Funding Opportunities

2016 Announcements:

Ecology:

Water Resources Program Funding Opportunity: Applications accepted from October 17th, 2016 – December 15th, 2016.

EPA Funding Opportunities:

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities
Local Foods, Local Places 2016-2017 Application, EPA
Applications due by November 6, 2016.
Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority.
The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. We expect that many of the communities we select will be economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization.
 
Healthy Places for Healthy People, EPA
Applications due by November 6, 2016.
Healthy Places for Healthy People helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant places by engaging with their health care facility partners such as community health centers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers), nonprofit hospitals, and other health care facilities. The pilot phase of this program is sponsored by EPA and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Healthy Places for Healthy People will provide selected communities with expert planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. A team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that will focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Eligible applicants include local government representatives, health care facilities, local health departments, neighborhood associations, main street districts, nonprofit organizations, tribes and others proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city located anywhere in the United States. Applications that include representatives from both the community (local government or non-governmental organization) and a health care facility will receive special consideration.
 
Cool & Connected Fall 2016 Application, EPA
Applications due by November 6, 2016.
Communities interested in using broadband service to revitalize main streets and promote economic development are encouraged to apply for Cool & Connected, a planning program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. Through Cool & Connected, a team of experts will help community members develop strategies and an action plan for using broadband service to promote smart, sustainable community development. Eligibility:
·        Any community representative is welcome to submit an application to participate in Cool & Connected.
·        Special consideration will be given to small towns and rural communities that face economic challenges.
·        Special consideration will be given to communities in places where USDA has provided loans or grants in support of broadband services.
·        Your community should have existing or anticipated broadband service that can be leveraged for community development.
 
Preservation Technology and Training Grants, National Park Service
Applications due November 3, 2016.
Funding Opportunity Number: P16AS00579
2017 Preservation Technology and Training Grants are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Grants will support the following activities:
·        Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $25,000 to $40,000)
·        Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $25,000)
·        How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000)
The maximum grant award is $40,000. The actual grant award amount is dependent on the scope of the proposed activity.
 
Environmental Education Grants, Captain Planet Foundation
Funding range: $500 to $2,500
Applications due by January 31, 2017
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and MUST have all four of the following to be considered for funding:
·        Be project-based;
·        Projects must be performed by youth;
·        Projects must have real environmental outcomes;
·        Be based in the United States.
Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:
·        Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
·        Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
·        Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
Also of interest, EPA Long-Term Stormwater Planning Effort
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a new voluntary stormwater planning initiative to help communities plan long-term strategies for managing stormwater pollution. EPA has released a step-by-step guide to help communities develop long-term stormwater plans, a web-based toolkit for the planning process, and technical assistance for five communities to develop plans as national models. This effort promotes the use of flexible solutions that spur economic growth, stimulate infrastructure investments, and help compliance with environmental requirements.
 
 
 For more information contact:
Rachel Herbert
EPA/Office of Water/Stormwater Team
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, MC 4203M
Washington, DC 20460
herbert.rachel@epa.gov
202.564.2649

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities – Letters of Interest due 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on October 12, 2016.

Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grants

Application Opens: July 15, 2016; Application Closes: August 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.


October 2015 Announcements:


Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2016 Request for Proposals

Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

OVERVIEW

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Association of Counties, and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Southern Company, Bank of America and Alcoa Foundation are pleased to solicit applications for the 2016 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. NFWF anticipates that approximately $2,450,000 in combined total funding will be available for this round of grants.

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program and priority will be given to projects that advance water quality goals in underserved communities.

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

Geographic focus depends on funding available from the funding partners. Grants for this program are available nationwide, but additional funding is available for the geographic priorities listed in the Funding Availability section of this RFP.

For more information see: http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/2016RFP.aspx


 

EPA Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program

Due Date for Applications: February 12, 2016, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects which demonstrate the use of the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Model. The purpose of the EJCSPS program is to support community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academia, etc.) as they develop and implement solutions that address environment and/or public health issue(s) at the local level. Organizations are encouraged to have a connection between the proposed project activities and applicable neighborhood, local, city, or regional land use planning efforts.

