The State of State Historic Tax Credits

The Gorman Company renovated this 1882 brewery in Milwaukee, and turned it into the Brewhouse Inn and Suites (Source: The Brewhouse Inn and Suites)
Like the federal government, 34 states currently use Historic Tax Credits (HTCs) to encourage the redevelopment and preservation of qualifying historic buildings. By amplifying the federal HTC, state credits help protect states’ unique heritage while creating new jobs and places to house new businesses. The road to success has not been without setbacks, but progress was made by many states in 2016. Read more... Read more

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

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Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. Applications due April 21. Learn more and apply... Read more

Tribal Heritage Grants

The Seminole Tribe of Florida's red barn preservation before and after (Source: Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Historic Preservation Office)
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to Federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions. Applications due March 24. Learn more and apply... Read more

Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

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EPA’s new publication, Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes to Prepare for Climate Change, can help local governments find strategies to prepare for climate change impacts while achieving other environmental, economic, health, and social benefits. Read report... Read more

Climate Smart Brownfields Manual

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This EPA manual is a resource for communities that want to consider climate change as they assess, clean up, or redevelop brownfield sites. It provides guidance on best practices for climate change mitigation, adaption, and resilience at all stages of brownfields work, from planning to redevelopment. In addition, the manual contains case studies and links to additional resources that communities can use as they develop brownfields project plans. Learn manual... Read more

Coastal Resilience Grants

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NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support two categories of activities: strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration. Strengthening Coastal Communities activities will improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from, and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Habitat Restoration activities will restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Applications due March 15. Learn more... Read more

Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) Small Grants Program

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The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) announced the availability of small grants to help grassroots, community groups improve their organizing capacity. Small grants are available for a number of activities, such as board development, membership outreach, and fundraising efforts. Applications due February 1. Learn more and apply... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

Fresh vegetables at a farmers market (Paul Collins / Flickr)
USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applications due March 27. Learn more and apply... Read more

Farmers Market Promotion Program

Farmers market in St. Charles, IL (City of St Charles, IL / Flickr)
The purpose of USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Applications due March 27. Learn... Read more
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