Grant and Financial Assistance

Funding Projects Into Reality

Bring Your Project to Life

There are many ways to fund a project. At F&V, grants and low-interest loans have long been our best options. F&V has helped clients secure nearly a billion dollars to better their communities.

Our multidisciplinary team understands the challenges municipal and local governments face with funding cutbacks at higher levels of government and the need to find investment dollars for infrastructure improvements and other important goals.

F&V experts stay up-to date on funding programs and maintain relationships with members at the state and federal levels. Put our experience to work for you!

How We Can Help

Our F&V team specializes in all aspects of whole-community development and finding you the resources you need to get the job done.

Determining which source or sources best match your project is the key to securing funding to meet your goals. Our experts have the knowledge to best match projects to funding sources and prepare your winning applications while meeting the goals of your project.

F&V works alongside clients to find the best solution for their unique situation. We not only find opportunities, but we’ll also help you complete all the required paperwork in the application and submission process.

Types of Funding

At F&V, we can help your project become a reality by finding and applying for funding whether it’s through a grant, a low-interest loan, or a combination of both.

  • Grants: Many grants are available annually and are the preferred choice of most of our clients. Most grant programs are highly competitive and require local matches.
  • Low-interest loans: Municipalities have several options when it comes to loans, including low-interest loans, some with principal forgiveness. In addition, there are many loans available for disadvantaged communities.
  • Bonds: It’s not always possible to finance a project solely through grant and loan programs. If you are wondering if it’s time to raise your utility rates, we can help you evaluate your projected fees and your systems’ operating needs to determine if additional user investment is necessary. In recent years, municipal bonds have reached historic levels and are a fiscally sound alternative to state and federal programs.

Our Funding Experience

F&V staff maintain relationships with funding agencies and stay abreast the latest state and federal programs that offer significant funding, so no project gets left behind due to lack of funds.

For nearly three decades, F&V has prided itself in gaining extensive experience working with all the funding assistance programs utilized by Michigan and Indiana communities, including:

  • Department of Transportation – Michigan and Indiana (MDOT)/(INDOT)
  • Economic Development Authority (EDA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) / Michigan Hazard Mitigation Program (MHMP)
  • Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)
  • Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA)
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
  • Local Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA)
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE)
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
  • US Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD, formerly FmHA)
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Do I Apply for a Grant or Loan?

Community leaders wear many hats, but expertise in funding applications and processes is not usually one of them. At F&V, we know that each program has a process with different steps that must be taken in order to secure funding.

The applications can be inundating but we are just a phone call away. Keep in mind that planning ahead is also important as some of these funding programs have application deadlines.

Does My Project Qualify for a Grant?

Grants are typically state and project specific and have varying application deadlines. Give F&V a call and we’ll be happy to assist and explore your options to get your project funded today.

What Are Common Loan Terms?

In the past two years, state and federal programs announced low interest rates and extended repayment terms that work in your favor with new rates as low as 1.375% and municipal bonds near 2% or lower. Call us for the latest rates.

Grants and loans experts

“We hired F&V because we needed their expertise to explore all the funding opportunities and prepare an application,” Howard Linnabary Leoni Township supervisor. “We’re not the experts and we don’t keep track of all the regulation changes like a consultant does.”

“Without the help of our consultant, we would not have gotten our USDA project funded or completed,” said Jeff Ostrander, Breckenridge’s village manager. “In a small community like ours, we wear so many hats and it’s very difficult to keep up with the grocery list of things and what comes next and in what order with government funding.”

Get Your Project Started Today

We are your advocate, helping you to find and apply for funds so you can be awarded the most money possible. Now is the time to start to seek funding for future projects. Don’t delay! Anyone interested in learning more about funding possibilities should contact F&V.

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