Food Processing Grants, Deadline Nov. 7

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering a
grant opportunity to promote the expansion of value-added agriculture production,
processing, and access within the state to enhance Michigan’s food and agriculture
industry.

MDARD will accept proposals that are intended to establish, retain, expand, attract
and/or develop value-added agricultural processing in Michigan; expand or develop regional food systems; or expand access to healthy food.

Funding Areas
Funding will be focused on the following types of projects:
Food hub development
Food access, including access to fresh/nutritional foods
Value-added food processing
Innovation and equipment
Technical assistance, including feasibility studies that lead to jobs/investment
Outreach and training

Grant Criteria
Grants will be awarded a maximum amount of $125,000. Applicants must provide a minimum 30% match.
Cash match is required, and in-kind contributions will not be counted as part of the required match.

Proposals are due Nov. 7. Contact us for more information on this grant program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

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Food Processing Grants, Deadline Nov. 7

Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) was established to assist in the preservation, rehabilitation and protection of historic lighthouses in Michigan. This grant program is managed through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Funding for the MLAP comes from the sale of lighthouse license plates. These grant dollars are exclusive to light station rehabilitation and planning projects for light station resources listed or eligible for listing in the National Register.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations and state or local governments that own (or are in the process of acquiring) or have long-term leases on a lighthouse are eligible to apply for these funds. Private individuals are not eligible for these grants.

The project must be ready to proceed at the time of application and must not be dependent on future actions, approval, or cooperation from other organizations before the project can begin.

This program requires a 50% match, grant awards $7,500 – $60,000. Applications are due by 5 pm November 15. Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Lighthouse Grants, Deadline Nov. 17

State Farm Good Neighbor Grants, Deadline Oct. 31

Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants may be awarded to:

  • Educational institutions
  • Programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with State Farm’s charitable focus.
  • 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations
  • 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies
  • 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce

State Farm grant applications for 2018 will be available beginning Friday, September 1, 2017 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Nationally, we support communities through social investments and countrywide relationships. At a local level, our company grants focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.

Safety Grants

State Farm values the importance of keeping our neighbors safe.

Funding is directed toward:

  • Auto and roadway safety
  • Teen Driver Education
  • Home safety and fire prevention
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster recovery

Community Development

Strong neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong society. We’re committed to maintaining the vibrancy of our communities by assisting nonprofits that support: affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development. Through community outreach and community development grants and investments, State Farm gives back to the neighborhoods it serves and helps develop stronger neighborhoods by reinvesting in the community. Our funding is directed toward:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Job training
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Small business Development
  • Financial Literacy
  • First Time Homeownership

Education Grants

Additionally, we support efforts to provide all children with an education that will allow them to reach their greatest potential and prepare them to participate in a nation and economy that continues as a global leader. We fund three types of grants for K-12 public schools.

  • Teacher Development
  • Service-Learning
  • Education Reform/Systemic Improvement

Contact us for more details on this program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

State Farm Good Neighbor Grants, Deadline Oct. 31

Small Shipyard Grants – Due July 5

Under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, there is currently $9,800,000 available for grants for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. It is anticipated that about 5-12 applications will be selected for funding with an average grant amount of about $1 million.

The shipyard facility for which a grant is sought must be in a single geographical location, located in or near a maritime community, and may not have more than 1,200 production employees. The applicant must be the operating company of the shipyard facility.  The shipyard facility must construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or greater for commercial or government use, or construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or greater for non-commercial vessels.

Eligible projects include: (1) capital and related improvement projects that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration; and (2) training projects that will be effective in fostering employee skills and enhancing productivity.   For capital improvement projects, all items proposed for funding must be new and to be owned by the applicant.  For both capital improvement and training projects, all project costs, including the recipient’s share, must be incurred after the date of the grant agreement.

Match is 25%. For more information about this grant contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Small Shipyard Grants – Due July 5

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

Through the 2017 Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program, the DEQ will provide grants to cities, villages, townships, charter townships, counties, tribal governments, municipal solid waste authorities, resource recovery authorities, non-profit organizations, public school districts, local health departments, and regional planning agencies located in Michigan to fund recycling infrastructure projects. Potential infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to: transition from bins to carts, public space recycling containers, creation or improvement of public drop-off recycling, improving existing infrastructure, food waste projects, and electronic waste projects. Household hazardous waste projects and one-day collection events are not eligible for this grant.

The Recycling Infrastructure and Education Grant Programs together have a total of up to $500,000.00 available for grants in fiscal year 2017. Approximately $250,000 will be available under the Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program. The total grant amount requested can be any amount below a maximum grant amount request of $50,000. Grantees are required to provide local matching funds at least equal to 25% of the total grant budget. Local match funding may be greater than 25% of the total grant budget.

Eligible items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Collection and/or processing equipment such as trucks, containers (ex: residential, food waste, electronic waste, public space, public drop-off sites), bins, balers, grinders, conveyors, etc.
–New or improved structure costs such as new buildings or building improvements, new site development or improvements such as a concrete slab or paving, excluding the purchase of real property.
Ineligible Items (This list is not exhaustive)
–Registrations, licenses or permits, fees, taxes, insurance, installation and training costs, office equipment (including computers), indirect or overhead expenses, grant administration, staff expenses, household hazardous waste projects, one-day collection events, etc.

Grantees must expend grant funding to complete purchases and submit all reimbursement requests by August 31, 2018. This is a condensed version of the grant information. GFA is here to assist you, contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

NEA Art Works Creativity Connects, FY2018 – Deadline May 4

Creativity Connects* is an initiative that shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: • Agriculture • Business and Economic Development • Science • Technology • Healthcare • Community • Education • Environment • Military • Transportation

Art Works: Creativity Connects projects mutually benefit both the arts and non-arts sectors by: • Demonstrating the beneficial contributions of artists and creative work to societal health. • Supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors. • Building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies. • Creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.

Eligible Applicants:

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
City or township governments
Independent school districts
State governments
Private institutions of higher education
Special district governments
County governments

Grants are typically $20,000-$100,000. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Art Works Creativity Connects, FY2018 – Deadline May 4

NEA Art Works I, FY 2018 – Deadline Feb. 16

The guiding principle of “Art Works” is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. “Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration. The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them.

To deepen and extend the arts’ value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:• Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;• Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and• Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, we want to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category: • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art, • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • County governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Independent school districts
  • Special district governments
  • City or township governments
  • State governments

Grants are typically $10,000-$100,000. Contact us for more information. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

NEA Art Works I, FY 2018 – Deadline Feb. 16