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 here2helpdc.dc.gov. 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.

National and Federal Opportunities for the week ending November 26,2021

Author: US Department of EDU. Staff          Published: 12/1/2021        HBCUnewsletter@ed.gov

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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: https://twitter.com/EPAresearch/status/1455929030239297552



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Digital Africa Partnership with Disney

Exciting announcement on Digital Africa with US Aid, State Dept and Disney! In case you want to know more, please reach out to Lisa Blonder at US Aid.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Exciting new U.S. government partnership with the private sector and local partners! This week USAID, U.S. Department of State, The Walt Disney Company, and Kenyan-based, award-winning WildlifeDirect Inc announced a partnership to launch #NationalGeographicKidsAfrica – an educational entertainment television series, digital platform, and community outreach program designed to inspire youth, families, and communities to protect and conserve the world around them.  #NationalGeographicKidsAfrica will be entirely produced in Africa by African filmmakers and experts to showcase the stories, leadership, and expertise of young conservationists and communities from across the continent.  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the partnership in the heart of the Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya.

How do you create a strong partnership?  With patience, perseverance, and an amazing team of champions.  Thanks to Catherine Collins James Filippatos, Sajda Ouachtouki, Christine Camerer (Service), Paula Kahumbu, Trish Sewe, Lilly Bekele-Piper, SarahJean Harrison, Samira Gerin-Singh, Gaynor Korsten, Tracy-Ann van Rooyen, Harriet Allen, Mikala Lauridsen, Natalie Bailey, Kirstin Siex, Jared Stokes, Jenny Griesel, Arjun Tasker, Ken Lee and many more!  Thanks for all you do!

Check out the highlights below and stay tuned for more exciting updates!



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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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White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

VIRTUAL HBCU CAREER AND RECRUITMENT FAIR

December 2, 2021

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Attendee Registration: HBCU Career and Recruitment Fair (vfairs.com)

All majors and disciplines are welcomed and encouraged to attend!



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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.

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Here is the link to register for the event — https://hopin.com/events/opening-stage-doors



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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.



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The Motion Picture Association

in partnership with

Empire State Development and Urbanworld

Invite you to attend the virtual: NEW YORK STATE MULTICULTURAL CREATIVITY SUMMIT

The New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit will provide a roadmap for diverse content creators to navigate the film and television industry. This collaborative effort also includes support from NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS, The Walt Disney Company, and WarnerMedia.

The Summit’s program will include discussions on “Talent Trends at Studios/Networks,” “Funding Your Story,” “Funding Your Story,” “Stories on Set,” and “Streaming Platforms: What’s Next, Now.”

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

1:00PM – 4:00PM ET

SEE FLYER

RSVP: www.motionpictures.org/nyscreativity

Opening Remarks

  • John Gibson, Vice President, External and Multicultural Affairs, Motion Picture Association
  • Gabrielle Glore, Festival Director and Head of Programming, Urbanworld
  • Charles H. Rivkin, Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association

Program Speakers

  • Axel Caballero, Head of WarnerMedia Onefifty & Vice President of Artistic and Cultural Innovations
  • Brett King, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion, Sony Picture Entertainment
  • Brian O’Leary, Senior Vice President, Tax Counsel, NBCUniversal
  • Chiquita Woolfolk Banks, Senior Advisor, Production & Investment Planning, The Walt Disney Company
  • Constance McFeeley, Director, NYS Entertainment Tax Credit Programs, Empire State Development
  • Emerlynn Lampitoc, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Global Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal
  • Graham Lee, Vice President, Tax Counsel — Production, ViacomCBS
  • Jinny Howe, Vice President, Drama Series Development, Netflix
  • Karen Horne, Senior Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, Programs, WarnerMedia
  • Patricia Bayley, Vice President, Digital & New Media Development, Empire State Development
  • Stacy Spikes, Founder, Urbanworld; Co-Founder, Moviepass
  • Yoni Bosker, Executive Director/Vice President, NYS Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTV)/New Media at Empire State Development

RSVP: www.motionpictures.org/nyscreativity

Join the Conversation Online: #NYCreativity,For more information, view the flyer here: NYCreativity



Student Opportunities, Internships & Employment Opportunities



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Funded Fellowship + Startup Accelerator at Princeton University

APPLICATIONS CLOSE SOON!

START Entrepreneurs is an integrated program that is part academic fellowship and part startup accelerator. The goal of the program is to help aspiring commercial and social entrepreneurs translate academic scholarship into highly impactful new ventures. Each START Entrepreneur spends 12 months on campus at Princeton working with a faculty member on translational research, followed by 18 months off campus at the Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs building their startup company or non-profit.

The program comes with up to $400,000 in funding, entrepreneurship education, tailored mentorship and personalized introductions to funders. It is open to anyone with an advanced degree (strong preference for Ph.D.s) and the ability to work in the US. We seek strong candidates from across the academic spectrum.

The START program strongly encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to the University’s diversity, broadly defined, including members of groups that have been historically, and are presently, underrepresented in academic entrepreneurship, such as racial and ethnic minorities.

For information visit https://start.princeton.edu/.



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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.

Learn More about THE FEDERAL POLICY FELLOWSHIP and APPLY

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

Learn More about THE STATE POLICY FELLOWSHIP and APPLY


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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: policyfellowships@srcd.org



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HBCU Student Opportunity!

The HBCU Founders Initiative, along with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and VentureWell, is collaborating with Verizon and Clinton Global Initiative University to ensure there is support, engagement with, and representation of HBCU students in the Verizon Forward for Good Challenge. The Challenge seeks to tackle society’s greatest challenges across education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

Teams must include current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. institutions. Finalists will receive access to intensive summer entrepreneurship training with accelerator partner VentureWell, seed funding, and living stipends to advance their solutions.

For more about the initiative and for help positioning your application in the best possible way please fill out the form and check out the support sessions offerings found in the link below. https://www.hbcufi.org/forward-for-good



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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 1890init@usda.gov 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: 1994@usda.gov 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 www.usajob.gov! The announcement periods vary for the student internships and recent graduates programs!

Here’s the link to view FPAC positions currently posted: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/Results?a=AG99&a=AG16&a=AGFA&a=AG08&show=hp&show=ag&hp=student&hp=graduates&p=1



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U.S. Department of Energy

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: mlef@hq.doe.gov

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.



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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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/grants/



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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is sharing links to our lists of career and internship opportunities, along with other information of interest to potential applicants.

To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.

For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.



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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

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: https://nmaahc.si.edu/connect/osp/robert-frederick-applied-public-history-fellowship-for-hbcu-graduates



National and Federal Opportunities



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Engagement Opportunities in NASA STEM 2022 (EONS–2022)

Appendix I: MUREP Precollege Summer Institute (MUREP PSI)

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (NOFO) RELEASED NOVEMBER 15, 2021

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) entitled Engagement Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) – 2022, solicits proposals for competitive funding opportunities in support of the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) administered by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM). EONS-2022 is an omnibus announcement that includes a wide range of NASA STEM Engagement opportunities for basic and applied science and technology research and education. Specific opportunities will be issued periodically throughout the year as Appendices to this solicitation with individual requirements and milestones.

The following Appendix to EONS-2022 has been released: Appendix I: MUREP Precollege Summer Institute (MUREP PSI)

  – Proposals due Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

NASA OSTEM’s MUREP solicits proposals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to establish a MUREP Precollege Summer Institute (PSI) that will increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented high school students in STEM areas and equip them for success in college STEM degree programs and eventually in STEM careers.

NASA anticipates making ten (10) awards of up to $65,000 each, for a 6-month period of performance.  For general inquiries, contact: MUREP-PSI@nasaprs.com .

A pre-proposal teleconference for the MUREP PSI opportunity will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. During this session, the MUREP PSI team will give an in-depth overview of the opportunity and highlight information contained in the EONS 2022 document regarding proposal preparation and requirements. Please visit the MUREP PSI landing page in NSPIRES for information on how to join the call. Any changes to this session will be posted here as well; you are strongly advised to check for updates prior to the call.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit the ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN NASA STEM (EONS-2022) page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and click on ‘List of Open Program Elements’.



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USAID AWARD OPPORTUNITY for HBCUs and MSIs!!

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 (i.e. project or program) and researchers from Higher Education Institutions in developing countries.  MSI research will better inform the current or future iterations of a given ongoing USAID activity, by identifying a new research component (or a solution co-developed with a researcher), which will lead to increased impact of the activity on its intended beneficiaries.

Eligible Lead Institutions: Only Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) as defined by the United States Department of Education are eligible to apply (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html) 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.

All USAID technical sectors are open for consideration, except for certain activities that fall under global health.  Up to five (5) awards will be made, for an anticipated project duration of 12 months, with a maximum total budget of US $150,000 per award.

We hereby invite practitioners and researchers to submit letters of interest (LOI) by 14 December 2021, with Full Applications due on 14 February 2022, in accordance with all RFA submission requirements.  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.

If you are interested in submitting an LOI, please go to: https://laserpulse.org/msi-rfa/.  You may also download the full RFA and associated materials from the link on this page.

If you are unable to access the website, please send your LOI and later Full Application, including associated documentation, to this email: applicationsubmit@laserpulse.org.  If you have any technical questions, please send an email to Dr. Betty Bugusu at td@laserpulse.org.



