Resource Navigation Menu
The Climate Reality Project Power Up Training Series: Navigating the Inflation Reduction Act for Community Benefit with the Justice40 Accelerator
J40A Data Tools and Technical Assistance
Access agency/institution data + resources, community-led data + resources, technical assistance resources, and grant-ready/building organization resilience. This collections of data, resources, and technical assistance are made available to all and especially viewers of The Climate Reality Project Power Up Training Series: Navigating the Inflation Reduction Act for Community Benefit with the Justice40 Accelerator.
Data + Tools + Resources
Federal Agency Programs, Toolkits & Technical Assistance
Department of Energy LEAD Tool (Energy Burdens)
The Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool is designed to help states, communities and other stakeholders create better energy strategies and programs by improving their understanding of low income housing and energy characteristics.
Due Diligence Tool for Pre-Grant Assessment
The Due Diligence Tool represents a blending of best practices from a variety of foundations from around the country. Our process pulled together the practices and materials of a diverse group — private, family, corporate and community foundations, both large and small — and culled from them the best practices to integrate into a basic guide for due diligence. The purpose of this guide is to provide a research-based tool for the foundation program offi cer, whether specialist or generalist, and a methodology for and orientation to thinking about due diligence. Using The Due Diligence Tool, a program officer will be able to ask the most important questions about the organization’s health. She will review the most telling documents, ask the most salient questions, and have an understanding of what to look for and what to make of what she learns.
Energy Equity Project
The Energy Equity Project will create a framework for measuring equity across energy efficiency and clean energy programs among utilities, state regulatory agencies, and other practitioners, while engaging and centering BIPOC and frontline communities. An equity measurement framework, set to launch in beta form in 2022, will serve environmental and climate justice advocates, practitioners, regulatory agencies, and utilities to drive more equitable investments and outcomes in energy efficiency, distributed generation and storage (i.e. solar + batteries), demand response, electrification, and electric vehicle infrastructure.
EJScreen: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
In order to better meet the Agency’s responsibilities related to the protection of public health and the environment, EPA has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJScreen. It is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.
SEEA & TEPRI Energy Equity Action Planner
This tool uses the PICK framework, developed by the Strelo Group, to understand the role that key stakeholders play in bringing about more equitable outcomes in the South's energy + housing sectors. The framework used in this tool attempts to characterize the role that each stakeholder serves in the process and to suggest outcomes to advance energy equity.
Strategy Development + Toolkit
The Green Stormwater Infrastructure Decision Tree for Brownfield Sites
The Green Stormwater Infrastructure Decision Tree for Brownfield Sites is a planning tool developed for organizations (i.e., communities, utility organizations, transit agencies) seeking to implement a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) program on contaminated or potentially contaminated sites (brownfields). The Green Stormwater Infrastructure Decision Tree for Brownfield Sites (hereinafter referred to as the GSI Decision Tree) is a planning tool for assessing risk and managing the unknowns associated with brownfield sites. Furthermore, this tool is designed to be applied by entities that are implementing or intend to implement a larger scale program consisting of numerous sites.
Strategy Development + Toolkit
Tools and Guidance for Implementing Infill Development on Brownfield Sites in Rural Areas and Small Towns
This resource presents the case for the viability of Infill Development on Brownfield sites and case study examples.
Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) - Version 1.0
This tool identifies communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. These communities are located in census tracts that are at or above the thresholds in one or more of eight categories of criteria.
Bolder Advocacy - Advocacy Checklist: Org Readiness Assessment Tool
In a new “Advocacy Checklist,” Bolder Advocacy Guest Contributor Dr. Sara Watson outlines 22 different facets of organizational readiness to participate in advocacy. It includes considerations both inside and beyond your nonprofit. It will help you be prepared to take on a role that’s crucial to reaching your goals. And it can reassure your funders you are using their resources accurately.
EDA Economic Dev. Resources and Tools
Through the Research and National Technical Assistance Program, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) funds the development and dissemination of new tools for economic development practitioners and policymakers to utilize to help make informed development decisions.
