Ethanol Fueling Facility Funds
Governor Rod Blagojevich recently announced the availability of $500,000 to establish
new E85 facilities at retail gasoline outlets throughout the state. E85 is a blend
of gasoline with 70 to 85 percent ethanol for use in flexible fuel vehicles, which
are designed to burn E85, unleaded gasoline, or any combination of the two fuels.
Illinois' E85 program, run by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,
will provide up to $2,000 to convert an existing refueling facility to E85 operation,
or up to $40,000 for the construction of a new E85 refueling facility.
Conservation Security Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that its Conservation Security
Program (CSP) will start accepting sign-ups from farmer and ranchers on March
28, 2004. Although the program is primarily meant to support ongoing stewardship
of private agricultural lands, this year's program sign-up includes a renewable
energy and energy efficiency component. Eligible producers will receive compensation
for conducting energy audits, for cutting their energy use, for converting to
renewable energy fuels (such as biodiesel or ethanol), and for implementing renewable
energy production, including methane production as well as wind, solar, hydroelectric
and geothermal energy.
Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowships
by Aldo Leopold's plain-spoken yet science-based approach to conservation, the
Aldo Leopold Leadership Program trains environmental scientists to communicate
their work effectively to a variety of lay audiences. The call for applications
for the program is now open. Each year up to 20 academic environmental scientists
are selected to receive intensive experiential training, expert consultation,
and peer networking. Leopold Leadership Fellows hone skills to better communicate
the science associated with complex environmental issues to the media, policy
makers, business leaders and other non-scientists. Applications are due April
Alcan Prize for Sustainability recognizes not-for-profit, civil society, and non-governmental
organizations for their contributions to economic, environmental and/or social
sustainability. Created in 2004 in association with the International Business
Leaders Forum, this sustainability prize is one of the world's most significant,
privately-funded awards. Prize recipients are selected based on an evaluation
by an independent, high-level, international panel of distinguished judges. Applications
are due March 31, 2005.
of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative
of America Charitable Investments has designated $17 million for its Neighborhood
Excellence Initiative. The initiative consists of three distinct programs – Neighborhood
Buildners, Local Heroes, and Student Leaders - and is designed to recognize, nurture,
and reward organizations, local heroes, and student leaders helping to rebuild
and revitalize communities where Bank of America does business. Applicants must
address their local market’s priority needs through their work in order to be
eligible for grant funding. Applications are due by 8:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2005.
Targeted Watersheds Grant Program
Watersheds Grant Program is a relatively new EPA program designed to encourage
successful community-based approaches and management techniques to protect and
restore the nation's waters. The grants are awarded to watershed organizations
and coalitions that are in the best position to make on-the-ground improvements
to water quality. EPA is calling on the Nation's governors and tribal leaders
to submit nominations for projects to compete for a share of $10 million in Targeted
Watersheds Grants. Grant awards will range from $600,000 to $900,000, and a 25%
non-federal match is required. The deadline for submitting nomination proposals
is May 19, 2005.
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency requests applications for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.
This program provides assistance to community based organizations that are working
on local solutions to local environmental and/or public health problems. Proposals
are due April 4, 2005.
Approaches to Reducing GHG Emissions through Building Energy Efficiency
EPA has issued a request for proposals for Market-based Approaches to Reducing
Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Energy Efficiency in Homes and Buildings. This
notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals to advance national,
regional, and local energy efficiency programming by utilizing market-based approaches
to program design and delivery. Proposals submitted for consideration should:
(1) identify unique constituencies and approaches or channels for working with
stakeholders; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the technologies and market
structure for delivery of the technologies, or best practices, to end users; (3)
identify market barriers to greater adoption of energy efficient technologies,
or best practices; and (4) delineate strategies for overcoming barriers identified.
Estimated total program funding is $1.35 million. Proposals must be received by
4:00 p.m. EST on May 27, 2005.
Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs
National Science Foundation requests R&D applications from small businesses
for the Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology
Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR). Project proposals should either result in commercial
application, greatly enhance the ability of scientists and engineers to conduct
fundamental or applied research, or meet an important social need. Some $17.5
million isexpected to be available, with 150 awards anticipated. Responses are
due June 8, 2005.
Power Partnership Funding
Technology Collaboratives Renewable Energy Trust has issued a $25 million
request for renewable energy project proposals. The program provides long-term
funding commitments to purchase renewable energy certificates and other price
supports that are critical to for clean energy projects seeking permanent financing
to build new clean power plants such as wind, hydroelectric power and biomass.
