Energy Department announces new office for renewable demonstration projects

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The Energy Department on Tuesday announced a new office devoted to renewable energy demonstration projects, funded by the recently signed bipartisan infrastructure law.

The law, which Biden signed in November, provides $20 billion for the creation of the office, which will fund demonstration project for technologies such as carbon capture and renewable hydrogen. The funds come from a broader $62 billion pot to speed up renewable energy development within the department.

“Thanks to the investments Congress made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country, proving the value of technologies that can deliver for communities, businesses, and markets,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.

“This new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations reflects President Biden’s commitment to help Americans turn on the lights in their homes, drive to work, and power their businesses using clean, affordable, and sustainable energy. This office will make life easier and safer for Americans all across the country,” said Mitch Landrieu, the White House’s coordinator for implementation of the infrastructure bill.

Renewable energy is a major prong in the Biden administration’s goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Granholm announced in March that the department will restart an Obama-era loan program for renewable energy companies. While Republicans sharply criticized the program’s loan to Solyndra, a solar energy firm that would later collapse, Granholm has pointed to another beneficiary of the program, Tesla, which later fully paid back the loan.

SBA Equity in Procurement webinar

Author: SBA Staff         Published: 12/21/21         SBA

Small Business Administration

Hello SBA businesses and entrepreneurs,

Thank you for your interest in joining yesterday’s webinar: Equity in Procurement: What this means for Small Biz. There was such high interest in hearing from Administrator Guzman and Associate Administrator Hidalgo on the topic of equity in procurement that our webinar was at capacity. Thanks to everyone who was able to join live, and for those who weren’t able to make it, you can view a recording of the event here.

For those looking to get started with government contracting, check out our online guide: Contracting Guide (

We also want to pass along several documents and links that go into more detail about the announcements shared on yesterday’s call:

Please reach out to your closest district office if you have any questions on certifications or other small business opportunities, and we hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season.

SETO Newsletter: New Small Business Opportunity; Fellows Wanted

Author: US DOE SETO Staff      Published: 12/2021    SETO

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What’s Inside: This edition of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) newsletter shares recent announcementsupcoming eventsproducts and publicationsand more.

If someone forwarded this newsletter to you, you can subscribe here.

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New Funding Opportunity for Small Businesses

DOE announced new funding for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I program for Fiscal Year 2022. Through SBIR/STTR, U.S. small businesses are encouraged to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development with the potential for commercialization. Topics include photovoltaic recycling, next-generation solar forecasting, and more. Letters of intent for this funding opportunity are due January 3, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. ET. 

Deadline Approaching: Perovskite Startup Prize Submissions

The deadline to submit an idea to the American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize is quickly approaching and there are still funds available for perovskite entrepreneurs to win—that is, until 6-9 finalists have been selected. So, make sure to submit your idea soon! The competition accelerates efforts to develop new, innovative, U.S.-based perovskite solar companies. Register your team and submit your innovation by January 7, 2022.

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Deadline Extension: Solar Forecasting Prize

The deadline for the American-Made Solar Forecasting Prize has been extended to January 12, 2022. The Prize seeks projects that predict how much energy solar power plants will generate and will select the best-performing algorithm with the strongest commercialization plan tools.

Apply for a Solar Office Fellowship 

SETO is hiring fellows who are seeking careers in clean energy and hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Fellows use their expertise to support solar energy research and development through all technical areas of research, communications, and outreach. Apply by January 15, 2022

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EnergyTech University Prize Challenges Students to Design Business Plan  

DOE recently launched the EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP), a competition that challenges post-secondary students to develop and present a business plan that successfully identifies an energy technology, assess its market potential, and propose a strategy for commercialization. EnergyTech UP awards more than $250,000 in cash prizes to teams, with $25,000 for solar-focused business plans. Register your team by January 31, 2022. 

DOE Releases RFI to Enhance Energy Supply Chain Resiliency

DOE issued a request for information (RFI) on energy sector supply chains. The RFI seeks input from all stakeholders involved directly and indirectly in the supply chains of energy, energy systems and technologies, and energy efficiency technologies. Submit your thoughts by January 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET.

Semifinalists for Solar Prize Round 5 Announced

The 40 semifinalists that are advancing in the American-Made Solar Prize Round 5 were announced earlier this month. Explore the teams that are advancing solar innovations—from a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station, to a marketplace for second-hand modules, and to agrivoltaics technologies. The Solar Prize is designed to incentivize the nation’s entrepreneurs to strengthen American leadership in solar energy innovation and domestic manufacturing. 

Solar District Cup Class of 2021-2022 Finalists

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the 35 teams from 39 collegiate institutions moving on as finalists in the Solar District Cup Class of 2021-2022. This STEM-focused competition challenges students to design and model distributed energy systems for an assigned campus or urban district. By solving real-world challenges, they gain valuable industry experience and prepare themselves for careers in the solar workforce.

Would You Like to be a SETO Project Reviewer?

SETO is expanding its reviewer pool and seeks potential candidates to review the applications SETO receives for federal funding opportunities and other projects. If you’re interested in becoming a potential reviewer for our office, sign up here and select “Solar” as the “Primary Area of Expertise.” Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

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New Guidance to Local Authorities for Updating Grid Interconnection Requirements

A new guide from NREL helps local authorities modernize their grid interconnection rules. The guidance details the necessary steps for a local authority, such as a state public utility commission, a rural co-operative, or a municipal utility, to incorporate IEEE Standard 1547-2018, which establishes grid interconnection and interoperability requirements for distributed energy resources.

Upcoming Events

National Community Solar Partnership Summit

January 25, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. ET Join SETO for its National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) Summit. The event will feature a discussion on how community solar and NCSP fit into broader DOE goals and share new announcements from partners that will help achieve NCSP’s target of solar deployment and $1 billion in community solar savings by 2025.

Energy Storage for Manufacturing and Industrial Decarbonization Workshop

February 8-9, 2022 DOE and nine national labs invite you to participate in a free, virtual workshop on Energy Storage for Manufacturing and Industrial Decarbonization (Energy StorM). The workshop will bring together members of industry, academia, national labs, government, and other agencies to identify energy needs (heat, electricity) and potential clean-energy storage solutions to help decarbonize industrial processes that contribute to nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Check out the full agenda and register today.

Products & Publications

In Case You Missed It 

Minority Serving Institution STEM Research and Development Consortium Informational Webinar

On November 19, SETO held an informational webinar with the Minority Serving Institution STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) and discussed the Science and Technology Research Partnership (STRP) Program initiative. 

Equitable Solar Deployment in SolSmart Communities Webinar

This SETO webinar featured a roundtable discussion with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council about the SolSmart designation program and its commitment to equitable solar deployment

Learn more about SETO or DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Rivian bets big on Georgia

Author: Leslie Hayward          Published: 12/20/21         Linked In

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Things are looking peachy at Rivian. The electric vehicle maker is set to break ground at a new manufacturing plant in Georgia in 2022. The $5 billion facility will be east of Atlanta and it will create 7,500 jobs, according to the company. It’s Rivian’s second production facility and they expect to build 400,000 cars a year there starting in 2024, or more than double what they’re making now at an Illinois plant. In its first quarterly report as a public company, Rivian said it’s falling short of its production targets this year due to supply chain issues.

