TCTAC Funding Opportunities

 


 

UPCOMING TCTAC FUNDING OPPORTUINITIES (Updated May 20, 2024)

 

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EPA: EJ Community Change Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing a total $2 billion for Environmental Justice Community Change Grants. Each award will be between $10-20 million, or $1-3 million depending, on the project. Applications are now open (learn more here) and will remain so until November 21, 2024. Initial award selections will occur in March 2024, and the anticipated start for initial selections will be in May/June 2024.

Who can apply:

  • A partnership between at least two community-based non-profit organizations (CBOs).
  • A partnership between a CBO and one or any combination of the following: a Federally-Recognized Tribe; a local government; or an institution of higher education.

Eligible activities:

  • Climate resiliency & adaptation
  • Mitigating climate & health risks from urban heat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, & wildfire events
  • Community-led air & other (including water & waste) pollution monitoring, prevention, & remediation
  • Investments in low- & zero-emission & resilient technologies & related infrastructure
  • Workforce development that supports the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions & other air pollutants
  • Reducing indoor toxics & indoor air pollution
  • Facilitating the engagement of disadvantaged communities in State & Federal advisory groups, workshops, rulemakings, & other public processes

Additional Resources:
Community Change Grants FAQs (PDF)
Community Change Grants Informational Video (English)
The Environmental Protection Network has created suggested 6-step application guides for Track I and Track II, with checklists, templates, and additional resources. They encourage all interested applicants and potential partners to begin by filling out their Partner and Assistance Survey so that you can use the responses (publicly available here) to find partners and share information.

Additional Community Change Technical Assistance Program (CCTA) Resources:

  • CCTA website: summary of technical assistance (pre and post-award).
  • CCTA webinars.
  • CCTA intake form: submit this form to discuss your project and have an initial discussion about its eligibility for this program.

Questions? Call 800-540-8123 or email EJ_TechAssist@epa.gov

Additional Community Change Equitable Resilience Technical Assistance (CCER TA) Resources:

  • Eligible projects for this technical assistance must be located in a disaster-prone areaand benefit a disadvantaged community.
  • CCER TA intake form: submit this form to potentially receive free design and project development assistance, community engagement, and partnership development workshop.

The EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR) has updated and modified two important documents for the Community Change Grants (CCG) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This includes a modification to the NOFO on February 12, 2024 to clarify certain areas of the NOFO. The modified NOFO is available thru Grants.gov and can be found on the Community Change Grants website. The EPA also posted a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document on the Community Change Grants website. The FAQs address many of the questions OEJECR has received about the CCG NOFO. Please review the FAQs as you prepare your applications and before sending questions to the CCGP@epa.gov mailbox.

In addition, the EPA will continue to host webinars to provide information on the CCG NOFO and take questions from attendees. Click here to learn about upcoming webinars. EnDyna, the EPA’s technical assistance contractor, will also lead a series of informational webinars on CCTA. Webinars will occur every Tuesday through at least March 2024. These webinars will provide information on the content and requirements of the CCG Notice of Funding Opportunity, available technical assistance, and answer questions about the grant application process. Click here to register.

More information on upcoming CCTA webinars, plus recordings and meeting materials from previous webinars, will be available here. And click here to learn more about technical assistance (CCTA) for these grants.

The Anthropocene Alliance (A2) and EPN will be co-hosting virtual discussions about these grants at 1:00 PM on the second Wednesday of every month (June 12 and July 10). Here is the zoom link. To be added to the monthly calendar invites and to suggest topics you would be interested in learning more about, please email harriet@anthropocenealliance.org.

