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Tribal Energy Program November 2014—Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events



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Nov. 7, 2014

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on current funding opportunities and upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities and Requests for Proposals

DOE Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontier and Innovation Technologies – Nearly $8 Million

Applications Due: Concept paper due Nov. 10, 2014; full applications due Jan. 12, 2015
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; for-profit and nonprofit entities; and educational institutions

The DOE Building Technologies' Emerging Technologies Program is accepting applications to support research and development of the next generation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies. The research and development will focus on developing regionally appropriate HVAC solutions that would offer significant potential energy savings for new and existing buildings, and on developing innovative approaches that could replace current vapor compression HVAC technologies and their use of refrigerants that harm the global environment.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million

Applications Due: Nov. 12, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program

Applications Due: Nov. 20, 2014
Eligible Entities: Applicant must have support of the local government, regional entity, or community-based organization.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program that will provide quick, targeted assistance to up to 25 communities using a variety of tools with demonstrated results and widespread application to help them achieve their goals for growth.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems – $14 Million

Applications Due: Concept papers are due Nov. 21, 2014; full applications are due Jan. 12, 2015
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; for-profit entities; education institutions; and nonprofits

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, seeks interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock productions into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability, including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings – $9 Million

Applications Due: Concept papers are due Nov. 22, 2014; full applications are due Jan. 20, 2015
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; for-profit and nonprofit entities; education institutions

EERE, on behalf of the Building Technology Office, is seeking applications for investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other types of commercial buildings. The funding will facilitate the implementation of market-ready solutions across the United States to improve commercial building energy efficiency, with a goal of demonstrating 20% savings or more across a variety of approaches.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

CDFI Fund Native American Assistance Program – $1 Million

Applications Due: Nov. 24, 2014
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund has opened the fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding round for the CDFI Program and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA) Program.

Through the NACA Program, the CDFI Fund provides funding awards of up to $1 million to Certified CDFIs serving Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian populations or Native American areas defined as federally designated reservations, Hawaiian homelands, Alaska Native Villages and U.S. Census Bureau-designated Tribal Statistical Areas (collectively, "Native Communities") to build their financial capacity to lend to their target markets, and technical assistance grants of up to $150,000 to build certified, certifiable, and Emerging CDFIs' organizational capacity to serve their target markets and sponsoring entities ability to create Certified CDFIs that serve Native communities. For more information, please visit the CDFI Fund website or see the funding opportunity description.

NC GreenPower Request for Proposals (RFP)

Applications Due: All bids due Nov. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

NC GreenPower is seeking proposals for up to 40,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated in North Carolina through one- or two-year terms from qualifying renewable energy projects. Questions about the bidding process must be sent by Nov. 11, 2014, to bids@ncgreenpower.org.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

FirstEnergy Corp. RFP for 2014 Solar and Renewable Energy Credits

Applications Due: Dec. 3, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

FirstEnergy Corporation is seeking up to 5,100 megawatts (MW) of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) and 250,000 MW of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison Company, and The Toledo Edison Company. Qualifying SRECs and RECs will be used by the companies to meet the Ohio RPS requirements.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Indian Environmental General Assistance Program

Applications Due: Grant proposals due Dec. 10, 2014; full applications due May 8, 2015
Eligible Applicants: Federally recognized tribal governments and eligible intertribal consortia

The EPA is seeking grant proposals for the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) for FY 2016 work plan program development activities. The goal of the GAP is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to plan and establish environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

NFWF Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant – $2.5 Million

Applications Due: Dec. 10, 2014
Eligible Applicants: Local, state, tribal, and municipal governments; nonprofits; and educational institutions

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) are accepting applications for approximately $2.5 million in Environmental Solutions for Communities grants. Each grant will range from $25,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded to eligible entities. The grant will support projects that include:

  • Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship
  • Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality
  • Restoring and managing natural habitat, species, and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods
  • Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy, and energy efficiency
  • Encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation.

Learn more.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – $1.2 Million

Applications Due: Dec. 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Tribal governments and nonprofits

The EPA is seeking applications to support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

SunShot Initiative Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV

Applications Due: Concept papers due Dec. 16, 2014; full applications due March 19, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

The SunShot Initiative is seeking proposals to enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective technologies for solar that incorporates energy storage and works seamlessly to meet both consumer needs and the needs of the electricity grid. The solutions developed will enable widespread sustainable deployment of low-cost, flexible, and reliable photovoltaic (PV) generation, and provide for successful integration of PV power plants with the electric grid.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Cleanup Grants

Applications Due: Dec. 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments; nonprofits

The EPA is seeking applications for the Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants. The grant provides funds to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. Two type of grants are available:

  • Assessment grants to provide funding to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement activities related to brownfield sites.
  • Cleanup grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. Requires 20% cost share. Applicant must own the contaminated site.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Southern California Edison Solar PV Program RFP

Applications Due: Jan. 6, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a request for offers seeking up to 125 MW of installed capacity from rooftop PV (1 MW to 2 MW range) and will allow, but not exceed, 25 MW from ground-mounted PV from facilities with gross power ratings of 500 kW to 10 MW.

