Funding Opportunities

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
USDA Rural Development
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
State Water Plan
Small Community Planning Grant
Solid Waste Management
Department of Transportation Community Access Grant Program
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)Hyperlink
Pre Disaster Mitigation (PDM) & PDM-C
Assistance to Firefighters
Recreation Trails Program
Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Northeast Council of Governments assists governmental entities and nonprofit groups in the development and implementation of community and economic development activities. NECOG offers guidance through the planning process; including preparation and submittal of funding applications and professional administration of awarded grants and loans. Several common funding programs available in our region are listed below. The following list of programs is not comprehensive and the eligibility and rules can change frequently. Please contact our office for specific information such as deadlines and eligibility.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
CDBG grant funds are available to cities and counties, which may apply on behalf of other non-profits or units of government. Examples of eligible projects include improvements to or construction of: water and sewer infrastructure, fire halls, community centers, health care clinics or hospitals, libraries, 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 new or expanding businesses. This program has income eligibility requirements for all applicants.

USDA Rural Development
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 Association (EDA)
EDA established assistance programs which are available to rural and urban areas that are experiencing high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress caused by events such as natural disasters, closure of military installations or other Federal facilities, changing trade patterns, or depletion of natural resources. The purpose of the program is to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate growth in economically-distressed areas of the United States. Grants are provided to EDA-designated areas to help industries and businesses that generate long-term private Bookmarksector jobs having a regional impact. The types of projects typically funded in our region are water, sewer, and access roads located in industrial parks, and business incubator buildings.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
The South Dakota DENR has several programs available to communities including: Consolidated Water Facilities Construction program, Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loans, and Water Quality grants. DENR 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 to be eligible to apply.

State Water Plan
Units of government, non-profits, lake associations, and rural water systems are eligible to list water, sewer, storm water, and lake and stream projects on the State Water Plan. A project must be listed on the State Water Plan in order to be eligible for grant and loan funds from DENR. Applications are accepted quarterly on February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and October 1st of each year.

Small Community Planning Grant
Provides grants to communities with populations of 2,500 or less for the purpose of hiring an engineering firm to complete a system wide water or sewer study. It also can be used for completing a water or sewer rate analysis. Applications are accepted year-round.

Solid Waste Management
The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants, loans, or a combination of grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects. Applicants must clearly show how the project will advance the State’s solid waste management hierarchy; volume reduction at the source; recycling and reuse; use for energy production; and disposal in landfill or combustion for volume reduction. Show potential cost savings, public health, or environmental benefits in solid waste management, waste tire management, or waste tire processing for energy production; and develop a detailed workplan, time schedule, budget, and provisions for a final report. Eligible applicants include: individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, counties, cooperatives, municipalities, regional or state-wide planning agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, or special purpose districts that have the authority to construct or operate solid waste, waste tire, or recycling facilities.

Department of Transportation Community Access Grant Program
This program assists towns smaller than 5,000 in population to construct/reconstruct main streets, the road to elevator, school, business district, etc. In addition to the Community Access Grant program, grants are also available for industrial park access streets for new or expanding businesses and/or agri-business industries. Grants are available on a competitive basis to local units of government and a local match is required.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
The HMGP provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

Pre Disaster Mitigation (PDM)
The PDM program provides funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. The State of South Dakota receives a direct allocation of funds to be awarded to units of government, private businesses, and non-profits who have formally adopted a local jurisdiction disaster mitigation plan that has been approved by FEMA. The PDM-C is a similar program with the exception that applications to this program are competitive nation-wide; funding is not allocated directly to the State, but rather drawn from a National pool of money. Funding must be used for disaster mitigation plans or projects that reduce overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations.

Assistance to Firefighters
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is available for fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations. Grants can be used for vehicle acquisition, oHyperlinkperations and safety, or regional projects. This program is administered by FEMA and is intended to help ensure applicants are able to meet the needs of the populations served.

Recreation Trails Program
The mission of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks Recreational Trails Program is to solicit and encourage support from the private and public sector, which will facilitate the preservation and protection of our natural resources for parks and wildlife, and provide expanded recreational access opportunities for the people of South Dakota and their guests. Eligible projects include: maintenance and restoration of trails, trail bridges, and signs; development or rehabilitation of trailside or trailhead facilities that have a direct relationship with the recreational trail; construction of new trails; trail accessibility studies; and educational projects.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
LWCF provides federal financial assistance for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation land and facilities. South Dakota political subdivisions (city, county, township) and tribal governments are eligible to apply for LWCF grants. Funds are available every other year. LWCF grants require a 50 percent applicant contribution. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: ball fields, park roads, amphitheaters, boat ramps, fishing facilities, lighting, landscaping, ice rinks, golf courses, restroom buildings, trails, etc.