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U.S. Department of Labor

The Employment and Training Administration has posted pre-solicitation notice 1605JE-22-R-00003 for the Operation of the Miami Job Corps Center with Outreach & Admissions and Career Transition Services on sam.gov at: https://sam.gov/opp/e6844d8a030f478eb8fe4e99c59f77ec/view.

MIAMI JOB CORPS CENTER PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE

On or about November 30, 2021, the US Department of Labor (DOL), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), Office of the Senior Procurement Executive (OSPE), Job Corps Acquisition Services (JCAS) anticipates issuing a Request for Proposal, (RFP), for Operation of the Miami Job Corps Center located at 3050 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens, Florida  33056, which will include Outreach and Admissions (OA) and Career Transition Services (CTS) for eligible individuals participating in the Job Corps program.  The RFP will be posted as a Total Small Business Set-Aside.

The Job Corps program was originally established by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; current authorization for the program is authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The Job Corps program is a national residential and non-residential training and employment program administered by the US Department of Labor to address multiple barriers to employment faced by disadvantaged youth, ages 16-24 years, throughout the United States.

This effort requires the contractor to operate the aforementioned Job Corps center which includes provision of academic, career technical, career success and independent living skills, career readiness training, and support services, for a total planned On-Board Strength of 300 students, consisting of 165 residential and 135 non-residential students. The contractor shall also operate residential quarters (housing) and services for all students as applicable. The Contractor shall provide OA services in the following workforce development areas in the state of Florida.  Visit https://neapmap.com for the recruitment area map.

Youth screened for the Job Corps program shall come from workforce development areas in the state of Florida as follows:

CareerSource Brevard, CareerSource Suncoast, CareerSource Heartland, CareerSource Research Coast, CareerSource Palm Beach County, CareerSource Broward, CareerSource South Florida, and CareerSource Southwest Florida.

The contractor shall ensure the annual arrival of a minimum of 380 students to the Miami Job Corps Center. The contractor will also be required to provide CTS annually for students enrolled at the Miami Job Corps Center, regardless of where the graduate or former enrollee resides or matriculates, and former enrollees within their eligibility period that separated under the prior operator.

The RFP will be available on the World Wide Web at the government point of entry, Contract Opportunities (FBO) located at https://Sam.gov. The RFP will be posted as a Total Small Business Set-Aside, will be fixed price, and will have not-to-exceed CLINS for construction, equipment, and career technical skills training. It is anticipated that the resultant contract will have a two-year base period of performance and three, one-year option periods. Due to current travel restrictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Government is unable to schedule a pre-proposal conference and site visit. In lieu of a site visit, offerors are encouraged to visit the center virtually by using the following site: https://virtualtours.jcmarketplace.com. All questions must be submitted in writing and will be addressed via an amendment to the RFP.



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USDA Announces Intent to Establish an Equity Commission, Solicits Nominations for Membership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will establish an Equity Commission and is requesting nominations for membership on the Equity Commission Advisory Committee and Equity Commission Subcommittee on Agriculture. The Notice represents an important step towards implementing President Biden’s commitment to create an Equity Commission and the American Rescue Plan Act provision that directs USDA to “address historical discrimination and disparities in the agriculture sector… [through] one or more equity commissions to address racial equity issues within USDA and its programs.”

The Equity Commission will advise the Secretary of Agriculture by identifying USDA programs, policies, systems, structures, and practices that contribute to barriers to inclusion or access, systemic discrimination, or exacerbate or perpetuate racial, economic, health and social disparities. The Subcommittee on Agriculture will be formed concurrently and will report back to the Equity Commission and provide recommendations on issues of concern related to agriculture. Subsequent subcommittees will focus on other policy areas, such as rural community and economic development. The Equity Commission will deliver an interim report and provide actionable recommendations no later than 12 months after inception. A final report will be generated within a two-year timeframe.

USDA is soliciting nominations to consider membership on both the Equity Commission and the Subcommittee on Agriculture. Both seek to reflect a diversity in demographics, regions of the country, background, and in experience and expertise. The Office of Tribal Relations strongly encourages interested tribal leaders and Native producers to apply.

Nominations will be considered that are submitted via email or postmarked by October 27, 2021. Please submit nominations to Dr. Dewayne L. Goldmon, USDA Senior Advisor for Racial Equity, Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6006-S, Washington, DC 20250; or send by email to: EquityCommission@usda.gov. A federal official of USDA will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

For further information, contact Dewayne L. Goldmon, Ph.D.; telephone: (202) 997-2100; email: dewayne.goldmon@usda.gov.

Read the full press release.

Read the full Federal Register notice.



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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 CommunitiesLEAPInfo@hq.doe.gov. 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.



EDA Builds on Past Achievements to Set the Course for the Future

Author: US EDA Staff             Published: 11/30/2021            EDA

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NOVEMBER 2021

In This Issue


Spotlight: Assistant Secretary Castillo Testifies on EDA Reauthorization Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo Testifies Before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

On Wednesday, November 3, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Casillo testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works during an oversight hearing to examine programs at the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and review programs for reauthorization.

In her testimony, Assistant Secretary Castillo made an important case for reauthorization of EDA.  It has been 17 years since EDA was last reauthorized and, in that time, new industries have emerged while other sectors have declined, regions have encountered and responded to devastating natural disasters, and all communities have suffered the impacts of a global pandemic. In addition, during this period, EDA has grown exponentially in size and budget – especially over the past four years in response to disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

These external events, combined with EDA’s growth and proven impact, create a critical moment to reauthorize the bureau, allowing EDA to better serve the communities and regions of today.

“We need to modernize our tools to provide the services that communities across the nation need to build contemporary, resilient economies. We need to update how we define distress so that our funding is more equitably distributed.

“To me, reauthorization is more than a technical process – it is essential for EDA to fulfill its historic mission. Reauthorization will allow EDA to help our nation build back better by giving us the ability to implement programs in a way that further improves conditions in highly distressed communities and supports the following priorities: Equity, U.S. Competitiveness, Modern Infrastructure, and Resiliency,” said Assistant Secretary Castillo.

During the hearing, Assistant Secretary Castillo committed to working closely with Congress to get EDA reauthorized as soon as possible.

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Success Story: Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo Travels to Puerto Rico to Visit EDA Investments Sites Critical to Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

Alejandra Castillo, Local Redevelopment Authority Director Nilda Marchan, and Bernadette Hobson tour the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station.

In 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by back-to-back storms that resulted in Category 5-level destruction. More than 3,000 people lost their lives in  Hurricanes Irma and Maria  and the entire population was left without power. Total economic losses were estimated at $20 million. This November, Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo visited Puerto Rico to see firsthand how EDA and other federal investments are helping the territory recover and build back stronger by ensuring economic, pandemic, and disaster recovery. It also highlighted how the Biden Administration is delivering on its commitment to address inequities and support communities to drive local economic growth and spur job creation.

As a part of its mission, EDA has a long history of successfully supporting natural disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. Since the devastation of 2017, EDA has awarded 34 grants to Puerto Rico, totaling more than $111 million through supplemental disaster funding. These investments are expected to create or retain more than 43,000 jobs and attract close to $283 million in private investment.

Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), EDA also leads the Economic Recovery Support Function (ERSF) on behalf of the Department of Commerce. In this capacity, EDA provides leadership, coordination and oversight for all federal agencies that share a role in the provision of grants, loans, training and other forms of economic recovery assistance in disaster-impacted communities.

During the Puerto Rico visit, Assistant Secretary Castillo got a firsthand look at the newly established Marine Business, Research, and Innovation Center at the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. This 45,000-square foot building, made possible through an EDA grant, will be at the forefront of the ‘Blue Economy,’ helping to bridge the gap in maritime, oceanographic and marine science business innovation.

She also visited Conservacion Conciencia, a non-profit funded by an EDA grant that is working to spur the blue economy in Puerto Rico through its collaboration with local fishermen to remove ocean debris, digitize their fishing practice, and increase sustainable development. There, she also toured a conch lab and viewed a sea vegetable lab, all of which aim to stimulate the blue economy and address food insecurity issues.

Additionally, Assistant Secretary Castillo met with stakeholders from Puerto Rico’s philanthropic, non-profit, business, and education community at the Centro Unido de Detallista (United Retailer Association), an EDA grantee. They discussed areas of opportunity for collaboration with EDA to help advance both Puerto Rico’s economic development and the blue economy.

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Highlight: Las Vegas Visit Highlights Focus on Equity and EDA Investments in Nevada

Senator Masto speaks with Assistant Secretary Castillo prior to last week’s roundtable discussion about economic development in southern Nevada.

Southern Nevada’s economic development was the forefront of a roundtable discussion with Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo and United States Senator Catherine Cortez Masto this month. More than a dozen Nevada businesses, community, and governmental leaders joined the event on Wednesday, November 10th.

Held at the Historic Westside School in West Las Vegas, the roundtable discussion served to highlight the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) recent American Rescue Plan investments in Nevada and a $6.9 million investment made to the College of Southern Nevada for construction of a 10,000 square-foot facility to house its Westside Workforce Education and Training Center.

