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On Wednesday September 20, 2019, TFG in partnership with the National Association of County Administrators (NACA) and ecivis held a webinar on “Federal Funding Opportunities to Combat the Opioid Crisis.” The webinar highlighted federal funding opportunities for local governments and looked ahead to the 2020 opioid federal agenda. 

The webinar featured speakers from the Center for Disease Control and the Executive Office of the President. These panelists discussed what their offices are doing to combat the opioid epidemic and how local governments can stay involved and engaged with them.

Missed the webinar? You can access the powerpoint presentation, which includes a list of resources and contact information here. You can also view the webinar in its entirety by registering through our portal here.


TFG in partnership with NACA and eCivis will be hosting a comprehensive webinar on federal funding opportunities available to local governments and non-profits to combat the opioid crisis. The hour-long webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 2 P.M. EST.

The webinar will provide background information on the avenues federal opioid funding is general filtered through including the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services. The webinar will highlight four upcoming grant opportunities that provide funding for law enforcement, treatment and recovery services, and rural healthcare programming.

In addition, we are excited to announce that a representative from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will also be presenting on the webinar, and will discussing the September 2019 announcement by the Trump Administration regarding an increase in federal opioid funding. The funding will grant more than $900 million in new funding to the CDC for opioid related programs.

The webinar is intended to help local communities recognize options available to them at the federal level and understand changes to this funding coming in 2020 and beyond.  We hope you can join us!

Click here to register today or contact your client manager for questions.  

Karl Kalbacher, PG, TFG Director of Environment, Economics & Grant Services at The Ferguson Group (TFG) will moderate the “Available Grant Funding – Rural Maryland Council” session at the 15th Annual Governor's Grants Conference on  October 21, 2019 in College Park, Maryland at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. This annual Governor's Grants Conference brings together 600 + statewide grant professionals for affordable, targeted professional development to increase capacity for grant awards and compliance.

TFG will also have a display booth at the Conference so be sure to come by a visit! To learn more about the Governor's Grants Conference and to register for the event please click here

TFG will be hosting a comprehensive hour-long webinar on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) Brownfield Grant programs on October 9, 2019 at 2 PM EST. The EPA is expected to release the FY 2020 solicitations for Brownfields during the Fall of 2019.

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfields Programs prime communities for economic development through providing funding to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. The webinar will cover in-depth three specific Brownfields programs:

  • Assessment Grants
  • Cleanup Grants
  • Multipurpose Grants

TFG will help attendees to understand the basis for each program and discuss eligibility requirements, priority projects, and tips for submitting a successful application. The webinar will also cover the recent changes to the Federal Brownfields Law and prepare applicants to make any necessary changes to previously submitted applications.

The webinar will be hosted by Karl Kalbacher, PG, TFG’s Director of Grants, and expert in Brownfield applications.

Click here to register today or contact your client manager for questions.

TFG is pleased to announce that the City of St. Petersburg, FL EPA was awarded FY 2019 Clean Fuel Diesel grant application.  The City requested grant funding to replace aging diesel-fueled sanitation trucks with compressed natural gas trucks.  The City was initially informed by EPA of their grant award in the amount of $888,235. EPA recently revised their grant award to the City to $1,510,701!  With this additional funding St. Petersburg will be able to accelerate the conversion of the sanitation truck fleet to CNG.  TFG wrote the grant on the City’s behalf.

On September 5, 2019 the Bureau of Reclamation announced awards through the WaterSMART: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Grants program. The program awarded $4.1 million to 63 different projects in multiple states throughout the western United States. 

David Hoover will be speaking at two conferences in the months ahead and invites you to join him. On September 26, he will be at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) annual conference in Tampa. On October 30, he will be on a panel at the Broadband Communities (BBC) Summit in Alexandria, VA that will explore the impact of public-private partnerships and broadband deployment. 

The Ferguson Group is partnering with eCivis, the National Association of County Administrators (NACA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Silicon Valley Clean Water, and Pinellas County Utilities to offer a comprehensive webinar on the benefits of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the upcoming WIFIA selection process. Registration for the webinar, on Tuesday, May 14th at 2 PM EST, can be found here

On May 8th, North Carolina Congressmen G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Mark Meadows (NC-11), along with Texas Members Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Ted Olson (TX-22) introduced H.R. 2548, the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects (HELP) Act

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is gearing up to release the FY 2019 solicitation for the highly competitive Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) discretionary grant program. Now is the time to get ahead of the curve and begin preparing your project!

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