Funding for community development projects may be available through federal grants and/or loans. First District has years of experience preparing grants and loan applications on behalf of local governments. Additionally we can provide grant administration services to assist with the necessary paperwork and procedures required by many grant and loan programs.

Below is a list of current funding opportunities. If you don’t see one that fits your project requirements please contact us as this is not an exhaustive list. Sign up to receive our newsletter and stay informed with new federal funding opportunities for your community

Community Development Block Grants

Grant funds are available to cities and counties, which may apply on behalf of other non-profits or units of government. Typical types of projects are water, sewer, fire halls, community centers, health care clinics, and rural water expansion projects. Funds are also available to local governments to assist businesses with the creation of new jobs. Funds may be used for infrastructure to serve the business. Deadlines are April 1st & October 1st of each year.

USDA Rural Development / Rural Utility Services

Grants and loans are available to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities; to construct, repair, or expand water and/or wastewater systems; or for private business and industry acquisitions, construction, modernization, equipment, machinery, start-up costs, and working capital. Loan and grant ratios and rates are based on ability to pay and median household income.

Economic Development Administration

Grants are provided to help EDA designated distressed communities/counties serve industry/businesses that generate long-term private sector jobs having a regional impact. The types of projects typically funded are water, sewer, and access roads inside industrial parks, and business incubator buildings. Designated counties that are currently eligible include: Hamlin, Clark and Roberts Counties. There are no specific application deadlines.

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant and Loan programs

State grants and loans are available to assist with community infrastructure projects, such as drinking water systems, waste water systems, storm water systems, and lake and stream projects. Projects must be listed on the State Water Plan. Deadlines for these programs are January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st of each year.

State Water Plans

Technical assistance is provided to units of government, non-profits, lake associations, and rural water systems to list water, sewer, storm water, and lake and stream projects on the State Water Plan. In order to apply for certain state grant and loan funds, projects must be listed on the State Water Plan. Deadlines are February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and October 1st of each year.

Small Communities Planning Grant (Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

Funds provided to communities of 1,000 or less in population to hire an engineering firm to develop engineering reports for specific water and sewer projects. There are no specific application deadlines.

Solid Waste and Recycling

Grant funds are available for the development of comprehensive solid waste planning and management programs. Funds are used for recycling projects, research, educational activities, planning, equipment purchases, construction and operation of recycling or solid waste management projects. Landfill and rubble site development and expansions are included. Deadlines are January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st of each year.

Department of Transportation Community Access Grant Program

Grants are available on a competitive basis to local units of government with populations under 5,000 involving the upgrade, repair, or replacement of important local roads, such as roads to elevators, schools, hospitals, or the main central business district. Deadline is July 15th of each year.

Department of Transportation Industrial Park Grant Program

Grants are available to communities to provide street access to new and expanding businesses located within industrial parks. Deadlines for these programs are April 15, July 15, and October 15

Department of Transportation Agri-business Access Grant Program

Grants are available on a competitive basis to local units of government to address road needs associated with new agri-business, such as ethanol plants, large scale elevators, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, etc. In many cases, these new agri-businesses create additional truck traffic that an existing road may not be built to take. Deadline is April 15, July 15, and October 15.