EDA SWOT Analysis
The SWOT is a strategic planning tool used by organizations to ensure that there is a clear objective informed by a comprehensive understanding of a region’s capabilities and capacity. A SWOT analysis identifies the region’s competitive advantages—those indigenous assets that make the region special or competitive in the national and global economies—juxtaposed against those internal or external factors that can keep a region from realizing its potential.
Green Infrastructure Toolkit
The purpose of this toolkit is to analyze common trends in the approaches various cities are taking to planning, implementing, and funding green infrastructure to manage stormwater. The toolkit is intended to aid local governments nationwide in comparing best practices across cities, drawing lessons from different approaches, and crafting similar policies for their own jurisdictions.
Communications Toolkit for Green Infrastructure
This toolkit discusses the communications methods and considerations when developing green infrastructure initiatives.
EPA Brownfields Grant Recipients' Road Map to Understanding Quality Assurance Project Plans
This publication is designed to help recipients of an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant design and complete site assessment projects more efficiently and effectively by increasing their awareness and understanding of the importance of quality assurance (QA) in Brownfields site projects. The Road Map describes a general process for developing and using a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), while highlighting the benefits of a well-prepared QAPP and helping those responsible for the process to better understand and communicate with all parties involved.
EPA Brownfields Road Map to Understanding Options for Site Investigation and Cleanup, Sixth Edition
This tool provides a general outline of how to assess and clean up a brownfield site and introduce stakeholders to a range of technology options and available resources. General concepts and basic considerations that affect the cleanup of brownfield sites are described with a streamlined approach that covers:setting reuse goals and planning, understanding regulations and liability concerns, engaging the community, and identifying funding. Targeted for non-technical stakeholders and technical professionals, the Brownfields Road Map walks users through the big picture of managing a brownfield site from assessment to reuse and introduces technology options and considerations for each phase.
EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC)
The Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC, formerly the Brownfields Technology Support Center) is a cooperative effort to provide technical support to federal, state, local, and tribal officials for questions related to the use of innovative technologies and strategies for site assessment and cleanup.
EPA Land Revitalization Toolkit
EPA’s Land Revitalization Program can help communities identify possibilities for reusing a contaminated, or potentially contaminated site. Site reuse planning typically creates exciting opportunities within the redevelopment process.
EPA Environmental Justice in Your Community
EPA provides the environmental justice focus areas, resources, and points of contact for each EPA region.
Federal Agency Contacts
U.S Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency State Offices Map
USDA provides the state office points of contact and additional points of contact at the county level.
Federal Agency Contacts
EDA Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
The elements of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), seen through a lens of economic resiliency, should logically build upon and/or shape each other to result in a coherent, targeted document.
Geographic Information System (GIS) 101 Toolkit for Environmental Justice Organizations and Allies
This GIS (Geographic Information Systems) 101 Toolkit is intended for use by environmental justice organizations or community groups as well as individuals who are in solidarity with these organizations or groups. The toolkit provides an overview of how GIS can be used to supplement organizational campaigns and efforts. It then provides a tutorial of how to create a map that visualizes data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EnviroAtlas tool using QGIS.
Building for the All! A Guide for Local, State, and Tribal Governments in the Infrastructure Moment
With unprecedented federal funding made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, members of the Infrastructure Equity Standards Working Group have built a set of standards that transcends this moment and promotes equity in the built environment into the future.The Infrastructure Equity Standards proposed in this resource recognize the unique legal pressures facing government-led equity efforts and present proactive and principled ways in which infrastructure expenditures can and should seek to remedy past harms and advance spatial equity. Each category of proposed standards addresses the relevant legal landscape and support for various standards, as needed.
Strategy Development + Toolkit
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is a website designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. The Toolkit offers information from all all across the U.S. federal government in one easy-to-use location. The intended goal for use of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is to improve people's ability to understand and manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and to help them make their communities and businesses more resilient to extreme events.
