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June 17, 2010

RE: Several Funding Opportunities Available to Support Climate & Energy Initiatives

Dear Mayor:

More than $400 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities are available through the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 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.

  1. DOI WaterSMART Funding Opportunities- $4 million

Application Due: June 14, June 29, and July 2, 2010
Eligible Entities: State or territory agencies or departments with water or power delivery authority, federally recognized Indian Tribes with water or power delivery authority, irrigation and water districts, municipal water or power delivery authorities, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the western United States or an authorized territory.

On April 30, 2010, the Bureau of Reclamation announced the availability of three funding opportunities: System Optimization Review Grants; Advanced Water Treatment Pilot and Demonstration Project Grants; and Research Grants to Develop Climate Analysis Tools.

The System Optimization Review Funding Opportunity provides funding to analyze the potential for water management improvements in a river basin or system.

The Pilot and Demonstration Projects for Advanced Water Treatment Funding Opportunity provides funding for addressing the technical, economic, and environmental viability of treating and using brackish groundwater, seawater, and impaired waters.

The Research Grants to Develop Climate Analysis Tools Funding Opportunity will fund research projects that will lead to enhanced management of western water resources in a changing climate.

For more info, contact Stephanie Bartlett at or go to:

  1. DOE Smart Grid Research and Development- $30 million

Application Due: June 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: All domestic entities eligible, but inclusion of a commercial entity and an electric utility is highly encouraged

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Smart Grid Research and Development. The goal of this program is to develop an integrated, national electric/communication/information technology infrastructure with the ability to dynamically optimize grid operations and resources, and to incorporate demand response and consumer participation. Areas of interest include: 1) Integrated distribution management systems for distribution automation; 2) Advanced sensing, monitoring, and control technologies for enhanced asset utilization and grid reliability; and 3) Voltage regulation and overvoltage protection for high penetration of renewable generation. For more information, contact Carla Winaught at or go to: Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000313.  

  1. DOE State Energy Program 2010 Allocation Grants - $25 million

Application Due: May 18 - August 3, 2010
Eligible Entities: State Energy Offices

DOE requests proposals for theState Energy Program (SEP). This formula grant program provides support to states and territories for the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy priorities. The lead applicant must be the state or territorial energy office administering the annual SEP. A total of $25 million is expected to be available; up to 56 awards are anticipated. For more info, contact Sheldon Funk at or go to:

  1. EPA Tribal Environmental Education, Outreach, and Support Program - $1 million

Application Due: June 18, 2010
Eligible Applicants: States, local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and others

Since 1993, EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) has provided assistance agreements to ensure that tribes receive appropriate support as they work to develop and implement air quality management programs. Under this funding opportunity, OAR will continue its support for the Tribal Environmental Education Outreach and Support Program as an ongoing independent program to ensure that American Indian students, educators, and communities are properly informed and provided with opportunities to participate and pursue environmental careers, particularly in the field of air quality management. OAR is seeking applications from eligible entities to provide environmental outreach, education, and associated support to tribes that will encourage tribal students (grades K through 12) to develop interest, understanding, and abilities to pursue careers in the field of air quality management.

For more information, visit:

  1. EPA Climate Showcase Community Grants - $10 million

Application Due: July 26, 2010
Eligible Applicants: Local governments

EPA is currently soliciting proposals from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program. This program assists local and tribal governments in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while achieving additional environmental, economic, public health, and/or community benefits. The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community. For more information, view the RFP at:

  1. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program - $210 million

Application Due: Ongoing to August 1, 2010
Eligible Entities: Agencies responsible for administering annual WAP formula allocation

DOE requests proposals for Weatherization Formula Grants. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety. WAP assists persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly; persons with disabilities; families with children; high residential energy users; and households with high energy burdens. Prime applicant eligibility is restricted to agencies responsible for administering the annual WAP formula allocation. Fifty-eight awards are anticipated. The response due date depends on the fiscal year end of the prime applicant, with range of 2/15/10 – 8/1/10.
For more info, go to:

  1. DOT Transit Investments for GHG and Energy Reduction - $75 million

Application Due: August 11, 2010
Eligible Entities: Public transportation agencies or State DOTs

The U.S. Department of Transportation requests proposals for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program. This RFP will provide financial support to public transit agencies for capital investments that will reduce the energy consumption or GHG emissions of their public transportation systems. For more info, including regional contacts, go to: Refer to Sol# FTA-2010-005-TRI.

  1. EPA Black Carbon, Climate and Air Quality- $7 million

Application Due: September 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and local governments and others

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Black Carbon’s Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality. This RFP will support areas including, but not limited to, emission source research, the global- to local-scale emissions inventory, and co-pollutants. This RFP will also support opportunities for early career projects. $7 million is expected to be available, and up to 9 awards are anticipated. For more information, contact Bryan Bloomer at or go to: Refer to Sol# EPA-G2010-STAR-L1 and EPA-G2010-STAR-L2.

  1. EDA Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund - $14.7 million

Application Due: September 30, 2010
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit organizations

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) advances economic growth by assisting communities experiencing chronic high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment. EDA requests proposals for the following programs: Public Works, Planning, Local Technical Assistance, and Economic Adjustment Assistance. Under the Economic Adjustment Assistance program, EDA has allocated $14.7 million to the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund, which supports projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. Proposals are being accepted and are being reviewed on an ongoing basis. For more info, including contact info, go to:

  1. USDA Food Service Equipment Grants - $25 million

Application Due: Varies
Eligible Entities: School food authorities

In January 2010, USDA announced the availability of $25M in equipment grants to help schools operating a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) replace outdated equipment with new energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and other food-service-related equipment. Eligible school food authorities are those that participate in the NSLP and did not receive an ARRA grant for NSLP equipment assistance. State educational authorities received allocations from USDA and are to award grants on a competitive basis no later than 180 days after receiving their grant allocation. Procurement and expenditures must be completed no later than one year after grant receipt.

State grant allocations can be found in the press release at: More details can be found in the USDA memo at:

For more information on ENERGY STAR labeled commercial food service equipment, please visit or contact Una Song at or Jeffrey Clark at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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