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  • Grant Funding Opportunities

    I will post grant opportunities in this thread as they come available for various projects. You may track and apply for them as you see fit. Follow the link to get details on individual grants.

    Here are a list of possible grant funding that is worth taking a look at:
    Other Potential Funding Sources

    Vehicle manufacturers such as DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Honda offer rebates and other incentive programs. Contact your Clean Cities coordinator or the manufacturers to find out what is offered. Information can be found in the Vehicle Buyer’s Guide for Consumers. (
    DOE e-Center
    The e-Center ( provides information about doing business with DOE. You can view current business opportunities, register to submit proposals, and learn about the acquisition and financial assistance award process. You can also subscribe to receive e-mail updates about new solicitations.
    EPA Grants and Debarment
    This site ( gives information on grant programs available under EPA’s Office ofAdministration and Resource Management.
    EPA Transportation-Related Grants Database
    This site ( is a clearinghouse of information on transportation- and air quality-related projects funded by EPA.


    The Web site provides information for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers post information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet. Vendors seeking federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community.
    Inventor Resources
    DOE provides information that may assist inventors of alternative fuel technologies. The Inventions and Innovation ( and Inventor Assistance Information ( sites discuss funding opportunities among other resources.
    Metropolitan Planning Offices
    Clean Cities coalitions have a strong relationship with local MPOs, which have information about additional funding opportunities and potential project partners. Somefunding opportunities administered by MPOs are availablethrough organizations such as Clean Cities coalitions. A list of MPOs is available from the Association of Metropolitan Planning Offices (
    State Energy Offices and Environmental Agencies
    These organizations have access to numerous funding opportunities. State energy office contact information is available from the National Association of State Energy Officials ( State environmental agency contact information is available from the Environmental Site (

    Funding Opportunities Newsletter
    The free electronic Funding Opportunities Newsletter, produced by DOE’s Seattle Regional Office, gives information about solicitations offered by public agencies
    and foundations. To receive this newsletter, send an e-mail to [email protected]. In the body of the message, type “subscribe funding” followed by your e-mail address. For more information, contact DOE’s Laurie Brown ([email protected]).

    Foundation Center
    Coalitions that are public nonprofit organizations may qualify for foundation funds. For advice on approaching foundations, visit the Foundation Center Web site ( For more information on local foundations, visit your local library’s reference desk and ask for its “foundation guide.”

    Last edited by Curtis; 10-18-2008, 09:58 AM.

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    Re: USDA Solicits Input on Biofuel Programs

    USDA Solicits Input on Biofuel Programs
    On August 26, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice soliciting input on various new programs adopted as part of this year’s farm bill, otherwise known as the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110-234). This law includes a number of new programs to advance the production and use of advanced biofuels including renewable biomethane. Of particular interest to our industry are the new programs that provide loan guarantees and payments to biofuel production facilities. According to USDA, the loan guarantee program is authorized at $75 million for 2009 and $245 million for 2010. The loan guarantee fund is authorized under section 9003, and is intended to assist in the financing of commercial-scale biorefineries. The new law also authorizes $150 million for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2012 for demonstration and commercial scale biorefineries. The other program of interest authorizes payments to eligible producers to support the production of advanced biofuels. This program, which is authorized by section 9005 of the new law, provides $25 million for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2012.

    NGVAmerica is interested in these programs because of the recognition of the benefits of producing renewable biomethane from a variety of sources and the potential that some of the USDA funds could benefit our members. Raw biogas can be refined or cleaned up to biomethane -- pipeline quality natural gas -- and used to expand the nation’s resource of natural gas. In certain areas of the country, there is specific interest in using this source of renewable natural gas as motor vehicle fuel. NGVAmerica intends to submit comments to USDA supporting the funding of such programs -- and specifically the inclusion of renewable biomethane. NGVAmerica worked with Congress when the farm legislation was being drafted and was successfully in gaining inclusion of biogas/biomethane in the final law.

    Persons interested in submitting comments to USDA on this program should do so by Sept. 19. The full notice is available here: For more information, please contact Jeff Clarke at 202/824-7365 or [email protected].


