$66 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

December 20, 2010

This message announces the availability of nearly $66 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 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.

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 requests proposals for the Rural Community Development Initiative. This initiative supports organization capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural area. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development, and programs to assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal. For more information, including state contacts, go to: Grants.gov.


USDA Solid Waste Management Grant Program - $3.5 million

Application Due: December 31, 2010 Eligible Entities: Public bodies, federally acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribe or group, academic institutions, and private non-profit organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program. This program supports projects that assist communities through free technical assistance and/or training geared toward reducing or eliminating pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improving planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. For more info, contact LaVonda Pernell or go to USDA.gov.


EPA Integrated Assessment of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Impacts- $2 million

Application Due: January 7, 2011 Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private non-profit institutions. For-profit organizations are not eligible.

EPA has announced the availability of funds and is soliciting proposals to advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Proposals should also provide ways to enhance understanding of climate change impacts and their economic implications in order to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. For more information, view the funding announcement at EPA.gov.


NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants - $8 million

Application Due: January 12, 2011
Eligible Entities: Institutions of higher education; other non-profits; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local, and Indian tribal governments in the United States

The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, requests proposals for Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education. This RFP will support 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. $8 million is expected to be available; up to 10 awards are anticipated. For more information, contact Carrie McDougall at OED Grants or go to Grants.gov. Refer to Sol# NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608.


EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2011 Request for Proposals- $32 million

Application Due: January 13, 2011
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as retrofit devices, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades; verified idle reduction technologies; verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires; certified engine repowers; and/or vehicle or equipment replacement. For more information, view the funding announcement posted at EPA.gov.

EPA Upcoming Request for Applications for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program - $4 million


Application Due: January 14, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others

EPA solicited comments through September 13th, 2010, on the new FY2011 Grant Application Guidelines for this funding opportunity. The RFA announces availability of grants for helping eligible entities deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup activities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 13 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements from this competitive opportunity. For more information, visit EPA.gov or access the draft grant application guidelines at EPA.gov.


EPA Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Funding Assistance Program - $4 million

Application Due: January 27, 2011
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Funding Assistance Program. This RFP will support projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions are listed on the Emerging Technologies List at EPA.gov. For more info, contact Michael Wolfe or go to: EPA.gov.


EPA SmartWay Program - $6 million

Application Due: February 10, 2011
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

EPA’s SmartWay Program and National Clean Diesel Campaign are announcing the availability of funding assistance to create finance programs, such as low-cost leases or revolving loan programs, to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions throughout the United States. The SmartWay Finance Program is soliciting proposals for projects that reduce diesel emissions through the creation of national, tribal, regional, state or local finance program(s). Finance programs include, but are not limited to, those that provide the loan recipient a specific financial incentive (i.e., longer terms or lower rates) to purchase or lease eligible retrofitted vehicles or equipment. The proposed finance program should maximize the total project funds available for financing eligible diesel emission reduction solutions and be sustainable to maintain the program.

Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as retrofit devices and engine upgrades; verified idle reduction technologies; certified engine repowers, and/or vehicle or equipment replacement.

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