Grant Opportunities via Mazie Hirono

 December 2022 Federal Grant Opportunities

Aloha,The December 2022 Grants Newsletter is your latest monthly 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 December 2022 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.Included this month again is a link to The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Distribution of funding in Hawaii. More than $994 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding has been announced and is headed to Hawaii with approximately 35 specific projects identified for funding. Since the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed, Hawaii is set to receive more than $883 million for transportation to invest in roads, bridges, public transit, ports and airports and over $69 million for clean water. And as of today, more than 35,000 households across the state are receiving affordable internet due to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Many more projects will be added in the coming months, as funding opportunities become grant awards and as formula funds become specific projects. By reaching communities all across Hawaii – including rural communities and historically underserved populations – the law makes critical investments that will improve lives for Hawaiians and position the state for success. The entire fact sheet is included here as well: programs announced recently specific to Hawaii are:

Department of Interior- National Park Service 2023 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NGRPA) Consultation/Documentation Grants and FY2023 NAGPRA Repatriation Grants CFDA Number 15.922 supports efforts determining the geographical origin, cultural affiliation, and other basic facts surrounding the acquisition of Native Hawaiian cultural items. Consultation and documentation projects should lead to determining control, treatment, repatriation, and disposition of NAGPRA cultural items.

New and modified national competitions of interest this month include:

Department of Agriculture- National Institute of Food and Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program CFDA Number 10.328 funds projects that will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.

Department of Agriculture Rural Business- Cooperative Service Agriculture Innovation Center Grant Program CFDA Number 10.377 provides grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers that will provide technical assistance to agricultural producers to help market value-added agricultural products.

Department of Education- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Safe & Supportive Schools: Mental Health Service Professional (MHSP) Demonstration Grant Program CFDA Number 84.184X provides competitive grants to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health services providers for employment in schools and local educational agencies (LEAs). The goal of this program is to increase the number and diversity of high-quality, trained providers available to address the shortages of mental health service professionals in schools served by high-need LEAs. The partnerships must include (1) one or more high-need LEAs or a State educational agency (SEA) on behalf of one or more high-need LEAs and (2) one or more eligible institutions of higher education (eligible IHE).Department of Energy- 2022 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities – Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) – Renew America’s Schools CFDA Number 81.086 support projects that enable replicable and scalable impacts, create innovative, sustaining partnerships, leverage funding and economies of scale, focus on disadvantaged communities, improve student, teacher, and occupant health, enrich learning and growth, assist schools that serve as community assets (e.g., neighborhood cooling centers or disaster recovery shelters), and are crafted thoughtfully within the context of public school facilities (e.g., procurement restraints, construction windows, etc.).

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)- Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program – Pilot Program Grants  CFDA Number 32.011 provides new federal funding for the FCC to grant eligible governmental entities and third-party organizations with the funding and resources needed to increase awareness of and participation in the ACP among those households most in need of affordable connectivity. (January 9, 2023 deadline)

Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Passage Program Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Fiscal Year 2023 and Fish and Wildlife Service F23AS00100 Refuges Enhancement/ Infrastructure CFDA Numbers 15.685 are two programs to maintain or increase fish populations to improve ecosystem resiliency and provide quality fishing experiences for the American people. Activities that restore fish passage also support the modernization of the country’s infrastructure such as road culverts, bridges, and water diversions contributing to enhanced community resilience to the impacts from climate change and other public safety hazards.

Department of Justice Bureau of Justice- Assistance BJA FY 2022 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program CFDA Number 16.606 makes payments to “states” and “units of local government” that incur certain types of costs due to the “incarceration” of “undocumented criminal aliens” during a specific 12-month reporting period.

Department of Labor- Employment and Training Administration YouthBuild CFDA Number 17.274 will award grants through a competitive process to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to opportunity youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. 

National Endowment for the Arts- NEA Challenge America, FY2024 CFDA Number 45.024 offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved.National Endowment for the Arts- NEA Grants for Arts Projects 1, FY2024 CFDA Number 45.024 is the NEA’s largest grants program for organizations, providing comprehensive and expansive funding opportunities for communities. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.

Department of Transportation- 69A345 Office of the Under Secretary for Policy FY 2023 National Infrastructure Investments CFDA Number 20.933 funds projects funded under the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program, known as the RAISE Grants program. Funds for the FY 2023 RAISE Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.

Two programs previously announced and specific to Hawaii is below as a reminder:

Department of Interior- National Park Service Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Development Grant Program CFDA Number 15.071 provides grants for scholarly study of, and instruction in, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native art and culture, (2) to establish programs which culminate in the awarding of degrees in the various fields of Native Hawaiian art and culture, or (3) to establish centers and programs with respect to Native Hawaiian art and culture.

Department of Commerce- 2023 NOAA Hawaii Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program CFDA Number 11.473 supports a vision of a future where societies and ecosystems are healthy and resilient in the face of sudden or prolonged change. The purpose for this financial assistance is to support our communities by developing well-informed members of society involved in decision-making that positively impacts our coastal, marine, and watershed ecosystems in the Hawaiian Islands. This is a competitive opportunity for grants to assist in the development of new programs, encourage innovative partnerships among environmental education programs, and support geographically targeted programs to advance environmental education efforts that complement national and state school requirements.