This is the second round of funding from the Trusts Massachusetts Green
Power Partnership. Proposals are due March 18, 2005.
Region 7 Earth Day Grants
EPA Region 7
is accepting proposals from local agencies, state agencies, environmental groups
and not-for-profit organizations for financial assistance to help communities
celebrate Earth Day 2005 and fund activities throughout the year. Proposals should
range from $500 to $2,500, for activities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Proposals are due March 18.
for Reporting on the Environment
of Environmental Journalists requests entries for its Awards for Reporting on
the Environment. Reporters who cover health, politics, science, energy, local
government, or any other beat are encouraged to enter work on an environmental
subject. The contest honors outstanding work appearing in newspapers, magazines,
newsletters, and online services, as well as from radio and television. Work is
honored in nine categories, each with a $1,000 prize. Submitted work must have
been aired or published between March 1, 2004, and February 28, 2005. Responses
are due April 2005.
Region 8 Indoor Air Quality Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 is soliciting Proposals for the
following indoor air quality (IAQ) program areas: to implement EPA's IAQ Tools
for Schools Program, to implement asthma education and awareness projects, and
to promote awareness of the dangers of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). All
proposals must be postmarked or delivered to EPA Region 8 by April 25, 2005.
Plant Assessment Funds
The U.S. Department
of Energy DOE has announced that $1 million in new funds are available to help
industrial plants find ways to save energy. The new solicitation offers up to
$100,000 per facility to carry out a plant-wide assessment to examine energy-intensive
processes, determine which plant systems offer the greatest energy savings potential,
and identify specific actions to achieve those savings. Proposals are due by May
Value-Added Producer Grants, Priority for Bioenergy Projects
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced
the availability of $14.3 million in grants that will support the development
of value-added agriculture business ventures. Priority consideration will be given
to those grant applications that have at least 51 percent of project costs dedicated
to activities for a bio-energy project. RBS requests proposals from eligible independent
producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled
producer-based business ventures interested in a competitively-awarded grant to
fund one of the following two activities: (1) Planning activities needed to establish
a viable value-added marketing opportunity for an agricultural product (e.g. conduct
a feasibility study, develop a business plan, develop a marketing plan); or (2)
acquire working capital to operate a value-added business venture that will allow
producers to better compete in domestic and international markets. Applications
are due by 4:00 p.m. ET on May 6, 2005.
Cool Cities Grant Program
Cities program has issued a Request for Proposals for four programs: Cool Cities
Neighborhoods in Progress, Cool Cities Michigan Main Street, Cool Cities Blueprints
for Michigan’s Downtowns, and Cool Cities Blueprints for Michigan’s
Neighborhoods. Various programs are open to eligible municipalities, local governments
or nonprofits. Selected applicants will receive technical assistance, matching
funds, or grants of $100,000 under one program. A notice of intent to apply for
any of the four programas is due online by March 11, 2005.
The National Science Foundation
requests proposals for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's
Partnership for Advancing Technologies in Housing (PATH). PATH's mission is to
advance technology innovation in the homebuilding industry in order to improve
housing value and performance. Areas of interest are: 1) Construction Management
and Production; 2) Structural Design and Materials; 3) Building Enclosures, Energy,
and Indoor Air Quality; 4) Community and Economic Impacts of Housing Technology;
and 5) Systems Interactions and Whole House Approaches. Proposals are due April
Mae Foundation Affordable Housing Competitive Grants
Fannie Mae Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that: produce and
preserve homes that working families can afford in cities, states, and larger
regions of the United States; give people the information and skills they need
to become - and to remain - homeowners; and shape the public discussion of affordable
housing so policymakers understand that affordable homes beautify neighborhoods,
stabilize communities, and energize local economies. The foundation is accepting
competitive grant proposals through March 31, 2005.
Solar Roofs Initiative Grants for State and Local Partnerships
is soliciting grant applications from state and local partnerships of its Million
Solar Roofs program. The funding will assist the partnerships in developing and
implementing programs to further the use of solar energy on buildings and eliminate
barriers. Applications are due April 13, 2005.
and Economic Development Strategies for Native Americans
Administration for Native Americans, within the Administration for Children and
Families, announces the availability of fiscal year 2005 funds for new community-based
projects under ANA's Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) for Native
Americans program. ANA's FY 2005 SEDS goals and areas of interest are focused
on strengthening Children, Families, and communities through community-based organizations,
tribes, and Village governments. ANA's policy is based on three interrelated goals:
economic development, social development and governance. Among the numerous program
areas of interest for this funding are feasibility studies for renewable energy,
and projects to develop and enhance subsistence activities that retain, or re-establish
Native traditional foods and or byproducts of natural resources for local and
commercial markets. Applications are due April 19, 2005.
