on 2/27/19; closing date on 5/16/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15594.pdf

Department of Justice

Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

This program awards funding for youth mentoring services (1:1, group or peer) provided by National and Multi-State mentoring organizations as well as mentoring for specific populations. Specific category titles might include: National Mentoring Programs; Multi-State Mentoring Programs; Mentoring Programs for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System; Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids; and Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiative for Youth Impacted by Opioids.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-15004 / Grant posted on 2/20/19; closing date on 4/22/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/MentOpps.pdf

Department of Justice

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

This program awards funding to improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by States and units of local government. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog. The Coverdell Act requires that 15 percent of program funds be awarded competitively. These competitive funds may be awarded to SAAs or dispersed directly to units of local government based on the merits of the respective applications. This solicitation will fund competitive awards only.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15504 / Grant posted on 4/5/19; closing date 6/4/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15504.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System

This program will award funding for multidisciplinary research projects addressing four topics: 1) The cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers. 2) Enhancing strategies for officer interaction with individuals presenting with mental illness. 3) Understanding the impact and management of stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma to advance resiliency of the forensic science workforce. 4) The impact of undercover work on officer wellness.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15283 / Grant posted on 3/11/19; closing date on 5/28/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15283.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

This program provides grants for research that promotes effective law enforcement, court, and corrections responses to illegal drug markets (including diversion of legal drugs).

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15444 / Grant posted on 2/14/19; closing date on 5/6/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15444.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Gangs and Gang Violence

This program awards funding for scientifically rigorous research and evaluation projects designed to produce findings with high practical utility for youth and adult gang prevention, intervention, enforcement, or reentry strategies.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15270 / Grant posted on 2/13/19; closing date 4/29/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15270.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Policing

This program awards funding for investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15543 / Grant posted on 2/7/19; closing date on 5/7/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15543.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives

This program awards funding for rigorous research to examine reentry initiatives that incorporate promising practices, strategies, or programs.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15563 / Grant posted on 1/17/29; closing date on 5/13/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15563.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention

This program awards funding to research aimed at building knowledge and evidence related to strategies for effective prevention of terrorism in the United States.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15303 / Grant posted on 2/12/19; closing date on 4/22/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15303.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice

This program awards funding for funding for investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic science testimony.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15645 / Grant posted on 2/5/19; closing date on 4/19/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15645.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons

This program provides grants for research projects that — first and foremost — have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. This year, NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following priority areas: Labor trafficking research; Evaluation research focused on victim service providers; and Building knowledge of the “grooming” process of traffickers.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15231 / Grant posted on 2/26/19; closing date on 5/8/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15231.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence

This program awards funding for research to support objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women, promote justice for victims of crime, and enhance criminal justice responses to such crimes.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15365 / Grant posted on 2/13/19; closing date on 4/15/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15365.pdf

Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on White Collar Crime: Health Care and Elder Fraud

This program supports scientifically rigorous research, and evaluation projects that will advance our understanding of these types of crime and effective approaches for identifying, preventing, investigating, and prosecuting them.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15383 / Grant posted on 2/15/19; closing date on 5/2/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15383.pdf

Department of Justice

Research into Desistance from Crime

This program will award funding to build upon NIJ’s past research efforts to understand and aid in accelerating the process of desistance from crime.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15527 / Grant posted on 2/12/19; closing date on 4/29/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15527.pdf

Department of Justice

Research into Immigration and Crime

This program awards funds for research projects that increase understanding of the relationship between immigration, both legal and illegal, and crime.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15588 / Grant posted on 2/28/19; closing date on 5/29/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15588.pdf

Department of Justice

Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents with Minor Children

This program will promote and expand services in detention and correctional facilities to incarcerated individuals who have children younger than age 18. Program activities include developing strategies to increase and enhance communication between the child and his or her incarcerated parent while maintaining safe facilities, and providing transitional reentry services that incorporate a focus on parental responsibility for incarcerated parents and ensuring that youth with an incarcerated parent receive services that support positive youth development.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-14931 / Grant posted on 2/13/19; closing date on 4/15/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/SCACIP.pdf

Department of Justice

Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program

The program awards funding for supporting organizations or tribes providing comprehensive reentry services to program participants throughout their transition from jail or prison to the community. Under this solicitation, BJA is seeking applications to implement or expand on reentry programs that demonstrate strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, law enforcement, and other reentry service providers. These partnerships should develop comprehensive case management plans that directly address criminogenic risk and needs, as determined by validated criminogenic risk assessments, and includes delivery or facilitation of services in a manner consistent with the learning styles and abilities of the participants. This includes ensuring cognitive behavioral programming is in place pre-release, whether by the lead applicant or a partnering agency.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15223 / Grant posted on 4/8/19; closing date on 6/11/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/SCAComRe19.pdf

