Over $1.1 Billion in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

This post details the availability of more than $1.1 billion in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, and renewable energy. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

EPA Greening America’s Capitals – Design Assistance
Letters of Interest Due: June 20, 2011
Eligible Applications: State capital cities

The Office of Sustainable Communities in EPA’s Office of Policy is seeking letters of interest from state capital cities that want to develop in ways that reflect the principles of smart growth, green building, and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an interagency effort of EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help address the challenges of climate change. The goal of Greening America’s Capitals is to help state capital cities create a clear, implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure systems. EPA will provide design assistance to successful applicants.

For more info, go to: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/2011_0518_greening_america.pdf.

USDA Rural Energy Assistance Program – Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance – Estimated $2.8 million
Application Due: June 30, 2011
Eligible Applications: Units of state, tribal, or local government and their instrumentalities; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; or a public power entity

The Rural Energy Assistance Program Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant program is designed to assist farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses; the program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.

For more info, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=92633. Refer to Sol# RDBCP-11-REAP-ENERGYAUDIT.

DOE Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure – Approximately $5 million
Application Due: July 14, 2011
Eligible Applications: All types of domestic entities except for other federal agencies, non-DOE Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) contractors, and nonprofit organizations that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995.

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. This RFP will serve as a pilot program to stimulate community-based electric vehicle infrastructure readiness planning and implementation activities in anticipation of larger electric vehicle deployment efforts in the future. DOE anticipates making 10-15 awards.

For more info, contact Sue Miltenberger at susan.miltenberger@netl.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000451&agency=DOE. Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000451.

CDC Community Transformation Grant – Estimated $900 million
Application Due: July 15, 2011
Eligible Applications: State and local government agencies, state and local nonprofit organizations, federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska native villages, tribal organizations, urban Indian health programs

The purpose of this program is to create healthier communities by 1) building capacity to implement broad evidence- and practice-based policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure changes, as appropriate, in large counties, and in states, tribes, and territories, including in rural and frontier areas; and 2) supporting implementation of such interventions in five strategic areas aligning with Healthy People 2020 focus areas and achieving demonstrated progress in the following five performance measures outlined in the Affordable Care Act: 1) changes in weight, 2) changes in proper nutrition, 3) changes in physical activity, 4) changes in tobacco use prevalence, and 5) changes in emotional well-being and overall mental health, as well as other program-specific measures.

For more info, including the full funding opportunity announcement and application, go to: http://www07.grants.gov/search/announce.do;jsessionid=358DN3rh3LBqLHSYz7Jp5KHVFQ4KZMj0J6cWRMbnXrvphw6LfQBM!1393724515

DOE SunShot Initiative: Rooftop Solar Challenge to Induce Market Transformation – Approximately $12.5 million
Application Due: August 31, 2011
Eligible Applications: State or territorial governments; local governments; consortia made up of regional or statewide teams of local governments, large single jurisdictions, or Indian tribes; or entities authorized to act on behalf of a consortium. Entities must represent a total population of 500,000 or greater.

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement for a Rooftop Solar Challenge is to achieve measurable improvements in market conditions for rooftop photovoltaics across the United States, with an emphasis on streamlined and standardized permitting and interconnection processes. DOE anticipates providing up to $12.5M, to up to 25 awardees, to accomplish the goals of this funding opportunity.

For more info, go to: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#d7fc28a9-cd94-4548-b0ea-4713432c90fd

DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity – Likely ~$25 million
Application Due: Depends on funding cycle; next funding cycle is due September 15, 2011
Eligible Applications: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, private institutions of higher education

DOC’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) helps distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. EDA generally allocates funds for the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) to support projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. EDA anticipates that these funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs through and increase private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems.

While the amount of funding available through this opportunity is dependent on FY2011 appropriations and is not yet known, EDA allocated $25,000,000 for the GCCMIF in 2010. The average size of a GCCMIF investment was approximately $840,000. For more info, including regional contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58457.

DOE Weatherization Formula Grants – Likely to be approximately $210 million
Application Due: Varies by program year
Eligible Applications: Agencies that administer the WAP program

DOE requests proposals for the Weatherization Assistance Program Formula Grant. The purpose of WAP is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce residential expenditures, and improve health and safety. Lead applicants must be agencies that administer the WAP program. Proposal due date varies by prime applicant’s program year. Grantees will be notified as soon as an update on FY 2011 funding becomes available. For planning purposes, grantees should proceed with their respective plans using the same funding level as the DOE 2010 appropriated funds. For more info, contact Meghaan Hampton at Meghaan.Hampton@netl.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000446&agency=DOE.

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