EPA EJ Facility Mapping Tool
The P2 EJ Facility Mapping Tool helps prospective P2 grant applicants, grantees and interested stakeholders geographically target facilities in or adjacent to underserved communities within the framework of the P2 program’s five industrial sector-based National Emphasis Areas (NEAs). The tool allows users to identify industrial facilities that may be contributing to pollution levels in a selected area, including communities with environmental justice (EJ) concerns.
Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) Toolkit
This toolkit provides an overview of tools, resources, and models for developing low-income energy efficiency and renewable energy programs based on work in the U.S. Department of Energy’s CELICA, part of the Better Buildings Initiative Accelerators. This toolkit provides materials to help program administrators reduce energy burden for low-income communities by enhancing and expanding upon work funded through utility, state, or federal programs.
Department of Transportation (DOT) | Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts (Historically Disadvantaged Communities) Mapping Tool
The Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tract is the most commonly used tool in USDOT discretionary grant programs to determine disadvantage community status. The tool allows the mapping of project areas to determine level of disadvantage according to DOT's Justice40 definition.
Data.gov | Transportation Tools
The Department of Transportation and other public and private organizations provide a range of software tools useful for transportation impact analysis. Generally, software tools break down into several categories such as: tools for obtaining climate data, tools for deriving geospatial impacts of weather and extreme events, storm surge and sea-level rise specific products, to determine regional sea level rise and examine erosion risk, tools for risk prioritization, and general purpose geospatial information system (GIS) tools
Electric Vehicle Charging Justice40 Map
The Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Justice40 Map is a tool to help EV charging planning efforts align with the Justice40 goal of 40% of the benefits of Federal investments in clean transportation going to disadvantage communities (DACs). The map can display multiple data layers identifying DACs, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated EV corridors, public DC fast charge stations (non-Tesla), and electrical substations.
Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation
This toolkit provides a real-time map showing where climate-related hazards are occurring today, check how your specific exposure to five common climate-related hazards is projected to change over time, learn more about climate-related hazards and federal policies relevant to climate adaptation, and finding federal funding opportunities that can help pay for climate resilience projects.
Strategy Development + Toolkit
Climate Central - Surging Seas | Maps and Tools
Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise strives to provide accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow. Anchored in rigorous primary research, Climate Central's work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation. The program dedicates its efforts to helping citizens, communities, businesses, organizations, and governments at every level to understand the consequences of different carbon pathways and to navigate the shifting waters of our warming world.
Strategy Development + Toolkit
Rivers Network Equitable Infrastructure Toolkit
River Network Equitable Infrastructure Toolkit is a one-stop shop for community stakeholders, advocates, and leaders to Identify the factors that affect water affordability, become familiar with water infrastructure funding and financing mechanisms, and understand the role and impact of local, state, and federal entities and community organizations in addressing affordability and sustainability. With this knowledge, we hope that you be able to influence equitable water infrastructure investment opportunities, practices, and policies, ensuring that water infrastructure investments is directed by the community toward public health and clean, safe, affordable, and accessible water. Distributed in a way that supports low-income and communities of color most at-risk from environmental harms and historic lack of investment, and supporting the long-term sustainability of our waterways, water systems, and utilities.
River Network State Revolving Fund Advocacy Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to support state and local advocates interested in water infrastructure investment who are seeking to better understand the State Revolving Fund (SRF) process. Nonprofit and community-based water advocates have an opportunity to influence how new and recurring federal water infrastructure funds are distributed and to reform how SRF programs operate. This toolkit aims to build the capacity of advocates to influence, improve, and access the process of securing funding for communities who need it most and have historically not been able to access SRF dollars.The toolkit strives to be accessible to newcomers to this issue, providing background information on how SRFs work and actionable ideas for how to participate in SRF processes and advocacy.
CDC Healthy Neighborhoods Planning + Resource Guide
This resource guide provides links to guides, checklists, audit tools, Web sites, and pamphlets that can help planners, local officials, and local citizens create vibrant neighborhoods where the healthy choice is the easy choice. The guide is structured to complement CDC’s Healthy Community Design Checklist, including resources for each of the Checklist’s seven categories. The resource guide is a small sample of the many excellent resources available that address healthy community design.