Rivian has just announced a historic manufacturing investment in the State of Georgia. With construction beginning next year, we’ll eventually be hiring over 7,500 workers and producing up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Georgia was chosen after a long selection process for its talented workforce and high concentration of engineers—we’ve already updated our careers page with opportunities in the state! .

On-Demand: Moving States Toward 100% Clean Energy

Author: AEE Staff       Published: 12/16/21   AEE


Climate-related policy activities on the national stage continue to steal the spotlight, but when it comes to measurable progress, it’s the boots on the ground at the state level who are making things happen in the drive toward 100% clean energy. In this on-demand webinar, recorded live on November 18, hear from decision makers who were instrumental in advancing landmark clean energy and electrified transportation legislation in 2021, and learn how big legislative wins in California, Colorado, and Virginia will open market opportunities for advanced energy businesses. Download this on-demand webinar, featuring:

  • Delegate Lamont Bagby | Chair, Legislative Black CaucusVirginia House of Delegates
  • Senator Chris Hansen | Chair, Appropriations Committee Colorado Senate
  • Patty Monahan | CommissionerCalifornia Energy Commission
  • Amisha Rai | Managing Director (Moderator)Advanced Energy Economy

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AABE Our December 2021 Webinar is LIVE!

Author:  Tracey Woods       Published: 12/15/2021         AABE


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New funding for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I

Author: SETO Staff      Published: 12/14/21          SETO

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On December 13, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new funding for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I program for Fiscal Year 2022. Through SBIR/STTR, U.S. small businesses are encouraged to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development (R&D) with the potential for commercialization.

Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy. SBIR/STTR enables DOE to achieve its research and development goals through funding to small businesses. SBIR/STTR provides funding in two phases: Small businesses can receive up to $200,000 in Phase I to prove the feasibility of an idea; successful awardees can then receive up to $1.1 million in Phase II for prototype development.

Letters of intent for this funding opportunity are due January 3, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. ET. Along with your business information, the letter of intent must contain a 500-word technical abstract of your innovation. Please review the FOA for more information.

Topics 15 and 16 contain the solar subtopics for the funding opportunity, which are:

  • Multiuse Integrated Photovoltaic (PV) Systems (15a)
  • PV Recycling (15b)
  • Next-Generation Power Electronics Based on Silicon Carbide and/or Planar Magnetics (15c)
  • Technologies to Integrate Solar Generation with Energy Storage Systems and/or Electric Vehicle Charging (15d)
  • Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power System Construction, Manufacturing, and Reliability (15e)
  • Solar Hardware and Software Technologies: Affordability, Reliability, Performance, and Manufacturing (15f)
  • Transferring Novel Solar Technologies from Research Laboratories to the Market (16a, STTR only)
  • Concentrating Solar Power Technologies for Industrial Decarbonization (16b, STTR only)
  • Next-Generation Solar Forecasting (16c, STTR only)

Two additional technology transfer opportunities are available, which are designed to transfer a patented technology from a National Lab to a small business for commercialization:

  • Hierarchical Distributed Voltage Regulation in Networked Autonomous Grids (15g)
  • Novel Solar Collector Tracking Error Direction (15h)

Visit the SBIR/STTR webpage to learn more. We look forward to seeing your applications!

60 Finalists for $1 Billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” Announced

Author: EDA Staff       Published: 12/14/21         EDA

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60 Finalists for $1 Billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” Announced

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced the 60 finalists for the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) $1 billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” – the marquee of EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs. (Click here for press release.)

The 60 finalists – each a coalition of partnering entities – will compete for Phase 2, which will award 20-30 regional coalitions up to $100 million to implement 3-8 projects that support an industry sector. Today’s finalists, chosen from a pool of 529 applicants, will each receive a grant of approximately $500,000 to further develop their proposed projects.

Finalists’ projects span 45 states and Puerto Rico. For a full list of finalists and project summaries, click here.

The “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” seeks to boost economic pandemic recovery and rebuild American communities, including some that have been grappling with decades of disinvestment. By providing transformative investments of up to $100 million per Phase 2 grantee, EDA seeks to support community-led efforts to develop and strengthen regional industry clusters across the country – all while embracing economic equity, creating good-paying jobs, and enhancing U.S. competitiveness globally. For more about the Challenge, please visit our website.

The “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” is one of EDA’s many programs aimed at building strong regional economies and supporting community-led economic development. EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding under the American Rescue Plan to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. For more information about EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs, visit

Electrifying Transport with perspectives from DOE, ChargePoint, and GM

Author: OPE Staff       Published: 12/7/2021      OPE

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Electrifying Transport:
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Electric vehicles will play a major part in the future of transportation. Recent actions from the Biden administration, such as an August executive order and provisions in the Build Back Better bill, support this vision of a decarbonized transportation sector. Automakers also have a role to play in speeding decarbonization. GM, for example, recently announced that their lineup would be fully electric by 2035. This webinar will examine the current state of the industry, the challenges associated with meeting these goals, and panelists’ views on necessary policy support.
Opening Remarks From Sarah Fitts, Partner, Schiff Hardin, LLP
featuring Dan Levy, Senior Equity Research Analyst, Credit Suisse - Steven Boyd, Program Manager, Batteries & Electrification, DOE - Colleen Jansen, Chief Marketing Officer, ChargePoint - Michael Maten, Senior Strategist, EV & Energy Policy, General Motors
Wednesday, December 8
12:00–1:00 pm Eastern
OurEnergyPolicy is a non-partisan organization that facilitates substantive, responsible dialogue on energy policy issues, and provides this dialogue as a resource for policymakers, journalists, and the American people. The views of our partners are their own and do not represent the views of OurEnergyPolicy.

DC PACE Stakeholders Meeting

Author: DOEE Staff       Published: 12/7/2021  DOEE



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Join DOEE and partners for a conversation on the impact of DC PACE with a specific focus on the Ward 8 Unity Health Project.

Friday, December 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM

About this event

Earlier this fall DOEE was honored to conclude its formal tenure overseeing the DC PACE financing program for commercial building retrofits. This responsibility began with passage of the Energy Efficiency Financing Act of 2011 and included work over the past 10 years in close collaboration with local Community Based Enterprise Urban Ingenuity (UI), who served as third-party program administrator. DOEE is proud to announce the smooth transition of a thriving DC PACE, to operate within the DC Green Bank, under the continued administrative support of UI.

Please join us for a conversation on the impact of DC PACE with a specific focus on the Ward 8 Unity Health project. ALSO, learn how your organization can get involved and whether a PACE loan is a good fit for your project.

Got questions? Contact Jennifer Johnston at


National and Federal Opportunities for the week ending December 3, 2021!

Author: US Dep. of Edu. Staff       Published: 12/7/2021    WHIHBCUs

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Thank you for subscribing to the U.S. Department of Education, Initiative weekly newsletter. If you have questions about any of the opportunities listed or would like your organizations resources and events included in our next distribution, please email:


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The OUSD(R&E) HBCU and Minority-Serving Institutions (MI) Research and Education Program is pleased to announce awards totaling $15 million for two HBCUs to establish Centers of Excellence (COEs) in Biotechnology and Materials Science.  A merit competition conducted by the DoD HBCU/MI Program.  The COE in Biotechnology is awarded to North Carolina A&T State University, an HBCU in Greensboro, NC. The COE in Materials Science is awarded to Morgan State University, an HBCU in Baltimore, MD.