For more information, see the request for offers.

USDA Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity

Applications Due: Jan. 23, 2015
Eligible Entities: All entities are eligible

The USDA's Forest Service is seeking applications to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood product markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition – $1 Billion

Applications Due: March 16, 2015
Eligible Applicants: All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the qualified disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2) are eligible. See the complete list of eligible applicants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by PL 113-2. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Read more about the competition on the HUD website.

For updates and additional information, please see Related Funding Opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Upcoming Events

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition Webinar Series

HUD is hosting a webinar series to foster awareness about the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The webinar will answer questions about the competition, cover requirements, and talk about climate resilience. Save the dates for the following webinars:

  • Nov. 13, 2014 — NDRC Long-Term Commitment Factor
  • Jan. 15, 2015 — Q&A Session: Available Resources on the HUD Exchange
  • Feb. 12, 2015 — Q&A Session: Walk through FAQ's
  • Feb. 26, 2015 — Q&A Session: Review Completeness Requirements.

Learn more.

EPA Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Grant Proposal Work Plan Strategy Webinar

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)
This webinar will discuss the new EPA Indian Environmental GAP grant requirements for tribal environmental programs and strategies for crafting a work plan that focuses on capacity building activities. It will also cover how participants can avoid proposing ineligible activities this year while also considering that these can lead to complementary activities for future years. Register for the webinar.

EPA Webinar: Measuring Up—How to Track and Evaluate Local Sustainability Projects

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST)
The EPA's Local Climate and Energy program is hosting a webinar on measuring and evaluating the results of local climate, energy, and sustainability projects. Measuring, evaluating, and reporting on progress is an important part of local sustainability projects and programs. Register for the webinar.

Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment Webinar­­: Patterns of Climate Change Vulnerability in the Southwest

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
Hosted by the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, this webinar will cover the vulnerability of natural resources to climate change and how to coordinate responses for ecosystems, species, and human communities. Register for the webinar.

National Adaptation Forum Webinar Series—Out of Town, Not Out of Trouble: Small Agriculture and Indigenous Communities

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST
Hosted by the Climate Adaption Knowledge Exchange, this webinar covers issues for small agriculture and Indigenous Community/tribal adaptation with people and groups who are potential collaborators.  Register for the webinar.

Alaska BIA Providers Conference

Dec. 1–5, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Providers Conference is the second largest conference in Alaska, providing opportunities for tribal leaders, Native corporations, and rural representative to connect with federal agencies. This five-day conference will feature 200 presenters covering programs, services, and opportunities for Alaska Natives. Early-bird registration ends Nov. 8.  Register now.

3rd Annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Conference and Student Symposium

Dec. 2–3, 2014
Eugene, Oregon

Hosted by the University of Oregon, this two-day conference will cover decolonized research, cultural values, and historic and current threats to indigenous sovereignty. Attendees will hear from two speakers, Dr. Mirna Cunningham Kain, renowned advocate for indigenous peoples' rights and women's rights and Patricia Cochran, executive director of the Alaska Native Science Commission. Register now.

White House Tribal Nations Conference

Dec. 3, 2014
Washington, D.C.
President Obama will host the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 10:00 p.m. EST. Email IndianCountry@who.eop.gov with any questions.

Wildlife Conservation Society's Training for Climate Adaptation in Conservation

Dec. 8–10, 2014
Brunswick, Maine

This two-day training provides hands-on training to participate in how to consider climate change information and identify adaptation actions for conservation planning and activities. It will also furnish participants with feedback and coaching on their own real-world climate adaptation project. There is no registration fee. For more information, visit the event page.

ACES Conference—Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making

Dec. 8–12, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Hosted by A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES), this conference brings together the community partnership with ecosystem markets and the ecosystem services partnership. It provides an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. Register now.

ITEP Training—Greening Tribal Operations and Facilities

Dec. 9–11, 2014
San Diego, California

Offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), this course is for employees of federally recognized tribes and will provide the tools necessary to reduce waste stream and initiate environmentally sustainable practices in tribal operations and facilities. The course will incorporate a variety of small group exercises where attendees will be able to put what they learn to work. Conducted under a grant from the USDA, the course is free of charge, and lodging costs will be covered for all selected applicants. Registration deadline is Nov. 28. Register now.

For updates and other events, visit the complete Events calendar on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,

DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

This service is provided to you by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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