Grant Resources & Opportunities




New Process for Submitting Grant Proposals Begins January 1, 2018

Starting January 1, 2018, EPA will require a new process called “Workspace” for submitting grant proposals/applications through  EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment recorded two sessions that provides training and a demonstration on Workspace.  Recordings of these webinars can be found here.


EPA 2018 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program – $6 million

Applications Due: January 26, 2018

Eligible Entities: States, U.S. Territories, Tribal Governments (or intertribal consortia), and Alaska Native Villages

The National Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN) is an inter-governmental partnership to foster better environmental management and decision-making through increased access to timely and high quality environmental information.  For the FY 2018 competitive grant process, the EPA Exchange Network Grant Program is soliciting project proposals that use the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN) to:

  • Facilitate sharing environmental data, especially through shared and reusable services.
  • Streamline data collection and exchanges to improve its timeliness for decision making.
  • Increase the quality and access to environmental data through discovery, publishing, outbound, and analytical services so it is more useful to environmental managers.
  • Develop foundational EN shared services (e.g., network security or corporate portals) to reduce burden and avoid costs for co-regulators and the regulated community.
  • Expand and improve participation in the EN by strengthening the requisite information management and technology capabilities for interested parties to fully participate in the EN.

In FY 2018, EPA expects to award about $6,000,000 for 20-25 assistance agreements of up to $400,000 each

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I Grants for FY18 – $100,000

Applications Due: January 31, 2018

Eligible Entities: States, tribes, irrigation districts, local and special districts, local governmental entities, and interstate organizations

 The objective of this FOA is to invite eligible entities to submit proposals for Phase I activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and design watershed management projects.

WaterSMART provides support for creating a legacy of conservation stewardship, sustainably developing our energy and natural resources, modernizing our infrastructure through public-private partnerships, and restoring trust with local communities by improving relationships and communication with states, tribes and local governments, communities, landowners and water users.  The Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) contributes to the Department’s priorities to create a legacy of conservation stewardship and restore trust with local communities by providing funding to grassroots, local watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to develop collaborative solutions to address their water management needs.  By providing this funding, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is working with local communities to support the sustainable development of water resources, improving the ecological resilience of rivers and streams, and conserving water for multiple uses using collaborative conservation efforts.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Drought Resiliency Projects for FY18 – $3.25 million

Applications Due: February 13, 2018

Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States or United States Territories

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects that will increase the reliability of water supplies; improve water management; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought.  Drought Resiliency Projects will build long-term resiliency to drought and reduce the need for emergency response actions.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART: Drought Contingency Planning Grants for FY18 – $3.25 million

Applications Due: February 7, 2018

Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Reclamation States or Hawaii

The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing Drought Contingency Planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis.  Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan (collectively, Drought Contingency Plans).  Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation for the development of elements of the Drought Contingency Plan (Project).

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the Education of K-12 Students and the Public for Community Resilience – $2 million

Applications Due: April 6, 2018

Eligible Entities: State, local, and Indian tribal governments

The goal of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is to support the education of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience.  Many U.S. communities are increasingly contending with issues related to preventing, withstanding, and recovering from disruptions caused by extreme weather, such as severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, heavy precipitation events, persistent drought, heat waves, increased global temperatures, acidification of the ocean, and sea level rise.  These extreme weather and climate events put stress on infrastructure, ecological systems, and the humans that live in the impacted places.  Education projects focused on resilience enable and empower community members, including children and youth, to protect themselves and their communities from these hazards.  Projects through these grants should build the environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to extreme weather and other environmental hazards they face.  Project topics must relate to NOAA’s mission in the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences and stewardship and should focus on one or more of the goals of NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan: healthy oceans; weather-ready nation; climate adaptation and mitigation; and resilient coastal communities and economies.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


DOI 2018 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

Applications Due: February 13, 2018

Eligible Entities: State governments

The National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) was established and authorized in Section 351 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58, Sec. 351). Section 351 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 recognizes the need for the preservation and cataloging of and access to geological and geophysical data for future economic importance. The objectives of the Program as outlined in the Act are to: (1) archive geologic, geophysical, and engineering data, maps, well logs, and samples; (2) provide a national catalog of such archival material; and (3) provide technical and financial assistance related to the archival material.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2018 Request for Proposals

November 1, 2017

Full Proposal Due Date: January 31, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, and Southern Company are pleased to solicit applications for the 2018 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program.  The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $2 million in grants nationwide.

Interested, but not sure if your project qualifies?

Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship.  Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring and stormwater management.  Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation.

Still interested, but not sure how to apply?  Go directly to the grant program website at


State Flood Control Matching Grant Program

What: The Flood Control Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The type of projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from floodprone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures about the floodplain.  The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects.

Who Can Apply: Cities, counties, special districts and area development districts are eligible for grants

Application Process: The application for these funds are accepted year round.  There is no maximum grant amount.  A local match is required.  The program is coordinated by the Flood Control Commission.

For more information, contact Gabe Nickell.  Link to to download the Flood Control Application.



Job Aid and Considerations for Local Mitigation Planning Grant Subapplicants

Cover photo for the document: Considerations for Local Mitigation Planning Grant Subapplicants

November 1, 2017

This Job Aid will guide local communities and tribal subapplicants as they pursue planning grant funding under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program. It provides considerations for the development of a planning grant scope of work with the goal of encouraging strong, comprehensive planning grant subapplications. The Job Aid also addresses considerations for cost estimates.