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) is offering New York City nonprofits an opportunity to collaborate on this program. If your organization is planning on applying for a Community Change Grant, has a project idea, or is interested in partnering with a City agency on an application, please fill out this Request for Collaboration form by Friday, February 2, 2024 or on a rolling basis thereafter.
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NJBPU: Community Energy Plan Implementation Grant Program
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has posted a Notice of Funding Availability for its Community Energy Plan Implementation Grant Program. New Jersey municipalities who have completed an energy plan through the Community Energy Plan Grant Program, or who develop and equivalent plan addressing the components outlined in the Community Energy Plan Grant Program, are eligible to apply and receive up to $250,000 for one or more projects outlined in the community energy plan. If funds are remaining after all eligible projects are awarded, municipalities have the chance to receive funding for one additional project. Priority funding will be directed to overburdened municipalities. Technical assistance will be available for participants.

Overburdened municipalities are determined using the following criteria: the municipality has over 50 percent of its population living in an Overburdened Community Census Block as defined by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law, N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157; and over 34 percent of the population is living under 200 percent of the poverty level according to the U.S. Census 2019 ACS data and/or the municipality has a distress score of 40 or higher according to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Municipal Revitalization Index. A list of eligible overburdened municipalities, the application packet, and other program information can be found at https://www.njcleanenergy.com/CEP.

The application deadline for this program is Friday, May 24, 2024. All applications must be submitted to community.energy@bpu.nj.gov by 5:00 PM. For any questions, please email community.energy@bpu.nj.gov.

 

DOE: Funding for Tribal Clean Energy Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications for $25 million in funding for Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations, to install clean energy technology on Tribal lands. Applications are due May 30, 2024. Read the FOA press release and download the FOA for Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands-2024 (DE-FOA-0003298).

 

DOE: Funding for Transformative Clean Energy Projects
Under the new Local Government Energy Program, Communities Sparking Investments in Transformative Energy (C-SITE) will award approximately $18 million to implement municipally- or Tribal-led, high-impact clean energy projects in disadvantaged communities, energy communities, small- and medium-sized cities and towns, and Tribal communities. The program focuses on delivering funding to support projects and programs at the local level that reduce energy use, create local jobs, and focus on benefits to disadvantaged communities. Completed applications are due by May 31, 2024. DOE anticipates making up to 20 awards under this FOA with amounts ranging from $900,000 to $3,600,000. Communities receiving financial awards will also receive comprehensive technical assistance, including the option for an onsite Community Energy Fellow. C-SITE welcomes diverse project proposals illustrating a variety of approaches and technology areas including, but not limited to, building efficiency and/or electrification, clean transportation, energy infrastructure upgrades, microgrid development and deployment, renewable energy, and workforce development. Some examples include: energy efficiency upgrades and on-site battery storage. Tribal partner-owned solar plus storage microgrid independent power project providing power to remote households. Municipally owned utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on reclaimed industrial land accessing relevant tax credits. Downtown revitalization led by public/private partnership creating energy efficient buildings primed for reuse for business or community use. For more information on the application process, visit the Local Government Energy Program website or email LGEP@hq.doe.gov.

 

GitLab Foundation’s Green Jobs for Economic Opportunity Fund
As part of the Emerging Talent Demand portfolio, the GitLab Foundation is launching a $3M nationwide Green Jobs for Economic Opportunity Fund to support organizations and multisectoral partnerships in exploring or developing early-stage initiatives to improve economic mobility. Beginning in March 2024, the GitLab Foundation will accept proposals that foster new ideas, establish proof of concept, and formalize a roadmap for momentum. The Foundation take risks on new approaches to increase low-wage workers’ incomes (their North Star outcome). The Fund broadly defines “green jobs” as encompassing a range of titles and job functions, including clean energy, the development of electric vehicles and batteries, weatherization, and the improvement of electrical grids and utilities, among others. This is designed to support early-stage and innovative ideas that will help drive new climate careers while filling a gap in the funding ecosystem. Grants are flexible, from $250k for individual orgs and $500k for partnerships For more information, visit the Launch Page, the Overview page (to learn about the Fund, approach, and eligibility), the Concept Note (due May 2, 2024), and Application (invitations made May 15, with full applications due by June 14, 2024).

