Federal Funding & Informational Resources

US Department of Agriculture

Applications Open to Farmers Market Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has opened applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP).  FMPP supports production and marketing of local and regional agricultural products.  Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses and cooperatives, economic development corporations, nonprofits, and regional farmers market authorities.  Applications are due May 7.  Click here for more details. 

Rural Development Website Offers Resources on Opioids

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) has introduced a new webpage supporting opioids treatment, prevention, and recovery.  The webpage offers resources, latest news, and federal initiatives engaged in the opioid crisis.  USDA-RD continues to engage stakeholders through programs in telemedicine, treatment services, and public education.  Click here for the webpage.

Upcoming Webinars on USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program

Two webinars are available on the rules and application requirements for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program.  USDA staff will discuss how to develop and submit a successful application to the DLT program.  The webinars are scheduled for April 19 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET and April 25 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET.  Click here to register for the April 19 webinar; registration for the April 25 webinar is available here.  The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) was published on April 3 and can be found here.  Applications are due June 4.


US Department of Labor ETA

Funding Available for Research and Evalution of Workforce Program Management

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has opened applications to fund research of workforce program management and effectiveness.  The Reentry Projects initiative supports assessment of workforce programs and development of models supporting employment outcomes for targeted populations, including adult and youth.  ETA is especially interested in supporting apprenticeship models.  Awards are approved at up to $4.5 million per project.  Proposals are due May 4.  The Funding Opportunity Announcement is available here


US Department of Transportation FHWA

Upcoming Webinars on Improving Pedestrian Safety

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be hosting two webinars on pedestrian safety at uncontrolled crossings and non-signalized intersections.  “Tools for Inventorying Pedestrian Crossing Infrastructure” will be held on April 10 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET.  Registration is available here.  “Safe Pedestrian Crossings at Transit” is scheduled for April 19 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET.  Click here to register.  Both webinars are hosted by the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program.  Details on the program are available here.   


US Department of Homeland Security FEMA

Funding Available for Local Fire Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications to the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.  Funding is available for recipients to maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and services.  Various types of fire departments are eligible to apply.  Applications are due April 27.  Click here for more information.

Applications Open for Emergency Management Academies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications to both the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy and National Emergency Management Executive Academy.  The Advance Academy promotes applicable skills including program management and oversight, and effective communication.  The Executive Academy offers training on strategic leadership and critical thinking for emergency management senior executives.  More information on the Advanced Academy is available here; further details on the Executive Academy can be found here.