Funding & Learning Opportunities

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What's New?

No Child Left Inside

The No Child Left Inside program is designed to provide underserved youth with opportunities to experience the natural world.  Funding is for natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.  Does not fund facilities, festivals, or organized sports.

Application open: January 2019, due: March 2019

**Must meet planning eligibility to apply for funding.  Check if your agency is eligible to apply.

Health Care

The Health Care Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Health Care Grant program.  The Health Care Foundation is a Cowlitz County organization that awards grants to non-profits focused on promoting health care for members of our Southwest Washington community.  The grantees are selected through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  Interested organizations must submit applications by January 31, 2019.  To learn more about The Health Care Foundation and review the grant application and guidelines, please visit The Health Care Foundation website at

Miscellaneous New Opportunities

The above link will take you to the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Grants and Opportunities Website.  The website provides 20 grant opportunities, 20 webinars, identifies 6 workshops, 1 conference, and over 30 community resources.

Infrastructure Grant Opportunities

Emergency Loan Program, Public Works Board

Emergency Construction Loan Program
The Emergency Construction Loan Program focuses on the activities that repair, replace, and/or reconstruct a facility that will restore essential services.  Applications are accepted continuously until loan funds are expended.

Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB)

CERB is a state board focused on economic development through job creation in partnership with local governments.  The Board has the authority to finance public infrastructure improvements that encourage new private business development and expansion.  In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects.

Committed Private Partner and Prospective Development Construction Programs

CERB has increased construction per-project funding limits through the end of the 2017-2019 biennium!  They are now offering $3 million max per project for core CERB construction projects, and $2 million max per project for rural broadband construction projects.  These increases are only available until June 30, 2019.

Applicants that meet threshold requirements at first deadline will be asked to submit second application.

The next Construction Application Due Dates are:

Jan 14-28 (Board meets Mar 21)

Mar 18-Apr 1(Board meets May 16)

January 13, 2019
March 16, 2019

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Water Quality Grant Opportunities

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

RCAC is a nonprofit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources to rural communities. The loan program is for feasibility, pre-development, and construction of water and waste projects.

Rural Water Loan Fund (RWLF)

The RWLF provides low-cost loans for short-term repair costs, small capital projects, or pre-development costs associated with larger projects to small water and wastewater utilities.

Evergreen Rural Water of Washington (ERWoW)

ERWoW provides training and technical assistance to water and wastewater systems. The staff works directly with systems to solve operational, regulatory, administrative, and financial challenges faced by water systems.  

USDA Rural Development

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program

Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities, population under 2,500, water and waste disposal projects.

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

Washington State Contacts:

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Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The CDBG program improves the economic, social, and physical environment of eligible rural cities and counties to enhance the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents, thereby strengthening the entire community.  The CDBG Program offers General Purpose and Specialty grants.

Who can apply?

Small, rural cities/towns and counties that are not entitled to receive CDBG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can apply for a state CDBG grant.  Cities and towns with population less than 50,000, not participating in a CDBG Entitlement Urban County Consortium, and counties with populations less than 200,000.

When to apply

General Purpose Grant Application –Materials for the next Application Cycle will be available in March 2019, with applications due June 3, 2019 if the program is funded by HUD.

Public Services Grant Application –Material for the next Application Cycle will be available in February 2019, with applications due April 1, 2019 if the program is funded by HUD.

Economic Opportunity Grant Application – Applications accepted year-round on a funds-available basis.

Housing Enhancement Grant Application – Applications accepted through the Housing Trust Fund application process.


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Cultural Program Grant Opportunities

Cultural Opportunities - Humanities Washington

Communities around Washington have important stories to tell and issues to discuss.  Humanities Washington’s grants program provides the financial resources for people to come together to talk, discuss, debate, feel, think, and tell stories through the lens of the humanities.  They support existing efforts as well as new opportunities for grassroots projects conceived and implemented locally.

Opportunity grants: Are available to small or rural organizations for public humanities presentations.  Opportunity grants do not require a funding match, and organizations may request up to $1,000.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and until all funds are distributed.

Humanities Washington’s grants program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Main Street Program, Dept. of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

Since 1984, the Washington State Main Street Program has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts using the successful Main Street Four-Point Approach®.  Main Street is a comprehensive, incremental approach to revitalization built around a community's unique heritage and attributes.  Using local resources and initiative, the state program helps communities develop their own strategies to stimulate long term economic growth and pride in the heart of the community—downtown.