To read more about the new COEs, please access the press release through the following link:


EPA Environmental Justice Video Challenge!

What: We just launched the Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students. The challenge asks student teams from colleges and universities to submit a video that demonstrates innovative approaches to identify and characterize an EJ issue(s) in a community using data and publicly available tools. Participants will have the chance to win cash prizes and other benefits.

Date: The challenge is open now through April 1, 2022. We have an informational webinar on Dec. 6 where folks can learn more about the challenge and ask questions.

Social media: Our first social media post is up here if you can would like to retweet:

Upcoming Virtual Events

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Scholars Program

Throughout the year, the SEC seeks bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for our Scholars Program in our Washington, DC and regional offices. We offer paid internship opportunities that enhance careers by providing robust responsibilities and experiences to undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

In partnership with the SEC’s Office of Human Resources, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion is excited to host an upcoming Webex session designed to share information about our agency’s Scholars program, application process and helpful tips for interested candidates.

For more information, view the flyer here: 2021 OHR SEC Scholars Program Evite Dec 508’d.pdf

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Research and Stem Training Opportunities Webinar

View the flyer here: DOE Webinar

Are you interested in research and STEM training opportunities? The webinar will focus on research funding and training opportunities sponsored by the Department of Energy, Office of Science (SC).

The representatives from various SC program offices will serve as panelists. The webinar is an opportunity to listen to and collect feedback from the community.

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Opening Stage Doors

Opening Stage Doors – a free virtual theatre workforce convening held December 7th-9th from 12pm to 6pm ET each day. Curated by a team of arts leaders from around the country, this first-of-its kind event will spotlight current programs training young people and adults for careers in arts administration and technical trades. Keynotes and sessions will surface tools to make short term and long-term shifts, and work to collectively envision a more equitable industry. Participants gain practical skills and discuss a deeper change to the way we work as a field.


Here is the link to register for the event —

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NASA MUREP Aerospace High Volume Cooperative Agreement

DEADLINE EXTENSION AND WEBINAR! NASA’s MUREP Aerospace High Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative Agreement (MUREP High Volume) has extended the proposal deadline to December 10, 2021. This award is an opportunity for your Minority Serving Institution (MSI) to help address the bottleneck in domestic aerospace high-volume manufacturing created by the increased interest and demand for unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and urban air mobility applications.

To review the solicitation requirements and the previous teleconference recording and slides, visit the High Volume NSPIRES page. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support strengthening the resiliency and capacity of American manufacturing and supply chain.

Student Opportunities, Internships & Employment Opportunities


Environmental Protection Agency

The vacancy announcement for this position is currently open and is scheduled to close on, January 3, 2022.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please make sure to read the entire vacancy announcement and instructions for submitting all required/necessary documentation to ensure your application is complete and acceptable for review and consideration.

The following job opportunity is being announced within the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Immediate Office, (IO).

To view the specifics of this announcement, please click the following link:

Announcement Number:  RTP-SL/ST-2022-0001               

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Connecting HBCUs to local girls for STEM events!

Are you interested in hosting a high quality STEM event for BIPOC girls and gender expansive youth? Techbridge Girls offers mini grant opportunities (up to $5000) for applicants who are interested in helping to expand our network of girl-focused STEM events. All are welcome to apply, however we are particularly interested in applicants who host events in: Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Northern VA; Settle, WA; Atlanta, GA; Prince George’s County, MD, OR are connected to an HBCU or HSI.

Techbridge Girls has a 20+ year history of equity-focused STEM curriculum for BIPOC girls* and gender expansive youth. We catalyze the capacity of schools, nonprofits, and STEM-connected associations and groups to reach more girls, provide high-quality STEM experiences, and inspire girls to STEM careers.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please submit this form no later than December 30, 2021. Only online applications will be accepted.

*TBG welcomes all girls and gender expansive youth! We provide space for cis girls and trans youth, gender non-conforming and/or non-binary youth who experience(d) girlhood as a part of their journey.


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Join Us for a Virtual Information Session on the SEC SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Throughout the year, the SEC seeks bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for our Scholars Program in our Washington, DC and regional offices. We offer paid internship opportunities that enhance careers by providing robust responsibilities and experiences to undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

In partnership with the SEC’s Office of Human Resources, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion is excited to host an upcoming Webex session designed to share information about our agency’s Scholars program, application process and helpful tips for interested candidates

For more information, view the flyer here: 2021 OHR SEC Scholars Program Evite Dec 508’d.pdf

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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is offering various fellowship and grant opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

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Job Opportunities

Please see the link below that includes an announcement in USAJOBS for a VETS Legislative Analyst, GS-0301-9/11/12.  It will be open for 7 calendar days.  Please kindly share this opportunity with your staff, organizations, and others.

Link to DE-22-DAL-VETS-005:


2022-2023 SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs Call for Applications

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applicants for its prestigious SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs for the 2022-2023 academic year. The goals of the federal and state post-doctoral fellowship programs are to:

  1. provide fellows with firsthand experience in federal or state policymaking, implementation, and evaluation;
  2. provide federal and state executive branch agencies and Congress greater access to research expertise on a diverse range of child development topics to enhance evidence-based policy development, implementation, and evaluation; and build a network of experts that bridge developmental science, federal and state policymaking, and practice.

Federal Policy Fellowship Program

There are two types of federal fellowships: congressional and executive branchBoth fellowships are full-time immersion experiences in Washington, D.C., where fellows work as resident scholars within congressional or federal executive branch agency offices. We welcome applications from early, mid-career, and advanced professionals. The online application portal will be open by December 1. Visit the SRCD website for  requirements and to access the application portal. The application deadline for the Federal Policy Fellowship is January 4, 2022, 11:59PM Eastern.


State Policy Fellowship Program

This post-doctoral fellowship is a full-immersion experience, where fellows work as resident scholars in state executive branch agency offices. Fellows will receive support from a state supervisor and an academic mentor during the fellowship experience. The online portal to submit applications will be open by December 1. Visit the SRCD website for application requirements and to access the application portal. The application deadline for State Policy Post-doctoral Fellowship is January 24, 2022, 11:59PM Eastern



Want to connect with a former fellow before applying? We’ve heard from previous fellows that it is helpful to speak with former fellows about the application process and/or their fellowship experiences. View this list of previous SRCD Policy Fellows. Check out these other resources about the SRCD Policy Fellowship Program:

If you need any accommodations for the application process, would like to set up a connection with a former fellow, or have other questions, please contact:


U.S. Department of Agriculture is Hiring!

The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, work experience, room, and board. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is January 31, 2022. See the FY 2022 High School Application (PDF, 1.8 MB) and the FY 2022 College Application (PDF, 833 KB) and contact for more details.

USDA’s 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program 

There are 35 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities (also known as “1994s”), designated as land-grant institutions through the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994. For reservation communities, these 1994 land-grant institutions help improve the lives and career opportunities for Native students and the communities at large. 1994 institutions support research, education, and extension programs that enhance local agriculture and food production.

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program.

The program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, and books each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food science, natural resource science, or a related academic discipline at one of 35 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

Trainee and Scholarship Opportunity – Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

The Food Production and Conservation Business Centers (FPAC) has 10 paid training positions, each of which it will provide a scholarship through the USDA 1994 Tribal Scholarship Program. These are intended to lead to permanent employment with the United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program Phone: 202-720-6350 Email: natural reso

USDA is hiring

This announcement is for all Current Students, Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates, Alumni, and Other Job Seekers!!

