Funding Opportunities – Spring/Summer 2018


Enterprise Community Partners is announcing Funding Opportunities

Enterprise Community Partners – Grants

  • Section 4 Capacity-Building Grant
  • 2018 Green Grant for:
    • Predevelopment
    • Excellence in Active Design

Department of Justice

Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program – Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, is seeking grant applications for the Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program. The program will support community- and faith-based organizations in developing and implementing comprehensive and collaborative programs that support people who are reentering communities from incarceration who are at medium- to high-risk of reoffending, reduces recidivism, and improves public safety. Submission deadline is May 1, 2018. For information, visit link here: BJA FY 18 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program

Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program – Applications Due: April 30, 2018
BJA seeks applications for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. This program furthers the Departments mission by leading efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant and violent crime issues through collaborative cross-sector approaches that are linked with broader neighborhood development goals.E ligible applicants are limited to states, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), units of local government, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) as fiscal agent. The goal of BCJI is to reduce crime, increase trust, and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization. Through a broad cross-sector partnership team, including neighborhood residents, BCJI grantees target neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to accomplish this goal.


The Walmart Community Foundation is accepting applications to its Community Grant Program. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofits and agencies involved in community and economic development, public safety, and environmental sustainability. Awards range between $250 to $5,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More information can be found here:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

2018 Call for Proposals Evidence for Action: Matching Service – Application Deadline: April 26, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET


RWJF is looking for a team of people to link organizations working in and with communities with strong research partners.  $700,000 in funding is available to support a “matching team” to link organizations working in and with communities with strong research partners to rigorously evaluate the health impacts of program or policy interventions.  Organizations working in and with communities may include health care providers, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and social service or government agencies, which have the infrastructure to implement initiatives but limited research capacity for scientifically rigorous evaluation of their impact.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applications from individuals will not be accepted. Preference will be given to applicants that are based at institutes of higher education, public entities, or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

***Voices for Healthy Kids initiative 

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health with the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative. Through this collaboration, and in partnership with a team of experts across the healthy eating and active living movement, the initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. Submission deadline is July 13, 2018. For information, visit:

Russell Sage Foundation

Russell Sage Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Social Inequality Research – Posted: March 20, 2018  Deadline: August 20, 2018

Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded for investigator-initiated research projects that broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities. Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than August 20. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a proposal by November 15, 2018.

United States Department of Agriculture

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

The deadline for the LFPP grant applications must be submitted electronically through by 11.59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 7, 2018.

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applicants can apply for either but will receive only one type of grant in the same grant cycle.

  • LFPP Planning Grants are used in the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise. Activities can include but are not limited to market research, feasibility studies, and business planning.
  • LFPP Implementation Grants are used to establish a new local and regional food business enterprise, or to improve or expand an existing local or regional food business enterprise. Activities can include but are not limited to training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise; outreach and marketing to buyers and consumers; and non-construction infrastructure improvements to business enterprise facilities or information technology systems.

Eligible entities may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products. Such entities may include:

  • Agricultural businesses and cooperatives
  • Producer networks and associations
  • Community supported agriculture networks and associations
  • Other agricultural business entities (for-profit groups)
  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations
  • Economic development corporations
  • Regional farmers’ market authorities
  • Local and tribal governments

Farmers Market Promotion Program

United States Department of Agriculture is accepting submissions for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The purpose is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Submission deadline is May 7, 2018. For information, visit:

Groundwork USA

In August 2017, Groundwork USA selected Mobile, Alabama, as a new community for the Groundwork program. The community is currently working with Groundwork USA to complete their feasibility study, a six-month process to assess how a local Groundwork Trust would be established and sustained over time. Funding is now in place to select a new community for the Groundwork Program. The selected community will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding and technical assistance from the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Groundwork USA to plan, establish, and build the capacity of a Groundwork Trust organization in their community. Groundwork USA is now accepting Letters of Interest from communities wishing to begin the process of applying for Groundwork USA program funding and technical assistance and to join the Groundwork Network.

Letters of Interest must be received by Groundwork USA by April 30, 2018.

Starting a Groundwork Trust: Questions and Answers

During and following the “Starting a Groundwork Trust in Your Community” webinar, we received great questions about the Request for Proposals and overall process for starting a Groundwork Trust. We are sharing these questions and answers below and will continue to post additional questions and answers here as they come in. Be sure to check back periodically for updates!


***Build It Yourself – Dr. Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! have teamed up to offer $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. Submission deadline is May 4, 2018. For information, visit:


***AARP Community Challenge – It takes time to build great communities, but quick action can spark longer-term progress. The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. Submission deadline is May 16, 2018. For information, visit

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