Regional, State, and Local Funding Opportunities
EPA has developed this guide of regional, state, and local funding resources to assist local and state governments, communities, and non-governmental organizations who are addressing the varied aspects of smart growth. Click here for national-level funding resources.
Please note that this list is not an exhaustive compilation of all possible funding resources in the smart growth arena. It lists state government programs and directories of funding sources maintained by outside organizations.
U.S. EPA Regional Brownfields Grants:
- Brownfields Tax Incentive State Contacts – by state
- Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) Brownfields Funding
- Region 1 Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
- Region 3 (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia)
- Region 6 (New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana) Brownfields Program
- Region 8 (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah) Brownfields Assessment Grants
- Region 8 Brownfields Cleanup Grants
Caltrans: Safe Routes to School Funding
Funds projects that improve conditions for children to safely walk and bicycle to school.
California State Parks: Recreational Trails Program
Funds recreational trails and related projects.
Colorado Office of Smart Growth: Heritage Planning Grants
Assists communities cooperatively planning to manage growth.
Department of Community Affairs: Grants and Loans
Community development and economic development grants and loans.
Department of the Environment: Grants and Other Financial Assistance
Financial assistance on issues such as water quality and brownfields.
Department of Planning: Clearinghouse Grant Resource Center
The department does not offer grants but lists funding resources.
Commonwealth Capital Funding
Commonwealth Capital supports planning and zoning measures that are in accord with administration policy and encourages municipalities to implement them by linking state spending programs to municipal land use practices.
Department of Environmental Protection: Grants
Grants and financial assistance available for environmental protection efforts.
Energy and Environmental Affairs: Grant and Loan Guide
Helps communities, nonprofits, and private landowners protect open space and provide outdoor recreation experiences through access to financial support, planning tools, and technical assistance.
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development: Grant and Funding Programs
Offers programs, funding, and technical assistance to support the advancement towards self-sufficiency of low-income households and the revitalization of cities and towns.
Department of Agriculture: Farmland Preservation
Assistance in Preserving farmland and open space.
Financial assistance to help protect and enhance environmental quality.
Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Preservation Incentives Programs
Grants and tax incentives to promote historic preservation and reuse.
Metropolitan Council: Grant Applications and Resources
Funds livable communities and affordable housing programs.
Pollution Control Agency: Environmental Assistance Grants and Loans
Assists projects that protect, conserve, and improve Minnesota's air, land, and water resources.
Department of Natural Resources: Grants and Loans
Funding for environmental and community programs.
Department of Community Affairs: Grants
Grants for planning and community improvements.
Department of Environmental Protection: Grant and Loan Programs
Links to state funding programs for environmental and community issues.
Smart Growth Gateway: State Agency Funding
Lists funding opportunities available through New Jersey state agencies.
New York Bicycling Coalition: Possible Funding Sources for Bicycle and Pedestrian-Related Projects
List of state and federal funding sources for bicycle- and pedestrian-related projects.
Division of Coastal Resources: Grant Opportunities
Funding opportunities for community revitalization.
Division of Housing & Community Renewal: Main Street Funding
Provides funding for Main Street and downtown revitalization efforts and is a resource for communities looking for financial and technical assistance to revitalize their Main Street.
Landmark Society: Funding for Historic Preservation
Historic preservation funding opportunities for homeowners, religious institutions, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and developers.
State Historic Preservation Office: Federal and State Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Outlines preservation tax credits offered for historic properties located in the state.
City of Portland, Office of Sustainable Development: Green Investment Fund
Supports innovative green building projects in Portland.
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board: Local Innovation Fund
Supports creative initiatives that benefit and provide connections between the local watershed, economy, and community.
Department of Community and Economic Development: Community Revitalization Program
Provides grants for community revitalization and improvement projects that will improve the stability of the community; promote economic development; improve existing and develop new civic, cultural, recreational, industrial and other facilities; assist in business retention, expansion, stimulation and attraction; promote the creation of jobs and employment opportunities; or enhance the health, welfare and quality of life of citizens in the commonwealth.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Grants
Funds community and conservation projects.
Vermont Heritage Network: Preservation Incentives
State and national resources for funding preservation activities.
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Makes loans and grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and state agencies to acquire land and conservation easements and to build affordable housing.
Community, Trade, and Economic Development: Guided Search for Grants and Resources
Search form to find grants and other resources in several areas, including environment, planning and community development, and historic preservation.
Department of Transportation: Programs for Local Government
Funding and other support for projects that support transportation options, including bike and pedestrian facilities, safe routes to school, and land use.
Dane County Urban Infill Development Funds
The Dane County Better Urban Infill Development program provides grant funding to local municipalities to plan infill developments and great neighborhoods.