    • #3
      Re: Grant Funding Opportunities

      Environmental Protection Agency
      Region 5 Tribal Air Grants Request For Proposals (RFP) FY 2009


      • #4
        Re: Grant Funding Opportunities

        Department of Defense
        Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
        DARPA - Strategic Technology Office
        Coal To Liquids (CTL)
        Modification 2
        DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of coal utilization as an energy resource. In particular DARPA is interested in processes that will ultimately enable the United States to economically extract energy from its coal resources in the form of liquid fuels using coal to liquid conversion technologies that are environmentally friendly and cost competitive with petroleum based fuels.Amendment 1 to DARPA-BAA-08-58 Coal To LiquidsThe purpose of Amendment 1 to DARPA-BAA-08-58 Coal To Liquids (CTL) is to delete the third paragraph of Section 1.1 entitled “Program Overview” and replace with the followingelete: SECTION 1.1 PARA 3 :The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) currently uses on average over 300,000 barrels of petroleum based liquid fuels per day. In addition, the United States has over 275 billion tons of estimated coal reserves. Thus it is a reasonable expectation that, with existing CTL technologies, the DoD need for liquid fuels could be met using U.S. coal reserves for several thousand years.Replace with: SECTION 1.1 PARA 3:The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) currently uses on average over 300,000 barrels of petroleum based liquid fuels per day. In addition, the United States has over 275 billion tons of estimated coal reserves. Thus it is a reasonable expectation that, with existing CTL technologies, the DoD need for liquid fuels could be met using U.S. coal reserves for several thousand years.Rationale for Greater than (>)Thousand year Estimate:The greater than (>) thousand year estimate is based on neglecting current domestic use. Even so, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) currently uses on average over 300,000 barrels of petroleum based liquid fuels per day. The United States currently has an estimated 275 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves. Conversion of these reserves using existing CTL technologies would provide several thousand times more fuel than the DoD uses in a single year which is where the greater than (>) thousand year estimate was derived. However, if DoD only used 10% of the converted coal to liquid fuel, this would still represent more than a one hundred year supply which is still significant.
        Link to Full Announcement

        DARPA-BAA-08-58 at FedBizOpps </SPAN>


        • #5
          Re: $50 mill available for clean diesel projects

          Keep on Trucking - with Lower Emissions through EPA's $50 Million Clean Diesel Funding

          To improve air quality and protect public health, EPA announced the first $3.4 million in funding for clean diesel projects under the $50 million Diesel Emission Reduction Program. This campaign makes awards to save fuel and lower greenhouse gas and diesel exhaust emissions from the country's existing fleet of 11 million diesel engines.
          "This fall, EPA is paving the way for clean diesel progress," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "These grants encourage technologies that will help truckers save over $72 million in fuel costs per year and lower their environmental impacts."

          Three organizations received $3.4 million for small trucking firms to lower fuel costs and shrink their carbon footprints through innovative loans and rebates. The organizations receiving funds under the national diesel program are: the Community Development Transportation Lending Services, Washington, D.C.; Cascade Sierra Solutions, Oregon; and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Missouri.

          EPA will also begin disbursing $14.8 million for State Clean Diesel programs. All 50 states will receive funds, and 35 states will put matching resources toward the program. Later this fall, $27.6 million in grants will be distributed by EPA's ten Regional offices. Finally, grant awards for emerging technologies totaling approximately $3.4 million will be announced this winter.

          Diesel engines emit 7.3 million tons of smog-forming nitrogen oxides and 333,000 tons of soot annually. This pollution is linked to thousands of premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and millions of lost work days. EPA's new diesel engine standards will significantly reduce emission from newly manufactured engines, and these grants will lower emissions from the diesel engines already in use through clean innovative technology.

          EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign:
          Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, (202) 564-4355 / [email protected]


          • #6
            Re: Grant Funding Opportunities

            Environmental Protection Agency
            2009 State Innovation Grant Program ACTION: Request for Initial Proposals (RFIP)
            Agency Name

            Environmental Protection Agency

            In an effort to support innovation by state environmental regulatory agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting pre-proposals from the principal environmental regulatory agency for each state government, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories for “the State Innovation Grant Program,” an assistance agreement program. CFDA 66.940 contains three parts. This solicitation applies to Part One of CFDA 66.940 - a competition to support projects that promote the testing of innovative approaches in state permitting programs that strive to create a more performance-based regulatory system, promote environmental stewardship and beyond-compliance business operation, and/ or promote a culture of creative environmental problem solving.
            Link to Full Announcement

