TCTAC Trainings

 


 

UPCOMING TCTAC TRAININGS (Updated July 17, 2024)

Download the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 Technical Assistance & Funding Resources Guide for June 2024 in English & Spanish (PDF). Download the Department of Energy Funding Opportunity Announcements for June 2024 in English (PDF).

TRAINING SERIES LAUNCH: How to Meaningfully Engage and Influence Government Decisionmaking on Environmental Justice

This six part training series, presented by NYU Institute for Policy Integrity, focuses on providing Environmental Justice (EJ) communities with the tools to effectively engage with government at all levels. With increased focus on EJ in government decision- and grant-making at the federal and state levels, many communities are facing questions of if, when, and how to effectively engage with government on issues related to energy, climate, and environmental protection. Below you will find details about the first training in this six part series. Attendees do not need a background in EJ law or policy. Scroll down for details about the first training.

Office of Community Engagement | Department of Energy Bi-weekly Office Hours
The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) serves as the central hub for Department of Energy’s engagement efforts, providing a consolidated platform for communities to access comprehensive technical assistance and guidance on clean energy development. Join upcoming virtual office hours to learn more:

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) the Weatherization Assistance Program and information on their Enhancement and Innovation Grant

Registration Link:  Meeting Registration – Zoom (zoomgov.com)

 

Harnessing Clean Energy Funds for Affordable, Equitable, and Sustainable Housing
July 30, 2024 (2:00pm ET)
Join the Housing Solutions Lab and the Climate and Community Project for a webinar focused on how communities can tap Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funds to advance climate and housing goals.

The 45-minute session will address the three main categories of IRA funds: rebates, tax credits, and flexible grants, and how communities can access and use those funds to address the intertwined housing and climate crises.

The webinar will feature a discussion with Sarah Ralich, Senior Energy and Construction Manager at ACTION Housing, which works to develop and preserve affordable housing and provide home repair and weatherization services in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

 

EPN’s SAM.gov Registration Office Hours
July 31, 2024 2:00-3:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) will help you begin, continue, or finish your SAM.gov registration process during these virtual training sessions. As a reminder, federal funding applicants must have an active SAM.gov and Grants.gov registration in order to apply. Sign up here to get the Zoom link and email EPN’s Davina Resto with any questions.

 

IRS Office Hours: Pre-filing Registration for Elective Payment and Transfer of Clean Energy and CHIPS Credits
The IRS is offering office hours to help entities with the pre-filing registration process on the new IRA/CHIPS Pre-filing Registration Tool. Pre-filing registration is a required step for applicable entities and eligible taxpayers to take advantage of elective payment or transfer of credits available in the Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPS Act. Representatives from the IRS will be available to answer your pre-filing registration questions.

July 31, 2024 1-2:30 p.m. EDT Register
August 14, 2024 1-2:30 p.m. EDT Register
September 4, 2024 1-2:30 p.m. EDT Register
September 18, 2024 1-2:30 p.m. EDT Register
October 2, 2024 1-2:30 p.m. EDT Register

 

NYU Institute for Policy Integrity Series Training #1: Understanding Environmental Justice Laws and Policies: What are the foundational laws and policies that require the consideration of EJ in federal decisionmaking and at the state level for New York and New Jersey?

August 22, 2024 5 – 6 pm (EDT) | Register here

This training will present a high-level overview of key laws and policies that require the consideration of Environmental Justice (EJ) issues in decisionmaking at the federal and state level for New York and New Jersey. Starting with exploring the legal authority that state and federal governments have to consider  EJ, the training will review how the government is structured – executive, legislative, and judicial branches – and how each branch can advance EJ. Delving into key EJ laws, the training will cover related executive actions and policies implemented by Presidents and Governors, as well as the agencies that are part of the executive branch and their roles on EJ issues. Participants will leave this training with a deeper understanding of both the possibilities and limitations of EJ laws and policies, and pathways for communities to effectively engage with the government on EJ issues.

Participants will have access to the following resources: 

  • Issue briefs outlining the structure & legal authority of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government on EJ issues

Recording, issue briefs, and slides from this first training will be made available on our website

 

Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) Clean Energy Tax Navigator
L4GG is launching a new tool that will provide technical assistance to applicable entities who are building or have built clean energy projects and are looking to file for elective pay. The tool will provide guidance on the elective pay credits that are most used by tax exempt entities, including EV Purchases, EVSE, and ITC/PTC (wind/solar/geothermal) projects. Sign up to get support and receive updates.

 

SFRP: State Funding Readiness Project Technical Assistance
The State Funding Readiness Project (SFRP) provides free, fast, and flexible technical assistance 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 whose expertise includes: Climate, energy, 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.

 

EPA Grants Management Training for Applicants and Recipients
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Grants announced new requirement that, as of March 4, 2024, all new grant applicants and recipients (organizations that have never received an EPA grant, or if they last received an EPA grant before October 1, 2014) must complete two online courses, the “EPA Grants Management Training for Applicants and Recipients” and the “How to Develop a Budget.” This requirement must be completed by new applicants and recipients prior to receiving grant funds. For further information on both courses, applicability, accessing the courses, and utilizing available tools and resources, email EPA_Grants_Info@epa.gov and please reference: RAIN-2024-G01.