The Westside Workforce Education and Training Center, to be located adjacent to the Historic Westside School, will support education and instruction for underserved students by helping them obtain both a GED and specific vocational training leading to a good-paying job in the healthcare, construction, and IT sectors.

“EDA has always supported our nation’s underserved communities, but today we are doubling down to ensure communities of color, rural communities, and others receive the support they need to build back better,” said Assistant Secretary Castillo. “Equity is our top investment priority.”

In recent years, EDA has invested tens of millions of dollars in the state of Nevada to help communities build their capacity for economic development. In addition to EDA’s grant to the College of Southern Nevada, other recent EDA investments in Nevada include $1.7 million to the city of Las Vegas to expand wireless connectivity to economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Westside area,  $13.5 million American Rescue Plan Statewide Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation award to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by helping strengthen the travel and outdoor industries of Nevada, and $1 million to support statewide planning efforts.

“I was glad to join Assistant Secretary Castillo to highlight what we’ve been doing to help support economic development in the historic Westside of Las Vegas and across Nevada,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “From the American Rescue Plan to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, I’ve been working to get funds into our communities to deliver broadband to students, prepare workers for jobs in in-demand industries, and promote Nevada’s travel and tourism industry. The Economic Development Administration projects highlighted today are great examples of what happens when we work together to invest in our communities, and I’m grateful for the administration’s continued support in delivering pandemic relief funds to those that will benefit most.”

Prior to the roundtable, Assistant Secretary Castillo toured the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas to learn about its work training Nevadans for good-paying jobs in the hospitality sector.

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EDA American Rescue Plan Funds Flowing Into Communities

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On October 21, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) had begun awarding its historic $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery. The first awards announced were $24 million in grants to states and territories across the nation to support statewide planning efforts to boost economic development, enhance U.S. competitiveness, combat the climate crisis, and recover from the pandemic. Later the same day, Secretary Raimondo announced EDA’s first local investment as part of the Coal Communities Commitment. On November 4, an additional $30 million in statewide planning grants were announced and on November 8, $314 million in State Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation grants were awarded. Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon!


Good Jobs Challenge Deadline Approaching

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The Good Jobs Challenge allocates $500 million dollars toward industry-led workforce training programs to help get Americans – particularly women, people of color and those in underserved communities – back to work in good-paying jobs. Applications due January 26, 2022! Get your applications in today!


Urban Institute Releases Early Results of EDA Evaluation

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On October 29, the Urban Institute released two briefs providing policymakers and public stakeholders a detailed overview and evaluation of the Economic Development Administration. This release is the first part of an expansive review of EDA undertaken by Urban Institute and funded by the Research and National Technical Assistance (RNTA) program. It will be followed by additional content in the coming months. The two briefs, available for download on Urban Institute’s website, provide a historic background to EDA and offer a detailed, data-driven assessment of EDA activities since 2010, segmented by project size and type.


EDA Called in to Help in the Recovery from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana

LA has suffered from 10 federally-declared disasters since 2019, including most recently, Hurricane Ida. Courtesy: LA National Guard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asked EDA to join an Interagency Recovery Coordination group (IRC) to assist following the natural disaster. Read more here.


EDA Partners with Milken Institute and Rural Community Assistance Partnership to Aid Underserved Communities in Accessing Predevelopment Services

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EDA’s Research and National Technical Assistance program has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Milken Institute and sub awardee, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to launch a predevelopment training and project accelerator for small, rural, and underserved communities. Read more here.


Equitable Lending Leaders Online Cohort Program to Advance Equitable Outcomes in Small Business Lending

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EDA grantees, Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) and Recast City, are launching a program for RLF operators to improve on their focus to achieve equity outcomes with their small business lending. Learn more.


“Taking CEDS to the Next Level” Toolkit Launched

“Taking CEDS to the Next Level” is a new toolkit with links and descriptions to over 40 CEDS and other resources that demonstrate the full potential of what a CEDS can be. These examples and best practices – highlighting key themes, content, and design elements – demonstrate the possibilities that exist for organizations as they create their CEDS, all with the ultimate goal of making regions more competitive, resilient, and equitable. View the toolkit at CEDS Central.


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Federal grants for business initiatives promoted in Puerto RicoEl Nuevo Dia News – 11/8/21

Gina Raimondo: Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration Awards Statewide Planning Grants to 30 StatesExecutive Gov – 11/5/21

Alejandra Castillo ’92 Reflects on Journey from Stony Brook to WashingtonStony Brook University News – 11/2/21

Commerce Department announces first round of awards for American Rescue Plan programsThe Hill – 10/21/21

Rhode Island tourism industry gets $10.6M federal grantAP News – 11/9/21

Delaware gets federal travel and tourism grantDelaware Business Now – 11/9/21

Deputy Secretary Graves and Assistant Secretary Castillo close out Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating contributions, successes of local Hispanic-owned small businessU.S. Economic Development Administration – 10/21/21

Las Vegas Roundtable: News 3 Live at 6KSNV News – 11/12/21

National and Federal Opportunities for the week ending November 19, 2021!!

Author: US Dep. of EDU      Published: 11/22/21          WHIHBCU’s

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WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON ADVANCING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY, EXCELLENCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THROUGH  HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

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: HBCUnewsletter@ed.gov



HBCU News



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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: https://twitter.com/EPAresearch/status/1455929030239297552



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Federal HBCU Interagency Working Group, Arts, History, Humanities and Culture

Sign up for the newsletter from the Arts, Humanities & History Cluster of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and receive news about grant opportunities, events, and grantee highlights from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Department of Education.



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HBCU -LEEA presents” HBCU Proud”

HBCU-LEEA presents “HBCU Proud”, a virtual visit into the more than 100 HBCU’s around the nation. Learn about these institutions, view “on campus” videos, hear student testimonials, connect to their websites, and social media platforms, and appreciate the impact of the HBCU experience on young lives.

This experience is brought to the HBCU-LEEA by the website designed, hosted and published by HBCU First Inc.

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Upcoming Virtual Events



Career Fair

White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

VIRTUAL HBCU CAREER AND RECRUITMENT FAIR

December 2, 2021

9:30AM-6:00PM, EST

Attendee Registration: HBCU Career and Recruitment Fair (vfairs.com)

All majors and disciplines are welcomed and encouraged to attend!



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Energizing STEM Webinar!

November 30, 2021   |   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Join Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to learn about our programs, student competitions, and workforce development efforts to expand the diversity of the energy workforce and deliver results in the fight against climate change.

“We are missing out on untapped talent … leaving us with narrower innovation, and insufficient solutions to the problems we face. We simply can’t abide blind spots like this—particularly as we work towards our transition to clean energy…an inclusive transition, offering benefits to every community.” — Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm

Host: Patti Curtis, Noyce/Lettvin STEM Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Education

Moderator: Christy Jackiewicz, Chief, Minority Educational Institutions Division, U.S. Department of Energy

Speakers:

  • Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm (video)
  • Kerene Tayloe, Consultant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, DOE, on the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize
  • David Canty and Alexander Godinez-Robinson, DOE, on the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program
  • Carolyn Gay, Infrastructure Systems Analyst, DOE, on the CyberForce Competition
  • Holly Carr, Director of the Solar Decathlon, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE
  • Melinda Higgins, Tribal STEM Advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy, DOE, on STEM education in tribal communities

A closed-captioned recording will be available 48 hours after the event. If you require other accommodations to participate in this event, email Patti.Curtis@ed.gov or call 202.453.6768 by November 15, 2021.

Register Now by clicking HERE



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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



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U.S. Department of Labor Job Opportunities!

FULL list of application links for all DOL career opportunities can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/Search?d=DL

DIRECT application must be made via www.usajobs.gov  As of 11/18/21 there are 91 DOL agency career opportunities!. List changes daily! Check it out!       



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Giant Eagle Jobs – Information Technology

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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.

Learn More about THE FEDERAL POLICY FELLOWSHIP and APPLY

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

Learn More about THE STATE POLICY FELLOWSHIP and APPLY


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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: policyfellowships@srcd.org



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HBCU Student Opportunity!

The HBCU Founders Initiative, along with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and VentureWell, is collaborating with Verizon and Clinton Global Initiative University to ensure there is support, engagement with, and representation of HBCU students in the Verizon Forward for Good Challenge. The Challenge seeks to tackle society’s greatest challenges across education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

Teams must include current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. institutions. Finalists will receive access to intensive summer entrepreneurship training with accelerator partner VentureWell, seed funding, and living stipends to advance their solutions.

For more about the initiative and for help positioning your application in the best possible way please fill out the form and check out the support sessions offerings found in the link below. https://www.hbcufi.org/forward-for-good



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Are you a HBCU student who wants to learn more about entrepreneurship & technology while still in school?

If so, the Black Student Talk Tech (BSTT) Fellows program is for you! Black Students Talk Tech is an immersive experience–led and taught by Black tech leaders–for rising junior and senior students to develop tangible skills to launch their technology business or career. Students will participate in multidisciplinary workshops, mentor sessions, and panel discussions that will prepare them to compete for an all expense paid trip to New York City to meet serial entrepreneurs, investors and tech executives!!