            2009 State Innovation Grant Program ACTION: Request for Initial Proposals (RFIP)


            • #7
              Re: Ohio State AFV Infrastructure Grant

              Alternative Fuel Transportation Grant Program (NOFA 08-03)
              The Ohio Department of Development’s Ohio Energy Office (ODOD/OEO) is soliciting applications from retail businesses for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel refueling facilities. The Alternative Fuel Transportation (AFT) Grant Program is authorized pursuant to Section 122.075 of the Ohio Revised Code. This Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) is intended to commit the balance of funds available for FY 2008.
              B20 Biodiesel School Bus Grant Program (NOFA 08-07)


              • #8
                Re: Energy Saving Trust has grants available

                See details here:

                Funding and grants

                The Energy Saving Trust has grants available for the following programme:
                Funding for alternative refuelling stations and electric recharging points
                Offering grants to organisations to help them install refuelling or recharging stations for alternative, cleaner fuels.
                You can also read about current projects and case studies completed as part of our Low carbon research and development grant programme

                Fleet Advice Services

                In addition to grants, the Energy Saving Trust also provides free transport advice in the form of


                • #9
                  Re: Grant Funding-Tennessee

                  Funding Opportunities

                  TDEC Alternative Fuel Innovations Grant
                  The Department of Environment and Conservation is administering a grant program to improve local governments' and public universities' abilities to begin or expand use of alternative fuels. Eligible projects can range from supplemental fuel costs, engine maintenance, conversion or installation of infrastructure, promotional materials, and or other innovative capital or maintenance approaches that increase alternative fuels use and production. A total of $1 million has been allocated for this grant program. For more information, contact Greg Riggs, grant coordinator, at (615) 532-0567.
                  Application for an Alternative Fuel Innovations Grant is available here.
                  TDOT Green Island Biofuel Corridor Funding Agreement
                  The Department of Transportation has developed a funding agreement to establish a statewide network of publicly accessible biofuel (B20 and E85) refueling stations (Green Islands) along Tennessee's interstates and major highway corridors and in major population centers and communities. The funding agreement will cover costs associated with converting existing or the installation of new refueling infrastructure, including tanks, piping, and pump dispenser. For more information, contact Linda Tidwell, grant coordinator, at (615) 253-2860.
                  For more information on TDOT's Biofuel Green Island Corridor Grant Project, please visit
                  ECD Agricultural Feedstock Processing Demonstration Loan Program
                  The Department of Economic and Community Development will disperse loans of up to $500,000 for projects that increase Tennessee farm income and production of alternative fuel feedstock. Eligible facilities include those in which over 200,000 bushels are processed each year. All prospective applicants must submit a business plan with the application and credit authorization form. A total of $1 million has been allocated for this demonstration loan program. For more information, contact Jeffrey Bolton, Loan Program Manager, at (615) 253-1909.
                  For more information on the Feedstock Processing Demonstration Loan and application materials, please visit
                  TDOT Biofuel Refueling Infrastructure Funding Project - This competitive funding opportunity is open to retail fuel station owners and farmer co-ops who are interested in promoting and selling E85 or biodiesel.
                  ECD Biodiesel Infrastructure Program - The program provides grants for up to $12,000 for each of the 95 counties for the purchase and installation of biodiesel tanks, pumps, and card readers to be installed and used for biodiesel fueling.
                  ECD FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program - The FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program(FIDP) funds may be used for infrastructure improvements. Funds may not be used for "speculative" projects but are restricted to situations where there is a commitment by certain private sector businesses to locate or expand in the state and to create or retain jobs for Tennesseans.
                  EPA Clean School Bus USA Grants - This program's goal is to reduce both children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses by 1) Replacing the oldest buses in the fleet with new, less polluting buses; 2) Upgrading buses that will remain in the fleet with better emission control technologies and/or fueling them with cleaner fuels; and 3) Encouraging policies and practices to eliminate unnecessary public school bus idling.
                  Other EPA grants available for clean diesel projects -


                  • #10
                    Re: Funding/Incentive Opportunities

                    Funding Opportunities
                    The folowing list of resources, grants, funding, and incentives provide financial assistance to support alternative fuel and advanced transportation technology in North Carolina. Individuals, private businesses, and public entities should utilize these opportunities to reduce our dependence on petroleum and improve our air quality.