FUNDING/AWARDS: The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $1,200,000. EPA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement of $120,000 within each of the 10 EPA Regions, subject to availability of funds, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations. Funded assistance agreements will have a two-year project period. Applicants should plan for projects to start September 1, 2016.

For more information about the program, see: http://www3.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/factsheets/cps-fact-sheet-111913.pdf

For the solicitation materials see: http://www3.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-cps-rfp-2016.pdf


 

 

September 2015: Announcements:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals under the Urban Waters Small Grants program that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities.

Proposals must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) by 11:59 P.M. EST on November 20, 2015.


 

The next EPA SBIR Phase I solicitation is scheduled to open in October 2015. Draft 2015 topics for proposals include:

Air and Climate
Lab-on-a-chip sensors for organic pollutants in homes
Integrated Cookstove-Heating-Electricity Generation for Small Homes
Integrated cooking, heating, and electric power generation
Manufacturing
Non-toxic and biodegradable plastics
Toxic Chemicals
Less toxic coatings
Water
Resource and/or Energy Recovery
Building Materials
Innovative Construction Materials
Homeland Security
Decontamination of railroad and subway cars

 

March 2014: Announcements

To whom it may concern:

The Department of Ecology is requesting preliminary project proposals for our Floodplains by Design FY 2015-17 funding program.  We are looking for projects that combine flood hazard reduction with ecosystem benefits.  Preliminary proposals are due May 23, 2014.

Details, which include the program description, scoring criteria, application, and frequently asked questions, are available on our website: Floodplains by Design.

Please note that this is not our 2013 Floodplain Management and Control Grants program. Proposals for that program were due Feb. 14, 2014.  That is a separate process, and the application period for those grants has closed.

Thank you for your continuing interest in promoting sustainable floodplain management in Washington state.

Sincerely,
Scott McKinney
Floodplain Management Lead
NFIP State Coordinator
SEA Program, Headquarters
WA Dept. of Ecology
(360) 407-6131

 

Community Innovation Grants:
http://www.bushfoundation.org/community-innovation

Community Innovation grants support communities to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions. Think of it as civic R&D, allowing communities to develop and test new solutions to community challenges.

Only organizations, not individuals, are eligible for the Community Innovation Grants. These organizations must be 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities (including schools). Groups of organizations (such as coalitions or collaboratives) are eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant.

Application due date: March 13, 2014.

 

January 2014: Announcements

1. National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2014-STAR-H1
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509

Solicitation Opening Date: January 13, 2014
Solicitation Closing Date: March 10, 2014, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Award Information: 1 award anticipated at $4 million

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking initial applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research (Center) that facilitates technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and shares green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders.

The objective of the award to be made under this solicitation is to establish a Center that coordinates the following three critical and integrated core components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

  1. Novel Research that engages sustainable water infrastructure models, modelers, model users and stakeholders towards improving real time control of water systems, advancing water infrastructure software design, building the next generation of water modeling tools, and providing solutions to such difficult problems as climate change and extreme events, population growth, water security to detect and monitor contaminants, and environmental compliance;
  2. Community Support and Outreach that fosters and trains a growing global community of sustainable water infrastructure modelers, model users, and stakeholders; and
  3. Model and Code Development that maintains, supports and helps develop freely available software models of sustainable stormwater, wastewater, and water supply systems.

The initial application consists of standard forms, and abstract, an 8-page Research Plan, budget, and resumes. The Research Plan should describe the applicant’s plan for establishing a Center to perform the proposed research and should highlight the Center’s overall goals, objectives, and approach.  The description should also explain how the Center will conduct its research to accomplish the purposes of this RFA.  The description should explain how the Research Subproject(s) will integrate the three core components of the Center: 1. Novel Research, 2. Community Support and Outreach, and 3. Model and Code Development to seek sustainable water infrastructure modeling solutions that protect the environment and strengthen our communities. The application should also describe the Center’s initial plans towards self-sufficiency by the end of the project period.  The applicant should explain how they will engage and support the modeling community for the supported models.

