Dear Energy Community Supporter,
Thank you for continuing to support the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) as we work to revitalize our nation’s energy communities. We hope you find this newsletter valuable.
In addition to this newsletter, check out our social media channels for funding updates and resources, like the posts here.
Last Chance to Register for Webinar on the Inflation Reduction Act
Join the Energy Communities IWG on Monday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a webinar highlighting Inflation Reduction Act programs that benefit energy communities.
Key programs discussed in the first webinar include:
- U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program Office’s Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment program that can be used to repurpose shuttered fossil energy assets.
- Programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture investing in rural America to support the clean energy transformation for a variety of energy community stakeholders.
New Funding Opportunities & Announcements
- U.S. Department of the Interior Announces $135 Million to Help Create Jobs and Revitalize Land in Coal Communities
The Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization grants fund projects that return legacy coal mining sites to productive uses through economic and community development.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Makes Available $3.2 Million in Community Economic Development (CED) Focus on Energy Communities Grants
The program, funded through the Administration for Children and Families, will support projects in communities that have experienced employment loss and/or economic dislocation events as a result of declines in the fossil fuel industry.
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 Health and Human Services Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program Applications Due March 21
- U.S. Economic Development Administration Recompete Pilot Program Input Due March 27
- U.S. Department of Energy Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation Applications Due March 27
- U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Applications Due March 27
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Applications Due March 31
- U.S. Department of Energy Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Applications Due March 31
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia Applications Due April 4
- U.S. Department of Energy Additional Clean Hydrogen Programs Applications Due April 7
- U.S. Department of Energy Multi-Topic Manufacturing Funding Opportunity Applications Due April 7
- Denali Commission Program Grants Applications Due April 14
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program Applications Due April 14
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Government-to-Government (EJG2G) Program Applications Due April 14
- Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative Applications Due April 19
Events & Additional Resources
- Shaping your Coal Community’s Approach to Place-Based Economic Diversification
Thursday, March 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the National Association of Counties’ BRECC National Network listening session outlining a Place Value asset-based framework for creating more diverse and resilient economies.
- Recording of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Pre-Application Workshop
Check out this webinar recording to learn more about ARC’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative and the application process.
- White House Factsheet on Addressing the Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice
Learn about how the Biden-Harris Administration is advancing clean energy and investing in climate science, strengthening resilience, and advancing environmental justice.
Illinois Basin Rapid Response Team Workshop
Last week, federal agency officials from the Energy Communities IWG’s Illinois Basin Rapid Response Team (RRT) hosted a workshop in Marion, Illinois to connect energy community leaders with relevant state and federal resources and funding opportunities.
Community leaders learned how to create accounts to apply for grants and best practices for managing grants during and after the application process.
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