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The Funding Opportunities Portal provides an overview of new and existing funding opportunities for local governments in Delaware. This new tool, developed by IPA, enables you to filter the opportunities by funding category.
The Grant Assistance Program (GAP) is a state-funded initiative that provides free technical grant assistance to local governments for infrastructure initiatives and other competitive and formula grant opportunities.
While we work with all local governments in Delaware, outreach and support are especially focused on local governments that typically lack the resources and capacity to compete for large-scale infrastructure funding opportunities including rural or underserved communities.
We work with local government representatives and other relevant partners to identify potential projects, find funding opportunities, and compete for grants.
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We maintain a Funding Opportunities Portal that lists grant opportunities for local governments. The portal provides the funding program title, eligible project category, project amount, grant match or loan interest, a brief description of the program, and links to more information.
View the Funding Opportunities Portal.
We maintain a Planning and Engineering Vendor Portal that provides an overview of planning consultants and engineering firms who work with local governments and operate in Delaware.
View the Vendor Portal.
We will provide frequent training opportunities related to topics such as government grant basics, project identification, cost-sharing, understanding grant evaluation criteria, evaluating impact, and reporting requirements.
View upcoming events.
Direct booking appointments are for local governments that are seeking specific technical grant-writing assistance at any stage of the application process. These appointments are exclusively for the local government that books the time and will be focused on the specific needs of that entity.
Book an appointment today.
We provide virtual drop-in hours from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on one Thursday of every month for local government representatives and stakeholders. Meet with a staff member over Zoom to receive immediate assistance or feedback on potential projects, grant-writing basics, and funding opportunities. No appointments are necessary.
View IPA's event calendar to see the schedule.
This program is free to local governments in Delaware.
While there is an emphasis on federal grants, we can provide assistance for state, federal, and private grant and loan opportunities.
We prioritize programs where local governments are a key stakeholder in the funding application process. However, we encourage local governments to partner with other stakeholders and anchor institutions when possible and/or advantageous.
Having a dedicated grant research or writer on staff is not a requirement or prohibiting factor in acquiring grant assistance from IPA. However, towns without a dedicated grant researcher or writer will be given priority.
Our Funding Opportunities Portal has detailed information on current grant programs that local governments can access.
No, the grant assistance program is designed to help local governments pursue funding opportunities. We do not play a role in the selection and prioritization process for these opportunities.
In order to provide specific, actionable, and ongoing assistance to local governments, we utilize the following case management approach:
Meet with prospective government entity
Identify potential qualifying projects / initiatives
Prioritize potential projects / initiatives
Research project & compare to funding program criteria
Follow Up with prospective government entity
Support grant application process
Communicate progress to relevant stakeholders
Implement funded project
Share case study
For more information about Local Government Grant Assistance Program at the Institute for Public Administration email firstname.lastname@example.org.