Nature of Learning Environmental Education Grants Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Conservation Training
Center, The Keystone Center, and National Wildlife Refuge Association, is pleased
to solicit applications from organizations interested in initiating or expanding
The Nature of Learning in their communities. The Nature of Learning is the National
Wildlife Refuge System’s new community-based environmental education initiative
that seeks to: use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote
a greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage an interdisciplinary
approach to learning that seeks to enhance student academic achievement; utilize
field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons
to real world issues; and involve a partnership among local schools, community
groups, natural resource professionals and local businesses.
of up to $5,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to support start-up expenses
associated with new programs. In addition, grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded
on a competitive basis to provide continued support to existing Nature of Learning
programs. Applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2005.
for Energy Grant Program
The 2005 A+ for
Energy grant program awards $2 million in grants and scholarships to California
K-12 teachers to implement creative and innovative educational programs to teach
students about energy and energy conservation. The grants are presented directly
to teachers who submit creative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer
activities focused on energy education and/or energy conservation, in increments
of $5,000 or $10,000. Any K-12 teacher currently teaching in a California public
or private school is eligible to submit an application. Deadline for submissions
is April 4, 2005.
Challenge Prize for Sustainability
National Academy of Engineering is offering the Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability$1
million to the individual or individuals who design(s) and create(s) a workable,
sustainable, economical, point-of-use water treatment system for arsenic-contaminated
groundwater in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and other developing countries. The Grainger
Challenge Prize will be awarded in February 2007.
and National Geographic Radical Renovation School Edition
Motor Company is joining forces with National Geographic to challenge American
grade schoolers to get "green." Ford's Radical Renovation: School Edition
initiative launches today and asks students how they'd make their school more
environmentally friendly. Ford is calling on elementary school students to develop
a fun plan to make their campus more environmentally responsible. The winning
class will receive $100,000 from Ford to make its vision a reality. Entries are
due April 7, 2005.
of Education FLAP Program
The U.S. Department
of Education's Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) provides grants to State
educational agencies for innovative model programs providing for the establishment,
improvement, or expansion of foreign language study for elementary and secondary
school students. A State educational agency that receives a grant under this program
must use the funds to support programs that promote systemic approaches to improving
foreign language learning in the State. For FY05, priority will be given to applications
describing programs that are carried out through a consortium comprised of the
agency receiving the grant and an elementary or secondary school. Estimated total
program funding is $2 million. Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent to Apply
by February 28, 2005. Final applications are due by March 25, 2005.
Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service announces the
availability of grant funds and requests applications for the Community Food Projects
Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) for fiscal year (FY) 2005 1) to support the
development of Community Food Projects (termed Community Food Projects) with a
one-time infusion of Federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining and
2) for projects that provide Training and Technical Assistance on a nationwide
or regional basis to entities interested in developing new Community Food Projects
or assisting current grantees. The primary objectives of the program are
to increase the food self-reliance of communities; promote comprehensive responses
to local food, farm and nutrition issues; develop innovative linkages between
the public, for-profit, and nonprofit food sectors; and encourage long-term planning
activities and comprehensive multi-agency approaches. Community Food Projects
are intended to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food
system. Deadline for applications is March 30, 2005.
Quality Protection Act Grant Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests applications for the Food Quality
Protection Act (FQPA) Grant Program. The FQPA Program supports transition efforts
by growers to more environmentally sound pest-management practices. Special emphasis
will be on sustainable agriculture farming practices that are environmentally
sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. Responses are due March
and Vehicle Technologies Program Solicitation
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for technology development projects
and Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence. The
goal of the technology development is to further the efficiency of internal combustion
engines, while meeting emissions regulations, through R&D of low temperature
combustion regimes such as homogeneous charge compression ignition; emission control
devices; technologies to enhance engine efficiency; and advanced fuel formulations.