Action Tank | Community Benefits Agreement Toolkit
This toolkit provides a map for neighborhood leaders to advance community goals and manage outside investment that threatens to disrupt and displace residents. The Toolkit includes: Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Manual, with detailed descriptions of each step of the CBA process, a CBA Process Map, and Activity Cards with suggested activities for critical steps in the process.
DOE Community Benefits Agreement Toolkit
This toolkit contains a comprehensive Guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and PowerPoint Presentation. Together, or separate, these components give stakeholders a solid understanding of CBAs, their benefits, and the collective action process that brings them to fruition. They also provide examples and multiple resources for communities, government officials, and developers interested in learning more.It contains a comprehensive Guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and PowerPoint Presentation. Together, or separate, these components give stakeholders a solid understanding of CBAs, their benefits, and the collective action process that brings them to fruition. They also provide examples and multiple resources for communities, government officials, and developers interested in learning more. The Toolkit is aimed at private sector development and is not intended to address federal projects.
Emerald Cities Justice40 + Community Benefits Playbook
This playbook offers frontline groups and community organizations guidance for developing a People’s Justice40+ Community Benefit Plan (CBP). The goal is to ensure that federal infrastructure and climate investments significantly benefit the communities that need them most. A successful CBP will harness the infrastructure investments of major federal initiatives – such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – to meet community needs. These resources are also relevant for other, current and future, infrastructure investments at the local, state, and federal level needed for environmental reparation, climate resilience, and addressing health and wealth disparities within marginalized communities.
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership charts a pathway to strengthen and transform our local democracies. Thriving, diverse, equitable communities are possible through deep participation, particularly by communities commonly excluded from democratic voice and power. The stronger our local democracies, the more capacity we can unleash to address our toughest challenges, and the more capable we are of surviving and thriving through economic, ecological,and social crises. It is going to take all of us to adequately address the complex challenges our cities and regions are facing. It is time for a new wave of community-driven civic leadership.
Strategy Development + Toolkit
Emerald Cities Anchor-Community Engagement Workbook
This workbook will help your institution to develop a community engagement work plan. It is divided into three sections. Section 1 provides the background. It discusses the “why, who, and what” of community engagement. Why is engagement important, who is the community and what does the engagement look like? Section 2 offers a guide for developing your community engagement strategy. It starts with: a) a local vision based upon principles and values shared by institutional and community partners, b) coming up with priority issues, and c) finding appropriate community engagement strategies, including recruitment, messaging and figuring out what tools and strategies can help you meet your goals. Section 3 provides additional questions and space to continue developing your community engagement work plan and lists helpful resources. Think of this as a living document. You will find spaces to write down ideas that are sparked, other thoughts that come up, plans you’d like to pursue, and questions that you have. The ideas presented here will evolve as you learn more by doing
CNT's Analysis of J40 Screening Tool
The Center for Neighborhood Technology has created an interactive map that enables users to filter by category and see more nuanced breakdowns of the data used in the CEJST tool. The analysis looks at which communities are identified as disadvantage in the Justice40 screening tool and which communities fall short.
Nevada Grant Lab | Post-Award Toolkit
This toolkit provides tips and resources for navigating federal awards. This toolkit is most applicable as a navigation resource for the Post-Award Phase. The lists and resources are not intended to be all inclusive but rather to help organizations with the next steps of the federal award journey.
Equitable Evaluation Initiative | Equitable Evaluation Framework
The Equitable Evaluation Framework™ is a set of principles—foundational guideposts—and orthodoxies—tightly held beliefs that impede the advancement of the EEF principles. It has expanded to include a set of mindsets, sticking points and tensions. It is about axiology (what we determine to be right), ontology (what we believe to be true or reality) and epistemology (what is evidence or knowledge). If applied to other methodologies, EEF will transform them and can serve as the starting place for new methodologies. It is a both/and/+ not an either/or.
Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) | Community Needs Assessment Toolkit
The guidance provided in this toolkit aims to help users develop an ecosystemic view of community needs, priorities, visions, assets, and complex relationships and establish an actionable game plan to address community needs and build capacity. This assessment toolkit is intended to provide value to communities by: documenting a clear community vision to position community leaders, their organizations, and their communities for future funding opportunities and new program development, compiling community data in a single document as a quick reference for grant applications, identifying opportunities to coordinate effectively with partners and community members, onboarding new staff, partners, and community leaders, and informing local government planning and policy development.
Data, Research & Information Hubs
ACEEE Publications & Resources
ACEEE provides an archive of various reports, case studies, and resources available for public use on topics such as energy efficiency, decarbonization, and state & local policy.
Brookings Institution Federal Infrastructure Hub
This interactive feature offers a comprehensive public resource to study IIJA’s contents. We arranged IIJA’s programs by topics and sub-topics, the primary federal agency, and likely spending levels. We have also subdivided programs by formula or competitive status and whether or not the program is new.
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities: Guide to Federal Programs
This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster sustainable and innovative initiatives associated with agriculture and forestry in this country and territories. A reader can find information about program resources pertaining to economic development; farm loans; insurance and risk management; local food systems, value added and marketing innovations; natural resources conservation and management; nutrition and consumer food access; renewable energy and energy conservation; and research and outreach.
Initiative for Energy Justice
The Initiative for Energy Justice provides law and policy resources to advocates and policymakers to advance state-level transitions to equitable renewable energy.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to nurture the ecological, social and economic resiliency of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development. Available resources include federal grant writing webinars and tips.
Renewable Options by State
This page provides an overview of your state’s electricity mix, renewable portfolio standard progress, regulatory status, and renewable procurement options that may be available to cities in your state. The materials here are a living resource, and as states and cities progress towards a renewable future, the website will be updated accordingly.
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) Resource Library
CEDS are locally based and regionally driven economic development planning processes. These CEDS have long been a cornerstone of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s programs and serve to engage community leaders, leverage involvement of the private sector and establish strategic blueprints for regional collaboration. CEDS from 1990 forward are included in the Resource Library, with metadata for 50 different variables.
Partnership for Southern Equity--Justice40 Story Map
In this StoryMap, Partnership for Southern Equity unpacks what this commitment might look like operationally, explore why the J40 Initiative is necessary, and highlight some of the opportunities for overcoming systemic barriers in order to effectively address environmental injustice.
DOE Office of Energy Efficency and Rewnewable Energy (EERE) Energy Analysis Publications
The Strategic Analysis team informs EERE decision-makers and the public by delivering reports, foundational datasets, and web-accessible tools covering cost and performance characterizations of EERE technologies and their integration into energy systems, U.S. energy trends, and market and policy conditions for energy technologies.
Harvard Environmental & Energy Law Program Federal Environmental Justice Tracker
This tracker is designed to provide up-to-date information on the Biden administration’s environmental justice commitments, and progress made on those commitments. Scroll down for agency-specific updates and to learn more about the administration’s whole-of-government initiatives, including Justice40 and the Climate & Economic Justice Screening Tool.
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
As part of The Justice40, LCI released a report in 2021 on Justice40, Making Justice40 a Reality for Frontline Communities, which focused on learning from the environmental justice movement and states’ climate and clean energy investments to inform implementation of Justice40.
Data.Gov | Climate
Home to the U.S. Government's Open Data, this resource provides access to data, tools, and resources to conduct research, design data visualization and more. Filter to highlight Climate related datasets. Topic areas cover energy, water, transportation, human health, ecosystems, and more.
State Climate Policy Dashboard: ClimateXChange
The State Climate Policy Dashboard is an information hub website that establishes a framework for state climate policy, tracks the status of each policy, and provides educational resources on each policy. It has two key features: the State Climate Policy Tracker, which tracks the passage of climate mitigation and adaptation policies across all 50 states, and the State Climate Policy Resource Hub, an information hub which provides information on each of the policies tracked in the State Climate Policy Tracker.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit | Glossary
Glossary of key terms used throughout the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. This glossary provides examples to each key terms in addition to its definition.
