Dear Energy Community Supporter,
The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) is committed to ensuring no energy community or worker is left behind in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Please read on for important federal funding deadlines, available grants, events and webinars, and a success story out of Wyoming.
Overcoming Common Infrastructure Challenges Webinar – Part 1
Mark your calendars for an upcoming Energy Communities IWG webinar addressing ways to overcome common infrastructure challenges in energy communities. This webinar will take place on June 29 at 2 p.m. EDT and highlight available funding for transportation and electric grid infrastructure from the U.S. Departments of Transportation, and Energy.
New Funding Opportunities & Announcements
- U.S. Department of the Interior Announces $63 Million in Orphaned Oil and Gas Well Funding
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a $63.8M investment under President Biden’s Investing in America plan. This funding will help create jobs by remediating orphaned oil and gas wells in national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges.
- Treasury and IRS Expand Clean Energy Tax Credits through Biden’s Investing in America Agenda
The Treasury and the White House will be hosting two virtual briefings to discuss the proposed guidance on clean energy tax credits and offer stakeholders the opportunity to gain insights into the regulations, ask questions, and provide valuable feedback. The first virtual briefing is set for Thursday, June 15th at 12 noon, while the second briefing will take place on Thursday, June 29th at 3 pm.
- Updated Eligibility Maps Released for 10% Bonus Tax Credit for Energy Communities
Updated eligibility maps for the 10% Bonus Tax Credit have been unveiled, providing valuable information on eligibility criteria. These maps serve as a valuable resource to help communities understand their qualification status and the benefits they can expect from this tax credit for advancing clean energy initiatives.
- U.S. Department of the Interior Announces $725 Million to Clean Up Abandoned Mine Land
This Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding will create good-paying jobs and catalyze economic opportunity in energy communities.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Opens FY24 Brownfields Job Training Grants
These programs recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Applications are due by August 2.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces $315 Million for Cleanup and Technical Assistance at Polluted Brownfield Sites
EPA selected 262 communities to receive grants totaling more than $215 million in funding through the Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (MARC) Grant programs. In addition, the agency announced $45 million in non-competitive supplemental funding to 22 successful existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant programs.
Upcoming Funding Deadlines
The following funding opportunities and technical assistance programs have application deadlines coming up in the next four weeks and can all be found in the IWG’s online clearinghouse.
Appalachian Regional Commission
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Broadband Technical Assistance Applications Due June 20
- Community Connect Grant Program Applications Due June 20
- Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program Applications Due June 30
- Intermediary Relending Program Applications Due June 30
- Delta Health Care Service Grant Program Applications Due July 3
- Consolidated Multifamily Housing Technical Assistance Grant Programs Applications Due July 3
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Energy
- Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives Applications Due June 20
- Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilot Projects Applications Due June 21
- Science Foundations for Energy Earthshots Applications Due June 21
- FY 2023 Conversion Research and Development FOA Applications Due June 23
- Domestic Near Net Shape Manufacturing to Enable a Clean and Competitive Economy Applications Due June 23
- Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office FY23 Multi-topic FOA Applications Due June 23
- Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas Applications Due June 28
- Research, Development, And Demonstration FOA (FY22) Applications Due June 30
- Storage, Validation and Testing: CarbonSAFE Applications Due July 6
- 2023 Sunny Awards Applications Due July 14
- Carbon Management – Round 3 Applications Due July 18
- Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing, Recycling, and Electrolysis Applications Due July 19
U.S. Department of Labor
- Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program Applications Due July 7
- Critical Sector Job Quality Grants Applications Due July 10
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorder Applications Due June 20
- Addressing Conditions to Improve Population Health (ACTion) Applications Due June 30
- Advancing Equity in Child Support Applications Due June 30
- National Indian Health Outreach and Education Applications Due July 10
- Community Economic Development Planning Grants Applications Due July 12
U.S. Department of Transportation
- Tribal Transit Program Applications Due June 26
- Safe Streets and Roads for All Applications Due July 10
- Airport Improvement Program Discretionary Grants Applications Due July 14
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Events & Additional Resources
- Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Tax Credit program (48C) Eligibility Map
This program allocates $10 billion in credits, $4 billion of which may only be allocated to projects located energy communities census tracts displayed in the eligibility map.
This website provides an interactive map that illustrates the impact of record-breaking levels of public and private investment across states and territories under the Biden Administration.
- Minnesota Energy Transition Summit
Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Join the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development’s Office of Energy Transition for the Minnesota Energy Transition Summit. This event is targeted for communities that have impacted facilities as defined in Minnesota State Statute 116J.5491.
- Illinois Coal Basin Rapid Response Team Regional Convening – Illinois
Tuesday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 28
This two-day event will feature multiple panels and workshops sharing information on critical funding opportunities for energy communities in the Illinois Basin.
- Demonstration of Procedure for Submitting PACE Letters of Interest
Thursday, June 29, 2 p.m. EDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service staff will provide an overview of the portal being used to submit Letters of Interest for the Powering Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) program.
- Illinois Coal Basin Rapid Response Team Regional Convening – Indiana
Wednesday, July 12
Vincennes University, Jasper, IN
More details to come!
- Potential Environmental Liability Associated with Developing Clean Energy on Mine Land Webinar
Wednesday, July 12, 1 -2 p.m. EDT
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to present a webinar on RE-Powering America’s Lands and liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
- Demonstration of Procedure for Submitting New ERA Program Letters of Interest
Thursday, July 13, 1 p.m. EDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service staff will provide an overview of the portal being used to submit letters of interest for the Empowering Rural America (New ERA) program.
- Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains Informational Webinar
As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is partnering with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to implement $10 billion through the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit(48C). This informational webinar is on June 27, 2023 at 2pm ET.
University of Wyoming’s business incubator program, IMPACT 307, has helped create and launch more than 200 businesses since 2005, mainly through community startup pitch competitions. It helps connect entrepreneurs to the resources and support needed to launch their business. The program was originally founded through a $1.6 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment.
While the program has primarily been serving entrepreneurs in Laramie, Casper, and Sheridan, last year, the program received another EDA grant for $2.4 million to expand into more rural areas, including the state’s energy communities. It now serves clients through a hybrid-virtual and in-person structure.
The University of Wyoming is partnering with eight community colleges across the state to tailor the support for each community’s needs. Through the expanded resources, IMPACT 307 will expand its program from six pitch competitions to 12 to 14.
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