The goal of GATE is to overcome technology barriers preventing the development
and production of cost effective, high efficiency vehicles for the U.S. market
by training a future workforce of automotive engineering professionals. Some $7.5
million expected to be available, with up to 16 awards anticipated. Proposals
are due March 10, 2005.
Innovation Grants -- Chesapeake Bay Watershed
The USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the availability of up to
$5 million for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) projects in the Chesapeake
Bay watershed. This funding is in addition to the $15 million announced
on Jan. 11, 2005, for the CIG nationwide competition for fiscal year 2005. The
CCC will accept applications for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed
three years, submitted to NRCS from eligible entities, including Federally-recognized
Indian Tribes, State and local governments, and non-governmental organizations
and individuals. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and
adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging
Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction
with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer
of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such
as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals or guides, or to the private
sector. Applications are due March 28, 2005.
Center for Smart Growth Doctoral Research Assistantships
National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland is offering one
or more research assistantships for incoming doctoral students in Urban Studies
and Planning, Public Policy or Community Health, who have interests in one or
more of the following areas: public health, urban form/built environment, land
use and travel behavior. The students will work closely with an interdisciplinary
team of faculty and students on a multi-year study examining connections between
the physical environment and levels of physical activity in adolescents. Candidates
should have excellent communication skills and should possess or be willing to
develop skills in GIS and statistical methods. For additional information and
questions, please contact Kelly Clifton email@example.com.
Stop CO2 Reduction Funding
Trust requests proposals for truck stop electrified parking projects that reduce
carbon dioxide emissions from idling by diesel trucks at truck stops in Oregon
and Washington. The Climate Trust's intent is to purchase the carbon dioxide emission
reductions generated from the projects. Proposals must be submitted by the intended
owner of the truck stop electrified parking technology and the technology must
be located at truck stops in Oregon or Washington to be eligible for funding.
Responses are due February 16, 2005.
Justice and Air Permitting Workshops
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for work that includes
but is not limited to developing and delivering a training workshop that increases
the awareness within environmental justice communities of permitting programs
that affect air quality. Some $80K expected to be available, with one award anticipated.
More information is available at the above website. Refer to Sol# OAR-OAQPS-ITPID-05-02.
Proposals are due March 1, 2005.
Urban and Community Forestry Grants
part of the federal government’s Urban and Community Forestry Matching Grant
Program, funds will be available to organizations to develop or enhance urban
and community forestry programs. Awards will be made as 50-50 matching
grants (50 percent federal, 50 percent applicant) to local governments, educational
institutions, Native-American tribal governments, and legally organized nonprofit
(volunteer) organizations. Proposals are due by March 1, 2005.
Fire Management Plan Funding for the Northwest
Federal multi-agency Community Assistance Grant program funds are available for
the Pacific Northwest under the National Fire Plan (NFP). This grant combines
four funding programs into one process. The four combined programs are: 1) Wildland-Urban
Interface (WUI) Fuels Treatments Projects; 2) WUI Community Risk Assessment and
Fire Protection Planning; 3) WUI Prevention & Education Projects; and 4) Fuels
Utilization and Marketing Projects. Eligible projects include development of strategic
community fire risk and mitigation plans; planning and implementation of fuels
treatments in the wildland-urban interface; small diameter and biomass utilization
and marketing demonstrations; and fire prevention and education activities. Counties,
cities, state and local government agencies, federally recognized Tribes, universities,
colleges, and state-chartered non-profit organizations in Oregon and Washington.
Applications are due February 11, 2005. All applicants must apply through the
Pacific Northwest NFP Web site.
Higher Education Challenge Grants
annual U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program seeks to strengthen institutional
capacities to improve teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences
or in rural economic, community, and business development. Funding is available
for promoting healthier food choices and lifestyles, preparing academic leadership
for sustainable change and reshaping curricula for a changing agricultural system,
and field-based internships.Approximately $5.5 million is expected to be available
for awards ranging up to $400,000. One-to-one dollar matching required. Applications
are due February 3, 2005.
