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Funding Opportunities

EPA Awarding Grants to Protect and Restore Wetlands
Tuesday, January 27, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. The National Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs. -- (full text)

2015 Energy Audits Department of Agriculture Business and Cooperative Programs
Thursday, January 22, 2015-- The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant is available to a unit of State, Tribal, or local government; instrumentality of a State, Tribal, or local government; institution of higher education; rural electric cooperative; a public power entity; or a council, as defined in 16 U.S.C. 3451. The recipient of grant funds, (grantee), will establish a program to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the energy efficiency and the potential to incorporated renewable energy technologies into their operations. The closing date for this grant is February 12, 2015. Contact -- (full text)

Development of Feasibility Studies under the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for Fiscal Year 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015-- The U.S. Department of the Interiors (Interior) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage Americas Resources for Tomorrow) program establishes a framework to provide Federal leadership and assistance for using water efficiently, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various Interior bureaus and offices. Through the program, Interior is working to achieve a sustainable water strategy to meet the Nations water needs. Application deadline: March 3, 2015 -- (full text)
[U.S. Department of the Interior]

FY15 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
Monday, January 12, 2015-- EPA is announcing the availability of funding to nonprofit organizations and eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities, chemical safety, emergency response, integrated pest management, and waste and stormwater management. These grants are provided to organizations to develop environmental programs that recruit, train, and place, unemployed and under-employed, including low-income and minority, residents historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Please note that under this competition, applicants will be required to submit their proposals through www.grants.gov. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted under the FY15 competition. Proposals are due February 3, 2015. -- (full text)

Green Infrastructure Funds Available
Friday, January 09, 2015-- Since 2009, states have been required to spend a portion of their Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) dollars on projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or environmentally innovative activities. In FY 2014, Congress and President Obama have provided another $1.45 billion to capitalize the CWSRF program, and mandated that no less than 10 percent of these funds be dedicated to the Green Project Reserve, or approximately $145 million nationwide. The state agencies that administer CWSRF programs have developed different methods to disperse Green Project Reserve dollars. -- (full text)
[Sustainable Strategies DC]

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
Thursday, January 08, 2015-- The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development. The Five Star program provides $20,000 to $50,000 grants with an average award size of $25,000. Grants that are in the $30,000-$50,000 range are typically two years and are in urban areas. Match of at least 1:1 is expected. Lower match than 1:1 will decrease the competitiveness of your application. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2015. -- (full text)
[National Fish and Wildlife Foundation]

Matching Grants Available for Local Sustainability Projects
Thursday, January 08, 2015-- A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places 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 will provide 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 deadline for applications is January 28, 2015. -- (full text)

EPA Announces Availability of $2.7 Million in Environmental Education Local Grants
Tuesday, January 06, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $2,730,000 of funding for Environmental Education Local Grants. The maximum allowed grant under the program is $91,000. The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. The grants program also provides participants with the opportunity to develop skills needed in order to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. The deadline to apply for a grant is March 6, 2015. Please refer to the full announcement, including Section IV, for additional information on submission methods and due dates. -- (full text)