Federal Funding Opportunities and Guidance – August 2023

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1) $7 billion Solar for All Competition: For those who submitted the mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) for the Solar for All competition, applications are due September 26, 2023. To help applicants, EPN has recently added a sample project narrative to our Solar for All Application Guide, which already includes step-by-step instructions and templates on how to submit a competitive application, including a checklist with suggested timeline, and a project narrative template.

2) $50 million Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) Program: Only invited applicants are eligible to apply for this opportunity based on selected pre-application submissions. Full applications are due by October 12, 2023. EPN has created a suggested 6-step application process—including a checklist with suggested timeline, a project and community benefits plan template, and a sample project and community benefits plan.

3) EPA Regions 1 and 8 are accepting applications to stand up additional Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTACs), up to $10 million each to help communities and other environmental justice stakeholders access federal assistance and resources to address environmental and energy justice concerns. Region 1 applications are due September 29, 2023, and Region 8 applications are due September 11, 2023. 

**All applicants to the above funding opportunities must have an active SAM.gov and Grants.gov registration in order to apply. You should register in these systems now if you are planning to apply, and reach out to us immediately if you need assistance.**

AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange is currently seeking three hub partners to help build up regional community science capacity. These partners will receive $50,000/year for two years (max total of $100,000) to hire or designate a dedicated hub coordinator who will recruit and support twelve communities through the lifecycle of an 18-month community science project. The hub coordinator will receive training and support from Thriving Earth Exchange staff, including but not limited to guidance on their processes, training on recruitment and interviewing, and access to AGU staff expertise such as development. An informational session will be held on August 29, 2023, at 2:00pm ET. Register for the zoom session here. If you would like to be considered for the proposal process, please fill out this form by Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Selected organizations will receive an email invitation by September 25 to submit a proposal along with information about what the proposal should contain. Partnerships are expected to start by early 2024.

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