Other funding opportunities


USDA Rural Development (RD) and partners, known as Cooperators, are accepting applications for free technical assistance to implement economic development planning projects. RD’s Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative is partnering to provide assistance with these Cooperators: National Association of Counties; Rural Community Assistance Partnership; McClure Engineering Company; and Purdue University Extension/ Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky. Assistance is offered to communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer to support in the creation of economic development plans. Deadline: 4/5/2019.  Click here to download an application.

THE VERA INSTITUTE has released a Request for Proposals for the inaugural round of In Our Backyards Community Grants. To initiate and sustain reform beyond the biggest cities, their team is awarding an inaugural round of grants to community-based and/or statewide organizations committed to reducing incarceration rates in small cities and rural communities.  Deadline: 4/13/2019.  Click here to review eligibility and to apply.


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION is offering funding through the Full-Service Community Schools Program that provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools. Eligibility for this funding includes a consortium of the following: one or more local educational agencies; or The Bureau of Indian Education; and one or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities.  Deadline: 4/15/2019.  Click here for program guidelines.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION is offering grants through the Small, Rural School Achievement Program.  The program seeks to address the unique needs of rural school districts by improving basic programs, supporting effective instruction, supporting language instruction for English learners and immigrant students, strengthening student support and promoting academic enrichment, and creating 21st century community learning centers. Deadline: 4/26/2019.  Click here to review program guidelines and to apply.

THE VOYA UNSUNG HEROES Program provides grants to K-12 educators nationwide with effective and innovative projects that improve student learning. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff employed by accredited K-12 public or private schools in the United States are eligible to apply. The 100 finalists each receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 states, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards of $5,000, $10,000, or $25,000. Deadline:  4/30/2019. Visit the Voya Unsung Heroes website by clicking here to access the application and learn more about the program.


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering funding through The Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment Program that funds efforts to refine, implement, and sustain supported employment programs for transition-aged youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbance, and adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.  Deadline:  5/17/2019.  Click here to learn more about this program and to apply.

Opioids/Substance Abuse

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering funding through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation initiative, a multi-year opioid-focused initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities at the highest risk for SUD. Eligible to apply are: public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, faith-based and community-based organizations; and tribes, and tribal organizations.  Deadline:  5/6/2019.  Click here for instructions on how to apply.

USDA is offering funding through Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants, and is giving priority for applications addressing opioid abuse in rural communities.  The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, initiated several years ago, is comprised of two funding steams – traditional DLT projects and opioid-specific projects. The traditional DLT fund helps rural communities use telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world. Projects may address opioid treatment but are not required to. Projects that do address opioid issues will receive 10 “special consideration points,” which can boost an applicant’s rankings in funding decisions. (Projects that have science, technology, engineering, and math [STEM] education as their primary purpose also qualify for consideration points.) Deadline:  5/15/2019.  Click here to visit Grants.gov to review guidelines and to apply.

More Opportunities

ARC POWER (Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is offering funding for programs focusing on regional investments that maximize economic revitalization in the Appalachian region’s coal-impacted communities.Application deadline: 4/10/2019.  Click here for an application.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS is offering Challenge America Fast-Track Grants to small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, etc. Deadline: 4/11/2019.  Clickhere to review program guidelines.

NEWMAN'S OWN FISHER HOUSE AWARDS is offering grants to organizations that are working to improve quality of life for military members and their families, including programs for job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health. Deadline: 4/25/2019.  Click here for an application.

FOUNDATION FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING is offering grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations that could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Deadline: 4/30/2019.  Click here to review guidelines and to apply.

(Info reprinted from www.lisc.org/rural)