Dear Energy Community Supporter,
Agencies from across the federal government are regularly announcing new funding opportunities, collectively worth billions of dollars, to help revitalize the economies of the nation’s energy communities. With this in mind, read on for the most up-to-date information on resources, new funding opportunities, deadline reminders and more.
Technical Assistance for Energy Communities Webinar Series Resources
The Energy Communities IWG wrapped up our webinar series focused on federal and non-federal technical assistance available to energy communities. If you missed a webinar or want to watch the webinar again, check out the Past Events page on our website. There you can also find the presentations and additional resources.
New Funding Opportunities & Announcements
- U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Announces $9.6 Million to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands in Wyoming
This grant is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Abandoned Mine Land program.
- U.S. Economic Development Administration Boosts Business Growth in Georgia’s Coal-Impacted Communities
This $794,472 investment is funded through the American Rescue Plan’s Assistance to Coal Communities initiative.
- U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $1.5 Million in Water Infrastructure in Tennessee
Hawkins County plans to use the funds for water infrastructure improvements needed to support business growth in the region.
- U.S. Department of the Interior Announces More Than $5.8 Million to Revitalize Coal Communities in Missouri
Funded through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, this investment will help reclaim abandoned mine lands throughout the state.
- U.S. Department of Energy Launches New Program to Help Communities Meet Clean Energy Goals
The $50 million Clean Energy to Communities program will provide three types of technical assistance: in-depth technical partnerships, peer-learning cohorts and expert match.
Upcoming Funding Deadlines
The following funding opportunities have application deadlines coming up in the next four weeks and can all be found in the IWG’s online clearinghouse.
- U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands Applications Due Feb. 9
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Applications Due Feb. 10
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Applications Due Feb. 14
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency FY23 Guidelines for Brownfields Training, Research and Technical Assistance Grant Applications Due Feb. 14
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program for Political Subdivisions of States and Territories Applications Due Feb. 15
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Consumer Recycling Education and Outreach (REO) Grant Program Applications Due Feb. 15
- U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE FY 2023 National Infrastructure Investments Applications Due Feb. 28
Events & Additional Resources
- New IWG Technical Assistance Webpage
Last month, we launched a new webpage with critical technical assistance opportunities and resources for energy communities.
- New IWG Technical Assistance Video
Check out our new video sharing details on the technical assistance page on our website.
- Appalachian Regional Commission In-Person Workshops Across Appalachia
Join ARC for Getting the Grant: Successfully Applying for ARC Funding Opportunities, an in-person workshop series designed to help prospective applicants prepare to submit applications for ARC’s 2023 funding opportunities: ARISE, INSPIRE and POWER.
Feb. 23, 2023, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., EST: Belden, Mississippi
Feb. 28, 2023, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., EST: Knoxville, Tennessee
March 2, 2023, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., EST: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- The Energy Transition: Opportunities and Challenges for Indigenous Communities in the U.S. and Canada
Join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a panel of experts for a discussion about opportunities and risks indigenous communities face due to the energy transition.
When a community loses 1,131 jobs and $8.5 million in tax revenue, how does it begin to recover? That’s the question Adams County, Ohio, was trying to answer in 2018 when two coal-fired power plants shut down.
To help Adams County and others in Appalachian Ohio address workforce development and economic challenges, Governor Mike DeWine created the Growing Rural Independence Together (GRIT) initiative. With $8 million in state funding, GRIT designed two connected programs: one to help high school students identify their career strengths and connect with colleges, trainings and job opportunities; and the other offering the same type of assistance for adults changing jobs or re-entering the workforce.
By partnering with Ohio Means Jobs, community colleges, career and technical centers, courts, drug treatment centers, and high schools across a five-county region, GRIT hopes to make it easy for everyone looking for a job to access these programs.
On behalf of all IWG member agencies, thank you for your continued interest in programs that support people living and working in America’s energy communities. Please feel free to share this newsletter with others in your network who may benefit.
Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization
Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy