The budget may be tight, but there is still some federal money available in grants to help state, local and tribal governments with energy and climate inititiatives. Here are a few example that can be used to support community sustainability, environmental education, and Brownfield cleanup. The Grant Helpers can find more grants for your organization and can review available grants to see if they would work for your organization.
- FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge – Up to $35,000 per selected project
Application Due: November 16, 2012
The 2012 Challenge program will support a broad range of activities designed to foster community resilience. Particular focus will be placed on reaching across social sectors, while a specific goal will be increased local dialogue that includes the sharing of information about local risks and the vulnerabilities of and consequences for local residents and their well-being. Public and private organizations, agencies, and groups are eligible for the funding. For more grant writing information, visit http://www.resiliencechallenge.org/index.html.
- AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDAT) – Technical Assistance
Application Due: November 16, 2012
This program focuses on the importance of developing sustainable communities through design. It is seeking potential partner communities that can demonstrate the capacity to convene a diverse set of community leaders and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative planning process focused on long-term sustainability. Local government agencies, institutions, and community groups are eligible for the grant funding. Awarded communities will receive pro bono services from a multidisciplinary team through the program, and the AIA commits to funding up to $15,000 for each project to cover team expenses. For more information, visit http://www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAS075425.
- EPA Environmental Education Regional Model Grants – $2.16 million
Application Due: November 21, 2012
The purpose of this program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. Eligible entities would include educational agencies, colleges or universities, environmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. EPA expects to award one grant per Region for an expected 10 grants nationwide. For more information on this grant announcement, visit http://www.epa.gov/education/grants/index.html.
- EPA Brownfield Area-wide Planning Grant – $4 Million
Application Due: November 30, 2012
This grant will fund projects to facilitate community involvement and conduct research, training, and technical assistance necessary to develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies to facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Local governments, redevelopment agencies, a state agency acting on behalf of a local agency, and Indian tribes are eleigible for the funding. Brownfields area-wide planning grant funding must be directed to specific areas affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, city block, or local commercial corridor. For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-12-06.pdf.
The Grant Helpers can help your organization find federal grants, make sure a grant is a good fit for your organization, and strategize how to win a grant. We can also help you develop a grant proposals and administer the award once funded.