Department of Justice

Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative: Outcomes-Based Contracting to Lower Recidivism and Homelessness

The program awards funding to provide assistance and funding to state, local, and tribal governments to price, write, negotiate, fund, and manage contracts that pay for these services in a way that ensures accountability of the contract service providers, and incentivizes improved performance over time. Contracted services that may be purchased with grant funds include reentry services which are tailored to individuals leaving incarceration who are at moderate to high risk for recidivism in the community and services available to individuals living in permanent supportive housing units.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-16890 / Grant posted on 8/13/19; closing date on 10/15/19; grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/SCAPFS19.pdf

Department of Justice

Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program

The program awards funding to help juvenile participants released from residential confinement to successfully transition back into society. This solicitation will support the delivery of a variety of evidence-based services while the offender is still confined and during his or her reentry into the community to ensure that the juveniles transition is safe and successful. Sites funded under this program will provide juvenile offenders in confinement and following their release to the community with services, including: educational, vocational, and job placement services; substance abuse treatment; coordinated supervision and services upon release from confinement, including transitional/permanent housing and mental and physical health care; and victim appropriate services.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-15036 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/24/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/SCAYOR.pdf

Department of Justice

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence - Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting

This program awards funding for applications from eligible States and units of local government that will inventory, track, and report the status of SAKs. As an integral part of these activities, applicants also are expected to identify and prioritize (for testing) SAKs for which prosecution of a perpetrator is soon to be barred by the expiration of an applicable statute(s) of limitations.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

NIJ-2019-15528 / Grant posted on 4/1/19; closing date on 5/20/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://nij.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh171/files/media/document/NIJ-2019-15528.pdf

Department of Justice

Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

The program awards funding to support the efforts of organizations to develop or enhance their mentoring capacity, facilitate outreach efforts, and increase the availability of direct services for child and youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking. Under this initiative, experienced organizations work with OJJDP's existing training and technical assistance provider to develop or enhance mentoring service models and mentor training based on best practices to focus on the needs of girls and boys, who are at risk or are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-14988 / Grant posted on 5/28/19; closing date on 7/29/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/CYVST.pdf

Department of Justice

STOP School Violence Technology and Threat Assessment Solutions for Safer Schools Program

The program awards funding to support efforts by state, local, and federally-recognized Indian tribes to prevent and reduce school violence. Specifically, the BJA program will address: (1) training school personnel and students to prevent student violence; (2) development and operation of anonymous reporting systems against threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites; and (3) development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. In addition, the program may fund specialized training for school officials in intervening and responding to individuals with mental health issues that may impact school safety. This solicitation specifically seeks applications that address the development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams and the development of technology for local or regional anonymous reporting systems. This technology may be in the form of an app, hotline, or website. The proposed technology solutions may be those that could be used during an incident to assist in securing the safety of those involved, to include sharing information with first responders.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15118 / Grant posted on 4/8/19; closing date on 6/11/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/STOPTech19.pdf

Department of Justice

Strategies for Policing Innovation

The program awards funding to provide resources and opportunities to enable police agencies to identify and define their most pressing crime problems and institute lasting operational and organizational changes that foster reliance on and effective use of evidence-based practices, data, and technology.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

BJA-2019-15126 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/11/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.bja.gov/funding/SPI19.pdf

Department of Justice

Supporting Effective Interventions for Adolescent Sex Offenders and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems

This program awards funding for project sites to develop a community-based, multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to responding to youth with sexual behavior problems, their child victims, and their families as well as a training and technical assistance provider to support project sites in developing intervention models. The purpose of this program is to prevent sexual reoffending, promote healing, and provide services for victims and families. The program will focus on interfamilial and/or coresidential child victims and youth with problematic sexual behaviors. Examples of these types of sexual behaviors include, but are not limited to, sexual contact between children who do not know each other well (i.e., foster home or institutional setting); sexual contact between children of different ages, sizes, and developmental levels; aggressive or coerced sexual contact; sexual contact that causes harm to the child or others; and sexual contact that causes another child to be highly upset and/or fearful. Applicants should propose comprehensive, evidence-based intervention strategies for serving both the child victim(s) and the youth with sexual behavior problems and their parents/caregivers.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-15003 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/25/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/YSBPP.pdf

Department of Justice

Supporting Victims of Gang Violence

The program awards funding to support the efforts of communities to promote justice and healing for juvenile victims and their families as well as witnesses that have been affected by gang violence in their community. Under this initiative, organizations working closely with the criminal justice system will provide comprehensive victim assistance services to ensure that youth (and their families) impacted by gang violence are not further traumatized and have adequate supports to feel safe in their community. This may include emergency crisis response, referrals for services, post-trial notification, and liaison services during the legal process. In addition, similar services will be provided to youth witnesses of gang violence.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-14992 / Grant posted on 4/8/19; closing date on 6/10/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/GangSupport.pdf

