$66 million available from USDA, EPA, and U.S. Department of Commerce

The EPA State and Local Climate and Energy program brings us a round up of available federal funding for state, local, and tribal governments: *** USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – $6.3 million Application Due: December 22, 2010 Eligible Entities: State governments, local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others The U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continued

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$300 million in federal funding available for state, local, and tribal governments

EPA brings us their  round-up of available federal funding from HUD, USDA, the  Department of Commerce, and EPA that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives: 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 … Continued

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$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 … Continued

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Regional planning goes rural in FY 2011 budget

A blog post from Mark Muro, Policy Director for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, describes a new effort by USDA to fund regional planning in rural areas. It parallels the regional focus and silo-busting strategies of the Sustainable Communities Partnership. Called the Regional Innovation Initiative, the USDA explains (p. 14): In recent years, rural communities have been … Continued

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