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Updated July 11, 2018 12:58 PM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Here is a list of potential urban forestry-related grant opportunities.

TNC Accelerator Grant - Due July 22 -- The Nature Conservancy is now launching a new Accelerator grant program focused on Natural Climate Solutions in the United States. The Conservancy is partnering with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), American Forests (AF), the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Duke University to help catalyze new approaches to restoring degraded ecosystems that will deliver tangible, landscape-scale climate mitigation benefits as well as complementary environmental, economic, and social co-benefits.

Program Details - The US NCS Accelerator will identify and provide funding ($50-300k) to an initial set of three to five early-stage projects with significant potential to unlock landscape-scale deployment of natural climate solutions, including reforestation, improved forest management, and other opportunities for restoring degraded lands to maximize climate change mitigation and associated co-benefits.

The term for this first round of US NCS Accelerator grants will be 18 months. During this time, grantees will be expected to complete projects, achieve proofs-of-concept or accomplish other proposed tasks that will allow for project evaluation, including potential scalability of the NCS approach, ability to quantify climate change mitigation benefits and the ability to demonstrate the path forward for investors, businesses, nonprofits and/or policymakers to aid in bringing the project concept to transformative scale. After the 18-month demonstration phase, we intend to identify the most promising projects, which may then be eligible for more significant funding, if available, through future grants or other investment vehicles.

Eligibility - The US NCS Accelerator intends to provide grants to U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status. Grants can be awarded for projects only within the 50 U.S. states and U.S. territories. The US NCS Accelerator is unable to make grants to for-profit corporations, individuals, universities, public agencies, municipalities or other types of government entities though we strongly support proposals from applicants that partner with these other entities in a way that may assist in unlocking scale.

How to Apply-Please email to request the application. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM EDT on July 22. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Partners for Places Grant Program - Due July 31, 2018 - Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that improves U.S. communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents. In addition to the general grant program, Round 13 also includes dedicated funding to support green stormwater infrastructure projects that advance water-related sustainability goals. Proposal applications can be found here.

Our Town: Creative Placemaking Grants Program - Due Aug. 9, 2018 - Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities. More information available here.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program - Due Sept. 14, 2018 - Eligible U.S. state and local government agencies and federally-recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving Census-delineated "urbanized areas": places with a population of 50,000 or more people that are densely settled. More information available here.

The Economic Development Administration is awarding $587 million in grants to eligible entities to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and wildfires and other 2017 natural disasters. EDA plans to accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated. Additional information can be found at

U.S. DOT New "BUILD" Program to Replace "TIGER" Program - Due July 19, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the "Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development" Transportation Discretionary Grants Program. Previously known as the TIGER grant program, states, counties, and local governments can apply for a maximum of $25 million to support their transportation and infrastructure priorities. The program will fund projects that improve safety, increase economic competitiveness, protect the environment, enhance quality of life, support innovation, and leverage additional non-federal funding. More information available here.

NPS Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Application Process - Due Sept. 14 - The National Park Service has announced that the application process has opened for the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). The ORLP is a nationally competitive grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The ORLP offers nationally competitive grants specifically to help create and improve state and locally-owned parks and other outdoor recreation areas in ways that will help the public to access or re-connect with the outdoors, particularly in city neighborhoods that lack parks and recreational opportunities. A total of $13.3 million of funding is available. Click for additional information. See details at

Community, Education and Environment Grants from Shell - Shell is considering charitable contributions to eligible nonprofit organizations, with priority given to organizations serving in or near communities where Shell has a major presence. Focus areas for funding are community, education and the environment.

Smart Growth Action Grant - Due Oct. 15 - The National Association of Realtors offers a Smart Growth Action Grant that supports a range of land-use and transportation-related activities. These activities must support Realtor engagement in land-use and/or transportation-related community issues with the primary goal of affecting public policies that support development and meets one or more of 10 Smart Growth principles.

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