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Director’s Update – June 7, 2024

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) is pursuing a whole-of-government approach to create good-paying union jobs, spur economic revitalization, remediate environmental degradation and support energy workers in coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities across the country.

§ 48C Round 2 Concept Papers Due June 21

The Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) recently held a webinar to discuss the new Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (§ 48C) program Round 2 guidance and application process.

In case you missed the webinar, below is some important information to help you navigate the application process for Round 2:

  • Links to access the entire webinar recording and slides.
  • Download concept papers templates to help kickstart your application process. Revised templates will be available soon.
  • To register, start your application, and find all necessary information, please go to the § 48C application portal.

Please note, the § 48C Round 2 concept paper submission window opened May 22, 2024, and will close June 21, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET. For each proposed project, applicants must submit a completed PDF template for the relevant project category and a completed datasheet.

Updated Energy Communities Tax Credit Bonus Map

The Inflation Reduction Act’s Energy Community Tax Credit Bonus applies a bonus of up to 10% (for production tax credits) or 10 percentage points (for investment tax credits) for projects, facilities and technologies located in energy communities. Check out the updated map to see if your community qualifies.

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Funding Opportunities for Workforce Development

  • FY25 Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grants Due August 1
    EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 grants nationwide, up to $500,000 per award. The grants allow nonprofits and other eligible organizations to recruit, train and retain a local, skilled workforce by prioritizing unemployed and under-employed workers — including low-income individuals living in communities disproportionately impacted by solid and hazardous waste — in environmental jobs.
    • The Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization will host an outreach webinar June 6, 2024, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. ET to explain the grant guidelines for interested applicants and to address commonly asked questions. Prior registration is not required.

  • Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Round 6: A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian, Delta, and Northern Border Regions Due June 20
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) WORC grants are designed to address the employment and training needs of the local and regional workforce, created in collaboration with community partners and aligned with existing economic and workforce development plans and strategies.

  • DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program Round 2 Due July 1
    DOL announced the availability of $35 million to enable public-private partnerships to develop, implement and scale worker-centered programs that train people for in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing; information technology; and professional, scientific and technical service occupations.

  • Critical Sector Job Quality Grants Due July 15
    DOL announced $12 million in additional funds to improve job quality and increase the availability of good jobs in critical industries. This includes an emphasis on training provided for jobs in the care economy, such as home, elder and childcare.

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 Energy Communities IWG’s online clearinghouse. To learn more about how to navigate the clearinghouse, click here.

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Events & Additional Resources

  • Advancing Appalachia: ARC 2024 Annual Conference
    September 4–5, 2024
    Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee
    ARC’s annual conference will highlight how Appalachia’s 13 states and 423 counties are working to advance the region by building businesses and workforces, investing in infrastructure and tourism, and growing local leadership capacity.

  • Southern Illinois IWG Funding Panel
    October 22–23, 2024
    University of Illinois Extension Center, Carmi, Illinois

  • Rural Partners Network: Rural Innovator Initiative
    Nomination deadline: June 14, 2024
    USDA Rural Development announced its Rural Innovators Initiative, which uplifts stories of extraordinary local leaders who are taking action to ensure their communities thrive for generations to come. Nominate a rural innovator today!

  • Anchoring Clean Energy Manufacturing Investments in Coal Country and Beyond
    Check out the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s newest blog post on the history of the § 48C program and how the credit is incentivizing and anchoring investments in clean energy manufacturing facilities across the country.

  • Rural Grant Applicant Toolkit for Competitive Transportation Funding
    The U.S. Department of Transportation developed a guide for potential applicants to identify and navigate discretionary opportunities for rural transportation projects. Although the Grant Applicant Toolkit focuses on rural transportation projects, many grant funding resources contained throughout can apply more broadly to other projects. 

Support § 48C as a Reviewer 

Are you interested in supporting the implementation of this impactful program? DOE’s MESC has exciting opportunities available to contribute to the § 48C Tax Credit Program Application merit review process. Learn more about how to apply here.

On behalf of all Energy Communities 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.  

Best regards,

Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization

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