EPA’s State and Local Clean Energy Newsletter

July 2017 – More Than $101 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

More than $101 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), and The Funders Network (TFN) 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.

EPA Region 10 Pollution Prevention Program – Source Reduction Assistance awards – $95,000

  • Applications Due: July 26, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

The EPA Region 10 Pollution Prevention Program is announcing a grant competition for Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) awards. EPA Region 10 anticipates awarding approximately $95,000 in federal grant funding to support SRA agreements. These will be offered as grants and/or cooperative agreements.The Region is interested in receiving proposals that offer practical pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction tools, approaches or actions to measurably improve emissions rates.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

TFN Partners for Places Program – $150,000

  • Applications Due: July 31, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: Local governments

In partnership the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, TFN announced Round 11 of the Partners for Places grant program. Partners for Places is a matching grant program for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DHS FY 2017 Cooperating Technical Partners Program –$66 million

  • Applications Due: July 31, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

DHS announced funding for the 2017 The Cooperating Technical Partners Program (CTP Program), which is designed to strengthen and increase the effectiveness of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through fostering strong Federal, State, Tribal, regional and local partnerships for the purposes of reducing flood losses and promoting community resiliency. The CTP Program may provide federal assistance, through a grant or cooperative agreement, to an eligible partner to perform various projects and activities that support the ability of NFIP State Coordinating Agencies and NFIP-participating communities to continue their ongoing regulatory NFIP responsibilities as well as support the ability of States, communities and the public and private sector to mitigate flood risk. Available funding is broken out by region.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Host and Facilitation of the State Small Business Ombudsman/Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider 507 Program’s Biannual Training – $88,000

  • Applications Due: August 7, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State governments

EPA announced the availability of funds for eligible entities that can provide planning, hosting and training conference facilitation support for the nation-wide State Small Business Ombudsman (SBO)/Small Business Environmental Assistance Providers’ (SBEAP) 507 Program, a regulatory compliance assistance program created under section 507 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The state compliance assistance 507 Programs often partner together to share ideas, resources and support small business assistance on a national level. Typically, their partnership efforts include communication, distributing and exchanging of information on compliance assistance and program activities, as well as locating environmental compliance and sustainability information focused on small business. In order to sustain the states’ partnership and sharing of resources, the state 507 Program staff members meet in person on an annual basis. Funding under this announcement will be used for planning, hosting and facilitation activities that support this nation-wide 507 Program Training Conference on a biannual basis only. The goal of this co-sponsorship agreement is to provide state and trust territory SBO and SBEAP staff, as well as the small business community that are required to comply with environmental regulations, with support in regulatory compliance training and resource development through a biannual event, where each can access environmental regulatory/technical training and information, resources, small business content or activities.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

FWS Tribal Wildlife Grants Program – $4 million

  • Applications Due: September 1, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

FWS announced funding to provide assistance to tribal governments in programs that benefit wildlife and habitat of tribal cultural or traditional importance, including species that are not hunted or fished. Activities may include, but are not limited t o, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI FY18 National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center Program – $9 million

  • Applications Due: September 7, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

DOI announced funding to ensure that the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is responsive to the research and management needs of federal and state agencies to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife, plants and ecological processes. National coordination of research and modeling at regional centers will ensure uniformity of downscaling and forecasting models and standardized information to support management of fish and wildlife resources and regional partnership collaborations. The Climate Science Centers will provide access to the expertise at cooperating universities and supports the mission of the Climate Science Center Program.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity descri ption.

NOAA Climate Program Office 2018 – $8 million

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

NOAA announced funding for climate research programs. Eligible programs can include research to improve observations and monitoring of the climate system, advance understanding of the climate, improvements in modeling and prediction, community engagement related to climate change, and research on interactions between climate and society. Applicants are encouraged to support the principles of diversity and inclusion when writing their proposals and performing their work.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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.

No-Cost Technical Assistance Opportunities

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.

Solar Energy Innovation Network

  • Applications Due: August 1, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

The Solar Energy Innovation Network is a new three-year private-public collaboration managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and supported by the DOE SunShot Initiative. Teams composed of electric utilities, regional planning commissions, state and local governments, and others working on innovative initiatives such as testing new financing mechanisms, deploying solar photovoltaics (PV)-enabling technology, and scaling up utility programs are invited to apply. The Network will provide stakeholders with efficient access to technical experts and enable lessons learned to be shared and replicated across the United States and sectors of the solar industry. The program will support selected project teams through in-person meetings and targeted research and analysis over an 18–21 month period.

For more information, visit the program website.

Note: NREL will host an informational webinar Wednesday, July 19, 12–1 p.m. ET to answer questions and provide additional information about the program. Please register for the webinar in advance.