Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grants Proposal Solicitation

Agency: Bureau of Energy Systems

Minimum Award: $30,000

Maximum Award: $100,000

Match: The grant covers 90% of equipment costs with the grantee responsible for the remaining 10% of equipment costs plus all labor, training and associated costs. The grantee is also responsible for promoting/educating the public about the project and the benefits of advanced lighting technology

Inquiries Due: May 19, 2011

Applications Due: May 26, 2011

Grand Period: 8/01/11-6/30/12

Summary: This announcement seeks to obtain proposals from Michigan cities, villages, townships and counties to implement indoor and/or outdoor lighting projects that utilize the following technologies: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), also known as Solid State Lighting; induction lighting; and plasma lighting — also known as High Efficiency Plasma Lighting (HEP). There is approximately $1 million available to fund an estimated 15-20 grants ranging from $30,000 to $100,000. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant program. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on May 26, 2011. BES estimates that grants will start on August 1, 2011, and run through June 30, 2012. A pre-proposal webinar is tentatively scheduled for May 18, 2011; check the website for webinar details. More details are available from the RFP.

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Local Government Lighting Upgrade Grants, Deadline May 26

Loans for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects – Cities and Villages

Energy projects may involve one or more of the activities listed below:

Energy Efficiency
• Lighting (e.g. fluorescent T8s/T5s, occupancy/motion sensors, etc.)
• Mechanical systems (i.e. heating, cooling and ventilation equipment)
• Water heating and pumping systems
• Advanced control systems
• Smart Metering systems
• Insulation, sealing, and other building envelope improvements
• Boiler or furnace replacement with a more efficient unit

Renewable Energy
• Solar Electricity/Photovoltaic
• Wind Turbine – 20 KW or smaller.
• Solar Thermal –20 KW or smaller.
• Solar Thermal Hot Water –
• Ground Source Heat Pump – 5.5 tons of capacity or smaller horizontal/vertical, ground, closed-loop system.
• Biomass Thermal

Other activities that meet the federal Department of Energy’s definition of energy efficiency and renewable energy will be considered. Impacted buildings or facilities must be currently occupied and have long range plans of continued use.

Projects must involve an activity and or installation or deployment of a commercially available and proven technology at buildings, facilities, and properties owned and operated by a city or village. Work already completed is ineligible.

Applicants can start work once the loan agreement is signed by DELEG. Only project-related costs that are incurred and paid for after DELEG’s loan execution may be included in the loan request. Applicants assume all financial risk should the DELEG not approve the application or if all loan documents are not executed. If the loan is not approved or executed, the DELEG is not responsible for reimbursement of any costs.

Please call for latest funding availability. Loan amounts will be between $100,000 and $2,500,000 and are limited to materials, supplies and equipment costs only.

This solicitation is open until September 30, 2011. Applications for funding will be reviewed by an evaluation committee, and awarded based on project merit and applicant creditworthiness. The DELEG reserves the right to close the solicitation period at any time.

Applicants must meet minimum credit standards determined by the DELEG Bureau of Energy Systems. Additional information may be requested during the negotiation process.
Interest on approved loans is fixed at 3% for a maximum of 6 years. For those projects with a pollution prevention component are eligible for a lower interest rate. Please contact DELEG for details. Only interest payments will be collected on disbursed loan funds for the first six (6) months starting from the closing date.
After the first six months, loan repayments are made in equal semi-annual installments of principal and interest concluding not later than 6 years after the agreement date.
There is no penalty for early repayment. A promissory note, loan agreement and security agreement are required to secure the loan. The security interest is limited to the materials, supplies and equipment purchased with loan funds. The funds are available on a reimbursement basis. Loan disbursements will be made upon the submission of the vendor’s invoice as well as the other required loan deliverables. Proof of payment is required within 30 days of each loan disbursement.

Loans for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects – Cities and Villages

EDA Changes Format for FY2011

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Above: The Gaylord Industrial Park, an EDA-Funded Project Designed by GFA

In FY 2011 EDA will move to a quarterly funding cycle system. Beginning on October 14, 2010 applications will still be accepted on a continuing basis, but must be received by the deadlines set out below in order to be considered for funding during a particular cycle. Eligible applicants have the option of receiving preliminary feedback on an application’s technical and competitive merits by submitting the application for an optional preliminary review. EDA will provide such feedback no later than 15 business days after EDA’s receipt of an application, and applicants will have the opportunity to revise and/or supplement the application as necessary or submit a new application by the funding cycle deadline or in time for consideration in a subsequent funding cycle. Applicants that elect to receive such feedback must submit an application sufficiently in advance of the applicable funding cycle deadline so that EDA can provide feedback and the applicant can revise and/or provide additional documentation or submit anew by the deadline. EDA will not select projects for funding until after the funding cycle deadline has passed.

