Grant Opportunity! Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) Deadline January 30th, 2017

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is pleased to announce the opening of Round Ten of Partners for Places.

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

The application deadline for Round Ten is January 30, 2017 (by 11:59 p.m., any time zone). Please visit the Partners for Places webpage for more information. Here you can view our promotional video download the Request for Proposals (RFP), access our Proposal Form and consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)document (at http://www.fundersnetwork.org/partnersforplaces). You may also want to visit our Idea Bank which has summaries of all the proposals submitted in prior rounds. TFN held  a webinar to answer  questions about the grant program on December 7. A recording of the webinar will be made available through TFN’s website for those of you unable to participate.

Partners for Places general grant program is supported by Bloomberg PhilanthropiesThe JPB FoundationKendeda FundNew York Community TrustThe Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation. A selection committee comprised of foundation representatives and urban sustainability directors will make selection decisions on behalf of Partners for Places, and awards will be announced on May 3, 2017. If the RFP and FAQ documents don’t answer all your questions, please contact Ashley Quintana at ashley@fundersnetwork.org or Ann Wallace at ann@fundersnetwork.org for more information.

 

 

EPA to Host Upcoming WIFIA Informational Webinars

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) is a new loan program, which is targeted at large projects $20 million for large communities and $5 million for small communities (population of 25,000 or less).

Over the next month, EPA will be hosting a series of informational sessions about WIFIA program.

Eligible projects include wastewater and drinking water facilities as well as energy efficiency projects at these facilities and other large projects. The WIFIA program is separate from State Revolving Fund programs, but will coordinate with them.

If you are interested in this new funding program, then you are encouraged to attend one or more of the Webinars, particularly the first one, which is scheduled for November 29th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time and will overview the WIFIA Program, loan terms and conditions, and credit policies.

The webinars are targeted at prospective WIFIA borrowers including municipal entities, corporations, partnerships, State Revolving Fund programs, non-governmental organizations, and organizations that support prospective borrowers. In each session, EPA will focus on a specific topic and provide participants the opportunity to ask questions.

Webinar 1 Tuesday, November 29 (1:00-3:00 pm ET)
WIFIA Program Overview; loan terms and conditions; and credit policies
Register

Webinar 2 Tuesday, December 6 (1:00-3:00 pm ET)
WIFIA Project Selection; letter of interest components; EPA’s selection process; and the selection criteria weighting
Register

Webinar 3 Monday, December 12 (1:00-3:00 pm ET)
WIFIA Project approval and closing; and term sheet development.
Register

Learn More.

August 24, 2016 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:
Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
–  SRRTTF-08-24-16-Summary Notes_FINAL DRAFT
–  
SRRTTF Meeting July 27 summary_draft (decision item)
Agenda: SRRTTF August 24_2016 Agenda_draft V2
–  2016 SRRTTF Funding Support Letter_Governor Inslee docx (decision item)
–  Quick comments on the letter_AB
–  Data Managment Pilot Project – Scope of Work – Draft 08-08-16
 Draft SRRTTF Coment Letter – Solid Waste Handling Standards – 8_12_2016 (decision item)
–  AppendixB_0823_2016_Draft

Presentations:
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_08_22_2016_draft

Draft SRRTTF Funding Support Letter to Legislature: Please review

Task Force members are asked to review the attached draft funding support letter to Washington legislature. The Task Force will make a decision on the final letter at the August 24th Task Force Meeting.  Please provide feedback to Doug Krapas (dougkrapas@iepco.com) no later than noon on Tuesday August 16.

2016 SRRTTF Funding Support Letter_Governor Inslee.docx

Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grants – Application Announcement

Application Opens: July 15, 2016; Application Closes: August 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Overview of the Terry Husseman Account (THA) Funding Opportunity
THA Grants support locally sponsored projects that restore or enhance the natural environment. Typical projects address water quality issues and fish and wildlife habitat protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state (i.e., streams, lakes, wetlands or the ocean). Projects that restore or enhance the natural environment may be proposed to address an environmental emergency. An environmental emergency is a risk to the natural environment, as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. Projects that are of a statewide significance propose innovative approaches or technologies that could be applied in multiple watersheds throughout Washington, and result in a significant improvement to the natural environment.
 
To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.
 
Grant Award Amounts
Grant awards can be up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award is less than $20,000. High priority projects with costs up to $50,000 may be placed on a ‘wait-to-fund’ list if regional sub-account balances are low and more time is needed to successfully fund the project.
 
Application deadline
All application material must be received via the online process by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016. **
 
Application evaluation period and notice of award decision
All application material will be reviewed, evaluated, and scored by a team of Ecology evaluators. You will be notified by a Regional Fund Coordinator (RFC) of the award decision, no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. If a project is chosen to be funded, the project’s projected start date will be October 14, 2016 or thereafter.
 