 

US DOT & DOE Technical Assistance for Electric School Buses
The U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) has launched a Clean Bus Planning Awards program to help school districts or other bus fleet operators work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a customized electrification plan for their fleets. This could be for school districts that have received EPA funding, or that want to apply for it. If you are a school district interested in technical support to deploy electric school buses, rather than just applying for funding for electric school buses, the click here to learn more and apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

EPA EJ Screen Tool Resources
The EPA has training and resource guides in English and Spanish for its Environmental Justice Screen. You can see their EJ Screen office hours and list of trainings here.

 

PREVIOUS TRAININGS:

NJPEEC eMobility Webinar
Interested in learning more about shared-use, electric transportation for your community? Join WE ACT TCTAC Grants Specialist and Director of Community Engagement at the New Jersey Progressive Equitable Energy Coalition – NJ PEEC‘s eMobility webinar – featuring New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection staff, and community organizations who will discuss the eMobility Grant Program, community-led eMobility projects, and project models. Tune in at 12 pm (EST) on Monday, July 15 , 2024.

 

Climate Program Portal: Project Finance Hub 
On Wednesday July 17, 2024 at 2 EST the Climate Program Portal launches two brand new tools that provide tax, financial and legal guidance to eligible entities with clean energy projects: the L4GG Clean Energy Tax Navigator (“the Navigator”), a one-stop-shop to claim direct pay, and Atlas Public Policy’s Project Finance Hub (PFH), a clearinghouse for tools and guidance to finance clean energy projects.

You can find a formal invitation to the launch event and one-pager explaining these tools attached to this email. You can register for the launch event on July 17, 2024 at 2 EST here.

FEMA: Pathway to Preparedness
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET

Please join the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region 2 Individual and Community Preparedness Program and the NJ Department of Human Services for an informative disaster preparedness training specifically designed to support the Disabilities, Access, and Functional Needs (DAFN) Community with tips on how you can deliver this program to your community.

FEMA: Heat Vulnerability and Climate Change
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET 
Please join the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region 2 Individual and Community Preparedness Program and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) for a look at NYC insights regarding Heat Vulnerability and Climate Change. Extreme heat is a dangerous weather condition that is becoming more common and more severe as climate change warms the planet. Heat vulnerability is a measure of how likely a person is to be injured or harmed during periods of hot weather. This webinar will focus on the critical intersection of heat vulnerability and climate change in FEMA Region 2, focusing on lessons learned from New York City, exploring the different factors that impact heat vulnerability especially for people with disability, access, and functional needs, as well as individual and policy strategies to mitigate the effects of extreme heat.

 

EAGLE TCTAC’s Grantsmanship: How to Apply for Federal Grants for Environmental or Energy Projects in New Jersey
EAGLE TCTAC hosted a two-day grant training at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, 2024. This was an in-person event at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Agile Strategy Lab in the Central King Building, which is located at 323 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark, NJ. Participants will receive hands-on training to develop competitive grant proposals. Topics discussed include organizational preparation for federal grants, proposal planning, identification of financing opportunities, outline and work plan of the proposal, budget narrative, post-subsidy sustainability plan, federal forms, and certifications.

 

EAGLE TCTAC’s Grantsmanship: How to Apply for Federal Grants for Environmental or Energy Projects in New York
EAGLE TCTAC hosted a two-day grant training at SUNY Cobleskill on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, 2024. Participants received hands-on training to develop competitive grant proposals. Topics discussed included organizational preparation for federal grants, proposal planning, identification of financing opportunities, outline and work plan of the proposal, budget narrative, post-subsidy sustainability plan, federal forms, and certifications.

 

EAGLE TCTAC’s Dynamics in Fundraising Virtual Workshop
EAGLE TCTAC hosted a two-day online workshop on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21, 2024 to help organizations active in the climate and energy spaces better understand donor behavior and trends in order to develop effective, diversified fundraising strategies that will help increase fiscal stability and strengthen future sustainability. Participants received information on fundraising sources such as: individuals, foundations, corporations, special events, digital fund raising, donor advised fund, and angel investors. Participants also received training on fundraising templates, including fundraising case statements, fundraising plans, and fundraising goal templates.

 

NJEJA: Protecting Our Communities: Engaging in the EPA Comment Period
On April 25, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new suite of rules aiming to manage emissions in an equitable and just way. Environmental justice community leaders applauded the EPA’s decision not to consider hydrogen co-firing as a tactic to reduce emissions in the power sector. However, the agency’s continued inclusion of carbon capture (CCS/CCUS) still poses a significant risk to our communities and workers. Communities now have an unprecedented and unique moment to continue influencing the EPA rule-making process, which will have repercussions for decades to come. To help educate our communities and encourage involvement in this historic process, NJEJA hosted a webinar on May 14, 2024 to provide context to this rule, explain why this process applies to your community, and share how you can be involved in uplifting the voices of your communities to encourage the EPA to set standards which are most protective of our communities.

