Monday, Mar 30 2015
EFC Grant Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities for regional Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that provide multi-media environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities. EPA recognizes that given the trends of growing costs and increasing resource pressures, the need to support the environmental work of regulated communities through vehicles such as the regional Environmental Finance Centers is as important and timely as ever. The EFC’s will be established and supported in EPA regions across the country to provide regulated parties with finance-related training, technical assistance, finance studies, and other analytical support (eligible services) to help them develop sustainable solutions to the critical “how-to-pay” issues associated with meeting environmental standards and goals.
How to Apply
Awards will be made through a competitive grants process, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We encourage all potential applicants to begin the application process by reviewing the Request for Applications (RFA).
Some examples of environmental finance-related priorities that applicants are encouraged to address include, but not limited to:
--> Building the capacity of communities and private parties to develop, implement, and support sustainable public-purpose water and other environmental infrastructure systems;
--> Encouraging green jobs and green business products and services;
--> Supporting environmentally and fiscally sustainable environmental infrastructure, including ensuring the resiliency and security of that infrastructure;
--> Promoting innovative ways to finance and otherwise support interstate, state, regional, and local air pollution reduction efforts.
Notification to the successful applicant(s) will be made via telephone, e-mail or postal mail by August 7, 2015.
For more information, please visit EPA's official website.
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