                    Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Funding
                    DSIRE Incentives Database
                    FTA Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program
                    Incentives for Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles
                    Incentives to Distribute Alternative Fuels
                    Incentives to Produce Alternative Fuels

                    Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grant
                    North Carolina Green Business Fund
                    Southeast Diesel Collaborative - EPA Diesel Program

                    State Energy Program (SEP) Special Projects
                    US DOE listing of Incentives and Laws Concerning Alternative Fuels


                    • #11
                      Re: Federal Grant Funding Programs

                      Federal NGV Grants
                      In an effort to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, reduce urban emissions and reduce greenhouse gases, the federal government provides a number of grant programs to encourage the purchase and use of NGVs. These include the following:
                      The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) is one of the largest sources of funding available for alternative fuel projects, funding hundreds of millions of dollars in investments in alternative fuel projects since its inception in 1991. This Department of Transportation program was first authorized in 1991 and has been extended each time the highway bill has been reauthorized. Funding levels for this program annually exceed $1 billion, and competition for funding is fierce. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which administers the program along with the Federal Transit Agency (FTA), published a pamphlet titled “CMAQ and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Projects” that indicates that, through 2001, total CMAQ funding for alternative fuel projects exceeded $670 million, or slightly more than 5 percent of the total funding provided. CMAQ funding in generally limited to projects located in non-attainment areas unless the state does not have any non-attainment areas. Projects generally must be included in the transportation plan and transportation improvement plan for the area that is seeking funding.
                      The Clean Cities Program is designed to accelerate the use of alternative fueled vehicles throughout the country. The Clean Cities Program expands the use of proven alternative fuel vehicles in a number of key applications, such as school buses, transit buses, airport vehicles, taxis and delivery fleets. The Program expands strategic infrastructure partnerships and promotes advanced technology vehicles to the general public. Support for the various Clean Cities coalitions is provided through the DOE's State Energy Program (SEP) Special Projects. States apply for these grants, which are highly competitive and highly leveraged. States use the grants to support local alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure initiatives.
                      Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERP)
                      This EPA program provides grants to assist government agencies, school districts and other interested parties to replace older diesel engines with new low-emitting ones (including natural gas engines) and to retrofit existing diesel trucks with emission reducing technologies. Repowering, and or rebuilding diesel engines and replacing them with natural gas engines would be considered a retrofit for the purpose of this program. The program is to be administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
                      Diesel Truck Retrofit and Fleet Modernization Program.
                      This EPA program provides grants to states to fund fleet modernization programs, with preference to be given to ports and other major hauling operations. Natural gas vehicles and retrofits are eligible for the program. Preference will be given to proposals that “will achieve the greatest reductions in emissions” and “involve the use of EPA or CARB verified emission control technologies.”
                      Idle Reduction Program
                      This EPA program supports the deployment of idle reduction and energy conservation technologies. Idle reduction technologies are defined as: truck stop electrification unit, auxiliary power unit or other technologies that are used to reduce idling, that allow the main engine to be shut down, and that can be employed on HD engines (HD engines are engines that weight 8500 lbs or more). Energy conservation technology is defined as any device, system of devices or equipment that improves fuel economy, including natural gas engines. There is a separate provision for reducing idling emissions from locomotive engines.
                      Clean School Bus Program.
                      This EPA program provides grants to school districts and related organizations for the replacement, repower or retrofit of school buses, the purchase of alternative fuels for school buses and alternative fuel infrastructure.


                      • #12
                        Re: Pennsylvania Funding Opportunities

                        Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection
                        DEP Grant and Loan Programs Welcome! DEP has dozens of grants and loans to assist individuals, groups and businesses with a host of environmental issues. Below, you'll find a list of available grants and loans, a description of each program, links to applications and eligibility information. DEP's Grants Center is available to assist you with general questions. Contact (717) 705-5400 for more information


                        Pittsburgh, PA-Healthy School Bus Fund

                        School buses remain the safest method of transporting pupils to school, however, pre-2007 model buses can emit diesel pollution from the engine tailpipe and crankcase that exposes passengers and others to pollutants that impede respiratory systems, cause asthma attacks, and have been linked to a wide variety of other adverse health effects including heart attacks, strokes, cancer and premature death, including crib death in infants. The opportunity exists now to reduce diesel emissions from these buses by at least 85% by using the same emission control technology that is cleaning up new buses. Rather than waiting a long time for the buses to be replaced by cleaner 2007 or later models, reducing diesel emissions now from school buses will have health benefits for one of our most vulnerable populations, school children.
                        To promote this solution, the Clean Air Task Force, Clean Water Action, the Group Against Smog and Pollution and the Heinz Endowments, announce the establishment of the Pittsburgh Healthy School Bus Fund to retrofit school buses. The Heinz Endowments has made this program possible by providing $500,000 in initial funds. The expectation is that a combination of public and private grants will make substantial additional funding available.
                        In order to receive funds for school bus retrofits, vendors and school bus owners may begin the process by submitting a Reservation form to MJ Bradley, and may receive funds once work is completed by submitting a Rebate Payment form. Details of the process can be found by reading the Overview document and the FAQ document. Thank you for your interest.