Energy Program Special Projects Funds
U.S. Department of Energy announces its intent to request proposals for State
Energy Program (SEP) Special Projects. The goal Special Projects is to assist
States, D.C., and the Territories to accelerate deployment of energy efficiency
and renewable energy technologies; facilitate the acceptance of emerging and underutilized
energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies; and increase the responsiveness
of Federally funded technology development efforts to private sector needs. Applications
must be submitted by the State or Territorial Energy Office responsible for administering
the State Energy Program formula grant. The RFP is scheduled to open in early
February 2005 and will be available at the above link. Proposals are due April
Prevention Grant Program, EPA Region 2
funded under this program must seek to reduce sources of pollution or eliminate
waste across all environmental media--air, land and water. This program is focused
on institutionalizing multimedia pollution prevention as an environmental management
priority, establishing prevention goals, providing direct technical assistance
to businesses, conducting outreach, and collecting and analyzing data. States,
agencies, universities and tribes are eligible to apply for grants up to $100,000.
Matching funds are required. Proposals are due by March 15, 2005.
Growing Greener Grants
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting grant applications
for watershed protection through the state’s Growing Greener Program. Growing
Greener funds are distributed between four state agencies; over the life of the
program, DEP will allocate more than $545 million in grants for watershed restoration
and protection, abandoned mine reclamation, and abandoned oil and gas well plugging
projects. These projects can include: watershed assessments and development of
watershed restoration or protection plans; implementation of watershed restoration
or protection projects (stormwater management wetlands, riparian buffer fencing
and planting, streambank restoration (especially FGM), agricultural BMPs); construction
of mine drainage remediation systems; reclamation of previously mined lands; and
demonstration/education projects and outreach activities. Grants are also available
for technical assistance and for new and innovative technologies. These grants
will support local projects to clean up non-point sources of pollution throughout
Pennsylvania. Proposals are due by March 4, 2005.
and Ranch Lands Protection Program
Natural Resources Conservation Service, on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation
and using its authorities, requests proposals from federally recognized Indian
tribes, States, units of local government, and nongovernmental organizations to
cooperate in the acquisition of conservation easements on farms and ranches. Eligible
land includes farm and ranch land that has prime, unique, or other productive
soil, or that contains historical or archaeological resources. These lands must
also be subject to a pending offer from eligible entities for the purpose of protecting
topsoil by limiting conversion of that land to nonagricultural uses. Over $78
million in FRPP funds is available to purchase conservation easements in fiscal
year 2005. Proposals must be received in the NRCS State Office by April 5, 2005.
Studies for Distributed Wind Technologies
DOE intends to provide financial support for the development of small wind turbine
technology. The low wind speed, small wind turbine development activities are
planned as grants to industry, and guided by several principles: 1) supporting
industry in the innovation of small wind technology; 2) aligning DOE's Wind Program
research and testing activities to support small turbine research; 3) continuous
coordination of the resulting projects and related supporting research to guide
program portfolio planning and technology transfer; and 4) use of regular project
reviews and analytical metrics for assessing performance, continued applicability
of the research, and funding. DOE is soliciting applications for small wind turbine
concept studies that demonstrate the potential for improvements in cost, reliability,
and performance in grid-connected applications at low wind speed regimes. Applications
are due March 2, 2005.
Green Investment Fund
The City of Portland
requests proposals for innovative, high performance green building strategies.
Funded through the City of Portland’s Green Investment Fund (GIF), this grant
program is designed to help offset incremental the costs of demonstration commercial,
residential, industrial and mixed-use building projects that achieve a high level
of environmental performance through multi-faceted design, progressive technologies,
and best practices. The Green Investment Fund is a partnership between the City
of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development, Bureaus of Water and Environmental
Services and the Energy Trust of Oregon. Proposals are due February 15, 2005.
New England 2005 Water Quality Cooperative Agreements
will fund projects relating to water quality, including "research, investigations,
experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the cause,
effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of pollution." Water Quality
Cooperative Agreement funds are for innovation, not ongoing operation of programs,
systems, equipment or construction of infrastructure, except to a limited degree
to demonstrate innovative prevention or removal of pollution. Applications are
due February 28, 2005.
The Bonneville Power
Administration seeks offers for contract services to promote the development and
implementation of conservation projects, which include but are not limited to
energy audits, feasibility studies, plant assessments, conservation project identification
and implementation, and measurement and verification. While the major focus of
this effort will be on electrical energy conservation in industrial facilities,
Bonneville may also take advantage of the contractor's full range of resources
and expertise in commercial and agricultural facilities. Responses are due January
of Climate Change & Variability on Human Health Research Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, National
Center for Environmental Research and National Center for Environmental Assessment,
in cooperation with the EPA Global Change Research Program, announces an extramural
funding competition supporting research on the consequences for human health of
global change - including climate, climate variability, land-use, economic development,
and technology. Under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the United States
Climate Change Science Program (USCCSP) is required to undertake scientific assessments
of the potential consequences of global change for the United States. EPA is interested
in the analysis of health outcomes that may be affected by future global changes
and a better understanding of the consequences of global change for human health.
