Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Municipal Grants for ARRA/Energy Funds

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)
> Competitive Local Government Sub-Grants

> The Clean Energy Development Fund is seeking proposals from eligible
> units of local government for projects that implement energy
> efficiency measures in buildings and transportation, install energy
> efficient traffic signals and street lighting; provide energy
> efficiency financial incentive programs, or install renewable energy
> generation systems. Eligible "units of local government" include
> cities, towns, town school districts, incorporated schools, and
> incorporated villages.

Units of local government that were eligible
> for direct Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
> (EECBG)funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (Town of Bennington, Town
> of Brattleboro, Burlington, Town of Colchester, Town of Essex, Village
> of Essex Junction, Town of Hartford, Town of Milton, Rutland, South
> Burlington, Addison County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County,
> Franklin County, Orange County, Orleans County, Rutland County,
> Washington County, Windham County, and Windsor County) are not
> eligible. Regional Planning Commissions are > also not eligible as they are already receiving direct EECBG funds. Towns,> Villages, and schools within these towns/cities/counties are eligible.
> Applicants may submit proposals for projects in the following
> categories:

> Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Financial Incentive Programs for Energy
> Efficiency, Implementation of Transportation Projects, Renewable
> Energy Technologies on Government Buildings, and Traffic Signals and
> Street Lighting. An applicant may submit more than one proposal, but
> must submit a separate proposal for each category. Regardless of the
> number of projects submitted, the maximum amount of funds to any
> eligible entity is $100,000.

> All projects must be based in Vermont. All electric-generation
> projects must be grid-connected. Funds cannot be used for projects
> that have already begun construction and/or equipment purchases have
> been made.
> There is a maximum award of $50,000 for Energy Efficiency Retrofits,
> $250,000 for Financial Incentive Programs for Energy Efficiency,
> $25,000 for Implementation of Transportation Projects, $75,000 for
> Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings, and $50,000 for
> Traffic Signals and Street Lighting. The minimum amount that an
> applicant can apply for is $10,000 (for each project category).
> A total of $4.8 million in funding will be awarded. All projects must
> include a minimum of a 10% match from applicants (which can be cash or
> in-kind). Match greater than the required amounts is encouraged, and
> preference may be given to projects requesting lower funding amounts
> than comparable projects.
> All grant awards will be funded using American Recovery and
> Reinvestment Act (ARRA) monies and therefore applicants will be subjected to
> unprecedented levels of transparency and reporting requirements
> including, but not limitedto: reporting, tracking and segregation of incurred costs; job creation and preservation reporting; access to records; and ensuring
> wage rates.
> The Request for Proposals contains the necessary information
> for eligible applicants to submit a proposal.
> There will be two steps to the application process. First, an Initial
> Application will be due by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
> Information on what should be included in the Initial Application is
> included in each project category description on pages 4-9 of the RFP,
> as well as the form included in Appendix A. The Initial Applications
> will be reviewed and scored and a select number of applicants will be
> invited to submit Comprehensive Applications, which will be due by 4:00
> P.M. on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Applicants will be notified if
> they have been selected to submit a Comprehensive Application before
> the end of December. > Information on what should be included in the Comprehensive > Application is included in each project category description, as well > as on pages> 9-15 of> the RFP. Being invited to submit a Comprehensive Application does not insure that an applicant's project will be funded. The intent will be to select slightly more applications than can be funded (probably
> $5-$5.5 million in proposals and $4.8 million can be funded).
> Applicants mailing proposals should allow adequate time to ensure
> receipt of their proposal(s) by the deadline. Proposals received
> after the deadline will not be considered. One original, signed hard
> copy, five additional copies, and an electronic copy (which can be
> emailed or submitted on a CD) of the application must be delivered to
> Kelly Launder at the Vermont Department of Public Service. Both
> electronic and hard copies must arrive before the deadline. Proposals
> and questions should be addressed to:
> Kelly Launder
> Vermont Department of Public Service
> 112 State Street
> Montpelier, VT 05620-2601
> Phone: (802) 828-4039
> Email: kelly.launder@state.vt.us

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