Georgetown Climate Center | Adaptation Clearinghouse
The Adaptation Clearinghouse seeks to assist policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. Content in the Adaptation Clearinghouse is focused on the resources that help policymakers at all levels of government reduce or avoid the impacts of climate change to communities in the United States. The Adaptation Clearinghouse tends to focus on climate change impacts that adversely affect people and our built environment. Content focal areas include the water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and public health sectors, and adaptation planning, policies, laws, and governance. Resources that fall within these areas receive priority and are the most likely to be published in the Adaptation Clearinghouse.
Water Hub | Resources
One of the ways the Water Hub works to strengthen water communications is by doing public opinion and media research and sharing our learning with the field. This resource provides access to news and information about specific efforts being made through Water Hub and its partners.
The People's' Climate Innovation Center | Community Engagement Resources
This landing page leads to various resources and publications on topic areas surrounding Climate Resilience Planning, Pathways to Resilience, and other community oriented resources.
Community Science + CNT | Tools for Equitable Mobility
This guide is meant to advance equity in the transportation field. Across the nation, there is growing recognition that transportation policies and investments have harmed, and been used as tools to marginalize, Black and brown neighborhoods, people with disabilities, and other groups. Initiated and funded by the Barr Foundation, this guide seeks to help public agencies, and the advocates and organizers who influence them, to make decisions that advance transportation equity. This guide reviews six of the nation's leading tools for assessing potential equity impacts of new transportation policy decisions, explains the context and preconditions for the effective use of these tools, and suggests complementary activities. People who work at transportation public agencies at all levels are the primary audiences for this tool, as they have the power and responsibility to change their behavior; advocates, organizers, and community groups can also use this guide to encourage their public agency partners to use the tools profiled here.
Justice40 | Fact Sheets
Created in partnership with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, GreenLatinos, and Communities First, this homepage provides additional resource in the form of fact sheets on topics from Justice40 Overview, Justice Framework, Target Investments, Guidelines & Requirements, and Program Design.
Environmental Policy Innovation Center | Analysis of the CEJST Tool
A report outlining the current purpose and use case of CEJST, but also providing a space to dwell into the areas of refinement and improvement for determining the classification of "disadvantage communities". Environmental Policy Innovation Center and Center for Neighborhood Technology provides four components of CEJST that need addressing to further Justice40 goals: Show data cumulatively, revision of the economic screening approach, filters by category, and setting stronger standards for community involvement and agency guidance.
Grants.gov Learning Center
The Grants Learning Center is a gateway to the federal grants world. Navigate various grant topics such as Grants 101, Grant Policies, Grant Eligibility, Grant Terms, Grant Agencies, Grant Systems, Grant Programs, Grant Careers, Grant Reporting, Grant Fraud, and Grant Events
Grants.gov Community Blog
The Community Blog to Grants.Gov provides an open forum where community members are able to pose questions, answers, and resources to all aspects related to Grants.gov
Fund for Shared Insight
Fund for Shared Insight pools financial and other resources to provide grants, coaching, inspiration, and community-building through collaborative philanthropy. Our work reflects our commitment to the kind of listening and learning that values lived experience and advances equity.
Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) | Capacity Building with Frontline Community Leaders: Best Practices & Recommendations
The lessons learned from the pilot year of the PACE program offer valuable insights into future capacity building programs as well as overall State policies. PACE’s pilot year provides a rare opportunity for ground-truthing and identifying capacity building best practices, structural challenges faced by frontline communities, and recommendations for State programs and policies. The PACE Project Team compiled this report based on insights and feedback shared by PACE Leaders.
Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) | Curriculum Hub
Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) is a capacity-building program for frontline community leaders from across California to connect and learn with peers, take their skills to the next level, and inspire transformative change. The PACE Curriculum includes a suite of resources intended to support other community leaders in building capacity. The PACE Curriculum Resource Navigation Guide is a helpful resource to get users started. It provides an overview each resource and how they can be used.
