Tips for Applying
Round 4 Notice of Funding Availability was issued October 16, 2023. Applications are due December 15, 2023 at Noon. 

Round 4 Capital Application Portal Round 4 Capital Application Word Version

Round 4 Small Business Program Application Portal Round 4 Sm Bus Prog Application Word Version

Round 4 Planning Application Portal Round 4 Planning Application Word Version

These helpful tips can help you meet the deadline:

1. Start early: Start the application process as soon as possible. It’s the best way to collect all the information and documentation you need, write answers, accurately complete the application form, and meet the deadline. 
2. Make a plan: Spell out the work that needs to be done, determine who is responsible for what, and monitor progress. Be sure to prioritize items that may take weeks to obtain!
3. Download: Download the items in the right-hand column, read them, and take notes. They describe the program and the information you’ll need to provide when you apply. Download the Word document version of the application to work on your draft.
4. Attend training: Sign up for one of our webinars to better understand the grant, its requirements, and how to submit your application.
5. Ask questions: We’ll have time to answer some questions during the webinars. You can also schedule a 30-minute virtual meeting with us or send us questions.
6. Be prepared: Compile your answers and documentation early so that you can copy them into the online application form. We encourage you to provide concise, specific, and easy-to-understand responses.
7. Be thorough: Complete your application early and take time to review it. Make sure your answers are complete and accurate, and all required documents are attached. Review the posted FAQ document.
8. Finish early: We encourage you to complete and submit your application “early” to smooth the process.

Round 4 Webinar Slides




CIF Important Dates:

CIF Round 4 is open October 16 through Noon, December 15, 2023.
The CIF Board will meet to make Round 4 Project Recommendations on March 12, 2024.
CIF Round 5 will open April 29 and close at Noon on June 21, 2024.