These additional competitions from previous newsletters are included as a reminder:

Department of Agriculture- Rural Business-Cooperative Service Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program CFDA Number 10.870 provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microenterprise startup and growth through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.

Department of Agriculture- Rural Business-Cooperative Service Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant CFDA Number 10.854 provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they in turn pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA.

Department of Agriculture- Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Management Grant Program CFDA Number 10.762 provides funding to evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources; provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the operation and maintenance of active landfills; provide technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream; provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development and implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements. (December 30 deadline)Department of Agriculture- Rural Utilities Service Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program CFDA Number 10.761 provides funding to pay expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training (TAT) to: Identify and evaluate solutions to water problems relating to source, storage, treatment, or distribution; identify and evaluate solutions to waste problems relating to collection, treatment, or disposal: assist applicants, that have filed a pre-application with RUS, in the preparation of water and/or waste loan and/or grant applications; and/or provide technical assistance and/or training to water/wastewater system personnel that will improve the management, operation and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities. (December 31 deadline)

Corporation for National and Community Service- FY 2023 AmeriCorps State and National Grants CFDA Number 94.006 are awarded to eligible organizations (See Section C.1 Eligible Applicants) proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions/practices to strengthen communities. (January 4, 2023 deadline)

Corporation for National and Community Service- Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development CFDA Number 94.017 supports projects focused on supporting older adults as they seek to secure employment in professional, skilled labor, or para-professional careers. In addition, AmeriCorps Seniors is partnering with Public Health AmeriCorps, which seeks to support projects that address the public health needs of local communities, advance health equity and create pathways to public health careers for older adults.

Department of Education- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (CMO Grants) CFDA Number 84.282Mawards grants to charter management organizations (CMOs) on a competitive basis to enable them to replicate or expand one or more high-quality charter schools. Grant funds may be used to significantly increase the enrollment of, or add one or more grades to, an existing high-quality charter school or to open one or more new charter schools or new campuses of a high-quality charter school based on the educational model of an existing high-quality charter school. (January 3, 2023 deadline)

Department of Energy- Office of Science FY2023 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program CFDA Number 81.049 invites states, irrigation districts, water districts, cities and towns, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located within the LCB to leverage their money and resources by cost-sharing water conservation planning activities with Reclamation to make more efficient use of existing water supplies. 1000 awards will be made.

Department of Health and Human Services- Health Resources and Services Administration FY 2023 Early Childhood Development CFDA Number 93.224 supports health centers to increase equitable access to ECD screening and follow-up for underserved children ages 0-5 and their families. (January 11, 2023 deadline)Department of Housing and Urban Development- FY 2022 Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program CFDA Number 14.157 provides Capital Advance funding and project rental subsidies for the development and ongoing operation of supportive rental housing for very low-income persons, aged 62 years or older. This funding, leveraged with other financing sources, will expand affordable housing opportunities that are physically designed and that have a robust set of services that will allow seniors to live independently and age in community. 

Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service F23AS00069 Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment CFDA Number 15.676 provides work and education opportunities for youth (defined as ages 16-30 inclusive, and up to age 35 for veterans) participants in the areas of natural and cultural resource conservation, development, and scientific research. 

Department of Labor- Employment and Training Administration DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program CFDA Number 17.268 funds public-private partnerships to develop, strengthen, and scale promising and evidence-based training models in H-1B industries and occupations critical to meeting the goals of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and to maximize the impact of these investments.Department of Labor- Veterans Employment and Training Service Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program (IVTP), and the Homeless Female Veterans’ and Veterans’ with Children Program (HFVVWC) (referred to collectively as HVRP) CFDA Number 17.805 intends to obtain high-quality career outcomes for veterans experiencing homelessness. The Department encourages applicants to propose strategies to achieve economic opportunity, address historical inequities, and provide equitable access and outcomes to marginalized groups.

Department of Labor- Employment and Training Administration National Dislocated Worker Grants Program Guidance CFDA Number 17.277 are discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor under Section 170 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to provide employment-related services for dislocated workers. The Department funds two types of DWGs: Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery. (Rolling deadline)

National Endowment for the Humanities- Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions CFDA Number 45.149 aims to help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant. (January 12, 2023 deadline) 

National Endowment for the Humanities- Climate Smart Humanities Organizations CFDA Number 45.130 supports comprehensive assessment and strategic planning efforts by humanities organizations to mitigate physical and operational environmental impacts and adapt to a changing climate. Projects will result in climate action and adaptation planning documents or similar detailed assessments including prioritized, measurable actions and their expected outcomes. (January 17, 2023 deadline)

National Endowment for the Humanities- Institutes for Higher Education Faculty and K-12 Educators CFDA Number 45.163 funds professional development programs that convene higher education faculty or K-12 educators from across the nation to deepen and enrich their understanding of significant topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching

The Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is in the Special Notice Section at the beginning of the newsletter. This guidebook which can be downloaded provides communities with detailed information of what to apply for, who to contact, and how to get ready to rebuild. This guidebook is a roadmap to the funding available under the law, as well as an explanatory document that shows, in as much detail as currently available, program-by-program information.

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.

Mahalo,Mazie K. Hirono 

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