BHRC assists community and county organizations with various types of Federal, State, and private grants for project funding.  The staff can aid in the organization and development of a project and help locate available grant funding sources. Please visit the following categories for a list of current public and private funding opportunities.

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Ongoing and/or Current Funding Opportunities

What can BHRC do for you?
BHRC can assist in seeking out grant opportunities that may be appropriate for a specific project.  The staff can provide preliminary grant application and/or final grant application writing services.  BHRC can assist in the coordination of other funding options such as special low interest loans, local cash match, and in-kind contributions that could be directly related to the grant application and project process.  It should be noted that local financial support will be needed as a match to federal and/or state grant application requests.  The staff of Blackhawk Hills can also assist in the administration of the grant after it has been approved and the project has been funded.

What does the community or county need?
The community or county organization needs to have a written plan. This plan should be widely supported by the community or county as a whole, addressing the needs and priorities. From the plan, a specific project or projects can be highlighted and consideration for grant and other funding can begin. A project Scope of Work, Needs Assessment, Engineering & Design Work, and Project Time Frame, among other considerations, will need to be coordinated as part of the grant writing process.

Grant Funding Organizations

Some Project Examples

  • Infrastructure Improvements such as, water, sewer, waste water treatment, and roads
  • Industrial and Business Expansion
  • New Industrial and Business Development
  • Housing and Recreation
  • Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Greenways and Trails Planning
  • Open Land Preservation
  • Watershed Protection

Grants – Communities

The Walgreens Corporate Contribution Program – This program primarily supports nonprofit organizations in local Walgreens communities throughout the United States.  Walgreens provides grants to organizations that focus on improving:  access to health and wellness in their communities; pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives; civic and community outreach; and emergency and disaster relief. Deadline:  None. Click …

Grants – Emergency Services and Criminal Justice

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program – The FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program supports a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts throughout the U.S. and internationally. Funded projects include pre-fire planning for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities; fire and arson prevention and investigation; and fire prevention education and training programs. Fire departments and …

Grants – Energy Efficiency

Savings Through Efficient Products for Public Facilities – Public sector facilities can work with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) to obtain energy efficiency upgrades.  Via its Savings through Efficient Products (STEP) Program, MEEA provides the following free upgrades to end-users: LED Exit Signs, Low-flow Faucet Aerators, Low-flow Showerheads, Kitchen Pre-rinse Green Nozzles, Compact Fluorescent Lights, Vending Machine Controls, Occupancy Sensors, and LED Screw-in Bulbs …

Grants – Housing & Public/Community Infrastructure

Let’s Play Imagination Playground Grant –  Imagination Playground™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by …

Grants – Libraries and Schools

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program – Provides educators nationwide with grants to help fund their innovative class projects. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning are eligible to apply. Applicants must work at an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States. The 100 …

Grants – Natural Resource Conservation

Hardwood Forestry Fund – The Hardwood Forestry Fund promotes hardwood timber growth, management, education, and environmentally sound uses of renewable forest resources.  The Fund supports selective tree planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration, management, and hardwood research requests.  The Fund supports projects on public land including state, local, or university land, or on property owned by nonprofit organizations. …

Grants – Planning

Planning & Local Technical Assistance Programs (Economic Development Administration) – The programs assist eligible recipients in developing economic development plans and studies designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. The Planning Program helps support organizations, including District Organizations, Indian Tribes, and other eligible recipients, with short …

Grants – Transportation

Rural & Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance through Community Transportation Association of America – Short Term Option Rural – The Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program helps rural communities enhance economic growth and development by improving passenger transportation services and facilities. Short Term Technical Assistance provides planning assistance in solving relatively small scale, discrete problems. …

Grants – Veterans

The Home Depot Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grants Program – Awards grants only to nonprofit organizations for the development and repair of veterans housing. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000. Deadline for Cycle 2: February 24, 2017 Deadline for Cycle 3: June 23, 2017 Click here for more information.