Interested in a Challenging Career?  Ever Thought About a Career in Agriculture? If so, please view the attached flyer for information on how to apply for a position under the Pathways Program.  USDA FPAC is Hiring!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) mission area has over 600 paid student internships and entry-level career opportunities under the Pathways Program. The opening date for the Student Internship Program is October 12th and the opening date for Recent Graduate opportunities is October 18th.

Apply at! The announcement periods vary for the student internships and recent graduates programs!

Here’s the link to view FPAC positions currently posted:

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U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens

Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022 Contact:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2022 program. This 10-week summer research fellowship is for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM majors seeking to gain experience in energy research. Participants complete a cutting edge research project at one of DOE’s national laboratories or at DOE headquarters under the mentorship of our scientists and engineers. Participants receive a stipend, travel and housing assistance.


2021 U.S.-Brazil Innovation Fund Grant Competition

All higher education institutions in the United States are invited to apply for a grant competition with SENAI (Brazilian National Service of Industrial Training) Higher Education Schools and Innovation Institutes. The competition is sponsored by the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative. Proposals must promote academic exchange and training for students in the fields of: i) Internet of Things (IoT), ii) Cloud Computing, iii) Big Data, iv) Cybersecurity, v) Artificial Intelligence, vi) Environment & Climate Solutions, vii) Human Rights and Public Policy, viii) Health Sciences and Public Health, ix) Education (Technology & Distance/Virtual Ed), x) Biotechnology, xi) Business Development, xii) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), xiii) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The intent of this Innovation Fund grant competition is to award up to six (6) Innovation Fund Grants of up to US$34,250 each to selected proposals co-developed by teams of U.S. and Brazilian eligible institutions (SENAI Higher Education Schools and Innovation Institutes), pending the proposal evaluation and selection process.

Application Period: October 14, 2021 – March 28, 2022

For more information, visit:


HBCU In LA Internship Program NOW OPEN!!

It’s time for us to begin our search for the next cohort of HBCU Scholars and to let the HBCU community know that the HBCU in LA Internship Program application is now open!! I The application officially opened September 10th  and will close December 20, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

Begin your application now HERE!

The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program “HBCU in LA Internship Program” application for Summer 2022 will open September 10th!

We are looking for the best and brightest diverse student leaders to participate in this historic program. It is for both undergraduate and graduate students from HBCUs and other predominantly minority-serving institutions.

This highly competitive program is open to students of all majors with a genuine interest and passion to pursue a career in the Entertainment, Media, Sports, Music, E-Sports, Communication, and Technology industry. Students accepted into the program will be immersed in an 8-10 week intensive internship experience working behind the scenes with major studios, networks, agencies, record labels, production companies, and other leading industry organizations.

Begin your application now HERE!

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The Robert Frederick Smith Applied Public History Fellowship for HBCU Graduates offers a two-year appointment providing advanced training and scholarly support in public history, museum management, outreach programming, and partnership building.

Applications are due January 15, 2022.

For more information, please visit:

National and Federal Opportunities

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U.S. Department of Labor

Grant Opportunity: YouthBuild

The purpose of this program is to fund organizations to provide a pre-apprenticeship program model that encompasses education, occupational skills training, leadership development, and high-quality post-program placement opportunities to opportunity youth. YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who left high school prior to graduation that also have other risk factors, including being an adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, migrant farmworker youth, youth experiencing housing instability, and other disadvantaged youth populations. The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses multiple core issues important to youth in low-income communities: affordable housing, leadership development, education, and employment opportunities in in-demand industries and apprenticeship pathways. YouthBuild programs serve as the connection point to vital services for participants. Key aspects of the YouthBuild service delivery model include meaningful partnership and collaboration with the public workforce development system, education and human services systems, and labor and industry partners. DOL expects applicants funded through this solicitation to have well-established partnerships in place prior to grant award.

The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare opportunity youth for career placement. The academic component assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skill development in obtaining a high school diploma or state high school equivalency credential. The occupational skills training component prepares opportunity youth for apprenticeship and other career pathways and/or further education or training. It also supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building or significantly renovating homes for sale or rent to low- income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals.

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ED/IES SBIR FY2022 Program Solicitations are NOW OPEN

The US Department of Education and Institute of Education Sciences’ Small Business Innovation Research Program (ED/IES SBIR) provides non-dilutive seed funding to for-profit small businesses to develop and evaluate new education technology products to improve education and special education.

On December 1, 2021, ED/IES SBIR released two FY2022 solicitations, including:

  • Phase I solicitation #91990022R0001 which requests proposals for $250,000 awards for 8-months for the research and development (R&D) and evaluation of new prototypes of education and special education technology products. Up to 14 awards are anticipated to be made through this solicitation.
  • Direct to Phase II solicitation #91990022R0002 which requests proposals for $1,000,000 for 2-years for R&D and evaluation of new education technology products to ready existing researcher-developed evidence-based innovations (products, interventions, practices) for use at scale, and to plan for commercialization. The goal of this solicitation is to support the successful transfer of research to practice at scale in education and special education. Up to 3 awards are anticipated to be made through this solicitation. Direct to Phase II projects are awarded without a prior Phase I award.

The submission date for proposals under both solicitations is February 1, 2022.

Please note: During the period of time when the solicitation is open and when the review is occurring, ED/IES SBIR program manager, Edward Metz is not permitted to answer questions by applicants or potential applicants. Questions may be submitted via email to the Contracting Specialists listed within the solicitations. Any responses from the Department of Education will be provided as an amendment on the same website pages as the solicitations are listed.

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Analyzing Relationships Between Disability, Rehabilitation & Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant RFA Released for 2022!

Get funded for your graduate student research project!

Applications for Research Stipends Due: Friday, February 25, 2022

For more information and to apply

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is once again awarding graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation, and disability issues through the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program. The objective of ARDRAW is to foster new analyses of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students.

Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level part-time or full-time graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2022). Selected students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for the one-year program.

Informational WebinarWe will be holding an informational webinar on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm (ET). Interested students and faculty mentors are invited to attend. We will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application, and answer any questions.

Register for the Webinar

Contact us at with any questions.


U.S. Agency for International Development

We are excited to announce the launch of USAID’s new website,!  This site is designed to make it easier for America’s vibrant small businesses, NGOs, faith-based organizations, minority-serving institutions, diaspora groups and foundations to partner with USAID.  We strongly encourage you to register your organization in the Partner Directory, which will allow your organization to create a profile and connect with others in the development community to more easily forge prime and/or sub-partnerships in acquisition and assistance. Being part of this Partner Directory will also help increase your visibility and capabilities among USAID Missions. Questions? Email USAID’s Industry Liaison team at

USAID Award Opportunity

USAID’s Long-term Assistance and Services for Research Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (LASER PULSE) is pleased to announce the Minority Serving Institutions Request for Application (MSI-RFA) that will fund research awards for collaboration between an existing USAID activity and researchers from Higher Education Institutions in developing countries.  This opportunity calls for innovative, system-level based research and associated research translation that is focused on development challenges linked to USAID Country Mission priority.  USAID invites practitioners and researchers to submit letters of interest (LOI) by 14 December 2021, with Full Applications due on 14 February 2022.  To submit an LOI and/or download the RFA visit:  Questions? Email Dr. Betty Bugusu at

Eligible Lead Institutions: Only Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) as defined by the United States Department of Education are eligible to apply ( as lead institutions for this RFA. MSIs include institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students, or that serve certain populations of minority students under various programs created by Congress.  They include:

  1. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – Founded before 1964
  2. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  3. Alaska Native Serving Institutions (ANSI)
  4. Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (NHSI)
  5. Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPI)
  6. Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI)
  7. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)

This RFA is restricted to USAID partner countries that are not currently on USAID’s FY2021 special notification country list.

