Funding Opportunities Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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					Funding Opportunities Through the Indiana State Government:

The state government has organized the Indiana Economic Recovery project to help administer
funds. The project is looking to generate a list of infrastructure-related projects that may be good
candidates for funding. The survey is available at

In addition to making contact with the state government, completing this survey should help
groups make sure they have collected all the information they need to make each project as well-
planned as possible. The state government will not be treating this survey as a formal grant
submission, and they have asked participants to enter their information by February 25, 2009.

Also, regional meetings are scheduled for locations throughout the state to discuss the process
with community leaders and gather additional information on projects as needed.

Location                                                    Date and Time

Northeast (Ft. Wayne)                                       Friday, Feb 27
Sweetwater                                                  10:00-1:00 PM EST

Southwest (Evansville)                                      Friday, Feb 27
Ivy Tech                                                    10:00-1:00 PM CST

Central Indiana West (Greencastle)                          Monday, March 2
Area 30 Career Center                                       9:00-11:30 AM EST

Northwest (Portage)                                         Tuesday, March 3
Northwest Indiana Forum                                     9:00-11:30 AM CST

North Central (Mishawaka)                                   Tuesday, March 3
Mishawaka Council Chambers                                  2:30-5:00 PM EST

Southeast (North Vernon)                                    Wednesday, March 4
IEDC Office                                                 10:00-1:00 PM EST

Central Indiana                                             Wednesday, March 4
TBD                                                         4:00-7:00 p.m. PM EST

Central Indiana East (Anderson)                             Monday, March 2
Flagship Enterprise Center                                  2:30-5 PM EST

Contact Information:
For more information about the Indiana Economic Recovery project, please contact Ryan Daniel,
OCRA Project Manager, at 317-234-1252 or

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Rural Housing and Community Facility Assistance:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing & Community Facilities Programs: A
division of the Housing and Community Facilities Programs, this program is part of the United
States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development mission area. Community Programs
administers programs designed to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural
areas. These facilities include schools, libraries, childcare, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted
living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and
transportation. Through its Community Programs, the Department of Agriculture is striving to
ensure that such facilities are readily available to all rural communities. Community Programs
utilizes three flexible financial tools to achieve this goal: the Community Facilities Guaranteed
Loan Program, the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program, and the Community Facilities
Grant Program.

For More Information:

Rural Business Assistance:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service: Many businesses in
rural areas are eligible for financial assistance and planning services through the Rural Business-
Cooperative Service. Each program administers a number of grants.

        Business Programs: The business program works in partnership with the private sector
and community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning. The
financial resources of the program are often leveraged with those of other public and private
credit source lenders to meet business and credit needs in under-served areas. Recipients of these
programs may include individuals, corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, public bodies,
nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, and private companies. For more information, visit

        Cooperative Services Program: The mission of Cooperative Services Program is to
promote understanding and use of the cooperative form of business as a viable organizational
option for marketing and distributing agricultural products. The program serves cooperative
members, directors, management, educational institutions, organizations, rural residents, and all
others with an interest in the cooperative form of business. For more information, visit

For Application Information: To apply for funding, please contact Indiana’s Rural
Development State Office:

More State Resources:

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Business Technical Assistance:

Economic Development Administration (EDA): The EDA offers a wide variety of assistance
programs and funding opportunities for businesses, universities, and local governments.

About EDA programs:

Regional Contact Information:
      111 North Canal Street
      Suite 855
      Chicago, IL 60606-7208
      312-353-8575 fax
      C. Robert Sawyer, Regional Director

Manufacturing Technical Assistance for Businesses:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing
Extension Partnership: Businesses looking to improve their manufacturing processes and save
costs can benefit from consulting with the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more
information, visit

NIST Hollings MEP Products and Services: The degree and type of assistance provided is based
on the manufacturer’s needs—ranging from process improvements to worker training to
applications of information technology. Typically, the first step is an assessment of the
company’s current operations and opportunities for improvement.

As part of that assessment, field engineers review the manufacturing process, the plant layout,
the inventory and materials flow, and the policies and procedures; prepare an evaluation of the
firm and its operations; and recommend either a few simple, quick solutions or a detailed plan of
action to improve performance, productivity, quality, profits, or sales.

Contact Information:
      NIST MEP
      100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4800
      Gaithersburg, MD 20899-3460
      Phone: (301) 975-5020
      Fax: (301)963-6556
      Program Questions: mailto:

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Energy Efficiency Assistance:

Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program: The Weatherization Assistance
Program offers energy efficiency upgrades for residences in lower-income communities. Once
installed, these relatively low-cost upgrades can save consumers 15-20% off of energy bills.

      Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority
      30 South Meridian Street
      Suite 1000
      Indianapolis, IN 46204
      Phone: 317-232-7777
      Fax: 317-232-7778

Indiana Weatherization and Low-Income Energy Programs: Indiana's Family and Social
Services Administration administers the DOE-funded Weatherization Assistance Program for the
state. This program provides residential energy conservation services to the low-income citizens
of Indiana. Program funding is allocated to Community Action Agencies (CAA) to provide
comprehensive energy conservation services in each of Indiana's 92 counties. A thorough
evaluation of the structure, including the safe and efficient operation of the furnace and water
heater, is included in the treatment of each home. For more information, visit

Energy and Low-Income Heating Assistance (LIHEAP) in Indiana: The National Energy
Accessibility and Affordability Project (NEAAP) publishes a complete list of the programs
available to low-income households in the state, including those funded by federal and state
governments, Indiana utilities, and charities. NEAAP publishes this list as part of the LIHEAP
Clearinghouse, which is maintained on the National Center for Appropriate Technology Web site
and receives support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The list also
includes LIHEAP contacts in Indiana. Under federal rules, Indiana can use up to 25% of its
LIHEAP funds for weatherization.

A complete list of Indiana’s low-income energy programs is available at

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General Opportunities for Small Businesses:

Small Business Administration: While many small businesses have received loans and other
assistance from the Small Business Administration in the past, the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act added additional funds to the SBA to ensure the agency could accommodate
the needs of more businesses during this critical time.

Indiana Contact Information:
      Indiana SBA District Office
      8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400
      Indianapolis, IN 46240-2460
      (317) 226-7272

FEMA Firefighter Assistance Grants:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides additional funds to FEMA’s existing
Firefighter Assistance Grants program for modifying, upgrading, or constructing firehouses.
Many local communities have taken advantage of Firefighter Assistance Grants in the past, and
additional funds may make this an opportune time to make needed upgrades.

For More Information:

       General Questions:

       Regional Contacts:
       Vikki Hanson                                        Lori Smith
       536 S. Clark Street, 6th Floor                      Regional Fire Program Specialist
       Chicago, IL 60605                                   Contractor – Cabezon Group
       Phone: (312) 408-5327                               Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
       Phone 2: (312) 339-7763                             Phone: (217) 726-9550                   

       Don Mobley
       Phone: (312) 408-5540

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Employment and Training Opportunities:

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) funds
training programs that teach job skills and provide job placement services for adults who are at
least 18 years of age. The programs are administered locally by One Stop Career Centers. The
types of training offered by a local training center can vary depending on the job opportunities in
the community. For more information, visit

Additional Information:
       (877) US-2JOBS (TTY: 1-877-889-5267)

Local Career Center Locator:
Contact information for 95 career centers throughout Indiana.

Health Assistance:

Health Resources and Services Administration: The Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the
primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are
uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. For more information, visit

Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Type in your address and click the 'Find
Health Centers' button to find health centers near you.

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Child Care Assistance:

Child Care and Development Block Grant Program: This program assists low-income
families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public
assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education. Grants are
administered by the state of Indiana. For more information, visit

Contact Information:

       Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
       Division of Family Resources
       Bureau of Child Care
       402 West Washington Street, W-386
       Indianapolis, IN 46204
       Phone: 317-232-1144
       Toll Free: 877-511-1144
       Fax: 317-232-4490
       Web Site:

Public Transit Grants Opportunities:

Federal Transit Administration Grants for Public Transit Investment: Local governments
who have planned public transit projects can receive the latest information on requirements for
funding from the Federal Transit Administration here:

Housing Assistance:

Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants:
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided additional funds to the CDBG
program. Local projects under development may qualify for funding thanks to these additional
resources. For more information, visit:

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Environmentally Friendly Construction Opportunities:

As part of the effort to promote green building in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,
the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) will be offering new opportunities to receive grants and
other assistance. For more information, visit

Green Fund Capacity Grants: The Green Fund provided capacity building grants to a mix of
novice and experienced nonprofit housing development organizations. The grantees will
demonstrate the use of green techniques in varying degrees throughout the housing development
process including land planning and site development to preserve the natural environment;
energy efficient design; selection and use of materials promoting recycling, reuse, waste
reduction, and a healthy indoor living environment; and water conservation.

Training and Technical Assistance Program: A training program on green building/healthy
homes is being conducted in several venues. Roundtable sessions encourage the participation of
practitioners and provide peer-learning opportunities. HAC has incorporated a green building
track of workshops in its Rural Housing Conferences since 2004. The workshops introduce green
building concepts to a wide audience. Intensive training workshops will train rural practitioners
on how to get started with integrating green techniques in housing programs. A variety
of resources are currently available on the web to help you get familiar with green
building/healthy homes technology.

Information and Publications:
    A brief introduction and summary about affordable green building in rural communities
      is provided in HAC's information sheet on the subject.
    A special green building issue of HAC’s magazine, Rural Voices, was published in fall
      2008. It focuses on recent trends in green affordable building and highlights some of the
      nonprofit rural organizations that have integrated sustainable design elements into their
      affordable housing projects. Click here to access a pdf of the issue.
    HAC's green building report, Affordable Green Building in Rural Communties, explains
      how community organizations succeed in developing affordable green housing despite
      unique rural challenges. Based on a roundtable discussion that included national green
      building organizations, local rural housing developers with a history of green building,
      funders, and other green building stakeholders, HAC's report describes successful
      affordable green developments around the country.

Contact Information:

       General Contacts:
       Midwest Office:
       10100 NW Ambassador Drive, Suite 310
       Kansas City, MO 64153-1362

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