 

DOE: Clean Energy to Communities Expert Match
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program provides communities with expertise and tools to achieve their clean energy goals. Based on specific needs, the C2C Expert Match brings together program applicants with researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other DOE national laboratories to provide input to technical areas of interest – from clean power, mobility, buildings, and grid to cross-cutting topics such as financing, resilience, and environmental justice.

Expert Match is most suitable for communities and organizations that are wanting to make time-sensitive decisions and understand the range of options for achieving their clean energy goals. It is for community stakeholders who have decision-making power or influence in their community but need access to additional clean energy expertise to inform key upcoming decisions. Community stakeholders can represent a community-based organization, municipality, metropolitan or regional planning organization, non-governmental organization, academic institution, or utility. For-profit entities are not eligible for assistance through this program. You can apply for Expert Match here.

Expert Match accepts requests at all times, and requests are reviewed on a rolling basis. Expert Match provides 40–60 hours of technical assistance over the course of 3 months to help communities address short-term energy goals through tailored strategic support. Watch the recording of this recent C2C informational webinar to learn more, and feel free to reach directly to the team at C2C@nrel.gov with any questions. You can also visit the NREL Expert Match webpage for additional details and examples.

The DOE is offering support to local and regional governments, tribes, municipal and cooperative utilities, and community-based organizations for this program to help them set and reach their clean energy goals. Applications are open through April 30, 2024. To provide assistance, NREL and WRI are launching three new C2C peer-learning cohorts on the topics of 1) charting a path to municipal fleet electrification, 2) designing and enhancing energy efficiency programs for residential buildings, & 3) implementing an agrivoltaics project. Participants in these C2C peer learning cohorts receive free strategic and technical assistance; access to materials and resources, including templates, trainings, tools, best practices, and analyses; and the chance to collaborate with others across the United States tackling similar challenges.

In-Depth Partnerships: submit proposals by June 14. Peer-Learning Cohorts: apply by April 30. Expert Match: Apply now

 

NFWF: 2024 America the Beautiful Challenge
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced a Request for Proposals for the America the Beautiful Challenge. This program, which was launched in 2022 with support from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is dedicated to funding landscape-scale conservation and restoration projects that implement existing conservation plans across the nation.

In 2024, the program expects to award up to $119 million in grants to communities nationwide in the following categories:
1. Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands, and watersheds.
2. Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks.
3. Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds, and seascapes.
4. Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought, and other climate-related threats.
5. Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities.

Pre-proposals are due on April 4, 2024, with full proposals due on July 16, 2024. Awards are expected to be announced in November 2024. Complete details are available here.

 

NDN: Collective Action Fund (CAF) Grants
The NDN Collective’s Collective Action Fund (CAF) is a $1 million fund making grants up to $40,000 is available to support Indigenous Peoples’ mobilization strategies as it relates to the defense, development, and decolonization of peoples and the planet. The grants are intended for those most impacted by issues such as climate change, resource extraction, and systemic racism, to ensure resources and decision-making lies with those most equipped to address immediate challenges. CAF supports community organizing and movement building work designed to shift the political and financial systems that negatively impact Indigenous communities. Funding is available on an ongoing basis from January 11, 2024 to October 31, 2024 at 6:00 PM EST, or until the funds are expended.

 

EPA: Thriving Communities EJ Small Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched its Thriving Communities Environmental Justice Grantmaking program, in which one organization in each EPA Region will serve as a Grantmaker – with Fordham University serving EPA Region 2 – awarding at least $600 million in Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Subgrants. Beginning this summer, these subgrants will be available for three distinct phases of community-readiness: Phase I subgrants will be for one year up to $150,000 assessment projects, Phase II subgrants will be for 1-2 year up to $250,000 planning projects, and Phase III subgrants are for two-year up to $350,000 project development projects.