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Introducing Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program)

Last month, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm introduced Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) – a new pilot initiative to support communities currently experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Under this pilot initiative, DOE will provide technical assistance services valued at up to a total of $16 million to support 24-36 communities to develop their own community-driven clean energy transition approach.

  • Register and Apply. Applicants must register to apply for this opportunity. Once registered, applicants will receive access to apply. The application deadline is December 17, 2021 at 5:00PM ET.
  • Application Questions. Application questions, eligibility guidelines and other need-to-know information can be found in the Opportunity Announcement. DOE issued a final Opportunity Announcement on October 25th.
  • Stay Up to Date. Sign up for Communities LEAP updates on the website.
  • Office Hours. Communities LEAP staff is hosting two “office hour” style webinars for prospective applicants to ask questions as they prepare to apply. Questions will also be answered through Register now:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EST • Tuesday, Dec. 7, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EST

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Joint IES and NSF Funding Opportunity for National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes

IES has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in a new funding initiative to encourage scientists to focus on research and development of AI-driven innovations to radically improve human learning and education.

As a result of this partnership, IES is providing partial funding for NSF’s National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes – Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce (Solicitation 22-502) under Theme 6: AI-Augmented Learning to Expand Education Opportunities and Improve Outcomes. This theme has two tracks associated with the two IES Research Centers:

  • Theme 6 Track A: AI-Driven Digital Platforms to Expand and Accelerate STEM Learning in PreK-12 Settings. Under Track A, NSF and the National Center for Education Research intend to fund an institute that will advance AI research on digital learning platforms and create next-generation architectures for preK-12 STEM learning. Through this track, researchers are invited to propose to study the design and implementation of AI technologies (such as intelligent/cognitive tutors) that support highly adaptable, personalized, and distributed systems to expand access, equity, and depth of learning across diverse learners, institutions, and settings.
  • Theme 6 Track B: AI-Augmented Learning for Individuals with Disabilities. For Track B, NSF and the National Center for Special Education Research intend to fund an AI Research Institute that will advance AI-driven research and innovations for learners (birth through postsecondary) with or at risk for physical, cognitive, or social and behavioral disabilities, aiming to transform identification, assessment, and support for these learners. This institute will be funded through the American Rescue Plan and proposals must discuss how the work will respond to the needs of learners with or at risk for a disability in an area where the COVID-19 pandemic has further widened existing gaps and/or resulted in decreased access and opportunities for students with disabilities to learn and receive support services.

We strongly encourage education and special education researchers to consider applying to this funding opportunity by establishing partnerships with experts in the field of AI to design a research-based approach to meet the goals of Theme 6.

Please review the full solicitation for more information about each track and additional requirements for this AI Institute. Additional program-related announcements and resources, including information about an upcoming webinar and FAQs, can be found here. Note the following important dates:

  • The deadline for required preliminary proposals is January 14, 2022
  • The deadline for full proposals is May 13, 2022
  • Projects can start as early as June 1, 2023 (For the work focused on students with disabilities (Track B) the start date can be as early as January 1, 2023)

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES news flash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.


Author: EDA Staff          Published: 11/9/2021        EDA


EDA has become aware of a telephone/email scam in which the perpetrator claims that the victim has won an EDA award and needs to provide personal information and a processing fee to claim it. Please note that EDA does not provide grants or other forms of financial assistance or benefits (including unemployment benefits) to individuals and does not ask individuals to disclose personal information. In addition, EDA does not require applicants to submit a processing or other fee. EDA grants can only be obtained by following the procedures described in the Notices of Funding Opportunities provided for the programs below.

If you believe you have been the victim of one of these scams, or for more information, please read the following notice.


Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

American Rescue Plan funding enables EDA to provide larger, more transformational investments across the nation while utilizing its greatest strengths, including flexible funding to support community-led economic development.

With an emphasis on equity, EDA investments made under the American Rescue Plan will directly benefit previously underserved communities impacted by COVID-19.

EDA is making a Coal Communities Commitment, allocating $300 million of its $3 billion American Rescue Plan appropriation to ensure support for these communities as they recover from the pandemic and create new jobs and opportunities, including through the creation or expansion of a new industry sector. This commitment will be fulfilled through $100 million in Build Back Better Regional Challenge grants and $200 million in Economic Adjustment Assistance grants.

EDA has published the following funding opportunities:

Deadlines: Varies based on program.

Economic Adjustment Assistance: Rolling. EDA strongly encourages all applicants to start early and contact their EDA representative for assistance.

While EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, EDA strongly advises eligible applicants to submit complete applications no later than March 31, 2022 so that EDA can review and process the application in time to get a potential award in place prior to deadlines imposed by Congress. Submission by March 31, 2022 is not a guarantee of funding. Any award is subject to the availability of funds. See Section E of this ARPA EAA NOFO regarding EDA’s review process.

Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation: Rolling (Competitive Tourism Grants). EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible.

For EDA Competitive Tourism Grants, there are no application submission deadlines. While EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, EDA strongly advises eligible applicants to submit complete applications no later than January 31, 2022 so that EDA can review and process the application in time to get a potential award in place prior to deadlines imposed by Congress. Submission by January 31, 2022 is not a guarantee of funding. Any award is subject to the availability of funds. See Section E of this ARPA Tourism NOFO regarding EDA’s review process.

Indigenous Communities: Rolling. EDA strongly encourages all applicants to start early and contact their EDA representative for assistance.

While EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, EDA strongly advises eligible applicants to submit complete applications at least by March 31, 2022 so that EDA can review and process the application in time to get a potential award in place prior to deadlines imposed by Congress. Submission by March 31, 2022 is not a guarantee of funding. Any award is subject to the availability of funds. EDA strongly encourages all applicants to start early and contact their EDA representative for assistance. See section E of this Indigenous Communities NOFO regarding EDA’s review process and section G of the NOFO for EDA Regional Office Point of Contact (POC) information.

Build Back Better Regional Challenge (Phase 1): October 19, 2021

Statewide Planning, Research and Networks: Rolling (Research and Network Grants). EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Good Jobs Challenge: January 26, 2022


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity (PWEAA NOFO). EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs. Projects funded by these programs will support work in Opportunity Zones and will support the mission of the Department by, among other things, leading to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment, advancing innovation, enhancing the manufacturing capacities of regions, providing workforce development opportunities, and growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.

Through the PWEAA NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA programs (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities). Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy.

Deadlines: There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until a new PWEAA NOFO is published, this PWEAA NOFO is cancelled, or all funds have been expended.

Note that this PWEAA NOFO supersedes the previously published Economic Development Assistance Program or “EDAP-2018” funding opportunity.


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2021-2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Research and National Technical Assistance projects. This NOFO makes $1.5 million available for Research and Evaluation (R&E) projects and $1.0 million available for National Technical Assistance (NTA) projects.