                        Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Health Department Allegheny County Diesel School Bus Retrofit Program

                        Contact Tom Lattner at [email protected]
                        Rolling deadline until funds are awarded

                        Small Business Advantage Program
                        Type of Program: Cost sharing grant program
                        Maximum Amount: $7,500 per project
                        Interest Rate: NA
                        Contact: David Barnes, Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, Small Business Advantage Grant Program
                        ATTN: David Barnes, P.O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772, [email protected], (717) 772-5160
                        Web Site:
                        Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Program funds Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency (P2 and E2) projects for small businesses in Pennsylvania. Applicants must match project awards with a dollar-for-dollar match (50:50 state:applicant cost sharing). Maximum awards are $7,500 per project. The Small Business Advantage Program is an annual program. It receives about $500,000 each year. About 25 percent of the program’s funds ($125,000) is earmarked for APU projects. PA solicits for new applicants July 1 through November 30 each year.
                        Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program
                        Type of Program: Low interest loans
                        Maximum Amount: $100,000 per project
                        Interest Rate: 2%
                        Contact: Gene DelVecchio, Small Business Ombudsman, [email protected], (717) 772-8951
                        Web Site:
                        The Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) Loan Program provides low interest loans to small businesses undertaking projects located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that reduce waste, pollution or energy use. Loans will be used to fund 75 percent of the total eligible project cost, up to a maximum of $100,000. Small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. The loan interest rate is 2 percent and has a maximum term of 10 years. “End of pipe” controls are not eligible for the program, but anti-idling equipment is eligible.
                        Other PA programs
                        Last edited by Curtis; 10-12-2008, 03:36 PM.


                        • #13
                          Re: Iowa Funding Opportunities

                          Targeted Research
                          The Iowa Energy Center has a strong history of setting the course for renewable energy development and energy efficiency initiatives in our state. As our nation awakens to the realities of energy production and use, the Energy Center continues to pursue opportunities for investigation in new and emerging areas that otherwise would go untapped. For these projects we initiate targeted research.
                          Our targeted research is funded in the same manner as our other grants, programs and sponsorships – from an annual assessment on gross intrastate revenues of gas and electric utilities in Iowa. The amount received from the assessment is closely tied to the level of economic activity in the state and can vary from year to year.


                          • #14
                            Re: Texas Funding Opportunities


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                            • #15
                              Re: Grant Funding Opportunities

                              Captain Planet Foundation Captain Planet - The Captain Planet Foundation provides $500 to $2.5K grants to help children and youth around the world work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. 4 grant cycles a year, next deadline is 12/31/08. For more info, go to:

                              The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition
                              The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition provides small grants for conversions of existing commercial retail gas stations. On a limited basis, the NEVC may have small grants available to retailers that install or convert equipment to dispense E85. Typically, retailers must agree to sell E85 for a minimum of 24 months to qualify for this assistance. The grants generally cover the cost of professional cleaning and testing of fueling system as well as minor upgrades to alcohol-compatible hoses, steel or plated nozzles and 1-micron dispenser filters. In addition to the financial assistance, the NEVC provides a basic station kit of dispenser decals, pump toppers, nozzle covers and in-store materials for its retailer partners. Please note these grants are conducted on a case-by-case basis and are limited by the availability of NEVC funding.

                              StEPP Foundation

                              Although a small foundation, the Strategic Environmental Project Pipeline (StEPP) Foundation based out of Colorado matches funding opportunities with innovative projects based on principles that include:
                              • To provide a direct strategy for improving air and water quality, and reducing solid and hazardous waste (multi-media quantifiable benefits);
                              • To provide incentives for the development and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects;
                              • To maximize environmental benefit for each dollar invested;
                              • To support investments in opportunities that have environmental benefits from renewable related projects;
                              • To support energy efficiency/renewable energy (EERE) products, services and technologies;
                              • To increase the number of renewable energy projects;
                              • To increase the number of renewables in the marketplace