EPA’s State and Local Energy Newsletter

September 2017 – More Than $142 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

More than $142 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2017 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.


FWS Coastal Program – $14 million 

  • Applications Due: September 30, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

FWS announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation and help coastal ecosystems and communities adapt to the effects of sea level rise and greenhouse gases.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


Department of Treasury RESTORE Act Direct Component – $85,844,660

  • Applications Due: December 11, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

Under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), Subtitle F of P.L. 112-141, the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (Trust Fund) was established in the Treasury of the United States. Eighty percent of the civil penalties paid after July 6, 2012, under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be deposited into the Trust Fund and invested. Treasury published multiple funding opportunity notices as part of the RESTORE Act—one for applications involving construction or real property acquisition activities, and another for non-construction activities (links to both opportunities are provided below). Trust Fund amounts are available to carry out eligible activities described in the RESTORE Act, which include: 

  • Restoration and protection of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region
  • Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, and natural resources
  • Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring
  • Workforce development and job creation
  • Improvements to or on State parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • Infrastructure projects benefitting the economy or ecological resources, including port infrastructure
  • Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure.
  • Planning assistance
  •  Administrative costs
  • Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast region, including recreational fishing
  • Promotion of the consumpt ion of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast region

For more information on funding for construction activities, visit this funding opportunity description.

For information on funding for non-construction activities, visit this funding opportunity description.


Department of Treasury RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program – $6,273,650

  • Applications Due: December 11, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

Under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), Subtitle F of P.L. 112-141, the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund was established in the Treasury of the United States. Eighty percent of the civil penalties paid after July 6, 2012, under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be deposited into the Trust Fund and invested. The RESTORE Act created five components through which funds will be disbursed. This announcement applies only to the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program. Trust Fund amounts are available to establish one or more Centers of Excellence through competitive sub-awards to nongovernmental entities, including institutions of higher education. Funds may be used by those Centers of Excellence to conduct research only on the Gulf Coast region in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Coastal and deltaic sustainability, restoration and protection, including solutions and technology that allow citizens to live in a safe and sustainable manner in a coastal delta in the Gulf Coast Region
  • Coastal fisheries and wildlife ecosystem research and monitoring in the Gulf Coast Region
  • Offshore energy development, including research and technology to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Sustainable and resilient growth, economic and commercial development in the Gulf Coast Region
  • Comprehensive observation, monitoring, and mapping of the Gulf of Mexico

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


FHWA Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration – $50,000,000

  • Applications Due: September 8, 2020
  • Eligible Entities: State, and tribal governments

The FHWA continues the AID demonstration authorized within the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The AID Demonstration provides incentive funding for any project activities eligible for assistance under title 23, U.S.C. in any phase of a highway transportation project between project planning and project delivery including planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction that address the TIDP goals. One of the TIDP goals is to improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, reliability, service life, environmental protection, and sustainability.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


No-Cost Technical Assistance from DOE

  • Applications Due: NA
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, project development, policy and regulation, resilience, and village power.

For more information, visit the on-request technical assistance description.