Through the R&E program, EDA supports the development of tools, recommendations, and resources that shape Federal economic development policies and inform economic development decision-making. R&E program investments provide critical, cutting-edge research and best practices to regional, state, and local practitioners in the economic development field, thereby enhancing understanding and implementation of economic development concepts throughout the country. EDA also regularly evaluates the impacts and outcomes of its various programs as a means of identifying policy and program modifications that will increase the Agency’s efficiency and effectiveness.

EDA’s NTA program supports a small number of projects that provide technical assistance at a national scope. These projects support best practices among communities trying to solve problems related to economic development goals. By working in conjunction with its national technical assistance partners, EDA helps States, local governments, and community-based organizations to achieve their highest economic potential. The NTA program supports activities that are beneficial to the economic development community nationwide and includes, but is not limited to, outreach, training, and information dissemination. It can also provide assistance with implementation of economic development best practices and proven techniques.

Current Closing Date for Applications: There are no submission deadlines under this NOFO. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the termination of this NOFO or publication of a superseding RNTA NOFO.


Through its Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs, EDA assists eligible recipients in developing economic development plans and studies designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. The Planning program helps support organizations, including District Organizations, Indian Tribes, and other eligible recipients, with Short Term and State Planning investments designed to guide the eventual creation and retention of high-quality jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility studies and impact analyses.

Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF) for full information on how to apply. Below is a table showing each Region and their respective Funding Opportunity Number. Please note that applicants must apply to their respective EDA regional office.

Also note that any applicants who are in the process of developing an application under the previous NOFO can complete their submission and have one week to do so (until 3/23/2021). After 3/23, those postings will be closed. All other applicants will need to apply under the new NOFO and use the associated forms.

Regional Office States Served NOFO Number
Atlanta Regional Office: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN EDA-ATL-TA-ATRO-2021-2006846
Austin Regional Office: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX EDA-AUS-TA-AURO-2021-2006848
Chicago Regional Office: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI EDA-CHI-TA-CRO-2021-2006849
Denver Regional Office: CO, IA, KS, MO, MT, ND, NE, SD, UT, WY EDA-DEN-TA-DRO-2021-2006850
Philadelphia Regional Office: CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, PR, VI EDA-PHI-TA-PRO-2021-2006851
Seattle Regional Office: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, AS, MP, GU, FM, MH, PW EDA-SEA-TA-SRO-2021-2006853


Current Closing Date for Applications: Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. This Planning and Local Technical Assistance opportunity will remain in effect until superseded by a future announcement.


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published has published an Addendum to its Fiscal Year 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY20 PWEAA NOFO) making $1.467 billion in CARES Act funding available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, visit EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance website.

Current Closing Date for Applications: There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new PWEAA NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated.


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)” making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and Floods and Tornadoes in 2019.

Current Closing Date for Applications: There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated.


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017.

Current Closing Date for Applications: There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated.


(Required documents for submitting an application for construction assistance to EDA)

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Author : US FEMA Staff     Published: 11/8/2021     FEMA

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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.

FY 2021 Notices of Funding Opportunities

The FY 2021 application period for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), which includes the BRIC program, opened on Sept. 30, 2021, and will close at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 28, 2022.

Subapplicants should touch base with their respective State Hazard Mitigation Officer to ask about project priorities and additional application requirements or deadlines for submitting information.

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Fiscal Year 2020 Subapplication Status

On July 1, 2021, FEMA announced the status of subapplicants for the $700 million available in FY 2020 grants. See the selections for:

Actual awards are anticipated to be made beginning in late November 2021.

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Learn about the available funding, who’s eligible to apply, types of activities eligible for funding, and what to expect when you apply.

Get important application dates, resources to navigate FEMA GO, criteria required in your application and details on the documentation you need to include.

Understand your application status, the appeal process and how to manage your award.

Read about the mission and vision of the BRIC program, see its past and future timeline and access summaries of stakeholders’ feedback on its creation.

BRIC Resources

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Program Support Materials

Visit our Resource List for BRIC for important resources to support building codes, partnerships, project scoping and more.

Mitigation Action Portfolio provides detailed documentation on hazard mitigation activities that are eligible for funding. Download the template to submit your own project to the portfolio.

Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities (2021) presents the business case and practical advice for planning and implementation on nature-based solutions.

Infographic summarizes the mission and goals of the BRIC program.

March 2021 summary provide an overview of BRIC’s Fiscal Year 2020 application submissions.

Status update of the Fiscal Year 2020 BRIC subapplication selections.

FEMA GO is the grants management system used to apply for BRIC program grants.

News and Announcements

For the Fiscal Year 2020 application cycle, through the National Competition, FEMA selected 22 large competitive projects based on the highest composite score until the funding amount available had been reached.

The benefits of these projects oftentimes extend to disadvantaged or underserved populations of larger communities, where access to health and human services, transportation and communications is a priority.

These projects also focus on protecting large and small community infrastructure, which helps ensure the continuity of vital services.

The 22 selected projects fell into seven categories of primary activity type: Elevation, Flood Control, Floodproofing, Relocation, Safe Room/Shelter, Utility and Infrastructure Protection, and Wildfire Management.

Learn more about the competitive project selections

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FEMA released the BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity NOFO on Aug. 9, 2021.

This funding opportunity is posted on FEMA’s Grants webpage and provides detailed program information and other grant application and administration requirements.

The application period to apply for Fiscal Year 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) funding opened on Sept. 30, 2021 and will close at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 28, 2022.

FEMA encourages subapplicants and applicants to apply. There is $1 billion of BRIC funding available. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

BRIC Program Development Timeline
This graphic illustrates the process and timing of the BRIC program for fiscal year 2021.

Since the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018  was signed into law, FEMA has developed the BRIC program to address National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation (Provision 1234 ).

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Prospective subapplicants should contact their appropriate state, tribe or territory (applicant level) Hazard Mitigation Office with questions about the BRIC program.

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What SHOULD Maryland leaders do about climate change? Find out 12/14 6:30PM

Author: Emily Frias          Published: 12/7/2021      CCA

Dear Ronald,

Join us Tuesday Dec. 14 as we unveil an exciting new platform to fight climate change in Maryland. Sign up now!

The 2022 Maryland General Assembly session starts in just a few weeks, and the pressure is on to pass major, substantive climate policy in the final year of the four-year legislative term. With unprecedented federal funding coming our way, we have a golden opportunity to once again lift Maryland up as a national leader on climate… but only if our legislators are prepared to lead!

That’s why CCAN has worked tirelessly with other top climate activists — Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Maryland Legislative Coalition-Climate Justice Wing, Maryland Sierra Club, and others — to develop a comprehensive climate platform for the 2022 General Assembly session.

Join us and our partners on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 PM. Learn about our plans to push for BIG legislation to combat the climate crisis!

Our joint 2022 platform puts justice and economic recovery at the forefront, while committing us to the scientifically based emissions targets needed to keep the planet livable. From electrifying buildings, to green school buses, to creating new jobs, there’s a lot to love about this platform. Every climate advocate will find something in it that inspires them to fight for its full passage.

At this launch event, advocacy leaders across Maryland will tell you about all of the important things we’re pushing for next session. We’ll also discuss our plans to elevate this issue with legislative leaders, and how you can take a critical role in getting this platform over the finish line.

