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

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

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

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

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

Small Shipyard Grants – Due July 5

NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 11

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.

This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place. Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts intends to achieve the following objective: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts.

Eligible Applicants:

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

Contact us for more information on this program. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

NEA Our Town Grants, Deadline Sept. 11

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

MI Recycling Grants, Apps Due March 17

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is soliciting applications for candidate projects for the Local Bridge Program. To be eligible for bridge funds, the structure must meet the definition of a bridge, defined as a structure with a total clear span of more than 20 feet, measured along the centerline of the roadway over a stream, watercourse, or opening. For a span bridge, this means the clear opening span, measured face to face at the inside of the abutments, is greater than 20 feet. A multi-unit culvert is considered a bridge if the total length, as measured along the centerline of the roadway, is greater than 20 feet and the distance between the culvert units is less than half the diameter of the smallest unit.

All local agencies are encouraged to submit asset management plans for the applications being submitted. A summary of the local agency’s bridge network asset management plan may also be submitted for review.

Replacement projects involve replacing the entire substructure, superstructure, deck and
necessary approach work. If a multi-use path or sidewalk is planned but does not currently exist, the estimate needs to clearly indicate the costs of these items. If the project is selected for funding, a master plan showing the path or sidewalk must be provided in order for them to be considered participating in the Local Bridge Program.

Rehabilitation is defined as major work required to restore the structural integrity of a bridge, as well as work necessary to correct major safety defects. These projects are required to meet AASHTO guidelines. If a rehabilitation project is over water, a scour analysis will be required during the design phase and the existing foundations will need to be shown to be stable under a scour event. A structure that is not found to be stable during a scour event may not be allowed to proceed to contract. If making the structure stable results in a change in scope, it may be necessary to re-apply during a future call for applications.

Estimated repair costs for bridge rehabilitation projects will vary by the type of work. Include publicly owned utility relocation costs. Examples of rehabilitation work eligible for funding under the program include:
Full deck replacement (with or without painting of steel beams)
Superstructure replacement
Structure widening
Removal of existing bridge without replacement

Preventive Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance applications can be submitted for a single bridge. They may also be submitted for multiple bridges which require similar preventive maintenance work and may be combined into one application. This can include multiple agencies working together to submit one application. A multiple bridge application will count as one of the five applications any one agency is allowed to submit per year. The Region Bridge Councils will review a multiple structure application as one package and will not rate each structure independently. Preventive Maintenance activities are eligible under the Local Bridge Program.

Note: this is a condensed overview of this program. GFA is here to assist you with your grant and transportation-related questions, feel free to contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1