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March 21, 2013

Re:   Various Grant Opportunities for Municipalities for climate and energy initiatives

Dear Mayor:

Nearly $35.8 million of funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), and National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including renewable energy, environmental job training, and local agriculture.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided in the synopses below.

NOAA Climate Program Office – $17 million

Application Due: April 8, 2013

Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

The NOAA Climate Program Office’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. NOAA seeks to marshal climate assets and partners toward the common goal of assessing regional needs and vulnerabilities and then supporting the development and delivery of timely climate services that aid adaptation and mitigation choices.

Municipalities in New Jersey may be eligible for Competition 2, which is soliciting proposals only from RISA teams and their partners to conduct projects relevant to one of four priorities: 1) preparing for floods in urban coastal communities, 2) scenario and management planning processes, 3) Drought monitoring and prediction products to support decision making, and 4) Climate impacts on marine and Great Lakes ecosystems. For Competition 2, an estimated $500,000 to $3 million will be available for approximately 5 to 15 awards.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit NOAA’s grant opportunity synopsis.

EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants – $2.4 million

Application Due: April 9, 2013

Eligible Entities Include: General purpose units of local governments; land clearance authorities; government entities created by state legislature; regional councils or groups of general purpose units of local governments; redevelopment agencies; nonprofits organizations.

EPA announces the availability of funds to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field.  Eligible uses of grant funds include training in technologies that use alternative energy or alternative fuels, training in energy efficiency retrofitting and building weatherization, and training in management techniques to support the assessment and cleanup of sites for urban agriculture and horticulture.  Under this competition, applicants should intend to serve dislocated workers, or those laid off as a result of recent manufacturing plant closures, as well as those severely under-employed or unemployed in the target community.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit EPA’s grant opportunity synopsis.

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD

Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is June 13, 2013

Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs.  Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.  EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.  EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit EDA’s grant opportunity synopsis.

In addition, you may want to visit the calendar of 2013 EPA grant opportunities as there may be some upcoming grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to your municipality.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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