With a vision as bold as this one, we need all hands on deck to make it reality! Join us at 6:30 PM on Tuesday to be part of this historic effort.

In solidarity,

Emily FriasMD Grassroots CoordinatorChesapeake Climate Action Network

P.S. If you can’t attend the launch, a great way to take your first step to support the 2022 climate platform is to sign off on it yourself! You can read and sign a resolution in support of the platform here.

Climate Platform Resolution

To avoid the most catastrophic climate impacts, we must cut emissions by 60% below 2006 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by mid-century. This means bold decarbonzation in the top emitting sectors – transportation, electricity, and direct fuel use in residential, commercial, and industrial (RCI) buildings. In 2019, we tackled the energy/electricity sector by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Now, we need to take on buildings and the transportation sector while committing to bolder emissions reduction goals and climate action on the state level.

Please take a moment to add your name to the following resolution. **NOTE, if you represent an organization, it is best that you fill out the form here instead.**


WHEREAS, sea-level rise is expected to cost Maryland $27 billion by 2040, and by 2050, the typical number of heatwave days in Maryland is projected to increase from more than 10 to 50 days a year.

WHEREAS, the latest science put forward by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that wealthy nations must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

WHEREAS, the current draft climate plan to reduce emissions — which currently calls for a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and does not include accurate accounting of methane emissions— is outdated, flawed, and not strong enough to match the science.

WHEREAS, Maryland residents of color and those from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds bear a disproportionate burden of cancer risk from toxins in the air and are more likely to live in proximity to polluting facilities such as compression stations, landfills, and incinerators.

WHEREAS the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE’s) greenhouse gas inventory shows that the top three emitting sectors are transportation, electricity, and direct fuel use in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; yet, Maryland has not passed significant legislation to reduce emissions in the buildings or transportation sector.

WHEREAS, transportation is the largest source of climate emissions in Maryland with trucks responsible for 30% of carbon emissions and 57% of particulate matter, and transportation pollution disproportionately impacts communities that have been underinvested due to redlining and racial segregation.

WHEREAS, the direct use of gas, heating oil, and propane in buildings — primarily for space heating and water heating –accounted for 13 percent of Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.

WHEREAS, building electrification is key to reducing direct emissions from Maryland’s buildings sector and all-electric new buildings typically have lower annual construction and operating costs than mixed-fuel buildings. For these reasons, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change recommends the adoption of an all-electric construction code for all new residential, commercial, and state-funded buildings beginning no later than 2024.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned Maryland organizations, businesses, and individuals support:

  • Increasing emissions reduction requirements to achieve 60% carbon reductions by 2030 based on 2006 levels and a deadline of 2045 for the state economy to reach net-zero emissions.
  • Revising methane accounting practices to direct Maryland agencies to estimate indirect (upstream) emissions and use the global warming potential for methane over a 20-year time horizon in estimating the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Vehicle electrification through the Advanced Clean Truck rule and school bus electrification policy with prioritization of school districts in environmental justice communities.
  • Building emissions performance standards to get large buildings to be net-zero by 2040 with an emphasis on schools and universities in the interim.
  • Mandating new construction to be all-electric starting in 2023 with requirements for residential buildings to be energy efficient and solar-ready.

Have you heard of our advocacy arm, CCAN Action Fund? CCAN Action Fund aims to create change in public policy through voter education, lobbying, and participation in the electoral process. Like CCAN Action Fund on Facebook to stay in the loop:

M.C. Green Bank News: November 2021

Author: MC Green Bank Staff         Published:  12/6/2021            MCBB News

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December 8 Board of Directors Meeting 
Date: December 8, 2021Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pmLocation: TeleconferenceThe Montgomery County Green Bank will be holding a Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, ET. The public is permitted to attend this meeting. Please RSVP to attend and receive the teleconference information. View the meeting agenda.
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The Green Bank is working diligently to bring public awareness to our green energy programs. 
Montgomery County Council Proposes Legislation to Provide Annual Funding for the Green Bank
On Monday, November 15, Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker and Councilmember Andrew Friedson hosted a press conference to announce a major climate energy bill to fight climate change by working with the Green Bank. The legislation was introduced on November 16 by Council President Hucker and bill co-sponsors Councilmembers Friedson and Riemer and proposes dedicating 10% of the County’s Energy Tax revenue to the Green Bank.Green Bank’s CEO, Tom Deyo, provided remarks during the press conference. Additional speakers included Bryan Haaser, Board President of Glen Manor Condominiums that used a Green Bank CLEER loan for energy efficiency program, and Diana Younts, representing the Montgomery County (MoCo) Climate Action Plan Coalition, who is also a participant in the County Solar Coop and recent applicant for a Clean Energy Advantage loan.Please see below for media coverage:

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C-PACE Legislation Introduced for New, Expanded Features for Building Owners Proposed by Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich 
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has submitted legislation to the County Council that would expand financing opportunities for building owners to improve the energy performance and climate resilience of their buildings to help meet the County’s climate goals.The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Financing Amendments bill would expand an existing tool in the market to help building owners undertake energy efficiency measures, meet the new green building code requirements under the 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and be available if the proposed County Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) were adopted.
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National Funding for Green Banks Defined in Clean Energy Accelerator of Build Back Better Framework 
President Biden announced the Build Back Better framework, including funding for a national green bank that can support green banks across the nation. The Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator, which was proposed by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D, MI-12), would support local and state green banks, including the Montgomery County Green Bank. This national investment will greatly further the positive change of the Green Bank’s inclusive and affordable climate smart solutions and support the continuing accessibility of these offerings to all in our communities.
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The Green Bank is committed to connecting with the community and stakeholders. See below for updates on recent networking and community events.
Speaking on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Annual Solar Conference of CHESSA 

Tom Deyo, CEO of the Green Bank, joined a panel of national and regional solar industry experts on how to be more intentional on inclusion, diversity, and equity in the solar industry.  The panel was part of Solar Focus 2021 held by CHESSA (Chesapeake Solar and Storage Association).  The November 16 panel explored the needs to be more inclusive as well as the strategies that government, business, and community could take.
Virtual Contractor Breakfast onExpanding the Solar PV Market 

On Wednesday, November 3, the Green Bank hosted a Solar PV Discussion Panel on “Expanding the Market.” Cindy McCabe, the Green Bank’s Program Manger, hosted an industry roundtable on agrivoltaics, solar manufacturing updates, pricing forecasts, and connecting behind the meter for multifamily properties. The panel, including the County’s Office of Agriculture, CED Greentech, CHESSA, and the Green Bank, led an open conversation on factors impacting solar in the County and in the markets to help participants stay on top of local and national trends.
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Webinar: You’ve Been Benchmarked,Now What?!

