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Federal & Policy Announcements

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), POWER initiative: (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization)

https://www.arc.gov/arcs-power-initiative/

Category of Focus: Economic revitalization

Geographical Constraints: Confined to the 420 counties in Appalachia

The POWER initiative targets federal resources to help those in regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries. The initiative includes enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.

 

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Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

https://www.homelandsecuritygrants.info/GrantDetails.aspx?gid=21014

Category of Focus:Infastructure to prevent damage from flooding

Geographical Constraints: United states + territories

This program provides funding for states/communities to reduce the risk of long-term damage as a result of flooding to buildings, homes, and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Federal & Policy Announcements

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities

Category of Focus: Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program

Geographical Constraints: United states + territories

The BRIC program seeks to invest in community risk reduction from natural hazards. The program aims to fund innovative, cost-effective and feasible lasting approaches to community resilience.

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Weatherization Assistance Program

https://www.energy.gov/eere/wap/weatherization-assistance-program

Category of Focus: Energy efficiency/reducing cost for low-income households

Geographical Constraints: United states + territories

The weathering assistance program reduces energy costs for low income households by improving the energy efficiency within their homes. According to the website, The program supports 8,500 jobs and provides weatherization services to approximately 35,000 homes every year using DOE funds.

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Clean Cities Coalition Network

https://cleancities.energy.gov/about/

Category of Focus: Energy effecient transportation

Geographical Constraints: United states 

The clean cities initiative is a network of over 75 active coalitons nationwide that work to implement alternative fuels, fuel-saving technologies and practices, and new mobility choices. Clean Cities coalitions are comprised of businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Environmental Management Los Alamos

https://www.energy.gov/em-la/environmental-management-los-alamos-field-office

Category of Focus: Waste clean up/management

Geographical Constraints: Los Alamos

The mission of environmental management Los Alamos is to safely and efficiently complete the cleanup of legacy contamination as a result of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Industrial Assessment Centers

energy.gov/eere/amo/industrial-assessment-centers-iacs

Category of Focus: Industrial Assessment + Assistance

Geographical Constraints: United States

The DOE Industrial Assessment Centers serve eligible manufactures by identifying opportunities to improve productivity and competitiveness, reduce waste, and save energy.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program

https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-investing-over-260-million-help-create-jobs-and-revitalize-land-coal

Category of Focus: Reclaiming abandoned land mines

Geographical Constraints: United States/proximity to abandoned mines

The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program uses fees paid by present-day coal mining companies to reclaim coal mines abandoned before 1977. This makes these areas safer for people and the environment.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program

https://www.transit.dot.gov/bus-program

Category of Focus: Low or no emission transportation facilities

Geographical Constraints: United States

This grant allocates federal funds to both states and direct recipients who are innovating and modifying bus or bus facilities for low emission/energy efficient transport.

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Low or No Emission Vehicle Program

https://www.transit.dot.gov/lowno

Category of Focus: Low or No Emission Vehicle Program

Geographical Constraints: United States

The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

https://www.epa.gov/dwsrf/how-drinking-water-state-revolving-fund-works#tab-1

Category of Focus: Safe drinking water

Geographical Constraints: All 50 states plus Puerto Rico

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is a program that provides financial assistants to states for safe drinking water.

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund

https://www.epa.gov/cwsrf

Category of Focus: Clean water

Geographical Constraints: All 50 states plus Puerto Rico

The clean water state revolving fund provides funding to eligible projects working towards clean water in their state.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Brownfields Program

https://www.epa.gov/brownfields

Category of Focus: --

Geographical Constraints: United States

The brownfields program's mission is to empower states, tribes, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields

Federal & Policy Announcements

Superfund Remedial Program

https://www.epa.gov/superfund/what-superfund

Category of Focus: Toxic site clean-up

Geographical Constraints: United States

Superfunds allows the EPA to clean up contaminated sites. It also forces the parties responsible for the contamination to either perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-led cleanup work.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

https://www.epa.gov/dera/national

Category of Focus: Diesel emissions reduction

Geographical Constraints: United States

This act awards grants to projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Reducing Lead in Drinking Water

https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water

Category of Focus: Reducing lead in drinking water

Geographical Constraints: United States

This site offers valuable information on the impacts of lead in drinking water, how to identify lead in drinking water, how to test children for lead in blood and many more resources.

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National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) Environmental Career Worker Training Program

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/training_program_areas/ecwtp/index.cfm

Category of Focus: Worker training program

Geographical Constraints: United States

The training program focuses on delivering comprehensive training to increase the number of disadvantaged and underrepresented minority workers in areas such as environmental restoration, construction, hazardous materials/waste handling, and emergency response

Federal & Policy Announcements

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-liheap

Category of Focus: Low income home energy assistance.

