Federal Grant Opportunities

The League in partnership with Downs Government Affairs provides a list of federal grants to assist your community college in improving its programs and services. If you have any questions about the following grants, please feel free to reach out to Thomas Downs at TCDowns@downsgovaffairs.com.

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,800,000
Closing Date for Applications: September 30, 2020
Program Description: NSF’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, university faculty and students, and industry partners to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. The research projects and experiences revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Continue reading...

Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Augmented Reality

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Closing Date for Applications: October 1, 2020
Program Description: NIST’s Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for activities to enhance augmented reality (AR) capabilities in support of first responder operations. The PSIAP-AR aims to attract experts and innovators from industry and academia to focus on conducting research and development of visual interfaces through the use of AR technology. The goals and outcomes of this funding opportunity will be improving the general usability and ecosystem of AR applications and technology built around the public safety use case. This funding opportunity extends across multiple PSCR research areas and includes additional objectives under cybersecurity, resiliency, and location-based services domains. Continue reading...

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (2021)

Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $1,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: October 2, 2020
Program Description: National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that enhance the quality of library and archival services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or collaborative approaches that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.  The application process consists of two phases. In Phase I, applicants must submit two-page preliminary proposals by October 2, 2020. For Phase II, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by March 26, 2021. Continue reading...

Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Estimated Total Program Funding: $40,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $5,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: October 8, 2020
Program Description: The Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants program (referred to as Strengthening Community Colleges or SCC) will build the capacity of community colleges to collaborate with employers and the public workforce development system to meet local and regional labor market demand for a skilled workforce. The purpose of this grant is (1) to increase the capacity and responsiveness of community colleges to address the skill development needs of employers and dislocated and unemployed workers, incumbent workers, and new entrants to the workforce; (2) to offer this spectrum of workers and other individuals accelerated career pathways that enable them to gain skills and transition from unemployment to (re)employment quickly; and (3) to address the new challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis that necessitate social distancing practices and expanding online and technology-enabled learning and migrating services to a virtual environment. Continue reading...

Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $33,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: October 28, 2020
Program Description: The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure (CI).  This program emphasizes integrated CI services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation.  The CSSI umbrella program anticipates two classes of awards:

  • Elements:  These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust services for which there is a demonstrated need, and that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  • Framework Implementations:  These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of services aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, and resulting in a sustainable community framework providing CI services to a diverse community or communities. Continue reading...
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding:  $280,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: November 12, 2020
Program Description: The NSF CISE Directorate supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, as well as advanced cyberinfrastructure. Continue reading... 


FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Maximum Grant Award: $30,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: No deadline
Program Description: EDA is soliciting applications for 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 under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.  EDA 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. Continue reading...


FY 2020 OCTAE Education Stabilization Fund - Reimagining Workforce Preparation (ESF-RWP) Discretionary Grants Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTEA)Estimated Total Program Funding:  $127,500,000
Estimated Average Award: $15,000,000
Program Description: The purpose of the ESF-RWP Grants program is to provide support to help states with the highest coronavirus burden (see CARES Act, Sec. 18001(a)(3)) create new short-term educational opportunities and career pathways programs that help citizens return to work, such as course work that would help small businesses to recover and new entrepreneurs to thrive.   
Pre-Application Information: The Department of Education will issue a supplemental notice with additional information.  
Website: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/states-highest-coronavirus-burden/


FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental

Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Estimated Total Program Funding: $587,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: Applications are accepted on a continuing basis
Program Description: EDA has announced policies and application procedures for the Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This annual Congressional appropriations set-aside funds grants to advance long-term economic recovery strategies to address economic challenges in areas where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued as a result of hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and other natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019. Community and technical colleges are among eligible grantees under this program. Continue reading...