Eligible projects:

  • Air quality & asthma
  • Fence line air quality monitoring
  • Monitoring of effluent discharges from industrial facilities
  • Water quality & sampling
  • Small cleanup projects
  • Improving food access to reduce vehicle miles traveled
  • Stormwater issues and green infrastructure
  • Lead and asbestos contamination
  • Pesticides & other toxic substances
  • Healthy homes that are energy/water use efficient & not subject to indoor air pollution
  • Illegal dumping activities, such as education, outreach, & small-scale clean-ups
  • Emergency preparedness & disaster resiliency
  • Environmental job training for occupations that reduce greenhouse gases & other air pollutants
  • Environmental justice training for youth

Fordham has already posted a form for those interested in applying from EPA Region 2. We also urge those interested to complete the Environmental Protection Network’s survey for community organizations and other under-resourced entities interested in receiving pro bono assistance to create/envision projects for these funding opportunities.
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NYC DOT: NYC Clean Truck Program
New York City Department of Transportation’s NYC Clean Trucks Program provides funding for clean trucks and advanced transportation technology. The program accepts applications on a first-come, first-served basis from those in the city’s industrialized business zones. Businesses that move goods and commercial truck owners are invited to apply for rebate incentive funding to replace older, heavy polluting diesel trucks with new battery electric, CNG, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, and diesel trucks. Click here to apply.

 

EPA: Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expanded its Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative to 150 additional communities. The initiative partners with underserved communities to provide technical assistance on accessing federal wastewater funding. Communities will be selected on a rolling basis; there is no deadline to apply. For questions, email SepticHelp@epa.gov. Interested communities can request assistance by completing the WaterTA request form.

 

HHS: EJ Community Innovator Grant
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of a nation-wide HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge to support disadvantaged communities and Tribes facing the brunt of environmental injustices, including health harms due to climate change. This Challenge aims to uplift community-level solutions to address health inequities with prizes totaling $1,000,000 that will be awarded in two phases.

The Challenge has two phases. All eligible entries will be evaluated, and separate prizes will be awarded for each of the two phases.

  • Phase 1 will focus on design of an innovative concept to enhance community-driven efforts to mitigate health disparities and advance health equity or the development of an effective approach to support a previously developed concept. Entries for Phase 1 will be accepted from September 18, 2023 until January 30, 2024.
  • Phase 2 will focus on small-scale testing or implementation of well-developed approaches for community-led efforts to mitigate health disparities and advance health equity. Entries for Phase 2 will begin in Spring 2024.

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Resources to Help Identify Disadvantaged Communities 
The Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJ Program), created by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), provides funding for financial and technical assistance to carry out environmental and climate justice activities to benefit underserved and overburdened communities. A number of tools exist to assist potential applicants seeking to identify whether a community is disadvantaged for the purposes of implementing programs under the IRA. EPN has compiled information on EPA’s definition of a disadvantaged community as well as tools, including EPA’s EJScreen, CEJST, and others, to help potential applicants identify disadvantaged/environmental justice communities. Learn more here.

 

IRS: Direct Pay Information and Resources
The Internal Revenue Service recently released revised final rules addressing Direct Pay. Direct Pay (or “Elective Pay”) refers to provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that allow tax-exempt entities (like cities, states, school districts, nonprofits, Tribal governments, religious institutions, etc.) to receive tax credits from the IRS in the form of direct payments for clean energy projects (such as electric vehicle purchases, EV charging stations, solar/wind farms, etc.). The Final Rule is largely consistent with proposed regulations issued in June of last year, but includes a few important changes and reactions to comments provided by stakeholders. Treasury announced that the final guidance on the Transferability rules will follow shortly. You can access a copy of the new regulations and the IRS’ updated Frequently Asked Questions and on L4GG’s Elective Pay and IRA Resources Page. In the meantime, if you have a discrete legal question, L4GG has provided this form to share it with L4GG’s legal experts. L4GG constantly updates its Frequently Asked Questions and will continue to update as they learn more.

 

IRS: Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program
Eligible applicants can now apply to receive a 10 or 20-percentage point boost to the energy investment tax credit for qualified solar or wind facilities that are in low-income communities or on Tribal land, are part of affordable housing developments, or benefit low-income households as part of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program.

Applications received after November 18 will be reviewed on a rolling basis while capacity remains through early 2024.

