September 2021 Federal Grant Opportunities via Senator Mazie Hirono

September 2021 Federal Grant Opportunities

Aloha,This Grants Newsletter is a resource for governments, schools, non-profit organizations and businesses interested in pursuing opportunities for federal grant and cooperative agreement funding. Grant notices have been compiled for opportunities published in, the Federal government’s central website for grant funding. To access my grants e-newsletter click on the September 2021 Federal Grant Opportunities title above.

Section 1 of the newsletter contains current discretionary program listings and research opportunities. Section 2 is a compilation of websites and links to general grant information provided by the Federal Agencies that most often have discretionary grant solicitations.

This month we continue to recommend reviewing the special section with information from several agencies on the Federal Government’s response to the Coronavirus.  However, we recognize that the Federal Government Agency response is likely to change dramatically in the next few weeks and we will update all of the information in the next newsletter or as soon as that information is posted.National competitions of interest include:

Department of Agriculture- Rural Utilities Service Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)  CFDA Number 10.870 supports the development and ongoing success of rural Microentrepreneurs and Microenterprises by providing direct loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDO). Grant funds are used by the MDO to provide technical assistance and entrepreneurship training to rural individuals and businesses.

Department of Commerce- FY 2021 STEM Talent Challenge Program CFDA Number 11.023seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation-driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States. (October 12 deadline)

Department of Housing and Urban Development- Continuum of Care Competition and Noncompetitive Award of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Renewal and Replacement Grants CFDA Number 14.267 funds projects to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service NAWCA FY22 U.S. Small Grants CFDA Number 15.623 supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. The program requires a 1:1 non-federal match and research funding is ineligible. This program supports the DOI and FWS mission of protecting and managing the nation’s natural resources by collaborating with partners and stakeholders to conserve land and water and to expand outdoor recreation and access. These additional competitions are included as a reminder:

Department of Commerce- FY 2021 – 2023 Economic Development RNTA CFDA Number 11.303 and 11.312 provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA is soliciting applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support research and technical assistance projects under EDA’s R&E and NTA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

Department of Commerce- Economic Development Administration 
FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs CFDA Number 11.300 and 11.307 solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

Department of Defense- Air Force Office of Scientific Research 
Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (FY22 Air Force Submission) CFDA Number 12.800 will make 500 awards to U.S. institutions of higher education (universities) with degree-granting programs in science and/or engineering.

Environmental Protection Agency- FY22 Brownfields Job Training Grants CFDA Number 66.815 provides funds to deliver Brownfields Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. (October 5 deadline)
Environmental Protection Agency- Supporting Anaerobic Digestion In Communities CFDA Number 66.808 solicits applications that will demonstrate means of accelerating the development of new or existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States from food waste. This funding announcement supports the priorities detailed in President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 titled Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government and Executive Order 14008 titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. (October 7 deadline)

Department of Health and Human Services- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2022 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements CFDA Number 93.767 is forecasting an estimated January 19, 2022 posting date for funding programs to reduce the number of children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to improve retention of eligible children who are enrolled in the programs.

Department of Housing and Urban Development- Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program CFDA Number 14.870 is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing making progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face. Self-sufficiency is defined as an individual’s ability to support their household by maintaining financial, housing, and personal/family stability. To achieve self-sufficiency, an individual moves along a continuum towards economic independence and stability; such movement is facilitated by the achievement of individual educational, professional, and health-related goals. (September 17 deadline)

Department of Housing and Urban Development- Healthy Homes Production Grant Program CFDA Number 14.913 funds projects that take a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. The program builds upon HUD’s successful Lead Hazard Control programs to expand the Department’s efforts to address a variety of high-priority environmental health and safety hazards. (October 19 deadline)

Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service 2021 National Fish Passage Program CFDA Number 15.608 works in partnership to provide fish (and other aquatic organisms) passage and restore aquatic connectivity for the benefit of Federal trust resources. In doing so, the program aims to maintain or increase fish populations in order to improve ecosystem resiliency and to provide quality fishing experiences for the American people. Activities that restore fish passage also support the modernization of country’s infrastructure such as road culverts, bridges, and water diversions. Example project types include dam removals, culvert replacements, and the installation of fishways. 

Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service Candidate Species Conservation Fund CFDA Number 15.660 is a program to accomplish conservation tasks for high priority candidate species (based on our annual Candidate Species Assessments) or other at-risk species in the United States, such that identified threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated. These efforts are based on cooperative relationships with states, non-governmental organizations, private landowners and those interested in habitat restoration or undertaking candidate and at-risk species research, surveys and monitoring, or educational outreach efforts. (September 30 deadline) 

Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Recovery Implementation CFDA Number 15.657 supports the implementation of priority recovery actions for federally endangered and threatened species. The ESA conveys the importance of recovery plans as a central organizing tool for guiding each species’ recovery process by requiring their development for every listed species. Recovery plans establish an overall recovery vision. (September 30 deadline) 

Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service 2021 National Fish Habitat Action Plan CFDA Number 15.608 funds projects to protect, restore, and enhance fish and aquatic habitats, as outlined in the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (Action Plan). Projects under this program, directly or indirectly, support and promote public access to recreational fishing opportunities. Funded projects may be carried out by Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs) recognized by the National Fish Habitat Board (Board), in cooperation with their partners.

Grantee Spotlight Bishop Museum


Senator Hirono visited the Bishop Museum’s “Spineless Wonders” exhibit in 2020.The Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. The Museum is recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It is also one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world and proudly serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians as one of its primary purposes. 

As a recipient of many federal grants, the Bishop Museum carefully stewards funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and other federal grant programs that allow the Museum to continue its important work.

Federal grants are very competitive. To ensure your application is processed, please verify that your organization’s registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) is valid and current. Go to SAM: Systems for Award Management and follow the FAQs and User Guides to update and verify your SAM data. Current SAM registration is mandatory for most agencies, and grants will not be awarded to applicants without valid and current registration in SAM.

Remember: Registration on is free of charge.

If you are applying for a federal grant and would like to request a letter of support, or have questions about the application process, please contact my state office at, and include this form and an abstract of your project. Letters of support are submitted directly to the granting agency from my office once the complete application has been submitted. Please do not hesitate to contact my staff if you have any questions before submitting your application.

I encourage you to pass along these resources to anyone you believe would benefit from this information. If you do submit a grant proposal, please stay in touch by contacting my state office.

Mazie K. Hirono 
United States Senator

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