Blacks in Tech

Apply to the program here: https://black-women-talk-tech.breezy.hr/p/1aa2c3395df9-black-students-talk-tech-2021-fellows-application

The deadline is November 30th so get them in! Please contact nina@blackwomentalktech.com for more information about the Black Student Tech program.

DON’T MISS IT!



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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 1890init@usda.gov 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: 1994@usda.gov 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 www.usajob.gov! The announcement periods vary for the student internships and recent graduates programs!

Here’s the link to view FPAC positions currently posted: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/Results?a=AG99&a=AG16&a=AGFA&a=AG08&show=hp&show=ag&hp=student&hp=graduates&p=1



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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: mlef@hq.doe.gov

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.



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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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/grants/



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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is sharing links to our lists of career and internship opportunities, along with other information of interest to potential applicants.

To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.

For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.



MPA

The Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship, is the result of a partnership between the Motion Picture Association and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program. It is the first of its kind to serve recent graduates from Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other minority serving institutions. This prestigious program eliminates systemic barriers to entry by providing selected Fellows with housing, travel and pay stipends to participate in the year-long program. Fellows will gain relevant work experience working with MPA member studios, interacting with senior-level industry executives and policy makers, while building the skills needed to prepare them to lead as future law and policy leaders.

This pipeline solution program is designed to equip a talent pool ready-for-hire in today’s global creative workforce. Fellows will join EICOP’s thriving HBCU in LA alumni network upon completion of the program to ensure they have the support and resources needed to successfully navigate their professional career goals.

All applicants must have a demonstrated interested and focus in entertainment law and/or policy. The program will take place between Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

APPLY TODAY



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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

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: https://nmaahc.si.edu/connect/osp/robert-frederick-applied-public-history-fellowship-for-hbcu-graduates



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USAID AWARD OPPORTUNITY for HBCUs and MSIs!!

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 (i.e. project or program) and researchers from Higher Education Institutions in developing countries.  MSI research will better inform the current or future iterations of a given ongoing USAID activity, by identifying a new research component (or a solution co-developed with a researcher), which will lead to increased impact of the activity on its intended beneficiaries.

Eligible Lead Institutions: Only Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) as defined by the United States Department of Education are eligible to apply (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html) 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.

All USAID technical sectors are open for consideration, except for certain activities that fall under global health.  Up to five (5) awards will be made, for an anticipated project duration of 12 months, with a maximum total budget of US $150,000 per award.

We hereby invite practitioners and researchers to submit letters of interest (LOI) by 14 December 2021, with Full Applications due on 14 February 2022, in accordance with all RFA submission requirements.  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.

If you are interested in submitting an LOI, please go to: https://laserpulse.org/msi-rfa/.  You may also download the full RFA and associated materials from the link on this page.

If you are unable to access the website, please send your LOI and later Full Application, including associated documentation, to this email: applicationsubmit@laserpulse.org.  If you have any technical questions, please send an email to Dr. Betty Bugusu at td@laserpulse.org.



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U.S. Department of Labor

The Employment and Training Administration has posted pre-solicitation notice 1605JE-22-R-00003 for the Operation of the Miami Job Corps Center with Outreach & Admissions and Career Transition Services on sam.gov at: https://sam.gov/opp/e6844d8a030f478eb8fe4e99c59f77ec/view.

MIAMI JOB CORPS CENTER PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE

On or about November 30, 2021, the US Department of Labor (DOL), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), Office of the Senior Procurement Executive (OSPE), Job Corps Acquisition Services (JCAS) anticipates issuing a Request for Proposal, (RFP), for Operation of the Miami Job Corps Center located at 3050 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens, Florida  33056, which will include Outreach and Admissions (OA) and Career Transition Services (CTS) for eligible individuals participating in the Job Corps program.  The RFP will be posted as a Total Small Business Set-Aside.

The Job Corps program was originally established by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; current authorization for the program is authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The Job Corps program is a national residential and non-residential training and employment program administered by the US Department of Labor to address multiple barriers to employment faced by disadvantaged youth, ages 16-24 years, throughout the United States.

This effort requires the contractor to operate the aforementioned Job Corps center which includes provision of academic, career technical, career success and independent living skills, career readiness training, and support services, for a total planned On-Board Strength of 300 students, consisting of 165 residential and 135 non-residential students. The contractor shall also operate residential quarters (housing) and services for all students as applicable. The Contractor shall provide OA services in the following workforce development areas in the state of Florida.  Visit https://neapmap.com for the recruitment area map.

Youth screened for the Job Corps program shall come from workforce development areas in the state of Florida as follows:

CareerSource Brevard, CareerSource Suncoast, CareerSource Heartland, CareerSource Research Coast, CareerSource Palm Beach County, CareerSource Broward, CareerSource South Florida, and CareerSource Southwest Florida.

The contractor shall ensure the annual arrival of a minimum of 380 students to the Miami Job Corps Center. The contractor will also be required to provide CTS annually for students enrolled at the Miami Job Corps Center, regardless of where the graduate or former enrollee resides or matriculates, and former enrollees within their eligibility period that separated under the prior operator.

The RFP will be available on the World Wide Web at the government point of entry, Contract Opportunities (FBO) located at https://Sam.gov. The RFP will be posted as a Total Small Business Set-Aside, will be fixed price, and will have not-to-exceed CLINS for construction, equipment, and career technical skills training. It is anticipated that the resultant contract will have a two-year base period of performance and three, one-year option periods. Due to current travel restrictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Government is unable to schedule a pre-proposal conference and site visit. In lieu of a site visit, offerors are encouraged to visit the center virtually by using the following site: https://virtualtours.jcmarketplace.com. All questions must be submitted in writing and will be addressed via an amendment to the RFP.



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USDA Announces Intent to Establish an Equity Commission, Solicits Nominations for Membership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will establish an Equity Commission and is requesting nominations for membership on the Equity Commission Advisory Committee and Equity Commission Subcommittee on Agriculture. The Notice represents an important step towards implementing President Biden’s commitment to create an Equity Commission and the American Rescue Plan Act provision that directs USDA to “address historical discrimination and disparities in the agriculture sector… [through] one or more equity commissions to address racial equity issues within USDA and its programs.”

The Equity Commission will advise the Secretary of Agriculture by identifying USDA programs, policies, systems, structures, and practices that contribute to barriers to inclusion or access, systemic discrimination, or exacerbate or perpetuate racial, economic, health and social disparities. The Subcommittee on Agriculture will be formed concurrently and will report back to the Equity Commission and provide recommendations on issues of concern related to agriculture. Subsequent subcommittees will focus on other policy areas, such as rural community and economic development. The Equity Commission will deliver an interim report and provide actionable recommendations no later than 12 months after inception. A final report will be generated within a two-year timeframe.

USDA is soliciting nominations to consider membership on both the Equity Commission and the Subcommittee on Agriculture. Both seek to reflect a diversity in demographics, regions of the country, background, and in experience and expertise. The Office of Tribal Relations strongly encourages interested tribal leaders and Native producers to apply.

Nominations will be considered that are submitted via email or postmarked by October 27, 2021. Please submit nominations to Dr. Dewayne L. Goldmon, USDA Senior Advisor for Racial Equity, Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6006-S, Washington, DC 20250; or send by email to: EquityCommission@usda.gov. A federal official of USDA will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

For further information, contact Dewayne L. Goldmon, Ph.D.; telephone: (202) 997-2100; email: dewayne.goldmon@usda.gov.

Read the full press release.

Read the full Federal Register notice.



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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 CommunitiesLEAPInfo@hq.doe.gov. 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.




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Senate confirms energy regulator, completing panel

Author: Rachel Frazin         Published: 11/16/21        THE HILL

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed by a voice vote President Biden’s pick to fill an open seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — a body that regulates pipelines, electricity markets and other forms of interstate energy transmission.

The chamber voted to confirm Willie Phillips Jr. to the position, alongside a slate of other nominees.

Phillips has served as a utility regulator Washington, D.C. According to a White House announcement on his nomination, he has more than 20 years of legal expertise and has worked both as a regulator and in private.

Typically, voice votes signify that nominees are not controversial.

However, Phillips’s nomination did get some scrutiny from environmental activists who have raised concerns about whether he’s too supportive of utilities.

Testifying before Congress, Phillips said he would try to seek  “balance” between reliability, affordability and sustainability.

Equitable Solar Deployment in SolSmart Communities

Author: US DOE Staff       Published 11/23/2021       SETO

Equitable Solar Deployment in SolSmart Communities Webinar - Nov 30 from 2-3 pm ET

On Tuesday, November 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET, tune in to the Equitable Solar Deployment in SolSmart Communities webinar, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Learn about the SolSmart designation program and its commitment to equity through guest speakers and a roundtable discussion. SolSmart participants from a variety of communities will share their strategies for equitable solar deployment.

SolSmart is a SETO-funded national designation program led by IREC and the International City/County Management Association that helps local governments make it faster, easier, and more affordable for residents and businesses to go solar. Over 400 communities have been designated as “open for solar business” by SolSmart to date, and DOE has set the goal to achieve 60 new SolSmart designees by March 2022.

Register now for the webinar and learn more about the SolSmart program and SETO’s work in advancing equity in solar.

