State, federal, and private funding is available for critical planning, design, and infrastructure improvement projects. Are you missing out on opportunities to get your project partially or totally funded? WithersRavenel is here to discuss funding 101 and answer your questions about finding, applying for, and securing funding.
Who is eligible for funding?
Funding eligibility varies by agency and program. Many agencies and programs prioritize applicants based on demonstrated need. Areas with a higher percentage of low- to moderate-income families or minority or other disadvantaged groups, as well as areas that have experienced natural disasters or other hardships, may receive priority ranking. Demographic and/or income surveys may be necessary to demonstrate eligibility.
What kinds of funding opportunities exist?
A variety of grants, loans, and other funding types are available from federal and state agencies and from private organizations. Some opportunities are one-time awards while others are made available on an annual or semi-annual cycle.
Funding programs typically target specific types of projects. Below is a list of some of the most popular sources of recurring funding, organized by project type.
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) – Funds for a broad range of community improvement projects, including infrastructure construction, economic development projects, public facilities installation, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, micro-enterprise assistance, code enforcement, and homeowner assistance
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – Funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – Matching grants for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, including local parks, trails, boat launches, sports fields, and other recreation environments
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