Search

Social Networks

facebook

Funding Opportunity Available for Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Planning

Posted in: Grants Resources by Eric Sopp on August 8, 2011 | No Comments

Local communities are on the front line making key land use decisions in regards to climate change.

This is apparent across the U.S., and significantly so in rural forested communities where water, forest, climate and economic risks intersect. These same rural forested communities, more often than not, also have the lowest financial and organizational capacity to plan for, and address, these key factors.

Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies (CSU) helps rural communities develop adaptation plans.

Climate Solutions University (CSU) is the flagship program of the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), a national nonprofit organization that advocates for forest policies and practices that restore and sustain healthy productive forests, clean and abundant water supplies, and economically thriving climate-resilient communities. Established in collaboration with the Cumberland River Compact, CSU helps communities design and implement climate adaptation plans to protect local forest and water resources and support viable rural economies. Through a community-based peer learning network that links underserved rural communities across the U.S., CSU provides training, expertise, and support to communities engaged in climate adaptation planning. CSU strengthens local leadership and public engagement and works towards the following outcomes: protection of forest acres, stream miles, and human and ecological health; preservation of natural resource based economies; and broad public support for climate adaptation leadership among private landowners and local government.

Over the last two years, Climate Solutions University has worked with 14 rural forested communities across the nation, across many different governance models, forest types and a diverse variety of watersheds, to assist these rural forested communities in building the local capacity needed to move adaptation planning efforts forward.

Climate Solutions University is now accepting applications for 2012 Session. Qualifying communities will participate in a step by step process that breaks the challenge of climate planning into manageable pieces. Working with a local stakeholder team, communities will create a locally designed and locally driven plan to adapt to a changing climate, protect their economies, and reduce the impacts from natural disasters.

2010 Climate Solutions communities have taken impressive steps to protect forest cover, stabilize water resources, preserve habitat, and reduce public risk:

  • Moab, Utah is building its first regional watershed plan;
  • Sumner County and Cookeville, Tennessee added climate change provisions to its County Comprehensive Plan;
  • Bonner County, Idaho protected over a 1,000 miles of streams with riparian buffers in its land use codes;
  • Keene, New Hampshire improved state forest policy.

CSU welcomes applications from rural forested communities within the United States. Funding and program eligibility are limited to US local or regional non-profit 501(c) (3) organizations, local county or municipal governments, or coalitions of the above. National organizations and state or federal agencies may participate in partnership with a local organization or local agency where appropriate. However, the primary applicant and project leadership will be based in a local group.

The application deadline is 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on Monday, September 19th, 2011.

Interested parties should go to www.mfpp.org and register to download a complete application. You may also register to join their Climate Planners Newsletter.

For additional information regarding the Model Forest Policy Program or Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies please contact:

Jeff Morris, Director of Communications
(530) 355 – 9880
jeff@mfpp.org

Nearly $66 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Posted in: Grants Resources by Eric Sopp on December 20, 2010 | No Comments

This message announces the availability of nearly $66 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – $6.3 million

Application Due: December 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: State governments, local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Rural Community Development Initiative. This initiative supports organization capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural area. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development, and programs to assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal. For more information, including state contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58143.

USDA Solid Waste Management Grant Program – $3.5 million

Application Due: December 31, 2010
Eligible Entities: Public bodies, federally acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribe or group, academic institutions, and private non-profit organizations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program. This program supports projects that assist communities through free technical assistance and/or training geared toward reducing or eliminating pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improving planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. For more info, contact LaVonda Pernell at lavonda.pernell@wdc.usda.gov or go to: http://www.usda.gov/rus/water/SWMG.htm.

EPA Integrated Assessment of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Impacts- $2 million

Application Due: January 7, 2011
Eligible Entities: States, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private non-profit institutions. For-profit organizations are not eligible.
EPA has announced the availability of funds and is soliciting proposals to advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Proposals should also provide ways to enhance understanding of climate change impacts and their economic implications in order to assist decision makers and the public in effectively responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. For more information, view the funding announcement at: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html.

NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants – $8 million

Application Due: January 12, 2011
Eligible Entities: Institutions of higher education; other non-profits; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local, and Indian tribal governments in the United States
The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, requests proposals for Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education. This RFP will support K-12 education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. $8 million is expected to be available; up to 10 awards are anticipated. For more information, contact Carrie McDougall at oed.grants@noaa.gov or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56016. Refer to Sol# NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608.

EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2011 Request for Proposals- $32 million

Application Due: January 13, 2011
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as retrofit devices, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades; verified idle reduction technologies; verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires; certified engine repowers; and/or vehicle or equipment replacement. For more information, view the funding announcement posted at: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html.

EPA Upcoming Request for Applications for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program – $4 million

Application Due: January 14, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others

EPA solicited comments through September 13th, 2010, on the new FY2011 Grant Application Guidelines for this funding opportunity. The RFA announces availability of grants for helping eligible entities deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup activities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 13 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements from this competitive opportunity. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicat.htm or access the draft grant application guidelines at: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/proposal_guides/fy11guidelinesdraft.pdf.

EPA Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Funding Assistance Program – $4 million

Application Due: January 27, 2011
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Funding Assistance Program. This RFP will support projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions are listed on the Emerging Technologies List at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgemerglist.htm. For more info, contact Michael Wolfe at wolfe.michael@epa.gov or go to: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html.

EPA SmartWay Program – $6 million

Application Due: February 10, 2011
Eligible Entities: Regional, state, local, or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions

EPA’s SmartWay Program and National Clean Diesel Campaign are announcing the availability of funding assistance to create finance programs, such as low-cost leases or revolving loan programs, to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions throughout the United States. The SmartWay Finance Program is soliciting proposals for projects that reduce diesel emissions through the creation of national, tribal, regional, state or local finance program(s). Finance programs include, but are not limited to, those that provide the loan recipient a specific financial incentive (i.e., longer terms or lower rates) to purchase or lease eligible retrofitted vehicles or equipment. The proposed finance program should maximize the total project funds available for financing eligible diesel emission reduction solutions and be sustainable to maintain the program.

Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as retrofit devices and engine upgrades; verified idle reduction technologies; certified engine repowers, and/or vehicle or equipment replacement.

***
State and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate

Grant Funding for 2011 Community Climate Adaptation Planning

Posted in: Grants Resources by Eric Sopp on August 23, 2010 | No Comments

The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is now accepting applications for the 2011 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies (CSU). Climate Solutions University (CSU) empowers rural underserved communities throughout the U.S. to become leaders in climate change resiliency through natural resource protection. This one year, webinar-based education and coaching process provides $10,000 scholarships and guides communities to form a local stakeholder team; assess their local climate-related risks and opportunities; and create a customized local climate action plan and implementation plan for forest and water protection. Improved land use planning will help prevent flooding disasters, conserve water resources, protect local economies, maintain natural habitat, and sequester carbon. We will select up to 10 rural communities across to participate as a group in the 11-month curriculum that begins in February, 2011.

This year, six rural communities from NH, TN, CO, NM, UT, and WA are participating in this cutting edge “classroom” and producing Climate Adaptation Plans. They are remarkable people, becoming experts in scaling forest, water and climate science and policy to the local level, and gathering additional momentum by collaborating with key participants in their communities.

The Climate Solutions University has helped me communicate effectively and bridge differences to improve my effectiveness both as a Mayor and as a climate change advocate.

– Dave Erley, Mayor / Town of Castle Valley, Utah

I participated in the Model Forest Policy Program’s Climate Solutions University in October of 2009. As a professional working in a community in the Southwestern U.S. that has not planned for or accepted the occurrence of climate change, this course gave me the tools to initiate the climate change conversation within my community. My knowledge of climate projections and climate change impacts for this region, as well as actions that communities around the nation are taking to become climate resilient has greatly increased.

– Amanda Richardson/Prescott Creeks

This educational opportunity is being conducted in partnership with The Cumberland River Compact.

For complete application information, go to:
http://www.mfpp.org/Climate_Solutions_University/2011.html