The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund’s (GGRF) Solar for All is a competition to create and expand the number of low-income and disadvantaged communities primed for distributed solar investment. Grantees will use funds to expand existing low-income solar programs or design and deploy new Solar for All programs nationwide.
Below are the suggested steps to prepare and submit a REQUIRED Notice of Intent (NOI)—due August 14 (for territories, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit recipients) or August 28 (for Tribal governments and Intertribal Consortia)—and begin preparing for the September 26th application deadline. Applicants who do not submit an NOI by the above deadlines will be deemed ineligible. Information submitted in the NOI must be identical to information submitted in the application, except answers to question 1 (applicant name) for some applicants and answers to question 3.c (estimated EPA funding amount requested) for all applicants.
Steps to complete and submit your NOI and begin application preparation
To track these 6 suggested steps to complete and submit your NOI and begin preparing for application submission, you can use this NOI Checklist.
|Review EPA NOI FAQs and Resources – right now!
A: Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for information on the required NOI.
As time permits, depending on your NOI deadline in Step 2, the following resources provide more information about the opportunity and eligibility requirements:
B: Look over the Solar for All Summary.
C: Carefully read the entire Request for Applications.
|Determine Your NOI Deadline and Letter Requirements – note the August 14 and 28 deadlines!!!
A: Deadline 1: Monday, August 14, 2023, for territories (specifically, The Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), municipalities, and eligible nonprofit recipients.
B: Deadline 2: Monday, August 28, 2023, for Tribal governments and Intertribal Consortia
NOI Must include an attached letter or memo in support of the entity applying to the competition signed by:
– The chief executive of the Tribe (e.g., chairperson) or executive director or equivalent senior management level official of an intertribal consortium that meets the requirements of 40 CFR 35.504.
|Answer NOI Questions 1-3 Below – for each intended application submission
1: Applicant Name: Identify the name of the organization submitting the application.
2: Applicant Eligibility: Indicate whether the applicant is a state/territory, Tribal government, municipality, or eligible nonprofit recipient.
3: Number and Type of Applications: State the number of applications you anticipate submitting. For each application, include:
– a: Award Option: State the specific award option (award option #1, #2, or #3) you will apply to as defined in Section II.A: Number and Amount of Awards in the RFA
– b: Program Location: Describe the geographic coverage (i.e., which states, territories, Tribes, municipalities your program will cover) for the program.
– c: Estimated EPA Funding Requested: Provide an estimate of the award amount you expect to request in your application based on the guidance defined in Section II.A: Number and Amount of Awards in the RFA.
Please note: Information submitted in the NOI must be identical to information submitted in the application, except answers to question 1 (applicant name) for some applicants and answers to question 3.c (estimated EPA funding amount requested) for all applicants.
|Review and Submit – by the deadline that applies to your NOI: Monday, August 14, or Monday, August 28 (see step 2 for your deadline)
A: Submit the NOI by email to GGRF@epa.gov according to the deadlines and requirements noted in Steps 2 and 3.
In your email, include one document as an attachment that has:
1) a letter signed by an authorized official based on the instructions in Step 2 above and
2) the answers to questions #1 through #3 in Step 3 above.
|If You Are Not Already, Register for SAM.gov and Grants.gov – by Monday, August 28
You must be registered with SAM.gov (and have your Unique Entity Identification (UEID)) and Grants.gov. Registering can take weeks (if not months). If you can’t register by August 18 or soon thereafter, we recommend you use this time to register for the next opportunity.
To register on SAM.gov,* go here. For help, access the registration checklist and EPN’s SAM.gov registration webinar. Also, please review the Intro to Grants.gov – Understanding User Roles and Learning Workspace – User Roles and Workspace Actions to assist with application submission.
If you need additional help, send us an email.
|Begin to Compile Tools and Resources for Your Application Process – the sooner the better! The full application deadline is Tuesday, September 26.