To help applicable entities prepare for this opportunity, Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) and the Clean Energy Counsel have created a Low Income Communities Bonus (LICB) Fact Sheet. They also note that there are limited allocations each year, so if you (or your allies) have a wind or solar project that will be completed within the next 12 months, is less than 5 MW, and may be in or benefit a low-income community, it is recommended that you review the fact sheet and prepare to file for an allocation ASAP.

The DOE review team has provided reminders as you are filling out your application to help avoid errors. And new FAQs have been added to the FAQ document found on the program website at Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program | Department of Energy. Questions can be directed to the Support Desk at EJBonusSupport@hq.doe.gov.

Also, WRI recently put out a report on Catalyzing Local Clean Energy: A Roadmap for Maximizing Inflation Reduction Act Opportunities and Community Benefits. The guidebook provides a detailed breakdown of new clean energy tax credits and bonuses available to local governments and other eligible entities. It also includes several sample case studies showing how local governments can use these incentives in their clean energy planning as well as analyzing the savings and community benefits these incentives could provide to local governments of all sizes, types, and geographic locations.
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Just Transition Fund: Funding to Help Communities 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.

 

Community First Fund: Rapid Response Fund
The Communities First Fund’s (CFF) Rapid Response Fund will provide funding to support organizations’ or coalitions’ needs to position themselves or others to respond to infrastructure crises, movement moments, and time-sensitive federal funding notices or rulemakings that require rapid mobilization. The Fund has a national scope with specific priority given to geographies that have historically received disproportionate public investment. Applications will be reviewed bi-monthly on the first and third Fridays each month (April 5 and April 19), and awards will be determined by the CFF team. The Rapid Response Fund is limited to $1,000,000. Grants will be distributed on a rolling basis until the fund is spent down. Awards will range between $10,000 – $100,000 depending on scope and scale of the work funded.

 

Emergent Fund: Rapid Response Organizing Grants
The Emergent Fund is a rolling, monthly rapid response and emergent organizing grant for movement and frontline communities responding to urgent and specific unanticipated crises or opportunities to build power. Organizations must have 501c3 or 501c4 tax status, or a fiscal sponsor in order to be eligible. Eligible initiatives include resisting new or amplified threats, building power to move a proactive agenda, and creating communities and cultures of care. In addition, organizing that leverages “moveable” or “pivotable” moments to disrupt, heal, and build towards long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts is also eligible, as is organizing that explicitly seeks to dismantle, abolish, and replace systems of oppression and harm, driven by a clear intersectional power analysis and vision for collective liberation.

The Emergent Fund accepts proposals on JustFund, an innovative grants platform that connects funders and grassroots organizations. To apply, visit www.justfund.us to log in or register for an account (takes 48 hours for approval). Application deadline is the third Tuesday of each month (April 16 and May 21) at 8:00 PM. For questions about how to submit your proposal, please refer to JustFund’s Help Center or contact info@justfund.us.
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WRI: Electric School Bus Initiative
The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Electric School Bus Initiative is helping districts take advantage of this and other funding sources by providing free resources on the school bus electrification process, including a step-by-step guide, a power planner for working with electric utilities, and a market report/buyer’s guide detailing the electric school bus models on the road today. If you need help, please reach out to WRI for support.
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CPC Center: Direct Pay
The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center’s (CPC Center) 10) Direct Pay program helps ensure that communities across the country have the information and assistance they need to seize on a huge opportunity through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Direct Pay is a historic provision of the IRA and allows tax-exempt (i.e. government and nonprofit) entities to claim clean energy project tax credits that had previously only been available to for-profit entities (i.e. corporations). Now, organizations such as towns, schools, hospitals and more can receive funding for installing solar panels, purchasing electric vehicles, or completing other clean energy initiatives. The CPC Center has developed a number of resources breaking down Direct Pay, which can be accessed here. They are also providing technical assistance to eligible entities interested in taking advantage of Direct Pay. To receive updates on new resources or request technical assistance, sign up here.

 

 

 

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