The WVHDF Launches RFP for Code Enforcement Technical Assistance Support

The West Virginia Housing Development Fund has begun accepting Request for Proposals for the new Code Enforcement Technical Assistance Support as part of the Property Rescue Initiative program. The Code Enforcement Technical Assistance program offers up to $10,000 in financial assistance to enhance existing or to create effective code enforcement for communities. The financing can be used for adopting and updating ordinances, procuring a certified code enforcement official, training in code enforcement procedures and practices, and personal certifications or department accreditation relevant to code enforcement.

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County Focuses on Blighted Columbia Properties

To the casual observer driving through Fluvanna’s historic yet shabby little river community of Columbia, it may not appear that much is being done to improve conditions there. Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols says just the opposite is true; progress is being made – it just can’t see be seen yet “We are just in the preliminary phases of the process,” Nichols said, referring to the county’s plans to use grant money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase blighted properties in the flood zone and tear them down. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) has worked with the county to obtain the grant and is assisting with the administration of it. Read more here.

Request for Proposals: FY 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant

ANNOUNCING New Request for Proposals- FY 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Grant Guidelines
EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for research and/or technical assistance activities directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area (such as a neighborhood, downtown or business district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city blocks). Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 projects in total, funded at up to $200,000 each. The proposal submission deadline is August 10, 2016.

Please note that applicants who received a BF AWP grant from EPA in Fiscal Year 2010, 2013 or 2015 (FY10 or FY13 or FY 15) are generally not eligible to apply under this competition. EPA is making an exception for POWER+ (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) applicants. The POWER+ Initiative is an Administration priority that started in FY16 and continues through FY17. A POWER+ applicant must propose one or more eligible catalyst, high priority brownfield site(s) within the same brownfields project area as a coal-fired power plant that has recently closed (2008 or later) or is scheduled to close.

Link to BF AWP grant funding opportunity on here.

Grant Opportunities: Lowe’s and Try This WV

Getting a community project off the ground? Check out these two grant opportunities:

Lowe’s Community Partners Grants
The Lowe’s Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000, with most projects falling between $10,000 and $25,000. The Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program is another opportunity for support, which Lowe’s can provide to some grant recipients to help supplement the labor of projects. Applicants — speak to your local store manager to see if this is a possibility before applying.

The Community Partners 2016 cycle dates are:
Spring: March 21, 2016 – May 23, 2016
Fall: July 1, 2016 – August 26, 2016

You can only apply for a grant during the cycle dates. During this time the application will become available. Click here to apply. Here are the giving guidelines, and Lowe’s also offers an FAQ.

Try This Minigrant
The Try This Minigrant program awards $3,000 minigrants to projects that help people build healthy habits. Consider applying if you have a project that includes recreational or health components. The process is a bit different than most, in that you have to send a team to the Try This Conference in June, where you’ll compete for funding. For more information click here

Two Grant Opportunities Reward Creativity and Trails

Check out these two grant opportunities to fund projects in your community!

ArtPlace is offering up to $500,000 through the National Creative Placemaking Fund for creative placemaking projects centered on arts and culture. For those communities with problem properties, public art projects offer a creative reuse option. Act now — the registration deadline is February 16. ArtPlace will be hosting a series of webinars to guide you through the application process.

The American Hiking Society is also offering up to $5,000 for eligible nonprofits with projects that improve hiking access or hiker safety on a particular trail through their National Trails Fund. The registration deadline is February 19. Click here for more information.

Visit our Funding Sources section to find more ideas for resources available for the type of project you are working on.

2016 EPA Brownfields Funding Opportunities Released

The EPA has released the Request for Proposals and guidelines for their FY 2016 Brownfields Funding Opportunities. These brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows: Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years), Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years), and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). The proposal submission deadline is December 18, 2015.

Need help preparing your EPA Brownfields Grant?
The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center will be conducting two grant writing webinars to assist in preparing your FY 2016 EPA Brownfields grant. The webinars will take place Tuesday, November 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM and Wednesday, November 18 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. More detailed information on the webinars, including instructions on how to connect, will follow.

Visit the EPA website for guidelines and information on each grant.

Grant-specific guideline documents:
Assessment Guideline
Revolving Loan Fund Guideline
Cleanup Guideline