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March 24, 2009

Re: Stimulus Funding News From the EPA and HUD

Dear Mayor:

EPA and HUD have released guidance on several programs funded through the economic recovery act. See below for details and links to information. We want to thank the National League of Cities’ Carolyn Berndt (for the EPA info) and Mike Wallace (for that on HUD).

EPA Recovery Act Programs

EPA Brownfields Job Training Grants ($5 million) - To provide environmental job training projects that will facilitate job creation in the assessment, remediation, or preparation of brownfields sites for sustainable reuse. The closing date for receipt of applications is April 20, 2009.

Eligible governmental entities include a general purpose local unit of government; a land clearance authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of government; a governmental entity created by a state legislature; a regional council or group of general purpose units of local government; a redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.

General Program Information: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/eparecovery/index.htm
Guidance: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/grant_guidelines/final_arra_jt_guidelines.pdf

National Clean Diesel Campaign will issue grants and loans to help regional, state and local governments, tribal agencies, and non-profit organizations with projects that reduce diesel emissions. Eligible applicants include: U.S. regional, state, local, tribal or port agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality; nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that operate diesel fleets; entities whose principle purpose is the promotion of transportation or air quality.

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program ($156 million) - Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to support the implementation of verified and certified diesel emission reduction technologies. The closing date for receipt of applications is April 28, 2009. EPA regional offices are hosting a series of conference calls to answer questions – check the website below for dates and times.
General Program Information (including conference call information): http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/
Guidance: http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/documents/recovery-act-national-clean-diesel-rfa.pdf

Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program ($20 million) - To support projects that reduce diesel emissions and maximize job creation and preservation through the creation of national, state or local innovative financial program(s). The closing date for receipt of applications is May 5, 2009.
General Program Information: http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/progemerge.htm
Guidance: http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/documents/recovery-act-emerging-technology-rfa.pdf

SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program ($30 million) - A competitive grant program that will support the creation of national, state or local innovative clean diesel financial programs. The closing date for receipt of applications is April 28, 2009.
General Program Information: http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/progfinance.htm
Guidance:http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/documents/recovery-act-smartway-finance-clean-diesel-rfa.pdf

Additional EPA Recovery Act program information can be found at www.epa.gov/recovery.

HUD Recovery Act Programs

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program ($1.5 billion) – to provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized.
                                                                       
As required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HUD published the Notice for the Homelessness Prevention Fund on March 19.  It is available at www.hud.gov/recovery/hrp-notice.pdf.  The Notice changes the name of the program to the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP).  It identifies eligible grantees and the requirements for receiving funding, eligible activities, eligible participants, reporting requirements, and other critical information for grantees and subgrantees. 

In order to receive funding, grantees must submit a substantial amendment to their Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan for the HPRP.  HUD has created a form that grantees must use for this substantial amendment.  It is also posted on the HUD site (form number HUD-40119), along with the certifications grantees must sign.     

In addition to the Notice and substantial amendment, the following resources will be available for grantees, subgrantees and other stakeholders:

  1. March 20th:  Q & A document for HPRP posted on HUD’s Homeless Resource Exchange (HRE).
  2. March 23rd:  On-line “Virtual Help Desk” goes live, for questions about Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP)
  3. March 25th:  Sample community documents related to prevention and rapid re-housing posted to HUD HRE.
  4. March 27th:  On-line searchable database of Questions and Answers.
  5. April 8th:  HUD webcast dedicated to HPRP.

HUD encourages all interested parties to read the Notice completely and thoroughly and review the Q & A resources before asking questions about HPRP.  All questions should be directed to the virtual help desk that is available on the HUD HRE.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

      

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