The two priority research areas for this solicitation are: 1) heat- and cold-related
illnesses; and 2) waterborne diseases.
Wetland Program Development Grants for Region 2
Wetland Program Development Grants provide states, tribes, local governments,
and others an opportunity to develop and refine wetlands programs. This solicitation
seeks proposals that support the development of a comprehensive wetland monitoring
and assessment program. EPA encourages the submission of proposals that will develop
and demonstrate the use of wetland monitoring surveys to evaluate and report trends
in wetland area and condition for specific watersheds and other local planning
areas. Eligible applicants in EPA Region 2 are invited to apply. Proposals are
due February 14, 2005.
Border 2012 Program
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Regions 6, is soliciting grant and cooperative agreement initial
proposals for projects in the New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua and Texas-Coahuila-Nuevo
Leon-Tamaulipas Regional Workgroup areas that address the objectives of the U.S.-Mexico
Border 2012 Program. The U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program is a binational collaborative
effort whose mission is to protect the environment and public health in the U.S.-Mexico
border region consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Goals
include reducing water and air pollution, improving environmental health and performance.
EPA Region 6 intends to award an estimated $1.4M to eligible applicants through
assistance agreements ranging in size up to $100,000. Local governments, colleges
and universities, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications
are due by February 28, 2005.
Biomass Research and Development Initiative
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and U.S. Dept. of Energy jointly announce the announce
the availability of FY05 funds and solicit applications for financial assistance
addressing research, development, and demonstration of biomass based products,
bioenergy, biofuels, biopower, and related processes. This funding opportunity
is intended to promote greater innovation and development related to biomass,
and to support Federal policy calling for greater use of biomass-based products,
feedstock production, and processing and conversion. Proposals are due February
Energy Innovations Small Grant Program
Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program provides up to $75,000 to small
businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research
that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts. Research
projects must target one of the six Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program
areas, address a California energy problem and provide a potential benefit to
California electric ratepayers. Proposals for the current solicitation are due
February 1, 2005.
Communities Initiative Grant Guidelines
Communities Initiative (GCI) has announced the availability of at least $1 million
in grant funds for planning and implementation of green housing development projects
with minimum numbers of homes or apartments available to low-income families and
individuals. Individual grants are expected to be awarded in the range of $15,000
Agroforestry Advance Loan Fund
low-interest loan program is designed to help Minnesota interested in growing
short-rotation woody crops such as poplar trees for harvest. The Agroforestry
Advance Loan Fund was created by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and several
partners to deliver the environmental and economic benefits of poplar trees and
other perennial cover crops or alternative crops. The loans offer a low 4-percent
interest rate. Approximately $219,000 is initially available through the program,
and organizers hope to add more loan capacity over time. The first signup period
runs from December 1, 2004, to February 1, 2005.
Community Development Financial Institutions Program
NOFA is issued in connection with the FY 2005 funding round of the Financial Assistance
(FA) Component of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program.
Through the FA Component, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
(the Fund) provides FA awards and technical assistance (TA) grants to CDFIs that
have Comprehensive Business Plans for creating demonstrable community development
impact through the deployment of capital within their respective Target Markets
for community development purposes. Through this NOFA, the Fund makes funding
available to Applicants that meet the requirements of either of two categories:
(i) Category I/Small and Emerging CDFI Assistance (SECA), and (ii) Category II/Core
& Sustainable CDFI Assistance (Core). Applications are due on February 24,
Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program
The Environmental Protection Agency established the National Network for Environmental
Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowship program in 1986 to foster a growing interest
among higher education students in environmental careers. The NNEMS program is
a comprehensive fellowship program that provides students an opportunity to participate
in a fellowship project that is directly related to their field of study. The
NNEMS program is sponsored by EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (OEE).
Applications are January 15, 2005.
Alaska Coastal Conservation Grants RFP
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Alaska Region Coastal Program is
soliciting proposals for cooperative coastal projects with an emphasis on the
watersheds of south-central and southeast Alaska. Projects may involve habitat
protection, restoration, assessment, applied research, habitat focused outreach
education, or other work benefiting coastal ecosystems. We will give priority
to projects which best meet the Coastal Program's mission to protect, restore,
and promote sustainable public stewardship of coastal ecosystems for the benefit
of fish, wildlife, and people. The program seeks to catalyze broad, innovative
conservation partnerships. Applications are due February 15, 2005.
