$220M in funding available to state, local, tribal governments

An update from the EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program aggregates current and upcoming federal funding opportunities for energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. Full release:

This message announces the availability of nearly $226 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

  • Joint HUD and DOT Community Challenge and Transportation Planning Grants – $75 million
Full Application Due: August 23, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multijurisdictional groupings
For the first time ever, DOT and HUD will join forces to award up to $75 million in funding: $35 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for localized planning activities that ultimately lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing, and economic development. For more information, visit:

  • HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program – $100 million
Application Due: August 23, 2010
Eligible Applicants: Multijurisdictional and multisector partnerships consisting of a consortium of government entities and nonprofit partners
HUD is currently accepting applications for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. This program will support metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of economic competitiveness and revitalization; social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; energy use and climate change; and public health and environmental impact. For more information, visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/scrpg.cfm

  • Update: EPA Reducing GHG Emissions through Energy Efficiency in Homes and Buildings – $5.36 million
This Request for Proposals has been canceled. Please look for future funding opportunities related to this program in the next few weeks at: http://epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html

  • NOAA and DOC Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education – $8 million
Pre-Proposal Application Due: September 8, 2010
Full Application Due: January 12, 2011
Eligible Entities: Institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments
NOAA’s Office of Education has issued a request for applications for Formal K-12 Education Projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. To address this goal, this solicitation will support service learning and professional development projects related to NOAA’s mission in the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather and climate sciences, and stewardship. A successful project will catalyze change in K-12 education at the state, regional and national level through development of new programs and/or revision of existing programs to improve the environmental literacy of K-12 teachers and their students. This funding opportunity has two priorities, which are equal in their importance for funding. Priority 1 is for innovative proof-of-concept projects that are one to two years in duration, for a total minimum request of $200,000 and a total maximum request of $500,000. Priority 2 is for full-scale implementation of educational projects that are three to five years in duration, for a total minimum request of $500,001 and a total maximum request of $1,500,000. It is anticipated that awards under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2011 and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than July 1, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html

  • USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities – $15.5 million
Application Due: September 8, 2010
Eligible Entities: State or local government; any governmental agency, including a municipal utility or public power authority; Indian tribes; corporations; nonprofits
The High Energy Cost Grant Program provides financial assistance for the improvement of energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving eligible rural communities with home energy costs that are over 275 percent of the national average. Eligible projects for funding include implementation of energy efficiency measures such as weatherization of residences and community facilities and energy-efficient appliances and devices as part of a coordinated demand management or energy conservation program. Eligible projects could also relate to renewable energy, electricity, natural gas, or petroleum facilities and equipment or to back-up emergency power generation including distributed generation. For more information, contact Karen Larsen at [email protected] or go to: http://www.usda.gov/rus/electric/hecgp/overview.htm

  • EPA Black Carbon, Climate and Air Quality– $7 million
Application Due: September 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and local governments and others
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Black Carbon’s Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality. This RFP will support areas including, but not limited to, emission source research, the global- to local-scale emissions inventory, and co-pollutants. This RFP will also support opportunities for early career projects. $7 million is expected to be available, and up to 9 awards are anticipated. For more information, contact Bryan Bloomer at [email protected] or go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2010/2010_star_blackcarbon.html. Refer to Sol# EPA-G2010-STAR-L1 and EPA-G2010-STAR-L2.

  • EDA Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund – $14.7 million
Application Due: September 30, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) advances economic growth by assisting communities experiencing chronic high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment. EDA requests proposals for the following programs: Public Works, Planning, Local Technical Assistance, and Economic Adjustment Assistance. Under the Economic Adjustment Assistance program, EDA has allocated $14.7 million to the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund, which supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. Proposals are being accepted and are being reviewed on an ongoing basis. For more info, including contact info, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=48106.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections – $400,000
Application Due: November 16, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and local government agencies; Indian tribes; non-profits

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions preserve large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. As they strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, cultural repositories are increasingly interested in sustainable preservation strategies, which balance preservation effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. A growing body of research suggests that institutions can develop effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally sensitive preservation measures, particularly for managing the environmental conditions under which collections are stored or exhibited. The SCHC is offering grants for both planning and implementation of conservation measures and encourages projects focused on energy efficiency. For more information on this grant opportunity, visit: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/SCHC.html