Although most infrastructure grants are issued by government agencies, don't forget about private funding sources too. Many economic development grants may also include them under their umbrella. The following are some examples of types of programs that may support infrastructure projects:
- Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP): This program supports economic development, job creation, and private investment in economically distressed areas of the country. Construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan funds are eligible activities. Projects will leverage existing assets to implement creative strategies to advance economic prosperity. There are two categories of funding: public works and economic adjustment assistance, both of which include infrastructure projects.
- SC Johnson Giving, Inc. Grants: This foundation funds projects that align with its area of interest, including education, social services, the environment, community development, arts and culture, and health. Though focusing on areas where the company has major operations, the foundation will also consider requests with a regional or national scope.
- Indian Community Development Block Grants (ICDBG): This federal grant encourages the development of viable Native American and Alaska Native communities. Housing and economic opportunities are supported by the award. Applicants must demonstrate that at least 70 percent of award funds will be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
- Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) National Resource Network: Direct Technical Assistance Program: This program helps cities tackle their toughest economic challenges through technical assistance. Innovative solutions may be applied to capacity issues related to local government operations or budgets, economic development, land use, transportation, workforce development, community development, housing, and or public safety.
- Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS): This funder encourages the fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operation, and protecting efficient, resilient, and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that pertains to transportation systems, construction engineering, infrastructure systems, and infrastructure management is a focus of this program.