Geographical Constraints: United States

LIHEAP helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. It provides federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Lead Hazard Reduction and Healthy Homes Grants

https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps/fy21_lhrgp

Category of Focus: Lead hazard reduction

Geographical Constraints: United States

This program provides grants to programs working to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in family homes.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Rural Energy for America Program

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

Category of Focus: Funding for agriculture produces and small rural businesses

Geographical Constraints: United States

The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Build Back Better Regional Challenge

https://eda.gov/arpa/build-back-better/

Category of Focus: Economic recovery and revitalization

Geographical Constraints: United States

The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

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Good Jobs Challenge

https://eda.gov/arpa/good-jobs-challenge/

Category of Focus: Employment and worker training

Geographical Constraints: United States

EDA’s American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Economic Adjustment Assistance

https://eda.gov/arpa/economic-adjustment-assistance/

Category of Focus: Employment assistance and revitalization

Geographical Constraints: United States

The Economic Adjustment Assistance program is EDA’s most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Indigenous Communities

https://eda.gov/arpa/indigenous/

Category of Focus: Supporting needs of Indigenous communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic

Geographical Constraints: United States

This program is designed to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities. EDA will support these important partners to develop and execute economic development projects that they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

https://eda.gov/arpa/travel-tourism/

Category of Focus: Economic recovery of communities that rely on tourism.

Geographical Constraints: United States

This program is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. $750 million of EDA’s American Rescue Plan funds are allocated to support the following efforts: State tourism grants and competitive grants.

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Statewide Planning, Research and Networks

https://eda.gov/arpa/planning-grants/

Category of Focus: Equity and local economy development

Geographical Constraints: United States

This program investing in projects that will promote equity and develop local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks and climate change.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Coal Communities Commitment

https://eda.gov/arpa/coal-communities/

Category of Focus: Supporting economy of coal communities.

Geographical Constraints: United States

EDA’s Coal Communities Commitment allocates $300 million of its $3 billion American Rescue Plan appropriation to support coal communities as they recover from the pandemic and to help them create new jobs and opportunities, including through the creation or expansion of a new industry sector.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

https://www.herox.com/InclusiveEnergyInnovationPrize

Category of Focus: Inclusive Energy Innovation

Geographical Constraints: United States

The primary goal of this prize is to fund organizations to hire one (or more) full-time-equivalent employee(s) to carry out activities that may include leading engagement efforts and building relationships with underserved and underrepresented communities in specific regions of the United States, and support applicants to apply for DOE and other federal funding opportunities.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Just Transition Fund

https://www.justtransitionfund.org/grants-overview\

Category of Focus: Policy and Planning

Geographical Constraints: United States

The goal is to build resilient communities by advancing economic solutions that are equitable, inclusive, and low-carbon.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) Pilot

https://www.energy.gov/communitiesLEAP/communities-leap

Category of Focus: Clean energy deployment work

Geographical Constraints: United States

The DOE Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) Pilot aims to facilitate sustained community-wide economic and environmental benefits primarily through DOE’s clean energy deployment work. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts or direct economic impacts from a shift away from a historical reliance on fossil fuels.

Federal & Policy Announcements

FY 2022 US Marine Life Observations: Coordinated Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) Activities to Ensure Resilient, Productive Ecosystems and Human Communities in the Face of Change

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335886

Category of Focus: Marine conservation and restoration

Geographical Constraints: United States

National Oceanographic Partnership Program, NOAA and their partners plan to work across sectors and disciplines towards an integrated, sustained marine life observing capability for the U.S. ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, from estuaries to the deep ocean; (2) advance technologies for efficient and/or automated collection of species and associated habitat observations; (3) enable open access to biodiversity data and information; and (4) utilize these observations, technologies, and data to address place-based (e.g., sanctuaries, reserves, protected areas, leasing blocks, etc) management, conservation and restoration needs.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) FY2022

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335881

Category of Focus: Climate change research

Geographical Constraints: United States

The RISA program builds relationships that help local decision-makers and researchers collaborate on adapting to climate change. Through regionally-focused and interdisciplinary research and engagement teams, RISA expands the Nation's capacity to adapt and become resilient to extreme weather events and climate change. RISA teams accomplish this through applied and co-developed research and partnerships with communities. A central tenet of the RISA program is that learning about climate adaptation and resilience is facilitated by and sustained across a wide range of experts, practitioners, and the public. As such, the RISA program supports a network of people, prioritizing wide participation in learning by doing, learning through adapting, and managing risk with uncertain information.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Environmental Literacy Program: Increasing community resilience to extreme weather & climate change

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335699

Category of Focus: Environmental literacy/ climate change resilience

Geographical Constraints: Priority 1 awards will support new projects taking place in the Central and Eastern Regions of the United States. These regions include the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The goal of this funding opportunity is for communities to have sufficient collective environmental literacy to take actions that build resilience to extreme weather and climate change in ways that contribute to community health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity. These communities will be composed of children, youth, and adults who participate in formal and/or informal educational experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence to: 1) reason about the ways that human and natural systems interact globally and locally, including the acknowledgment of disproportionately distributed vulnerabilities; 2) participate in civic processes; and 3) incorporate scientific information, cultural knowledge, and diverse community values. Efforts to build environmental literacy should ultimately aim to reduce risks from current and future environmental hazards through climate-smart and inclusive decision making and long-term stewardship of healthy ecosystems, all the while promoting a low-carbon economy.

Federal & Policy Announcements

Cumulative Health Impacts at the Intersection of Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Vulnerable Populations/Lifestages: Community-Based Research for Solutions Environmental Protection Agency

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335731

Category of Focus: Environmental justice and public health

Geographical Constraints: United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing transdisciplinary research with approaches that explore and analyze environmental problems at the intersection of climate change, environmental justice (EJ), and vulnerable populations/lifestages. The goal of EJ may be achieved when all people have the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and have equitable access to decision-making processes to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

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