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Energy Grant Opportunities

Energy Efficiency & Solar Grants, Dept. of Commerce

The energy efficiency and solar grant goals are to increase energy efficiency and reduce water costs at state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies, and kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) public school districts.  This program is awarded through a competitive process and also supports the use of products made in Washington. 

Application due: December 31, 2018.


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Recreation Grant Opportunities


Recreation and Conservation Office


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Grant Opportunities

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program

The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

Awards are made to Agricultural businesses, Agricultural cooperatives, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks, CSA associations, Economic development corporations, Local governments, Nonprofit corporations, Producer networks, Producer associations, Public benefit corporations, Regional farmers’ market authorities, Tribal governments.

Average amount awarded: Awards range from $80,000 – $500, 000

Grant cycle: Closed for 2018, but look for 2019 grant cycle this spring.

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Funding Resource Websites

Public Works Board: Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF)

Provides financial and technical assistance to communities for critical public health, safety, and environmental infrastructure.

Transportation Improvement Board Urban and Rural Programs (TIB)

The TIB distributes grant funding to cities and counties for transportation projects.

Transportation Programs (WSDOT & FHA)

WSDOT administers funding for the following programs: Bridge, Transportation Enhancement, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Safe Routes to School, Public Transportation and Mobility, and other transportation related programs.

Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB)

RCFB helps finance recreation and conservation projects throughout the state, improving the state's quality of life through its investment of public funds in parks, trails, beaches, boating facilities, wildlife habitat, and natural areas.

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development is dedicated to improving the quality of life and expanding the economic opportunity for rural Americans by providing various loan and grant programs to help meet the diverse needs of small rural communities for housing, businesses, and critical infrastructure.

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program

Business and Industry Loan Guarantees

Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC)
The IACC is a resource for locating infrastructure funding or technical assistance in Washington State.

Washington Department of Commerce

Building Infrastructure
Commerce web page portal to infrastructure building resources.

Serving Rural Communities
Resources supporting rural community needs.

Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
Commerce’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (BRLF) helps local and regional governments, non-profit agencies and private businesses cleanup and redevelop brownfields sites.  The website provides information about redeveloping brownfields sites and links you to the loan information and application forms.

Energy Saving Performance Contracting (ESPC)

Washington General Administration program that assists colleges, cities and towns, counties, school districts, hospital districts, library districts, port districts, and more with selecting and financing solutions for building energy upgrades for energy saving projects such as: energy management systems, interior and exterior lighting, boiler replacement and repair of steam distribution systems, high efficiency HVAC systems, LED traffic systems, wastewater treatment plant pumps and motors.

Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)

Administers funds for the protection and restoration of salmon habitat.

Washington Department of Ecology

Ecology grants and loans include funding for: air quality, coastal zone management, environmental education, flood control, shoreline management, spill response, waste management, water quality, and watershed management.

Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division

Homeland security, hazard mitigation, disaster assistance, and emergency management preparedness assistance grants.

Federal grants resource.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Tracks over $10 million federal dollars obligated to domestic assistance programs and provides links to Federal grant programs web sites.  Type in a keyword to see what is available.

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Grant Writing Resource Websites

Proposal Writing

Build the essential knowledge and skills to craft effective grant proposals.

Growing Your Business: A Guide To Grant Writing

This site provides a short overview of the most important items to include with a grant proposal.

A to Z Grant Writing

This invigorating and informative course will teach you how to raise needed funds.  This course speaks mainly to nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundations, corporations, governments, and individual donors.  It's also an excellent primer for individuals wishing to become grant writing consultants or community grant writing volunteers.

Get Grants

Over the 6-week on-line course you'll be shown step-by-step the process of grant proposal writing, whether you are tackling a federal grant, one from a national private foundation, or a smaller grant from your local foundation.

Writing Effective Grant Proposals

Preparing successful grant proposals to receive funding from corporations or foundations requires careful research, meticulous preparation, and graceful writing.  Grant administrators tell us that many grant requestors have no real understanding of the proposal writing process and as a result, their worthy causes lose out.

Grant writing resource information

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Program availability and deadlines were collected from information available as of November 2018.

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Contact Staff

If you have questions about these funding opportunities, please feel free click the link.  If you find an opportunity and would like CWCOG support or assistance in applying for funding, please feel free to contact Bill Fashing via the link on the home page here. You can also call (360) 577-3041.

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments
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207 4th Avenue North
Kelso, WA 98626

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