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Stuart and Cedar Anderson have set the internet abuzz with their record-breaking Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The father-and-son team’s Flow hive, a no-muss, no-fuss beehive designed to deliver honey on tap, smashed the crowdfunding site’s previous record of just over $5 million. As of March 17—the campaign runs through April 5—the Andersons have raised more than $6.3 million.
The DOE Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for the third round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program to provide Tribes with technical assistance with furthering the development of community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects. Applications are due May 1, 2015, and up to five projects will be selected in June 2015.
Application deadline: April 30, 2015.
USDA announced funding to assist agricultural producers and small business owners in applying for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources.
Application deadline: April 1, 2015.
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is making available funding to help communities cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country and accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing.
From the summary:
This notice outlines a competition to designate up to 12 communities as manufacturing communities (Manufacturing Communities) through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), including proposal submission requirements and instructions, and eligibility and selection criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals. Manufacturing Communities will receive preference for a range of future Federal economic development funding and technical assistance offered by IMCP participating agencies. Some Manufacturing Communities, as discussed in the Supplementary Information section of this notice and subject to the availability of funds, may receive financial assistance awards from IMCP participating agencies to assist in cultivating an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country.
Ten federal agencies have agreed to provide preferential consideration, and/or consideration in the determination of application merit, and/or grant supplemental awards (totaling approximately $1.3 billion) for Manufacturing Communities for the following 18 economic development programs:
- Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
- Local Access Road Program
- Area Development Program
- Delta Regional Authority (DRA)
- Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Office of Economic Resilience Integrated Planning & Investment Grants
- Department of Labor (DOL)
- Department of Transportation (DOT) TIGER Program
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Targeted Brownfield Assessments (TBA) program
- Brownfield Site Assessment/cleanup/Revolving Loan Fund (RLF
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Advanced Technology Education (ATE)
- The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Accelerator Program
- Regional Innovation Clusters Program
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)
- Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program (RBEG)
- Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
- Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program (B&I)
- U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Award Competitions for Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers
- NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) Consorta
- Manufacturing Extension Partnership Network Special Competitions
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The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and though the general scope of BCAP is not changing with its recently published final rule, there are some key changes being made to the program, including matching payment and funding amounts, material eligibility and project areas.