How the Build Back Better bill could boost clean energy for low-income homeowners

Author: Jason Plautz         Published: 11/16/2021        Utility Dive

Dive Brief:

  • Tax language in Democrats’ $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation bill could pave the way for more low-income homeowners and renters to build and access renewable energy if it remains in the final bill as written, advocates say.
  • The current version of the budget bill includes a direct pay option for the commercial investment tax credit (ITC) and refunds for the residential ITC, rather than having both of them pay out as tax credits. Yesenia Rivera, director of energy equity and inclusion at Solar United Neighbors (SUN), said that change, previously passed by the House Ways and Means Committee, is “key to an equitable transition” by helping low- and moderate-income households install solar at a significantly lower up-front cost.
  • Additionally, the bill, along with the infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden on Monday, contain several provisions that will make electric vehicles and charging infrastructure more accessible to low-income customers. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill puts $7.5 billion towards publicly-available chargers, while the budget bill extends tax credits to lower the cost of the vehicles.

Dive Insight:

Currently, homeowners looking to install solar can claim a 30% ITC on the cost of installation, but it is only payable as a tax credit. That, experts say, means it is only practically available to people with higher tax liability. A 2021 working paper from the Rand Corp. found that for the bottom 50% of U.S. income earners, it would take at least seven years to monetize the tax credit under the current structure. A separate report released in July from the Initiative for Energy Justice, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), and SUN estimated that changes to the Solar ITC could create opportunity for 5.5 million homes to add solar, part of a package of policies that could create 30 million solar homes.

“We have to be so creative to make these projects work, especially because our guiding principle is that they be cash positive from day one,” said SUN’s Rivera. “We can use every tax incentive and philanthropic opportunities, but households that have to rely on loans end up paying more because they’re not accessing that tax refund. Getting access to a reduction in that up-front cost can make the difference for someone to install solar.”

John Farrell, director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative and a co-author of the report, said direct pay language corrects a federal policy that has “always been biased towards people who have wealth.” Rather than paying out the credit over several years, a direct pay or refundability tweak would ensure that homeowners see the discounts up front. Farrell added that the bill, as written, would also extend direct pay to commercial customers, allowing for more deployment of community solar projects that would reach renters.

“This helps to reinforce the idea that it’s not just the utility[‘s] business to produce energy,” Farrell said. “We want to see an equal distribution of the economic benefits of the clean energy transition.”

Currently, the budget bill calls for the tax changes to kick in in 2024. Separately, a standalone bill from Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., would offer similar incentives, but would start a year earlier to accelerate the transition. Ossoff’s Clean Energy for All Homes Act was introduced with 13 Democrat and Independent cosponsors.

An Ossoff aide said the sponsors are “working hard to ensure our Clean Energy for All Homes Act is included in [the budget bill] as close as possible.”

The House could bring up the Build Back Better package as early as this week, Democratic leadership said, although the bill could see further changes when it reaches the Senate to gain the necessary 50 votes. The bill also contains 10-year extensions of tax credits for renewable generation and a credit for standalone energy storage products, as well as $555 billion in climate change and clean energy investments.

The bill also offers tax credits for electric vehicles of up to $12,500, which would also be available at the point of purchase. That, combined with the investments in charging equipment in the infrastructure bill signed into law this week, could boost EV deployment.

Quincy Lee, CEO of the EV fast charging company Electric Era, applauded the infrastructure bill’s “bias towards open access and public charging infrastructure,” especially in rural and low-income neighborhoods. While low-income households may not have the capital to install a charger, Lee said that expanding public chargers that are visible and accessible can “change the narrative” that these cars are reserved only for people with garages and off-street parking.

“We can’t achieve our climate goals if only millionaires and high income earners can afford electric vehicles and chargers in their homes,” Lee said. “The lower you go on the pricing curve to own an EV, the larger percentage of the population we can get involved in the new clean energy ecosystem.”

Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill Passes

Author: Deborah Bailey    Published: 11/7/2021    AFRO

A historic list of benefits is on the way to African-American communities after Congress finally passed the bi-partisan infrastructure bill late Friday night.

Shortly before midnight, the House of Representatives passed a 1.2 trillion infrastructure package representing the most expansive measure of its kind in almost 70 years. The legislation will improve the nation’s ailing roads and highways, bridges, transit system, airport, railways, water systems and broadband and create thousands of jobs.

The measure passed 228-206, with the support of 13 Republicans. Six progressive Democrats voted against the bill, including four African-American members of the House of Representatives.  The legislation had already been approved by the Senate in August.

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to suggest we took a monumental step forward as a nation,” President Biden said at the White House Saturday morning along with Vice President Kamala Harris in a celebratory address to the American people.

Communities Across the US Are Addressing Property Deterioration and Vacancy With ARPA

Author: Danielle Lewinski and Rob Finn     Published: 11/16/2021    CCP

States, Tribes, counties, and municipalities around the country have been hard at work determining how to use their allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act’s $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund – which we often clumsily abbreviate as the ARPA SLFRF.

Every unit of government should have already received at least the first half of its ARPA SLFRF allocation, and the ways in which communities are determining how to program their potentially transformative federal relief payments are diverse and span the broad flexible uses authorized in Treasury’s Interim Final Rule.

The Interim Final Rule issued by the Department of the Treasury outlines broad categories of eligible uses governed by several guiding principles – that the funds should be used to:

  • address health or economic harms caused or made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • make communities healthier, stronger, and more resilient, and
  • reach disproportionately impacted communities, particularly communities of color.

Center for Community Progress submitted a public comment letter to Treasury in July, as did many of our stakeholders, expressing our appreciation for Treasury’s flexible interpretation of the ARPA statute, and encouraging Treasury to go even further in subsequent guidance to explicitly name additional uses relevant to stabilizing neighborhoods.

To respond to the ARPA SLFRF question we hear most often these days, we do not know when – or if – Treasury will be releasing additional guidance beyond what was contained in its Interim Final Rule. In the federal rulemaking process, an agency will typically alter an interim final rule if the public comments received warrant changes. However, Treasury is continuing to release updated guidance on its ARPA SLFRF landing page, most recently having uploaded revised reporting guidance on November 5, 2021. Community Progress will continue to monitor Treasury’s announcements for major updates, but we encourage ARPA watchers to get in the habit of refreshing Treasury’s SLFRF pages frequently.

In the meantime, the Center for Community Progress has created new quick reference documents outlining how ARPA funding may connect to key vacant property systems in communities. Local leaders can use these reference pieces to learn more about the systems that can help address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties and how ARPA may provide an opportunity to improve those systems.

From our review of ARPA plans from around the country, we are encouraged to see that, resoundingly, communities have called out deteriorating and vacant properties as a key issue that must be addressed to strengthen their neighborhoods. Below are just a handful of examples of how communities across the US are using ARPA funds to improve critical systems that address VAD properties.

Neighborhood Markets and Data Systems learn more >    

  • Syracuse, NY proposed to use ARPA funds for a housing market study that would analyze vacant structures and housing market conditions and trends and to invest in advanced technology for housing inspectors to detect lead hazards.
  • Detroit, MI will be using $4 million in ARPA funding to create a web-based portal that uses City data and property information to navigate residents to tax foreclosure prevention, home repair, eviction prevention, and other assistance. And the City will be creating a centralized intake and client management system for housing services.

Strategic, Equitable Code Enforcement learn more >

  • St. Louis, MO is investing $15 million in a home repair fund for low-income owners.
  • Detroit, MI is using ARPA funds to provide free home repair services, beginning with roof repairs, to qualified homeowners.
  • Syracuse, NY proposed to use $4.5 million of ARPA funds to invest in advanced technology for housing inspectors to detect lead and to remediate lead hazards.

Property Tax Relief and Enforcement learn more >

  • Orange County, NC is using ARPA funding to pilot their Longtime Homeowner Assistance program, which reduces tax bills for lower income residents that have lived in their property for over 10 years.
  • Detroit, MI proposed to use $3 million to support a program that helps low-income renters and owners avoid tax-foreclosure related displacement.
  • Gwinnett County, GA is using $1.5 million to waive fees for paying property taxes online.
  • Broome County, NY is using $2 million to partner with their land bank on the rehabilitation of tax foreclosed properties for affordable housing.

Land Banks learn more > 

  • In Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh’s land bank will be using $10 million to address vacant properties and Altoona has proposed to dedicate $5 million to its land bank with $2 million for a revolving loan fund.
  • The Central IL Land Bank is looking to use ARPA funding to create an owner-occupied rehabilitation program.
  • Syracuse, NY is investing $5 million in the Greater Syracuse Land Bank to stabilize or demolish vacant structures.
  • Rome, GA is planning to allocate $1 million to its land bank for housing rehabilitation and new construction.

Vacant Land Stewardship learn more >

  • Chicago, IL dedicated significant portions of its ARPA funding to vacant lot reduction strategies, urban agriculture, expansion of tree canopy, green infrastructure projects, and vacant lot environmental assessments.
  • Baton Rouge, LA is planning to use over $2 million ARPA funding to help address vacant properties including cleaning up vacant lots.
  • Houston, TX will clean up illegal dumping throughout the city with $1.5 million in ARPA funding.

