February 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Successful Federal Grants Program, Urges Nevadans to Contact Her Office for Grants Assistance

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the over $376,656,492 in federal grant funding she helped Nevadans secure in 2019, and urged Nevada businesses, non-profit organizations, tribes and constituents to utilize her office’s Grants Assistance Program, which is designed to help Nevadans with all grant-related questions or issues throughout the federal grant application process. The program not only helps constituents identify funding opportunities, but can provide resources for writing successful grant applications and draft letters of support for applications if required. Senator Cortez Masto’s program is meant to assist constituents in submitting and implementing successful grants projects that will bring positive changes to communities across Nevada. 

“From funding new affordable housing units and community health centers to STEAM education programs for Nevada’s students, federal grants support some of the Silver State’s most important projects and initiatives. My top priority as Senator is to ensure that Nevada families have access to the resources they need to thrive and assisting Nevadans with grant opportunities and applications is just one way I’m working to reach that goal. My office will always be available to help support local innovators and organizations who are working hard to provide quality health care, invest in our infrastructure, provide affordable housing in our communities, protect our pristine public lands and green our economy.”


In the past year, Senator Cortez Masto has helped secure numerous grants for Nevada non-profits, health care organizations, affordable housing projects and major infrastructure initiatives. Some highlights of grants awarded in 2019 include:

  • $40.4 million for the Washoe Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) Reno Virginia Street BRT Extension Project. The project will upgrade aging utilities infrastructure along Virginia Street and extend Reno’s existing bus rapid transit service to link the University of Nevada, Reno’s campus with Reno’s Midtown District.
  • $21.2 million in grant funding for affordable housing and community development projects in Southern Nevada.  
  • $14 million to counties across Nevada for local homeless housing and service programs.
  • $11.6 million to improve the infrastructure at five Nevada airports, including four rural airports.
  • $3.7 million in funding to help expand access to opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support programs throughout the state.
  • $3.5 million awarded to the Nevada Department of Education to increase opportunities for low-income middle and high school students.
  • $1.3 million to fund community health centers in Nevada.
  • $1.2 million to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe for important water treatment, conservation and infrastructure improvements.

Nevadans wishing to utilize the Senator’s Grants Assistance Program can find information and contact forms online. They can also reach out to the senator’s Nevada offices in Southern Nevada at (702) 388-5020 and Northern Nevada at (775) 686-5750.