Waste and Emergency Response Innovation Pilots
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests applications for Solid Waste and
Emergency Response Innovation Pilots. Areas of interest include testing innovative
approaches to waste minimization, energy recovery, recycling, restoring contaminated
sites, and homeland security related to chemical emergency, preparedness, and
response that may be replicated across various sectors, industries, communities,
and regions. Responses are due January 14, 2005.
Forestry Research Fellowships
Community Forestry Research Fellowship (CFRF) Program provides fellowships to
graduate students to support their field work in communities in the United States.
The fellowship program is open to all students enrolled in degree-granting programs
in the social sciences or related natural resource sciences at any institution
of higher learning. The graduate program provides three types of fellowships:
(1) M.A. – up to $7,000 for 3 to 6 months of field work in a U.S. community; (2)
Predissertation – $2,000 to support summer visits to potential field sites; (3)
Dissertation – up to $15,000 for 9 to 12 months of field work in a U.S. community.
Field work must be participatory. Fellows must work actively with members of the
community in which they are conducting research to engage them in the research
process. Applications are due February 1, 2005.
Forest Foundation Grants
The National Forest
Foundation is committed to facilitating grassroots participation in forest stewardship
and the rebuilding of sustainable regional economies. The foundation has several
grant programs, including Matching Awards Program, Community Assistance Program,
and Wilderness Stewardship Challenge. Deadlines vary by program. See the website
above for details.
to Evaluate High-Performance Hospitals
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance seeks professional services to evaluate its
High-Performance Hospitals Partnership being conducted under the Commercial Sector
Initiative. Responses are due December 9, 2004.
Region 10 Indoor Air Grants RFP
States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 is soliciting Initial Proposals
from organizations to fund indoor air quality (IAQ) projects that address any
of the five grant program priority areas: implementation of EPA’s IAQ Tools for
Schools program; indoor asthma trigger education and exposure reduction; environmental
tobacco smoke (ETS) education and exposure reduction; general IAQ training, education,
and outreach; and multi-priority IAQ projects (i.e., projects that address more
than one of these priority areas). Approximately $200,000 in funding is available.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 8, 2005.
Clean Air Act Grant Program: 2005 Request for Proposals
The purpose of this grant program is to provide funding for tribal air pollution
control programs and projects which support tribal air quality assessment and
the development of tribal air program capacity. Funds are available for tribal
air grants under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). All grant activities
must be related to air pollution and/or air pollution control. In addition, the
goal of these grants is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to manage
their own air quality programs in accordance with their individual needs. Proposals
are due January 25, 2005.
Reduction Assistance Grant Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests applications for the Source Reduction
Assistance Grant Program. Project proposals should focus on the achievement of
pollution prevention through purchasing policies and practices and/or through
the integration of pollution prevention concepts into state, regional, or tribal
regulatory programs, e.g. air, water, hazardous waste programs. Responses are
due December 15, 2004.
Gulf Coast Initiative
The National Fish
and Wildlife Foundation is accepting proposals for projects that will benefit
living marine resources throughout the North Gulf Coast Region. The North Gulf
Coast Initiative (NGCI) is a new program to encourage community-based restoration
projects that will benefit living marine resources throughout the North Gulf Coast
Region extending from Apalachicola Bay (FL) across the Mississippi Sound (MS,
LA), with an initial focus on Mobile Bay. NGCI community-based restoration projects
will develop priority projects by leveraging public dollars and bringing together
local resources to support restoration projects to benefit marine and anadromous
species and marine and coastal habitats. Project pre-proposals are due January
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo RFP
U.S. Green Building Council is requesting bids from qualified parties to develop
and manage the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo educational program.
In 2004, the conference and expo was held in Portland, OR with over 8,000 registered
attendees and 500 exhibits. It is anticipated that at least 10,000 people will
attend the event scheduled for November 9-11, 2005 in Atlanta. Future locations
will also strive to emphasize local partners active in green buildings, as well
conference centers which demonstrate resource-sensitive practices such as on-site
recycling and water conserving options for hotel guests. Deadline for submission
is December 10, 2004.