To explore more ways states and municipalities are using ARPA to address their needs check out these tools:

Let us know how your community is using ARPA funding to address property vacancy and deterioration! Email us at info@communityprogress.org 

To learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act, visit communityprogress.org/resources/arpa/

The American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund distributes federal relief to every US state, local, territorial, and Tribal government. This once-in-a-lifetime infusion of flexible funding can help catalyze broader community recovery and rebuilding by addressing the immediate and long-term negative health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on low-income communities and people of color.

The American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund is being administered by the Department of the Treasury. On May 17, 2021, Treasury issued an Interim Final Rule containing detailed regulations interpreting statutory language contained in ARPA. In it, Treasury reiterates that Congress’ goal in allocating these ARPA funds to state and local governments was to give “States, local and Tribal governments […] broad latitude to choose whether and how to use the Fiscal Recovery Funds to respond to and address the negative economic impact” of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. In order for a proposed use to be eligible, grantees must identify an economic harm that resulted from or was made worse by the COVID-19 public health emergency, and then demonstrate how the proposed use of ARPA funds reasonably and proportionally responds to that harm.

Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and expended by the end of 2026. Local governments will receive funds in two equal payments, with the first half coming as soon as May 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later. For state allocations, those states that have experienced a 2% or more net increase in the unemployment rate from the start of the pandemic should have received their full allocation of funds in a single payment; states that did not meet this criterion should receive funds in two equal tranches 12 months apart. Territorial governments will receive a single payment. Tribal governments should have received their full allocations by June 2021.

Not only is this the first time the federal government has provided direct aid to all 19,000 local governments, but this will also likely be the largest single infusion of flexible federal funding many communities have ever received and are likely to receive for the foreseeable future. It represents a unprecedented opportunity for cities, counties, and states to make truly transformative investments; if ever there was a time for bold, strategic action, this is it.

Find out how much funding was allocated to your municipality, county, and state.
View Map: https://communityprogress.org/resources/arpa/arpa-map/

House Sends Infrastructure Bill With Crypto Tax Provision to US President

Author: Nikhilesh De   Published: 11/5/21 update 11/8/21    Coin Deck

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that contains a controversial cryptocurrency tax reporting requirement.

The House voted in favor of the bill with at least 218 ayes late Friday night, fulfilling a key priority for the Biden administration amid controversy over whether an accompanying Democrat-led bill would also move forward. The Senate originally passed the bill in August after lawmakers shot down any attempts at amending the crypto provision.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that contains a controversial cryptocurrency tax reporting requirement.

The House voted in favor of the bill with at least 218 ayes late Friday night, fulfilling a key priority for the Biden administration amid controversy over whether an accompanying Democrat-led bill would also move forward. The Senate originally passed the bill in August after lawmakers shot down any attempts at amending the crypto provision. The bill now goes to U.S. President Joe Biden for his signature.

The crypto industry was concerned about a tax reporting requirement within the bill that sought to expand the definition of a broker for Internal Revenue Service purposes. The reporting requirement would see all brokers report transactions under the current tax code.

Industry proponents worried the definition would be too broad, capturing entities like miners and other parties that don’t actually facilitate transactions.

Another provision included in the bill to amend tax code section 6050I has also stoked fear in the crypto industry. The law, written nearly 40 years ago to apply to in-person cash transactions over $10,000, essentially requires recipients to verify the sender’s personal information and record his or her Social Security number, the nature of the transaction and other information, and report the transaction to the government within 15 days.

Unlike other tax code violations, violations of 6050I are a felony, and some lawyers have pointed out that, applied to cryptocurrencies and other digital assets like non-fungible tokens (NFT), it would be nearly impossible to comply with the law.

Pushback against the provision held up the bill’s passage in the Senate, where the infrastructure bill originated, giving the industry a chance to push for an amendment to modify the language. Ultimately, however, the Senate passed the bill without adopting any amendments, despite an 11th-hour effort to secure a change.

The Treasury Department still has to explain how it plans to interpret the bill, and publish guidance spelling out how businesses or other entities will have to comply with it.

There Will Be Jobs in the Electric Vehicle Economy

Author: David Welch      Published: 11/12/2021       Hyperdrive

Elon Musk Visits Germany

Welcome to the Hyperdrive daily briefing, decoding the revolution reshaping the auto world, from EVs to self-driving cars and beyond.

New Briefs

  • Toyota plans to increase December output to 800,000 vehicles.
  • Chinese EV startup Hozon weighs $1 billion Hong Kong IPO.
  • Applied Intuition raises $175 million for autonomous software.

GM Will Add Jobs to EV Economy

There is growing fear these days that the move to electric vehicles spells certain doom for a lot of low-skilled factory work. It mostly comes from the prediction, proffered by Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess two and a half years ago, that EVs will require 30% less labor than gasoline burners.

Great change often brings pain, but how much? Certainly, the 135,000 people making engine and transmissions today are at risk. Engines require big metal castings, many more parts and much more labor to build than electric motors and batteries, said manufacturing guru Sandy Munro of Munro & Associates. Electric motors are require fewer workers and smaller factories, he said. Since those workers make up 20% of auto laborers, that’s the biggest part of what will get cut.

What about assembly workers? General Motors closed the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant and cut or transferred more than 3,000 workers. Nearby, GM is building a battery plant that will employ one-third that at lower pay. That means assemblers are doomed, right? Not really. Lordstown was closed because the plant made small cars that are no longer popular.

Elsewhere, GM’s $30 billion push into EVs means adding assembly jobs. The auto maker will open its once-idle Detroit-Hamtramck plant next week to make the Hummer EV and Chevrolet Silverado electric pickups, plus the Cruise Origin autonomous shuttle. That plant had 1,200 workers when it was threatened with closure in 2019 — it will have double that in two years. The former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., will be making the Cadillac Lyriq and other electric models, adding workers along the way.

All in, United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dittes told me that the union is gaining assembly jobs as automakers prepare for a decade or more in which consumers will buy both internal combustion and electric vehicles.

At its investor presentation on Oct. 6, GM showed a graph with about 40 vehicles for sale by its four brands today, with just a couple being EVs. By 2030, the company will offer 50 models for sale and more than half will be battery-powered. GM will need workers building both of them.

There also will be opportunities for new workers with or without college degrees to work in an industry that never needed them until now. Ford and battery maker SK Innovation Co. will build three U.S. battery factories and an assembly plant, adding 11,000 workers. GM and partner LG Chem will build four battery plants, hiring 1,200 people each at its Ultium Cells LLC joint venture.

Rana Abuhashim, a young chemical engineer who grew up near Lordstown in Youngstown, was working for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Oklahoma. She has taken her skills and returned home for a job that didn’t exist six months ago. “It brought me back to Youngstown,” she said.

It might offer something similar for lesser-skilled workers, too. Few people have experience making battery cells. GM has enlisted Youngstown State University to find and train new workers. Most of them will be younger employees who may not have college degrees, but they do have some computer and analytical skills. Ultium is not really seeking experience in physical labor.

There is a question about how much money these workers will earn. Ultium says $16 to $22 an hour. Dittes plans to try to get the UAW into the plant and raise the pay. GM won’t oppose the union, so it will become a matter of bargaining for something closer to the $32 an hour that senior union workers get now. Ford and SK will likely be in a similar situation. Even if there’s a fight about pay, the jobs will be there.

My guess: The battery plants will have to pay up with or without the UAW. There’s a worker shortage and labor has the upper hand.

Before You Go

Elon Musk’s worth, up 70% this year to $288 billion, has made the Tesla CEO the wealthiest person in the world, and a bona fide green billionaire. “While Musk courts outrage and embraces drama—just last weekend he polled Twitter over whether he should sell 10% of his Tesla stake—he’s also made clear the serious wealth-building potential of green investments,” writes Devon Pendleton. And indeed, Bloomberg’s latest ranking of billionaires — 12 of the 15 are Chinese — highlights just how much batteries, solar panels, and electric vehicles are helping individuals build vast fortunes.

CONTRACTOR OPPORTUNITIES: DCSEU Your Guide to Green

Author: DCSEU Staff      Published  11/9/2021           DCSEU

DC SOLAR FOR ALL

Solar for All Single-Family RFP Q&A Posted
The DCSEU recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY 2022 Solar for All Income-Qualified Single Family Solar PV program. The DCSEU is soliciting proposals from contractors to install rooftop solar on single family homes in order to extend the benefits of solar power to income-qualified residents throughout the District – including seniors, veterans, and residents and families with limited incomes.The DCSEU has posted responses to all formal questions submitted via email as well as questions received during the Q&A of the CREF RFP info session. A link to these responses is below as well as links to the recording and presentation. The final deadline for proposals and financials is November 16th, 2021 by 5:00 pm ET.  Get started today and submit your proposal early!

Submit Your Proposal Today! →

Solar for All is a program of the District Department of Energy & Environment that aims to bring the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low to moderate income families in the District of Columbia.

