April 26, 2017 – Bi-State Regional Commission offers their member governments a variety of services relating to grant activity. Services include assisting with writing grants, reviewing grant applications, providing adequate resources, developing a “letter of concurrence” providing Bi-State Regional Commission’s support for a particular project, and distributing notifications to member governments about upcoming grant opportunities. There are a number of grant opportunities available on the federal, state, and local levels in different fields such as transportation, public health, public safety, environmental planning, public works, economic development, and housing. For an updated list of available grants and the maximum amount that may be requested, click here.
Grant readiness is also an important component and includes strategically prioritizing projects in the community and aligning goals and feasible projects with available grant cycles. Often times a match from the community is needed to pair with the potential grant, so having an accurate budget and secured leverage source for a match is beneficial. Registering at grants.gov is a must if a community is looking to apply for a federal grant, and also requires the process of acquiring a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number. In addition, a System for Award Management (SAM) account is required at the time of a grant submission and throughout the duration of any federal award. Bi-State’s website has a grant readiness page to provide further tips and information. Member governments can always contact Bi-State’s Planning Department to receive further information on particular grants and how to get started.