Eligibility Information: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the United States, state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.

For more information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_star_sustainable-water.html

2. Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World

Funding Opportunity Number: Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World, EPA-G2014-STAR-G1 Early Career Awards: Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World, EPA-G2014-STAR-G2

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509

Solicitation Opening Date: January 9, 2014
Solicitation Closing Date: March 14, 2014, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on understanding particulate matter and related atmospheric pollutants in a changing world. Specifically, research is sought on the changing spatiotemporal patterns or environmental impacts of particulate matter in the United States, the challenges that various aspects of global change pose for the management of particulate matter and related pollutants, the rates and timescales at which global change can impact United States air quality, and stronger linkages between the modeling of atmospheric processes and other environmental processes. In order to understand and adapt to future changes, environmental planners and decision makers need information on the challenge global change presents for protecting the environment and human health; this solicitation seeks research on these challenges.

Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately five regular awards and three early career awards.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $5 million total for all awards Potential Funding per Award: Up to a total of $790,000 for regular awards, and up to a total of $350,000 for early career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of three years.  Cost-sharing is not required.

Eligibility Information: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.

Applicants should address one or more of the following research topics:

  • How is the changing climate expected to affect the spatiotemporal patterns or environmental impacts of particulate matter in the United States over the coming decades? Are there robust lessons that can be learned regarding future particulate matter?
  • What challenges do changes in factors such as land use, regional development, wildfires, dust resuspension, meteorology, or long-range pollution transport pose for the management of particulate matter or related air pollutants in the United States? How can information on these changes and the future state of the atmosphere be incorporated into environmental management decisions?
  • At what rates or timescales can a changing climate, or other aspects of global change, appreciably affect particulate matter or related air pollution, and how do these compare to the timescales at which decisions of relevance for air quality and environmental management are made? •How can decision making regarding environmental management in the face of future challenges be advanced by improving or developing linkages between atmospheric models and models of biogeochemical cycling, aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems, the hydrologic cycle, or human activity such as land use, energy production and consumption, and transportation, or other natural or human systems?

For more information see: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_star_pm.html

December 2013: Announcements

1. Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse and Conservation Practices

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development National Center for Environmental Research Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

Funding Opportunity Number: Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse and Conservation Practices – EPA-G2014-STAR-F1
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509

Solicitation Opening Date: December 17, 2013
Solicitation Closing Date: February 18, 2014, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Synopsis of Program: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications to conduct research on and demonstration of human and ecological impacts of treated wastewater applications (reclaimed water and wastewater reuse), and water conservation practices including the use of non-traditional water sources as well as more comprehensive long-term management and availability of water resources.   Reuse of reclaimed water is becoming a more common practice for augmenting existing surface and groundwater systems and maintaining healthy river and wetland habitats. The potential ecological risks from these applications need to be more holistically assessed, with considerations for the effects of chemical, biological and physical stressors on ecological communities. Human exposure may occur when reclaimed water is used for purposes such as groundwater recharge, pipe flushing, irrigation, aquaculture, toilet flushing, clothes washing, fire extinguishing, live stock watering, and facility washing. Further research is needed to elucidate potential human and ecological health impacts from these exposure scenarios. Municipal wastewater, stormwater, and surface runoff should be considered as potential sources for augmenting water supplies.

This RFA is especially interested in research that measures and quantifies health and ecological impacts from unplanned potable reuse, also termed de facto water reuse and planned reuse in comparison to conventional systems.  Communities, through de facto reuse, may be unknowingly exposed to potentially harmful contaminants, even with conventional water treatment systems. This funding competition is for projects that focus on understanding the life cycle aspects of water reuse or water conservation practices on human and ecological health, and how they relate to broader issues of energy-efficient processes for water conservation and nutrient management/recovery.

For more information, Click Here

2. Floodplain Management

Washington State Department of Ecology Floodplain Management and Control
2013 Competitive Grants Program

Ecology is soliciting applications for flood risk reduction projects that will also improve natural resource management (such as restoration of flood plain ecosystems and water quality protection). This statewide $11.25 million competitive funding program was created by the Washington State Legislature during the 2013 Legislative session. The Legislature also provided $38.75 million in specified multi-benefit floodplain projects in the Puget Sound basin, for a total appropriation of $50 million.

