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February 19, 2009

Re: Federal Funding Availability (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants)

Dear Mayor:

In an effort to get you the latest information on the Federal Stimulus package, this will be the first in a series of letters on funding availability. While some funding, such as that discussed in this letter, will be available through Federal agencies, most will flow through the State. For the funding discussed in this letter, municipalities with a population over 35,000 are eligible to apply directly to the federal government. At a minimum, the 10 largest municipalities in a state will receive funding, even if they don’t meet the population requirements. 68 percent of the total funding is slated to go directly to municipalities and counties. 28 percent of the funding will go to states to distribute to local governments however they determine.

The U.S. Department of Energy has released information regarding applying for funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). (http://www.njslom.org/EECBG-notice.html) This is a preliminary document and final guidance should be issued soon. You will note that in order to apply for funds, each organization/municipality has to register and create a log in… a process they say could take up to 21 days.

EECBG received $3.2 billion in the economic recovery package. Of that, $2.8 billion is for formula grants and $400 million will be awarded on a competitive basis.

The document states:

Each eligible grant recipient must become familiar with FedConnect, the mechanism for applying for the EECBG Program. The web link for submitting applications through FedConnect is: www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/FedConnect_Ready_Set_Go.pdf .

Before submitting an application through FedConnect each organization must complete the following steps:

●     Step 1:  Request a DUNS Number at
                http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do

●     Step 2: Register with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) at
                http://www.ccr.gov/.

●     Step 3: E-Business Point of Contact must register in FedConnect at
                https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/.

Please allow 21 days to complete the registration process.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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