On Tuesday, November 2 the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection hosted a webinar, “You’ve Been Benchmarked, Now What?!” Green Bank’s Director of Commercial Business, Rokas Beresniovas, joined a panel of speakers to discuss how to use benchmarking information to start saving money. Speakers reviewed common energy benchmarking metrics available via ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and the benchmarking scorecards, how to use those to start targeting savings opportunities, and ways to finance those projects.
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Energy Efficiency Discussion at Rockville Chamber of Commerce Meeting

On Tuesday, November 2 the Rockville Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion, “Save Money. Save Energy. Create Value. Help the Environment.” The Green Bank’s CEO, Tom Deyo, joined representatives from Pepco and CQI Associates to discuss the energy cost trends in the market, utility incentives to support energy savings improvements, and funding options for energy efficiency and renewable energy for property and business owners.  The Green Bank has increased its product offerings in the last year to now include C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy), a commercial loan for larger projects, a small business loan offering more flexibilities for small to medium size projects, and a solar PV program that offers no out-of-pocket costs and operating costs benefits.
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Statewide Clean Energy Advantage Program Introduced at Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) Virtual Contractor Meeting

ICF hosted the quarterly Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program meeting on Thursday, October 28 for participating contractors and support staff.  Along with the Maryland Clean Energy Center, the Green Bank’s Program Manager, Cindy McCabe, provided insight into the upcoming launch of the Maryland Clean Energy Advantage (CEA) Green Home Improvement loan program planned for January 2022.If you have questions about the Maryland CEA Green Home Improvement loan program, email Cindy McCabe.
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WEBINAR: Understanding Green BuildingTax Credits in Montgomery County

This webinar, recorded November 10, 2021, explores the opportunities for commercial and multi-family residential building owners seeking to apply for green building tax credits under the existing Energy and Environmental Design Property tax credit program (being phased out) and the new Energy-Efficient Buildings tax credit program.Presented by Selzer Gurvitch, with representatives from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS), this webinar provides an overview of the eligibility requirements, deadlines, and incentives available to commercial and multi-family building owners under the Montgomery County green building tax credit programs and other related opportunities.Slides for this webinar are available to download here.
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Online Resources and Events
Take advantage of these resources and webinars while staying-at-home:Clean Energy Solutions Webinar ArchiveView the library of Clean Energy Solutions webinars for topics ranging from home appliance efficiency and benchmarking to breakthrough information on achieving energy savings. New Buildings Institute Webinar ArchiveView NBI’s archive of on-demand webinar recordings on topics including codes and policies to advance net zero to zero net carbon schools.  ENERGY STAR Recorded Webinars and Online Contractor TrainingsLearn about the latest ENERGY STAR residential programs about advanced energy efficiency in homes, or revisit your contractor trainings for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to refresh requirements, objectives, and strategies. Home Energy Score Training WebinarsBrush up on your Home Energy Score understanding with these webinars from the U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

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With Stay DC no longer accepting applications, here’s where people in need can find assistance for utilities

Author: Will Schick               Published:  12/2/2021        The DC Line

The week after Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration abruptly stopped accepting applications for the STAY DC rent and utility assistance program on Oct. 27, the DC Council passed a bill to help protect city residents facing utility cutoffs and evictions because of financial hardships during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tenant Safe Harbor Emergency Amendment Act of 2021, which is currently under mayoral review with a Dec. 13 deadline, comes as city lawmakers and other officials grow increasingly concerned about the welfare of residents who continue to face financial hardships and may have to reckon with paying off overdue utility bills this winter. Council members hope the reprieve will provide time for eligible DC residents to seek help through a variety of assistance programs.

If enacted, the Safe Harbor legislation will provide tenants with new protections to use for defense in eviction cases due to unpaid rent, and prevent utility companies from shutting off service for customers due to lack of payment under a range of qualifying scenarios. These include situations where customers might owe less than $600 or have entered into payment agreements with the company.

Residents participating in programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) would also be protected from disconnections under the bill.

The previous moratorium on utility cutoffs — which the DC Council put in place for the duration of the public health emergency declared by the mayor at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — expired on Oct. 12. Two days later, Bowser announced that the District was on track to spend all of its federally allocated STAY DC funds and would soon stop accepting applications for the program. Both the Bowser administration and DC Council members are calling on the federal government to provide the District with more funds once they become available because other states have not distributed their original allocations.

Of the $34 million in requests for utility assistance received by STAY DC, $9.6 million had been awarded as of Nov. 12, according to a report from the DC Department of Human Services. The average amounts provided to individual recipients were $529 for gas, $861 for electricity and $1,054 for water.

Whether the mayor approves the emergency legislation or not, there are a number of resources available for people seeking help to pay for their utilities and other expenses.

The DC Line and Street Sense Media contacted the Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC), the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to learn how people facing economic difficulties can obtain assistance in paying their utilities. The OPC is an independent agency that is responsible for advocating for the rights of consumers of gas, phone, and electricity services in the city while the PSC is responsible for regulating those industries; OPC also has a division that advocates on behalf of DC Water customers. DOEE also administers various programs and services related to utility and energy use in the city.

I need help with my utilities. Who should I call?

  • You can always start with 311, the main point of access for city services. If a person is seeking assistance with their utilities and does not know where to turn, they can always pick up the phone and dial 311, according to Maurice Smith, the director of the Office of Consumer Services at the DC Public Service Commission. “Just in terms of facility, that might be the easiest, best route,” he said.
  • Residents can also reach out directly to the Public Service Commission at 202-626-5100 or the Office of the People’s Counsel at 202-727-3071 and speak to someone directly about their individual case.
  • DC also has a recently launched information portal called Front Door DC, where residents can learn more about programs they might qualify for that subsidize their utility expenses.
  • Eligibility for different programs varies but is usually based on household size and maximum annual income. While these criteria are not used for all discount and subsidy programs, they are the basis for many, including discount programs for electricity, gas, and phone services. A chart on the PSC website lists the general income caps: $72,250 for a one-person household; $82,600 for two people; $92,900 for three people; $103,200 for four people; $113,550 for five people; $123,850 for six people; $134,200 for seven people; and $144,500 for eight people.

What should I do if I can’t pay for all of my utilities in full?

  • You can develop a payment plan. Kellie Didigu, the communications officer at the Public Service Commission, stressed the importance of being proactive to avoid experiencing utility shutoffs. “Instead of just waiting for these bills to accumulate, we really need people to make a plan, to do that research and find out what programs are available, and then make certain that you’re paying what you can so that you don’t get so far behind,” she said.
  • The Office of the People’s Counsel echoed this sentiment. Not only are there payment programs in place at utility providers such as Washington Gas and Pepco, but the Office of the People’s Counsel can help people who don’t qualify for those existing programs to negotiate payment plans.

What do I do if I need help with other expenses that aren’t necessarily utilities-related? 

  • Often, people seeking help with utilities are also facing other kinds of financial hardships, explained Aaron S. Ward, the director of the Consumer Services Division in the Office of the People’s Counsel. “We try to keep in mind that, although they’re calling about utilities, nine times out of 10, they have other financial issues that they have to attend to as well,” Ward said. While the Office of the People’s Counsel does not operate the various utility relief programs, it is an information resource for residents seeking to learn more about them. Call takers there can also help coordinate payment plans with their utility providers.
  • Together the Office of the People’s Counsel, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Energy and Environment, and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility assembled a list of resources that can be found at The OPC has an additional page with contact information for various community partners that can also provide assistance to people needing help with utilities or other economic hardships.
  • DOEE administers a weatherization assistance program that fixes inoperable heating and cooling systems for qualifying residents. Residents can call 202-299-3316 for more information about the program.

I’m not behind on payments, but is there help available on how to reduce my utility costs?

  • You might be paying more for utilities than you need to. Depending on your income level, you may qualify for utility discount programs through Pepco, Washington Gas, and Verizon. There is also a program administered through DOEE called the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides assistance benefits between $250 and $1,800 for up to two payments per fiscal year, according to Kenley Farmer, the deputy director of DOEE’s Utility Affordability Administration.