Designated as one of the nation’s twelve Manufacturing Communities by the U.S. Economic Development Administration in 2014, organizations in the 15-county Northwest Georgia region are eligible to apply to use the IMCP Manufacturing Community designation for IMCP-aligned federal funding opportunities. Only one organization per application, per period may use the designation. As the lead agency, the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission facilitates the selection of these organizations to use the designation via the Northwest Georgia Floor360 IMCP Consortium.

Need a creative approach to explore and identify financing mechanisms and partners to put IMCP to work for you?

Click here to see the IMCP Financing Guide.

To apply, please fill out and submit THIS FORM at least two weeks before your grant deadline.

Floor360 is able to advance selected funding proposals to the ten federal agencies listed below.

Proposals must meet federal agencies' funding requirements and be aligned with the Floor360 regional advanced manufacturing strategy in order to be recommended or endorsed to use the Manufacturing Community designation by Floor360.

IMCP Federal Funding Opportunities

Federal AgenciesFederal Funding Opportunities and LinksPoint of Contact
Housing and Urban Development Local and state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and opportunities to use HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee program in achieving their economic development goals.

For more information about the program’s eligible activities and uses of Section108 guaranteed loan funding, follow this link: Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program Overview

For more information on using CDBG for economic development, follow this link: Community Development

CDBG is allocated via formula on an annual basis. There is no application to HUD. Decisions on prioritization for the funds are up to state and local governments who receive the funds.
Sunaree Marshall
Labor1. American Apprenticeship grants *
2. The Jobs and Innovation
3. Make it in America
4. Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Program. Find details about funded programs of study, institutions, projects and courses here.
Sarah Sunderlin, Caroline Hertel, Robin Fernkas
National Institute of Standard and Technology1. NIST MEP Centers
2. NIST MEP Special Awards
Heidi Sheppard
Education1. Technical Assistance Program – Spring and Summer Series (May-July 2015)
2. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge - Inviting schools to submit a design for a CTE makerspace
Gregory Henschel
Defense 1. Funding Opportunity through Defense Industry Adjustment: Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Reductions in Defense Industry Employment
Office of Economic Adjustment
Daniel Glasson
National Science Foundation1. Advanced Technological Education program
2. Advanced I/URC facility guarantees
George Hazelrigg, Susan Singer
Delta Regional Authority 1. States’ Economic Development Assistance ProgramMirielle Burgoyne, Kemp Morgan
Appalachian Regional Commission1. Local Access Road Program, see guidelines here
2. Area Development Program (Should be posted by the end of March)
3. POWER Initiative
David Hughes, Jason Wong
Small Business Administration1. Growth Accelerator Fund Competition -Going live towards the Late March/early April
2. Innovation Clusters – Going live early Summer (June)
Matt Stevens, Javier Saade,
Agriculture1. Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG) - available now - priority points are given
2. Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG)
3. Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
4. Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program (B&I) - Available now - priority points are given
Suzette Agans, Kristi Kubista-Hovis, John Broussard
Transportation 1. TIGER grants - The NOFA will be out around within 2-3 weeks. Pre-Applications will be due about a month after (end of April). Final applications will be due around the end of May and awards will be made in early fall.
3. Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants
Matt Fall
Environmental Protection Agency1. Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grants – next competition anticipated July 2016; can use IMCP designation as a “special factor”. 5 of 20 new recipients announced March 2015 are IMCP designees/partners

2. Brownfields assessment, cleanup, and cleanup RLF capitalization grants – annual competition, next FFO anticipated August 2015; can use IMCP designation as a “special factor”

3. Targeted Brownfield Assistance (technical site services thru an EPA contractor) – rolling, subject to funding availability and regional criteria; can alert EPA Regions and HQ of IMCP status
Charlie Bartsch, Debi Morey
Energy1. TBD Technical Assistance Libby Wayman
Economic Development Administration1. Regional Innovation Strategies, 2016 Program Competition - To learn more about this year’s Regional Innovation Strategies program, EDA strongly encourages potential applicants to register for and attend the post-launch webinar, hosted by SSTI, on May 5, 2016, at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Click to view the Federal Funding Opportunity. The application period is open for 60 days and will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on June 24, 2016.

A list of current IMCP-eligible grants can also be found on the Manufacturing Communities' Grant page.  Search for your federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. The Floor360 Consortium needs to receive your request form by the Deadline for Consideration date listed in the table in order to be considered for the designation. If approved, applicants will either receive a "Letter of IMCP Endorsement” or “Letter of IMCP Support” from the Floor360 Consortium to include in their funding application.

Other Funding Opportunities

Kresge has announced a $30 million Community Finance program-related investment finance offering.

  • The Community Finance RFP can be found here.
    • --Two-page letters of inquiry due April 29, with full proposal for approved applicants due May 27
      --Free one-hour webinar on the Kresge RFP on April 13, 2:00 p.m. EDT. Register here (select “CDFA - Kresge Impact Investing RFP Webinar”)

      Mission Investors Exchange conference (May 10-12, Baltimore)