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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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Strategy Development

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.

Toolkit

Communications Toolkit for Green Infrastructure

This toolkit discusses the communications methods and considerations when developing green infrastructure initiatives.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Toolkit

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.

Technical Assistance

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.

Toolkit

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.

Strategy Development

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.

Toolkit

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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.

Publications/Reports

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.

Information Hub

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.

Publications/Reports

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.

Information Hub

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.

Information Hub

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.

Information Hub

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.

Information Hub

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.

Information Hub

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.

Publications/Reports

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.

Information Hub

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.

Publications/Reports

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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.

Templates

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.

Templates

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.

Templates

EPA Sample Project Narrative

This template provides a sample project narrative for a federal funding application.

Templates

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.

Guidance Documents

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.

Templates

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).

Tools

State of Michigan--Sample Indirect Cost Rate

The State of Michigan provides a sample indirect cost proposal format for nonprofit organizations.

Templates

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.

Guidance Documents

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

Grant Systems

The following systems and tools are involved in the registration, application, and reporting processes connected to federal awards.

Grant App & Management

Uniform Guidance

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.

Guidance Documents

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.

Templates

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.

Templates

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.

Templates

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.

Templates

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Other Resources

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.

Miscellaneous

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