Deadline and Eligibility Deadline for submittal is Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Eligible projects must provide cost-effective flood risk reduction to people, property, critical facilities and transportation corridors. In addition, eligible projects must be designed to achieve ecosystem benefits such as salmon recovery actions, water quality improvements, habitat restoration, and channel migration zone protections.

Objective
This innovative $50 million funding program supports a multi-benefit approach to floodplain management. The objective is to address both the need to reduce flood risk to people and property, and the need to improve the natural function of our river systems. The nine Puget Sound floodplain projects included in the budget proviso exemplify this multi-benefit management approach, which is based on an initiative by The Nature Conservancy known as “Floodplains by Design.” Summary of the nine Puget Sound projects.

Apply
Counties, cities, federally recognized Indian tribes, port districts, flood control zone districts, flood control districts, and diking and drainage districts are eligible and encouraged to apply.

For more information, Click Here

November 2013: Announcements

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program
Request for Applications (RFA)
Funding No.: EPA-OECA-OEJ-14-01 CFDA NO: 66.306

ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: November 19, 2013
CLOSING DATE: February 18, 2014

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJCPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks.

The purpose of the EJCPS Program is for EPA to provide financial assistance to enable community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academia, etc.) to develop and implement solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issues at the local level.

Collaborative problem-solving is defined as an effort to bring together groups and resources (e.g., information, labor, money) by three or more stakeholders to solve a set of problems that any single entity cannot solve individually. Collaborative problem-solving builds upon existing community understanding to establish and maintain partnerships capable of producing meaningful environmental and/or public health results.

A key starting point for any collaborative problem-solving project is the identification of an environmental and/or public health issue and the community’s leadership in formulating goals Collaborative problem-solving involves the establishment and/or maintenance of partnerships between and among other stakeholders and the affected community to address the community’s local environmental and/or public health issues.

Collaborative problem-solving also involves developing and implementing a well-designed strategic plan with a built-in evaluation component to measure and achieve results on local environmental and/or public health issues and to sustain the partnerships.

In an effort to support sustainability, applicants should describe in their proposals the connection between the proposed project activities and any applicable integrated neighborhood, local, city or regional land use planning efforts. The proposal should describe the degree to which the planning process includes sustainability (or livability) as a primary goal.

Applicants must have established, existing partnerships demonstrated through submission of three or more signed Memoranda of Agreement from three different stakeholder groups. These potential stakeholder groups include the following:

  • Other local community-based non-profit organizations;
  • Local, regional, and national environmental non-profit organizations;
  • Federal government agencies;
  • Health care providers;
  • Faith-based organizations and local churches;
  • Philanthropic organizations;
  • Civic organizations;
  • Local economic and/or community development corporations/organizations;
  • Educational institutions (e.g. schools, colleges, and universities);
  • State, local and tribal government’s agencies;
  • Local Business and industry;
  • Elected officials (you may not use Federal grant funds or cost-sharing funds to conduct lobbying activities)
  • Labor and professional organizations.

Eligibility: An eligible applicant MUST BE one of the following entities:

  • Nonprofit organization-including environmental justice networks
  • Federally recognized tribal governments;
  • Native American Organizations (includes Indian groups, cooperatives, partnerships, associations)

State and local governments, and utilities are ineligible.

Available Funding: EPA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement per EPA region in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two year project period.

For more information see:
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/grants/ej-cps-grants.html
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/resources/publications/grants/ej-cps-rfp-2014.pdf

August 2013: Announcements

August 23, 2013. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is soliciting grant proposals for projects of regional or statewide significance to support implementation of the Municipal Stormwater General Permits:

  • Phase I Municipal Stormwater General Permit
  • Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater General Permit
  • Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater General Permit

The $2.2 million dollars available for this purpose is provided by the Washington State Legislature to local governments to support stormwater permit implementation.

