Grants & Funding
Preparing for New Funding Cycles
Local governments and partner organizations in the region are eligible for an expansive number of funding opportunities, including many new or expanded pots of money. These competitive grants are an incredibly chance for our region to access more money for key priorities and think strategically about projects. Resources below can help with coordination and planning.
- Database of North Carolina grant programs
October 1st is the start of a new Fiscal Year for the federal government. It is never too early to get started developing grant applications, even if a new Notice of Funding is yet to be released. Here are TJCOG's tips for making the most of federal funding opportunities:
- Use this annual forecast of grants to plan your approach.
- Begin your application using last year's Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFO). Funding will follow similar guidelines if administrations have not changed.
- Submitted a project during the FY22 funding cycle that wasn't awarded? Ask for feedback from the funding agency before they release their newest NOFO.
- Learn about building competitive federal proposals in this webinar with Leslie Mozingo.
- Investigate other funding options, using our Foundation Funding database below.
Inflation Reduction Act
The Inflation Reduction Act includes $370 billion in climate and clean energy funding, with priority given to lower-income households and disadvantaged communities. It creates opportunities for local governments to pursue clean energy initiatives and reduce emissions through new competitive grants programs, local resiliency investments and clean energy tax credits.
The Act expressly creates two new federal grant programs that provide substantial funding to state, local and tribal governments: the Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program and the Greenhouse Gas Air Pollution Planning and Implementation Grants. Significant investments from the Act are also allocated to existing programs. Additionally, the Act broadly allocates funding to federal agencies for a policy purpose/objective without other details or expressly directing it to an existing or new program. More information is forthcoming from the federal agencies on how this funding will be implemented.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Formerly IIJA)
In the coming months, there will be significant focus and resources on the newly passed $1.2 trillion legislation that reauthorizes national surface transportation legislation and authorizes $550 billion in spending on roads and bridges, public transit and clean energy, broadband connectivity, community resilience, clean water, and more.
TJCOG is committed to working with our local governments to take advantage of these dollars and access additional investments for our region's future. Questions about BIL can be directed to Alana Keegan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Technical Assistance Guide NEW
- Guidebook on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
- Local Infrastructure Hub & Assistance Program for Local Governments New
- IIJA Fact Sheet on North Carolina Investment
- TJCOG Summary of the IIJA Funding and Policy Changes
- National Association of Regional Councils' IIJA Analysis
Federal Agency Priorities & Implementation
- Federal Transit Administration
- Federal Highway Administration
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Environmental Protection Agency: Announcement of State Revolving Fund Priorities and Allotment for 2022 IIJA Funding