Department of Justice

Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation

This program will support the development and/or enhancement of multidisciplinary teams (MOT) and to strengthen the capacity of "enhanced MDTs" to better identify and respond to cases of abuse and more comprehensively serve and support victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation by also funding a National Elder Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center. Through these E-MDTs, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) hopes to improve case outcomes while minimizing additional trauma and restoring safety and security to older adult victims of crime and potentially hold offenders accountable.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OVC-2019-15656 / Grant posted on 6/7/19; closing date on 7/8/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19_CompetitiveSolicitation-EMDT.pdf

Department of Justice

Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams

This program seeks to develop or enhance statewide or regional telehealth programs to improve the quality of healthcare for sexual assault victims, increase the quality of forensic evidence collection, and expand the reach of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) services through telehealth for communities with limited access to trained SANEs.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OVC-2019-15646 / Grant posted on 6/7/19; closing date on 7/17/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-Using-Telehealth-SANE-Solicitation.pdf

Department of Justice

Youth Gang Desistance / Diversion Grant Program

This program awards funding for focus on targeted efforts to reduce gang activity by focusing on strategies to disrupt recruitment and incentivize desistance by supporting programs that offer alternative support mechanisms for youth. Law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies will be critical partners for this proposed initiative. Funding to prosecutorial and law enforcement agencies would support diversion activities as well as targeted incentives such as tattoo removal and life skill training for youthful gang members seeking to desist from gang activity.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-14983 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/24/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/GangDDP.pdf

Department of Justice

Youth Gang Suppression Implementation Grants Program

The program awards funding to support jurisdictions with an established gang presence to coordinate gang suppression efforts and activities by prosecutorial and law enforcement agencies. OJJDP has a long history of supporting community efforts to combat gang crime. Through OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model, communities can implement a comprehensive approach to gang crime and youth violence reduction. Suppression is a key component of OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model. Focused deterrence and suppression strategies can dissuade individuals and gangs from committing crimes. Such approaches highlight the punishments or legal recourse that will ensue in the commission of a crime and discourage the person or group from committing crimes in the future. These efforts, coupled with the other key components of the Comprehensive Gang Model, offer a holistic approach to support the efforts of law enforcement in combatting gang crime and promote public safety in communities. Eligible applicants will be required to implement OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model by working with the National Gang Center, and may use grant funds to support gang suppression activities.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-14932 / Grant posted on 4/23/19; closing date on 6/24/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/GangSupImp.pdf

Department of Justice

Youth Mentoring (For Opioid Impacted Youth)

This program provides grant funding to organizations to recruit and train mentors and provide mentoring services for youth.

Opportunity Zones are a priority consideration area for selection in the 2019 Solicitation.

OJJDP-2019-15035 / Grant posted on 3/5/19; closing date on 5/7/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/Opioid.pdf

Department of Justice

Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants

The program awards funds to assess brownfield sites.

The 2019 grant guidelines include an “other factor” to serve as a potential tie-breaker for projects located in Opportunity Zones.

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-18-06 / Grant posted on 11/29/18; closing date on 1/31/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/epa-olem-oblr-18-06_a_final_0.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency

Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Grants

The program awards funds to clean up brownfield sites.

The 2019 grant guidelines include an “other factor” to serve as a potential tie-breaker for projects located in Opportunity Zones.

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-18-07 / Grant posted on 11/29/18; closing date on 1/31/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/epa-olem-oblr-18-07_c_final_0.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency

Guidelines for Brownfields Multipurpose (MP) Grants

The program awards funds to assess and clean up brownfield sites.

The 2019 grant guidelines include an “other factor” to serve as a potential tie-breaker for projects located in Opportunity Zones.

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-18-08 / Grant posted on 11/29/18; closing date on 1/31/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/epa-olem-oblr-18-08_mp_final_1.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency

Supplemental Public-Sector Training Grants

The foundation of the SPST Grants Program is a train-the-trainer model. The intent of the grant is to train hazmat instructors who will then train public-sector hazmat responders. Properly planned and maintained training programs are essential to ensuring that emergency responders who receive training under the grant will have the ability to protect nearby persons, property, and the environment from the effects of accidents or incidents involving the transportation of hazardous material in accordance with existing regulations or National Fire Protection standards for competence of responders to accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials.

The grant guidelines state that the application will be evaluated on how well they address the department's objectives including project located in or that support service in an Opportunity Zone.

693JK319NF0009 / Grant posted on 4/5/19; closing date 5/24/19 (Closed); grant on Grants.gov

Environmental Protection Agency

 
Community Toolkit
 
View the Completed Action Items of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council
 
Interested in your State’s or Territory’s Opportunity Zone strategy? Click here to learn more.