Program schedule:

  • October 1, 2013 Deadline to submit grant proposals to Ecology
  • October 1 –15, 2013 Ecology rates and ranks proposals
  • October 20, 2012 Ecology issues the Final Offer and Applicant List
  • October 25 – December 6, 2013 Negotiate and sign funding agreements
  • December 6, 2013 Funding agreements must be signed
  • January 31, 2015 Projects must be completed

Project duration:
Grant funds must be fully expended and deliverables met by January 31, 2015.

More information can be found in the FY 2013 Municipal Stormwater Grants of Regional or Statewide Significance publication located on Ecology’s Grant Funding webpage.

For questions, please contact Jessica  Schwing at (360) 407-6216.

 

Ecology Provides More than $4 Million for Stormwater Projects in the Spokane River Watershed

1. The Department of Ecology is providing $2,082,131 for three stormwater projects that will protect the Spokane River.

  • City of Spokane, Union Basin is receiving $1,000,000 for a bioswale and bioretention cells with treatment media.
  • Spokane County, Liberty Lake Outfall Elimination Project is receiving $332,131 to eliminate three existing stormwater outfalls into Liberty Lake. Filterra Units will be installed for treatment ahead of infiltration existing pipes will be disconnected.
  • City of Spokane Valley, SE Yardley Retrofits is receiving $750,000 for stormwater treatments such as bioinfiltration and/or media filtration in streets of a major industrial area. This project adds protection to the Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie Sole Source Aquifer.

Click here for more information about the FY2012 supplemental stormwater grant program.

2. The state legislature awarded the City of Spokane $2,000,000 for local stormwater solutions.

3. The state legislature awarded stormwater additional funding to the City of Spokane, Spokane County and City of Spokane Valley.

  • Capacity Grant Funding provides $50,000 to be used for permit implementation activities.
  • Project Specific Planning and Design Activities provides $120,000 towards planning and design for retrofit projects which address stormwater runof from existing development.

Grant Acceptance Intent Notices are due to Ecology no later than August 20, 2013. Project Summaries are due by October 1, 2013.

Click here for more information about the 2013-15 Biennial Municipal Stormwater Capacity Grant Program.

For more information about stormwater permits and funding, contact Ecology’s Dave Duncan (ddun461@ecy.wa.gov), (509) 329-3554 or Pat Brommer (patb461@ecy.wa.gov), (360)407-6566.

Ecology Water Quality Project Funding

FY 2014 Project descriptions and funding offered can be found online in the “State Fiscal Year 2014 Final Water Quality Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan.” Appendix 1 shows the combined list of projects and funding offered. Appendix 2 shows maps that pinpoint funded projects in Western and Eastern Washington.

The next application cycle for Ecology’s water quality grants and loans begins Oct. 1 and ends Dec. 4. 

Ecology will hold funding application workshops throughout the state in early October. The schedule is one month later than normal, as Ecology expects to launch a new web-based system to manage grants and loans called EAGL, or Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans.

For more details about water quality financial assistance, visit Ecology’s websites.

Ecology’s Web site: www.ecy.wa.gov

Ecology’s Water Quality Financial Assistance:
www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/funding.html

Learn how you can help protect Washington’s waters: www.ecy.wa.gov/washington_waters/

Funding Opportunity

Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Program Solicitation

Summary:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, is seeking Phase 1 applications proposing research to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies in the areas of Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (Topic A. Water), Chemical Safety for Sustainability (Topic B. Innovation in Manufacturing), Sustainable and Healthy Communities (Topic C. Waste), Air/Climate/Energy (Topic D. Air Quality), E. Homeland Security, and F. People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Special Funding Opportunity.

The objective of the SBIR program is to increase the incentive and opportunity for small businesses to undertake cutting edge, high-risk, research that has a high potential payoff if the research is successful.

SBIR awardees cover a broad spectrum of research disciplines, and fall in line with EPA’s national research program, Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC). Under this research program, EPA funds and conducts research to improve human health, and preserve the environment for a sustainable future.