College Research Grants
The U.S. Department
of Agriculture requests applications from Tribal Colleges to conduct agricultural
research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national, or multi-state
significance. Eligible institutions may propose projects in any discipline of
the food and agricultural sciences. There are no limits on the specific subject
matter/emphasis areas to be supported. Responses are due December 10, 2004.
and Wastewater Project Revolving Loan Fund
U.S. Department of Agriculture requests applications for establishing a revolving
loan fund for: 1) Pre-development costs associated with proposed water and wastewater
projects or with existing water and wastewater systems; and 2) Short-term costs
incurred for replacement equipment, small-scale extension of services, or other
small capital projects that are not part of the regular operations and maintenance
activities of existing water and wastewater systems. Responses are due December
American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants
purpose of the 1989 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), as amended,
is to promote long-term conservation of North American wetland ecosystems, and
the waterfowl and other migratory birds, fish and wildlife that depend upon such
habitat. Principal conservation actions supported by NAWCA are acquisition, establishment,
enhancement and restoration of wetlands and wetland-associated uplands. In conjunction
with the Standard Grants program, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council
(Council) has created a Small Grants program. The objective is to promote long-term
wetlands conservation activities through encouraging participation by new grantees
and partners who otherwise may not be able to compete in the Standard Grants program.
For 2005 the Council is establishing a $2 million Small Grants funding goal for
high quality proposals. To be considered for funding in 2005, proposals must have
a grant request no greater than $50,000. Proposals are due by December 3, 2004.
National Scenic Byways Program
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued the FY 2005 solicitation
for proposals under the National Scenic Byways Program. Under this program, the
Secretary of Transportation may make grants to States to implement projects on
roads designated as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads, or as State
scenic byways. The Secretary may also make grants to States to plan, design, and
develop a State scenic byway program. Eligible projects must be from one of the
eight eligible activities: State Programs, Corridor Management Plans, Safety Improvements,
Byway Facilities, Access to Recreation, Resource Protection, Interpretive Information,
or Marketing. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate the relationship
of the project to the byway, benefit the byway traveler, and leverage funds from
multiple funding sources. The Federal share of the byway project grant is generally
80 percent. Federal agencies, tribal governments, local units of government, and
nonprofit organizations may apply to this program, but must coordinate their applications
with their State Departments of Transportation (DOT).
Barbara Solar Loan Program
The Santa Barbara
County (California) Federal Credit Union has developed a new solar loan program
to help its members install solar energy systems on their homes. Loans can be
as much as $15,000. For more information, call the credit union at 805-682-3357.
Urban Stream Restoration Program
Streams Restoration Program administered by the California Department of Water
Resources assists communities in reducing damages from stream bank and watershed
instability and floods while restoring the environmental and aesthetic values
of streams, and encourages stewardship and maintenance of streams by the community.
The Urban Streams Program will be making applications available for $4.5 million
in Proposition 40 funding in November 2004.
The StEPP Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization, provides funding for energy-efficiency and pollution-prevention
projects. The Foundation is dedicated to helping organizations realize their vision
of a clean and safe environment by nationally matching projects with funders.
The StEPP Foundation provides project oversight to enhance the success of projects
increasing the number of energy efficiency, clean energy ,and pollution prevention
projects implemented at the local, state and national levels for the benefit of
the public. Website lists current funding opportunities.
Clean Energy Fund Solar Rebates
Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) is offering rebates on residential solar energy systems.
The rebates will lower the cost of the systems by approximately half. CCEF has
$1.8 million available for solar power rebates, which can go as high as $25,000
Gas & Electric Residential Rebate Program
Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest utilities in California,
announced that it has reopened its popular program of energy efficiency rebates
for residences. The utility has an additional $6.5 million in funds to keep the
rebates flowing until the end of the year. PG&E closed the program in early
July for lack of funds, but recently earned approval from the California Public
Utilities Commission to redirect some unspent funds toward the rebate program.
Time-Sensitive Environmental Assistance Grants
The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA) has set aside funds for
time sensitive projects for FY2005. Grant requests must be less than $10,000.
The grant request must not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project.
The OEA has a minimum of $120,000 available to award for time sensitive grants.
Projects must be measurable and address one of the priority project areas, which
relate to pollution prevention, sustainable resource use, and various other environmental
goals. Applications for a time sensitive grant should not be submitted without
prior discussion with OEA staff, as indicated in the grant application. Projects
will be evaluated and awarded on an ongoing, first come basis, until all funds
have been expended.