Funding Opportunities Highlighted in EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Following are a few funding opportunities highlighted in EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter.  For more information about these and other grant opportunities, please visit the EPA’s website.

NOAA 2016 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program:  NOAA announced funding to evaluate and quantify the ability of coastal natural and nature-based features to mitigate the effects of sea level rise, storm surge, flooding, and wave run-up on coastal ecosystems and communities. Proposals should model the impacts of sea level rise and quantify the vulnerability and resilience of communities (including drinking water infrastructure) to inundation and sea level rise under various deployment levels of nature-based ecosystems, which include forests, wetlands, floodplains, dune systems, seagrasses, barrier islands, and reefs.  Eligible applicants include:  State, local, and tribal governments.  Applications are due by January 8, 2016.  For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

NFWF Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program:  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is making $2.5 million available for funding diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. Projects should address stormwater management by designing and implementing green infrastructure such as tree canopies, bio swales, permeable pavers, bio retention, green roofs, downspout disconnection, and native vegetation that can also protect drinking water sources.  Eligible applicants include: State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.  Applications are due February 3, 2015.  For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement:  EPA has announced $1.2 million in funding to support community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with industry, government, academia, and other stakeholders to develop and implement solutions that address local environmental and public health issues, including drinking water. Proposals should include outreach to affected underserved vulnerable communities and residents about environmental and public health issues and engage them in activities to plan, access, improve, and benefit from their local environment.  Eligible applicants include: Tribal governments, Native American organizations, and nonprofits.  Applications are due by February 12, 2016.  For more information, visit the request for proposals.