HMA Introduces New, More User-Friendly Online Resources

June 2017

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) is pleased to introduce its newly revised and reformatted Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) online content. The user-friendly content is designed to help visitors easily locate general information about the program.  Online tools and resource materials are now aligned and consolidated more intuitively into the following categories: individual, state or local government or federally-recognized tribes.  Also, best practice stories are now available in both story and video formats.

The second phase of the redesign will be to revise the grants specific information for Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and consolidate the tools and resources in more defined ways. To browse through the new HMGP content, visit overarching redesign work is being done in two phases. The first phase, the HMGP webpage, is completed and was recently unveiled at the Annual Mitigation Stakeholders Workshop in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A visitor to the webpage is encouraged to select a category of interest – individual, state or local government or federally-recognized tribe. In each section there is an easy-to-use navigation tool to access specific information about fact sheets, job aids, loss avoidance studies, program and project information, etc. 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Guide for State/Local Governments:  The information is general and intended for mitigation staff that are relatively new to the HMGP process. Information contained in this section covers the HMGP lifecycle from a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Closeout. Link to more information,

For more information,


Online Webinar Series Focuses on Procurements Under Disaster Grants

June 2017

FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently published an eight-part webinar series on the FEMA website offering detailed information for recipients and sub-recipients of FEMA disaster grants as they navigate the federal procurement process. The video modules were produced by OCC’s Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT), and are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice or live procurement under grants training.  The webinars describe procurement standards under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the “Uniform Rules”), (2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317-.326).

FEMA recommends watching the webinars in sequential order.  Topics discussed include, in part; the roles of federal and non-federal entities in the procurement under grants process; rules applicable to states, including state agencies; rules applicable to local governments, tribes, and nonprofits, sometimes collectively referred to as non-Federal Entities (NFEs); competition and procurement methods that apply to NFEs; socioeconomic contracting; pre-procurement document review and bonding requirements for NFEs; procurement of recovered materials or required contract provisions; and the differences between the current procurement standards and previous procurement standards.

The webinars may be useful for FEMA stakeholders in the public, private, tribal, or non-profit sectors or any other emergency management personnel working on procurements under grants.  Please visit to watch the webinar series and learn more about important procurement legal standards under FEMA disaster grants.


2017 Uniform Act (URA) Low Income Limits Issued, Effective Date – April 14, 2017

The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act or URA) – FY 2017 Low Income Limits, used in connection with rental assistance payment calculations under 49 CFR 24.402(b), have been issued with an effective date of April 14, 2017.  Additional information and guidance for making URA low income calculations are available on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) web page.

If you have questions pertaining to URA low income calculations for HUD programs and projects, please contact your local HUD Regional Relocation Specialist for further assistance.


FEMA Issues an Update to the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide

April 13, 2017

FEMA issued an update to the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG), effective for all disasters declared on or after April 1, 2017.  The Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) combines all Public Assistance (PA) policy into one consolidated document.  The PAPPG also includes an overview of the PA Program implementation process, with links to other publications and documents that provide additional process details.

The update to PAPPG is based on feedback received on the previous version and includes the Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards Policy, which was released on September 30, 2016. Other changes made include:

  • reference to the regulatory deadline for requesting additional areas be added to a declaration;
  • adding specific documentation necessary to support an emergency, non-congregate sheltering;
  • moving, refining, and adding language pertaining to facilities located in or impacting a floodplain;
  • adjusting language associated with relocating facilities;
  • removing the statement that roads on U.S. Government “trust lands” were not eligible; and
  • re-organizing the Appendix on Cost Effective Hazard Mitigation Measures to list the mitigation measures by items being mitigated as opposed to specific types of facilities and adding similar low cost mitigation measures.

Questions and comments on the PAPPG can be sent to


New Hazard Mitigation Assistance Information Available

February 24, 2017

Hazard mitigation projects that reduce the impacts of flood and drought conditions include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), flood diversion and storage (FDS), and floodplain and stream restoration (FSR).  Additional information is now available to help communities applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants comply with application requirements for these types of projects.  The documents provide more detailed information on the ASR, FDS, and FSR projects, the information needed for a Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant application, potential resources, and examples. 

Follow the Links:

For more information: visit Mitigating Flood and Drought Conditions Under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.


Cost Estimating Principles for HMA Applications

May 2017

In May 2017, FEMA’s HMA Division held a webinar to share cost estimating principles for HMA applications.  Presenters provided general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and resources where you can get more detailed information and examples.  View the webinar and download the presentation.  


FEMA Benefit Cost Toolkit Version 5.3

January 10, 2017  

The Benefit Cost Tool Version 5.3 is used to perform benefit cost analysis for applications submitted under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs.  To use this tool, you must link to FEMA’s Benefit Cost Toolkit Version 5.3 to download the compressed file , extract and save the file in one folder on your computer. While the program is installing, additional file sets will be downloaded from the internet. Make sure to maintain access to the internet until the program is fully installed.  If you have any questions about the new BCA software program, please contact the BC Helpline at or at 1-855-540-6744. 


Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch

Link to the KYEM website for detailed information.




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