Application Schedule of THA Funding Cycle for 2016
Date
Program Milestone
Friday, July 15, 2016
EAGL grant application opens
Monday, August 15, 2016
EAGL grant application closes**
Tuesday, August 16 – Friday, September 16, 2016
Evaluation period for EAGL grant applications
Friday, September 23, 2016
Notices sent to applicants
Friday, October 14, 2016
Projected start date of agreements, if chosen to be funded
Future funding cycles will be offered in the spring and fall of 2017
 
** Applications for projects to address an Environmental Emergency may be submitted at any time. An environmental emergency is a risk to the natural environment as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. The project must meet all of the application criteria. The project must meet all of the application criteria.
 
** Applications for projects that have a Statewide Significance may be submitted at any time. A project of statewide significance is one that proposes innovative approaches or technologies that could be applied in multiple watersheds throughout Washington, and would result in a significant improvement to the natural environment. The project must meet all of the application criteria.
 
Questions
For more information about this funding opportunity, please email questions to Amy Krause at: amy.krause@ecy.wa.gov.
 
Amy Krause

Ecology News: Water Quality Program State Fiscal Year 2017 Final Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan Published

The Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality Program is pleased to announce the publication of the State Fiscal Year 2017 (SFY17) Final Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan (Final List). The Final List describes how Ecology intends to use state and federal dollars to fund projects focused on improving water quality across the state. The Final List s available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/iwq/funding/Opp/WQC/CyclePages/WQC2017.html.

 This year Ecology received 155 project proposals requesting approximately $207 million in funding. To ensure that funds were directed to the highest priority projects, Ecology water quality specialists evaluated and scored all eligible project proposals. Scores were compiled, and a statewide priority list was developed. Projects offered funding are based upon the priority list, the type of project, and the funding source. After rating and ranking all eligible proposed projects, Ecology offered approximately $109 million to 54 projects. Projects offered funding include: 17 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects; 2 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects; 9 stormwater facility projects; 9 wastewater facility projects in hardship communities; and 17 wastewater facility projects in non-hardship communities.

 For more information about the SFY17 Funding Cycle, please visit the Water Quality Grants and Loans website at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/funding.html.

Funding Work Group Meeting, November 16, 2015

SRRTTF Funding Work Group

November 16, 2015

10 am – 12 pm

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#
  SRRTTF Funding Work Group Meeting Notes Nov 16 2015 Draft (3)

Draft Agenda

  1. Status of Urban Waters Small Grants application (Lands Council)

2. Evaluation and Recommendation for EPA Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program

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

See

3. Evaluation and Recommendation for Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2016

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

See

October 21, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend the meeting by webinar (presentations only):

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To join the online meeting

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1. Go to
https://wadis.webex.com/wadis/j.php?MTID=m176b2b46eec89b9be1cc90f4cceb4ae2
2. Enter your name and email address.

3. Enter the meeting password: SRRtf102115

4. Click “Join Now”.

For Audio:
Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
–  SRRTTF 10.21.15 Meeting Summary
 SRRTTF Oct. 21 2015 Agenda_draft_(revised date)
–  
SRRTTF_ComprehensivePlan_WorkPlan_2015_1012_draft
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SRRTTF 09-23-15 summary notes_draft
 SRRTTF UWSR data summary 
 SRRTTF Atmos.Dep. 10-21-15 (Presentation)
 SRRTTF UWSR data summary_EAP presentation
 Atmos dep in WA 8-6-15 INTERNAL Ecology memo for scoping purposes only
–  Lands Council Proposal Abstract

EPA Grant Solicitation:
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.

October 1, Funding Workgroup Meeting

The next meeting of the Funding Work Group is:
Date: Thursday October 1, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:

Funding Work Group Meeting Agenda

Funding Work Group Meeting Notes

Link to the SBIR Funding program

Link to the Urban Waters Small Grants program

July 29, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Mark Vincent Presentation: Pigments and PCBs
To joint the presentation from your computer, tablet or smartphone, please go to
For audio, please use the dial in phone number above.

*Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF July 29 2015 Meeting Summary (edited 9.22.15)
 SRRTTF July 29 Agenda_revised2
  SRRTTF Mtg Summary 06-24-15 DRAFT
Technical Documents
 SRRTTF_Phase_2_Draft_Report_2015_07_22
 Edit to 2.3.2 Blank Correction 29Jul2015 (Spokane County)
 Update on Scope of 2015 Sampling
 Draft Amendment 4 Appendix B Ecology contract 07-15-15
Ecology Outreach Grant
 SRRTTF Support Letter_Draft 2015 07 21
 7.21.15 update to gross grant concept
EPA Response
  EPA plan for PCBs in response to court order
 Spokane TMDL Notice_of_Filing_EPA Response_to_Remand_filed_7.14.15
 Ecology Response to Questions from EPA email dated 7 May 2015
PCB Purchasing Policies
  EPP Policy ADMIN 5600-14-07_City of Spokane
  ORD C35099 – 06-02-2014 – SMC_City of Spokane PCB purchasing ordinance
  Spokane County PCB Purchasing Resolution