Residential PACE Programs Nationwide

Author: PACENation          Published: 11/5/2021     NEWS

Consumer Protections Adopted by PACENation Increase Accountability and Transparency for Residential PACE Programs, Include Ability-to-Pay Provisions and Strong Protections for Seniors and Low-Income Homeowners

OAKLAND, CA—PACENation announced today the adoption of 22 Consumer Protection Policies for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (R-PACE) that will apply to R-PACE programs nationwide. The adopted policies establish a national framework for enhanced accountability and transparency within R-PACE programs, offering greater protections for all consumers and additional protections for low-income homeowners and those over the age of 75.

“This comprehensive set of consumer protections is a major milestone for Residential PACE,” said PACENation Executive Director Colin Bishopp. “For the first time, we have a national standard for R-PACE programs that is more comprehensive and far more robust than anything set forth by state and local governments. The new standard incorporates established best practices alongside detailed recommendations made by consumer advocates and experienced policy makers. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure the highest quality of consumer safeguards for every homeowner who chooses Residential PACE.”

The recently adopted consumer protection policies are the culmination of a year-long effort that included multiple conversations with consumer advocates, policy makers, civil rights organizations, and environmental and faith-based organizations. Some of the consumer protections are new to R-PACE. The new protections will be fully implemented by all R-PACE providers by March 30, 2022.

R-PACE financing enables homeowners to make critical home upgrades that improve the efficiency, safety and comfort of their homes, often while lowering their utility bills. R-PACE has proven itself to be an essential public policy for expanding access to affordable financing for homeowners who may not have access to traditional financing options.

“Too often, access to affordable capital for home and business improvements is only available to the wealthy, leaving historically underserved communities behind. PACE financing helps address the access to capital crisis for underprivileged communities in a way that no other financing option does,” said Adolphus Pruitt, President of the St. Louis City NAACP. “Ensuring that homeowners who utilize PACE receive the strongest consumer protections will help to advance Residential PACE policy while promising that a continued investment in the clean and resilient economy is available to all Americans.”

To date, R-PACE has helped finance improvements for more than 300,000 projects, representing more than $7 billion in clean and resilient investments, creating more than 120,000 jobs and generating more than $15 billion in local economic activity.

“PACENation’s readiness to self-implement these robust standards on their industry is a reflection of their commitment to the communities they serve,” said Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Julio Fuentes. “Not only is R-PACE a local job creator, but it is also one of the few financing models out there that works to ensure equitable access to energy improvements for historically underserved communities. These consumer protections will safeguard R-PACE’s ability to continue successfully providing solutions where traditional lending simply cannot.”

“Over the past decade, the R-PACE program has experienced significant growth. Today, R-PACE has a $15 billion impact on our economy and its consumer protections have evolved along with it to incorporate meaningful homeowner safeguards and protections,” said California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Julian Canete. “This set of 22 principles attests to PACENation’s ability to grow and evolve alongside the needs of its industry’s customers, further boosting transparency and creating safer, more resilient communities.”

Beyond the immediate benefits to homeowners, R-PACE is also a powerful public policy tool that enables state and local governments to meet important sustainability goals. Cities and counties across the country continue to adopt R-PACE programs because they help local governments to advance key policy priorities, such as storm hardening, reduced carbon emissions, higher energy savings, and water conservation.

“In order to achieve energy sustainability, there must be equitable access to energy efficient options,” said James Owen, Executive Director of Renew Missouri. “The R-PACE program is a vital public policy tool, helping to develop new opportunities for millions of homeowners to live in more sustainable, healthy, and efficient homes, while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions and improving the resilience of local communities. These 22 consumer protection principles will help to ensure R-PACE continues to be an essential tool to improve our environment well into the future.”

For a detailed list and description of the 22 R-PACE Consumer Protection Policies, click here.

About PACENation

PACENation is the national nonprofit association that works alongside policymakers and community stakeholders to strengthen and expand access to assessment-based financing for residential and commercial projects that increase energy efficiency, clean energy, clean drinking water, and resilience against natural disasters. Our membership community includes state and local governments, environmental and faith-based organizations, energy efficiency and climate policy experts, small businesses, PACE administrators and PACE lenders. Members may have different individual goals, but they share a desire to create resilient and resource-efficient communities.

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American-Made Challenges: Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

Author: US DOE Staff      11/10/2021         SETO

Challenge Overview

Advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunities is a responsibility of the entire U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize fits into President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which promises to deliver 40% of climate investment benefits to disadvantaged communities and, at the same time, inform equitable research, development, and deployment within DOE.

Part of the American-Made Challenges series and sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this prize aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

 

Up to $2.5 million in cash prizes!

The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will award prizes of $200,000 to up to 10 organizations for a total prize pool of up to $2.5 million.

It is expected that Phase One funds will enable the winning organizations to fund proposed programs for approximately one full-time-equivalent person and carry out related activities that may include actively engaging with disadvantaged communities in their regions, building relationships through workshops and other events, providing technical support, and facilitating connections with technical expertise and academic institutions. These are examples of potential activities, and organizations are encouraged to think creatively about specific activities that play to their strengths and serve their communities.

Prize Goals

The goals of the prize are to:

  1. Enable clean energy and climate innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions.
  2. Create or increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart job training and job placement/hiring, including programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities, including formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning out of foster care.  Workforce training could cover identifying energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy manufacturing, and deployment.
  3. Foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved.
  4. Identify and fund activities that will help disadvantaged communities become aware of, apply into or otherwise secure DOE funding or other federal, state, local government or private (for-profit or nonprofit) funding, in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.
  5. Enable the development of replicable clean energy transitions that deliver just and equitable benefits to disadvantaged communities in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.

The winners of Phase One of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will receive cash awards of $200,000 each. Phase One winners will be eligible to participate in a Phase Two of the prize, anticipated to take place 12 months following Phase One awards, during which time it is anticipated that a total of $500,000 will be awarded to up to three teams.

For more information on the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, please review the official rules document.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) funds and partners with numerous solar-focused American-Made Challenges. Through these challenges, innovators have the chance to win cash prizes and vouchers for ideas that advance U.S. leadership in the energy industry. The competitions also offer cash incentives and recognition for Connectors who support the program’s mission and competitors. These challenges are administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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American-Made Solar Prize

The American-Made Solar Prize is a multi-million prize competition designed to energize U.S. solar manufacturing through a series of contests and the development of a diverse and powerful support network that leverages national laboratories, energy incubators, and other resources across the country.

American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize

The American-Made Perovskite Startup Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to accelerate the growth of the U.S. perovskite industry and support the rapid development of solar cells and modules that use perovskite materials. Through two contests, established perovskite researchers launch a company and move toward commercialization in under a year.

American-Made Solar Desalination Prize

The Solar Desalination Prize is a multi-stage prize competition designed to accelerate the development of low-cost desalination systems that use solar-thermal power to produce clean drinking water from saltwater. Each stage of the competition will have increasing prize amounts, totaling millions of dollars.

American-Made Solar Forecasting Prize

The American-Made Solar Forecasting Prize is designed to better enable solar industry stakeholders with state-of-the-art solar forecasting capabilities. This prize makes use of the Solar Forecast Arbiter, an open platform developed by the University of Arizona, to allow for the transparent, rigorous, and consistent analysis and evaluation of solar forecasts.

Other Prizes Co-Sponsored by SETO

ENERGYTECH UNIVERSITY PRIZE

Sponsored by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) in partnership with SETO, the EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) is a collegiate competition challenging multidisciplinary student teams to develop and present a business plan that leverages national laboratory-developed and other high-potential energy technologies. EnergyTech UP awards cash prizes to teams that successfully identify an energy technology, assess its market potential, and propose a strategy for commercialization.

INCLUSIVE ENERGY INNOVATION PRIZE

Sponsored by DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity in partnership with SETO, the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

 

Learn about SETO’s manufacturing and competitiveness researchfunding programs, and open funding opportunities.

US EDA FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

FRAUD ALERT

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.

FISCAL YEAR 2021 AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT

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


FISCAL YEAR 2020 PUBLIC WORKS AND ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS APPLICATION SUBMISSION AND PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

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.


FISCAL YEAR 2021-2023 RESEARCH AND NATIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (RNTA) NOTICE OF 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.


FISCAL YEAR 2021 – FISCAL YEAR 2023 EDA PLANNING AND LOCAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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 Grants.gov 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.


FISCAL YEAR 2020 CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT

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.


2019 DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

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.


2017 DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

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.


ENVIRONMENTAL TEMPLATES (DOCX)

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

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)

Author: US DOE Staff       published: 11/9/2021       SETO

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding program

On November 8, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the topics for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding programs for fiscal year 2022. SBIR/STTR give U.S. small businesses an opportunity to conduct high-risk, innovative research and technology development with potential for commercialization, spurring innovation and job creation.

SBIR/STTR funding enables small businesses to achieve their goals in two phases: Phase I provides up to $200,000 to prove an idea’s feasibility. If successful, awardees can then receive up to $1.1 million in Phase II to develop a prototype.

DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office is hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, November 18, at 12:30 p.m. ET to discuss the Phase I solar topics, below. Register for the webinar.