Grant Application & Management Tools & Templates
EPA Budget Template/Example
An example of a detailed budget table based on a funded application that has been edited for content. The example shows an appropriate level of detail to explain the dollars requested.
EPA How to Develop a Budget
This online training course is designed to introduce EPA grant applicants and recipients to key aspects of grant budget development. The training may be used by applicants and recipients of EPA funds when preparing proposed work plans, budgets, and budget narratives for EPA grants. Throughout this training, the term grant is used as a general term to refer to both grants and cooperative agreements.
EPA Logic Model Template and Example
Logic models are useful tools for defining the educational and environmental outputs and outcomes that are planned to accomplish the goals and objectives of the project. A logic model is a visual presentation of the relationships between your work and your desired results. It communicates the performance story of your project, focusing attention on the most important connections between your actions and the results. This document provides the componets and an example of a Logic model.
EPA Sample Project Narrative
This template provides a sample project narrative for a federal funding application.
E4TheFuture’s National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM)
The National Standard Practice Manual for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources (NSPM for DERs) provides a comprehensive framework for cost-effectiveness assessment of DERs. The manual offers a set of policy-neutral, non-biased, and economically-sound principles, concepts, and methodologies to support single- and multi-DER benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for: energy efficiency (EE), demand response (DR), distributed generation (DG), distributed storage (DS), and (building and vehicle) electrification. It is intended for use by jurisdictions to help inform which resources to acquire to meet their specific policy goals and objectives.
DOE Guide + Sample to Indirect Rate Proposal
Instructions are provided as a sample for recipients who have little or no experience in developing indirect rates but intend to request reimbursement for indirect costs as part of a Federal Financial Assistance Award.
DOL -- Guide to Indirect Cost Rate
This Guide has been prepared by the Cost & Price Determination Division (CPDD), to assist non-profit and commercial organizations (non-Federal entities) in understanding the requirements for the determination of indirect costs on cost reimbursable grants, contracts, and other agreements awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
State of Michigan--Sample Indirect Cost Rate
The State of Michigan provides a sample indirect cost proposal format for nonprofit organizations.
EPA Grantee Forms
EPA provides a hub for the forms that funding applicants will need to utilize pre-award and recipients will need to utilize post-award.
Grant App & Management
Specific EPA Grant Programs
The Office of Grants and Debarment establishes and provides national assistance agreement policies, guidance, and training; oversees the Agency's assistance agreement competition policies and practices; provides compliance support; administers assistance agreements; and manages the Agency’s Suspension and Debarment program.
Grant App & Management
EPA list of Green Infrastructure Funding
EPA provides a list of funding opportunities for Green Infrastructure projects.
Grant App & Management
Federal Grants Dictionary
The grants community is diverse, and so is the terminology we use to talk about roles and aspects of the grants lifecycle. Here is a glossary of grant terms based on the Grant Policies and Grants.gov functionality.
Federal Grants Video Training Library
The Introduction to Grants.gov Video Series covers the complete Grants.gov application process, from registering and creating a Grants.gov account to finding funding opportunities and completing an application package.
Grant App & Management
The following systems and tools are involved in the registration, application, and reporting processes connected to federal awards.
Grant App & Management
This guidance and implementing regulations delivers on President Obama’s second term management agenda and his first term directives under Executive Order 13520, the February 28, 2011 Presidential Memorandum, and the objectives laid out in OMB Memorandum M-13-17 to better target financial risks and better direct resources to achieve evidence-based outcomes.
Amplifund--Checklist for Grant Management
This checklist provides the an overview of key considerations and procedures that should be in place to manage federal grants.
Grant App & Management
Meyer Memorial Trust--Sample Budget Template
Developed by the Meyer Memorial Trust Foundation, this file provides sample budget templates for projects, capacity-building, and capital construction requests.