Open Date: 06/27/2013  –  Close Date: 08/13/2013

For more information, visit the website:URL: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_sbir_phase1.html

Announcement

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is awarding over $1.2 million in grants to 46 community-led organizations working to protect and restore their urban waterways through the Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program. This program is funded through a public/private partnership that includes EPA’s Urban Waters Program and the US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program and is in conjunction with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. This nationwide grant program supports on-the-ground, community based conservation, outreach and education/training projects that are focused on improving water quality in urban rivers, in areas downstream from forested land, and especially in underserved communities.   More information on EPA’s role in this grant competition and the projects funded can be found at www.urbanwaters.gov

December, 2012: Announcements

  • Cynthia Wall Fuller, SRT/CCWF Project Manager, Washington State Dept. of Ecology, gave a presentation on “Toxics Task Force Funding Opportunities” at the February 27, 2013 Task Force meeting.
  • EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment periodically hosts webinars for the EPA grants community. If you are interested in applying for EPA grants or are currently managing an EPA grant, please consider attending this webinar:

Grant Award Process Webinar
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Webinar Details:
The webinar will cover grants management topics, including: how to find and apply for grant opportunities; new FFATA reporting requirements; and preparing a proper budget detail. In addition, there will be a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar. If you have questions about the webinar or would like to register, please email GAD_OGDWEB@epa.gov with “Webinar” in the subject line.

Webinar Materials:
Competition Presentation
http://www.epa.gov/ogd/training/competition_presentation_04_03_2012.pdf
FFATA Grants Award Process Webinar
http://www.epa.gov/ogd/training/2_21_2012/ffata.pdf
Preparing and Managing Your EPA Award
http://www.epa.gov/ogd/training/2_21_2012/preparing_a_budget_and_other_common_issues.pdf

November 2012: Links to Funding Announcements

The Washington State Department of Ecology Public Participation Grants provide funding to not-for-profit public interest organizations and citizen groups. These grants encourage public involvement in monitoring the cleanup of contaminated sites and pollution prevention through waste reduction and elimination. Close Date: January 7, 2013.

The EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. An eligible applicant MUST BE one of the following entities: incorporated non-profit organizations—including, but not limited to, environmental justice networks, faith based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions; federally recognized tribal governments; or tribal organizations. Partnerships are encouraged. Close Date: January 7, 2013.

The EPA Environmental Education Grants Program provides money to support environmental education projects that increase the public’s awareness about environmental issues and provide them with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Environmental Education covers the range of steps and activities from awareness to action with an ultimate goal of environmental stewardship. Applicants must represent one of the following types of organizations to be eligible for an environmental education grant: local education agency, state education or environmental agency, college or university, 501(c)(3)non-profit organization, noncommercial educational broadcasting entity, tribal education agency (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation). Close Date: December 12, 2012.

EPA’s 10th Annual P3 Awards is a National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3). P3 focuses on scientific projects and engineering designs that address the three components of sustainability: people, prosperity and the planet. The P3 Program is intended to support science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams that benefit people by improving their quality of life, promote prosperity by developing local economies, and protect the planet by conserving resources and minimizing pollution.The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Close Date: December 11, 2012.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Students who are U.S. citizens attending a fully accredited U.S. college or university and have at least a “B” average are eligible to apply. The GRO Undergraduate Fellowship is intended for students entering their last two years of study before obtaining their first bachelor’s degree. Students who have already earned one bachelor’s degree and are pursuing additional degrees are not eligible. The fellowship tenure is for two academic years (9 months each) with a required paid internship during the summer after the first year. Thus, only students who will be entering their last two years of college will be considered eligible. Interested students can apply for funding under a number of environmentally-related environmentally-related areas which are described in the program announcement. Close Date: December 5, 2012.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), invites applications for the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for graduate environmental study for master’s and doctoral level students. The deadline for submission of applications is November 27, 2012. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships in the summer of 2013. Master’s level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. Close Date: November 27, 2012.

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows. This program provides educational opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows. Through the SEES Fellows Program, NSF seeks to advance science, engineering, and education to inform the societal actions needed for environmental and economic sustainability and human well-being while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The Program’s emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. Close Date: November 26, 2012.