U.S. Department of EducationThe Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program (MHSP) is now open for applicants to submit proposals. Applications are submitted via Grants.gov and will close on November 3, 2022. Eligible applicants for this program are LEAs, SEAs, IHEs.Grants awarded under this competition are up to 5 years, with anticipated awards ranging from $400,000 to $1,200,000 per year. The Department anticipates making up to 250 awards. Two technical assistance webinars for prospective applicants will be provided: one on October 12th, 2022, and one on October 18th, 2022, prior to the application deadline. Interested entities can find additional information about the grant as well as the technical assistance webinars at: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-formula-grants/safe-supportive-schools/mental-health-service-professional-demonstration-grant-program/
Environmental Protection Agency, National Environmental Justice Advisory CouncilNominations for NEJAC Membership are Now Open until March 17, 2023The U.S. EPA invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The Agency is looking to fill approximately ten (10) new vacancies for terms through September 2024.To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: academia; community-based organizations; non-governmental organizations; state and local governments; and tribal governments and indigenous organizations. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by September 2023.Learn more about the nomination process and how to submit nominations: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nominations-nejacAny interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this advisory council. Individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. The nomination process for NEJAC Membership is open until the close of business on Friday, March 17, 2023.For questions, contact: George Ward, U.S. EPA, by telephone at (202) 564-3399, or email at Nejac@epa.gov.
U.S. Department of Energy Biden-Harris Administration Releases First-Ever Blueprint to Decarbonize America’s Transportation SectorThe Biden-Harris Administration today released the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization. Developed by the departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Blueprint is a landmark strategy for cutting all greenhouse emissions from the transportation sector by 2050. It exemplifies the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government approach to addressing the climate crisis and meeting President Biden’s goals of securing a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Blueprint builds on President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, which together represent historic investments in the future of our nation that will transform how we move and live while we build the backbone of a safer and more sustainable transportation system.
DOE Proposes $10 Million to Support Community-Led Tidal and Current Energy Planning and Development
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) today announced the addition of a $10 million topic area to its proposed funding opportunity from President Biden’s landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance tidal and current energy systems, bringing the total funding to $45 million. This new topic area will support at least one tidal or current energy planning and execution project in the United States, preferably led by a community-based organization or local/municipal government entity.
This topic area builds on the success of community-led technical assistance programs, like the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP), and will help advance projects from energy resilience design to technology validation. Several ETIPP projects have supported communities in understanding, evaluating, and optimizing marine energy systems’ potential to support decarbonization. The project(s) funded under this topic area are intended to build on the technical assistance provided through ETIPP and similar programs.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNOAA’s FY23 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity is now open. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites qualified small businesses to submit proposals for research and development of highly innovative technologies that have strong commercial potential and fit within the NOAA mission areas. Topics for this year’s solicitation include 1) Extreme Events and Cascading Hazards, 2) Coastal Resilience, 3) The Changing Ocean, 4) Water Availability, Quality, and Risk, 5) Effects of Space Weather, and 6) Monitoring and Modeling for Climate Change Mitigation. To be eligible to submit a Phase I application, small businesses must submit a required Letter of Intent via this form by January 13, 2023. NOAA Phase I SBIR awards provide up to $175,000 with up to a six (6) month period of performance for conducting feasibility and proof of concept research, with a tentative award start date of August 1, 2023.