Funding Opportunities 2012-01-09T02:55:20+00:00

Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure Funding Opportunity
Application Due: June 13, 2011

President Obama has a goal of putting 1 million advanced technology vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015. In support of this goal, and emphasizing electricity as a transportation fuel, this Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks projects to plan and implement policies, procedures, and incentives that facilitate that development. The planning and policy activities will prepare communities for successful deployment and implementation of plug-in electric drive vehicles.

Overall, this effort will help to decrease the nation’s dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This FOA 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. It does not address the broader electric vehicle deployment initiative that was included in the President’s 2011 State of the Union Address and is not the $200M electric vehicle deployment program included in the President’s FY2012 budget request.

There are several one-time actions you must complete in order to submit an application in response to this Announcement (e.g., obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), and register with Grants.gov). Applicants who are not registered with CCR and Grants.gov should allow at least 21 days to complete these requirements. It is suggested that the process be started as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov to be considered for award. For more information, use FedConnect then click the “Search Public Opportunities” button and refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000451. A button has also been added to the Clean Cities homepage (www.cleancities.energy.gov) to assist you in locating this information.
Over $302 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Below is an announcement of the availability of more than $302 million 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 Labor (DOL), the U.S. Department of Energy (DO), and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, heat island projects, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

DOE Weatherization Formula Grants
Likely Amount to Awarded: $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. Proposals 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, until a final budget is passed and signed by the President, 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.

DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity – Likely Amount to be Awarded: $25 million
Application Due: Depends on funding cycle; next funding cycle is due June 10, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, private institutes 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.

EPA Environmental Education Regional Grants
Amount to be Awarded: $1.9 million
Application Due: May 2, 2011
Eligible Applications: Local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity

EPA is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques as described in this notice. Under this solicitation EPA expects to award environmental education grants from the 10 EPA Regional offices. EPA expects approximately $1,943,000 to be available for grants in amounts of a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $100,000. Each of EPA’s 10 Regions anticipates funding a minimum of 2 grants resulting in a minimum number of grants issued to be approximately 20 grants nationwide. For more information, contact Karen Scott at EEgrants@epa.gov or read the full solicitation at http://www.epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2011.htm.

EPA Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate
Amount to be Awarded: $6 million
Application Due: April 18, 2011
Eligible Applications: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate. Through this RFP, EPA seeks projects focused on the development of assessments, tools and techniques, and demonstration of innovative technologies for providing information and capacity to adequately prepare for climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management. $6 million expected to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated. Responses due 4/18/11. For more info, contact Bryan Bloomer at bloomer.bryan@epa.gov or go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_extremeevent.html.

EPA Environmental Justice
Amount to be Awarded: $1.2 million
Application Due: March 31, 2011
Eligible Entities: Incorporated nonprofit community based organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, tribal organizations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. This program supports projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community; it is designed to help communities understand and address their exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. $1.2 million expected to be available, up to 44 awards anticipated. Responses due 3/31/11. For more info, including Regional contacts, go to: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html. Refer to Sol# EPA-OECA-OEJ-11-01. (Grants.gov 1/28/11)

DOE Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country
Amount to be Awarded: $4 million
Application Due: March 31, 2011
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia

DOE requests proposals for Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country. Areas of interest include: 1) feasibility studies to determine the technical and economic viability of a future renewable project, 2) development (pre-construction) activities leading to the deployment of renewable energy projects, and 3) deployment (construction) of renewable energy projects for power production. Up to $4 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. For more info, contact Kathryn Buckley at kathryn.buckley@go.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000424&agency=DOE.

EPA Build More Sustainable Communities
Amount to be Awarded: $2.5 million
Application Due: March 31, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, territories, Indian tribes, public and private universities and colleges, other

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Technical Assistance to Build More Sustainable Communities. Through this RFP, EPA seeks to increase local governments and tribal communities to increase their capacity to successfully implement smart growth and sustainable communities development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. $2.5 million expected to be available, up to 3 awards anticipated. Responses due 3/31/11. For more info, contact Kevin Nelson at nelson.kevin@epa.gov or go to: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/grants/epa_op_osc_11_01.htm.

EPA FY 2011 Pollution Prevention Grant Program
Amount to be Awarded: $4.1 million
Application Due: March 29, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, state agencies, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, others

EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) grant program supports state and tribal technical assistance programs to help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. EPA Regions will award P2 grants and/or cooperative agreements to support state and tribal technical assistance programs that address the reduction or elimination of pollution by businesses across all environmental media: air, water, and land. Under this year’s competition, proposals must describe activities that address one or more of the national focus areas: greenhouse gas reduction, toxic and hazardous materials reduction, resource conservation, business efficiency, and P2 integration. To complement the five national focus areas identified above, each EPA Region has developed a set of priorities that highlight specific environmental issues, projects, and/or programs that are of significant interest to the Region. Applicants must address at least one or more of the priorities from the EPA Region in which the project will take place. For more information, contact Michelle Amhaz at (202)-564-8857 or visit http://www.epa.gov/ogd/competition/open_awards.htm

DOL Green Jobs Innovation Fund
Amount to be Awarded: $40 million
Application Due: March 29, 2011
Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants must apply under one of three categories: 1) national labor-management organizations with local affiliates; 2) national nonprofit organizations with local affiliates; or 3) statewide nonprofit organizations or state Workforce Investment Act administering agencies with local affiliates

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $40 million in grant funds for the Green Jobs Innovation Fund to increase the number of individuals completing training programs who receive industry-recognized credentials and to increase the number of individuals completing training programs for employment in green jobs. ETA proposes to fund approximately five to eight grants to national and statewide organizations with local affiliates with existing career training programs to provide technical and basic skills training that lead to green job opportunities in at least six communities per grant. With these grants, the Department is emphasizing critical steps along green career pathways by: 1) forging linkages between Registered Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and/or 2) integrating the delivery of technical and basic skills training through community-based partnerships. For more information, visit the full funding announcement at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-10-07.pdf.

EPA FY11 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines
Amount to be Awarded: $4 million
Application Due: March 18, 2011
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, other

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup-associated activities. While Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants focus on hazardous and solid waste remediation and health and safety, applicants may design their own curricula by choosing what types of supplemental environmental training they want to provide. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields or access the RFP at http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-11-01.pdf.

DOE Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country
Amount to be Awarded: $4 million
Application Due: March 16, 2011
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia

DOE requests proposals for Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country. Areas of interest include: 1) feasibility studies to assess and determine the technical and economic feasibility of energy efficiency improvements to existing tribally owned buildings, and 2) installation of energy efficiency improvements at existing tribally owned buildings. Up to $4 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated. For more info, contact Kasey Koch at kasey.koch@go.doe.gov or go to: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000423&agency=DOE