EPA Announces New Funding Opportunities for Local Governments

Nearly $618 million of funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of the Interior (DOI) 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 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards. DOE seeks to fund projects in two areas of interest: 1) State Energy Planning, and 2) Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. EERE plans to issue the funding opportunity announcement on or about April 21, 2014, via FedConnect and Grants.gov. Please note that only states are eligible to apply for these awards.

For more information, see the notification of intent.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for alternative fuel vehicle deployment initiatives. The initiatives intend to decrease the nation’s dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of alternative fuels. EERE plans to issue the funding opportunity announcement in April 2014.

For more information, see the notice of intent.

DOT National Infrastructure Investment “TIGER” Program – $600 million

  • Application Due: April 28, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant.

The Department of Transportation is making available $600 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to national infrastructure investments. This appropriation is similar to the program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or “TIGER Discretionary Grants,” program. Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects); public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. FY 2014 TIGER also allows for up to $35 million (of the $600 million) to be awarded as grants for the planning of eligible transportation facilities. Eligible planning project include activities related to the planning, preparation, or design of a single surface transportation project, or activities related to regional transportation investment planning, including transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing, economic development, stormwater and other infrastructure investments, and/or that addresses future risks and vulnerabilities, including extreme weather and climate change.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations – $4.5 million

  • Concept Papers Due: April 28, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state, local, and tribal government entities, federally funded research and development centers

The Department of Energy is making available grants to accelerate widespread domestic deployment of wind energy by lowering the unsubsidized levelized cost of energy and achieving grid parity for wind energy. Applications must demonstrate clear potential to result in low-cost electricity production.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI Tribal Climate Change Grant – $600,000

  • Application Due: April 30, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments

The Department of Interior is making available grants to support tribes that are addressing challenges of climate change in tribal communities. The grants will support planning for, and adapting to, future climate impacts on the entire range of tribal government functions and traditional use.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI WaterSMART: Development of Feasibility Studies under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program –$1.5 million

  • Application Due: May 6, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: State, regional, or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or other entities such as a water district, wastewater district, or rural water district. Applicants must be located within the 17 western states or Hawaii.

The Department of the Interior is making available funds to support for the efficient use of water,

integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various Interior bureaus and offices. Water reuse projects must reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic, or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground water and/or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, ground water recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation, or recreation.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Program – $700,000

  • Application Due: May 12, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: State and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, federally recognized tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the United States, including the District of Columbia; public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions.

The Environmental Protection Agency is making available funds to support development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth. This clearinghouse will be designed to support communities by providing timely information that supports local decision-making that delivers better environmental and public health outcomes, such as lower air emissions, cleaner water, and better protection of open space and critical natural areas. Smart growth can also help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and building sectors, as well as help communities adapt to a changing climate.

For more information visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations Grant – $10 million

  • Application Due: May 19, 2014
  • Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes.

The Department of Energy is making available grants to enhance and accelerate the deployment and adoption of a broad range of competitively solicited high-impact energy saving technologies as well as new technology integration approaches. Technologies selected under this funding opportunity will be ready for market adoption but may be underutilized due to market barriers, including perception of risk, gaps in information, and data on performance as well as cost.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

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