Rural Grant Resources

Our grants team maintains this page with useful resources and links for those researching and applying for grants in rural communities. 

Permanent Resources

This is a comprehensive and searchable database of federal funding opportunities specific to rural communities in the United States, an initiative of The White House. 

NC Rural Playbook

Hometown Strong develops and maintains the NC Rural Playbook, a guide to new infrastructure opportunities made available in federal funding acts over the past three years. 

NC Grant Link

NC Grant Link is intended to help local governments, nonprofits, and schools find federal and state grant opportunities. By inputting their project information, the tool will automatically match them to grant applications best suited to their qualifications and needs. It also provides an opportunity to connect with technical assistance providers, which can include your organizations. NC Grant Link is also designed to foster collaboration, discussion, and the sharing of grant resources all within the portal. The tool is in development and expects to launch to local government partners in early 2024. For questions, please contact Milken Institute representative Sarah Ortner at

Energy Funds for All

Energy Funds for All is a comprehensive resource guide that provides clear access to federal climate funds for homeowners, renters, municipalities, and more in North Carolina and South Carolina. This toolkit was built and will be updated by a collection of educational, environmental, labor, and social justice organizations. 

Upcoming Federal Grant Webinars and Opportunities

The Environmental Protection Agency, through its groundbreaking Community Change Grants Program, is hosting several webinars during the month of March.

Preparing a Grant Budget

3pm ET on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024 

Topics: Budget Categories, Indirect Costs, Allowable Expenses

Master the art of budgeting for grants in this detailed Community Change Technical Assistance Program (CCTA) webinar. EnDyna Inc., along with members of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights team, will cover budget categories, indirect costs, and allowable expenses, providing you with the tools to create an effective grant budget.

Webinars happen every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern time; click here for more information.  



Are you researching brownfields and whether there are other sites nearby? The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has created a brownfield community mapping tool. Visit DEQ mapping for more information.  


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Technical Assistance (WaterTA) program aims to assist communities with federal funding applications. Projects may include building quality water infrastructure and reliable water services in partnership with drinking water, wastewater, stormwater utilities, and local government. After reviewing each submission, EPA or a technical assistance provider will respond with potential next steps. Response times may vary depending on the volume and types of requests we receive.  

Complete the form to request WaterTA service.  

Webinar Recordings

US Forest Service
Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) 
(ARC) Appalachian Regional Commission