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No-Cost Grant Funding Bootcamps for Small & Mid-size Local Governments

The grant funding application process can be onerous, and smaller communities may be challenged to dedicate resources to understanding and completing the process. The complexity associated with grant applications can put small and mid-sized local governments at a disadvantage, especially when grant applications are competitive.  

However, local governments with populations under approximately 150,000 can now take advantage of the Local Infrastructure Hub’s Grant Application Bootcamp, a free program designed to help small to mid-sized local governments prepare grant funding applications—including current and upcoming opportunities available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

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The first wave of free bootcamps will take place this fall and will focus on five grant funding categories (see table below). Then, over the next two years, the Local Infrastructure Hub will offer dozens of other free bootcamps focused on topics such as broadband, water and sanitary systems, transportation, resiliency, energy efficiency, and environmental remediation.

Grant Funding Category

Available Grant Funding

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities: Supports hazard mitigation projects, including those related to natural disasters

$1 billion

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program: Supports projects that address fossil fuel emissions, reduce energy use, or improve energy efficiency

$550 million

Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants: Supports projects that reduce/eliminate the risk of flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program

$3.5 billion

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program: Supports demonstration projects focused on smart technologies and systems that improve transportation efficiency and safety

$500 million

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grants: Supports projects that involve electric vehicle charging needs

$2.5 billion

What does the time commitment look like?

Each bootcamp lasts about three to four months.

Participants are asked to identify core team members to fill roles such as grant lead, community lead, and finance lead, with time commitments ranging from 2 to 10 hours per month. Mayor participation is also a recommended part of the program. These roles are considered a typical team; however, municipalities may identify other roles better suited for their situation and an individual may occupy multiple roles. Additionally, municipalities may partner together to register as a coalition.

What will I learn?

The bootcamps intend to help local governments more readily navigate the grant application process. Through a series of eight modules, each bootcamp will involve:

  1. Completing a community asset map
  2. Developing a community engagement strategy
  3. Learning how to identify and leverage data to support desired project outcomes
  4. Assembling capital stacks and budgets
  5. Aligning grant applications with broader federal priorities
  6. Writing exercises and templates
  7. Navigating the grant application submission process
  8. Creating plans to share project outcomes to support future funding pursuits

How do I register?

Local governments interested in participating can register here. The initial registration window closes on August 31, 2022, and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Trihydro has experience partnering with its clients to pursue grant funding for multiple project types. Don’t hesitate to connect with us if we can support your team in securing project funding.

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Tammy Reed, PE
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Laramie, WY

Tammy is a licensed professional engineer with 30 years of experience in transportation and civil engineering. Her expertise includes feasibility studies, planning, engineering design, public involvement, permitting, QAQC reviews, bidding assistance, and construction administration.

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