Earth Island Institute -- Fiscal Control and Accounting Procedures for Federal Awards
The Earth Island Institute provides an example of policies that an organization must have in place to receive federal funds. These examples are able to be adapted to best fit an organization.
Earth Island Institute -- Procurement Policy
The Earth Island Institute provides an example of policies and procedures that should be followed when a nonprofit purchases equipment, materials, supplies, property, or services from an outside source. This example is able to be adapted to best fit an organization.
Earth Island Institute -- Travel Policy
The Earth Island Institute provides an example of policies and procedures that should be followed when traveling on Earth Island (EII)
business, as well as employee accountability for EII funds. This example is able to be adapted to best fit an organization.
Nevada Grant Lab | Should We Consider Federal Grants?
This document provides a short questionnaire that is self-administered to help determine if your organization is ready to consider a federal grant.
Just Transition Fund | Getting Started with Federal Grants
With historic levels of funding now available through a range of federal agencies, the Just Transition Funds provides help ensuring that coal communities can apply for these federal grants and advance economic transition efforts on the ground. The resources provided on this webpage provides additional information to learn about Federal Programs for Communities in Economic Transition and best practices for selecting and winning federal funding opportunities.
Nevada Grant Lab | Federal Grant Readiness Rubric
This document provides a short checklist to help determine your organization's strengths and needs for obtaining and sustaining federal grants on a direct or pass-through basis.
Nevada Grant Lab | Quick Guide to Being an Excellent Federal Grant Manager
This document provides a brief overview on what organizations should anticipate on preparing for the four major post-award compliance requirements for federal grants.
Grant App & Management
Nevada Grant Lab | Quick Guide to Preparing a Federal Grant Budget - 3 Steps to Lay the Groundwork for a High-Scoring Federal Grant Application
Following the three steps outlines in this document will help set organizations up for success in developing a high-scoring grant application and running a high-quality program.
Nevada Grant Lab | Quick Guide to Preparing a Federal Grant Budget - Distinguishing Between Allowable and Unallowable Costs
This document provides a brief overview on what the federal government defines as an allowable cost or an unallowable cost for the purpose of determining and limiting the expense that federal funds can be used to pay for.
Grants Works Academy
Grants Works Academy provides live and on-demand trainings about grants, including government grants. The resources available will provide training on how to become grant ready, find mission-aligned grant funding, and how to manage grants.
Grant App & Management
PACE Supplemental Training Resources: Effective Grant Writing & Management
This document provides information on effective grant writing strategies and best practices for navigating collaborative grant writing efforts.
Arthur Davis Consulting | Grant Readiness Assessment Tool
This assessment tool provides a series of short questions for Leadership, Impact, Strategic and Program Planning, Financial, Fundraising, Administrative, and Legal Capacity to help assess the readiness of organizations to apply for grants.
Nevada Grant Lab | A Guide to Writing an Effective Needs Statement
This document provides a brief introduction to Needs Statements, Writing Prompts, Checklists, and examples on how to best approach writing a Needs Statement
Fiscal Sponsorship: What to Consider + Resources
This resource outlines key considerations when selecting a fiscal sponsor, potential services that may be provided by a fiscal sponsor, and questions to ask a prospective fiscal sponsor.
National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits provide nonprofits with the tools, research, and resources needed to operate more effectively, efficiently, and ethically. In pursuit of a more civil and just society, National Council of Nonprofits embed diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and the ways National Council of Nonprofits carry out their mission, purposefully and tangibly applying these principles in their internal operations, programs, policies, and leadership.The National Council of Nonprofits collective efforts ensure a connected and powerful nonprofit community equipped to champion the public good.
Nonprofit Finance Fund | Nonprofit Financial Management Webinars
Nonprofit Finance Fund's (NFF) webinars provide practical financial management knowledge for nonprofit leaders, delivered in engaging and accessible ways. You can follow the series in order for a curriculum that builds from one subject to the next or pick and choose among topics that best address your organization’s needs. You are also welcome to download the slides and companion workbooks for each webinar so you can engage at your own pace and apply these principles to your own organization.