 

Inflation Reduction Act Benefits Webinar
The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, New York League of Conservation Voters, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice hosted a webinar on May 8, 2024 to explain how your organization can apply for grant opportunities to save money through the Inflation Reduction Act.

 

WE ACT’s Clean Air and Climate Webinar
WE ACT for Environmental Justice hosted a webinar on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 offering an overview of environmental justice, environmental health, climate change, and health disparities to prepare more leaders for advocacy work. We explored the impacts of climate change on human health and the link between climate change and air pollution as well as health disparities related to climate and pollution. Watch the video replay here and download the presentation here (PDF).

EPN’s Federal Grants Development Webinar
EPN hosted a Grants Development Webinar on Thursday, April 25, 2024 to review the fundamentals of federal grants and how to draft complete and competitive applications. Topics included an overview of funding investment types, federal procurement documents, common elements of federal grant proposals, and guidance on how to develop a federal grant proposal.

 

Finance Action Organizers Network’s Spring 2024 IRA Pathways Cohort: Clean Energy Finance Campaigns
The Finance Action Organizers Network hosted a five-week program, which alternated between Zoom classroom sessions and one-on-one campaign navigation support for your organization, and provided the opportunity to walk away with a draft “campaign in a box,” including a rap to test with your base, an issue cut and possible demands, and a villain to go after that aligns with your existing campaign narratives. You’ll get support to fill out a campaign planning template and follow-up navigation support as needed. This application was due April 12, and applicants will be notified if you’ve been selected by April 17.

 

NJDEP: Navigating the DEP Seminar Series
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection hosted “Navigating the DEP: A Series of Environmental Seminars for Overburdened Communities,” a series of in-person events designed to help environmental justice advocates based in New Jersey learn about its tools, regulations, permitting processes, and opportunities for funding. These seminars are free and open to the public, with lunch being provided. Contact Christina Gonzalve (christina.gonzalve@dep.nj.gov) with questions.

 

EPA Davis-Bacon Grant Term and Condition Webinar
The New EPA Davis-Bacon Grant Term and Condition Webinar was held on Thursday, March 28, 2024. The webinar covered procurement regulations and requirements and will discuss EPA’s new Davis-Bacon Term and Condition that is required for certain programs that involve construction activities. A recording will be posted here.

 

EPA Procurement, Subawards, and Participant Support Costs Webinar
The EPA Procurement, Subawards, and Participant Support Costs Webinar was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. The webinar covered procurement regulations and requirements. Specific topics included best practices for contracts, consultants, equipment, and supply purchases; review of subawards (grant awards provided by a pass-through entity to a subrecipient); and participant support costs (payments to individuals who participate in grant activities but are not employees of the grant recipient). A recording will be posted here.

 

NJEJA’s Organizational Growth: Building a Sustainable Future for Your Organization
On Tuesday, March 26, 2024, the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA) held a candid conversation on leveraging federal funding to help build and sustain your organization. WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT) Co-Founder & Executive Director Peggy Shepard and Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) Executive Director Dwaign Tyndal discussed what they have learned about applying for and managing federal grants as a grassroots organization. Download the presentation here and watch the video replay here.

NJDEP: Navigating the DEP Seminar Series
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection hosted “Navigating the DEP: A Series of Environmental Seminars for Overburdened Communities,” in-person events designed to help environmental justice advocates based in New Jersey learn about its tools, regulations, permitting processes, and opportunities for funding. Seminars were held on February 21, March 23, and April 20, 2024. Contact Christina Gonzalve (christina.gonzalve@dep.nj.gov) with questions.

 

NFWF: 2024 America the Beautiful Challenge Applicant Webinar
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) held an Applicant Webinar on February 29, 2024 for its 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. Full proposals due on July 16, 2024. Awards are expected to be announced in November 2024. Complete details are available here.

 

SWEA’s Environmental Justice & Community Organizing 101
The South Ward Environmental Alliance (SWEA) hosted a virtual training session on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 for those interested in learning about environmental justice and community organizing. You can watch the video here, and download the presentation here.

 

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund & Green Financing 101 Webinar
On February 20, 2024, the GGRF Best Practices Alliance held a webinar on green financing, what to know about EPA’s GGRF, and how organizations and nonprofits can participate and prepare for the $27 billion in funds for environmental justice communities. The EPA’s $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) will provide competitive grants to finance clean energy and climate projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Institute for Policy Integrity’s Introduction to Justice40 & the CEJST Tool
On January 22, 2024, the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity hosted a webinar as part of our EPA Region 2 New Jersey & New York Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TCTAC) to provide an overview of Justice40 and the Climate & Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) that was developed for it. You can watch the video replay here and download the presentation here (PDF).

 

Clean Energy Group’s Community Solar: Models and Resources to Benefit Your Community
On December 5, 2023, the Clean Energy Group hosted an introduction to community solar webinar as part of our EPA Region 2 New Jersey & New York Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TCTAC). The webinar featured speakers from the Clean Energy States AllianceNational Community Solar Partnership, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory covering potential models for community solar, as well as what resources are available to community groups and municipalities through National Community Solar Partnership and National Labs. Watch the video replay here and download the presentation here (PDF).

 

 

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