DOE plans to fund projects that advance a broad range of ideas in the following topic areas:

  • Multiuse Integrated Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, including building-integrated, agricultural, and floating PV, and PV in transportation
  • PV Recycling
  • Next-Generation Power Electronics Based on Silicon Carbide and/or Planar Magnetics
  • Technologies to Integrate Solar Generation with Energy Storage Systems and/or Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power System Construction, Manufacturing, and Reliability
  • Solar Hardware and Software Technologies: Affordability, Reliability, Performance, and Manufacturing
  • Transferring Novel Solar Technologies from Research Laboratories to the Market (open to STTR applications only)
  • Concentrating Solar Power Technologies for Industrial Decarbonization (open to STTR applications only)
  • Next-Generation Solar Forecasting (open to STTR applications only)

Additionally, there are two opportunities to transfer a patented technology from a national lab to a small business for commercialization:

  • Hierarchical Distributed Voltage Regulation in Networked Autonomous Grids
  • Novel Solar Collector Tracking Error Direction: “NIO-Heliostat”

Mandatory letters of intent are due January 3, 2022 at 5 p.m. ETLearn more about the solar topics, and look for the funding opportunity announcement in the coming weeks.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Last updated November 2, 2021

Moving States Toward 100% Clean: Lessons from Lawmakers

Author: AEE Staff       11/8/2021          AEE

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While all eyes are on Washington, D.C., progress toward 100% clean energy continues to surge in the states. This year, AEE was involved in big legislative wins in four states — Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, and Virginia states — that will move the ball toward that goal and create market opportunity for advanced energy companies. How did it get done? In this webinar, hear from lawmakers who shepherded landmark legislation that made their states national leaders.

Panelists:

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

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COP26 kicks off second week in Glasgow after landmark deals on coal, deforestation and methane

Author: Holly Ellyatt and Chloe Taylor    Published: 11/8/2021        CNBC

The coverage on this live blog is now over.

International lawmakers, business leaders and activists were convening in Glasgow, U.K. on Monday for the second week of the COP26 climate summit.

Delegates were asked to accelerate action on climate change and commit to more ambitious cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, all in an effort to limit global temperature rises.

Our blog is closing for the day, see you tomorrow

As former U.S. President Barack Obama continues to address delegates at the COP26 summit, our live blog is closing for today.

See you tomorrow and thanks for following our updates.

— Holly Ellyatt

9:15 a.m.: Former U.S. President Obama says ‘time really is running out’ to tackle climate change

Former U.S. president Barack Obama speaks during day 9 of COP26 on November 7, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Former U.S. president Barack Obama speaks during day 9 of COP26 on November 7, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama has told delegates at the COP26 summit that “when it comes to climate, time really is running out.”

“We have not done nearly enough to address this crisis, we are going to have to do more,” he said in a highly-anticipated speech. He said that both individually and collectively, we are falling short in tackling climate change.

Still, he said there had been “meaningful progress” since the 2015 Paris Agreement, though he referenced his predecessor Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement (in 2017), saying: “I wasn’t real happy about that.”

“Despite four years of active hostility toward climate science” he said, Americans and the rest of the world have stuck by the agreement. “As the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.S. has to lead, we have enormous responsibilities … and we still have a lot of work to do,” he added.

— Holly Ellyatt

8:05 a.m.: Former U.S. President Obama urges action to help island nations

Former US President Barack Obama (R) waves as he walks with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, between sessions during the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on November 8, 2021.
Former US President Barack Obama (R) waves as he walks with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, between sessions during the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on November 8, 2021.
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama has called on delegates at COP26 to address the risks that island nations face from rising sea levels.

“I have been shaped by my experience growing up in Hawaii,” Obama said, according to Reuters, adding: “We have to act now to help with adaptation and resilience.“

Calling island nations the “canary in the coal mine,” Obama said wealthy nations “have an added burden to make sure we are working with and helping and assisting those who are less responsible and less able but more vulnerable to this oncoming crisis,” the Guardian newspaper reported.

Obama will be addressing the summit at 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).

— Holly Ellyatt

7:40a.m.: More work to do at COP26, UK government spokesman says

There is a great deal of challenging negotiation still to be done this week at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday.

“There has been significant progress made last week with some ambitious commitments … which has helped us move forward,” the spokesman said, Reuters reported.

He added that there will be “a great deal of challenging negotiations” taking place this week “so there is much, much more work to do.”

— Holly Ellyatt

6:25a.m.: Banking sector can play a ‘huge’ role in addressing climate change

The evening light on the skyline of buildings on the River Thames, on 4th April 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
The evening light on the skyline of buildings on the River Thames, on 4th April 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
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The banking sector has an important role to play in addressing climate change, Marisa Buchanan, global head of sustainability at JPMorgan Chase, told CNBC at COP26.

“The banking sector is going to play a huge role, and this is really going to be around the need to mobilize capital to invest in the development and commercialization of a whole range of technologies that are going to play a key role in helping the world address growing energy demand while also meeting that energy demand with a lower carbon footprint,” she said.

She said there was a need for greater government policy action “that’s actually going to play such a critical role in sending long-term signals that the banking and finance sector need in order to mobilize that capital.”

— Holly Ellyatt

4:53 a.m.: Is COP26 itself guilty of ‘greenwashing’?

Climate activists unveil a two metre tall one tonne heart shaped ice sculpture on the banks of the Clyde and overlooking the COP26 location on November 07, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Climate activists unveil a two metre tall one tonne heart shaped ice sculpture on the banks of the Clyde and overlooking the COP26 location on November 07, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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An increasing number of companies have been accused of “greenwashing” recently, that is, they’ve been accused of making false claims about the sustainability of their products or business practices.

Summits like COP26 are meant to draw attention to climate change and much of the discussion in Glasgow has been aimed at what businesses can do to change their own practices, but not everyone is impressed.

Nino Tronchetti Provera, the founder of Ambienta, an asset manager focused on investments driven by environmental sustainability, told CNBC he no longer attends COP climate summits “because they no longer achieve any results.”

“Half of what is being discussed in Glasgow is against the environment, because it’s very much affected by lobbying,” he said. “A lot of the things politicians are discussing today are against the planet, they’re not in favor of the planet.”

— Holly Ellyatt

4:33 a.m.: COP26 summit attendees include hundreds of fossil fuel lobbyists, human rights group says

Human rights group Global Witness has released a report stating that the COP26 summit has granted access to “at least 503 fossil fuel lobbyists, affiliated with some of the world’s biggest polluting oil and gas giants.“

Data analysis of the UN’s provisional list of named attendees, carried out by Corporate Accountability, Corporate Europe Observatory, Glasgow Calls Out Polluters and Global Witness, showed that “corporate actors with a stake in the continued burning of fossil fuels have been enjoying access to these critical talks,” Global Witness said Monday.

“Researchers counted the number of individuals either directly affiliated with fossil fuel corporations, including the likes of Shell, Gazprom and BP or attending as members of delegations that act on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.”

If the fossil fuel lobby were a country delegation at COP it would be the largest, with 503 delegates – two dozen more than the largest country delegation, Global Witness said.

— Holly Ellyatt

3:40 a.m.: Corporate change won’t be immediate but ‘has to start now,’ business leader says

As the COP26 summit continues in Glasgow, 95 leading U.K. business have pledged to reverse the negative environmental impacts caused by their operations by the end of the decade.

The move is part of the Council for Sustainable Business’ Get Nature Positive campaign, and includes the likes of Barclays, GSK and Unilever among its signatories.

Liv Garfield, chief executive of water services company Severn Trent and the CEO of the Council of Sustainable Business, told CNBC that it was time for change.

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“If you think, for example, about food retail and think of all the changes that somebody like a Sainsburys has got to make to be able to halve the environmental impact of the average shoppers’ basket by 2030, there are a thousand gazillion different projects they’re going to have to work on. So it can’t be immediate because it is hard, but it does have to start now,” Garfield told CNBC Monday.

She called on more businesses to join the council, saying “the very best companies are proud of their environmental commitments.”

— Holly Ellyatt

2:06 a.m.: Second week of COP26 ‘where the rubber hits the road’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres greet U.S. President Joe Biden as they arrive for day two of COP26 on November 1, 2021.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres greet U.S. President Joe Biden as they arrive for day two of COP26 on November 1, 2021.
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To prevent the worst of what the climate crisis has in store, delegates still need to iron out a plan to contain global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — and there is not yet any clear indication that this is going to happen.

Ministers arriving in Glasgow this week will strive to resolve sticking points and conclude the talks with an agreement that is sufficient to avoid more frequent and progressively worse climate impacts. COP26 President Alok Sharma has described this as the moment “where the rubber hits the road.”

The first week of the U.N.-brokered talks saw a blizzard of climate pledges, with countries promising to end and reverse deforestation, phase out coal and reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

Business leaders and financial institutions have pledged to invest more in “net zero-aligned projects.” This has since been criticized, however, for “missing the point” on fossil fuels.

— Sam Meredith

1:58 a.m.: What’s on Monday’s agenda?

Monday’s main program is focused on the loss and damage caused by global warming and how countries can adapt to climate change.

Delegates gathering at COP26 on Monday will hear speakers from countries on the frontlines of the climate crisis, including indigenous communities.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama will speak at the climate summit during the afternoon session.

A meeting on the fashion industry’s role in reducing global emissions will take place, as well as an assembly of the G-77 and China — a group of 134 developing countries plus China.

— Chloe Taylor

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