Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Funding Opportunities for Climate Smart Communities

The New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced nine different sources of financial support for a variety of climate, energy, and sustainability initiatives.

DEC Electronic Waste Assistance Grants – $1.8 million

Applications Accepted between January through 31, 2017
Eligible Entities: all municipalities within New York State (“Municipality” means a local public authority or public benefit corporation, a county, city, town, village, or Indian tribe or nation residing within New York state, or any combination thereof, or a school district or supervisory district.)
DEC announced that a second round of grant funding from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is being made available to help municipalities across the state address costs associated with the collection and recycling of eligible electronic wastes (e-waste). Municipalities may receive reimbursement of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses incurred for recycling of e-waste between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Application materials, guidance documents, and important information for Electronic Waste Assistance Grants are available on DEC’s website.

DEC Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants – More than $3 million

Applications Due: January 31, 2017 at 3 pm
Eligible Entities: not-for-profit, community-based organizations in New York State
More than $3 million will be distributed to communities around the state to work on projects that address environmental and public health concerns in environmental justice communities. Not-for-profit, community-based organizations are eligible to apply for Community Impact Grants. Past projects include green infrastructure, urban farming, and environmental education. See a list of past awards by clicking here. Organizations are required to have their primary office located in the affected community, serve residents in one city, town or borough, and have a total annual revenue less than $3,000,000. For more information, visit DEC’s website.

DOS Brownfield Opportunity Area Planning Grants – $2 million

Applications Due: March 1, 2017 (through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application)
Eligible Entities: municipalities, community based organizations and community boards
$2 million in planning grants will be made available through the NYS Department of State’s (DOS) Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program. These planning grants will assist communities that are currently in the BOA program in completing their revitalization strategies for economically distressed areas. For more information, click here.

EPA Non-Construction Approaches to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Energy Efficient Products and Practices Program – $1 million

Applications Due: January 5, 2017
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available funding to advance the energy efficiency of residential and commercial products. Proposals must demonstrate the potential to create a sustainable change in the market for energy efficient products and behaviors. Applicants should address the following areas in their proposal: conducting technical research that identifies nationally significant efficiency opportunities in products, working closely with key market actors to exploit product efficiency opportunities, developing test methods for products such as electronics, and furthering consumer adoption of efficient products and practices through consumer education. For more information, click here.

Funders’ Network Partners for Places Program – $500,000

Applications Due: January 30, 2017
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments
Funders’ Network announced funding to build partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. The funding has six priority areas: making climate change preparation a factor for every government decision, pursuing deep greenhouse gas emissions reductions, integrating climate change preparation and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, incorporating sustainability and/or climate action into economic development initiatives, mobilizing resident and business action to advance sustainability and/or climate action, and undertaking comprehensive neighborhood sustainable development. The program also hopes to encourage a strong emphasis on projects that benefit and engage people of color, people with low incomes, and residents of immigrant and refugee communities in sustainability work in neighborhoods and city-wide. For more information, click here.

HHS Impacts of Climate Change on Oceans and Great Lakes Program – $7 million

Letter of Intent Due: February 7, 2017
Applications Due: March 7, 2017
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced funding for multi-component projects that will investigate the impact of climate change on emerging public health threats associated with marine and Great Lakes Basin environments. The focus of the funding opportunity is to support research on the exposures, toxicities, and human health impacts that arise in these environments and how climate change is influencing these factors now and in the future. For more information, click here.

EPA Anticipating the Environmental Impacts and Behavioral Drivers of Deep Decarbonization Program – $6 million

Applications Due: February 10, 2017
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments
The EPA is making available funding for research that improves understanding of the public health and environmental impacts and behavioral drivers of significant changes in energy production and consumption, especially changes associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with achieving international climate change goals. Applicants should address research areas such as life-cycle impacts of the decarbonization of electricity generation, the electrification of end uses, the adoption of low-carbon emitting, renewable fuels, and the adoption of energy efficiency measures. For more information, click here.

DOE Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages Program – $6.5 million

Applications Due: February 10, 2017
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making available funding to drive innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams that include technology providers, energy organizations (states, local governments, or regional energy efficiency organizations), efficient building hubs (such as innovation or incubator hubs), utilities, and building energy professionals. The funding is intended to invest in real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams who will identify and verify multi-system energy efficiency packages (groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors, and controls). For more information, click here.

FTA Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO) Program – $2.75 million

Applications Due: February 21, 2017
Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants and recipients under this program are limited to nonprofit organizations leading a consortium of entities, including state and local governments. All consortia must include at least one provider of public transportation.
The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) is making available funding to facilitate the advancement, production, and deployment of zero-emission public transportation vehicle technology and related infrastructure. Examples include improving charging standards for battery-electric transit vehicles, improved passenger compartment heating systems, and expanding hydrogen infrastructure. Hybrid technology is considered zero emission technology for the purposes of this program if it can be shown to advance the pathway to improved vehicle electrification. For more information, click here.

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