Federal Funding Opportunities and Guidance – June 13, 2024

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Below you will find resources and information on:

EPN’s Pre-Award Requirement Resources

1) EPN’s Pre-Award Resources

After EPA announces who won a grant, the grantees need to sign a grant/cooperative agreement with EPA before they can actually start their project. This can be a LOT of work, especially for first time grantees. EPN is compiling some resources to help grantees fulfill their requirements and actually get their money!  Please be aware that our web post is a living breathing document, and your feedback on the current resources and suggestions for additional resources are welcome. Please send an email to kathy.pope@environmentalprotectionnetwork.org if you have recommendations.

EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program and Technical Assistance

2) EPA’s WIFIA Program

The WIFIA program is an EPA-operated bank that provides low-cost, flexible loans for water infrastructure projects across the country. WIFIA loans support a wide variety of drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects. Eligible borrowers include public entities, private entities, and public-private partnerships. WIFIA loans can support a broad range of project costs, including project planning and design, construction, land and equipment acquisition, and more. Prospective borrowers can apply for and receive a single WIFIA loan or bundle multiple WIFIA loans under a single application for nearly any stage of project completion, including design-only loans. The WIFIA program has funding available on an ongoing basis and can provide technical assistance to prospective borrowers ( particularly disadvantaged and small communities) that need support to complete their Letter of Interest (LOI) package. Here is more information:

EPA’s Brownfields Job Training Funding Opportunity

3) Brownfields Job Training Funding Opportunity and Outreach Webinars

EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) is soliciting applications from eligible entities for Brownfields Job Training Grants to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of areas affected by the presence of brownfield sites. Eligible entities can include state and local governments, Tribes, and nonprofit organizations.

The application submission deadline is August 15, 2024. See the FY 2025 Brownfields Job Training Grant Guidelines and Application Resources webpage for more information.

Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Low-Income Communities Bonus (LICB).


DOE has opened applications for the Low-Income Communities Bonus (LICB). If you’re a tax-exempt entity that expects to complete a solar or wind project smaller than 5 MW in the next ~4 years, you should apply for the LICB by Thursday, June 27, 2024, to maximize the amount of money you can get back with the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) through Direct Pay.

DOE administers the LICB Program in partnership with the Department of the Treasury and the IRS. The LICB requires its own application and is separate from the IRS’s pre-registration and filing processes for Direct Pay. Unlike Direct Pay tax credits and their other bonus credits, the LICB is competitive and only granted to a limited number of projects.

To qualify, you must build a solar or wind project <5 MW that’s any of the following:

To optimize your application’s chances, apply by June 27 @11:59 PM ET. After June 27, DOE will accept applications on a rolling basis. Because this program will likely be oversubscribed, it’s important that you apply by Thursday, June 27, to make your application competitive.

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EPA’s Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants (Community Change Grants)

5) 6-step Application Guides for Community Change Grants

As a reminder, please continue to use our comprehensive and easy-to-navigate 6-step application guides for your Community Change Grant applications. You will find an updated sample proposal narrative for Track II, a sample narrative for Track 1, plus additional templates/samples for Track I attachments. Although the final deadline for the Change Grants is November 21, 2024, EPA plans to review applications on a rolling basis each month. EPN suggests that applicants (who are ready) submit applications ASAP and no later than the end of July. Please fill out this form if you would like additional help.

NDN Collective Community Self-Determination Grants

6) Community Self-Determination Grant

The Community Self-Determination grant program invests in the self-determination of Indigenous people working in their community to defend, develop, and decolonize, fortifying self-determined efforts to create a just, equitable, and sustainable world for all people and Mother Earth. Significant, flexible, multi-year funding may include the infusion of general operating support, power building, capital and holistic support for comprehensive initiatives and specific programs. While national efforts are considered, grassroots, community-based efforts and solutions are intentionally prioritized. Climate and Indigenous justice are at the heart of the intent behind the Community Self-Determination Grant.

Grants of $125,000 USD per year, with commitments up to two years, are available, with a maximum grant award of $250,000 over two years. Registration closes Monday, July 15, 2024 at 5pm CST. Note that you must register by the deadline to apply. Applications are due by July 17, 2024 at 5pm CST. Final Selections will be made by early to mid-September 2024. The Community Self Determination Grant starts on October 15, 2024.

For more information and to apply, go here.

Funding and Technical Assistance to Apply for Grants

7) Just Transition Fund Grants and Technical Assistance to Apply for Federal Funding

The Just Transition Fund is a national philanthropic organization that provides grants (up to $100k) and technical assistance to help communities impacted by the decline of the coal industry apply for federal funding, like EPA’s Community Change Grants program. Nonprofit organizations and local governments located in a community with a coal plant and/or mine are eligible to apply if they’re applying for federal funding for an economic development, workforce, or broadband infrastructure project. Their flexible funding is available on a rolling basis and can support staff capacity, hiring a grant writer, providing a required match, and/or other costs associated with submitting an application. Fill out their inquiry form here as the first step in their streamlined, rapid-response application process.

8) State Funding Readiness Project (SFRP) Technical Assistance

In addition, the State Funding Readiness Project (SFRP) provides surge capacity and individualized pro bono services to help jurisdictions advance climate and equity goals through the implementation of new federal funding. They can help jurisdictions identify specific investment opportunities, conduct a stakeholder mapping exercise, inform budget planning, meet Justice40 requirements, develop competitive grant applications (including grant writing), and strengthen linkages with administering agencies, among others.

They deploy a Strike Team composed of technical specialists, including but not limited to: Climate, energy, and environmental justice; Equity and Justice40; Workforce development and labor; Climate adaptation and resilience; Water; Federal grant logistics and management; State government functions; Climate finance and risk; Clean energy generation and policy; Energy and utility regulation; Grid modernization; Electrified transportation; Non-electrified transportation; Energy efficiency; Buildings; and Greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

SFRP has an open, rolling intake process and considers jurisdiction requests at any time. They are able to deliver rapid response and initiate projects in as quickly as two weeks. Please note that support from SFRP is not guaranteed and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Their intake process is outlined on their website.