Hard copy applications must be delivered with a postmark or courier service’s time and date stamp dated on or before 5:00 pm local time in the applicable regional office on the funding cycle deadline date. For FY 2011, the funding cycle deadlines are as follows:
December 15 for funding cycle 1;
March 10 for funding cycle 2;
June 10 for funding cycle 3; and
September 15 for funding cycle 1 of FY 2012.

EDA’s overall mission is to help distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. Grants made under these programs will focus on innovation and regional collaboration to create and retain higher wage and sustainable jobs, leverage the flow of private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA encourages its rural and urban partners around the country to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

Eligible applicants include a(n):

(i) District Organization of a designated Economic Development District (EDD);

(ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;

(iii) State, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;

(iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or

(v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

EDA will evaluate applications on a competitive basis in order to maximize the economic revitalization impact of the program based on the extent to which applications address the following core evaluation criteria:
Address National Strategic Priorities, including technology-led development, support for small- and medium-sized businesses, global competitiveness and innovation, economic dislocation due to auto industry restructuring or natural disasters, commercializing research, and environmentally sustainable development.
Assist Economically Distressed and Underserved Communities to strengthen diverse communities that have suffered disproportionate economic and job losses and/or are rebuilding to become more competitive in the global economy.
Demonstrate a good return on EDA’s investment through job creation or retention and/or serving as a catalyst for private sector investment.
Demonstrate or support regional collaboration to support the development and growth of innovation clusters based on existing regional competitive strengths.
Employ public-private partnerships to use both public and private resources and/or leverage complementary investments by other government/public entities and/or non-profits.

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EDA Changes Format for FY2011

Broadband Grants, Deadline March 15

The agencies announced the rules for this funding round in two separate but complementary Notices of Funds Availability (NOFAs) that promote each agency’s distinct objectives.

NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)

NTIA’s NOFA allocates approximately $2.6 billion in this funding round of which approximately $2.35 billion will be made available for infrastructure projects. In this round, NTIA is adopting a “comprehensive communities” approach as its top priority in awarding infrastructure grants, focusing on middle mile broadband projects that connect key community anchor institutions – such as libraries, hospitals, community colleges, universities, and public safety institutions. Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects maximize the benefits of BTOP by leveraging resources, promoting sustainable community growth, and ultimately laying the foundation for reasonably priced broadband service to consumers and businesses.

In addition, NTIA plans to award at least $150 million of the funding for Public Computer Center projects, which will expand access to broadband service and enhance broadband capacity at public libraries, community colleges, and other institutions that service the general public. NTIA also plans to award at least $100 million for Sustainable Broadband Adoption projects, which include projects to provide broadband education, training, and equipment, particularly to vulnerable population groups where broadband technology has traditionally been underutilized.

RUS’s Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

RUS’s NOFA allocates approximately $2.2 billion in this funding round for broadband infrastructure projects. A second funding window will open later which will provide grants for satellite service for premises that remain unserved after all other Recovery Act broadband funding is awarded, make Technical Assistance grants for developing plans using broadband for regional economic development, and grants to provide broadband service to rural libraries funded by USDA under the Recovery Act.

RUS will focus this round on last mile projects, which are anticipated to receive the vast majority of funding. RUS will also fund middle mile projects involving current RUS program participants. The first NOFA had two funding options – grants up to 100 percent in remote rural areas, and 50/50 loan/grant combinations in non-remote rural areas. In the second NOFA, RUS has eliminated this distinction and adopted a base 75/25 grant/loan combination for all projects. The new approach provides RUS with flexibility to seek a waiver if additional grant resources are needed for areas that are difficult to serve, and priority for those who seek lower grant levels. RUS believes this simplified and flexible funding strategy will promote rural economic development.

Separate NOFAs will allow applicants to apply directly to either program. RUS also eliminates the two-step process for BIP applicants to improve program efficiency. These changes will also add valuable time for applicants to focus on one specific program in preparing a more solid application.

Incorporated into the RUS NOFA is an opportunity for the reconsideration of BIP requests to provide viable applications with every chance for funding. There is also a second application review process during which RUS would allow an applicant to adjust its application to better meet program objectives and for the Administrator to provide discretionary points or to increase a grant component to meet rural economic objectives.

Public Workshops

Also today, NTIA and RUS announced a series of public workshops to review the application process and answer questions from prospective applicants. The workshops will be held in Portland, Ore.; Reno, Nev.; Denver, Colo.; San Antonio, Tex.; Eureka, Mo.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Detroit, Mich.; Blacksburg, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Interested parties can register for the workshops at www.broadbandusa.gov.

The agencies plan to accept applications from February 16, 2010, to March 15, 2010, and announce all awards by September 30, 2010.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided a total of $7.2 billion to NTIA and RUS to fund projects that will expand access to and adoption of broadband services. Of that funding, NTIA will utilize $4.7 billion for grants to deploy broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas in the United States, expand public computer center capacity, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. RUS will use $2.5 billion in budget authority to support grants and loans to facilitate broadband deployment in primarily rural communities.

Broadband Grants, Deadline March 15